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  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66,111
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,922

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Best Science Fiction book/series I have ever read

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

The premise was intriguing... and the execution is that and more.

A great book in terms of idea, character, story.
And the reader (Ray Porter) is terrific.

Did this book win an award?
If not, it should have!

  • Kidnapped by the Pirate

  • By: Keira Andrews
  • Narrated by: Cornell Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Nathaniel Bainbridge is used to hiding, whether it's concealing his struggles with reading or his forbidden desire for men. Under the thumb of his controlling father, the governor of Primrose Isle, he's sailing to the fledging colony, where he'll surrender to a respectable marriage for his family's financial gain. Then pirates strike and he's kidnapped for ransom by the Sea Hawk, a legendary villain of the New World. Bitter and jaded, Hawk harbors futile dreams of leaving the sea for a quiet life, but men like him don't deserve peace. He has a score to settle with Nathaniel's father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By SassiKassi on 04-24-18

Started reading the Kindle book while in hospital

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

...but it was so much better than expected that I just had to get the Audible whispersync.

Yeah, I read the negative reviews about Cornell Collin's reading of "Kidnapped by the Pirate"... but it didn't bother me. And I'm glad I got it.

The story and character development were much better than expected when I bought the Kindle on a lark. And later on in the book there were some parts where the pirate and his captive had some -- um -- interesting times together. (Please don't tell my wife I enjoyed reading this!) The way it was all told was in an old-fashioned time period kind of way so it made it all feel so authentic.

"Kidnapped by the Pirate" was a great find and I recommend it. It's one I'll quite likely read again. Just hope I don't find myself back in the hospital when I do

P.S. I'm fine.
And can you, maybe, read more of my reviews so that writing them won't feel like a waster of time. Thanks :-)

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Viking Warrior

  • Strongbow Saga, Book 1
  • By: Judson Roberts
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

The Strongbow Saga is an epic tale of one man's unstoppable quest for justice and vengeance that carries him across the ninth century world of the Vikings. In Viking Warrior, Book One of the saga, a cruel twist of fate both frees Halfdan and robs him of the mother he loves, setting him upon the path to a new destiny. But a brutal act of treachery and murder upends Halfdan's new life, sending him on the run with ruthless hunters hot on his trail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, great performance

  • By Laura Renee on 11-04-14

Can't believe I never reviewed or rated this!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I read it over a year ago and have bought/read all the sequels.
And I am not a sequels kind of guy. In fact, usually I don't read/listen to books that have sequels because I don't want to feel compelled to have to read more and more and more than I might originally have wanted to. But in this case it was well worth it! Strongbow is an intriguing character for sure.

Great story and great narration. (I can't imagine it being better if read by anyone other than Jeff Hays)

Also, the research the author Judson Roberts put into the book is incredible. It makes it all just that much more authentic. If you want to listen to a great viking book, THIS IS THE ONE.

  • Child 44

  • By: Tom Rob Smith
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,407

It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be Prepared Be Forewarned

  • By Steven on 02-22-10

This would make a great movie!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Yeah, yeah, I know. They already made a movie by this name that is supposedly of this book.
But, like I said, IF they had made the movie based on this book, what a great movie it would have been!

The reader does a great job pulling you in right from the beginning. And what an opening, the cat then the kid. Unforgettable. (And not in the movie)

Another favorite scene: Leo and his wife on the train. I won't say more. You'll find out. But let me, as an aside, tell that my wife and I had a fight and I went for a walk, stewing as I walked (for the first time ever) along the railroad tracks in our neighborhood. Fortunately I had my earbuds and phone with me so I could listen to the latest book I'd become engrossed in: Child 44. And as I walked the tracks, little did I know there was a train scene in it as it began after I started my little blow-off-steam walk. It was so cool listening to it as I walked balancing on an actual rail and hopping along the railroad ties. The fascinating scene must have gone for an hour or so, and by the time it was done I was looking forward to telling my wife all about it. And I just knew it would be just as riveting in the movie Child 44, that I had never scene, so we rented it. We pretty much slept through it, but then when I saw the railroad scene coming up I woke her up. "Here's the scene!" We watched the short little stereotypical fight scene that totally wasn't the story at all. And then they just arrived at the station. What!!?

Just read the book, folks.
Or, better yet... LISTEN to this great read!
(Don't watch the movie or you won't think it's a book worth reading. The author must be furious!)

  • God's Smuggler

  • By: Brother Andrew
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 971
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 863

This best seller tells of the young Dutch factory worker's incredible efforts to transport Bibles across closed borders - and the miraculous ways in which God provided for him every step of the way. Brother Andrew's story remains as inspiring today as it was 35 years ago, and with this new release, it will motivate a whole new generation to risk everything to follow God's call.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A True Inspiration... Must-Read Classic!

  • By Joshua on 06-05-12

What a WOW! God We Have

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I read this book years ago and loved it. Now I have the Audible version and listening to it experienced it anew and was as blown away as ever. Not only is this a great story of how a boy grew up and found God and had his life transformed, it is amazingly TRUE!
But more than the astounding story of a man who found God, it is also the story of The Astounding God.

Read this book!
You'll never be the same again.
...or,, at least, you'll never see God the same again.

  • When All the World Sleeps

  • By: Lisa Henry, J.A. Rock
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

Daniel Whitlock is terrified of going to sleep. And rightly so; he sleepwalks, with no awareness or memory of his actions. Including burning down Kenny Cooper's house - with Kenny inside it - after Kenny brutally beat him for being gay. Back in the tiny town of Logan after serving his prison sentence, Daniel isolates himself in a cabin in the woods and chains himself to his bed at night.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly narrated

  • By Belen on 01-20-17

From Great to Greater

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

My tendency, after read-listening to a book I enjoyed, is to try one I'm not sure about. So, having finished a really good book, I took a shot at a book that has been in my library for months: "When All the World Sleeps" . To my surprise it turned out to be not merely an average or good book but a great one!

Not only was "When All the World Sleeps" a great story but also a great listen, as performed by Greg Tremblay. The unique voices for all the characters (and even their younger selves) was outstanding.

One of my favorite scenes was when Daniel laughed. It was so poignant that I got a lump in my throat.

Highly recommend.

  • From Rocket Boys to October Sky

  • By: Homer Hickam
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Since the publication of the #1 bestseller Rocket Boys: A Memoir in 1998 and the premiere of the movie October Sky in 1999, many Homer Hickam listeners and fans have wondered how and why he wrote the book, and how the movie was made. Incidental to that are such questions as "What is Jake Gyllenhaal, Chis Cooper, Laura Dern, etc. really like?" and "What's it like to have a movie made about your life?" and "Why are the book and movie different?" and "Why are both book and movie still so popular after all these years?" The answers to those questions and a lot more are in Homer Hickam's new audiobook From Rocket Boys to October Sky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable account of the story becoming a movie

  • By G. Eggleston on 01-02-18

Enjoyable account of the story becoming a movie

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

"October Sky" is one of my favorite movies and it was a pleasure listening to how the story of the Rocket Boys made it to The Big Screen. Was funny how Homer was wary of his part being played by a novice actor.

  • Jacob T. Marley

  • By: R. William Bennett
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,792
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,597

"Marley was dead to begin with...." These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn’t he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge? Or had he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is my favorite book! I listen to it all year

  • By Lyle K Holden on 08-07-17

A classic prequel to The Christmas Classic

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

Like everyone else I know the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge from the Charles Dickens Christmas Classic. I have not, however, actually READ "A Christmas Carol". I decided it would be best, before doing so, to start with the Simon Vance audiobook prequel, "Jacob T. Marley".

I am now going to listen to the Tim Curry audiobook "A Christmas Carol", but I will be surprised if Charles Dickens can outdo what R. William Bennett has managed to do, which is to write a genuine Christmas Classic.

Everyone who knows (or who HAS read) "A Christmas Carol" owes it to themselves to read "Jacob T. Marley" and to decide for themselves if one is better than the other... or whether, at the least, the two must be taken together. Indeed, to me, listening to "Jacob T. Marley" has enhanced the Scrooge story I thought I knew.

Merry Christmas!

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,754

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

Never answers the question HOW? but...

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

... if you go into the story willing to suspend your believe and just accept that the story-world is as it is, you will enjoy the story better. I, for the first half of the story at least, was waiting for and wanting to know HOW? (you'll quickly discover what I mean by how because you'll be wondering the same thing). Just know that your question will never be answered.

I guess it is for that reason, primarily, that I rate the story a 3. That's what it would be if you were only to read it. The main reason for the story is to provide a vehicle for hearing the performance of a great narrator. Although even that feel just short of perfect in that it failed to make a clear distinction between the male voice of the dispatcher and the female voice old the lead police office/detective.

So, overall, I rate the entire production a 5.
I might listen to it again... but most likely because it is short.

P.S. Best moment, by far, was the old woman (can't remember her name). Trust me, you'll know what I mean. To hear that alone makes listening to "The Dispatcher" worthwhile. I've listened to maybe a hundred Audible stories/books and that 1-2 minutes is probably the best I've ever heard and for which any audio narration award is deserving.

  • Hotshot

  • By: Ahren Sanders
  • Narrated by: James Cavenaugh, Lillian Claire
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

I don't remember a time I didn't love Crenshaw Bennett. I tried to deny it, but my feelings grew deeper. I thought he could never love me the way I love him. I was wrong - outrageously, deliriously, and beautifully wrong. One innocent kiss changes my life forever. Suddenly, Shaw is mine. Loyal, devoted, and the most loving man on this Earth. Together, we create an explosion of fiery passion, devotion, and chemistry I never knew was possible. All of my dreams are within reach, but I should have known it was too good to be true.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, What A Tangle Web They've Weaved!

  • By Cheri on 11-29-16

average to better than average

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

Was a bit predictable, although it was fun listening to it play out. Wish the villain had not been portrayed so villainously and the hero and heroine so virtuously. But, of course, this is fiction, so....