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  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: James Frain
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989

An American frigate, tracking down a ship-sinking monster, faces not a living creature but an incredible invention - a fantastic submarine commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo. Suddenly a devastating explosion leaves just three survivors, who find themselves prisoners inside Nemo's death ship on an underwater odyssey around the world from the pearl-laden waters of Ceylon to the icy dangers of the South Pole... as Captain Nemo, one of the greatest villians ever created, takes his revenge on all society. More than a marvelously thrilling drama, this is a perfect classic novel,

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anthony Bonner!!

  • By Tad Davis on 08-18-11

Sometimes too Heavy with its lists

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Verne managed to tell an interesting story well, and despite many of his predictions not being accurate (about Atlantis, the deepest points of the ocean, etc) the story is still fun. Nemo stands out as an enigmatic and compelling character, and there are some great moments of drama (such as the ending, the battle with the squids...). However, there were points were Verne used his characters to list the different phyla and kingdoms. This distracted from the story.

  • Q*Pid

  • By: Xavier Mayne
  • Narrated by: Rudy Sanda
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Archer, the AI at the dating service Q*pid, realizes humans don't always make the best choices, so it begins making some unconventional choices for them. Fox Kincade is the last of his group of friends to be single, so he's delighted when he discovers a new match in his Q*pid app. Instead of the woman he's expecting, he's paired with Drew Larsen. Drew and Fox have little in common - aside from the fact that they're both straight. Or so they thought. But as the guys get to know each other, they realize Archer might have the right idea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful and very funny!

  • By Amy Begnene on 11-04-18

An Interesting Premise

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Mayne provides a truly interesting concept with Archer (the AI matchmaker) and how Archer brings Fox and Drew together. The way the romance between the humans unfolds is sweet. However, some of the dialogue between Fox and Drew at points doesn't feels a little bit off. It was an easy listen (finished in three days or so), and Sanda did a solid job with the narration. It's a fun listen, and I would be willing to try another title by Mayne based off of this story.

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  • The Blueprint

  • By: S.E. Harmon
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese, Sean Crisden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

Kelly Cannon is satisfied with his life. He has friends, a wonderful family, and a great job. But his love life has reached a new level of pitiful. Why? Well, his heart decided to break all the rules. Don't fall in love with a straight guy. And definitely don't fall in love with your best friend. NFL standout Britton "Blue" Montgomery has pressure coming at him from all sides. When Kelly admits he's in love with Blue, bonds are tested, and Blue has to decide what's really important.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every Gay Guys Dream

  • By Jerry Perdue on 07-21-18

A Solid Beginning

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I thoroughly enjoyed both of Harmon's works in the P.I. Guys series and was interested to see what she would do with this story. The balance between Blue and Kelly leans a little more in Kelly's favor than Blue's. As such, I have a stronger sense of who he is as a character, but both of the readers do a great job with their respective characters. The story was well done, even if it wasn't my favorite thing the author has written. With the way the story ended, I feel like there is more Harmon has planned, and I look forwards to seeing it continue.

  • Green River, Running Red

  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 19 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223

In the most extraordinary journey Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than 49 young women. Green River, Running Red is a harrowing account of a modern monster, a killer who walked among us undetected. It is also the story of his quarry -- of who these young women were and who they might have become.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suspenseful and chilling

  • By 9S on 07-02-11

Truly Detailed True Crime

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Rule in this true crime piece does a masterful job of showing the scope of one killer's crimes. There are many details about not only the killer, but many of his victims. The killer is unmasked slowly, so the listener comes to know him along with the task force.

  • 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 23,637
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,008

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

A Quick Introduction to a Complex Topic

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

As someone who is not the most scientifically minded, I will be the first to confess there were times in this book where even the simplified terminology and language required a second listen or a quick consult with a dictionary. However it was a very good introduction to the complex world of astrophysics. While I think a second or even third listen will be necessary to fully understand all of the topics mentioned, the essays covering the Big Bang, the shape of the Universe, dark matter and energy were all well written and well read.

  • Interpreter of Maladies

  • By: Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Narrated by: Matilda Novak
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 826

With accomplished precision and gentle eloquence, Jhumpa Lahiri traces the crosscurrents set in motion when immigrants, expatriates, and their children arrive, quite literally, at a cultural divide. The nine stories in this stunning debut collection unerringly chart the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Novel-amazing; Audio-mediocre

  • By Jennifer on 06-03-07

Anthology of Interest

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Like with most anthologies, there are some stories in this one that I enjoyed more than others. I wouldn't even say that the story that lends its title to the anthology is the best of the collection on a personal level. Novak does a very good job of making each story feel distinct, but I think having a different reader for each of the stories could have made the audio feel better. Overall, this collection is an easy listen, and there are some good stories here.

  • Confessions

  • By: Kanae Minato, Stephen Snyder (translator)
  • Narrated by: Elaina Erika Davis, Noah Galvin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

Her pupils murdered her daughter. Now she will have her revenge. After calling off her engagement in the wake of a tragic revelation, Yuko Moriguchi had nothing to live for except her only child, four-year-old child, Manami. Now, following an accident on the grounds of the middle school where she teaches, Yuko has given up and tendered her resignation. But first she has one last lecture to deliver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a great revenge story chilling and engrossing

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-18-15

Powerful, shocking, brilliant

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Kanae Minato's Confessions starts slowly, but builds brilliantly and to a shocking conclusion that left me speechless. A story told from five different points of view, and each character has a distinct voice. Galvin and Davis (the readers for the male and female narrators) do a wonderful job of bringing each of these five to life. I could not stop listening to this book. I finished it in a single sitting. Granted, there were times I paused just to absorb what I had heard, but I did not stop. I needed to hear more. When the ending came, I began listening again.

  • Member of the Family

  • My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness That Ended the Sixties
  • By: Dianne Lake, Deborah Herman
  • Narrated by: Dianne Lake
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615

In this poignant and disturbing memoir of lost innocence, coercion, survival, and healing, Dianne Lake chronicles her years with Charles Manson, revealing for the first time how she became the youngest member of his Family and offering new insights into one of the 20th century's most notorious criminals and life as one of his "girls". While much has been written about Charles Manson, this riveting account from an actual Family member is a chilling portrait that recreates in vivid detail one of the most horrifying chapters in modern American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dianne sets the record straight . . . Finally.

  • By Polly Poizendem on 11-18-17

Compelling and Visceral

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Dianne Lake's memoir of her time with one of the most notorious men in recent American history pulls no punches. She is unflinching in her look at what led to her joining with Manson and the time she spent as part of his world. Through her story, through her dedication to pulling up and dealing with unpleasant realities (and there are many), we get a whole picture. While this might not be for everyone (especially if descriptions of drug use, underage sex, and violence are offensive to you), this is a history without rose tint, and in its honesty, it is compelling.

  • Wolfsong

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054

Ox was 23 when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his blood red eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces. It's been three years since that fateful day and the boy is back. Except now he's a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kirt Graves is superb!

  • By Belen on 10-07-16

A Brilliantly Told Romance

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Credit to both Klune and Graves here in bringing the narrator (Ox) to full and brilliant life. We have such a strong sense of the character as he grows and develops. We stay with him and see the world through his eyes, and the way Klune writes Ox and the way Ox is read by Graves gives us such a strong sense of the character. I am not the biggest fan of shifter romance as a category, however Klune overcame this by allowing the characters and the romance to develop overtime. We get a very good sense of how Ox and Joe work as friends and mates. The development of the attraction between the two feels natural, and drew me into the story. The side characters are memorable, but this is Joe and Ox's story. It's well told, and is something I will likely listen to again. For fan's of shifter romances, I could not recommend this more. For those (like myself) who are not the biggest fans, try Wolfsong. You will likely be pleasantly surprised.

  • Rasputin

  • Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs
  • By: Douglas Smith
  • Narrated by: PJ Ochlan
  • Length: 33 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

Rasputin separates fact from fiction to reveal the real life of one of history's most alluring figures. Drawing on a wealth of forgotten documents from archives in seven countries, Smith presents Rasputin in all his complexity - man of God, voice of peace, loyal subject, adulterer, drunkard. Rasputin is not just a definitive biography of an extraordinary and legendary man, but a fascinating portrait of the twilight of imperial Russia as it lurched toward catastrophe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Lot To Chew On

  • By Michael on 01-24-17

Overwhelming in its details

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Smith does an impressive job of separating the myth from the man and detailing the complex world of the fading days of the Russian empire. He provides worlds of detail on the people involved, on the political climate of the time, and on almost everything else imaginable. As such, while I recommend this history of one of the most controversial figures of the 20th century, it might be easier to read than to listen to. As I listened to this book, I had to pause to take notes so I could keep track of who was who. However, this is still a biography worth the time it takes.