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  • Recursion

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom, Abby Craden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181

Memory makes reality. That’s what NYC cop Barry Sutton is learning, as he investigates the devastating phenomenon the media has dubbed False Memory Syndrome - a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived. That’s what neuroscientist Helena Smith believes. It’s why she’s dedicated her life to creating a technology that will let us preserve our most precious memories. As Barry searches for the truth, he comes face to face with an opponent more terrifying than any disease - a force that attacks the very fabric of the past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Smart, but Really Dragged On...

  • By Lauren G. Brown on 06-24-19

One of the best books of our generation.

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

Reviewed: 07-07-19

Blake, you've really done it this time! I thought Dark Matter was as good as it could get.... boy was I naive. This book is expertly crafted, I can only imagine how long it took to lay this out. a real mind bender, not a book you can just listen to while doing things. you need to sit and LISTEN. absolutely astounding.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Missing You

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,790
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,779

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different and wonderful crime thriller!

  • By Wayne on 11-23-15

meh

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

Reviewed: 06-26-19

not a whole lot happening through out the book until it all happens at once and then it's over too quickly.

  • The Scattered and the Dead Series: The First Four Books

  • Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
  • By: Tim McBain, L.T. Vargus
  • Narrated by: Christopher Boucher
  • Length: 37 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 250

With 99.7 percent of the Earth's population dead and gone, the few who remain struggle to survive in an empty world. The scattered. The leftovers. These are their stories. This collection contains the first four volumes of the Scattered and the Dead series, audiobooks 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, and 2.0.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tense, thrilling apocalyptic series

  • By Melanie on 02-08-19

very relatable somehow

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

Reviewed: 06-12-19

I love it. I'm not finished yet. I don't care for all the parts of the story, like, I could do without baghead. maybe I just need more back story on him. but I love Mitch. I really connected with him when he said he was having an existential crisis while ordering a big Mac. he really started as a sad man and through his struggle he became so relatable, as if he woke up and saw the hand behind the curtain. I loved the idea that it was all too little too late. there's the perfect amount of prose in here too which I was surprised to find in a zombie/apocalypse book. these books are stuffed full of excellent descriptive snippets akin to some really noteworthy writers like Gillian Flynn. the tone of the story sets the lighting for how dark and dirty the adjectives get. just enough metaphors. I'd love to hear more from both of these guys. typically, I just accept crappy writing smattered with personal opinions in these types of books because they're still great stories and something to distract me from the constant crushing of our garbage society, but these books are different. thoughtful. the various perspectives really lend a hand to feeling that these aren't just words splattered onto paper from one writers point of view and opinions and an easy story that goes where you want it to, it shows that these guys are writers in the truest sense of the word. to be thrust from rural Michigan in the shoes of a chip on his shoulder teenager spiraling into intentional addiction, to Pennsylvania where a father's Love and a ticking clock transforms him from an American to a human. a teenage girl- thrust into responsibility and motherhood, knowing she isn't ready and questioning her morality during difficult situations, all while actually doing the right thing. I really liked decker too, I didn't find him creepy, I found him lonely but so so likeable. as if his own crushing isolation had manifested the destruction of the world, not just as he knew it. that even staring death in the face, he couldn't work up the courage to approach the girl he liked. he was funny too. I guess what I'm saying is- these writers have serious range! excellent excellent excellent. can't wait for more.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Matter

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,427

"Are you happy with your life?" Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Schrödinger's box gets opened. Meh steps out.

  • By Darwin8u on 09-19-16

veryyyy predictable but a fun listen!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-19

you'll see the "twist" a mile away but it's still a great story and I loved the idea of limitless potential. was hoping for a bit more fantasy with the other dimensions but oh well.

  • Peripeteia

  • The City Series, Book 2
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057

Months into the apocalypse, the zombies show no signs of dying, but it's clear everyone in Sunset Park will die without enough food to outlast the undead. Add in the less-than-sociable new neighbors only blocks away, and the hunt for sustenance has come to feel more like a race than a ramble. Sylvie is happy in her new home with the people who've become like family, though she's still working out how to let them into her heart. Eric wants in, and he wants to find his sister, but he can't do both at the same time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fix the audio!

  • By K. Dennis on 11-07-17

incredible as always!!

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

Sarah you've done it again!! can't wait for the next book!!!! they just keep getting better and better!

  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,557

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a bad read

  • By Jessica Jones on 05-26-18

you'll predict very early on, but it's still great

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

I don't think this book is meant to have you wondering what happens, you'll know and it becomes more and more obvious every page turn. You're learning WITH Laurel. You'll put the pieces together with her as she learns them. it's a great story and very well done. I don't think it was meant to be a twist. just a shocking story. great listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Eden

  • A Novel
  • By: Chris Beckett
  • Narrated by: Matthew Frow, Jayne Entwistle, Ione Butler, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 945
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 945

On the alien, sunless planet they call Eden, the 532 members of the Family shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest's lantern trees. Beyond the Forest lie the mountains of the Snowy Dark and a cold so bitter and a night so profound that no man has ever crossed it. The Oldest among the Family recount legends of a world where light came from the sky, where men and women made boats that could cross the stars. These ships brought us here, the Oldest say - and the Family must only wait for the travelers to return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Ripping Yarn

  • By Mark on 04-23-14

great idea, poor execution

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I enjoyed the story, after I struggled through a good bit of it to actually hear it. the double use of words to imply emphasis was just annoying and redundant. as if over 150 years people forgot the word "so" or "really"? oral history and tradition were the only things guiding them. I get that. but they couldn't properly pronounce radio and vehicle and electricity? like really???? I also thought the dialect was a bit much, as if trying to mix NYC accents with London accents because of the origin of the parents... not every word applied and I think that was my problem with it. also this is not a book for children- the constant "slipping". the almost rape scene? give me a break. I enjoyed the world the author created though, even though the story was predictable and hard to get through. could have used a lot more "show" and a lot less "tell". also, the characters were essentially omnipotent when told from their perspective which I thought was overdone. overall, I'd say to skip it.

  • All the Little Children

  • By: Jo Furniss
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 793

Struggling with working-mother guilt, Marlene Greene hopes a camping trip in the forest will provide quality time with her three young children - until they see fires in the distance, columns of smoke distorting the sweeping view. Overnight, all communication with the outside world is lost. Knowing something terrible has happened, Marlene suspects that the isolation of the remote campsite is all that's protecting her family. But the arrival of a lost boy reveals they are not alone in the woods, and as the unfolding disaster ravages the land, more youngsters seek refuge under her wing.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Anti climactic

  • By Ronald J. Chasse on 09-10-17

a bit frustrating from a woman's pov

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

I throughly enjoyed the storyline but I found the main character to be a bit of a dumbass. she made a lot of ridiculous mistakes that seemed Soo avoidable and absolutely horrifically represented women. but other than that I absolutely loved the story and the way it was so different than most other ones of it's kind.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful