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Karl Story

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  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,765

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Owe Stephen King An Apology

  • By Kelly on 04-16-12

Thank you

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

Reviewed: 01-09-12

Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

The narration was top notch.

Any additional comments?

Thank you for everything Mr. King, I have consistently enjoyed you books over the years, all the ups and downs. This book was one of the best.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Directive 51

  • By: John Barnes
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 21 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45

Heather O’Grainne is the assistant secretary in the Office of Future Threat Assessment, investigating rumors surrounding something called “Daybreak.” Part philosophic discussion, part international terrorist faction, and part artists’ movement, it’s a group of diverse people with radical ideas who have only one thing in common — their hatred for the Big System and their desire to take it down. Until Heather can determine whether these people are all talk and no action, she wants to keep this information from going public.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing, don't waste your credit.

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-29-10

Unexpectedly Bad

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-11

I have greatly enjoyed past books by John Barnes, notably, "The Mother Of Storms" and "Finity" (both not on audio, sadly). This book was a complete mess and a true struggle to get all of the way through. It follows the standard End of the World/Civilisation is Shattered storyline but slaps you with a wildly implausible cause. The characters are two dimensional, cliche'd and at no point did I begin to identify or care about them. The story spirals into an overly political mish-mash which comes off as a whiney high school slap-fight. The author tries to take a middle of the road approach politically, but caracaturizes both liberal and conservative sides into fringe stereotypes of the worst kind. The narrator amplifies the stilted prose into grueling aural assault. I was excited at first to be able to listen to a book by an author I had liked so much in the past...now I am just sad.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Perdido Street Station

  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 24 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,245

Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stick with it

  • By Steph on 01-31-13

The New Weird

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-09

An excellent book and excellent narration. One of the freshest novels I have read in a long time, chock full of imagination and intricate world building.
While I agree that Audible's files are flawed, this is not a forum for tech support. Contact Audible directly.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Pandora's Star

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 37 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,925
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,999
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,019

The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Epic Scifi

  • By Devin on 10-17-09

Excellent listen!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-09

My first Peter F. Hamilton book and I was most pleasantly surprised. Big story, lots of characters, interesting and novel ideas all woven together with a talented hand. Looking forward to listening to the sequel and any future books by this author. Remember, when judging a book by the reviews, click on the review writer's name to see what they thought of other books, it can be very enlightening.

49 of 54 people found this review helpful

  • Mainspring

  • By: Jay Lake
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38

Mainspring is the story of a young clockmaker's apprentice, who is visited by the Archangel Gabriel. He is told that he must take the Key Perilous and rewind the Mainspring of the Earth. It is running down, and disaster to the planet will ensue if it's not rewound. From innocence and ignorance to power and self-knowledge, the young man will make the long and perilous journey to the South Polar Axis to fulfill the commandment of his God.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Journy well started, but unfullfiled

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-14-07

Steampunk on ice

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-08

This book left me rather cold and it was like slogging through quicksand to get all the way through to the end. Unless you count "The Difference Engine" by Gibson and Sterling, this is the first Steampunk book I have read and while I think the concept is interesting and full of potential this novel did not realize my hopes. There is some fairly graphic interspecies sex in the third act that hits you very suddenly. I know I have mentioned such things in other reviews and I am not a prude, but sometimes it seems that (much like in movies) such scenes are added in merely for the sake of sex and have nothing whatsoever to do with the progression of the story which was....boring.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghost Brigades

  • Old Man's War, Book 2
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,174

The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow but comes together in the end.

  • By Lore on 02-15-14

A good sequel

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-08

A fun listen and worthy successor to "Old Man's War". Scalzi writes his books with a very Heinlein'esque feel...in a good way.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • 2012

  • The War for Souls
  • By: Whitley Strieber
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

A mysterious alien presence unexpectedly bursts out of sacred sites all over the world and begins to rip human souls from their bodies, plunging the world into a chaos it has never before known. Courage meets cowardice; loyalty meets betrayal as an entire world struggles to survive this incredible end-all war. Heroes emerge, villains reveal themselves, and in the end, something completely new and unexpected happens that at once lifts the fictional characters into a new life and sounds a haunting real-world warning for the future.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh...

  • By Patrick Pacacha on 03-26-08

Decent...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-08

...but not spectacular. I was really hoping for a sequel to Strieber's previous novel "The Grays" which I very much enjoyed. This books touches on some slightly similar concepts but overall wasn't as directed and seemed a bit silly. Perhaps silly is too harsh. I did enjoy the listen, I guess it's just a case of the book not being what I wanted it to be and that is my fault, not the author's.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Moving Mars

  • By: Greg Bear
  • Narrated by: Sharon Williams
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Mars is a colonial world governed by corporate interests on Earth. The citizens of Mars are hardworking, brave, and intelligent, but held back by their lack of access to the best education, and the desire of Earthly powers to keep the best inventions for themselves. The young Martians - the second and third generation born on Mars - have little loyalty to Earth and a strong belief that their planet can be independent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorites

  • By Karl Story on 07-09-08

One of my favorites

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-08

This has always been one of my favorite books and I was very happy that Audible added it to it's library (the original tapes were dual track and had terrible sound quality). Greg Bear is one of those hard science authors that can write compelling believable characters and not bury you under a high tech facade. The science itself is amazing and high concept. Bear tends to write more contemporary, near future Scifi these days and I love his books, but Moving Mars is top form traditional Scifi.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Old Man's War

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,273

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Witty Military Sci-Fi

  • By M. Spencer on 10-21-12

Fun and entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-08

A bit Starship Troopers, a bit Forever War and a big chunk of originality. Scalzi doesn't bury you with the science(not that I personally have a problem with that), he just writes a good book.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Quantico

  • By: Greg Bear
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

It's the second decade of the 21st century, and terrorism has escalated almost beyond control. The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem has been blown to bits by extremists, and, in retaliation, thousands have died in another major attack on the United States. The War on Terror has reached a deadly stalemate. Now the FBI has been dispatched to deal with a new menace: a plague targeted to ethnic groups, Jews or Muslims or both, has the potential to wipe out entire populations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Karl Story on 03-02-08

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-08

As usual, Greg Bear delivers a well written novel, full of interesting ideas and well rounded, intelligent characters (that you actually care about). Very good narration and pacing. I hope that Audible acquires some of Bear's other works such as Moving Mars and Forge of God.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful