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R. MCRACKAN

Raleigh, NC
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  • Deliverance

  • By: James Dickey
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,429

The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "A river runs through it..."

  • By karen on 11-01-13

Unfocused greatness

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

The suffocating suspense and immersive environment are visceral and enthralling. Unfortunately the structure kept me from enjoying it more. The first half of the book is white collar guys going on a canoe trip before the famous attack occurs. The next quarter is the person vs person conflict. The final quarter is trying not to get caught for killing the people against whom they were defending themselves. While each part was well done, the ratios were way off. If this was supposed to be a man vs nature story, the canoeing needed more time. If it's a psychopath story, that part needed way more time and should have started far sooner. If it's about outsmarting the police, then this part needs more time. In the end it felt like none of these so some parts were over too quickly while others dragged on inexhaustibly.

The performance was mostly good. However almost half the book was spent in an overused low near-whisper. What started as ominous turned into "would you just speak up?"

The good parts were very well done and the suspense, oh man the suspense. But the aforementioned issues were very distracting and kept pulling me out of the story.

  • Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,834
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,844

The author of the Mistborn trilogy and Elantris, Brandon Sanderson is winning abundant praise for this rollicking - and unusual - tale. Alcatraz Smedry can’t exactly be described as someone who doesn’t break things. In fact, he breaks lots of things. The truth is, he’s a major klutz. Breaking things, however, might just be the ace in the hole he needs when he goes up against a cabal of nefarious (gasp!) librarians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Entertaining + Great Narration

  • By JARED on 08-19-12

A solid 4.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

There are some annoyances which are responsible for the loss of half a star which will bother adults but not kids. The good far outweighs the bad though. The writing is funny and self aware. The narration is quite good. The suspense and world building are very strong and there are some clever perspective shifts. It's not enough to make me continue the series, but it is enough to make me recommend the series to my kid.

  • The Professor and the Madman

  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,070
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,086

Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect example of a quality audible book.

  • By Jerry on 07-07-03

Exhaustive

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

The interesting parts of The Professor and the Madman make up only about half of the book. The other half is a dry, exhaustive, and exhausting account of every detail in the lives and events that are even tangential to the main story. I'm surprised at all of the positive reviews. I must not be the right kind of audience.

  • Beat the Reaper

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Bazell
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,181

Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome.

  • By Chris - Audible on 04-17-12

Intense

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I came in with low expectations, but due to getting it on a 2 for 1 deal, it being short, and a personal recommendation, I decided to give "Beat the Reaper" a chance. And I'm so glad I did. This was as fun as it was intense. Just don't take it too seriously. Great narration too.

  • Vortena: Everybody Loves Large Chests, Volume 3

  • By: Neven Iliev
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 449

What happens when one takes a murderous psychopath and forces them to team up with a cowardly tinkerer? Though not a question Jeremiah ever expected to ponder, he is nevertheless looking forward to seeing what the aforementioned duo will cook up. Success or failure does not matter to Richard, only that the journey be entertaining.     

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Boxy's back and your gonna be in trouble . . .

  • By Ray Johnson on 10-31-18

Almost as good

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I really enjoyed books 1 and 2 so I was looking forward to this one too. It was hurt a lot by a lull early on. The best parts made this a worthy addition to the series. Several times though I found myself thinking Vortena was "good enough" rather than "good." Although I'm glad I listened to it, I'm probably done with this series now.

The narration was as perfect as ever, if not better. Jeff Hays has never let me down so far.

  • A Walk in the Woods

  • Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Rob McQuay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,736

The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Informational

  • By Moises C. on 03-29-17

Majestic

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

A Walk in the Woods is a funny, informative, and awe-inspiring account at hiking the Appalachian Trail. The first 2/3 of the book is much better than the end. Probably because it starts to take on a 'been there done that' feel. Even still, it's a fun and rewarding book.

  • Canada Is Awesome

  • A Little Book About a Big Country
  • By: Neil Pasricha
  • Narrated by: Neil Pasricha
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

A personal essay about what makes Canada awesome from Neil Pasricha, the international-bestselling author of The Book of Awesome, and the Audible Original, How to Get Back Up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m ready to move

  • By Cheri on 10-15-18

Unexpected

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

I don't remember how or when I picked up this title. After finishing a draining long book I found this in my library and gave it a listen. The beginning with the bank calendars did not give me hope. Soon though, his utopic musings started to sound very appealing. I can see why so many people choose to live there. Were I not so firmly established where I am, his descriptions made me think that maybe I could choose the same.

  • John Dies at the End

  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,592
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,610

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

Meh

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

There are some interesting ideas in here and some moments that help you relate to what it must feel like to go crazy. There's even some really clever writing. Beyond that though, it's quirkiness for its own sake and people and situations so outrageous that you can't bring yourself to care about them.

It was an interesting book that I'm glad I listened to once, but there won't be a second listen and I won't be getting the sequels.

  • Watched: A Sinfully Erotic Short Story

  • By: Lexi Lovelock
  • Narrated by: Jack Calihan
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Tonight was like any other work night, making his security guard rounds until Jose came across a couple making out in their car. He watched until the hot blonde and her boyfriend walked back to her condo, and to his surprise, they continued their session on the balcony. Should Jose stay in the shadows and watch? Just how far will the couple go?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This book dives right into the sexy parts.

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 11-02-18

What a voice!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

This is an exciting voyeur fantasy with no pretense of being otherwise. Hot!

The narrator's voice is engaging to say the least. He's definitely in the right line of work.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Toots and Poots in a World Full of Snoots

  • The Amazing True Story of One Boy's Gas-tly Abilities: Diary of a Kindergarten Grade Farting Ninja
  • By: Susan G. Charles
  • Narrated by: Ian Coo
  • Length: 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Warning: This children's book may instigate farts, flatulence, and lots of laughter too. And it's the perfect audiobook to grab the attention of reluctant readers. Listen on to find out more about a boy named "Toots", his adventures into the gas-tly arts, and the lessons he learned "in the end"! Your kids will love this kids' fart book - and they might learn something too! And it might even encourage reluctant readers to join in and listen as well!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book was a Gas!

  • By Son of Odin on 11-04-18

Press play and walk away

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

I enjoy listening to kids audiobooks with my kids. This one they loved. I thought I liked immature humor as much as the next person but this book proved me wrong. It proved that I'm simply old. I'm giving it 5 stars on their behalf but I found it intensely annoying. My advice to others is to play this for kids when you aren't around to have to hear it.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.