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  • Departure

  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Scott Aiello
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,176

En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind. Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they've crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Sci-Fi Story With Lots of Twists and Turns

  • By Cheri on 09-01-15

dull, unimaginative, not quite Syfy

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

Reviewed: 04-18-19

if this novel claims to be science fiction, it's really more of a fantasy piece with completely unbelievable scenarios from a scientific standpoint. Also, the coincidences stretch the imagination and go beyond, to create great frustration repeatedly. The characters also are very one-dimensional and dull and make very peculiar decisions. therefore, it is unbelievable from a human behavior standpoint, unbelievable from a scientific standpoint, with a very simplistic plot that could have been written by someone in the 10th grade. The performance helps, but there is no voice actor on Earth that can turn a dull plot into something that is worth wading through. After a while, you desperately wish for all the characters to die in a fiery explosion of Destruction.

  • The Darkwater Bride

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Donal Finn, Jamie Glover, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,057
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,732
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,723

Late Victorian London. When James Miller, the most respectable of Scottish businessmen, is pulled, dead, from the Thames, his daughter is drawn into an investigation which reveals a whole world of secrets and corruption. Alongside local detective Culley, Catriona’s search for her father’s killer leads all the way to the tragic truth behind the ghostly legend of The Darkwater Bride and the power of her deadly kiss. An epic drama starring Adrian Scarborough, Claire Corbett, Freya Mayor and Jamie Glover, The Darkwater Bride combines the genres of the Victorian mystery thriller with the equally classic Victorian mode of the ghostly tale.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • spooky audio drama / sex & violence crime fiction

  • By Paul on 04-07-19

over-sexualized, plotless and disgusting

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

Reviewed: 04-12-19

I suppose you could say there was a plot, but it's so simplistic that anyone could have written it. The problem is that it's way too unnecessarily disgusting, and the author mistakes the need to shock the reader when she really only needed to horrify the reader. What a difference and it completely escaped her!

  • Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body

  • By: Daniel Goleman, Richard Davidson
  • Narrated by: Daniel Goleman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494

Two New York Times best-selling authors unveil new research showing what meditation can really do for the brain. In the last 20 years, meditation and mindfulness have gone from being kind of cool to becoming an omnipresent Band-Aid for fixing everything from your weight to your relationship to your achievement level. Unveiling here the kind of cutting-edge research that has made them giants in their fields, Daniel Goleman and Richard J Davidson show us the truth about what meditation can really do for us.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Important information for meditation seekers

  • By Luanna Vieira Leite on 01-11-18

endlessly, unrelentungly banal

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

horribly dull stories of 2 horribly dull American students from the 1970s. I just simply didn't have time to dig in further and see if I could find the diamond in the pile of poop. Perhaps it exists. But after three long chapters of that oh, I gave up

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sleeping Beauties

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King, Owen King
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 25 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,948
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,909

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: They become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place.... The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • can't stand it.

  • By Ryan on 05-09-18

a blue collar fantasy story that tries to be more

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

this is simply a blue color fantasy story, and resembles no horror Story that I'm aware of. there is nothing to be scared of, and little to be horrified by as you can't really identify with any of the lame, uninteresting, or plain despicable characters. You find yourself wondering, idly, who might die and who might live but you truly do not care.

however, the narrator is incredibly gifted and has actually been able to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. I find it incredible. A narrator can, conceivably, make or break a story but I've never seen it until now. Although I Tire of the various dull diatribes that some of the characters have during their internal dialogues, I would rather skip past those dull bits and continue to listen to the fascinating narrator who actually makes this enjoyable to listen to. I am positive that I would never take the time to read such garbage, but she is simply stellar.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Thin Air

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554

From the author of the award-winning Altered Carbon, which is now an exciting new series from Netflix. On a Mars where ruthless corporate interests violently collide with a homegrown independence movement as Earth-based overlords battle for profits and power, Hakan Veil is an ex-professional enforcer equipped with military-grade body tech that's made him a human killing machine. But he's had enough, and all he wants is a ticket back home - which is just what he's offered by the Earth Oversight organization, in exchange for being the bodyguard for an EO investigator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Turns out there is life on Mars

  • By Gilbert on 10-26-18

The Porn Version of Kill Bill on Mars (but dull)

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

First the good: Narrator Colin Mace is excellent. He is able to capture various accents and sexes in his tone, and he mostly gets it right. He can shine even the juiciest turd, apparently, because I listened 3/4 of the way before I gave up. I kept getting ready to punch out and his depictions would draw me back in. If I was only reading this, I would've already tossed the book by the time I gave up on the Audible version.

Now the bad: The plot is somewhat weak. The women are stereotyped bad-ass b*tches and the men all are twisted in some way or another. Usually they're corrupt. Everyone is jaded, which becomes dull after a while. The story is about twice as long as it should be, interspersed by immensely graphic porn. Now I realize we live in a modern world, and apparently almost everyone watches porn these days. But historically genuine SciFi is cerebral, and this is far from that. It could have been. But the author seems to want to appeal to teenage boys rather than make a genuine attempt.

Now the author did seem to work very hard to create a separate world and it's pretty believable, I'll give him that...to a certain extent. But he got too wrapped up in the tawdry minutiae and it really spoiled the entire thing. It had so much promise, but I finally, sadly, put it away. I don't have the patience to wade through any more drawn out descriptions of the variety of sexual acts that the Herculean protagonist indulges in, I'm tired of the bloody gore, and I'm worn out waiting to find out what the actual plot is.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Maisie Dobbs

  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Rita Barrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,644
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,638

Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful discovery

  • By Lori on 08-07-09

Not a Mystery: Dull Novel with Repetitive Theme

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

I had a grandfather that served in WWI. And I know more than WWI than most. Winspear isn't wrong about her summation of the war. Where she fails is her constant repeating of the tales, over and over and over and over and...well, you get the idea. And there's not one iota of mystery to this horrid thing. So after a while you throw up your hands resignedly and say "Yes, I get it. War sucks." That apparently is the real aim of her message. But such a message could be delivered more delicately.

The narrator has a relatively appealing voice, even though it's a bit lower class. She sometimes stumbles appallingly over Ls and substitutes them with Ws, like Elmer Fudd. And her depiction of male voices is painful. It probably would have been far better to get a multiple cast or a woman with a bit more range and better elocution.

  • Hit Makers

  • The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction
  • By: Derek Thompson
  • Narrated by: Derek Thompson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211

Nothing "goes viral". If you think a popular movie, song, or app came out of nowhere to become a word-of-mouth success in today's crowded media environment, you're missing the real story. Each blockbuster has a secret history - of power, influence, dark broadcasters, and passionate cults that turn some new products into cultural phenomena. In his groundbreaking investigation, Atlantic senior editor Derek Thompson uncovers the hidden psychology of why we like what we like.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A lot more interesting than I expected...

  • By Mr on 04-22-17

Interesting and somewhat accurate, but flawed

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

UCH a great book in so many ways. Lots of stats and information, until there isn't. I think this goes to prove how easy it is to bend statistics to a worldview, inadvertently at times! The author discusses sexism in the roles in Hollywood, and then espouses the (unproven) claim that if script writers just give women the exact same roles as men, we'll all eventually be trained to see all sexes as equal. AND YET...

He then goes on to discuss how the more we talk about something that is untrue, even in debate, such as creationism, the more we give credence to it. He believes in evolution, and says so. But according to evolutionary psychology, our view of the sexes is due to deeply ingrained evolutionary instinct. That isn't something that scriptwriters can merely dismiss with a flick of a wrist.

And so we must examine his other assertions with a grain of salt. He may be able to lay out the problems, but he may not have the solutions. And his definition of the problems may also be skewed by his personal beliefs or lack of in-depth knowledge in certain areas.

Still well worth reading, but with caution.

  • The Atlantis Gene

  • The Origin Mystery, Book 1
  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,605
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,848
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,866

Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully Horrible

  • By Laura Roderick on 07-29-17

Great Performance, Anemic Heroine

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I'm a woman that loves action/adventure, SciFi...pretty much all the standard 'guy' style stuff. And when I read them, I look for quality characters. The woman is just SO anemic: She's a doctor all-consumed with a mommy complex, and most of the time is helpless and in dire need of rescue except for the time she was rescued and then wanted to make out with the guy giving her resuscitation as she lay there dying with lungs full of seawater. Soooo... Not believable. Unless, of course, anyone knows of any women who've been given artificial respiration after being drugged, helpless, nearly drowned, and still were as horny as a young Pamela Anderson. I gave up.

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,582
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,488

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

pretty dull stuff from a notoriously funny guy

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I'd like to never think that Newhart is past his prime. But it was a mistake to ask him to reminisce about days gone by. His voice is very weak, which comes with advanced age, and I had to battle pity. The stories themselves were quite dull and the chats he had with his colleagues were equally dull

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,459
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,947

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It might be better to actually read this.

  • By Ariel on 07-25-11

Narrator Absolutely Terrible

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

I really wanted to love this book. My mom read it and loved it, and so I was sure it was going to be fantastic. But the plot is full of holes for anyone interested in the SciFi side of it.

That really might have been forgivable if it wasn't for the narrator's wretched performance. All of his 'voices' sounded the same, which is to say it was cringeworthy. He was so busy trying to get close to a British accent (he never settled on which one) that he lost sight of the inflections he should have, so every character (except the American hero) had a flat affect.

It reminded me of when *I* was in high school drama and our drama teacher was producing a British play. He suggested we all try out British accents and, after hearing some samples, he said dryly "Let's not do that."

It's a shame the narrator hadn't met our high school drama teacher.

But ultimately: Where does the fault lie? Doesn't the author have a say in who reads his book aloud? At what point did he hear a sample and give it a pass? Surely SOMEone knows what various British accents sound like.

I really tried. I listened to most of it. But it got to a point where the narrator killed any ambition I had to find out the ending. The most 'peculiar' thing about this is how the narrator got the job in the first place.