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  • Pit Bull

  • The Battle over an American Icon
  • By: Bronwen Dickey
  • Narrated by: Randye Kaye
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350

When Bronwen Dickey brought her new dog home, she saw no traces of the infamous viciousness in her affectionate, timid pit bull. Which made her wonder: How had the breed - beloved by Teddy Roosevelt, Helen Keller, and TV's Little Rascals - come to be known as a brutal fighter? Her search for answers takes her from 19th-century New York City dogfighting pits - the cruelty of which drew the attention of the recently formed ASPCA - to early 20th-century movie sets where pit bulls cavorted with Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The definitive argument about pitbulls

  • By D'Anne Witkowski on 06-23-16

An Eye-Opening Book For People on Both Sides

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

As a veterinarian in practice for thirty years, and who has worked with rescue groups for most of that time, I thought I knew a lot about Pit Bulls. Turns out I knew very little of the history, politics, and culture that has guided us to where we are today. Ms. Dickey has done exceptional research, and knows her topic better than any author I've read on the subject. The narrator of this audiobook is also excellent, and her voice helps make an already-interesting topic even more interesting. Everyone who has a opinion on the "Pit Bull Issue" needs to read or listen to this book.

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  • The Extinction Cycle Boxed Set, Books 4–6

  • Extinction Evolution, Extinction End, and Extinction Aftermath
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 32 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,413

Central Command is gone, the military is fractured, and the surviving members of Team Ghost, led by Master Sergeant Reed Beckham, have been pushed to the breaking point. While the strong return to the battlefield, the wounded are forced to stay behind on Plum Island and fight their inner demons. Betrayed by the country they swore to defend and surrounded by enemies on all sides, Team Ghost has one mission left: protect Dr. Kate Lovato and Dr. Pat Ellis while they develop a weapon to defeat the Variants once and for all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • this entire 6 book series is off the chain

  • By Nathan on 06-15-17

Top-notch military science fiction

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

Reviewed: 06-01-17

I have been a big fan of military science fiction, since I discovered the Legion of the Damned series a few years ago. Extinction Cycle is a cross between a good zombie tale and military fiction. It gets a few things wrong, but the story is good enough to overcome the mistakes. Anyone who likes zombies or Delta Force will love this.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,803
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59,869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,748

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Very Entertaining and Engaging; Terrific Narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-01-17

I originally selected this book because I love Ray Porter's voice. He narrates all the Joe Ledger books, which I love. He can make a mediocre story good, and a good story great. I was not disappointed. Bob's story is very good, and Porter's narration makes it really, really good. I only stop short of great, because it's too short.

  • Welcome to the Universe

  • An Astrophysical Tour
  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, J. Richard Gott
  • Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724

Welcome to the Universe is a personal guided tour of the cosmos by three of today's leading astrophysicists. Inspired by the enormously popular introductory astronomy course that Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott taught together at Princeton, this book covers it all - from planets, stars, and galaxies to black holes, wormholes, and time travel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So many things to learn

  • By lennyankireddi on 04-25-17

Annoying voice and audio math don't work

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

I love Tyson and Strauss, and don't know a lot about Gott, but was looking forward to this, as I had already read chapter one. The narrator apparently prides himself on different accents, but all I can hear in this is nasal Chicago, which I don't find at all appealing. I'm having a hard time paying attention to what he says. All the equations don't translate well to audio, either. I'm about 1/4 of the way in, and I might have to just buy the book and read it, instead of listening.

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  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,991

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Ed on 09-04-16

More Theater of the Mind than audiobook

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

Reviewed: 05-01-16

An unanticipated detour for Ripley between the first and second movies. Production quality and acting significantly exceeded my expectations. They managed to find a near-perfect replica of Sigourney Weaver's voice, and Hauer as Ash was spot-on, too. Without giving away any spoilers, I can only say I hope this is not the end of one character's story.

  • Halo

  • The Flood
  • By: William C. Dietz
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,593

The Human-Covenant War, a desperate struggle for humankind's very survival, has reached its boiling point on the mysterious ring world called Halo. But the fierce Covenant warriors, the mightiest alien military force known, are not the only peril lying in wait.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Robotic compare to The Fall Of Reach

  • By jag on 03-09-12

Great, classic Halo story, only fair telling of it

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

Reviewed: 02-21-16

Having read every Halo book in print, I thought it would be fun to listen to them, so I started from the beginning. The Fall of Reach and The Flood (volumes 1 and 2) both suffer from the same problems.
First, admittedly minor, but driving me crazy nonetheless, is the inexplicable fact that the narrator cannot pronounce something that is such a part of the story as Mjolnir. It's "me-ol-neer", not "mah-jole-neer." Through two volumes, no one noticed this? Mjolnir is the name of Thor's Hammer. Why would the correct pronunciation be such a challenge?
Second, the sound equalization stinks. The narrator has a good voice, but whenever a character yells, which is a lot, you get a sharp, jarring ice pick through the ear drum, because the volume goes up five decibels. A good sound engineer should have fixed that situation. It's really, really annoying. So, as much as I love The Halo series, I'll stick with visual instead of audio, until someone reworks the sound.

  • Golden Son

  • Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,505
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,442

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • never trust anyone

  • By M. B. Jones on 02-03-18

Starts slow, but makes amends

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

Not as gripping as the first book for the first half. Character development and a lot of soliloquies get a bit boggy. But, once things get moving, it leaves you distressed that the next one is not available yet. Very good plot twists and surprises,

  • Stranger in a Strange Land

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,263

Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • We live in the world this book made

  • By W. Seligman on 02-26-04

Heinlein: Verbose, Sexist, Bigoted

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

Reviewed: 05-29-14

Funny...I read this book forty years ago and it didn't seem out of whack with the times. Listening to it now, Heinlein takes way too long to say what he needs to say, he lectures, and the anti-gay and anti-feminist prose is obvious now. His protagonists, who are supposedly free sexual spirits, are disgusted by homosexuality and the main female character says at one point: "Nine times out of ten, if a girl gets raped, it's at least partially her own fault."

How times change. I could barely finish the book this time around.

  • 1632

  • Ring of Fire, Book 1
  • By: Eric Flint
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,650

New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues such as who should be considered a citizen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • NOT ALL THAT BAD

  • By Randall on 11-26-18

Great story, one-dimensional characters

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

Reviewed: 09-10-13

The idea is terrific, and the author clearly knows his military history and weapons. The story line develops well and you get a lot of interesting tidbits of European and American history. But, the characters are one-dimensional. They are either good guys or bad guys, and the character development is a bit like a teen novel.

The worst part for me is the narrator. I know everyone else apparently thinks he's great, but I almost can't listen to him. He sounds like he always has such a mouthful of saliva that if you were talking face-to-face, he'd be spitting on you. I can barely get past that.

However, overall, I enjoyed the story enough that the whole package was a worthwhile read. I liked it enough to download 1633, so that says something.

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  • American Gods [TV Tie-In]

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,878

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming mystery, romance and epic

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 11-26-03

Ruined by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-20-13

Based on other reviews, I really, really wanted to hear this book. I learned a valuable lesson--never buy an audio-book without listening to the sample audio. I tried several times, but could not get past the first ten minutes, because the narrator's voice is that of a seventy-year-old, two-pack-a-day smoker. The hoarseness made me want to continually clear my throat.

I'll chalk it up to a lesson learned and buy the Tenth Anniversary, multi-cast edition.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful