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  • The Wind in the Willows [Soundtrack Edition]

  • By: Kenneth Grahame
  • Narrated by: Michael Hordern
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Here is a timeless tale of waterside Britain that has been loved by generations of children and acclaimed as a classic. The story of Mole, Ratty, Badger, and Toad and their escapades, whether messing about on the river or poop-pooping in Toad's shiny new car, cannot fail to enchant.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Background music distracting

  • By Sbykeriders on 11-20-16

Music was too loud

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

I didn’t mind the sound effects, but the “soundtrack”was too loud. I thought many of the music selections didn’t fit the story.

Nothing should detract from Michael Hordern’s lovely, lovely narration. That made the book for me.

  • Kill Creek

  • By: Scott Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,041
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,031

When best-selling horror author Sam McGarver is invited to spend Halloween night in one of the country's most infamous haunted houses, he reluctantly agrees. At least he won't be alone; joining him are three other masters of the macabre, writers who have helped shape modern horror. But what begins as a simple publicity stunt will become a fight for survival. The entity they have awakened will follow them, torment them, threatening to make them a part of the bloody legacy of Kill Creek.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • UNUSUAL PREMISE, COULDN'T STOP LISTENING

  • By Linda Likes to Learn on 12-02-17

Interesting premise, so-so execution

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Note: some general spoilers here.

Kill Creek started with a promising premise: get four famous horror writers to spend the night in a haunted house, and do a web broadcast of what happens.

And the first 2/3 of the book are pretty good. Not a whole lot objectively happens in the night spent in the house. Then everyone goes home. When they get home, they find out that the house is haunting THEM.

The last part is what happens when they decide that they HAVE to go back, to try to find out how the house got such a hold over them. If you like violent and bloody endings to horror novels, this will be right up your alley. I personally thought it got a little overwrought. It might have been the audio I was listening to, with the narrator getting a bit worked up through it all. The heightened emotion and action had the paradoxical effect of making me care less about what I was listening to. I kept thinking, "Oh, this is the big cinematic finish, ho hum. Ah, if it gets made into a movie, this scene will work well." :( That sort of feeling tends to spoil a book for me. That's my quirk, I think, though.

Narration was good otherwise.

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  • The Fifth Season

  • The Broken Earth, Book 1
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,558

This is the way the world ends. For the last time. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great, red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal and long-dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the Earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ORIGINAL AND MOVING, EXCELLENT!

  • By Fantasy on 12-01-15

Intriguing beginning to the series

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

N.K. Jemisin is an excellent writer. In The Fifth Season, we have people with a really unusual and intriguing power: they can cause earthquakes and move mountains. And that can be a threat to civilization.

The story told isn't linear, and it takes a bit of attention to understand what's happening. But it all comes together in the end, with a bit of a cliffhanger ending.

The narrator is competent though maybe not excellent. I'm on my second listen of this book, and still enjoying it. I'm looking forward to future volumes in the series!
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  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,814

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

Well done performance, but

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

it was basically "Aliens" meets "Prometheus." TBH, I was a little bored. Too bad, because I think the full-cast audio was really nicely done.

  • Railroad!: Volume 1

  • Rodger Dodger
  • By: Tonia Brown
  • Narrated by: JoBe Cerny
  • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Railroad is a fast pace steampunk story of gadgetry, gunplay and grit.Join us as we follow the strange stand-alone train known as the Sleipnir; eight cars of free traveling steam powered might. Able to lay her own tracks, as well as pick them up again, the train is a marvelous feat of engineering, and as an unbound entity she can travel anywhere her master desires. The only trouble is the trouble she attracts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I look forward to hearing the rest of this ...

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-08-15

A light and pleasant listen

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

Reviewed: 03-27-15

This is a nice, light entertainment, the first volume in a serial novel. I think it has some characteristics of the old-fashioned Western serial movies. It's set in the Old West, but one that has more in common with "The Wild, Wild West" than with "Tombstone".

I was interested in this book because it has a train in it, albeit a very unusual train, one that doesn't need conventional tracks. It has a bit of the paranormal, with a ghost, dog-men, a possible zombie(?). It has a wacky genius professor, a clockwork butler, and a Hero With A Past. A Heroine shows up near the end of this volume too.

This isn't the sort of thing I usually spend much time on, so I don't plan to pick up the other volumes, but I don't regret listening to this.

The narrator is earnest and tries really hard. His pronunciation of Sleipnir slides around a little, and there are a few infelicities in his pacing, but I'll give him A for effort.

I got this audiobook for free in return for an honest review. This is my honest opinion. If you like this sort of Crazy West steampunk-y story, you'll like this book.

  • Double Dog Dare

  • The Raine Stockton Dog Mystery Series, Volume 8
  • By: Donna Ball
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

For dog trainer and search-and-rescue volunteer Raine Stockton, the last few months have been marked by murder, danger, and betrayal. A luxury vacation to the Caribbean resort island of St. Bart's sounds like the perfect antidote for stress, particularly since it includes three of her favorite traveling companions: her boyfriend, Miles; his daughter, Melanie; and Raine's happy-go-lucky golden retriever, Cisco. But even in paradise, trouble finds them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quick, light and fun with a twist of murder

  • By Briant on 03-20-15

An easy, enjoyable mystery

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

This is my second Raine Stockton dog mystery. It's the 8th book in the series, and the other one I read was the very first book (Smoky Mountain Tracks). I was afraid I'd be bothered by what I'd missed in the intervening books, but the author gives enough background in the course of the story that I could mostly fill in the missing pieces.

This is a fairly cozy mystery, though a child does get put into a bit of danger. It takes place in St. Bart's, where Miles, Raine's boyfriend, has taken her for a much-needed vacation. And of course there is murder involved. Raine tries to navigate the world of the rich and famous, but feels a bit alienated. She misses her mountain home.

The mystery part is pretty straightforward. The author does foreshadow some of what's going to happen from the very first, and there weren't (to me) any real surprises in how the plot worked out. But I liked the way two themes of the plot dovetailed at the end, and echoed each other. (I'm trying to avoid spoilers here!)

I started listening to this book on Wednesday night, and finished listening on Thursday afternoon. A book that keeps me listening straight through is fairly rare! It helps that the narrator has a warm and lovely voice. She does just enough different voices/accents to help keep the characters clearly defined. I liked that Miles' mother's South Carolina accent was just a bit different from Miles' Atlanta accent.

It's an easy, enjoyable listen, and I'm glad I had the chance to hear it.

One note: I was slightly disappointed that she left her Aussies at home. If she'd had an Aussie with her instead of a Golden Retriever, she probably wouldn't have had a dog that would go off with a stranger! Aussies are generally more cautious than that. :) (Yes, I've shared my home with Australian Shepherds for many years.)

Full disclosure: I received this audiobook for free in return for an honest review.

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  • The Long Earth

  • A Novel
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton-Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,062
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,084

The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some say mad, others allege dangerous - scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Long (and Boring) Earth

  • By Mike From Mesa on 08-15-13

An unlikely pair of authors

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

Reviewed: 06-23-12

I love Terry Pratchett almost better than life itself. I've read a little Stephen Baxter, but nothing recently. I was a little apprehensive when I read that they were collaborating. I was afraid I'd be disappointed.

I wasn't.

The book is science fiction. It's obviously the beginning of a series, and there are lots of threads left dangling. But I really liked the idea of the multiple Earths that people suddenly learned how to "step" into. I'd've loved to have a little more actual STORY rather than just foundation-laying, but I still enjoyed the book.

The narrator does an EXCELLENT job. Again, I'm used to Nigel Planer or Stephen Briggs with Pratchett, and I was worried that I wouldn't like this narrator. But his use of voices and accents was exceptionally good, and really helped to make the characters stand out one from another. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance. Well done all around.

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  • The Once and Future King

  • By: T. H. White
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 33 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,359
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,364

The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but not unabriged

  • By Valerie Allen on 02-17-13

Great story, AMAZING narration

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

Reviewed: 05-20-12

I read this story years ago, so when the complete audio version became available, I snapped it up. The story is pretty much as I remembered, but so much better because of the narration. Neville Jason handles the archaic terms impeccably, and moves easily between the chivalric language harking back to Malory and the more modern phrases and asides.

Mr. Jason also strikes just the right notes, whether in the light-hearted sections or in the more poignant passages. I felt the true sense of tragedy in the story of a king who tried to do something new and good, and who nevertheless was brought down by fate and youthful indiscretions.

An excellent, excellent story, and a lovely narration. I didn't mind the last book, but if you skip it, you won't really have missed anything much. But I wanted to hear the whole thing, and I'm glad I did. Thank you, T.H. White and Neville Jason for a truly memorable work.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Deliverance

  • By: James Dickey
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,617

The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "A river runs through it..."

  • By karen on 11-01-13

Listened to the whole book in one sitting

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

Reviewed: 12-12-11

Will Patton did an excellent job of narration in this book. I'd seen the movie, but had never read the book. The movie follows the book pretty closely.

I thought the whole story was quite engrossing, since I finally finished listening at 3 in the morning.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Reaper Man

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,429
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791

In Terry Pratchett's Reaper Man, Death has left Discworld - but that's not necessarily a good thing. After all, chaos always ensues whenever important public services are withdrawn, and Discworld is no exception. Society is suddenly overrun by ghosts and poltergeists, while Dead Rights activist Reg Shoe finds himself busier than he's ever been and newly-deceased wizard Windle Poons rises from his coffin as a living corpse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most moving of the series

  • By Edmund on 03-15-03

One of my very favorite Pratchett stories

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

Reviewed: 12-12-11

I come back again and again to listen to this book. I really enjoy Pratchett's depiction of Death as a character. I love the storyline where Death, as Bill Door, meets and works with Miss Flitworth.

There is a silly plotline with wizards, and another with Windell Poons, who keeps trying to be dead, but failing. All good fun. :)

One of my absolute favorites of the Discworld books.