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  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,130
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,664

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Experience

  • By Stephen R. Grant on 11-05-18

Almost Really Good

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I really enjoyed this audio-play right up to the last 5 or 10 minutes.
That's where the final plot twist dooms this nice little story.
We get safe and saccharine instead of uncomfortable and thoughtful.
Too bad.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection

  • By: Alexander C. Kane
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,015
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,008

Andrea Vernon always thought she would spend her life living in Paris writing thought-provoking historical novels all day and sipping wine on the Seine all night. But the reality is she's drowning in debt, has no prospects, and is forced to move back to Queens, where her parents remind her daily that they are very interested in grandchildren. Then, one morning, she is kidnapped, interviewed, and hired as an administrative assistant by the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection. Superheroes for hire, using their powers for good. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Normal Life in an Abnormal World

  • By Arthur D. Rich on 08-26-17

Weill actually, the joke gets old....

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

This is a little book that could have been really good. As it is, I struggled to get to the end. As the title of my review state, the premise just wears out. Fundamentally, this audio book lacks the imagination of Scalzi and the smart sarcasm of Hiaasen.
On balance, I can not recommend spending a credit on it.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,419

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
  • Will Patton great - story so so

  • By Randall on 06-19-18

Stephen King Does It Again and Holly's Back !

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Stephen King really delivers with The Outsider. Although The Outsider is a stand alone novel, it pays tribute to King's earlier "Mr. Mercedes" trilogy, specifically with the return of Holly Gibney. As strong as the story and characters are in The Outsider" this audio books succeeds equally on the brilliance of Will Patton's nuance'd narration. The Outsider is what a great audio book is all about!

0 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Deep Dark Descending

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,951
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,947

Homicide Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife's death, even when he believed that a reckless hit and run driver was the cause. But when he learns that in fact she was murdered, he devotes himself to hunting down her killers. Most of his life he had thought of himself as a decent man. But now he's so consumed with thoughts of retribution that he questions whether he will take that last step and enact the vengeance he longs for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely brilliant!!

  • By ryan on 10-25-17

Unique Approach For A Police Procedural

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I really enjoyed this audio book. D D D has all the elements that I want in a "crime" audio book: believable characters and motives, a plausible story line, and strong narration. DDD gave me all of this and more.
The "flash-back" approach used in the story telling was not at all gimmicky and really helped keep up the pace of the story telling. In addition, this might be RC Bray's best work since the Martian. This is one of those audio books that compels you to listen.

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

  • The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,941
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,176

In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding story, highly recommended

  • By S. Blakely on 06-22-17

An Important Story Ruined By Two Poor Narrators

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

Killers of the Flower Moon is a very important story on several levels.
Unfortunately, the first narrator sets a plodding pace and tone from which this audio book barely recovers.
Will Patton delivers his usual stellar performance but the other narrators just don't deliver enough energy or interest.
I could barely finish this audio book.

  • Endgame

  • Arisen series, Book 14
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,806
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,719
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,708

This is it. Alpha team goes once more into the breach. On what will be their final missions ever in the Zulu Alpha - and the fight of their lives — Homer & Ali, and Predator & Juice, launch out into the terminal post-Apocalypse, as London is overrun by the very last rush of death covering the entire planet. Neither mission can fail, but can all four teammates survive? Or will some go down safeguarding the lives of those they love more than life itself?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Just Stop at Book 13 - This Nearly Ruins The Serie

  • By Rochambeaux on 07-08-18

OK Ending to a Great Series

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

If you've made it to book 14 of the Arisen series I don't need to dwell on the richly developed characters and RC Bray's superb narrations.

Book 14 follows a now familiar pattern of chaos and impending disaster averted by the sheer force of will of Alpha Team and the other heroes of Arisen. OK, good enough. It just seems to me that book 14 left me with just a little too much "feel good".
I guess I just wanted a less practicability and a little more bite in the ending ;) This being said, Arisen is still the absolute Gold Standard in the ZA genre.

  • Girl on Fire

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

When terrorists use a drone to bring down a plane on one of London’s busiest shopping centres, it ignites a chain of events that will draw in the innocent and the guilty alike. DC Max Wolfe finds himself caught in the crossfire between a tech-savvy terrorist cell and a revenge-seeking, Bible-quoting murderer called Bad Moses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolute best

  • By Frances on 03-16-18

The Best Police Procedural Series Ever !

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

Tony Parsons' Max Wolfe books comprise the best "police procedural" series I have ever listened to. Over the course of the 5 Max Wolfe books Parsons brings to life a series of richly developed characters and totally credible plot lines.

If you are interested in this series you really need to begin with Book 1 of this series ("The Murder Bag"). Here you will be introduced to men and women of London's West End Central's major crimes unit as well as DC Max Wolfe, his daughter Scout and their dog Stan.

The story lines of this series are not gimmicky or contrived and the characters are human and complex. Though each book is a stand-alone work the listener would be well served to begin with book 1.

Colin Mace brings these stories to life with an absolutely expert narration.

Like the title of this review says, simply the best realistic police procedural series there is.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Breakthrough

  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,817

Deep in the Caribbean Sea, a nuclear submarine is forced to suddenly abort its mission under mysterious circumstances. Strange facts begin to emerge that lead naval investigator, John Clay, to a small group of marine biologists who are quietly on the verge of making history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mind Blown!!!

  • By FocusedOnTheJourney on 07-22-17

Lassie Meets E.T.

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Remember the old TV series "Lassie" where Lassie, the collie dog saves the day ?
Bark bark..."what's that Lassie, Sally has fallen in the well"...Bark, bark..."OK...show me..."

Just substitute a plucky female scientist for young Timmy and add some morally suspect politicians instead and of evil ranchers and mix well. That's Breakthrough. Great promise wasted. Too bad.

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,758
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,508

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • RC Bray as Hispanic Woman - Just Wow!

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 05-03-18

Fantastic Story and RC Bray's Best Performance !!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

Commune is the very best audio book I have listened to in the past 12 months!

Every once and a while you hit the trifecta with an audio book: Great premise, fully realized characters, and a superb narration to power the audio book. Commune is one of those books.

Absolutely the best and most realistic global cataclysm / SHTF stories I have come across- without the usual cliche like characters and sub-plots. Equally impressive is RC Bray's narration, which is easily the high-point of his work so far. The bar is set so high I don't know if I would even want a "Book Two" for fear of a let down.

  • Win Bigly

  • Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter
  • By: Scott Adams
  • Narrated by: Scott Adams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648

Trump triggered massive cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias on both the left and the right. We're hardwired to respond to emotion, not reason. We might listen to 10 percent of a speech - a hand gesture here, a phrase there - and if the right buttons are pushed, we decide we agree with the speaker and invent reasons to justify that decision after the fact. The point isn't whether Trump was right or wrong, good or bad. Win Bigly goes beyond politics to look at persuasion tools that can work in any setting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and Informative

  • By Eric on 03-13-18

What Really Happened in the 2016 Election !

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

A brilliant look at persuasion in the context of the 2016 US presidential election.
This really is what happened.