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  • Nemesis Games

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,445
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,586

A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent bounce back

  • By Lore on 10-27-15

Such a good series

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

This is a very good science fiction series. Every book is good. Each book follows its own path. I really enjoy the writing being smart and the plots being changed up. One cautionary note with this book. Be prepared to go right to the next book :) Narration is really good.

  • Canada

  • By: Mike Myers
  • Narrated by: Mike Myers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112

Comedy superstar Mike Myers writes from the (true patriot) heart about his 53-year relationship with his beloved Canada. Mike Myers is a world-renowned actor, director and writer and the man behind some of the most memorable comic characters of our time. But, as he says, "No description of me is truly complete without saying I'm a Canadian". He has often winked and nodded to Canada in his outrageously accomplished body of work, but now he turns the spotlight full-beam on his homeland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book by my favorite comedian

  • By Spencer cox on 09-21-17

Sweet reminiscing

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

Mike does a fine job narrating this memoir/history. At various times the book is sweet, interesting, or terribly important. Not generally laugh out loud funny, but often amusing. Not a comedy book. His life intertwined with Canada’s. Glad I listened to it but it isn’t a must read. Worth your time if you have any interest in Mr. Myers.

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,013

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

A nice piece

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

Interesting but not amazing. Worth the time, but not worth a rave. Left me wanting to hear the complete, or mildly edited one on one conversations. Production values are high, though sound levels between various recordings were nor evened out very well. You will be repeating things that you learned from this if you listen to it :)

  • Cibola Burn

  • The Expanse, Book 4
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,433
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,602

An empty apartment, a missing family, that's creepy. But this is like finding a military base with no one on it. Fighters and tanks idling on the runway with no drivers. This is bad juju. Something wrong happened here. What you should do is tell everyone to leave. The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds, and the rush to colonize has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Ilus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jefferson Mays is back!

  • By Joe R. on 03-30-17

Still great

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

The consistent quality in such different books is a pleasure. Some series are a long adventure. Some are variations of the same thing. The Expanse is a bunch of different stories with a regular set of characters to bond them. This book is a planet colonizing story. Good narration.

  • Agincourt

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Charles Keating
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,026

Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What is WITH that music?

  • By Lois on 08-26-15

Brutal history

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

I think it must be me at this moment which is slightly unsatisfied with this work. It is so good in so many ways. Maybe I want every detail to be true? Maybe I needed a more complicated story? I think some would be offended by the foul language but I am not. Many may be appropriately offended by pillage, rape, and the evil behavior of religious leaders, but that is just history thrust in our faces. I wish it was only in history. I gave the book 4 stars as I was gripped throughout but a 3 star rating also seems fair.
Great narration.

  • Nemesis

  • By: Ken Lozito
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275

Seven years ago the New Earth colony received one final message from Earth...a warning. First a global pandemic, then the emergence of a new species. A war for survival ravaged the Sol system. Now they are coming for the colony. Many colonists don't believe it, but Connor does. They must prepare. They must fight. But how can they survive something that killed every person back on Earth?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • OK story, but lacking in military knowledge

  • By Rhomphaia on 08-27-18

Fun but silly

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

A good enough adventure but there is no science in the fiction. Sometimes communication takes a while to get from planet to planet and at other times there is a delay. If these kinds of logic failures bother you, this probably isn't for you. They usually aggravate me. Lozito did enough other things well enough to suit my tastes that I was able to enjoy the story. I would not recommend them. If you need a "last of humanity trying to survive on a new world" story, this might scratch the itch. I was fine with the first 3 books in the series, as I got them on sale, but I won't be continuing.
Narration is good.

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  • Big Sur

  • By: Jack Kerouac
  • Narrated by: Tom Parker
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 441

"Big Sur's a humane, precise account of the extraordinary ravages of alcohol delirium tremens on Kerouac, a superior novelist who had strength to complete his poetic narrative, a task few scribes so afflicted have accomplished...others crack up. Here we meet San Francisco's poets and recognize hero Dean Moriarty 10 years after On the Road. Jack Kerouac was a 'writer,' as his great peer W.S. Burroughs says, and here at the peak of his suffering humorous genius he wrote through his misery to end with 'Sea,' a brilliant poem appended, on the hallucinatory sounds of the Pacific Ocean at Big Sur." - Allen Ginsberg

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful View of the Dark Sides of the Beats

  • By Rich S. on 03-11-13

Wacky

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

Wild, wacky, adventurous, fun, humorous, sad, and insane. This book is a snapshot into a moment on a mans life. He is a decent man haunted by something. Fame? Bad genes? Lifestyle? Or simply an alcoholic. We get to witness his decent.

The story is told in streams of consciousness. It does not try to explain the balance between fiction and non fiction. Kerouac seems to be honest in his telling of the tale. It is very odd. Both in the writing style and the happenings within the tale. It provides views of fame, the Beat/hippy movement, alcoholism, depression, and free love.

I am not sorry I listened to it, and Tom Parker did a great job narrating it. I would not recommend the book. If you are curious to experience a Jack Kerouac book, as I was, I expect you won't be sorry you chose to read or listen to this book.

  • The Glass Menagerie: Acting Edition

  • By: Tennessee Williams
  • Narrated by: Joseph Kent
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Menagerie was Williams' first popular success and launched the brilliant, if somewhat controversial, career of our preeminent lyric playwright. A new introduction by prominent Williams scholar Robert Bray, editor of The Tennessee Williams Annual Review, reappraises the play more than half a century after it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. This edition of The Glass Menagerie also includes Williams' essay on the impact of sudden fame on a struggling writer, "The Catastrophe of Success", as well as a short section of Williams' own "Production Notes".

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Why?

  • By David Burke Grenfell on 10-22-18

Why?

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

I think I expected too much, knowing this is a regularly assigned high school reading project. After listening to the play I went online to see what the point others think the point is. The first memory play is one reason. I think the other reason is that there is support for it based on a couple well received productions of the play. It also benefits from being short.

I took away a few things from the story:
Do not be overly self critical.
If you badger other people enough, they might leave you.
You can be truly kind to someone that you have little or no connection with.

The problem for me was that I found the harridan portions of the story annoying. It is a couple hours of mostly annoyance, not saved by the narration, with a flat ending.

The book was assigned to my daughter and we listened to it together.

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,799
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,731
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,662

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Fan

  • By tatiana on 12-24-17

Not a fan of multicast

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

This being a play(s), rather than a book, having various actors makes sense, but I am not a fan. The sound levels tend to be uneven at times, creating the need to skip back and raise the volume, only to lower it again later. Some of the acting for the minor characters seems off or forced. Most of the work of the actors from the TV show is dead on, as if I was listening to the TV Show. Which might have been everyone's objective?
The stories... Interesting. I found myself involved and wanting to know what would happen next. Also put off by hack writing moments used to keep everything moving forward. In the end it wasn't a waste of time. Neither is it something to recommend except to a real fan, one that I having really enjoyed this work. If you want it then get it. If you really aren't sure, you aren't really missing anything :) Gillian Anderson was really enjoyable.

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  • The Ploughmen

  • A Novel
  • By: Kim Zupan
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 801

At the center of this searing fever-dream of a novel are two men - a killer awaiting trial and a troubled young deputy - sitting across fromeach other in the dark, talking through the bars of a county jail cell: JohnGload, so brutally adept at his craft that only now, at the age of 77, has he faced the prospect of long-term incarceration; and Valentine Millimaki, low man in the Copper County sheriff's department, who draws the overnight shift after Gload's arrest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great language and performance

  • By Villarreal on 11-06-17

Perfection

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

This book is a piece of perfection. It might be perfect as a written work but it definitely was for me as narrated by Jim Meskimen. My preferences tend towards science fiction, thrillers, and fantasy. Works, like this, of the fiction category, along with non fiction, hold a secondary position in my preferences. I listen to these occasionally because they can be so powerful or perfect. Mundane fiction with its lack of action, adventure, or imagination, makes me sorrow for my lost time. Works that are this good are a great reward for venturing away from my typical fare.

I will try to be vague and spoiler free in this short description of the book. It is lyrical but not long winded. What action there is, is of the necessary amount and no more. Descriptions of place, person, or item, are of what was needed and no more. Sentences are beautiful without being over done. The two protagonists, for me, are two sides of a coin. They are both at uncommonly at ease around death and both have a hard time sleeping, probably because of their relation with death. Both are polite and believe in a right way to do things. One side of that coin being the evil man and the other being good. The story centers on their relationship and not some cat and mouse, cop and prey, type of story. A half length less dramatic Pat Conroy would be a fair comparison I think.