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  • Shelter in Place

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,111
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,449

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait - and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating!

  • By CD9 on 06-05-18

Sometimes Nora Roberts hits it just right

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

All to often, If you've read one Nora Roberts book/trilogy, you've read them all.

Shelter in place is a different type of Roberts novel.

Yes theres love and romance in the end, as usual however more than anything it's an affirmation of life.

Topical in these days of all too common mass shootings of innocents, the story line follows several survivors of a shopping mall mass murder.

Years later, a relative of one of the children armed with guns, wants to get even with those who they feel profited from the incident, or even survived it.

The relative goes on a manhunt, a decade after, when many od the survivors have gone on with their lives.

A great mystery and one of the reasons why I keep buying and reading Nora Roberts. When she gets it right, she gets it perfect.

  • Allie and Bea

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Janet Metzger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,266

Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat - on a mission to reclaim what's rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I did not see this coming

  • By Lolasark on 07-19-17

A heartfelt story of two people who have nothing.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

Allie and Bea a seemed much longer than it really was.

The character development was great..as a single grandmother living alone, I have felt the fear that Bea experiences, knowing I'm one Social Security check away from homelessness. And Bea is a grouch and unfriendly-so people don't really like her.

Allie is a teen who is pissed off at her world. She is ignored and shuffled around. They make a great pair when they meet up and spend time together touring coast highway 101 with a goal that really has no meaning to them.They meet friendly people who offer comfort.

Secondary characters are also wonderfully developed.

I forget about author Hyde, yet her books are consistently excellent. She doesn't get the notice that she deserves.

Recommended if you like stories abut oddballs.

  • The Fourth Monkey

  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,037

Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called "a talented writer with a delightfully devious mind". For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one that proves he has taken another victim, who may still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twisted Knives And Killer Humor

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-15-17

A real twisty turny plot..loved it!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

The Fourth Monkey was a great listen, and narrator Ballerini always gives a good reading.

I usually can figure out who done it early in the book, but I didn't with The Fourth Mnkey, and just when I thought I had gotten it right, I was wrong...and it was someone else. I do love to be fooled.

Entertaining, a twist with every turn, great characters and development..all in all very satisfying.

Highly recommended.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Fourth of July Creek

  • A Novel
  • By: Smith Henderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 588

After trying to help Benjamin Pearl, an undernourished, nearly feral 11-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness, social worker Pete Snow comes face-to-face with the boy's profoundly disturbed father, Jeremiah. With courage and caution, Pete slowly earns a measure of trust from this paranoid survivalist itching for a final conflict that will signal the coming End Times. But as Pete's own family spins out of control, Pearl's activities spark the full-blown interest of the FBI, putting Pete at the center of a massive manhunt from which no one will emerge unscathed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Though it can leave the reader bruised

  • By Firebolt on 11-06-14

A sad but intriguing mystery

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

This was sadly enjoyable, and narrated beautifully.

The story deserves to be listened to without any preconceived ideas, but is well worth a credit.

I'll listen to it again..it was that good.

  • Don't Touch the Blue Stuff!

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?, Book 2
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663

Something called the “Blue Juice" is coming. For all of us. Luckily, me (Chip Collins), Pete, Nikola Tesla, Bobo, and FBI Agent Gina Phillips are here to kick its ass, and send it back to last Tuesday. Maybe. Or maybe we'll fail, and everyone in the multiverse is doomed. (Seriously, you might want to get that underground bunker ready.) Either way, I've got to get home to Julie and find out – woah, I'm not about to tell you that right here in the book description! TMI, dude.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun roller coaster ride through the multiverse!

  • By Fascinatingbooks on 09-21-17

Follow up to Where The Hell Is Tesla.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Dircks second offering is another mindless wander through parallel universes (universi?) searching for the Blue Stuff that threatens the entire collection of universes.

Again Tesla and now Einstein figure large in the writing while hapless Chip somehow manages to mumble and fumble his way to saving the worlds. And being president.....He couldn't do worse than the current one in any case!

But, again..a very short book.

Mr Dricks..please offer your faithful listeners a better value for their credit..much could have again been done to flesh out the characters....and they are fun and interesting characters..readers want to know more about them..what did happen to BOBO? No fair just saying "Gina lost Bobo.."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,499
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,490

I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular claims and outrageous plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had A Blast Listening To This One!

  • By Cheri on 08-11-16

A fun (but short) parallel universe romp.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Rob Dircks is a talented author and great fun to listen to as he narrates his own offering in "Where The Hell Is Tesla?"

Chip, the wacky protagonist is over his head when it comes to the idea of parallel universes, but he finds Teslas notebook and goes looking...and a wild ride through many different potential earths is born.

I have no complaints except for the length..at just over 5 hours, its an expensive use of a credit. And much more could have been written..I hope that Dircks fleshes out his secondary characters like (Bobo) a bit better and gives us better vape for our credit.

Looking forward to the second book, which I now see is also short.

Oh well..not everyone writes huge books like Stephen King.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The World Walker

  • The World Walker Series, Book 1
  • By: Ian W. Sainsbury
  • Narrated by: Todd Boyce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,368

Just outside Los Angeles, a prisoner hidden away for 70 years sits up, gets off the bed and disappears through a solid wall. In Australia, a magician impresses audiences by producing real elephants. Nobody realizes it's not an illusion. Across the world, individuals and organizations with supernatural power suddenly detect the presence of something even they can't understand. At the center of it all, Seb Varden, a 32-year old musician with a secret in his past, slits his wrists, is shot dead and run over on the freeway.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Stuff

  • By DobieChuck on 01-15-17

An entertaining series.

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

The four books (as of 2017) that encompass The World Walker series are all well written and reminded me, for some reason, of old Robert Heinlein books.

I enjoyed the concept of 'manna' as a special boost to talent and got very involved in the long wandering story line.

This is a series I'll listen to again-maybe as soon as next year, as they are so full of detail that I know I missed some important parts when I was busy doing things while listening.

Ian Sainsbury is a talented Fantasy fiction writer and Todd Boyce did a wonderful job of bringing these stories to life.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,854
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52,707

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

I liked it-Glad it wasn't a retread of The Martian

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

Andy Wier is a talented author.

I always enjoy when a male author can so precisely understand a woman feelings and attitude-and Jazz Bashira does have attitude. I really liked her. She's sassy, slightly crazy and very impulsive. And boy does she screw things up. And then fix them.

I enjoyed this as much as The Martian, though the story line is completely different.

I was pleased that Wier didn't just write another version of Watney in female form, but created a completely different character with flaws and problems.

The story line moved quickly and descriptions made it easy to visualize the surroundings...I didn't realize there were pictures on Audible until I went to write this review.

If you don't set yourself up for expecting Mark Watney, and his acerbic and Fuck Mars attitude you won't be disappointed with Jazz.

She rocks..shes just a young adult trying to make her own way in the difficult surrounding she calls home.

Dawson was ideal for this narration and added so much to the concept of the recording.

I love good Audible books well narrated!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Midnight Line

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,102

Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reacher doing what Reacher does!

  • By shelley on 11-07-17

Timely look at the "Opiate Epidemic'

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

Reacher tackles dealers of hard drugs that are having a negative effect on the ability of the service to get sufficient pain med for injured veterans.

Timely and fascinating look at the horror of war injuries-and those who become addicted to pain pills and patches while they are dealing with honest terrible pain.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Zero Day

  • A Jeff Aiken Novel
  • By: Mark Russinovich
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,716
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,561
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,566

An airliner’s controls abruptly fail mid-flight over the Atlantic. An oil tanker runs aground in Japan when its navigational system suddenly stops dead. Hospitals everywhere have to abandon their computer databases when patients die after being administered incorrect dosages of their medicine. In the Midwest, a nuclear power plant nearly becomes the next Chernobyl when its cooling systems malfunction. At first, these random computer failures seem like unrelated events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was a skeptic but now I'm not! Really good book!

  • By shelley on 04-27-18

An interesting tech-takes-over series.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

Zero Day and the 2 following books form a cohesive and frightening potential future look at what could happen in tech should bad guys take over.

However, about half way through the second book it grew stale.

The third book was a yawn.

Hard to recommend the series, but I did enjoy this first book.