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  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,101
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,618

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

On par with the silk worm

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

A great installment, overall, and I'm sure I'll listen again. I found the first third difficult to get into (after the first chapter, anyway). This one had a less clearly defined/less linear mystery and I found the sheer number of mysterious tidbits difficult to commit full attention to. There is a strong personal story in this one, more so than the others, which also competed for attention.

Another great installment, but not as captivating as the first and last. I think it'll be much more enjoyable on re-listen, too.

  • Rest & Sleep

  • Soothing Meditations to Help You Relax and Sleep
  • By: Richard Latham
  • Narrated by: Jane Warren, Richard Latham
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Can you remember what it was like to sleep as a child - waking up completely refreshed and rested? Adults tend to get stuck in their own particular way of getting to sleep. This will help you break those habits with a little help from your imagination.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult

  • By Dona on 08-29-10

very effective

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

I have a few spell mediation books downloaded and I find this one is the most effective. I only listen to the second part, buy it will send me to sleep more often than not.

  • Rogue Lawyer

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,957
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,939

On the right side of the law. Sort of. Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates, and only one employee: his driver, who's also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and golf caddy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the John Grisham I know

  • By William Moritz on 11-01-15

Not at the same standard as the usual Grisham

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I am not a die hard Grisham fan, but I enjoy a good court room drama, and over the course have read quite a few of his. If I didn't know better, I wouldn't guess this had his name on it. The drama unfolds over several cases, and though their interconnection is clever, the story never hits its stride. The characters aren't very likeable, and the pace is very slow.

Skip this one, look for any other Grisham title instead.

  • Going Home

  • A Novel
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,638

If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun book can't wait for more!

  • By Drew (@drewsant) on 08-14-14

A review for the non-preppers

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

The story of a prepper who is caught a long way from home when "the s*** hits the fan" is actually an interesting one. Like most books, it's a fun way of seeing the world through someone else's eyes, and the idea of someone prepared for the end of the world is a nice change to the usual post apocalyptic average Joe just trying to survive.

The main issues I had with this book, as a non-prepper, is that it's written for preppers. There are a lot of unusual character reactions - the main character finds himself miles from home, worried about his family and wanting to get to them, but on day one is chuckling to himself over silly amusements and generally exudes an air of euphoria that the world is breaking down. Murder is quickly commonplace, and the idea of things "returning to how they should be" is emphasised, the author's interpretation of this being that people should have the right to judge and penalise others, rather than the courts and judicial process getting in the way.

You can play extremist left-wing bingo during this book, which is a fun bonus. We hear the word "sheeple", see a lot of stereotypes (particularly racial and socioeconomic ones), hear the phrase "the s*** hit the fan" over a dozen times, and get very oddly specific information about the survival gear and guns, down to specs and brands. False flag, bad guy feds, the government is coming for your guns, socialism is for the weak, ignorant masses, etc, are all themes of this book.

One unexpectedly amusing (although simultaneously making me roll my eyes each time) part of the book was the overuse of "cool" slang. Helicopters are helos, when looking through your binoculars you "glass the road with your binos". There is a lot of unnecessary initialisms throughout, NVG being the most common, for night vision goggles.

Stylistically, I generally found the first person perspective worked very well with the telling. In saying that, though, the author changes character perspective at times, but doesn't change the narrative voice at all, which doesn't quite work - in the world of sheeples, it's interesting how identical all the non-sheeples are.

Overall, I was able to enjoy this book. I took it with several large grains of salt, and was able to enjoy the story for what it was, and let all the over-the-topness of it slide. The narrator was excellent, and the pace was good.

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  • Dead Moon

  • By: Matthew James
  • Narrated by: Brian Holden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

My name is Frank Moon, and I used to be a detective with the NYPD. I say "used to" because ever since the demon, Abaddon, came for a visit, nothing's been the same. Almost immediately after "Abaddon" arrived something horrifying happened. People started changing, turning into the things of nightmares right before my eyes. Some were my friends. Some neighbors. Some were just people passing through. Either way, they didn't deserve that fate. No one did.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Felt like a one man show

  • By Britney Monae on 07-01-17

The action doesn't stop

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

As Barney Stinson said in HIMYM, "people often think a good mix should rise and fall, but people are wrong. It should be all rise, baby". Dead Moon is all rise, baby.

This book is all about the action, and the author does a good job keeping it from getting overly repetitive. The story line is very much like a video game, with action taking pride of place over back story and character development. Narrator Brian Holden takes up the slack here, and does a great job of putting more personality into the main character, which would be missing with the words alone.

Despite the minor pro-gun agenda (which seems inevitable in any post apocalyptic narrative) this is a fun, easy listen, with a quick pace. It won't have you asking any deep questions, but it will keep you entertained.

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,543
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,674
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,562

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Audiobook! Editing Clarification

  • By jeverett on 10-06-17

Not terribly thrilling, struggled to get through

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

Reviewed: 12-25-17

This isn't a bad book, but any means, but it is very long and not particularly compelling. I took a long time to finish this, compared to books of equal or greater length. Funny enough, I would rate Misery by King as the most compelling book I've read, I couldn't stop.
Not a bad story, but not one I'll be revisiting.

  • Cat Sense

  • How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet
  • By: John Bradshaw
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 208

Cats have been popular household pets for thousands of years, and their numbers only continue to rise. Today there are three cats for every dog on the planet, and yet cats remain more mysterious, even to their most adoring owners. In Cat Sense, renowned anthrozoologist John Bradshaw takes us further into the mind of the domestic cat than ever before, using cutting-edge scientific research to explain the true nature - and needs - of our feline friends. Tracing the cat’s evolution from solitary hunter to domesticated companion, Bradshaw shows that cats remain independent, predatory, and wary of social contact.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and essential- though not as expected

  • By DMB on 05-24-14

Less scientific and more anecdotal than I'd like

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

Much of this book seems to be author opinion and extrapolation from minimal survey sizes. That the author promotes allowing cats to breed, while thousands are killed in shelters, without anything more than a hypothesis to support the notion is pretty irresponsible. He has no evidence that breeding mix breed cats does anything other than make more cats, and while the observations about nurture over nature are good, there's no conclusive evidence that this ideology actually helps cats, especially when the nurture aspect can be applied to deliberately bred cats. Despite his scare mongering, cats will not go extinct any time soon. There is no need to breed random cats.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Boy on the Bridge

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,776

Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy. The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world. To where the monsters lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Bridge Worth Crossing

  • By John on 05-23-17

Very slow for a "sequel", but worth it

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Much of the first half deals with questions about cures/the mission. As this is set before the First book, these are pretty much moot points. It took me about 4 hours of "maybe I should just give up" before I got actually hooked.

Overall, not a great follow up, but if you can get past the long, drawn out intro (covering all the stuff you already knew) then it does get quite good.

Although not in the same league at the first in the series, I hope he writes more about this fascination world. Worth a read.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Digital Fortress

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,478

When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh...

  • By Amy on 06-19-04

Slow, predictable, cliche

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

Although I'm fairly new to this treasure-hunt-thriller style, I found that this book didn't think very highly of the reader's intelligence, unlike others I've read in this category.

The set ups had predictable answers/actions, but getting there took the characters a painfully long time. The character Susan sounds like a nightmare girlfriend, pouty, clingy, needy, insecure, jealous. It made her a difficult character to like. The boyfriend was extremely one dimensional, ridiculously bland, and also difficult to like.

Save your time/credits and go for one of his more popular titles, they are more popular for a reason, in this case.

  • The Lovely Bones

  • By: Alice Sebold
  • Narrated by: Alice Sebold
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,516
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 884
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 897

When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to the strange new place where she finds herself. With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief. This story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful and touching narrative about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story - Poor Narration

  • By Kimberly on 05-07-10

Dreadful narration, self indulgent waffle

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

Reviewed: 06-11-16

Unless this is a genre you know you enjoy, skip and save your credit. Even if you do enjoy this type of writing, make sure to listen to the sample first. A monotone delivery from an author who isn't an actor or narrator by any stretch of three imagination.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful