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  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31,582
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,216
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29,104

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Not for me. Wanted to like it but it dragged on.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

I thought it was going to be a slow build-up to a great reveal or lesson but I'm half way through the book and I feel it is just dragging along.

Not sure how this book earned the crazy high rankings.

  • 12 Strong

  • The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers
  • By: Doug Stanton
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,722

12 Strong is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered 40 to one, they pursued the enemy army across the mountainous Afghanistan terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif. The bone-weary American soldiers were welcomed as liberators as they rode into the city. Then the action took a wholly unexpected turn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book! But the narrator...

  • By Nate on 08-31-15

Drones on endlessly with useless info. A chore.

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

What a chore to listen to. Endless details about families, backgrounds, how they met their wives, etc. Though I was going to start hearing about their neighbor's kids too. You would think with a powerful enough situation they could stay on point and make it beyond occasionally interesting. I wasted so much time by I got to the middle I just toughed it out and hoped the end would redeem the book. Nope. Save a few hours of your life and find something better - try Red Platoon for a much, much better time.

Narration was OK - the content was weak.

  • Front Burner

  • Al Qaeda’s Attack on the USS Cole
  • By: Commander Kirk S. Lippold USN (Ret.)
  • Narrated by: Commander Kirk S. Lippold USN (Ret.)
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

On October 12, 2000, at 11:18 a.m., an 8,400-ton destroyer, the USS Cole, was rocked by an enormous explosion. The ship’s commander, Kirk Lippold, watched as tiles tumbled from the ceiling, mugs of coffee tumbled to the floor, and everything not bolted down seemed to float in midair. Lippold knew in a matter of moments that the Cole had been attacked. What he didn’t know was how much the world was changing around him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book!

  • By Jeffery P Brown on 07-18-16

Whiney CDR did not make CAPT - tiring.

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

Former Navy Surface Warfare Officer here .... book started out so Navy self aggrandizing and full of Navy rah-rah jargon I had to hunker down to get through it.

The descriptions right before, during, and after the blast was quite interesting.

The end of the book including the epilogue was a tiresome, whiney series of events with the Cole's ex-CO (Commander in rank) complaining he did not get approved for the rank of Captain. Well here's some news Skipper -the dead sailors did not make the next rank either. The also did not have the chance to endless grovel either. I lost so much respect for this guy I was glad the book ended with him not making rank. You were the CO. You owned it. Take your retirement checks and go sit down Commander.

  • Cloud Computing

  • The MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series
  • By: Nayan B. Ruparelia
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47

Most of the information available on cloud computing is either highly technical, with details that are irrelevant to nontechnologists, or pure marketing hype, in which the cloud is simply a selling point. This book, however, explains the cloud from the user's viewpoint - the business user's in particular. Nayan Ruparelia explains what the cloud is, when to use it (and when not to), how to select a cloud service, how to integrate it with other technologies, and what the best practices are for using cloud computing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • End Cloud confusion! Upgrade yourself!

  • By Matthew PlattenFaust Stroul on 04-26-16

Horribly narrated - poorest performance yet.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-16

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

Any voice inflection, emphasis, or even the a hint of conviction. Sounds like computer software generated the narration.

Would you ever listen to anything by Nayan B. Ruparelia again?

Zero chance.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Dry as toast.

Any additional comments?

Look elsewhere to learn about cloud.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Killing Reagan

  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,791

Just two months into his presidency, Ronald Reagan lay near death after a gunman's bullet came within inches of his heart. His recovery was nothing short of remarkable - or so it seemed. But Reagan was grievously injured, forcing him to encounter a challenge that few men ever face. Could he silently overcome his traumatic experience while at the same time carrying out the duties of the most powerful man in the world?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ronnie Rat

  • By Jim on 11-02-15

Didn't need the raunchy sex stuff in the beginning

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

Reviewed: 11-15-15

Where does Killing Reagan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Frankly I liked Killing Patton and Killing Kennedy better. I would say this book is in the top 25% of my audible books so far.

Any additional comments?

Regan's sexual prowess and story line was not useful to the story line. I am no prude but it was just not needed. Would not share this book with my pre-teen children.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Gone Too Far

  • By: Suzanne Brockmann
  • Narrated by: Deborah Hazlett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 375

Lt. Sam Starrett, one of America's elite warriors, shows up at his ex-wife's home only to discover that his daughter is gone and a woman's body lies brutally murdered on the floor. FBI agent Alyssa Locke, who once was involved with Sam, is assigned to the case, and soon explosive information surfaces that links Sam to an unsolved assassination plot. With her reputation hanging in the balance, Alyssa must arrest a man she believes to be innocent or risk her career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Sam!

  • By SvvyShpr on 04-18-10

Gave up. Slow, slow story. Yawn.

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

Reviewed: 10-29-13

What would have made Gone Too Far better?

I kept listening and listening and waiting for the story to develop. Lots of sexial small talk and provacative situations but the story is just so terribly slow in developing.

Having been in the Navy myself, some of the details surrounding how Navy personnel tlak and act are far, far off.

Gave up on the book after 6 hours of listening.

What could Suzanne Brockmann have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Get to the point. Keep the story moving. Don't go on about senseless detail.

Any additional comments?

Yawn. Next book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,281

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

Great read. Full of surprises and depth.

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

Reviewed: 05-03-13

Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Ender's Games is four times better than his sequel Speaker for the Dead. I would sit in my car a few extra minutes since I was so engaged with Ender's Game. Good choice for a movie.

However, I could barely wait for Speaker for the Dead to end. I nearly gave up since it moved so slowly. You could take 150 pages out of Speaker for the Dead and not miss a thing. Yawn.

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  • One Shot

  • A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,028

Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reacher said...

  • By Carol on 12-26-11

So completely un-realistic in second half

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

Reviewed: 05-02-13

What did you like best about One Shot? What did you like least?

Not sure there is anything I liked best. It seemed competent but at no times excellent. The charachter (Jack) is portrayed as so infallible and so insightful and so smart it just comes off somewhat silly to me. The five rules for fighting 5 guys in a bar - c'mon, really? 13 years as a military cop and he is smarter than anyone else on the planet.

The end of the story was so rediculously unrealistic. Not trying to give away the story. But there are a lot more law enforcement resources to call beyond local cops.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

No, I think I am going to give up on Lee. Movie or not for Jack Reach, there are better choices out there. I tried a couple of his other books and they were mostly missess too. I wanted to like this book but it disappointed.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration was adequate.

Was One Shot worth the listening time?

No, it filled drive time but that's about it.

Any additional comments?

Find another book. In my opinion, try something like the Dave Robicheaux books. Much better written and narrated.

  • Speaker for the Dead

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,918

In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

Loved Ender's game. This went on and on and on

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

Reviewed: 04-20-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I think it could have been a complete story is half as many pages. I was bored half way through the book and kept looking to see how much time was left so I could get onto my next book. I really wanted to like this book after listening to Ender's Game but this book ended my interest in the Ender series.

What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card’s story?

Long winded and a rather soft ending.

Have you listened to any of David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Any additional comments?

Read Ender's game and hold up there.