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  • Island

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 825

In his final novel - which he considered his most important - Aldous Huxley transports us to the remote Pacific island of Pala, where an ideal society has flourished for 120 years. Inevitably, this island of bliss attracts the envy and enmity of the surrounding world. A conspiracy is underway to take over Pala, and events are set in motion when an agent of the conspirators, a newspaperman named Faranby, is shipwrecked there. What Faranby doesn't expect is how his time with the people of Pala will revolutionize all his values and - to his amazement - give him hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great narration for a great book.

  • By AndrewL on 09-21-16

Meh

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

Reviewed: 01-08-17

The 'attempt at a utopian society' always has the same tropes.
I was hoping for more from an author I hold in high esteem.

But Simon Vance rarely disappoints so 4 star performance for a 2 star story

25 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • Cabal

  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Chet Williamson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

Cabal is the story of Boone, a tortured soul haunted by the conviction that he has committed atrocious crimes. In a necropolis in the wilds of Canada, he seeks refuge and finds the last great creatures of the world - the shape-shifters known as the Nightbreed. They are possessed of unearthly powers-and so is Boone. In the hunt for Boone, they too will be hunted. Now only the courage of this strange human can save them from extinction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Monsters. Mostly.

  • By Dave on 11-03-15

Not his worst

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

Reviewed: 03-27-15

I'm a fan of Clive Barker's works so please don't think this is a negative review.

It's a good story from an earlier time in his career.
His Abarat series is great as is The Great and Secret Show and Imajica.
This is a pretty straight forward story with not a lot of mystery.
As is most of Clive's work, the story has the theme of a hidden world of sorts.

The narration was not the greatest. I would have enjoyed Scott Brick or Simon Vance.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Who Goes There?

  • The Novella That Formed the Basis of 'THE THING'
  • By: John W. Campbell
  • Narrated by: Steve Cooper
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,533
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,541

Who Goes There?, the novella that formed the basis of the film The Thing, is the John W. Campbell classic about an antarctic research camp that discovers and thaws the ancient body of a crash-landed alien.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astounding ... Incredible ...

  • By Old Hippy on 10-03-16

Four stars for the year it was written

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

Reviewed: 12-04-14

I cant believe no one has mentioned the distracting hissing and gurgling noises that seem to have nothing to do with the narration.

Probably a great read the year it was written.

The 2011 movie stunk worse than the alien itself.

No one has topped the 1982 version starring a scampy Snake Plissken.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Snow Child

  • By: Eowyn Ivey
  • Narrated by: Debra Monk
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,342
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,342

Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Magical, realistic and well worth listening to

  • By Bonny on 03-04-12

May be the first book I return

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

Reviewed: 08-23-14

If you're hot on the trail of wanting a great book that goes nowhere and meanders into the inevitable and overwhelming desire to slam your face into your desk repeatedly this is the book for you.

A torturous 10 hour romp into what can only be hailed as your next nap.

By the time all of this nothingness unfolds you'll be delighted that it ends.

Not well, not with a bang, nor a whimper.

Just ends.

First return, here I come.

Drew

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • American Elsewhere

  • By: Robert Jackson Bennett
  • Narrated by: Graham Winton
  • Length: 22 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 327

Some places are too good to be true. Under a pink moon, there is a perfect little town not found on any map. In that town, there are quiet streets lined with pretty houses, houses that conceal the strangest things. After a couple years of hard traveling, ex-cop Mona Bright inherits her long-dead mother's home in Wink, New Mexico. And the closer Mona gets to her mother's past, the more she understands that the people of Wink are very, very different....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You are entering the twighlight zone

  • By Lisa on 07-29-13

The year's not over but,

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

Reviewed: 10-18-13

American Elsewhere may be the best audiobook I've listened to this year.
I hate reviews that say 'Best Book' etc... But this story was great.
It felt familiar enough for me to enjoy the ride but not so much that it was predictable.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Blue Blazes

  • By: Chuck Wendig
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

Meet Mookie Pearl. Criminal underworld? He runs in it. Supernatural underworld? He hunts in it. Nothing stops Mookie when he’s on the job. But when his daughter takes up arms and opposes him, something’s gotta give....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Was hesitant at first

  • By Andrew on 07-23-13

Was hesitant at first

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

Reviewed: 07-23-13

Okay okay, I read the name Mookie Pearl and thought I might be let down by the book.
Shameful I know (somehow its beyond judging a book by its cover, judging a book by a character's name)
I've read The Miriam Black books by Chuck Wendig and thoroughly enjoyed them. I'm not sure why I was not so interested in this one. But I bit the bullet and bought it.

Good choice.

Wendig does no wrong.

(Well, he may, but not in any of his books)
(If he reads that I'm sure he'll laugh, after he punches me)

(Also, nice Yuengling mention, a Pennsylvania original)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Shivers

  • By: Robert Jackson Bennett
  • Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Robert Jackson Bennett makes a stunning debut with this deliciously dark tale sure to hold readers in its menacing thrall. The grinding poverty brought on by the Great Depression is nowhere more apparent than in the untold thousands looking for work along America’s railroad system. But one man haunting the rail camps has been moved by an entirely different brand of desperation: revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • From the Cormac McCarthy Playbook

  • By Jason G. Cons on 08-09-10

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 05-24-13

Maybe the ending was a little predictable but an enjoyable read nonetheless.
I'm reading American Elsewhere right now. Another solid book thus far.
I agree its no McCarthy (The Road) but these guys (Chris F. Holm, Wendig, etc..) are putting out good product.

Check it out.

Drew

  • Dark Matter

  • By: Michelle Paver
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 374

January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible!

  • By Madeleine on 02-12-11

Story builds well but packs a light punch at times

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

Reviewed: 05-10-13

This story met the criteria that I was looking for at the time. Ghost story in a winter setting.
(I realize that sounds odd but I pick books that way)
In that regard this story did not let me down. At times I was pleasantly reminded of a little Lovecraft and Poe, other times I found the story to build to no avail. The writing felt like a classic does.

There was nothing wrong at all with this book. I was just left wanting more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful