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  • Calamity

  • The Reckoners, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,543
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,035

When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David's fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy. David knew Prof's secret and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners' leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Climactic Battles Second Chances? as Calamity Ends

  • By Don Gilbert on 02-18-16

One of the best series EVER!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-16

My husband and I purchased this book on a whim. We are 40 year olds with young hearts. We read Steelheart first and found the dystopian setup a bit different from the other books we'd recently read. Our teen son caught up with us and we all read Mitosis together. We listened to the remainder of the books together. The book is quite believable for a dystopian earth, and the characters are awesome. With their witty euphemisms like 'Sparks', and rapport between them, this books easily becomes a great read.
Although I'd flock to a movie theater to see this brought to film, I do not believe that they'd do this novel series justice.

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,807

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Finally I didn't figure it all out

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

Yes, it was so multi leveled, I'm sure I missed some things. The story is so remarkable too.

What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

None

Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

Amy. I couldn't imagine her portrayed in any other manner.

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

I don't want to give anything away, but there is a pivotal scene near books end which solidified how extremely well written this book was to me.

Any additional comments?

It's a slow starter, but keep going, it definitely gains traction.

  • The Old Maid

  • By: Edith Wharton
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 493

The story follows the life of Tina, a young woman caught between the mother who adopted her - the beautiful, upstanding Delia - and her true mother, her plain, unmarried ‘aunt’ Charlotte, who gave Tina up to provide her with a socially acceptable life. The three women live quietly together until Tina’s wedding day, when Delia’s and Charlotte’s hidden jealousies rush to the surface.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching story, well read

  • By Feather on 06-13-10

The story shouldn't end

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

Reviewed: 03-28-15

This story was sad. It was also too short. I wish it had been longer. I enjoyed the suspense. I would tell others

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,607

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham at his best (again)

  • By Brock on 10-23-13

One pleasurable listen

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

Reviewed: 04-24-14

What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

The narrator was wide ranging and the contents of the book amazing and true to life

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

I was on the edge of my seat because the plot was kept very close to the cuff until the last minute.

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

this is my first and hopefully NOT last Michael Beck book

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

What particularly moved me in this book was the way the author allowed the reader to make up their own mind as to why someone was to be thought of in a certain way.

  • Steelheart

  • The Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,185

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He got the idea from a near traffic accident

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-26-13

What an ending!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-13

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

Although I've heard and seen so many superhero books and movies, this was so much different and BETTER.

Who was your favorite character and why?

David was my favorite character. He was extremely human and even innocent in mind.

What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

Macleod Andrew did a great job in reading this book.

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

I've seen SteelHeart bleed, I've seen him scream...

Any additional comments?

This book was not sexually explicit, which means my teen can listen to it. The main character was believable. Actually, mostly everything in this book was believable for future occurrence.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Amped

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel H. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Robbie Daymond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 514

In Amped, people are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts the abilities - and rights - of "amplified" humans. On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, 29-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as "amps." Owen is forced to go on the run, desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where, it is rumored, a group of the most enhanced amps may be about to change the world - or destroy it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Michael Crighton but still worth a listen

  • By Don Gilbert on 06-11-12

Better than Robopocalypse!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-12

If you could sum up Amped in three words, what would they be?

It is AWESOME

What was one of the most memorable moments of Amped?

When the elite group of Amps goes whole hog, the way it is described is very intricate and you almost feel as if it is happening to you. The fight between Lyle and #13 (as he was called) was amazing.

Which character – as performed by Robbie Daymond – was your favorite?

Lyle. He switched into that character and played it like it was his real voice and character.

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

I did not have an extreme reaction to this book. It did however, make me think quite a bit about what direction science is heading to. Also, it depicted well the fact that despite any forward steps that man takes in health, etc. there will still be those who are ailing and those who are prejudiced against others for one reason or another.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mindscan

  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 159

Jake Sullivan has cheated death: he's discarded his doomed biological body and copied his consciousness into an android form. The new Jake soon finds love, something that eluded him when he was encased in flesh: he falls for the android version of Karen, a woman rediscovering all the joys of life now that she too is no longer constrained by a worn-out body. Karen's son sues her, claiming that by uploading into an immortal body, she has done him out of his inheritance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging!

  • By April on 05-24-15

A most intriguing and disconcerting book

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

Reviewed: 04-16-12

If you could sum up Mindscan in three words, what would they be?

Makes You Think

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the back knowledge regarding the topics discussed.

Which character – as performed by Peter Ganim – was your favorite?

My favorite character had to be Karen. She was so well read and her words almost ALWAYS came easy to her. She had a certain calmness to her even when faced with a struggle.

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

Yes, but I made sure to break it up so that I can make it last longer.

Any additional comments?

This is a book I chose for no apparent reason and I am extremely glad I did. It is absolutely marvelous a book. If you enjoyed Robocalypse, this is even better. It get's into your head, makes you think about what you would do in this case and the book takes a detour that perhaps you may not think was coming. GREAT writing.

The premise of this book is so far fetched and yet none of it seemed fake. It was rooted deeply in some hard science. The writer is excellent as merging the science and the social in a way that was truly entertaining.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • A Civil Contract

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

Set in the Regency period, this is a classic tale of misunderstood love and an arranged marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very very good

  • By bebe on 04-19-10

Did not keep my interest

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

Reviewed: 01-04-12

Would you try another book from Georgette Heyer and/or Phyllida Nash?

Perhaps. I may have already listened and that is why I purchased this one. What a mistake

What could Georgette Heyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It was just an everyday story.

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

NO.

Could you see A Civil Contract being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I could not.

Any additional comments?

I wasted a credit.

  • State of Wonder

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,240

Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!

  • By F. B. Herron on 06-10-11

I loved listening to this book

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

Reviewed: 12-17-11

Would you listen to State of Wonder again? Why?

Yes, several times again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of State of Wonder?

When I realized that the doctor was pregnant.

Any additional comments?

This book mixes science, science fiction, travel and suspense in one book. I really enjoyed it.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Zero Day

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,164

From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Big fan of David Baldacci, not a fan of Zero Day

  • By William R. on 11-22-11

Mediocre

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

Reviewed: 12-17-11

Would you listen to Zero Day again? Why?

Not if I had to, I wouldn't

Would you be willing to try another book from David Baldacci? Why or why not?

sure, if it was free

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

no

Any additional comments?

I think what I disliked about the book was the special effects.