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  • Oryx and Crake

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,454

As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Scary Stuff

  • By Doug on 07-21-03

There was no there there

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

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

Oryx and Crake was simply not a good book. I know it received rave reviews but I did not get it. Although I read continuously and am well educated I missed the point (if there was one). The narrator was fine and the words flowed with an obvious knowledge by the author of the written word it was beyond boring. I hesitate to say do not buy the book because it may come across differently to another reader. It must have merit based on the reviews I was just unable to see what it was.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Never Let Me Go

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,424

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Be patient; it will pay off

  • By Kc on 05-23-05

How about a warning not to read this book

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

What would have made Never Let Me Go better?

Not to have been published

What could Kazuo Ishiguro have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

See above

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

Disgust. A book that should not be read by anyone with an ounce of reality. The reviews a preposterous. This was a movie I remember turning it off after I found out the plot.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Stolen Season

  • Alex McKnight #7
  • By: Steve Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Jim Bond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

On a cold, miserable night in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, an antique wooden boat runs full-speed into a line of old railroad pilings in the shallow waters of Waishkey Bay. When Alex McKnight helps rescue the passengers, he finds three men. The driver is out cold, the other two are dazed but conscious. When they're all finally back on dry land and sent away in an ambulance, Alex figures he'll never see them again. He couldn't be more wrong.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story; distracting narration

  • By Nelson on 07-11-10

No Second Amendment

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

Reviewed: 08-11-14

What would have made A Stolen Season better?

I am tired of paying for books that are supposed to be mysteries but turnout to be political positions. This is the case with Stolen Season. Throughout the book the evils of hand guns is pushed. The ending of the book could be a speech given by the anti-gun lobby president.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • When the Body Says No

  • Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection
  • By: Gabor Maté
  • Narrated by: Daniel Maté
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

In When the Body Says No, physician and writer Gabor Maté explores the mind-body link and the connection between stress and disease. Can a person literally die of loneliness? Is there a relationship between the ability to express emotions and Alzheimer’s disease? Is there such a thing as a “cancer personality”? Drawing on scientific research and years of experience as a practicing physician, Maté provides answers to these and other important questions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening and terrifying

  • By MojoSnowToes on 06-24-15

For Those with a Ph. D. in science only

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

Reviewed: 07-15-14

What disappointed you about When the Body Says No?

Dust off your Ph. D. in chemistry if you purchase this book. The book is not for your average reader or even readers with advance degrees unless they are in the sciences. Please do not spend money on a book that, although well written, is outside the knowledge boundaries of most people. On the other hand, if this is your area of expertise then go ahead and give it a go.

7 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Justice Game

  • By: Randy Singer
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

In The Justice Game by Christy Award-winning author Randy Singer, a brutal murder triggers a gun-rights debate with wide-ranging consequences. When a man guns down a pregnant reporter on live TV, her husband sues the manufacturer of the killer's firearm. As opposing lawyers ignite the courtroom with their eloquence and theatrics, a shadowy cabal threatens the advocates and the justice they seek.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Treatment of the Gun Debate

  • By Woody on 01-01-17

Anti-Second Amendment

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

Reviewed: 04-06-14

What disappointed you about The Justice Game?

If you want the freedom to protect yourself this is not the book for you. It is simply a book that recommends that we abolish the 2nd amendment

2 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Patriots

  • A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse
  • By: James Wesley Rawles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 21 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,661
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,664

America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking for preppers

  • By Allison on 02-02-13

Construction Manual

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

Reviewed: 11-07-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A carpenter

What could James Wesley Rawles have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

write a real novel. How about a plot, characters and a story line.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator was fine.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

This was an expensive construction manual. There is no story or characters. The premise sounds interesting but that is all. If you want to read how to build a fortress this is your book otherwise buy a real novel.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Third Degree

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 328

Laurel Shields, 35 and mother of two, awakens to find that her husband, Warren, a prominent local physician, is not in bed with her. Creeping out to the kitchen of their palatial home, she sees him through the doorway of his study, wildly pulling books from the shelves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Under Siege and Interrogated to the Third Degree!

  • By R. Pontiflet on 02-05-16

If I Wanted a Soap Opera I Would Watch TV

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

Reviewed: 09-25-12

Could not get through an hour. This book should have been in romance section.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

  • By: Shunryu Suzuki
  • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594

Shunryu Suzuki was a direct spiritual descendant of the renowned 13th-century Zen master Dogen, and his hugely influential Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind ranks with the great classics of Zen literature. Suzuki's clear, coherent translation of ancient beliefs and principles miraculously leaves all the subtleties of Zen intact, while adapting the language to modern sensibilities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasure

  • By Mehitobel on 03-02-08

Expecting Something More Explanatory

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

Reviewed: 04-16-12

The reading was fine and I believe this is one of those choices where I bear the burden. I was looking for an abc book on Zen and this tomb exceeded was a little above my expectations

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hollywood Crows

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Wambaugh
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

When Nate and Bix Rumstead (a supposedly upstanding cop with serious sobriety issues) find themselves caught up with bombshell Margot Aziz, they think they're just having some fun. But in Hollywood, nothing is ever what it seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Who's At Fault? Another Shuddering Success

  • By Ted on 02-25-17

Joke Book Not A Mystery

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

Reviewed: 10-06-11

Should have been placed in the comedy section. A series of slightly funny stories does not a mystery make.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Simple Act of Violence

  • By: R. J. Ellory
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 18 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Washington, embroiled in midterm elections, did not want to hear the truth about an unsettling series of murders. But when the newspapers reported a fourth killing, when they gave the killer a name and details of his horrendous crimes, few people could ignore it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story

  • By W. D. Lurie on 08-27-17

Narrator African American Accent

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

Reviewed: 09-09-11

Although the narrator is quite eloquent his unexpected changes to an African American accent are disconcerting. I do not mean slang, the diction is fine, I mean minor variations such as vowel lowering, consonant clusters, etc. that would lead one to believe that an African American was speaking. It is only mildly disturbing but does have an impact on the novel. At one point you think the lead character is African American and at other times you don't. It is not restricted to the lead but moves in and out of various characters at no particular time.

The novel was excellent and I will purchase other novels by R.J. Ellory.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful