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  • Not Alone

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,561
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,552

When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive Book About Aliens & the Hype Industry

  • By Russell on 12-21-16

One of the Best

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

Reviewed: 09-25-16

As an avid SciFi fanatic, I have become rather picky on what I consider "quality work". I start reading Heinlein when I was about 9 or 10 and st him as the "standard" to which I have compared all others I have read since. Falconer has easily met that standard with this book. From the beginning, Dan's quirky nature and absolute need to hold to what he knows to be true grabbed me, probably because it sounded so familiar to my own nature. The flow of the story kept me engrossed and the sudden twists and turns of the events kept me excited to continue listening. The emotional, political and social connections between all involved is the true cement that keeps the story flowing so coherently; especially for those of us who KNOW. that we are NOT ALONE.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Harvest

  • By: John David Krygelski
  • Narrated by: John David Krygelski
  • Length: 30 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Krygelski writes a compelling and startling story centered on the mysterious arrival of a man who claims to be the Creator. Clearly not a mortal, Elohim - as the stranger prefers to be known - astounds those he meets with unexplainable miracles and reality-altering answers. All of this is but a prelude to his announcement that he has come to do something...something which will affect every person on Earth...something which will occur in five days.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Harvest = Phenomenal

  • By Charles C. on 12-25-15

Best New Author I Have Found in Recent Years

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

Reviewed: 06-13-16

Krygleski has a wonderful, brilliant and unique mind; and only such a mind could conceive of this brilliantly presented interpretation for the out-come of Revelations/End-of-Days. He brings humor and human believability along the path his characters must take to to arrive at the unheard-of, yet totally possible, outcome at the time set as the "Second-Coming" and the "End-of-Days".

Definitely a 'must read' for anyone who has sufficient intellect so as to even conceive that the story set out in Revelations might not happen exactly ad described. Krygleski brilliantly. interweaves Judaic beliefs with Christian beliefs; and also includes the beliefs of other faiths, including agnostics, into his story.

I could not stop listening. it was absolutely riveting.

  • Ghost of the Gods

  • By: Kevin Bohacz
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Two years after the devastation of mass human extinctions in kill zones, mankind is still grasping for survival. An oppressive union of government and big business controls an exhausted America, which is divided between walled-in Protectorates and the unpoliced Outlands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievably Well Done!!!

  • By Brian B. on 06-14-15

Unbelievably Well Done!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-14-15

Would you listen to Ghost of the Gods again? Why?

Quite likely. There was a great deal of detail in both books of this series that another listen will probably bring additional levels of understanding and depth to my emotional experiences with both books in this series.

What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

The narrator did such a fabulous job, in both this book, and Immortality, of bringing each character to life through different voices. The emotional range he put behind the voice of each character made it almost impossible to stop listening when I had to go to work, to sleep or meet other life requirements,

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

If it was not 20 hours long, I likely would have attempted to gobble it up all in one listen. Immortality, the first book of the series, was exactly the same. I could hardly wait for this book to download so I could continue with the story.

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  • Immortality

  • By: Kevin Bohacz
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 26 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

Without warning, something has gone terribly awry. In the remote and unnoticed places of the world, small pockets of death begin occurring. As the initially isolated extinctions spread, the world's eyes focus on this unimaginable horror and chaos. Out of the ecological imbalance, something new and extraordinary is evolving and surviving to fill the voids left by these extinctions. Evolution is operating in ways no one could have expected, and environmental damage may be the catalyst.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good End of World Thriller

  • By John S on 11-04-14

Unbelievably Well Done!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-14-15

What was one of the most memorable moments of Immortality?

The narrator did such a fabulous job, in both this book, and Ghost of the Gods, of bringing each character to life through different voices. The emotional range he put behind the voice of each character made it almost impossible to stop listening when I had to go to work, to sleep or meet other life requirements,

Which scene was your favorite?

The emotional depth of the primary characters was enrapturing. It made the story and the feelings they were going through so real, you almost would think it was a real story and not fiction.

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

There was a great deal of detail in both books of this series that another listen will probably bring additional levels of understanding and depth to my emotional experiences with both books in this series. I was very emotionally invested and wrapped up in the events of the story, not only because it was well written, but also because the narrator's emotional attachment to each character was absolutely captivating.

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  • Glory Road

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,084

. C. “Scar” Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia, but he hadn’t given up his habit of scanning the personals in the newspaper. One ad in particular leapt out at him: "Are you a coward? This is not for you. We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190 pounds, fluent English with some French, proficient with all weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential...."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heinlein's great story, a glorious spin by Pinchot

  • By BRKyle on 09-19-12

The First Heinlein Book I Ever Read

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

Reviewed: 06-25-12

Glory Road is the first Heinlein book I ever read as a kid and it started me on a 45+ year journey in the pursuit of the best of science fiction. Even as a lad, I was highly interested in mathematics and multidimensional geometry. Where Igli went has always been my favorite description of n-dimensional geometry because it is mathematically possible for Oscar to make Igli disappear, even if it is not feasible or practical.

The journey of the Glory Road fills the imagination with wonderous concepts of what interdimensional travel would be like. It also explains Earth's historical fancination with witches and magic; and where people who have disappeared might have gone.

The creativity of Heinlein is amongst his best in the creation of Glory Road. The use of his imagination and the power of his words takes you on an adventurous ride where you feel that you are right there with Star and Scar and they battle to save the universes.

Bronson's reading of this book makes it fun, fast and fantastic. He does an excellent job of taking you where Heinlein wanted to you go on this journey with Star and Scar.

A must read/listen for any Heinlein fan, as well as any hardcore, or even beginning, sci-fi fan.

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  • The Sot-Weed Factor

  • By: John Barth
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 41 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 155

Considered by critics to be Barth's most distinguished novel, The Sot-Weed Factor has acquired the status of a modern classic. Set in the late 1600s, it recounts the chaotic odyssey of the hapless, ungainly Ebeneezer Cooke. Cooke is sent to the New World to oversee his father's tobacco business and to record the struggles of the Maryland colony in an epic poem. On his mission, he is captured by pirates and Indians; loses his father's estate to roguish impostors; falls in love with a former prostitute; and meets a gallery of treacherous characters who continually switch identities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An adventure full of bawdy humour, wit and wonder

  • By Janice on 01-10-12

One of my Favorite Titles

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

Reviewed: 10-08-11

I was first exposed to The Sot Weed Factor in my first year English Lit class at university in 1972. I read this book at least once a year for many years until I lost my copy and found it difficult to find another. I have be hoping that it would be made as an audiobook, and now my hopes I come true.

Although the story can be a bit convoluted at times, it is always entertaining, usually funny and sometimes a bit ribald. Barth has managed to capture the life of the early 1600's in both England and the Americas, making it real to the reader on every level.

I just now downloaded it, and have not yet listened to it, but the story itself is incredible and I am sure the narrator will do it justice.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • House Rules

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,171

One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book until the ending

  • By Charlotte on 03-12-10

Right on the Money!!

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

Reviewed: 03-28-10

As a person initially diagnosed at age 43 with AD/HD and later having had the diagnosis upgraded to low end Asperger's Syndrome, I found Jodi Picoult's book an excellent representation of the life of someone with mild to moderate AS. This book allowed me to explain to my wife, and others, things about my personality that I just could not articulate on my own. Thank you Jodi for providing the words for me.

The story itself is very well done, providing the perspective from the point of view of each of the main characters, as well as how each deals with Jacob's view of the world through AS eyes. The struggles of the mother and the younger brother (who must act like the older brother) in coping with an environment geared to Jacob's "quirks and foibles" are also well described; as is Jacob's own journey through the "out of kilter" environment he finds himself in.

Jodi's dealing with the contoversial aspects of how a child can become autistic is well researched and fairly presented as information without judgement as to which theory is "right" and which is "wrong"; but rather explains how a family learns to cope with a sudden change in a child's personality.

All in all it is an excellant read and highly recommended for anyone who has AS, or who knows or loves someone with AS.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Nineteen Minutes

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,501

Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mesmerizing

  • By Suze Weinberg on 03-23-07

A Must Read for All

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

Reviewed: 07-17-07

This book is a "must read" for any educator from pre-k to university professor, as well as any school administrator, school board member or government official involved in the education system.

Having been "Peter" for much of my life, all I can say is "But there for the Grace of God go I."

JP has captured not only the essense of what a victim of perpetual bullying feels, hears, thinks and does; she also has effectively presented the side of the parents, the school, the system and the bullies.

I have listened to this book completely three times and certain parts at least two more times. It speaks to my soul and I have found some peace and comfort for the victim in me by KNOWING that someone out there truly understands what it is like to be a victim like Peter.

Thank you Jodi. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  • Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

  • 30 True Things You Need to Know Now
  • By: Gordon Livingston
  • Narrated by: James Jenner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

Full of things we may know but have not articulated to ourselves, Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart is a gentle and generous alternative to the trial-and-error learning that makes wisdom such an expensive commodity. For everyone who feels a sense of urgency that the clock ticks and still we aren't the person we'd like to be, it offers solace, guidance, and hope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the

  • By T. Combs on 06-07-07

Too Not Subtle

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

Reviewed: 05-16-06

For the most part the book gives good knowledge if you are abole to listen past the rhetoric. The chapter titles are intriquing, to say the least, but the chapter content leaves the reader (listener) lacking. There are parts where he is eloquent and informative to the non-medical listener and other parts that belong in a Journal of Psychiatric Medicine.

Although the author is a psychiatrist, it is obvious that he has a particular bias which repeatedly apprears throughout the book. This detracts greatly from the listener's enjoyment and ability to take in the important information. For example, it is obvious that he has not properly or fully researched Adult ADD and discounts its viability in society allowing his preconceived notions to show through. Unfortunately, he repeats this type of error throughout the book.

All in all though, it is a good value for the price, especially if you are prepared to listen to it more than once or even twice to get the entire depth of his original intent.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful