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  • The Ringworld Engineers

  • The Ringworld Series, Book 2
  • By: Larry Niven
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,338

It’s been 20 years since the quixotic and worldsweary Louis Wu discovered the Ringworld. Now he and SpeakertoAnimals are going back, captives of the Hindmost, a deposed puppeteer leader.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, Wrong Narrator. Way Wrong.

  • By Kevin der Kinderen on 04-16-13

A let down

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

it did not satisfy because I was looking for resolution. is the ring world really saved? is it far enough away from the galactic explosion coming to Earth in 20 years? who will save Earth? how long will Louie live? just too many untied knots for me. Guess I'll have to read the next book

  • Old Man's War

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,503

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Witty Military Sci-Fi

  • By M. Spencer on 10-21-12

Worst book I've heard in Sci-fi ever

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

The plot had value, but it went nowhere. just an uninterrupted battle of aliens doing nothing.

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41,624
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,857

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

I feel the book was shallow on detail

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

the book was clear and cohesive, however, it really didn't get into sufficient depth when it came to the other life-form that was attacking the human race. It was a borg like hive and it's obvious that a future war is coming, but I didn't get enough information about who these other life-forms are. Four a Sci-Fi book I suspect this is top of the line as far as detail goes, but I don't read too much Syfy.

  • Somebody I Used to Know

  • By: David Bell
  • Narrated by: Andy Paris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,936
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,688
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,687

When Nick Hansen sees the young woman at the grocery store, his heart stops. She is the spitting image of his college girlfriend, Marissa Minor, who died in a campus house fire 20 years earlier. But when Nick tries to speak to her, she acts skittish and rushes off. The next morning the police arrive at Nick's house and show him a photo of the woman from the store. She's been found dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely Worth a Credit

  • By Snoodely on 07-15-15

The story is uneventful, but performance helps

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

The characters were undeveloped and there was no room for empathy. it was boring and unbelievable.

  • To Die For

  • By: Alice Clark-Platts
  • Narrated by: Rachel Bavidge
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 682

In an empty car park, Ryan James sits in his car contemplating death. He has set up a hose pipe that is pouring carbon monoxide into the car, and his deciding whether or not to close the last window and end it all. Finally, he gets a text and decides to end his life. Detective Martin is called to the scene the next day. At first she is convinced it is a simple suicide but as she looks deeper into the boy's life and his relationships she begins to wonder if someone else was involved.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's like getting only the first 2 chapters of a book

  • By Lisa on 05-12-17

The story is undeveloped and ending superfluous.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

The whole story is uninteresting. The characters undeveloped and motives weak. It ended abruptly and with little impact.

  • Allegory of the Cave

  • By: Plato
  • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
  • Length: 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Plato's Allegory of the Cave is what many believe to be the foundation of Western Philosophy. It addresses what is visible and invisible, seen and observed versus intuited and imagined, and what is public versus private and just versus unjust. It also concerns the meaning and importance of education, the state of the soul, the conflict between truth and beauty, animal urges versus higher aspirations, knowledge versus ignorance, and on and on.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed Customer

  • By JK on 01-08-09

A story that delineates the concept of thought.

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

Reviewed: 02-28-17

Socrates, as described by Plato, tells us in this simple story what it means to be ignorant. He then shows that there is a choice we can make, all people can make, to be less ignorant.

  • The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

  • By: Francis Fukuyama
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 22 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,694

Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today’s developing countries—with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Summary of Political History I've Read

  • By blah on 05-12-13

Enhanced my life through a new perspective

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

The author communicates more than history. He shows not just patterns, but posibilities. He combines classical and modern philosophy, history, economics and wisdom. Yet by the end he left me with more questions than answers. This book was easy to understand and the points clear. I now know how little I understood, but the path is not hidden. It gave me a solid foundation for understanding political issues I wrestle with daily.

  • The Metamorphosis

  • By: Franz Kafka
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 859
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 771
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 777

“One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug.” With this startlingly bizarre sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young traveling salesman who, transformed overnight into a giant, beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. Rather than being surprised at the transformation, the members of his family despise it as an impending burden upon themselves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kafka-esque terrific

  • By Patrick Weldon on 03-19-12

A must read for literary fans.

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

Reviewed: 10-27-14

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

Yes, for the historical exposure to Kafka and his mentality. The story is not that interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

Its subtle tone concerning hatred and the ease of hatred.

What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

Yes, very Russian/European in his tone.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

This book needs to be explained to most readers to get the significance from the story.

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  • Cherry Bomb

  • A Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels Mystery #6
  • By: J. A. Konrath
  • Narrated by: Susie Breck, Dick Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 350

Cherry Bomb, the sixth Jack Daniels mystery, opens at the funeral. While Jack stands graveside, tears in her eyes, her cell phone rings. It’s the killer, escaped maniac Alex Kork, taunting Jack, drawing her ever further into a twisted game of cat and mouse. Because while Alex is more than willing to kill random victims, Jack is her true prey. But which woman wants revenge more? Cherry Bomb is J. A. Konrath's most gripping novel of suspense yet—filled with twists and turns that will keep listeners on the edge of their seats.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not impressed

  • By Wayne on 05-09-17

Predictable, repetitive and boring

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

Reviewed: 10-27-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I'd like to see unexpected twists and turns that are reasonable. The ending and all the killings were so uneventful. I could see them a mile away and they were uninteresting.

Has Cherry Bomb turned you off from other books in this genre?

No completely, but I have not bought more crime stories.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, it was adequate and did not interfere with the comprehension.

What character would you cut from Cherry Bomb?

The serial killer Alex because she was too unbelievable. So other villain would have been better.

Any additional comments?

Even the ending was lame and apparent.

  • The 7th Month

  • A Detective D. D. Warren Story
  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,008
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,535
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,545

In Lisa Gardner’s first-ever short story following thirteen bestselling novels, The 7th Month takes listeners between the books and into a day in the life of Boston Detective D. D. Warren. In her seventh month of pregnancy, D.D. should be taking it easy. Instead, she accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial killer film shooting in Boston.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great short detective mystery!

  • By Kristi R. on 01-24-13

What a waste of time, no twists, no excitement

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

Reviewed: 09-21-14

Would you try another book from Lisa Gardner and/or Kirsten Potter?

Nope.

What could Lisa Gardner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Plot twists, connect and enhance the characters, and have a meaningful plot.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Kirsten Potter?

Maybe.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No, not really. Even the love story was thin and unmoving.