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Lauren M. Woods

Tucson, AZ
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  • Carter & Lovecraft

  • By: Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,768
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,770

Daniel Carter used to be a homicide detective, but his last case - the hunt for a serial killer - went wrong in strange ways and soured the job for him. Now he's a private investigator trying to live a quiet life. Strangeness, however, has not finished with him. First, he inherits a bookstore in Providence from someone he's never heard of, along with an indignant bookseller who doesn't want a new boss.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A mistakes that worked out in my favor.

  • By Frae on 03-06-17

Fun, but mostly cliche.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

it's clear that the author of Carter & Lovecraft has a deep affection for both H.P. Lovecraft and for classic hard-boiled detective stories, as he borrows liberally from both for this novel. I personally found his two main characters unremarkable, with Carter being eyerollingly cliche. Nothing that happens is particularly surprising, and the stakes fail to feel honestly like stakes; particularly egregious are several scenes where our main characters are in danger and it's impossible to buy that the author would actually maim his beautiful female lead or permanently kill his hard-boiled gumshoe. however, when eldritch aspects come into play we get a few scenes that are delightful, culminating in a final few chapters that actually were quite a bit of fun. Overall I'd say it's good for listening to on the go or at the gym, because it doesn't require a lot of attention to follow along.

  • Killer by Nature

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jan Smith
  • Narrated by: Angela Griffin, Robert James-Collier, Katherine Kelly, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,382
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,206

Dr. Diane Buckley, a talented freelance forensic psychologist, is drafted in to examine a grisly murder – a body found in a children's playground. The murder carries all the hallmarks of one of her most famous incarcerated clients, 'The Playground Killer' (aka Alfred Dinklage). In a series of intimate 1:1 sessions, Buckley has to race against time to unpick the facts and delve into Dinklage's often manipulative, complicated mind to understand his past whilst striving to prevent further murders....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Glad this was free

  • By Tammy on 03-15-19

cliche but still good.

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

great performance, great production, a fairly predictable murder mystery plot but with solid writing and pacing. The scenes with Dinklage and Megan stand out as a cut above the rest. The biggest problem I faced was figuring out who was talking in several scenes, as characters sound similar and secondary characters fly in and out.

  • It Devours!

  • A Welcome to Night Vale Novel
  • By: Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
  • Narrated by: Cecil Baldwin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,408
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307

Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town's top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God and to Darryl, one of its most committed members.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • dragged on

  • By Anonymous User on 12-05-17

Great book for Nightvale fans!

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

Similar to the first "Welcome to Nightvale" tie-in book, it's not impossible for someone who hasn't listened to the podcast to follow but they'll miss out on a lot of small details. It Devours! mostly focuses on themes of belief, pitting logic against irrationality in its central concept of science vs. religion. There's loveable characters and a few laugh-out-loud jokes, but occasionally gets a little bit too hammy with delivering its soapbox messages. It's a good, well-written story and I'm glad I read it.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,650
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59,499

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

worth it for the narrator alone!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

if you're familiar with The Martian, you know what to expect: a fun story jam packed full of ridiculously well researched science. But what shine through was Dawson's narration, which has to be the best I have ever heard, hands down.

  • Heft

  • By: Liz Moore
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,118

Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing--Captivating--Altering

  • By Mel on 04-19-12

heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

I loved it. The book is a quick listen, always feeling like it has momentum, and the narrators infuse it with so much emotion that it really comes to life. it left me with a great deal to think about.

  • Snow Crash

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,338

Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Stephenson

  • By A. Tuck on 10-16-08

it's great, but don't get distracted.

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

This is a phenomenal work, make no mistake, but it moves fast. If you're like me and like to listen while doing other things, be aware that you'll constantly be backing up trying to figure out why the main characters suddenly are on a boat, or enemies are now working together. Don't let that deter you! Its fantastic.

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,770

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

still one of my favorite fantasies!

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

the narrator brought a whole new dimension to a book I read as a teen and wanted to reread. I still love this book just as much as I did then - what a classic, perfect rendition of the coming-of-age story with African mythology as its backdrop! love, love, love.

  • The Brotherhood of the Wheel

  • By: R. S. Belcher
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,833

In AD 1119, a group of nine crusaders became known as the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon - a militant monastic order charged with protecting pilgrims and caravans traveling on the roads to and from the Holy Land. In time, the Knights Templar would grow in power and, ultimately, be laid low. But a small offshoot of the Templars endure and have returned to the order's original mission: to defend the roads of the world and guard those who travel on them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Urban Fantasy at its purest!

  • By kara-karina on 04-11-16

Worth it for the narrator alone

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

I read other work by RS Belcher and wasn't enamored, so I didn't have high expectations going in - but I was MASSIVELY surprised to find this is one of the most interesting, charming, well-written and well-narrated books I've experienced in a long time. the characters relentlessly draw you in to them - I don't think there was a single character I didn't adore, from Heck's humorous one-liners during fights to the villain's truly bone-chilling characterization. but by far and away the best part was Mr. Pinchot's knockout vocal performance. he brought the characters to life in an amazing way.

  • The Enceladus Crisis

  • Daedalus, Book 2
  • By: Michael J. Martinez
  • Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark, Kristin Kalbli
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Lieutenant Commander Shaila Jain has been given the assignment of her dreams: The first manned mission to Saturn. But there’s competition and complications when she arrives aboard the survey ship Armstrong. The Chinese are vying for control of the critical moon Titan, and the moon Enceladus may harbor secrets deep under its icy crust. And back on Earth, Project DAEDALUS now seeks to defend against other dimensional incursions. But there are other players interested in opening the door between worlds…and they’re getting impatient.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The rare sequel that outperforms its predecessor

  • By Lauren M. Woods on 04-13-15

The rare sequel that outperforms its predecessor

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

I assume anyone looking at this has read the first novel in the trilogy, "the Daedalus incident". (If you haven't, go pick it up now. It's absolutely charming.)

However, while the first novel was uniquely charming, the sequel is absolutely astounding. The biggest improvement is in the characters, who in the first novel tended towards archetypes but here finally cement into real people we care for. In particular I tip my hat to the resolution of the particularly obnoxious teenage crush Weatherby and Ann Baker had in the first novel.

The book is, again, not without faults. You quickly find yourself keeping up with four inter-woven plots rather than one whole, and I never felt these distinct stories fully meshed in a satisfactory way. However, each story is fascinating in its own right, so it is very hard to mind. My compliments to Mr. Martinez. Looking forward to the final book coming out soon.

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  • The Daedalus Incident

  • By: Michael J. Martinez
  • Narrated by: Kristin Kalbli, Bernard Clark
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 128

Mars is supposed to be dead. Bizarre quakes are rumbling over the long-dormant tectonic plates of the planet, disrupting its trillion-dollar mining operations and driving scientists past the edges of theory and reason. However, when rocks shake off their ancient dust and begin to roll seemingly of their own volition carving canals as they converge to form a towering structure amid the ruddy terrain, Lt. Jain and her JSC team realize that their routine geological survey of a Martian cave system is anything but. The only clues they have stem from the emissions of a mysterious blue radiation, and a 300-year-old journal that is writing itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Winner ! Unique Story, Excellent Narration

  • By C. Hartmann on 08-19-13

Fun, fun, fun!

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

Reviewed: 03-29-15

I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book, but what I got was 'master and commander in space' meets 'Mission to Mars'. It takes a while for the genres to fully meld together, reading for most of the 15-plus hours as two separate books, but it's a charming read regardless. My major complaint is that one side of the equation is vastly superior to the other half, and the juxtaposition does not fare well for our female narrator and her female protagonist. Still, you cannot deny the excitement of alchemy, sailing ships, and space exploration.