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  • Orbital

  • Station Breaker Series, Book 2
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

For astronaut David Dixon, sneaking aboard a Russian space station and stealing a nuclear bomb was the easy part - now he has to survive re-entry on an untested inflatable heat shield and then deal with the aftermath of being the most wanted man on Earth. When a clandestine intelligence agency offers David the chance to return to space and probably not get killed - he finds himself in a world of intrigue when a secret mission takes an unexpected turn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Decent Sequel that continues the series

  • By T. Bennett on 07-16-17

Hard SciFi With Mystery and Heart

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

This is the the near future I hope we'll actually see soon, with heroic men and women leading the way. All given life by Kyle McCarley's narration.

There's action, danger, suspense, mystery, and romance played out in a world of orbital space development.

What more could you want?

  • Brief Cases

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters, Jim Butcher, full cast
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,939
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,569
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,550

An all-new Dresden Files story headlines this urban fantasy short story collection starring the Windy City's favorite wizard. From the Wild West to the bleachers at Wrigley Field, humans, zombies, incubi, and even fey royalty appear, ready to blur the line between friend and foe. In the never-before-published "Zoo Day", Harry treads new ground as a dad, while fan-favorite characters Molly Carpenter, his onetime apprentice, White Council Warden Anastasia Luccio, and even Bigfoot stalk through the pages of more classic tales.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • James should have read the WHOLE thing

  • By J.A. on 07-30-18

A fun collection that fills in some gaps

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

It's refreshing to step out of Harry's head and hear the viewpoints of other characters in the Dresden universe.

I think you'll enjoy these short tales.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,794
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53,649

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

Our Moonbase Has a Smuggler

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

Actually, there is a smugglng network, and an ingenious teenage girl called Jaz is part of it.

Jaz had to grow on me, but now she's a memory I'll cherish.

Andy Weir has given us another irreverent, reluctant hero to save the day by causing as much trouble as possible.

There is a trail of adventures, murder, and organized crime that will get your blood racing.

Enjoy!

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,425
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10,498
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,458

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

A Great Read, More Real Than Most

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

The action and suspense persist to the "bitter end". I was absorbed in the dangers, the blind alleys, the red herrings, and the surprises.

James Patterson, Bill Clinton, and Dennis Quaid gives us a president who is solid in the crises and leads when he can.

Filled with heros, heroines, villians, and opportunists.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Chickenhawk

  • By: Robert Mason
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000

With more than half a million copies sold, Robert Mason's Chickenhawk is one of the best-selling books ever written about the Vietnam War. Fascinated with flying from a young age, Mason earned his private pilot's license even before graduating high school. He enlisted in the army in 1964 and endured an extremely challenging "weeding out" process in an effort to fly helicopters. Sent to Vietnam, he survived more than 1,000 air combat missions despite the violence and brutality exploding all around him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best

  • By richard olson on 08-21-15

The Huey Side of the Vietnam War

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

An exciting and engaging autobiography of a Warrant Officer Huey helicopter pilot in Vietnam. A combat history "with the bark on".

My thanks to the Author and the Narrator for transporting me through a view of that war that I've never found in any other medium.

  • Code Girls

  • The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
  • By: Liza Mundy
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220

Recruited by the US Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than 10,000 women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of codebreaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just released, about 80% through this story

  • By Roobah Fox on 10-11-17

An Heartwarming Account of Women at War

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

This story, like so many others of women who served in WWII, proves the prejudices against women are indeed lies.

Listen to this account of the heroism and tenacity of the US female code breakers. Without them Fascism would have won WWII and we would not have the lives we have now.

Excellently written and well read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Plague Pits & River Bones

  • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Karen Charlton
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

London, 1812: Treacherous gangs roam the capital, and not even the Palace of Westminster is safe. When Detective Stephen Lavender is called in to investigate a highway robbery and a cold-blooded murder, both the cases take a dangerous and disturbing personal twist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No One Is Smiling on Bowstreet Station

  • By Chuck on 03-12-18

No One Is Smiling on Bowstreet Station

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Magistrate Reed's world has become infested with skeletons, highwaymen, and other interruptions to his plans to renovate Bowstreet Station.

Constable Woods has a boot with a severed foot in it.

Inspector Lavendar keeps finding reasons not to go to Ireland to help pay for the renovations.

Then, of course, there are the local murders.

How is Reed to cope?

You'll have to listen to this story to find out.

Great writing and narration add to the excitement and enjoyment.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

  • By: Audible Original
  • Narrated by: Martin Sheen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,524

[Contains some explicit content] Narrated by award-winning actor Martin Sheen, The Home Front: Life in America During World War II takes listeners into the lives of Americans at home who supported the war effort and sustained the country during wartime. The war brought immediate, life-changing shifts; from the rationing of butter, to an explosion of war-related jobs, to mixed-signals about the role of women in society. Feel what living in the United States was like for everyday people during this disruptive and uncertain period of American history in the newest Audible Original series. Martha Little is the Executive Producer. Dan Gediman is the Series Producer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! But incessant breaks with credits along the way.

  • By Bradley Justice on 09-11-17

Personal Accounts of WWII Effects

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

This is an excelkent oral picture of how WWII changed our grandparents, their world, and the US government, political system, and society.

Martin Sheen' s narration offers parent-like guidance, tying the fragments into a meaningful quilt of a most important moment in our history.

  • Red Notice

  • A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice
  • By: Bill Browder
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,827
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,263
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,263

Red Notice is a searing expose of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities of Magnitsky's imprisonment and murder, slicing deep into the shadowy heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gutsy, chilling and important.

  • By Michael J Canning on 02-28-15

Russia - Still corrupt and deadly

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

Bill Browser's book threw a figurative "bucket of cold water" in my face.

This book is a strong and well-written chronicle of events that have happened recently in Russia and the nerely helpless victims, and is a warning that similar events are still happening there.

Communism may be out of fashion, but the current Putin regime and its inhumane "police" and "courts" are every bit as savage and corrupt as the old Politburo regime.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,884
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34,775

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Dan Brown has done it again!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

This is an exciting story filled with great characters, tons of action, and puzzles and mysteries galore.

The story never drags. It left me satisfied and surprised it was ended. I definitely want more of Prof. Langdon.

Paul Michael does his usual great job of bringing the characters, the suspense, and the action to life.