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  • Trail of Lightning

  • By: Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Narrated by: Tanis Parenteau
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848

The sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse have destroyed most of the planet…yet out of these waters, Dinétah, a former Navajo reservation, has been miraculously reborn. Listen along as Tanis Parenteau's impeccable narration, capturing the rhythms of Navajo speech, fully envelopes you into the Sixth World. Trail of Lightning follows our heroine as she walks the land alongside gods, heroes of legend, and monsters alike. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING STORY

  • By Annie Slasher (Booked & Loaded) on 01-14-19

Girl power

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

I felt that I was a bit deceived by the cover. The quote saying this was “hilarious” was way off. Unfortunately I feel that creates a bias for me.

It was pretty cool seeing the Native American magic in a modern time, but it just didn’t have what I was looking for.

  • The Man on the Mountaintop

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Susan Trott, Libby Spurrier - adaptor
  • Narrated by: Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Clare Corbett, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,955

The Man on the Mountaintop tells the story of Holy Man Joe, an ageing and unassuming man who lives in a hermitage on top of a mountain. During the summer months, thousands of hopefuls line the path leading to his door, seeking his wisdom. From bombastic, wealthy nobles intent on cheating their way to the top to drunkards who gradually build the physical and mental strength they need to quit their addiction, The Man on the Mountaintop is a rousing tale full of humour, wit and life lessons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple - which is all you really need

  • By Solunari on 02-01-19

You need to read this book.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

Of all the books I’ve read this one actually filled me with a sense of calm. It’s very uplifting and at the same time very deep. You will find a little bit of yourself in this one.

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  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,769
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,721

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Mohannad Ahmed on 03-10-18

Behold the fold

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I have to say this book was an improvement over the last, and the last one was pretty good.

  • Firestarter

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001

Andy McGee and Vicky Tomlinson participated in a drug experiment run by a veiled government agency known as The Shop. One year later, they marry. Two years later, their little girl, Charlie, sets her teddy bear on fire by simply staring at it. Now that Charlie is eight, she doesn't start fires anymore. Her parents have taught her to control her pyrokinesis, the ability to set anything - toys, clothes, even people - aflame. But The Shop knows about and wants this pigtailed "ultimate weapon".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its a Gem !

  • By Hubert on 03-22-16

It burns when I read.

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

This was kind of a let down. I have not seen the movie, so it wasn’t that situation, but rather the story just dragged. I don’t know if I was a expecting too much, or if the story was just dragging.

Also, there is some inconsistency with Charlie that I didn’t care for. She flips back and fourth between child like and mature for her age so often I couldn’t understand who she ways. For example Danny Torrance (the shining) is a little boy who is very perceptive and smart for his age, even when scared this is his constant. With Charlie I didn’t know if she was thinking like a child or cunning like an adult.

  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 159

A mysterious sea monster, theorized by some to be a giant narwhal, is sighted by ships of several nations; an ocean liner is also damaged by the creature. The United States government finally assembles an expedition to track down and destroy the menace. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a noted French marine biologist and narrator of the story, master harpoonist Ned Land, and Aronnax's faithful assistant Conseil join the expedition.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Deadpan of Alan Munro

  • By Eric on 04-15-17

That sinking feeling

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Wow, this was, awful. I have been reading through some of the classics, last year I read War and Peace” and there is no comparison. Was War and Peace long? Was it boring in some parts? Sure. But this book was worse by leaps and bounds.

Here’s a “short” list of all the problems with this book:
1. The concept of the ship is beyond words amazing. The tech described in this show the workings of a mind far beyond the 1800’s. With that said how the hell do you rap it in a burrito of boredom smothered in Ultra Weak Bland Sauce (low fat). The story would drag on until it got to an interesting part then rushed through it quickly to go back to boredom.

2. The narrator drones on so badly that in some countries they may use recording of this on patience to put them under for surgery. This is the first book I ever increased the speed (1.25x) just to get through it.

3. Kingdom. Phylum. Class. Order. Family. Genus. Species. Ok. I. Get. It. Please. Stop. I can’t believe not one person told Jules that you need to either write a biology book or a novel, but it can’t be both. Look, I have no idea how many fish are in the sea, but you don’t have to break down the taxonomy of every god damn one. There are points when the professors man/boy/servant would see a school of fish and I had to fast forward until he stopped talking. I jumped two to three min at a time.

4. Now, I can’t be sure you’re familiar with the phrase “get to the mother****ing monkey” or not. (Watch Peter Jackson’s King Kong and you’ll get it). But it took until the last two hours of the book to get “interesting”. There was no sense of danger, or adventure that you wanted to see. Up until the two hour mark any problems they ran into we “no match for my Nautilus”. It was like Superman stopping a convince store robbery, nothing phased it and it always had a new ability to come through unscathed.

Honestly, after reading this I cannot imagine how Emmet Brown and Clara Clayton could possibly romanticize over this book.

  • Zero G

  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,728

Twelve-year-old Zero is traveling with 20,000 people for 105 years to colonize a new planet. Everyone is in stasis, so they'll be safe during the trip, but when Zero's pod malfunctions it wakes him early, like 105 years early. At first he's excited to be the only one awake - he has the entire ship to himself, so he can go anywhere and see and do and eat anything he wants - but when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and kidnap the colonizers, Zero has to think fast and find a way to stop them all on his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passengers movie with space pirates

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Home alone IN SPACE!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

It has a “kid story” feel to it, but still quite enjoyable. “They all float down here”

  • The Invisible Man

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Sinead Dixon
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

This masterpiece of science fiction is the fascinating story of Griffin, a scientist who creates a serum to render himself invisible, and his descent into madness that follows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kinda transparent.

  • By Anthony Purcell on 12-11-18

Kinda transparent.

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

This was a surprisingly good read. I I didn’t see it coming. (See what I did there?)

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  • Brutal Bedtime Stories

  • A Supernatural Horror Story Collection
  • By: Ha-yong Bak, David Maloney, Kyle Alexander, and others
  • Narrated by: Paul Jenkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Is there anything as horrifying as what David's wife gave birth to? How about that advertisement Tobias found that was selling a human head, condition used? Then there's Ha-yong's experience in heaven (which isn't nearly as nice as it sounds)...and Kyle encountering that bionic cult that's a long way short of being human. Spine-tingling terror from horror writers around the world. Dozens of diverse short stories containing gruesome murders, supernatural mysteries, grotesque hellscapes, and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great collection of numerous Short Stories

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-03-18

Spooky good time

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

These were great, some gritty, some dark, some sad. An all around good collection. Totally recommend

  • Carrie

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,034

An unpopular teenage girl, whose mother is a religious fanatic, is tormented and teased to the breaking point by her more popular schoolmates. She uses her hidden telekinetic powers to inflict a terrifying revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absolute MASTERPIECE!!!!

  • By Matthew S. Hill on 02-09-16

If you put your mind to it you can do anything.

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

A great story, but so unbelievably sad. I had only seen the movie, but having read the book my heart just breaks. Flex...

  • 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 49,859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,238

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What book did others hear?

  • By Tenizmom on 09-20-12

It’s a good read, take a shot at it.

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

Time travel is a very sticky subject to write about. The new ideas and concepts brought about in this combined with a good story keeps you enthralled. If you don’t like it just go back and do it over again.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful