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  • Stuff and Nonsense

  • Threadbare Series, Volume 1
  • By: Andrew Seiple
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775

Meet Threadbare. He is 12 inches tall, full of fluff, and really, really bad at being a hero. Magically animated and discarded by his maker as a failed experiment, he is saved by a little girl. But she's got problems of her own, and he might not be able to help her. Fortunately for the little golem, he's quick to find allies, learn skills, gain levels, and survive horrible predicaments. Which is good, because his creator has a whole lot of enemies …

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing tale you can't help but love

  • By Ray Johnson on 08-29-18

Surprisingly Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

I originally purchased this book because of the Narrator. Reynolds is an exceptionally adept narrator, and I was curious how he would handle the diverse characters in this fantasy story that involved stuff animals, young girls, half-orcs, and many other unusual personalities. It was hard, however, to listen to how Reynolds changed each voice as the story itself was strangely engrossing. Seiple has produced a very curious world and Reynolds has done a masterful job in rendering the visual images via his voice. The only thing I was unhappy about is that I must now acquire volume 2. I do not like series, but I must discover what happens to thread bear.

Well done.

  • Imhotep

  • By: Jerry Dubs
  • Narrated by: Clay Lomakayu
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

Stumbling in the dark of an unfinished tomb beneath the sands of Saqqara, American tourist Tim Hope unknowingly passes through a time portal that leads to ancient Egypt: a time before the Sphinx, before the great pyramids of Giza, and long before the loss of his beloved Addy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best of the year!

  • By Matthew on 06-13-16

Story of Imhotep

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

This was an interesting story and the narrator (Clay Lomakayu) did an excellent job with this challenging multi-character script.

I understand that authors sometimes have to create an unbelievable situation in the beginning in order to get to the read story. The premise at the beginning of the story was a little rough.

My other issue is that there is a (not-very) hidden subtext to this story regarding violence in our time version "individual" violence back in ancient Egypt. That was a bit distracting as the author would come back to the main character and have him contemplating or discussing the issue of violence, past and present. At times, it seemed like this was the primary focus of the story, rather than the story itself. This is not a big enough issue to stop someone from buying this audiobook, which I found entertaining and worth the time investment.

I have studied Egyptian history for a number of years, which I why I bought this story. I appreciate the author's attempt to keep with some specific historical facts, which I found interesting.

  • 1177 B.C.

  • The Year Civilization Collapsed
  • By: Eric H. Cline
  • Narrated by: Andy Caploe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,757
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,598
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,587

In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh’s army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to Like... And Did!

  • By Brett M Miller on 09-12-14

Cognitive Indigestion

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

Cline's book dealing with the Sea Peoples and the collapse of civilization around the Mediterranean is a fascinating and intriguing area of research and discussion. There is a LOT of material in these eight hours -- probably too much.

My suggestion would be to break this up into discrete 30 minute lectures to make it more "digestible."

Additionally, Because there is so much material and because we bounce all around the Mediterranean with an extensive list of names and places that are unfamiliar, I wish there would have been a pdf with this lecture. I could not find one.

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,482
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,289
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,208

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Fan

  • By tatiana on 12-24-17

OMG--Did I really buy this?

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

OK, I know that I never liked the X-files on TV. The stories always seemed like they were written by someone on LSD. I do not know what drove me to buy this audiobook, but this may be the worst I have ever heard. This not only makes no sense at any level, but the fact that the characters can read their parts seriously is totally amazing.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Johnny

  • By: D. J. Molles
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 917
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 913

Aubrey St. James is in trouble. She's locked in a cell at a government black site. She doesn't know where that site is or how the hell she got there. But she knows that it has something to do with the stranger she rescued from the river. Someone - or some thing - called Johnny.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • X Files on Acid

  • By DAVE on 08-16-18

A Serious Stretch

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

My first audiobook by author Molles. The narrator, Marc Vietor, did an admirable job. I enjoyed listening to this story even if it stretched possible possibilities past the breaking point. The story is focused more on character develop. Not much action. Sort of a science fiction Film Noir. I read a lot of positive comments about D. J. Molles, but I suspect I will look elsewhere for future books.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,403

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, but it gained momentum quick

  • By Jan on 12-15-17

Violence, Monsters, and Superegos

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

There was a lot of action in this story, and Ray Porter does a superlative job as the narrator. The beginning of the story was intriguing, by the core of the story was just too implausible. In addition, the "brilliant" people in the story did not even consider the origins of the platinum deposit, when I suspect most readers/listeners guessed the origin early on.

Parts of the story did not tie together well. Why have the same individuals in Argentina as in Utah? What was the point of that.

The one thing that put me off was the gruesome details of some of the violence. I suppose the author was trying to convince us that one individual was truly psychotic, but a lot of that detail was not needed.

It was intriguing in parts. Good have been a better story. Great narration. Worth the listen.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67,395
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,112

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Interesting but not compelling!

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

The idea behind this book and apparently a series is that a human mind becomes computerized and part of self-replicating intergalactic space probe. It was an interesting idea, but the story is fragmented, and while it has many interesting elements, The story is not compelling enough to want to continue reading additional books in the series. There is some humor, but the reading is flat, like the story.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Living History: Experiencing Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,189

These 24 dramatic lectures examine key events from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to medieval Europe and Asia. Spanning thousands of years and three continents, this course illuminates fascinating historical dramas on the individual scale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent material, engaging presentation.

  • By Mike McGuire on 06-26-15

Living a "Disjointed" History

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

Dr. Garland is a wealth of knowledge, and I have listened to other great courses where he was the lecturer. This course, however, is very disjointed. In fairness, it would be difficult to complete this within the time constraints of the Great Course series. There is just not enough background, and this is basically a set of extended scenarios. If it were somehow placed within a larger context, it might have more meaning.

  • Full Dark, No Stars

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,105

"I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerie, honest, frightening!

  • By 9S on 01-15-11

Too much King!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

I am a Stephen King fan and he can bring very strong emotions to the top. However, this is far too gruesome. The details and physical descriptions go beyond telling an authentic story. It is a bit too close to the ramblings of a true psychotic.

  • Waterloo

  • The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Bernard Cornwell, Dugald Bruce Lockhart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,005
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,997

From the New York Times best-selling author comes the definitive history of one of the greatest battles ever fought - a riveting nonfiction chronicle published to commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of Napoleon's last stand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a close run thing!

  • By carl801 on 05-13-15

Amazing Detail

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

I am not a student of war, although the affect of war on countries and populations cannot be denied. This recounting of Waterloo, however, was different than anything I have read about wars like the American Civil War or the two World Wars. This was a very "compact" war, involving just a few days for the actual fighting. Thousands of British, Dutch, Prussian and other allies died as did thousands of French. What was the point? Napoleon's ego?

The amount of intricate details and recounting made this a most interesting examination of a battle -- not really a war. So much information. Again, while I am not a student of war, it was worth listening to and Dr. Cornwell, the author, narrates most of the story. Very impressive.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful