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  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,955
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36,844

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Rather mediocre book

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Very disappointed... Story line weak, morose prose, the climax of the story is flawed. Not worth the time and money.

  • The One-in-a-Million Boy

  • By: Monica Wood
  • Narrated by: Chris Ciulla
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804

For years, guitarist Quinn Porter has been on the road, chasing gig after gig, largely absent to his twice-ex-wife Belle and their odd, Guinness records-obsessed son. When the boy dies suddenly, Quinn seeks forgiveness for his paternal shortcomings by completing the requirements for one of his son's unfinished Boy Scout badges. For seven Saturdays Quinn does yard work for Ona Vitkus, the spry 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant the boy had visited weekly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very moving, thought provoking,

  • By Kelli Stone on 04-12-17

Boring

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

A boring, going-nowhere story that borders on depressing. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't finish it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Innocent Ones [Soundtrack Edition]

  • By: Robert Gregory Browne
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 238

Assistant District Attorney Beth Crawford and her sister, Jen, take a much needed vacation in Baja, California, but the fun in the sun doesn't last long when Jen disappears without a trace on the streets of Playa del Sol. Now Beth must navigate the underbelly of a city she doesn't know, and the only one who can help her is Nick Vargas, a disgraced newspaper reporter on the trail of a dangerous and deadly cult with big plans for its annual celebration...on the Day of the Dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You are THERE!...(soundtrack edition)

  • By Polly Poizendem on 12-11-16

This is one mediocre book

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

Very mediocre story, prose and narration. In fact, a dumb plot. The sound effects have negative value: they don't add anything, only background distraction. Not worth the time or money.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Second Ship

  • The Rho Agenda, Book 1
  • By: Richard Phillips
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,529
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,561

In 1948, an alien starship crash-landed in the New Mexico desert and brought with it the key to mankind’s future. Code-named the Rho Project, the landing was shrouded in secrecy, and only the highest-ranking US government and military personnel knew it existed. Until now....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific story

  • By Mike From Mesa on 01-03-13

Weak book

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

Reviewed: 09-17-16

Deficient storytelling. I rather not find out what happened in books 2 & 3 than listen to more of this poor story and prose.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,385

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

A book that went from nowhere to nowhere

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

Not very interesting. Perhaps a bit cute here and there, but not quite a page turner. Prose is ok.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Samsara

  • By: David Adams
  • Narrated by: Eddie Lopez
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

Exchanging Western values for far-off Thailand, Gunnar Ray plans to teach in the countryside and absorb the country's ancient wisdom. When monsoon rains flood the lands above his adopted village, catastrophe strikes. Gunnar's innocence is swept downstream along with hundreds of Thai lives. Spiritually adrift, he washes up in the offices of the Bangkok Times, a crusading reporter hell bent on derailing corrupt officials at war with the Thai environment. He is not alone.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and more boring

  • By Richard on 03-04-16

Boring and more boring

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

Very boring. Halfway through and the story is too boring to continue. Deleting. Shallow character development. The requisite love story is uninteresting.

  • The Weight of Silence

  • By: Heather Gudenkauf
  • Narrated by: Jim Colby, Eliza Foss, Cassandra Morris, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,901
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,902

It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A jewel

  • By Sara W on 07-17-10

A shade better than mediocre

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

Reviewed: 02-17-16

Tries to be a whodunnit, a love that never was story, and a lost-opportunities story. but fails to be interesting in any category. Not a good use of 10+ hours of listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Woods

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,334

Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Coben's worst I've read

  • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 05-27-08

Awful reader

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

Reviewed: 05-01-13

The reader is supremely annoying. He makes every word, phrase and sentence a major dramatic emotion.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel

  • By: Steven Sherrill
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,051

Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Even the monstrous among us...

  • By Ryan on 11-07-14

Utterly worthless

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

Reviewed: 05-11-12

This book is worthless. I can't think of anything good to say about it, perhaps other than the reader is decent.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 50,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,688

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This book faded like a bad racehorse…

  • By Matt on 01-06-12

Engaging and endearing

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

Reviewed: 05-06-12

A book full of fun, a sprinkle of sci-fi, a love story to pull the emotions, and the end result is a very enjoyable book.

2 of 8 people found this review helpful