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  • Red Sparrow

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,061

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sexy Saucy Spies

  • By Mel on 06-13-13

Quirky, Sexy Spy Novel

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

If you've seen the movie, then you know the basic plot elements of this story. However, unlike the movie...Nash & Dominika are both the narrators/main characters & the novel shifts between their points of view. Also, at the end of every chapter is a recipe for the featured eats within that chapter (unfortunately, Audible doesn't have a separate file for those recipes!).

  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,080
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14,087

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I guess there’s a reason it’s free

  • By Katie Washington on 10-05-18

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

(I got this title for free as part of my Prime membership.) A young couple moves to a haunted house with their baby. You know what happens because the story is very predictable. However, Scott Brick tries his best to make it interesting and suspenseful. Honestly, I would probably enjoy listening to Scott Brick read the phone book, so I have to admit that I kind of enjoyed this story.

It wasn't terribly written. In fact, I think the author did a great job of creating characters in a very small amount of time. You knew who they were. You have probably met them before in real life. However, in this story, they didn't have a lot to do except to react to the events around them.

Overall, I would probably not recommend this story to others, but I may revisit it again on a lunch break and see if it's better than I thought it was.

  • The Burial Hour

  • Booktrack Edition
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

A businessman snatched from an Upper East Side street in broad daylight. A miniature hangman's noose left at the scene. A nine-year-old girl, the only witness to the crime. With a crime scene this puzzling, forensic expertise of the highest order is absolutely essential. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate. Soon, the case takes a stranger turn: A recording surfaces of the victim being slowly hanged, his desperate gasps the backdrop to an eerie piece of music. The video is marked as the work of "The Composer"....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hold the Music!!!!

  • By Karen B. Jinks on 11-15-18

Booktrack is a bit distracting from great story

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

This is the first Booktrack audiobook that I've purchased. While I really like the story and the narrator, I felt that the background music was a bit too loud and distracting.

The story starts with Lincoln Rhyme trying to plan a honeymoon trip outside of New York for him to take with his new bride. Greenland is apparently his #1 choice, though Thom tries to convince him that Amelia would have more fun taking a spin on the Top Gear race track in England. While they're debating the romantic possibilities of both locales, Lon comes by with a new case...that of a kidnapping on the Upper East Side where the killer leaves a little noose.

The case unfolds with all the usual twists and turns that you would expect from Jeffery Deaver. Unlike most of the previous novels from this series, though, there is a pretty big change of scenery as the action moves to Italy. While there are references to previous stories, anyone starting with this novel will soon be able to follow the characters and action with ease. The bad guy in this novel (Stefan) is a bit creepier than some of Lincoln's former foes as he likes to compose music inspired by those he is killing.

Overall, I thought The Burial Hour was a pretty good mystery, infused with humor and character development that was worth my Audible credit and my time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fairy Tale Bride

  • Once Upon a Wedding
  • By: Kelly McClymer
  • Narrated by: Bushra Laskar
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 152

Miranda Fenster was known as the Fairy Tale Miss during the one disastrous London season that convinced her she would never have a happily-ever-after. But when her brother's love match is thwarted by the impossibly proper Duke of Kerstone, Miranda sets off to convince the duke to champion her brother's cause for love. Unfortunately, he is too proper to consider love a suitable reason for marriage, and too proper not to marry Miranda when they find themselves compromised.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loveable story which is a true fairy tale

  • By Cyn on 01-03-15

OK romance

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

The novel starts with a wager between "Saint Simon" and his cousin over the seduction of Miranda, just after Simon learns the truth about his parentage.

Miranda is impoverished but beautiful and creative woman, with lively eyes and a quick smile. She was the woman that Simon had plan on marrying before he decided to join the army.

This is a classic historical romance. The production quality is poor, though, making it a difficult listen over headphones.

  • Earth Strike

  • Star Carrier, Book One
  • By: Ian Douglas
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,439
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,307

There is a milestone in the evolution of every sentient race, a Tech Singularity Event, when the species achieves transcendence through its technological advances. Now the creatures known as humans are near this momentous turning point. But an armed threat is approaching from deepest space, determined to prevent humankind from crossing over that boundary - by total annihilation if necessary.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Forget the Characters, Just Bring on the Action!

  • By Joshua on 05-29-13

Lots of action

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

If you like lots of action with a side of sci-fi, you'll probably enjoy this book!

  • Hour Game

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,969

A woman is found murdered in the woods with a very special watch on her wrist, and what seemed a simple case soon escalates into a nightmare. The criminal methods of some of the most infamous killers of all time are being replicated by a new predator who stalks and strikes victims with a cunning brilliance. No one can understand the murderer's motives or who the next victim will be.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sickening

  • By Robert L on 05-30-13

Great beginning & draggy middle

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

Reviewed: 05-15-15

This book had a great beginning. In the time since their first book together (Split Second), Michelle and Sean have formalized their business partnership, with Michelle moving to quiet rural Virginia. They bicker like an old married couple, but it seems like a healthy platonic relationship for both. While running one day, Michelle comes across some screaming children who found a body in the woods. Thus begins the quest for a serial killer, with lots of twists and turns involving the local aristocracy, the FBI, small town cops, a brothel, and assorted odd-balls.

Overall, I liked the story. It just seemed to drag a bit near the end. I think if you're willing to stick with it, though, the ending is satisfying.

  • Failure Is Not an Option

  • Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond
  • By: Gene Kranz
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,055

Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA's Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful story told beautifully.

  • By Albert Sjoberg (PA) on 06-05-15

Insider's history of the American space program

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

Reviewed: 12-31-14

A history of the space program is told by a flight director who was with NASA from Gemini through the Apollo program. Overall, I found this story interesting and more engaging than a Discovery channel documentary. The people who made spaceflight possible became "real people" instead of background characters.

  • Learn in Your Car: Russian, the Complete Language Source

  • By: Henry N. Raymond
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 16

Listeners learn pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar of Russian without the need of a textbook. Level 1: Key words and phrases, basic grammar skills, emphasizes travel needs; Level 2: Expands vocabulary, new grammar concepts, more day-to-day activities; Level 3: Broadens vocabulary base, more advanced grammar skills, enriches conversational ability.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not Effective At All :(

  • By AP on 06-12-18

Don't Drive & Learn, but Use This to Study/Review

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

Reviewed: 11-12-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes. This audiobook is for people who want to learn Russian as it would be in a basic course. Audible provides the accompanying text as a PDF download, so it's not totally audio.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Caves of Steel

  • Robot, Book 1
  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,910
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,907

A millennium into the future two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Isaac Asimov's Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together. Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley had little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci-Fi Mystery at its Best!

  • By HL on 09-16-14

Sci-Fi Mystery at its Best!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-14

Where does The Caves of Steel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Listening to The Caves of Steel was a delightful experience. The story takes place in a future New York City, after Man has colonized other worlds. The problems on earth include overpopulation, food shortages, and vast unemployment due to technology. The story was not too science-y and the police procedural aspects were interesting. I think the Fox t.v. show "Almost Human" takes many of the themes from this book regarding robot police officers.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The protagonist, Elijah, was my favorite. He was obviously torn between idolizing earth's simpler past and embracing a technological future. Having read other Asimov works...I would say that character development is not something seen in many of Asimov's other books. Here, though, we have a well-rounded character who struggles and grows as the story unfolds.

What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I thought Mr. Dufris did a good job of narration. His R. Daneel Olivaw was robotic, but not stereotypical. His other voices were just different enough to recognize characters without being too "out there".

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Overall, I was very happy with this audiobook purchase.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Swarm

  • Star Force, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,268

Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally some ORIGINAL scifi action.

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-11

Pulp sci-fi at its best

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

Reviewed: 12-05-13

This story has action, adventure, lust, and alien robots. I'm not sure why I liked it, but I couldn't stop listening.

The main character is a computer science professor from Northern California who is forcibly drafted into service as a alien spacecraft commander. We follow along as the world is introduced to two different versions of invading alien robots and how a group of disparate thugs joins together to create "Star Force".

There is plenty of action and political undertones as the governments of earth react to the threat of annihilation. As for the sci-fi aspects, the characters seem as bewildered by the technology as the reader/listener. The author doesn't dwell on the whys of the technology, but there are parts where I tuned out as he went into the hows.

Overall, though, I thought it was an enjoyable start to a sci-fi series.