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  • Will Save the Galaxy for Food

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,505

Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue. Between space pirates, adorable deadly creatures, and a missing fortune in royalties, saving the universe was never this difficult!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By K. F. on 03-09-17

Narration TERRIBLE

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

With 4 hours remaining in the book, I think the narration is so bad I can’t take it anymore.

I can’t finish the book!!!!

Reading the book myself would’ve been much better. The storyline is pretty good.

  • Andersonville

  • By: MacKinlay Kantor
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 328

Acclaimed as the greatest novel ever written about the War Between the States, this searing Pulitzer Prize-winning book captures all the glory and shame of America's most tragic conflict in the vivid, crowded world of Andersonville, and the people who lived outside its barricades. Based on the author's extensive research and nearly 25 years in the making, MacKinlay Kantor's best-selling masterwork tells the heartbreaking story of the notorious Georgia prison where 50,000 Northern soldiers suffered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worthy of the Pulitzer

  • By Gillian on 03-22-15

I could not finish the book

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

Reviewed: 06-22-16

I was very disappointed in the book because I could not get connected with any of the characters to make the story more personable. I would have rather read "The History of Andersonville" than this book. This book was so boring, I could not finish reading it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,342

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

A Very Captivating Story

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

Reviewed: 06-22-16

I enjoyed following the two mythic creatures, Ahmed the Jinni and Chava who was a Golem. It was a very enjoyable story about how they tried to make their way in New York City in 1899, and how they slowly emerged and began to rely on each other.

A very good read and excellent narration by one of my favorite authors, George Guidall. I look forward to reading another book by Helene Wecker.

  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,160

Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TEN STARS

  • By JOHN on 08-23-09

A satire . . . but who cares?

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

I did not like the characters and felt that I could not relate to them. I don't know if it was due to stereotyping each of the characters, or due to lack of character development. The book was way to long and much of it seemed pointless, perhaps because the author rambled a lot through out it.

I finished the book, but I had to drag myself to the end! Not an entertaining book.

  • Alas, Babylon

  • By: Pat Frank
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,880
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,877

This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly contemporary

  • By SomervilleWhereElse on 12-25-10

Nuclear Strike and Survival

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

This was a pretty good book about surviving a nuclear attack. The novel seemed long, but the characters were interesting. It is mostly about survival and brought up things that you may not realize would easily become an issue in a nuclear holocaust. It was written by the author, Pat Frank, in 1959 so the reader needs to take that into consideration when reading it as to the things that were happening during the late 1950's when he wrote it.

The narrator, Will Patton, is one of my favorites and he was excellent.

  • The Beginning of the End

  • Apocalypse Z
  • By: Manel Loureiro
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,937
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,761
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,763

A mysterious incident in Russia, a blip buried in the news - it’s the only warning humanity receives that civilization will soon be destroyed by a single, voracious virus that creates monsters of men. A lawyer, still grieving over the death of his young wife, begins to write as a form of therapy. But he never expected that his anonymous blog and journal would ultimately record humanity’s last days. Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called Safe Havens are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Meanwhile, in Spain...

  • By Lesley on 05-10-14

Zombies in Spain . . . very interesting

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

Reviewed: 04-29-16

This was a good read, but a bit long. The ending was the best part because of the excitement and events that happened. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

I did find the cat annoying. The author focused way to much on the importance of the cat in the eyes of the lead character. That was ridiculous to me. I did like the European setting, however.

For readers that love Zombie stories, you'll probably like this one.

  • Tandia

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 26 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,179
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,572

Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only 16 when she is first brutalized by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks for this wonderful collaboration

  • By Thomas Andrews on 05-17-06

Not my favoriate Bryce Courtenay book

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

Reviewed: 04-29-16

Overall, I was disappointed in the book. It was very long and I had high expectations because I have enjoyed the other books by Bryce Courtenay, especially "The Power of One."

The best part of the book was the characterization of the Madam of the Flesh House. They could have made her the lead character and it would have been a fun book to read.

The historical references about the apartheid were interesting, however, Peekay and Tandia characters were not developed well and even though I liked Peekay, the boxing became a little boring after a while. The same can be said about Tandia. I really didn't like her by the end of the book, and I am not sure if that is what the author intended.

Disappointing.

The narrator, Humphrey Bower, did an excellent job.

  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

  • A Flavia de Luce Mystery
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,216

It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal!

  • By 'Nathan on 03-03-10

A very ANNOYING story

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

Reviewed: 04-29-16

I did not particularly like the main character Flavia de Luce, nor the mystery story. I agree with one of the other reviewers: who cares about the dead guy in the garden and who cares who killed him, or why. I certainly didn't and the story went on and on and on. I finished listening to it, but did not enjoy it at all.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Suspect

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,768

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Page Turner!!

  • By Jacqueline on 01-22-13

NOT a good dog story - very disappointing : (

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

Wow, what a let down. I was expecting a lot more because I do like dogs, however, the plot was sort of silly and not realistic. I also extremely disliked the narrator's baby talk when he was talking to the dog.

Definitely not one of Robert Crais' best mystery thrillers even though it got pretty good reviews. This is the first book I've ever read by him, and I am a little nervous about investing in any more of his books. Many of his fans love his Elvis Cole - Joe Pike books, so I may just try one of those books to see if they are much better than "Suspect."

  • Private

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,494
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,464

Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • private

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 07-01-10

Three Plots to Enjoy in this Mystery Novel

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

The story begins with Jack Morgan restarting the detective firm "Private" that his father used to run. As with all detective agencies, there is more than one investigation going on and I found that very interesting as the author, James Patterson, revealed and incorporated three plots of three different investigations into the story. There are great characters in the story and a lot of action.

I am looking forward to reading the 2nd book in the series: Private #1 Suspect.

The narrator was excellent.