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  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,506

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Great storytelling

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

If you’re like me and love a good story with lots of twists and turns, you’ll love this book. The performance is stellar! #timetravel #outlander #romance #adventure #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Strange Practice

  • By: Vivian Shaw
  • Narrated by: Susanna Hampton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269

Dr. Greta Helsing has inherited the family's highly specialized and highly peculiar medical practice. She treats the undead for a host of ills - vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. It's a quiet, supernatural-adjacent life until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice - and her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Delightful

  • By Mary on 01-10-18

Narration performance was not good

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

The story was unique and the world was interesting. Character development was good(ish), a lot of characters mentioned but never developed. The beginning was much stronger than the end (I still have thirty minutes of the book left and really can’t be bothered to finish it. This book feels like it’s in the middle of being workshopped and needs a lot more development. Love the idea and would’ve loved a series but needs development and a totally new narrator. I had literally no clue who was saying what while listening, every character sounded the same. I made a game of guessing who was speaking while listening to the book.

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,708

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected treasure

  • By Stefanie on 08-24-15

Compelling story, well written, not predictable, unique

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

I’ll be thinking about this interesting premise for years to come. Gets a bit overwritten from time to time, but it kept me highly engaged and curious the entire story. The narrator is slightly mundane, and to me it seemed there was a weird echo in the audio (I use a new iPhone 8 or my car audio and I always heard the echo). It was very distracting to me at first but I was able to disregard within a chapter or two.

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,541
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,528

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect year in the post apocalypse.

  • By Andrew Pollack on 06-18-16

Ugh. If you hate women, science and the government, this book is for you

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

Entitled and boring male characters with interchangeable names/stories (Greg, Chad, Todd, Paul, Hank, I’m just guessing at this point what the names were but these are close) do boring things while the weak womenfolk rapturously die off and get buried under lilac bushes like dogs (literally it was as if the male characters were sad about a dog dying when a wife died). I could only listen for about an hour before I just had to delete this garbage from my phone. Yuck. Not only is it worse than cliched trope writing with misogynistic undertones, it’s just a rambling, boring, predictable mess. What a yuck book. Performance was fine.

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  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,853

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
  • Mediocre

  • By erin george on 10-03-18

Compelling story a bit different than expected

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

Story: compelling and fast moving, less character development than a typical King story.

Performance: great until we get to one character’s voice that will drive you nuts...I just wanted to fast forward through this part despite the fact it was really interesting. It was like having Siri read the book (but worse)

2 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Year One

  • Chronicles of The One, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,356

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Magical Apocalypse "Lite"

  • By Kitty on 12-07-17

If you like The Stand you’ll wonder why you didn’t just re-read that

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

As someone who loves a good story about the apocalypse and supernatural forces, I enjoyed this book simply (and only) based on those attributes. The story was absolutely derivative, in fact several plot points almost felt like fan fiction versions of The Stand (I’ve read The Stand at least six times, trust me on this point). It was totally obvious to anyone with half a brain what the major plot points would be (who would live/die, etc). I did like the addition of the overt supernatural forces and beings, but the supernatural aspects of the world felt very poorly developed and relied heavily on tropes. So far in this series there’s nothing original or even compelling about the story, but it was vaguely entertaining the way you find an innocuous Hallmark Christmas movie to be pleasantly generic background noise while wrapping Xmas gifts. With all that said, I will most likely get the second in the series because I enjoy pleasantly generic background noise on my commute and I like the topic.

92 of 109 people found this review helpful