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  • Little Green Men

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: Mark Linn-Baker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

After the success of his highly-acclaimed Thank You for Smoking, Buckley returns to the strange land of Washington D.C. in a millennial comedy of manners about aliens and pundits...and how much they both have in common."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laughing Gas

  • By A. L. DeWitt on 01-13-03

The Truth really isn’t Out There

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Christopher Buckley has a well earned reputation as one of the best political satirists around, so I was extremely curious when I heard he wrote a Sci-fi novel. I don’t know that this story strictly fits into that genera, but it sure was funny. Remember the weird public fascination with “true” alien abduction stories back in the 90s? This novel answers the question, “What if the U. S. government decided to take those investigations way more seriously?”

WARNING: There are some rape jokes in here, so I can’t recommend this book for everyone. Also, the audio quality is less than ideal. Still, if those problems don’t totally turn you off, check this out. This is the first of his novel I’ve ever read, but it certainly won’t be my last.

  • How to Shoot Like a Navy SEAL: Combat Marksmanship Fundamentals

  • By: Chris Sajnog
  • Narrated by: Chris Abell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

Each year in America, two million criminals break into homes just like yours. Is your aim good enough to guarantee your family's safety? How to Shoot Like a Navy SEAL teaches gun owners and their families the same deadly, effective techniques the author used to create the world's deadliest snipers. The book is designed to give you the most powerful methods in easy-to-follow instructions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shooter? If so then buy this audiobook.

  • By Sheepdog627 on 09-25-16

Fundamentals Polished

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-18

If you want to improve your marksmanship, this book is an invaluable resource. Sajnog’s focus is on improving fundamentals, but I’d recommend this for both novices and veterans shooters. I’ve been shooting for quite some time and even I learned new information. The wealth of knowledge here is definitely worth multiple listens. Beyond highly recommended!

  • 20th Century Ghosts

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 907
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 656
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 660

Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon on an afternoon in 1945...Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isn't easy to make friends when you're the only inflatable boy in town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful and recommended

  • By Kasey on 02-12-09

Enter Joe Hill

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-18

This is an excellent collection of Joe Hill’s early short stories. About one fourth of these are more literary stories than strictly horror, but I found almost everything here highly compelling. My personal favorite is the vampire story titled, “Abraham’s Boys.” If you’re curious about Joe Hill, this is a great sampling. Highly recommended!

  • Amazing Fantastic Incredible

  • A Marvelous Memoir
  • By: Stan Lee, Peter David, Colleen Doran
  • Narrated by: Peter Riegert, Stan Lee
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Stan Lee - comic book legend and cocreator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Incredible Hulk, and a legion of other Marvel superheroes - shares his iconic legacy and the story of how modern comics came to be. Lee is a man who needs no introduction. The most legendary name in the history of comic books, he has been the leading creative force behind Marvel Comics and has brought to life - and into the mainstream - some of the world's best-known heroes and most infamous villains throughout his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stan is 'The MAN!'. Listening with boys is best!

  • By NYC Gurrrl on 11-03-15

Excelsior!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-18

First of all, if you love Marvel/Stan Lee, this audio book is a must. It’s astonishing how much material about Stan’s life gets covered in such a short amount of time. Plus, Lee himself narrates the intro!

Second, this is one of the funniest things I’ve listened to in quite some time. Stan Lee always was one of the best showmen in the world and every sentence in this book is polished with his patented charm. Nuff’ said. Beyond highly recommended!

  • The Elements of Style (Recorded Books Edition)

  • By: William Strunk Jr., E. B. White
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

The Elements of Style has long been a valued and beloved resource for all writers. Hailed for its directness and clever insight, this unorthodox textbook was born from a professor's love for the written word and perfected years later by one of his students: famed author E. B. White. Ever since its first publication in 1959, writers have turned to this book for its wise and accessible advice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Book for the Editing Proceedure...

  • By Jonathan on 03-01-14

Clarity, Clarity, Clarity!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-18

If you want to become a better writer, this book is one of the best resources available. Elements of Style is often considered one of the most authoritative books on the craft of English language writing to have ever been published. That reputation is well earned; the tips in here definitely lead an attentive student to quality writing. Strunk and White should be mandatory reading in more schools.

I had some doubts about this in audio format, but that actually significantly improved to my experience. First of all, Frank McCourt is a brilliant narrator and his voice is simply a treat in general. Second, the titular elements Strunk and White have on the English language are far easier to grasp when actually hearing how the English language is meant to flow. What more can I say/write? Beyond highly recommended!

  • The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,935
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,935

Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort. One fateful night - different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful - Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos of the parahuman world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun for a While

  • By sherri on 09-18-16

Nothing Funnier than Death and Taxes

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-18

This is the first novel in the saga of Fred, the vampire accountant. I won’t say more about the plot for fear of spoilers, but I will say that this is one of the funniest novels I’ve come across in recent years. I’d compare a lot of this to Buffy the Vampire Slayer; moments of high stakes supernatural drama, but mostly just hanging out with a bunch of goofballs with powers. If that sounds like a good time to you, check this series out. I had enough fun to finish this book in two days!

Also, Kirby Heyborne is exceptionally well suited to this material. He’s perfect for capturing Fred’s mild mannered, milquetoast, yet surprisingly crafty demeanor. Heyborne really turns in an absolutely stellar performance. Very highly recommended!

  • Out of the Silent Planet

  • Ransom Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,543

Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel of the Cosmic Trilogy, considered to be C.S. Lewis' chief contribution to the science fiction genre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original, complex, not middle of the road

  • By David on 05-27-05

Silent Stars

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

This story is actually the result of a writing challenge between C.S. Lewis and J.R. Tolkien. The two friends decided to try their hands at science fiction; Lewis would write a space based story and Tolkien would write a time travel based story. Unfortunately, Tolkien never finished his assignment, but Lewis’ story turned out great! This reads like a cross between Voyage of the Dawn Treader and a more meditative H.G. Wells novel. I won’t spoil anything, but if all you know C.S. Lewis for is the Narnia novels you are in for a treat. This is a true hidden gem of the genre.

As for the narration, it’s good. Nothing special, but perfectly clear and engaging. Overall, I had a terrific time with this novel. Very highly recommended!

  • A People's History of the United States

  • By: Howard Zinn
  • Narrated by: Jeff Zinn
  • Length: 34 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,916

A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Editing Ruins Experience

  • By Gavin St. Ours on 05-04-10

The Invisible Hand in American Politics

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-18

Howard Zinn lived from 1922 till 2010, meaning that his life encompassed nearly a quarter of all American history. In short, this history is Zinn’s attempt to explain the economic forces that have influenced American politics since before the founding of this country and that still exist today in more subtle forms. The book’s central thesis is that most (if not all) American wars were fought not in the name of democracy, but in order to achieve American economic dominance abroad and at home. Zinn’s history is unapologetically socialist, but his research and arguments are strong enough to survive any discrediting claims of bias on his part. Agree or disagree with Zinn, the ideas in this book are well worth the thought and consideration asked for.

As for the narration, this audiobook is read by Howard Zinn’s son, Jeff Zinn. Jeff is very clear, but also a bit dry at times. Still, the respect and passion he has for his father’s legacy shines through. Highly recommended.

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  • Rendezvous with Rama

  • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,095
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,959

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed in the narrator

  • By Brent on 06-01-12

Visiting with the Gods

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-18

This book is often considered one of Arthur C. Clarke’s best works, if not the best. It’s also one of the few science fiction novels to have won the Hugo, Gernsback, and Nebula awards, so you know you’re in for something special.

In short, this is the story of an alien spacecraft that unexpectedly barrels into Earth’s solar system. I won’t go any further for fear of spoiling an incredible story, but Clarke dives deep into the scientific, societal, and political implications of such a finding for humankind. This story is not one to be missed.

Finally, the narration is absolutely fantastic. I’ve enjoyed many of the Audible originals, but this is a particularly good one. What are you waiting for?! Beyond highly recommended!

  • Active Liberty

  • Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution
  • By: Stephen Breyer
  • Narrated by: Stephen Breyer
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

First published in September 2005 and based on a series of lectures delivered at Harvard, Active Liberty is a tight, extremely readable, almost memoir-like guide to interpreting the Constitution. Written by a justice of the Supreme Court, it focuses on a pragmatic approach to this great document that may become crucial as the Supreme Court faces deeply divisive decisions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging, If Somewhat Dense

  • By Maki on 09-04-07

Propose, not Prose

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-18

This is an examination of Justice Steven Breyer’s theory of Constitutional interpretation. In short, Breyer stresses the importance of legal analysis focusing on the drafter’s intent and practical goals, rather than an overemphasis on the plain text alone. He does this bearing in mind the importance of “active liberty,” an ancient concept meant to encourage civic participation by the public at large.

A word of warning: This is book was written for an audience already comfortable with more advanced aspects of legal theory, not the general public. Because of that, I would certainly recommend it for attorneys or for someone interested in advanced Constitutional Law. If that sounds like you, there is a wealth of knowledge contained in here. Go for it!