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  • The Wrong Unit

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301

I don't know what the humans are so cranky about. Their enclosures are large, they ingest over 1,000 calories per day, and they're allowed to mate. Plus, they have me: an Autonomous Servile Unit, housed in a mobile/bipedal chassis. I do my job well: keep the humans healthy and happy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The kind of science fiction book I search for!

  • By Fascinatingbooks on 07-31-16

Funny, dystopian sci-fi.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-19

This is a quirky story about a serv-bot, an older model...not the smartest or strongest or fastest robot, just an older model serve bot in a bi-pedal chassis working on a farm until one day he hears the strangest sound...
It is thus that Hey You the robot gets drawn into an adventure for which he I’d definitely...The Wrong Unit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Touch the Blue Stuff!

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?, Book 2
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868

Something called the “Blue Juice" is coming. For all of us. Luckily, me (Chip Collins), Pete, Nikola Tesla, Bobo, and FBI Agent Gina Phillips are here to kick its ass, and send it back to last Tuesday. Maybe. Or maybe we'll fail, and everyone in the multiverse is doomed. (Seriously, you might want to get that underground bunker ready.) Either way, I've got to get home to Julie and find out – woah, I'm not about to tell you that right here in the book description! TMI, dude.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun roller coaster ride through the multiverse!

  • By Fascinatingbooks on 09-21-17

Not as good as the first one...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-19

While on some levels it’s still an okay listen, it just doesn’t live up to the five-star fun of Where The Hell Is Tesla? You still get the perfect narration of the author, and it still delivers some laughs.
If you liked book 1, you’ll probably enjoy it, I did...but like so many sequels it’s just not fantastic.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,903
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,895

I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular claims and outrageous plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had A Blast Listening To This One!

  • By Cheri on 08-11-16

SO GOOD!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-19

If you loved Hitchhiker’s Guide, if you loved What Could Possibly Go Wrong, or This Book Is Full Of Spiders, in other words, if you enjoy clever, irreverent, slightly profane, while simultaneously incorporating elements of buddy-road-trip, sci-fi action adventure, there’s even some low key romance and soft philosophy in there...
Add the perfect narrator-the author himself -and you’ve got a cult classic, if not an outright best seller on your hands!
A TOTAL BLAST!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lock Artist

  • By: Steve Hamilton
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,193

Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now 18, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in 10 years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight hundred-pound safe...he can open them all. It's an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story Very Slow

  • By shelley on 12-06-13

Amazing!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-19

I LOVED this book. With compelling characters, and building tension; some parts hand me pacing, or literally cringing at the edge of my seat.
The story uses multiple timelines to slowly hint at the protagonist’s mysterious past, while revealing bit by bit what got him where he is.
The narration was fantastic too, with distinctive characters and no irritating tics, I was able to completely become absorbed by the story, and as all listeners know; bad narration ruins the whole experience and renders the book, however wonderful, completely unenjoyable. Finding a good book also has good narration is such a pleasure.
I can’t say too much more without spoilers... this is a really enjoyable read and I look forward to reading/listening to more from this writer/narrator combo. If you enjoy suspense, or heist stories, and don’t mind a touch of love story...you’ll love this one.

  • Midnight Robber

  • By: Nalo Hopkinson
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

It's Carnival time and the Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint is celebrating with music, dance, and pageantry. Masked "Midnight Robbers" waylay revelers with brandished weapons and spellbinding words. To young Tan-Tan, the Robber Queen is simply a favorite costume to wear at the festival - until her power-corrupted father commits an unforgiveable crime. Suddenly, both father and daughter are thrust into the brutal world of New Half-Way Tree....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Through the Dimensions, Girls Are Not Safe

  • By mary on 12-11-12

Fantastic Fantasy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-19

Robin Miles was the perfect choice, the ONLY choice to do this character.
I was hooked from the start! What a strange world and what amazing writing.
I highly recommend this strange future full of influences from Earth’s past...

  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,823
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,811

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anti climactic

  • By tally shopper on 10-21-18

Absorbing, atmospheric suspense

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-16-18

I really enjoyed this book. It reminded of the best Ruth Randell/Barbara Vine novels. It’s a murder mystery, a novel of psychological suspense, but it stretches beyond the formula for the genre and is instead also a lovely novel about family and loyalty. About coming of age, and the struggles of teenagers.
It really was SO good.

  • I Will Find You

  • Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime
  • By: Joe Kenda
  • Narrated by: Joe Kenda
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,437

Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to turn it off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Kenda! Veryv

  • By Somewhat crazy dog lady on 09-27-17

Laugh out loud funny, when it’s not gruesome

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-18

I got interested in Sgt. Kenda when watching the first season of Homicide Hunter, because with delivery drier than the best martini, Kenda makes the horrific, the tragic, completely f*%#@ing hilarious.
He has a way of either stating the obvious, or posing the seemingly banal question...
I went around quoting “Kenda-isms” that whole first season, and I was nowhere near the only audience member doing so. So popular in fact were those Kenda-isms that they have found their way onto wine labels, coffee cups and t-shirts.
In this book Kenda is able to be more real, funnier, and more gruesome than prime time t.v. permits.

  • The Listener

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,828
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,824

It's 1934. Businesses went under by the hundreds, debt and foreclosures boomed, and breadlines grew in many American cities. In the midst of this misery, some folks explored unscrupulous ways to make money. Angel-faced John Partlow and carnival huckster Ginger LaFrance are among the worst of this lot. Joining together they leave their small-time confidence scams behind to attempt an elaborate kidnapping-for-ransom scheme in New Orleans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Southern Fried Horror Done Right

  • By Ila in Maine on 03-05-18

Intricate, clever thriller.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-18

At first this book seems to be shifting perspective and sort of meandering from one protagonist’s point of view to another’s and it doesn’t seem to make sense, but stick with it because it comes together in a fascinating and unusual thriller. It’s set in the 30’s; the opening scenes are straight out of Paper Moon, and the depression is the backdrop for this noir-crime-story-paranormal-suspense... Check it out.
It’s good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Capture the Castle

  • By: Dodie Smith
  • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 921

In this coming of age story, Dodie Smith introduces the visionary and eccentric character of seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain. The youngest daughter in a family of impoverished artists, it is her imagination and writing that takes us away from the ramshackle old English castle where they live, and towards an intriguing tale of husband-hunting and light-hearted sibling rivalry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well, that was a surprise

  • By Matthew on 12-16-13

Absorbing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I was stuck in this story from the start.
Let me say that this is a British story about two young sisters. If you don’t enjoy the idea you’re not going to like this book. That said, it’s a very good book with characters that I came to like, and with a very human storyline. I was giggling a lot because a lot of it is very funny but there are some very sad bits too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,371

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Amazing story.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-18

This book, though presented in the form of a novel, is in fact based on truth.
The amazing true story of a young Italian boy as the Nazis occupy Italy .
By turns lovely, tragic, terrifying, and romantic, the fact that it all REALLY HAPPENED makes it all the more intense and affecting.
I strongly recommend this book!