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  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,781
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,151
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,191

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was surprised by how much I liked it

  • By cristina on 01-14-14

Extremely disappointing for J.K. Rowling

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

This is a long series of people within two small communities where half the inhabitants are obsessed with sex, regardless of whether they or the person they fantasize about are married or not. The other half are obsessed with the vacancy left by the death of a member of the city council, which spawns a series of backhanded deals that would make the writers of House of Cards and Game of Thrones standing in admiration.

However, that would leave it merely an overly-long pile of boring crap. As it is, what is the most disappointing is that this is written by an author who is known for making deeply engaging characters and immersive universes, who has now turned her entire style of writing around to simply try and be edgy, leaving the book somewhere around the annoyance level of Catcher in the Rye with about half the thought put into it and only a quarter of the cutting edge.

Spoiler:
The "edgy" feeling of the book is best explained by the 16-year-old girl, Crystal, who ends up getting raped, accidentally gets her 4-year-old brother killed, and then kills herself with her mother's smack supply. However, it doesn't come off as deep, it comes off as trying to be dark, and it's not hard to see darkness, you just have to close your eyes, which is all this story has done.

Horrible read.

  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

  • Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
  • By: Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,643
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,645

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Katherine Kellgren - Wow!

  • By Lee on 07-15-09

Fun twist if you weren't crazy about the original

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

I never much cared for Pride and Prejudice, as in, I could never get past the 10th chapter and never really understood the cultural obsession with it. However, this version made me smile while listening in the same I way I enjoy parodies of movies I don't much like. So while it definitely is a niche market and it's not the most well-written addition to an original work, I enjoyed it. It won't be at the top ten list anytime... ever, but it still provided enough enjoyment for me to actually finish the book through to the end, which is more than the original can claim.

If you do want to check it out, I would recommend not taking it seriously. It's not intended to be a serious addition and if you read it that way you will only be disappointed.

  • The Left Hand of Darkness

  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,554
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,332
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,332

A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost 50 and still amazing

  • By kwdayboise (Kim Day) on 06-07-17

Pretentious and boring.

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

The book has it's head shoved throughly up its own ass and thinks it's a lot more clever than it is. The story is bland and uninteresting despite being set in an age of space travel and empires, and the narration is monotone and subpar.

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,352
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,562

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HHTGH - Lightly Fried

  • By J. Medany on 05-08-05

Quirky and interesting sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

It's a gripping tale of one mans introduction to the huge and expansive cosmos that is our universe while keeping a humorous and light hearted tone, thoroughly enjoyed it!

  • John Dies at the End

  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,805
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,823

STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-19-12

A disappointment unique only in its ability to disgust and upset me.

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

The book is a story that thrives off of weirdness for its own sake, having very little actual story and even less of a point.

Its most notable sections were the three separate in depth discussions of someone's penis and an obsession with shit that would make any thirteen-year-old blush in embarrassment.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101,777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88,766

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

A fun and practical view on life as a whole

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

This book follows a humorous but practical ideology for living through the shit storm that is everyday life. It is always well sourced, often pointing out several well-known parallels of the example it is trying to set. It is admittedly a bit "out there" for people who love settling for the normal flow of life.

However, if you ever find yourself stressed about trying to maintain your composure in a world that seems completely loony, I would highly recommend it.

  • Outlaw

  • By: Ted Dekker
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349

The story of how I, Julian Carter, and my precious two-year old son, Stephen, left Atlanta Georgia and found ourselves on a white sailboat, tossed about like a cork on a raging sea off of Australia's northern tip in 1963, is harrowing. But it pales in comparison to what happened deep in the jungle where I was taken as a slave by a savage tribe unknown to the world. Some places dwell in darkness so deep that even God seems to stay away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than A Great Story

  • By Saundra Smith on 02-07-14

A tricky and gripping read

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

The story follows an extremely interesting plot that actually calls for the reader (as well as the main character) to rethink their values and priorities while being submerged in a foreign "savage" culture.

Honestly was intriguing and I loved it. Well done, Ted Dekker.

  • Carrots

  • Shelby Nichols Adventures, Book 1
  • By: Colleen Helme
  • Narrated by: Wendy Tremont King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,882
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,723
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,724

Shelby Nichols is an average woman who is married to the only guy she ever fell for. Her life is organized and predictable, revolving around her husband and two children. All that changes the day she stops at the grocery store for some carrots. As the cashier rings up her purchases, a gunman is busy robbing the bank inside the store. When a customer grabs the robber's mask, he is shot and everyone runs for cover. Everyone except Shelby, who finds herself face to face with the killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story and flawless audio! Get it!

  • By Dr. Geoff on 11-20-13

Absolute train wreck from the word go!

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Honestly I can't say who this book would be for, except perhaps a few very small child due to it's simplistic writing style and unbelievable plot.

What about Wendy Tremont King’s performance did you like?

The performance itself is actually fairly solid, well read and enjoyable.

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  • Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes

  • Five Nights at Freddy's, Book 1
  • By: Scott Cawthon, Kira Breed-Wrisley
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892

It's been exactly 10 years since the murders at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, and Charlotte (Charlie for short) has spent those 10 years trying to forget. Her father was the owner of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza and the creator of its four adult-sized animatronic animals, and now Charlie is returning to her hometown to reunite with her childhood friends on the anniversary of the tragedy that ripped their town apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Son Loved it!

  • By C. Hogan on 11-04-16

Enjoyable, but only for an open-minded fan.

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

I personally enjoyed the story, but it comes with a few qualifications. I doubt anyone who doesn't know about the FNAF series would enjoy or accept the story easily and it deviates from the lore of the games, so you have to be willing to accept differences as well.

The writing isn't great, but it's solid and does the job well enough. As I say the book has a narrow demographic but if you fall within those lines I would highly recommend it. Keep me up at night ;)

  • The Cold, Cold Ground

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 1
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,203

Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a stunning book

  • By Alan on 01-17-12

Good start, goes on a bit

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

The books has a gripping start and pulls you into the riots of Belfast and a possible serial killer but it drones on with a lot of nothing until the final chapter or two and then ties everything up with the speed of a crack addict. 4/10