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  • James Moriarty, Consulting Criminal

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963

His razor-sharp intellect, uncanny powers of deduction, and knowledge of the criminal underground are legendary throughout London. He solves cases with the able assistance of his close friend and confidant. And, one day, he will become the arch enemy of Sherlock Holmes. Meet Professor James Moriarty - consulting criminal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly written and narrated

  • By Burns Waggener on 09-18-17

Lackluster and short

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

Reviewed: 05-11-19

Using the standard Sherlock Holmes format Andy Weir writes a couple of short stories with a couple of twists but no real depth. The problem is exacerbated by the narrator who, in an effort to sound sinister, just ends up sounding flat, I am a fan of Mr Weir’s work but maybe he is just better at stories when he has time to develop them more fully. This one is only worth a credit if you’re just too curious to pass it up, like I was.

  • Make Your Bed

  • Little Things That Can Change Your Life...and Maybe the World
  • By: William H. McRaven
  • Narrated by: William H. McRaven
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,900

On May 21, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world", he shared the 10 principles he learned during Navy SEAL training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves - and the world - for the better.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Watch the YouTube video

  • By A. Yoshida on 01-31-18

Very Basic Training

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

Taken from a commencement speech, the author makes rudimentary comparisons between seal life and real life. Unfortunately for his audience, the grade-school writing and amateur narration kill any inspiration like a sniper.

  • A Plague of Giants

  • A Novel
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Xe Sands
  • Length: 22 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,656

Mother and warrior. Scholar and spy. Rebel and hero. Set in a magical world of terror and wonder, this audiobook is a deeply felt epic of courage and war, in which the fates of these three characters intertwine - and where ordinary people become heroes, and their lives become legend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining but dissapointing

  • By Roland on 11-20-17

Passable but disjointed

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

This novel is great at world building but only mediocre at storytelling at times confusing, at times very inventive, I would not advise against it but it is not a classic

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 216,973
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 202,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202,217

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

80’s feast with a heart

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

This is a story that every geek of the 80s will adore and people born elsewhere in time will also. There is enough imaginative construct combined with a passible storyline to make this a wonderful read.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61,144

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Another good book but feels like a schizophrenic wrote it.

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

This is a mostly engaging novel from the author of “The Martian”. Unlike his previous effort this book has a lot of holes in it. The antihero is never thoroughly lovable despite his efforts to draw empathy towards her. Her decisions are rash and over-the-top. Her most redeeming characteristic is a very limited moral compass when it comes to business relationships, not nearly enough in the end when she repeatedly puts everyone in danger like a third grader with ADHD. For some reason ‘welding’ takes up the most space in a novel short of a how to book. It is almost as if the author took a ‘how to’ course and needed to incorporate this. The author makes the antihero of the book a female and a Muslim. In this day and age it is repugnant to make a character a ‘justified’ Muslim terrorist who goes around blowing stuff up on their own personal moral escapade, both to the law-abiding Muslims already having to cope with stereotypes and to those who have suffered at Muslim extremist hands. Indeed almost every major character in this book would be classified as a DM- Disadvantaged Minority. It is so blatant as to distract from the overall effort. I take this as a nice homage to the Star Trek world view that everyone will be equal when we get into space. My problem is that I did not feel that he is able to write as clearly from those perspectives and the novel suffers for it. For all his meticulous detail in welding he did not appear to make the same research into; Muslims, females, gays, hispanics, et all.
What started off as a very interesting novel with a unique premiss turned into a bad ‘welding’ of ideas with a dissatisfying climax.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,535
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,796

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Traveling through history rather than time

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 11-04-17

The paradox is why keep reading his books…

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

Peter cline’s books are to me a paradox, just enough really good writing to keep you interested but just enough bad writing to make you wonder why you keep reading it. To me they usually start off quite well and then he seems to hit this Zombie zone where none of his description really gives me an accurate picture. I feel like I’m looking at something with fuzzy lenses over my eyes and it’s annoying. But in the end he comes up with enough original concepts and satisfying results to keep buying his books. it’s just me I guess.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,773

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had so much promise

  • By Brian G on 09-01-17

Good story nice, wrap up, still leaving it open for sequels

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

Good story, nice pseudo-scientific background ,good character development in most cases, ends with a nicely satisfying wrap up all while still leaving it open for the next in the series.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,015
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,336

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly better than books two and three.....

  • By Steve on 01-02-18

Skippy is losing steam

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Still love the concept but plot was thin and ended on a cliffhanger that was passe. Here’s hoping that the next book will actually have some new and interesting developments that we haven’t seen before.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Blade Runner

  • Originally published as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,905
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,910

It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment: find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Asking the important questions 50 years on

  • By Ian C Robertson on 05-09-12

Not your cinema Blade runner

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

This novel is a psychotropic expose by Philip K Dick. It does not follow the plot or storyline of the cinematic blade runner to any significant degree which, for most blade runner fans, will be a welcome deviation to you universe that has both new and old elements.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Luck and Trouble

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,519

Jack Reacher reunites with the survivors of his old Army investigative team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. In a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept My Interest

  • By Patricia on 10-21-09

Passable novel

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

This engagement has minor plot holes that never really get adequately filled. Lee Child starts what seems to be his personal ranting in this novel, here his targets are Alaska airlines and Christian flyers( pun intended to those that have read it). Nice to have the characters from Reacher’s past but they are not as fully developed as one would wish, they are lacking but it was nice to have them in there. As I said an overall possible novel but not by any means his best effort.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful