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  • Caverns and Creatures, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,523
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,509

Tim and his friends find out the hard way that you shouldn't question the game master, and you shouldn't make fun of his cape. One minute, they're drinking away the dreariness of their lives, escaping into a fantasy game and laughing their asses off. The next minute, they're in a horse-drawn cart surrounded by soldiers pointing crossbows at them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Studio...More Please!

  • By M. Maryanow on 02-01-15

It's Every Group I've Ever Gamed With

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

This is a fantastic story for any regular D&D players out there. If you game with a group, you will love this because you will see your friends in these characters. The 'New Guy' whose never played before; the 'It's Just a Game' guy, who can't be bothered to take anything seriously; the 'Stop Having Fun' guy, who takes it way too seriously; the 'Peacemaker' guy, whose always trying to keep everyone from each other's throats; etc. The ending will throw you for a loop though.

The narration by Sleep is very well done. His range is very impressive, but the editing also helps a lot. When a character was wearing a mask, the voice sounded hollow and echoy, and when multiple characters speak at once, Sleep is edited over the top of himself using each characters' voice. Little things like that help with the immersion.

  • The Tracker

  • Sam Callahan, Book 1
  • By: Chad Zunker
  • Narrated by: Noah Berman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,932
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,715

Trust no one. Sam Callahan learned this lesson from a childhood spent in abusive foster care, on the streets, and locked in juvie. With the past behind him and his future staked on law school, he is moonlighting as a political tracker, paid to hide in crowds and shadow candidates, recording their missteps for use by their opponents. One night, after an anonymous text tip, Sam witnesses a congressional candidate and a mysterious blonde in a motel indiscretion that ends in murder, recording it all on his phone. Now Sam is a target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-17

Solid Mystery, if a Bit Over the Top

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

This story is well told, taking us into the life of a troubled foster kid turned legal student. This book gets right into the meat of the mystery very quickly, as our hero is dragged into a political shit-storm of massive proportions. It does go a little overboard at times, what with hackers, private military, CIA, FBI, and the hero's "special brain". But over all, still a very fun ride.

Berman is okay as a narrator. He's a little bland. He doesn't bring anything interesting to the table, but also doesn't distract from the story itself. He is overwhelmingly okay.

  • 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 8,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,067

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

Very Unique

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Another great book in a genera that I've been calling 'Meta-Fantasy'. It's fantasy making fun of fantasy. We follow Cal, a new born Dungeon in a world where Adventurers delve into Dungeons for fun and profit. We also follow Dale, the goat farmer lucky enough to have found the new born dungeon. These two effectively introduce us to a world that might as well be straight from a D&D rule book. This world is exciting, fun, and funny.

Adam does a great job voicing the various characters. My only complaint, which is more the sound engineer's than Adam's fault, is that there is a pretty significant volume difference between the various voices. This can be a real problem, especially when wearing headphones. This recording could really have benefited from some audio balancing.

  • The Clan of the Cave Bear

  • Earth's Children, Book 1
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,137

This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear. A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blonde, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly—she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of the books so far

  • By Heather Auer on 09-08-13

A Classic!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

A fantastic story of what could have been. Despite being about Neanderthals and a Cro-Magnon, there are important themes about equality, bullying, and just wanting to fit in. All of the characters are very real and Ayla is one of the most sympathetic characters I've ever come across. The author does a great job introducing us to The Clan and all of the characters there in.

Even though most dialogue is done through gestures, Burr does a great job giving all the characters there own 'voice'. She also does a great job of ageing Ayla's 'voice'

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  • American Pharoah

  • The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise
  • By: Joe Drape
  • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,313
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,016
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,013

History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on the road to immortality.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I didn't buy it, free download

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-14-18

A Must for any Race Fan

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

This is a deep, if somewhat rose tinted, look into the rise of the amazing horse that is American Pharoah. I learned a LOT about the sport from cover to cover. Totally worth the listen. My only complaint is that Drape tends to go off on tangents about some person or horse tangentially connected the story, which made certain points kind of hard to follow.

As a side note: This book created was a weird coincidence. Audible gave it for free after the 144th Kentucky Derby (2018) because a Horse named Audible was racing. However, there was no way that Audible could have known that Bob Baffert, who trained American Pharoah, would win his second Triple Crown with Justify.

  • The Last Black Unicorn

  • By: Tiffany Haddish
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Haddish
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,957
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,199

Tiffany can't avoid being funny: it's just who she is. But The Last Black Unicorn is so much more than a side-splittingly hilarious collection of essays - it's a memoir of the struggles of one woman who came from nothing and nowhere. A woman who was able to achieve her dreams by reveling in her pain and awkwardness, showing the world who she really is, and inspiring others through the power of laughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad it ended

  • By HerHighness on 12-08-17

Crazy F***ing Life

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

Tiffany Haddish tells an amazing story of the crazy life of a poor, black foster kid trying to be something more. She lays EVERYTHING out, unapologetic and honest. She tells of her own life in her own words, sometimes crass, but always honest. Incredible listen. Stick around to the end, past the acknowledgements, and you'll get a wonderful surprise.

  • The Dragons of Dorcastle

  • The Pillars of Reality, Book 1
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,652

The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a Storm approaches, one that could sweep away everything humans have built. Only one person has any chance of uniting enough of Dematr behind her to stop the Storm, but the Great Guilds and many others will stop at nothing to defeat her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book with some issues, still enjoyable read.

  • By Wesley on 02-08-15

Rocky Start, but Totally Worth It.

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

This book started from the perspective of the wrong character. Being a steampunk/fantasy world, there needs to be a straight man for the reader to work from. Starting with the Mage, whose pattern of thinking is so alien to most people made it difficult to get into the story. Once we start to get things from the perspective of the Mechanic, things got a LOT better. It becomes easier to see how similar the two main characters are, and is therefore easier to empathize with the Mage.

That having been said, it's a fantastic story. Campbell sets up the beginnings of conspiracy very well, making me want to dive right into the next book.

  • If Chins Could Kill

  • Confessions of a B Movie Actor
  • By: Bruce Campbell
  • Narrated by: Bruce Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,000
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,883

Life is full of choices. Right now, yours is whether or not to buy the autobiography of a mid-grade, kind of hammy actor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chin-tacular

  • By Sarah Nelson on 04-04-15

B Movie Actor gets an A+

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

This is essential reading for any Bruce Campbell fan. The stories contained herein are amazing. As he states in the opening chapter, Campbell wrote this book for the working man's actor, not the A list celebrity types. The behind the scenes look at everything from his highschool super 8 films to the likes of Hercules and Xena is fascinating. My personal favorite part is the Emails from fans that he has gotten over the years. They range from inspiring to downright creepy. Mr. Campbell, if you're somehow reading this, you've made my world a little better for a few hours. Thanks a million!

  • Gather ‘Round the Sound

  • Holiday Stories from Beloved Authors and Great Performers Across the Globe
  • By: Paulo Coelho, Yvonne Morrison, Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters, Daniel Frances Berenson, Magda Szubanski, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5,391
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,735
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4,734

2017 has been a monumental year for Audible, having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, a milestone that would have never been possible without our wonderful and loyal listeners. One of our major commitments is bringing new and diverse audio experiences to our members, so this year, as our gift to you, we pulled together a collection that reflects a little bit of everything we’ve been up to recently.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Holidays

  • By ZOE R on 12-12-17

Kind of 'Meh'

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

I really look forward to the annual Audible holiday gift, but this was a little disappointing. The Charles Dickens story had nothing to do with Christmas, and the improvised carols were okay, but not really funny. I didn't hate it, but it didn't really grab my interest either.

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,138
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,556

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

The Title Says it All

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

This is a perfect introduction to advanced astrophysics for the layman. As he has shown time and again, Tyson has a talent for taking the incredibly complex concepts of science and filtering them for the average person. Tyson also has an incredible voice, making this a joy to listen to. Highly recommended for a short road trip or a few days of commuting.

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