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  • The Spies That Bind

  • A Gallagher Girls Prequel
  • By: Ally Carter
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,820
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,793

The first day at a new school is tough for any kid, but it's especially scary when you're going to a school for spies. Cammie Morgan has spent her whole life dreaming of becoming a Gallagher Girl, but she has no idea what she’ll face when she arrives at The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. Secret passages? Check. Lab experiments that might make you lose your eyebrows (and other body parts)? Check. Classmates who are the smartest, strongest, most intimidating girls in the world? Double check. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun listen

  • By RThompson on 01-08-19

Definitely a tween book. Not YA.

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

Reviewed: 04-24-19

Decent writing and good performance. Illogical plot. Fun, but not an ‘enjoyable for all ages’ story. Aimed at teens and younge

  • Freedom of the Mask

  • Matthew Corbett, Book 6
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987

The year is 1703, and Matthew Corbett, professional "problem solver", is missing. Last seen by his friends in New York before he departed on a lucrative, seemingly straightforward mission for the Herrald Agency in Charles Town, he's been too long absent. His comrade-in-arms Hudson Greathouse has an increasing sense the young friend he thinks of as a son must have met with some unexpected peril.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Whew! Again what a story!

  • By james on 06-05-16

Disappointing episode...

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

This is book 6 of the series and McCammon has done a great job in the first five books of developing protagonist Corbett from a plucky but inexperienced boy to a young man who SHOULD now be taking the lead in his own adventures and applying his training and accumulated skills to the challenges before him. Instead, Corbett - and just as frustratingly companions Greathouse and Griggsby - are almost completely passive victims to their own series of unfortunate events... Worse, each of the few times they try to take an affirmative action they are quickly slapped back into place by a narrative that sweeps them along like driftwood on a river. They are so lacking in initiative that the reader is forced to question the logic of their behavior - frequently it seems the lack of willingness to act is inexplicable. It becomes harder and harder to look at them - Corbett particularly - as driving forces; rather they become impotent and unsympathetic victims. One starts to look to the villains and henchmen for relief from this limp and dead-fish characterization... It is more frustrating as it is not in character at all with what readers expect from Corbett as he has grown in the last 5 books... By the end, as another reviewer wrote, you find yourself just waiting for things to wind up and hoping the next installment will be a return to form. I've very much enjoyed the previous books and will probably still follow the series, but this one was a frustrating slog... Corbett should be rising in competence and ability, showing how his wit and perseverance allow him to beat the odds, not stumbling along with an occasional, somewhat pathetic, whine of protest. Corbett's appeal was dealt a serious blow in this adventure.
Still better than anything I've written, but I would not want to have written this...

  • Fool

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,587

Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mr Moore does it again.

  • By Michael on 02-17-09

One of the best audiobooks ever!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Great book! Whether or not you are familiar with Shakespeare or King Lear, this is a wonderful AB. Incredible job author and narrator!

  • The Stars My Destination

  • By: Alfred Bester
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 862

Marooned in outer space after an attack on his ship, Nomad, Gulliver Foyle lives to obsessively pursue the crew of a rescue vessel that had intended to leave him to die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent

  • By Frederick on 03-26-18

Ok...

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I know this is recognized as a classic of its time and I don't dispute its place - unfortunately I don't think it has aged well. Other classic sci-fi books (journey to the center of the earth, 20,000 leagues, inter alia) which are even older remain highly enjoyable today (partly due to the rich language more commonly used) but 'The Stars my Destination' falls victim to being less than stellar in almost all of its aspects. The character of protagonist Gulliver develops in fits and starts, with the author rarely showing the readers the progression, only simply presenting it. The plot eventually seems to fall victim to the kitchen sink method of sci-fi storytelling - adding in space travel, love at first sight, interplanetary warm time travel, teleportation, multi-corps, body-mods and on and on and on... It finds focus only to squander it by adding a new deus ex machina whenever it seems 'neat' and by the end - about when the time travel stuff comes out of the blue - it lost cohesion and I lost patience...

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Canada

  • By: Mike Myers
  • Narrated by: Mike Myers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,246

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

This is neat...

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Mike Myers does a great job of narrating this book which is an interesting amalgam of Canadian History, autobiography, and political philosophy with a mild dose of behind the scenes SNL/Comedy history also. What you should be aware of is that, while often funny, it is not a comedic book... It really is what it says it is - An exploration of what Canada has meant to Mike Myers through his personal life and professional career. Myers makes it accessible, interesting and thought provoking - he educates on Canadian history and it's place in the world, both looking out and looking in from the outside, using his own life as context. Myers doesn't claim this to be a scholarly work, but it is interesting, educational, and amusing, while still giving the impression of being an intensely personal work. Really good book - thanks, Mike!

  • Living with a SEAL

  • 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet
  • By: Jesse Itzler
  • Narrated by: Jesse Itzler
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,907

Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler will try almost anything. He brazenly pretended to be an established hip-hop artist to secure a meeting with a studio head - and it led to a record deal. He convinced a bunch successful business executives to invest in an unprecedented business plan - and it turned into Marquis Jet. He sincerely offered to run a 100-mile race in Spanx to get the attention of the beautiful founder of the company - and ended up marrying her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing Even For The Unabashed Couch-Potato

  • By Gillian on 04-05-18

Not great...

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

What would have made Living with a SEAL better?

It was hard to see past the author's performance... the first few times he pronounced "Couldn't" as "Coont" were grating... his style just got more difficult after that.

Has Living with a SEAL turned you off from other books in this genre?

From the author, yes. Also from other books that are endorsed, primarily, by Lebron James...

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Self-aggrandizement. I've never heard of Jesse Itzler before, so maybe I am missing the context to see his appeal. I do know that he has a private jet company because he went out of his way to tell me repeatedly.

Any additional comments?

I didn't get through the whole thing. It may have gotten substantially better and I am missing out, but there are a lot of other options that I would rather explore than invest more time here.

  • Dungeon Born

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,791

For eons, conquering dungeons has been the most efficient way to become a strong adventurer. Although not everything is as straightforward as it seems. Several questions have always plagued the minds of those who enter these mythical places of power: why are there so many monsters? Where do the amazing weaponry and heavy gold coins come from? Why does the very air fill with life-giving energies? Cal has all of the answers to these age-old questions, for a very simple reason. He is a Dungeon Heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem in the RPG/Fantasy Genre

  • By SirMehr on 04-01-17

Novelization of an 90s video game tutorial...

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

Electronic arts published a video game called dungeon keeper in 1997. In the game you took the role of a dungeon Lord who designed and built a dungeon that would gain power as it defeated intruding adventures. Like most video games it came along with a tutorial mission. The tutor took the form of a wisp. This book is quite literally a novelization of the tutorial section of the video game. The first hour to two hours of this novel is literally a description of the dungeon character learning to gain power by eating moss and mushrooms. It is incredibly dull. The reader, while competent, affects a Child like voice for the main character in a high-pitched falsetto for the tutor which, while appropriate, are difficult to listen to for an extended period.

I was quite surprised by all of the glowing reviews. As a result of them I did stick with the story, trying to see what they all enjoyed so much. There is a certain charm to it if you want to listen to a video game being narrated.

I recognize this review is in the minority. Nonetheless I am simply befuddled by the uniformity of other positive reviews. Maybe I am just a curmudgeon. After all, I don’t understand watching people play video games on YouTube either.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,964

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fast-Food Science Fiction

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 04-07-17

Plodding...

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

There are some very good ideas here, and some very good writing. Normally, that combination would result in a very good book. Here, unfortunately, the whole thing goes off the rails early on. The first 25% is the book introduces our main protagonists, Saffa, Ben, and Harry, who are plucked out of history at the time of their deaths to form the core of an ad hoc group of time travellers who must put the time-line right and save the world. Saffa, a tough, smart, protective services officer, inexplicably defies her characterization by passively allowing herself to be repeatedly sexually assaulted on the job by her groping subject - an off-note that her narrative never recovers from.
The bigger problem comes when Ben, shocked by his sudden change in circumstance, spends the next 60% of the book suffering from clinical depression - again, it is jarringly at odds with the rest of his characterization and later glibly written off as a form of psychological time-travel sickness. This is made worse as the reader must suffer through the majority of the narrative along with Ben, living his depression through painstakingly detailed and highly repetitive descriptions of his mental state wherein almost nothing else happens. As a result, the plot simply stagnates until the last 15% of the book, by which time I was more than ready for it to end.
This is very unfortunate as there was -and still is - so much potential here... notwithstanding the potential though, given the slog of the middle of this story, I doubt I’ll return to see what happens next.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Meta

  • By: Tom Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Tom Reynolds
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

It’s been ten years since Connor Connolly lost his parents in ‘The Battle’; a fight between The Governor and Jones, two of the world’s strongest metas. Before ‘The Battle’ the world had been full of metas, super-powered humans whose amazing abilities came from mysterious wristbands. Since that day one has never been seen again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Bree on 06-19-14

Excellent start!

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

Occasionally, you can tell that the author is not (yet) a veteran, but he is very good and the story is fun, fast moving, and populated with great (although intentionally derivative) characters. I hope he follows up with some more, longer, installments - I would read them. Great fun!

  • Slow Burn: Box Set 1-3

  • By: Bobby Adair
  • Narrated by: Jason Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 430

Survive the infection! Survive the infected. Book 1: A new flu strain has been spreading across Africa, Europe, and Asia. Disturbing news footage is flooding the cable news channels. People are worried and frightened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read!!!

  • By Cristal A. Pinnix on 08-20-14

Reader is tooo intense. Hard to listen to. Reader reads every line as if it is the end of the world.

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

Reader is not great. Every word is overwrought. E.g "I had a bacon SANDWICH!!! It was a little DRY!!!" Couldn't take it.