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  • Sleeping Beauties

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King, Owen King
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 25 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,097
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,057

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: They become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place.... The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • At best it’s boring, at worst it’s insulting to the readers intelligence

  • By David R Hendricks on 09-09-18

Too Long for Me

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

This book was mostly enjoyable. I would have given it 4 stars based on the first half of the book. I wanted to get back to it whenever I could. I'm not sure what happened (or didn't happen) to change my interest level, but the later part of the book more or less bored me. It became a drag to get through. I would catch myself checking to see how much I had left - not because I didnt want it to end, but because I wanted it over so I could move on to something else. I lost interest as it seemed to drag on and on and on. I am interested in how the 2 authors split the authoring - perhaps that can explain the difference I felt? 3 stars.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • On the Beach

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620

A war no one fully understands has devastated the planet with radioactive fallout from massive cobalt bombing. Melbourne, Australia, is the only area whose citizens have not yet succumbed to the contamination. But there isn’t much time left, a few months, maybe more—and the citizens of Melbourne must decide how they will live the remaining weeks of their lives, and how they will face a hopeless future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Personally a Tremendous Influence

  • By N. Rogers on 06-07-14

Could not finish

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I love end of the world books and I love Australia so I picked this book. This was my third attempt to listen and I finally gave up and decided I just couldn't get into it. I do not recommend this book.

  • Tell No Lies

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,845
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,844

The scion of an old-money San Francisco family, Daniel Brasher left his well-paying, respectable money-manager position to marry his community organizer wife and work at a job he loves, leading group counseling sessions with recently paroled violent offenders. One night he finds an envelope - one intended for someone else that was placed in his office mailbox by accident. Inside is an unsigned piece of paper, a handwritten note that says, "Admit what you've done or you will bleed for it."

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The purgatory of group therapy

  • By karen on 03-07-14

LOVED IT!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I am a huge fan of Gregg Hurwitz books! I have reccomend him to my friends and family. I was particularly interested in this book for the group therapy with criminals as it's not a common setting. I loved the suspense and couldn't stop listening! I've already purchased my next Hurwitz book! 5 stars!

  • Killing Sarai

  • A Novel (In the Company of Killers)
  • By: J. A. Redmerski
  • Narrated by: Kate Reinders, Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 523

Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years. Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Sandy Shea on 07-29-14

Why all the 5* reviews?

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

I have 3.5 hours left and just wish it was done. I am surprised that sarai is 23 bc the book makes her sound incredibly dense, slow, inexperienced, and overall unbelievable. The story is predictable in a sad way. If I can figure out how someone is being found before the guy that does this for a living and is one of the best...then there's a problem. Without giving any spoilers, I just dont understand how these characters can be so insanely slow at catching on over and over again. I am going to try to finish it. Without these slow characters, the story is somewhat good. 2.5* rounding up to 3*.

  • The Kartoss Gambit

  • Way of the Shaman, Book 2
  • By: Vasily Mahanenko
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,157
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,950

A product of the latest technologies, Barliona is a virtual world brimming with fun and entertainment. The government has become the guarantor for the in-game currency, allowing its free circulation. As a result the population floods Barliona in pursuit of easy money. It doesn't take long for the game developers to discover a source of free labor: real-world prison convicts. While their bodies are locked in special auto-maintenance virtual capsules, the prisoners' minds are released into Barliona's virtual mines.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator sets the Tone

  • By Don Gilbert on 05-18-16

SO MUCH FUN!

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

I am really enjoying this series! it's been a while since I have found a series that I look forward to and love as much as this. I downloaded book 3 during the last 10 minutes of this one - I'm so excited to continue the journey.
I have purchased several different MMORPG type books but this is the first series i have listened to and if the others are half as good - I'll be pleased. I find myself reminiscing my old adventures in World of Warcraft as well as my more recent time in Elder Scrolls Online. This series really puts the bug in my mind to start playing again! I am not sure if this series would be so enjoyable to someone who has never played an MMORPG - or if they would have some trouble following along. Either way, it's a win for me! Starting book 3 now....

  • Replica

  • By: Lauren Oliver
  • Narrated by: Sarah Drew, Erin Spencer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 560

Lyra's story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. But up close, the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. When a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects - Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72 - manage to escape.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The format is a gimmick, but still a good read

  • By NMwritergal on 10-06-16

Complicated Listen

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

I love several of Lauren Oliver's books. I liked this book. I believe I would have liked it more if it was set up (recorded) so that it played back it the order it should be read - - - - Lyra, Chapter 1; then Gemma, Chapter 1; next Lyra, Chapter 2; then Gemma, Chapter 2. Instead, the audio reads all of Lyra's chapters 1 through 17, then starts playing all of Gemma's. If you listen in this order, the book would be much LESS enjoyable - the story, suspense, mystery, and conclusion would all be spoiled before you begin Gemma's chapters. So - I chose to flip back and forth, which is not as simple in audio format. I would get wrapped up in the story and forget to switch characters at the end of each chapter. Or I would be driving and it wasn't safe to find the new chapter point to flip back to. And most confusing - I would put the book down and when I picked it up I would wind up re-listening to the same chapters several times or listen to the wrong part first, etc. It is a creative view point and an interesting way to write and I fully believe it could have been an easy 4 stars if they would have recorded it in the order it was meant to be read - instead of making the listener do all the work.
Aside from these issues, the book was okay. Not a favorite, a bit too predictable at times, but I did look forward to listening when I could. I give it a solid 3.5* review.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • They Thirst

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 19 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 759

It looked like another ordinary day in Los Angeles. Then night came...Evil as old as the centuries has descended upon the City of Angels - it comes as a kiss from the terrifying but seductive immortals. Slowly at first, then by the legions, the ravenous undead choke Los Angeles with bloodthirsty determination - and the hordes of monstrous victims steadily mount each night.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully Entertaining-A Classic Vampire Story

  • By Paulette on 03-05-14

Well Done!

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

Reviewed: 07-29-16

I've been reading a ton of Horror lately and honestly, most of it is pretty cheesy. But not this one....I loved it. I kept thinking that I didn't want it to ever end. I don't want my time with these characters to end in just 2 more hours! I love The Swan Song by this author so I picked this up, but I really did not expect to enjoy it even half as much as I did. Good vampire stuff. If you like horror, then I recommend!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Passage

  • A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,446

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A new type of vampire

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

BRAVO!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-27-16

This is my all time favorite book. I read it several years ago and picked it up again as book 3 just came out. I never read book 2 yet so I am super psyched to continue the adventure! I just love it!

0 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Straight from the Heart

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Staci Snell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

They say that each of us becomes an entirely new person every seven years. But Rebecca Bradshaw doesn't feel any different when an old lover shows up severely injured at the hospital where she runs the physical-therapy department. Seven years ago, baseball player Jace Cooper left her without a second thought or the chance to share the life-changing secret she swore she'd keep from him forever. Now he was back, wanting both her help and a second chance.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • worst listen in a long time

  • By ginger on 01-28-15

worst listen in a long time

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

Reviewed: 01-28-15

This book had nothing to offer at all. I have LOVED other Tami Hoag books but I actually hated this one. The story was too predictable, too cheesy, too boring, and just annoying. I could not care less for either of the characters and their dialogue and interactions were juvenile at best. The whole story was just cliché. No more Tami Hoag romance novels for me! I have over 1,000 audio books and have given less than five 1 star reviews, but 1- star is high for this book. I bought it on sale and it was not worth it's sale price. Don't waste your time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Allison Hewitt Is Trapped

  • A Zombie Novel
  • By: Madeleine Roux
  • Narrated by: Piper Goodeve
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 260

One woman's story as she blogs about - and fights back against - the zombie apocalypse.

Allison Hewitt and her five colleagues at the Brooks and Peabody Bookstore are trapped together when the zombie outbreak hits. Allison reaches out for help through her blog, writing on her laptop. It may also be her only chance to reach her mother. But as the reality of their situation sinks in, Allison's blog becomes a harrowing account of her edge-of-the-seat adventures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book Lover seeking not to meet Zombie

  • By Daniel O. Buchholz on 10-22-12

Fun Apoclyptic Zombie Tale!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-14

I enjoyed this book and found the style to be unique and fun - storytelling through her blog, followed by "comments" offered by her blog readers. It fit well. I didn't expect much as i have read many zombie books and figured it couldn't have much of anything new to offer, but the story was different and the characters were fun - even the ones i hated along with Allison. Where many zombie books i have read focus on the action, this novel also paid enough attention to the small details that helped the setting feel more realistic (i.e how and where to dispose of their waste?, trying to track down an internet signal, or trying to invent their version of Molotov cocktails based on what she had seen in the movies)! Allison is a brave, inventive, ax-wielding female who proved she could take care of herself, but never had to do so alone. When the world has fallen to crap - friends are detrimental to one's survival. I would like to listen to this story again someday and would therefore rate this it 4****s.