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  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,943
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,928

From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional voice cast, unconventional format

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-03-17

Leaking Originality

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

S&G really unload a trove of ideas in this work, so many that it's hard to know what you're even reading until about halfway through the book. The performance was multi-voiced and really intriguing. The way the story is told, through first-person narrative, found documents, and transcripts, adds a great deal of humor that lightens up the whole endeavor. If you like Stephenson's other works, expect his usual deep dive, but with a bit more character development, and a lot more light-hearted goofs.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Find a Victim

  • A Lew Archer Novel
  • By: Ross Macdonald
  • Narrated by: Tom Parker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

When Lew Archer stops for a hitchhiker and finds a young man dying of a gunshot wound, he knows he has stumbled into a mess. In a matter of hours he is suspected by the law, hired by a target-shooting trucking magnate, and chasing a hijacked load of hooch and a band of sinners on the loose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another mystery masterpiece!

  • By Kolchak2 on 07-26-15

Hard Boiled, Right Down the Line

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

Classic hard-boiled detective fiction. MacDonald is a master at it, so you're in good hands. This one has all the elements: murder, drinking, dope, swell dames, and patsies. The performance was a little "one-note" but not so much that it took away from the writing.

  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,756
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,126

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard Clines. Fun and forgettable

  • By Debra on 10-07-17

Painful storytelling

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

I've liked Clines's other work, especially 14, but this attempt is not up to par. There's a lot of world-building attempted here and most of it falls flat. I'm not sure if that's because Clines tries to shoehorn in elements of Sci Fi, steampunk, leaded-gas-punk, magical realism and a dozen other genres; or if it's due to the dull-as-dirt exposition of the two main characters, teacher and pupil, and their incessant teaching conversations. There were some fun moments in this work, and some memorable characters, but overall, it left me pretty exasperated by the time I was done.

  • Night School

  • A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 21
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,850
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,821

It's 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he's off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind. Two other men are in the classroom - an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there. Then they find out: A jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor - a Saudi courier seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Phil on 11-13-16

Not the best, not the worst of Reacher.

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

Reviewed: 11-24-16

This is a perfectly fine, page-turning Reacher story. The plot clips along at a decent pace. The flashback feeling of it all, after the fall of the wall, but before the fall of the WTC feels clever and intriguing. None of the characters are particularly interesting though, and the fact that Reacher and his MP buddies are the smartest folks in the room, is just a bit overplayed. If you've read 20 other Reacher novels, you'll read this one, and like it. Dick Hill is still good as always.

  • Replay

  • By: Ken Grimwood
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,834

In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book for the past 10 years

  • By psnorb on 12-29-08

A beautifully paced story

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

A friend recommended this book and I'm glad he did. It's a strange, intriguing story that remains coy throughout as to its overall message. The writing is straightforward and easily relayed by the capable narrator.
More than anything, though, this story will stay with you for months, maybe years. It's not a bombshell, but rather a slow burn, that gets under your skin and stays there.

  • Underground Airlines

  • By: Ben Winters
  • Narrated by: William DeMeritt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,270

It is the present day, and the world is as we know it: smartphones, social networking, and Happy Meals. Save for one thing: The Civil War never occurred. A gifted young black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshal Service. He's got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states called "the Hard Four". On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isn't right - with the case file, with his work, and with the country itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Original and disturbing novel

  • By Mark on 10-29-17

Fascinating story/premise, clumsy execution

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

Reviewed: 10-16-16

This is a haunting book in many ways: it's haunting premise, the excellently haunting performance, and the haunting potential for a riveting and important ending that never came.
It's a book I still think about in the idea moments. A troubling reality, a troubled narrator and a troublesome ending.
I would say that it's worth the time, a worthwhile listen, but by no means a work without major flaws.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,976

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

Overly Long YA Fiction Aimed at Adults

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

Reviewed: 02-07-16

There is something eternal about the coming-of-age story. This author's take leaves a lot wanting. The first in what promises to be a three-part series, this overly-long tale of childhood loss and teenage puppy love (with a little magic and a few fantasy tropes thrown in) failed in luring me in enough to want to read the 2nd and 3rd installments.
I found the narrator to have a less than serious voice that gave a number of the characters no gravity at all.

  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,320

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

A calmly handled story

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

Reviewed: 07-29-15

A long and detailed story is to be expected from Stephenson. Thankfully, the characters are rich enough to keep the listener's attention even when the story drags.

I was pretty engrossed with the whole book. Don't expect a traditional science fiction, instead expect scientific fiction.

  • Annihilation

  • Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,455
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,117
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,119

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Ruined it for me.

  • By K. Louise Seal on 03-18-16

Whatever this was, it wasn't for me

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

Reviewed: 04-26-15

The dull narration, the lack of anything resembling a plot, and the rather mundane flashbacks of an uninteresting character just left me cold. I don't think I'll be bothering with books 2 and 3. I don't mind the unexplained, I'm just not thrilled about the overly wrought unexplained.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Hit Me

  • Keller, Book 5
  • By: Lawrence Block
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 187

The conclusion of Hit and Run found Keller living in a big old house in post-Katrina New Orleans' Lower Garden District, with a new name (Nicholas Edwards), a new wife (Julia), a new career (rehabbing houses), and a baby on the way. It certainly looked as though he was done killing people for money. But old habits die hard, and when the economic downturn knocked out the construction business, a phone call from Dot draws him back into the old game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Killer of a story!

  • By 9S on 03-11-13

A collection of stories, mores stamps than stabs

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

Reviewed: 08-03-14

Good narration. Rather slow pace. Not too absorbing with a bit more focus on the stamps than on the action. Feels like a collection of short stories rather than a coherent whole.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful