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  • Namaste: The Whole Story

  • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: VOplanet Studios
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Amit is a member of the order of shadow monks, his every waking moment is spent training his body and mind to the peak of human ability - and beyond. But the order is pacifist, a repository for deadly weapons with their safeties permanently set to "on". Until everything is taken from him, and Amit decides that turning the other cheek is no longer an option. Now, every ounce of his training will be put to the test. His epic quest for revenge will see wrongs righted - or see Amit forgotten in an unmarked grave.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Action, violence & Asian style combat

  • By Ann on 05-16-16

ALWAYS QUESTION THE ANSWERS

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

What did you love best about Namaste: The Whole Story?

A truly mind-searching story. When someone says to you "THEY SAY....." do you ask "who are THEY?" And when someone says "IT IS WRITTEN" do you ask "but WHO wrote it?" And who is to say what THEY have WRITTEN is really the answer? No? Then maybe you should.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

What held my attention was the descriptions of each of the body guards while they were waiting for someone to make the first move.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending was surpurb. Just as it should have been.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes. The bank scene when he is told he's dressed like a pimp and he was surprised. I was touched and amused by his bewilderment.

Any additional comments?

Exceptional writers and comforting narration. Thanks to all who made this story memorable.

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  • Bad Karma

  • By: Douglas Clegg
  • Narrated by: Liz Thompson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63

At Darden State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, psychopath Agnes' rage is triggered when her psychiatrist Trey leaves town for a family vacation. She'll ensure his vacation is anything but restful in this twisted thriller. "A sleek, smooth, and constantly surprising page-turner..." Bad Karma is a fast-paced, full-length suspense thriller of heart-pounding terror and reincarnation from critically-acclaimed, award-winning novelist, Douglas Clegg. Book #1 in the Criminally Insane series.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your time...

  • By shelley on 01-12-18

TOTALLY CONSUMING FROM START TO FINISH

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

What made the experience of listening to Bad Karma the most enjoyable?

Liz Thompson is an excellent narrator. To me, the narration is the key to any audible book, but especially one that is as expertly written as Bad Karma.

What other book might you compare Bad Karma to and why?

The book that comes to mind is Mind's Eye by Douglas Richards, because of the way the main characters could "read" others in an unnatural way. Very compelling and mezmerizing.

Which character – as performed by Liz Thompson – was your favorite?

I think my favorite character was the villain Agnes. Given her history, it wasn't surprising she turned out like she did. I could almost feel her pain.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It often made me visualize Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, except she had a drape over her face instead of a mask.

Any additional comments?

Hats off to Douglas Clegg! This is the kind of story that makes time fly by unnoticed. Keep up the good work. And my heartfelt thanks for choosing an excellent Narrator. Too many writers don't and, as a result, good books are ruined with bad translation.

  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,868
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30,811

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacked the freshness of Ready Player One

  • By Chad on 01-08-16

I WANT TO MARRY WIL WHEATON!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

What made the experience of listening to Armada the most enjoyable?

Wil Wheaton is by far one of the top narrators on the planet. After hearing Ready Player One, which I immediately insisted my 46 yr old son listen to (those games were his childhood for sure), Armada was a no-brainer. Again, Wil was surpurb. I WANT MORE!

What did you like best about this story?

In my opinion the best thing about Ernest Cline's stories is the way he brings his characters, male, female, dog or alien, to life. The emotions and personality of each one becomes so vivid, you can't help but see them in your mind's eye.

Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. As mentioned above, my first experience was Ready Player One. This was my second experience and it was just as enjoyable and believable as the first. WIL WHEATON ROCKS!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely! It took me two sittings, but only because I forced myself to stop and save the last 2 hours. Then I was disappointed that it was over. I WANT MORE!

Any additional comments?

Ernest Cline couldn't have picked a better narrator. And I can't wait to hear his next adventure. Thank you Mr Cline.

  • No Hiding Place

  • DI Sally Parker Thriller, Book 2
  • By: M. A. Comley
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Anne Dore
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 12

The discovery of Gemma Whiting's bludgeoned body within spitting distance of her family home, opens a new case for DI Sally Parker, one that quickly embroils her in Gemma's feud with male family members. The more Sally digs, the longer her suspect list grows. Frustrated after months of investigation, yet another young woman is attacked close to where Gemma's body was found. Sally begins to wonder if she's been looking in the wrong direction for the killer.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Awful!

  • By Sonia N Swartz on 03-23-17

Worst Narrator Ever

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

Reviewed: 03-02-16

What disappointed you about No Hiding Place?

The narration was appalling. My 11 yr old granddaughter could have put more feeling into reading it.

Would you ever listen to anything by M. A. Comley again?

Not if she hires Charlotte Anne Dore to narrate. What a really poor choice.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I felt as if she was reading the story for the first time and had no idea what was going on, so she put emphasis in the exact wrong places. And her voice is irratating to the nerves.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I'm sure I could have enjoyed it if I had been reading it instead of listening to it.

  • A Demon Bound

  • Imp, Book 1
  • By: Debra Dunbar
  • Narrated by: Angela Rysk
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 799
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732

Samantha Martin is an imp, enjoying an extended vacation from Hel. All she wants to do is drink beer by the pool, play mischievous pranks on the humans, and get her hot neighbor in the sack. It's a relaxing break from her infernal home as long as she manages to avoid the angels, who won't hesitate to execute her on sight. But when her naughty hellhound lands her in trouble with the local werewolf pack, Sam is blackmailed into helping track and catch a killer. The steps she must take to appease the werewolves will put her right in the crosshairs of the angels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can't Wait for the Next One!!!!

  • By Sharon on 04-16-14

Laughed Till I Cried - It's That Good

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

Reviewed: 02-19-16

Where does A Demon Bound rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely in the top 10. And that's saying something considering I'm addicted to Audible and have listened to close to 150 audiobooks since I signed up in 2014.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Demon Bound?

One of the most sincere moments is when her dog is attacked and Wyatt freaks out.

Have you listened to any of Angela Rysk’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I haven't had the pleasure of listening to any other of Angela Rysk's performances, so I can't compare them. And to be completely honest, I wasn't sure I cared for this one at first. Her reading seemed slow and drawn out and slightly annoying. I think the fact that the story was so amazing is what changed my mind. It wasn't long before I forgot to be annoyed and instead became tickled as my mind visualized Sammy's enjoyment at shocking people with her nudity and antics.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely, although I allowed myself 3 sittings and forced myself to do more urgent tasks like grocery shopping, laundry, and housework. I suppose I could have carried my laptop around the house with me, but when I am enjoying a story as much as I did this one, I wasn't in a hurry for it to be over.

Any additional comments?

I hope Debra plans to keep Sammy going. She (Debra) has a great gift for story telling and, no doubt, will be writing for a long time. BRAVO DEBRA! You've got a huge fan in California.

  • Breakthrough

  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Meghan Wolf
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 993

A technology that will change what it means to be human...A discovery that questions the very laws of physics......and a catastrophe that cannot be stopped.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Amanda De Wolf on 03-21-15

A Heartwarming Tale for Any Age - Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-16

Would you listen to Breakthrough again? Why?

Absolutely! There wasn't a dull moment in the entire story.

What other book might you compare Breakthrough to and why?

I think the story that comes to mind is Close Encounters of the Third Kind because of the incredible heartwarming feeling it gave at it's "breakthrough" moment. The feeling that said "the world would never be the same again", and made me look forward to finding out what comes next.

Which scene was your favorite?

I really couldn't say without spoiling the story for those who haven't read or listened to it. But I can say with all certainty, none were disappointing.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A City Beneath the Sea

Any additional comments?

Michael C Grumley, I applaud you! If it were possible to give 10 stars, I would be glad to give them to you. I can't wait to see what comes next.

  • Fuzzy Navel

  • A Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels Mystery
  • By: J. A. Konrath
  • Narrated by: Susie Breck, Dick Hill
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364

Things are going well for Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels of the Chicago Police Department. She has solved some of the city's toughest and most high-profile homicides. Her personal life is finally in order. Her friends and family are safe and happy. And she just got a call that eased her mind like nothing else could: Alex Kork, one of the most dangerous criminals Jack ever arrested, killed herself while in jail.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration; shallow novel!

  • By Wayne on 08-26-17

Bellie Laughs and Tears Abound

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Fuzzy Navel to be better than the print version?

Didn't read the printed version, so I can't honestly compare. But my guess is the audio version is better.

What does Susie Breck and Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The Chicago accents add a glorious, perfect touch that the printed version couldn't possible have. I haven't laughed out loud this much in a very long time.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending..... or, more accurately, what must be the beginning of the next book, makes me want to immediately continue the story.

Any additional comments?

I'm addicted to Audible and have listened to at least 50 or 60 books in the past year and a half. Fuzzy Navel, is, no doubt, in the top 5 most entertaining of all of them, and I attribute that to Susie Breck and Dick Hill for their outstanding performances from beginning to end. Of course, they had a spectacular author to work with. J.A. Konrath has the ability to put you in the moment and keep you there throughout the entire story. Every scene is visible to the reader. Bravo!

  • Bone Wires

  • By: Michael Shean
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

In the wasteland of commercial culture that is future America, police are operated not by government but by private companies. In Seattle, that role is filled by Civil Protection, and Daniel Gray is a detective in Homicide Solutions. What used to be considered an important - even glamorous - department for public police is very different for the corporate species, and Gray finds himself stuck in a dead end job. That is, until the Spine Thief arrives. When a serial killer begins harvesting the spinal tissue of corporate employees all over the city, Detective Gray finds himself plunged into the first truly major case of his career.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is a great cyberpunk crime story !

  • By James T on 05-22-14

Geniusly Complex

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

Reviewed: 10-22-15

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dan Grey was subjected to so many emotions throughout the story I couldn't imagine surviving all of them in a 12 hour period, yet he did.

Any additional comments?

So many twists and turns you never know who to trust.

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  • Buck Fever

  • A Blanco County Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Ben Rehder
  • Narrated by: Johnny Peppers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 127

It's the week before deer hunting season, as close to a statewide holiday as you get in Texas, and the locals are getting restless. Game Warden John Marlin has his hands full with poaching complaints coming in faster than he can write out-of-season tickets. Then a call of a different sort comes in. A man dressed up in some sort of deer costume has been shot at the Circle S ranch, and witnesses are reporting a massive wild-eyed buck prancing about the pasture in a lovesick frenzy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absolute delight.

  • By Leon Miller on 04-20-15

Highly Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 09-26-15

What made the experience of listening to Buck Fever the most enjoyable?

The distinct Western twang and Columbian accent that Johnny Peppers gave each character was spot on.I could see each person clearly in my minds eye, even the women.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character had to be the 300 lb bumpkin. He had me laughing out loud more than once.

Which scene was your favorite?

I got a big kick out of the discovery of vet in the dear costume after he was shot. Or later when he was sent to tranquilize them.... tranquilize one dear, snort one line LOL

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think when the game warden let the poacher slide because he knew the man would use every oz of his kill to feed his family.

Any additional comments?

This story was enjoyable from beginning to end. Hat's off to Ben Rehder for a job well done. I'll definitely be reading more of his work in the near future.

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  • Dead Line

  • By: Jack Patterson
  • Narrated by: Bill Cooper
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40

When veteran NFL quarterback Noah Larson finally guides his team to the Super Bowl, his dreams - and life - are dashed when his six-year-old son is kidnapped for a unique ransom: Lose the game or his son dies. Seattle sportswriter Cal Murphy and photographer Kelly Mendoza get pulled into an FBI sting to help rescue Noah's son in Mexico. But when everything falls apart, Cal and Kelly are left to save themselves, save Noah's son, and save the Super Bowl.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing story, Journalistic Narrator

  • By BookMama on 09-09-13

Could have been better

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

Reviewed: 09-24-15

Where does Dead Line rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely not the highest.

Would you recommend Dead Line to your friends? Why or why not?

No, I can't say I would recommend it to my friends, even for free.

What three words best describe Bill Cooper’s voice?

Sadly lacking emotion.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The only extreme reaction I had was to moan at Patterson's repetition of the characters names.... Cal thought he saw something...Cal looked the other way... Cal closed his eyes...etc. When it would have been much better (in this reader's opinion) to simply say, he looked the other way and then closed his eyes. I got to the point I wanted to moan out loud. It was obvious at the first part that he was talking about Cal, there was no reason to keep saying Cal, Cal, Cal or Kelly, Kelly, Kelly.

Any additional comments?

Better luck next time Mr. Patterson. You probably won't even read this, but if you do, it's nothing personal.... just some constructive criticism. The story itself was well thought out otherwise.