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  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,505

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Well done

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

I'm a data guy myself and this book really drove home tyne idea why data is needed and the humanity that benefits from it. Flawless writing and performance!

  • Alien: Covenant

  • A Novel
  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien adventure. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. But it is actually a dark, dangerous world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as great as I hoped

  • By James Lee Owings III on 05-31-17

The book is so much better.

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

I really enjoyed the performance! Bravo! Not sure why some of the other customers complained.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,336

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing From Stephen King

  • By Myles on 11-02-18

Could not stop reading (ermm.. Listening)

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

What a story! And what a performance!

It's been a while since Steven King gave me nightmares!

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  • The Refugees

  • By: Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Narrated by: Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 672
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 612

With the coruscating gaze that informed The Sympathizer, in The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good collection of short stories

  • By Thomas More on 03-19-17

Great portrayal of Vietnamese Immigrant

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I have many vietnamese friends and know some of their family very well. Most of my friends came here as young adults as immigrants from Vietnam. The stories are so true based on the what my friends and their family have told me over the years. Some of these stories like the ones on the boat, the father returning to see everything they owned handed over to the government, the re-education camps and what it really did to the physiology of both the "re-educated" and their families, the subjective truth about how life in USA is by the viet kieu returning to visit vietnam are stories I have heard so many times!

And the locations: Garden Grove, Little Saigon in Southern California, China Town in San Francisco...it's like being with my friends and experiencing their tradition and culture in the USA all over again, but in a book written to perfection by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Great job!

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,072

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This gave me a nightmare

  • By Jean on 09-25-18

It's Rather Scary

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

A mad genius, this Trump guy. Totally manipulative and a sociopath. Brilliantly written and excellent performance!

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,421

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Burnin', I'm Burnin' for You

  • By W Perry Hall on 10-22-14

Really hard to put down

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

Written so long ago yet so relevant now. I know a few young un's that hasn't picked up a book to read since they left high-school or college. I am equally guilty. I read my books in Kindle or listen to my books on audible. Can't remember the last time I actually bought a paper book. But I mourned the closing of the local Barnes and nobles. Haven't been inside a library in a long while and I miss the smell of books. But technology isn't all bad. I have all the books I have purchased up on the cloud and I can read any of them any time with my smart devices.

So there's good and bad.

  • Terminal World

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 897

Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size. Clinging to its skin are the zones, a series of semi-autonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different---and rigidly enforced---level of technology. Following an infiltration mission that went tragically wrong, Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in the district morgue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This ain't your fathers Alastair Reynolds

  • By DAVID on 09-10-10

Riveting! I can't wait to read what happens next.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

These stories from AR are certainly worth Netflix! TV series! Why hasn't it been done yet?

  • House of Suns

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,148

Six million years ago, at the very dawn of the starfaring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones: the shatterlings. Sent out into the galaxy, these shatterlings have stood aloof as they document the rise and fall of countless human empires. They meet every 200,000 years to exchange news and memories of their travels with their siblings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary Sci-Fi

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-20-15

Very entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Great story! Looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Well developed characters, and of course, the preformance was incredible!

  • Amanda Wakes Up

  • By: Alisyn Camerota
  • Narrated by: Lu Hanessian, Alisyn Camerota
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

When Amanda Gallo, fresh from the backwater of local TV, lands the job of her dreams at FAIR News - the coveted morning anchor slot - she's finally made it: a six-figure salary, a wardrobe allowance, plenty of on-air face time, and a chance to realize her dreams, not to mention buy herself lunch. But she finds her journalistic ideals shredded as she struggles to keep up with the issues in a ratings-crazed madhouse.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Bait and Switch

  • By Summer Layne on 09-17-17

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

This story is so close to being real that I was amazed! This is certainly a story I will listen to again and again through each election years.

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,406

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Not bad but weak

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

The story ended too quickly though. I hope this series will continue and the author would pay more attention to a better plot. I thought the detective was too manipulative and totally incompetent. She could have found out all the details by doing some work herself! Specifically finding out about the "bad" guys.