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  • Cherry

  • A Novel
  • By: Nico Walker
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 477

It's 2003, and as a college freshman in Cleveland, our narrator is adrift until he meets Emily. The two of them experience an instant, life-changing connection. But when he almost loses her, he chooses to make an indelible statement: He joins the army. The outcome will not be good for either of them. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • being an ex-junky is much cooler than being a junky

  • By K Sabatini on 09-02-18

Solid

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

The story kept me interested all the way through. Jeremy Bobb’s narration is reminiscent of Ray Liota’s voiceover in Goodfellas, but different enough so that it’s not obnoxious.
I felt like it meandered at the end, and it lacks proper closure, but all in all I would recommend this book to a friend, and it’s worthy of a reread in a few years.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Children of the Mind

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,627

The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2 Clear Schools of thought.

  • By EFH52 on 01-03-05

Eh.

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

This serIes stays alive on the strength of Ender’s Game. I think the main problem is that OSC overexplains every detail of every concept, and you really have to wait to get to the story. I was bored halfway through Speaker of the Dead. It’s a miracle that I finished the series. I just wanted to see how it wrapped up. One of the best things about Ender’s Game is that the story is all meat. Every line moves the story forward. The truth is, you could cut away 95% of the fat, and the story would still make sense.

  • The Bees

  • A Novel
  • By: Laline Paull
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,254

Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive, where work and sacrifice are the highest virtues and worship of the beloved Queen the only religion. But Flora is not like other bees. With circumstances threatening the hive's survival, her curiosity is regarded as a dangerous flaw, but her courage and strength are assets. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect nectar and pollen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book of 2014

  • By Em on 12-07-14

Out of sync

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

I enjoyed the subject and the story, but the narrator uses a dreamy, far away, fairytale voice, which did not fit the tone of the material. At points it seems absurdly out of sync with the events that unfold. It definitely subtracts from the quality of the story.

  • A Clash of Kings

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 63,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,166
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 55,095

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm hooked, but narration...

  • By Peter on 04-02-13

Roy Dotrice?!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-18

This is one of the worst narrations I've ever heard. When he does the voices of distraught women it is painful.

  • Mongrels

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen Graham Jones
  • Narrated by: Chris Patton, Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

He was born an outsider, like the rest of his family. Poor yet resilient, he lives in the shadows with his aunt Libby and uncle Darren, folk who stubbornly make their way in a society that does not understand or want them. They are mongrels, mixed blood, neither this nor that. The boy at the center of Mongrels must decide if he belongs on the road with his aunt and uncle or if he fits with the people on the other side of the tracks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • breathes new life into werewolves in fiction

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 06-28-16

Could have been more

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Enjoyable story. Interesting take. A lot of potential. There are great moments, but I felt like the overarching story line could have used a little more cohesion, without which the story does not promise nor deliver a satisfying conclusion. Despite it's flaws I would recommend this book.

  • The Revenant

  • A Novel of Revenge
  • By: Michael Punke
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,560

The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the company's finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, movie better?

  • By A. D. HEMINGWAY on 05-09-16

The movie was better

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

If you're going to fictionalize parts of the story, give Hugh Glass a better reason for revenge. The two other fellas don't seem so bad.

  • The Dark Tower

  • The Dark Tower VII
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 28 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,309
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,521

All good things must come to an end, Constant Listener, and not even Stephen King can write a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing - a must have..

  • By Lori on 11-30-04

unforgivable.

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

Between books 2 and 5 I found little to complain about. Book 1 was slow but readable. Book 3 ends in the middle of nowhere. But book 4 makes up for all, and book 5 is strong. Book 6 lulls, has it's moments.
Book 7 is complete garbage. The first half works. The second half of the plot meanders aimlessly. The climax or anticlimax, which is more appropriate, comes at a much lower tension than any of the other books. The most unforgivable sin is the obvious deux ex machina that comes in the form of a character, introduced after 3 quarters of the story is over, who rights everything with Godlike power. It was unnecessarily done because the denouement otherwise satisfies it's obligation to the plot. King should have cut the book in half.

  • The Sea Wolf

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

Wealthy ne'er-do-well Humphrey Van Weyden is a castaway who is put to work on the schooner Ghost, run by brutal Wolf Larsen. Toughened by life at sea, Humphrey develops the strength to protect another castaway, Maud Brewster, and stand up to the increasingly deranged Larsen. Experience the crashing, relentless power of the sea through this compelling story, made hauntingly immediate by author London's vivid prose.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Frank Muller: A Reader of Worth...

  • By Don Abrán on 04-27-12

Jack London is King

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

Frank Muller's narration is so brilliant as to be subtly invisible. His voicings are flavorful and differentiated but mostly you forget that he's there, as he disappears into the background. The story unfolds without any consideration of him.
Jack London is consistently masterful. His settings are sharply described, his characters are rich and real. As ever they complete dynamic, well constructed archs. If you've enjoyed any of his stories you will enjoy this one as well. I highly recommend The Sea Wolf, and Frank Muller's narrations to newcomers and loyal fans alike.

  • The Dharma Bums

  • By: Jack Kerouac
  • Narrated by: Allen Ginsberg
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

Two friends in 1950s San Francisco Bohemia explore Buddhism Zen - hipster style. On the road to finding Dharma, or truth, the story's narrator, Raymond Smith comes to a spiritual roadblock. Smith, based on Kerouac himself, discovers a role model in his friend Japhy Ryder, modeled after the real poet-Buddhist Gary Snyder. This autobiographical novel is one of Kerouac's most popular, and has served as an inspiration to the beat culture, hippies, and dharma seekers since the 1950s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't buy abridged versions of novels.

  • By Ronald C. Wagner on 12-28-09

This is a great novella, which I really enjoyed.

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

However the meter and tone of Alan Ginsburg's oration is so often off key and out of synch that I have to wonder if it's not intentional. I would recommend finding a more modern reading.

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,930
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,021

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

Don't bother

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

As an introduction for someone, who doesn't know anything about any of the concepts at the heart of astrophysics, this book would be a good place to start. If you already have a healthy interest in the subject you will not learn anything that you don't already know. If you're looking for a hint of quick analysis or an explanation that stretches beyond a mediocre metaphor you will be disappointed. I was.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful