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  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,939

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

held my interest

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

Reviewed: 03-24-15

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

I would if the friend was into mysteries and thrillers

What did you like best about this story?

It held my interest.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Very good narrator. Sounded like the character speaking .

  • Pines

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,358
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,373

Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well done story

  • By Linda B on 08-28-12

Coulda been something

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

Reviewed: 05-25-14

What did you like best about Pines? What did you like least?

The concept for this book is great. The early parts of the book were suspenseful and well written. But as it went on, the repeated danger scenes and descriptions of violence that went on and on made the going pretty slow. And worst of all, the hero doesn't discover the answer to all the weirdness -- the villain TELLS him. Groan. What a let down.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The concept is a winner for sure. Original enough to keep the reader guessing about where it is going. Too many of the obvious questions the reader will have do not get satisfactorily answered, however. And without satisfactory answers, those questions leave huge holes in the story.

Did Paul Michael Garcia do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, the reader was fine.

Could you see Pines being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Chris Pine. (No pun intended.) But the tell-don't-show aspect of the story would have to be redone by a better writer for this to succeed on the screen.

Any additional comments?

I hate being a party-pooper when the idea of this story is so good, but for myself, after a few days from finishing, I still can't shake the feeling that this listening was a waste of time for a fizzled out ending ( Although the end is okay. It isn't the resolution that's the problem; it's how we get there.)

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161,027
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148,610
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148,445

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Fascinating!

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

Reviewed: 05-16-14

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

I have already recommended this book to several friends. It is different and captivating.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Our hero, of course. Who wouldn't love him?

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Bray's reading style is so natural that you feel you are listening to the characters talk. Made our hero's emotions, struggles and humor very real.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Abandoned on a hostile planet. How long before you give up?

Any additional comments?

One might think that this book would not interest a non-techie person because the details are accurate and scientific. But I enjoyed all that just as much as the story itself. The writing style just moves the story along even in places a lesser author might have bogged us down in minutia.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A King of Infinite Space

  • By: Tyler Dilts
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

Long Beach, California homicide detective Danny Beckett is pouring the weekend's first shot of vodka when the call comes in: Elizabeth Williams, a teacher at nearby Warren High School, has been brutally murdered in her classroom. When Danny arrives at the school, the blood-spattered crime scene turns even his veteran stomach. What could this young woman have done to make her the target of such a violent attack?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Read

  • By HaloLove on 10-02-14

If you like to feel clairvoyant

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

Reviewed: 04-10-14

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

A better story

What was most disappointing about Tyler Dilts’s story?

The story was so predictable. It read like a TV cop show. Anyone who reads mysteries and thrillers regularly could guess the perp immediately. I listened to the whole thing expecting a big surprise because I couldn't believe that someone would waste time writing a whole book towards such an obvious end. Unfortunately, he did.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

His female voices are laughable. Maybe one like that would be okay. But all of them? Otherwise, his gruff detective voice was okay.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,003
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,350
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,369

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying look at a techno-destruction of privacy

  • By FinanceBuzz on 01-20-14

Don't really know - had to abandon ship

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

Reviewed: 03-11-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The book was recommended to me. I might recommend it to someone else to read.

Would you be willing to try another book from Dave Eggers? Why or why not?

Yeah.

What didn’t you like about Dion Graham’s performance?

Sounded like he was narrating a documentary rather than a story. Couldn't abide it. Had to stop listening.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably. Reading it now. So far, so good.

Any additional comments?

Be sure to listen to the sample before you buy.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Two Graves

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,106

After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster

  • By GH on 12-13-12

Really?

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

Reviewed: 05-03-13

What was most disappointing about Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ’s story?

I am a big fan of Preston and Child both individually and together, but this thing became so preposterous that even the most willing I could not suspend my disbelief. Had to give up.

What about Rene Auberjonois’s performance did you like?

He is a fantastic reader. Love all of his work.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,188

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

What a ride!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-12

If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

Unexpected, original, entertaining.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character shifted back and forth among practically everyone in the story.

What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ???s performance did you like?

I liked that each main character was read by a person of the same gender. I couldn't get Kirby Heyborne's voice to go with my mental picture of the main guy, but his actual reading was really good. I liked the way Julia Whelan's tone changed subtley as we got to know more about Amy.

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

Would have liked to. Too long to actually do, of course.

Any additional comments?

This is a very good, well-written novel. The thing I like the best was that as it progressed, I had to revise my attitude toward the characters. Whenever I thought "Aha!", it wouldn't be long until I thought, "Wait a minute . . ." and I would have to rethink that reaction. Twist and turn. Very clever writing.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Brimstone

  • Pendergast, Book 5
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,331

Art critic Jeremy Grove is found dead, his face frozen in a mask of terror. His body temperature is grotesquely high; he is discovered in a room barricaded from the inside; the smell of brimstone is everywhere... and the unmistakable imprint of a claw is burned into the wall. As more bodies are discovered - their only connection the bizarre but identical manner of death - the world begins to wonder if the Devil has, in fact, come to collect his due.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm new to the Preston Child but I'm hooked

  • By John Morgan on 03-16-15

Disappointed (but I hope not disenchanted) fan

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

Reviewed: 08-18-12

What would have made Brimstone better?

If I had not blown a credit on it.

What was most disappointing about Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ???s story?

I am a big fan of Preston and Child and I LOVE Pendergast. I love suspense and spookiness. I love horror and am glad to suspend my disbelief. But this story was just this side of ridiculous. Talk about much ado about nothing.

Which scene was your favorite?

The last one, because the book was finally over. (Yes, I kept reading, hoping it was going to get better.)

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointed; some anger -- many times I just wanted the story to get on with it, but no-o-o, just more blah, blah, blah. Also, since when is Pendergast an action hero? Of course he has always been able to take care of himself and others, too, but really, this thing goes too far with the muscles and guns. The thing that is so great about Pendergast is his intelligence and creativity.

Any additional comments?

The story rambled on and on with far too much time spent on the minutia of the scenery during chases (of which there were far too many) and other uninteresting situations (could have done without the Hayward part of the story completely). Seemed so padded out, like they had this fairly preposterous idea, but thought they could make something of it, wrote an outline and then padded and padded and padded.

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,288

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What book did others hear?

  • By Tenizmom on 09-20-12

A Journey Complete

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

Reviewed: 04-22-12

Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

Among the best

What did you like best about this story?

There is so much to like it is hard to single out one thing. It is master story-telling at its best.

Have you listened to any of Craig Wasson???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. I think he is a very good narrator and especially good on this one. He drew me into the story and made me forget he was reading something.

Any additional comments?

A suggestion for anyone who listens and loves this book: At the end, Stephan King adds a postscript. It is interesting and definitely must be listened to. But pause the recording for a minute or two before he starts and just savor the end of the story. Don't get pulled out of it too quickly.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,928

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Worst Nightmare

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 03-02-17

It's not what you say, it's the way you say it

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

Reviewed: 04-18-12

Would you try another book from William R. Forstchen and/or Joe Barrett?

I would not be attracted to another book by Forstchen, but I don't think Joe Barrett is to blame. I wouldn't necessarily avoid another title narrated by him .

Has One Second After turned you off from other books in this genre?

I love the genre. One mediocre apple doesn't spoil the barrel.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Granted the narrator didn't have much to work with, but the narration didn't add anything to the pedestrian quality of the writng.

You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Some information about possible electromagnetic weapons, but once that is covered, there isn't much else.

Any additional comments?

The writing of this book is pedestrian at best. What should be absorbing and suspenseful is bland and obvious. I thought the premise of the book was intriguing and expected a page-turner, but the writing is so unimaginative that I gave up before finishing it. I just didn't care what happened.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful