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  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,721

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader

  • By Sires on 04-13-14

Love this book and this series

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Jodi Taylor has written a wonderful series, beginning with this book. Taylor is a talented storyteller and laugh out loud funny writer. This is the story of St. Mary's, which employs historians to visit the past to view and study life changing events. She has many quirky side kicks and they usually get into major trouble every where they go. The heroine is Lucy Maxwell, also known as Max, who is the major historian. Leon is her love interest. They use pods to jump back and forth in time but there are rules, such as do not o anything that may change the course of history. This is tough when they see people dying in front of their eyes that they could save, but they know that doing so could drastically change history.

I started this series by reading the free short stories and decided that the characters were fantastic, the writer and narrator were excellent and the story is addictive.

  • Gunmetal Gray

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,080
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,499

After five years on the run, Court Gentry is back on the inside at the CIA. But his first mission makes him wish he had stayed on the outs when a pair of Chinese agents try to take him down in Hong Kong. Normally the Chinese prefer to stay eyes-only on foreign agents. So why are they on such high alert? Court's high stakes hunt for answers takes him across Southeast Asia and leads to his old friend, Donald Fitzroy, who is being held hostage by the Chinese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greaney sets the bar even higher.

  • By JACKIE on 02-17-17

Court cannot trust anyone!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

This book lost stars for me because the injustice left me frustrated and angry. Court cannot trust anyone!!! I despise his handler, Suzanne Brewer. She is wicked, devious and a backstabbing betrayer. So is everyone else in the CIA, except Court, who really is no longer in the CIA. The story is good, except for the total injustice at the end. Terrible ending!!! However, there is a lot of action and battles galore. I throughly enjoyed Court's new friend he calls Spider Monkey, who was a Russian operative. She is as talented as Court in killer skills. I hope she shows up again in future books. Mainly I hope that Suzanne Brewer gets wiped out completely; also Matt Hannly, Zack Hightower, and others on Court's old CIA goon squad.

  • Genome

  • The Extinction Files, Book 2
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096

The thrilling conclusion to The Extinction Files is finally here! In 2003, the first human genome was sequenced. But the secrets it held were never revealed. The truth was discovered 30 years ago, almost by accident. Dr. Paul Kraus had spent his entire career searching for what he called humanity's lost tribes - human ancestors who had gone extinct. When Kraus compared the DNA samples of the lost tribes with our own, he found a pattern of changes: a code. At the time, the technology didn't exist to unravel what it meant. Kraus hid his work and disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Anonymous User on 02-12-18

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

I am returning this book. I liked Extinction fairly well, but I do not like this sequel. It is a little off the wall for me and also confusing and boring. After the first couple of chapters, I have given up and am returning this book.

  • The Very First Damned Thing

  • An Author-Read Audio Exclusive
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jodi Taylor
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,129

Jodi Taylor reads the long-awaited prequel in her Chronicles of St Mary’s series, as Dr Bairstow struggles to set up St Mary’s as we know it in a world still scarred by the ravages of civil war. Ever wondered how it all began? It’s two years since the final victory at the Battersea Barricades. The fighting might be finished, but for Dr Bairstow, just now setting up St Mary's, the struggle is only beginning. How will he assemble his team? From where will his funding come?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the story. The narration was ehh...

  • By Krista on 12-09-15

Cute story of the beginning

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

I downloaded all the free short stories by Jodi Taylor, which led me to begin her series about the Nothing Girl, which was excellent. Now I have listened to all the St. Mary's stories and will begin that series also. This short story is about the recruitment of the St. Mary's team and it is good, but I think I will enjoy it more after I listen to a few books in the series and get to know the characters better - then I will go back and listen to this again.

I love Jodi Taylor's writing and her sense of humor. She creates wonderful characters and puts them in humorous situations. However some of the situations are rather tragic, such as the description of the battle of Wellington vs. Napoleon that occurs in this short story. Taylor has a good grasp of history as well as a talent for storytelling.

  • Back Blast

  • A Gray Man Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,369
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,558

From the number-one New York Times best-selling coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels comes an all-new explosive thriller featuring the lethal assassin known as the Gray Man.... Court Gentry was the CIA's best agent. Until the day the agency turned against him and put out a kill-on-sight order. That's when the enigmatic international assassin called the Gray Man was born - and Court has been working for himself ever since.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent GRAY MAN book - I can't wait for more...

  • By shelley on 02-17-16

Spectacular!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

This was fantastic. Non stop action and edge of your seat plot. The Gray Man, a former CIA operative, has come back to USA to find out why he is on the CIA shoot on sight list. He has been on the run throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East trying to stay alive. The poor guy has been shot, beaten and blown up untold number of times and he wants it to stop. Fortunately the Gray Man, Court Gentry, is the most awesome agent rbrt and can out-fight anyone that hr has come up against. He hits the USA and immediately goes into action. He only kills bad guys but there are bad guys everywhere. Court goes from one major fight to another and sometimes I did not see how he possibly could get out of the jam he was in - but he is the Gray Man and he manages to fight his way out and stay alive. Denny is the number 2 guy in the CIA and he is the person that wants Court dead in order to hide something that could bring Denny's career and maybe his life to an end. Court is totally innocent but he has been framed by Denny, who is a pompous wicked devious man.

Now I am on to the next book to see how Court and his new handler, Suzanne Brewer, get along, which I predict will not be pretty at all. I do not like her. I do not trust her. She is a devious backstabber and I know in my bones that she will betray Court. All she cares about is getting to the top of the CIA and she will do anything, and betray anyone, to get there.

The narrator is excellent and he does male and female voices well. He brings the story to life and knows how to use his voice to enhance the suspense created by the author. I highly recommend this book, and the entire series.

  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,753

This Audible Original production of Jane Austen’s Emma is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, Liar), Morgana Robinson (The Windsors, Walliams & Friend, Morgana Robinson's the Agency), Aisling Loftus (Mr Selfridge, War & Peace), Joseph Millson (Casino Royale, The Sarah Jane Adventures), Alexa Davies (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs work.

  • By Mai on 09-09-18

Okay production

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

First of all, Emma by Jane Austen is a great story, beautifully written. I have read it and listened to it being read many times. It is a great study of human nature. The plot is captivating. But it is much better just being read by an excellent narrator because the writing is so awesome. The production takes away from the beautiful language, in my opinion. Plus, some of the actors were not so great. The actor who performed as Mr. Knightly was very weak - he sounded wimpy and Mr. Knightly was definitely not wimpy. He is the main male character - the hero! I wish the person who had performed Frank Churchill has been chosen for Knightly. His voice was much better suited for the hero

Emma is a spoiled but likable rich young lady who runs her father's home and coddles her father. She fancies herself as a matchmaker and has ideas about helping young Harriette, a resident of a home for fatherless children. Emma fancies that Harriette is the illegitimate daughter of a grand gentleman and goes about trying to find a suitable match for poor not so bright Harriette. Family friend, Mr. Knightly, recognizes Emma faults, which mainly are that she is spoiled and thinks too highly of herself, and tries to regulate her flights of fancy. He is 16 years older than Emma and has never been married. Emma is 21 years old.

The delightful story is about Emma's matchmaking and folly and her inability to see what is right before her eyes. Even if the writing was mediocre, the plot is fantastic. But the writing is absolutely not mediocre. It is wonderful literature. I first read this book in college in a course about the best classic novels in all of literature. Jane Austen has written several of the best novels in all of literature. She is an amazing writer and Emma is an amazing book. It is just better, in my opinion, not being dramatized such as in this version where the timing was a little off sometimes and the tinkling of dishes and crunching on gravel was distracting. There is a great movie called Emma, starring Glennyth Paltrow that is well done and follows the book very closely. I enjoyed the movie immensely.

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,242
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,205

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Fan

  • By tatiana on 12-24-17

Absolutely not for me

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

I found this to be over dramatized to the point that it was hard to even know what was going on. The story was boring and the production was poor, in my opinion. I stopped listening after chapter 2 and don't plan to listen to any more.

  • Complicated

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,242

When small-town Nebraska sheriff Hixon Drake meets Greta Dare, the connection couldn't be stronger, but the timing couldn't be worse. Dealing with the fallout of a divorce he never wanted and setting up a new home for his kids, Hix becomes that guy, that one he never wanted to be, and puts a stop to things before they can even start. Protecting his kids and himself is his only priority. Greta, on the other hand, has found the place for her and the brother she adores that's perfect for them - a sleepy little town in Nebraska.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complicated was a pleasure to my senses!

  • By Kara Hildebrand on 05-02-17

Fun and entertaining listen

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

I enjoyed this book even if there were some over the top eye rolling parts. Greta and Hickson are the female and male leads. There are plenty of supporting characters. Greta is likable. Hickson is a little too macho for me, but I liked him too. Hickson's wife of 19 years has thrown him out of their home but he has no idea why she wants a divorce. He has been a doting husband and father. Greta has been dumped by her husband because of her extremely mean and vindictive mother. Her husband was a very kind and doting husband up until he dumped her. Neither Greta or Hickson are really ready to get back on the romance horse, but they are insanely attracted to one another. They all live in a very small town and everyone sees and knows everything, so their relationship will have to get started under the watchful eyes of the citizens of the town. There is a murder and a great deal of emotional drama going on. The story is very thin and predictable, but it is still entertaining and I enjoyed listening to it.

The male narrator is not as good as the female narrator. I particularly was ticked off when the male narrator called Mamie by the pronunciation of Mammie. Stupid.

  • Gray

  • The Complete Collection
  • By: Lou Cadle
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 24 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,025

Pre-med student Coral is on vacation in Idaho when something terrible happens. The black cloud is followed by a wildfire and searing heat that lasts for days. She survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her. So begins her desperate journey to find water and food and other survivors...and the answer to the mystery of what happened.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Promising but ultimately tedious

  • By Christen Doc on 11-09-17

So good until it went on too long

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I was totally enthralled with this book until the last third, Gray III. It is the story of Coral, who was about to go caving in the mountains when the world as we know it came to an end. The sky filled with fire and ash. Coral ran into the cave with just a few supplies and was saved while the world burned outside. She came out of the cave days later. Her vehicle ws destroyed, so she decided to hike down the mountain to see if anyone else survived. She scavenged scarce supples as she went. In her wandering Coral was saved by Benjamin and they joined forces to go out into the world to find food and other people. Lots of excitement and angst as they ran into adventures as they traveled. I was so addicted to the story I could not sleep! Then the third part, Gray III, brought an end to the magic. Coral and Benjamin got to Boise, Idaho and the story became very boring and went on way too long. It ended fine, but the entire Boise episode, in my opinion, could have been left out and I would easily have given the book 5 stars.

In addition to the Boise part being boring, it exposed a major weakness in the plot. Benjamin is in his late 30s and Coral is just turned 19. I am okay with that, but Coral is portrayed to be a doctor in training and she runs a clinic in Boise - even does amputations!! The story is that she is a premed student with 2 weeks of college and a smattering of volunteering at a hospital. A premed student just out of high school would have absolutely NO medical training. The writer should have made her older with some med school training, maybe even an intern, to make that part even remotely believable. It would have made the relationship between Coral and Benjamin more understandable as well.

It is very sad that the author lost the story when the pair got to Boise because the book was exceptionally good up until then. It still was a good book, and I am glad that I listened to it, but the book could have been wonderful.

  • Persuasion

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195

A moving love story displaying all of Austen's signature wit and ironic narrative style. Persuasion is Jane Austen's last completed novel. She began it soon after she had finished Emma, completing it in August 1816.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-23-16

One of Jane Austen's best novels

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

I first read Persuasion for a college class back in 1970s. My professor told us that it was one of the best Romantic era classics ever written. He was right. The writing is absolutely perfect - beautiful. The characters are so real and recognizable that they jump off the page. The story is remarkably interesting. This is just a fantastic novel that will never grow old. The story is that Anne, who is now 28 or 29 years old had a fiancé when she nineteen and they were totally in love. However, her mentor persuades her to call off the engagement because she did not think the man, Frederick Wentworth, was good enough or rich enough for Anne. Anne never gets over the heartbreak. Now Anne's father and eldest sister have to move to Bath and rent out their estate because they are broke. The new tennant just happens to be Frederick's sister and her husband. Anne is staying nearby to take care of her younger sister until time for her to go to Bath to join her father. This means that she and Frederick will once again cross paths. This all happens in the very first of the book. The rest of the book is how Anne will deal with Frederick's presence and his courtships of two young women in the neighborhood. It is just wonderful. You can actually feel what Anne feels. It is a very satisfying story.

I think this audible version is very good. The narrator does not try to act out the story. She simply reads the wonderful words to us with great understanding and inflection. I am baffled by the bad reviews of her narration. Perhaps these reviewers expect her to be an actress and give accents/voices to the characters. The writing is so good that acting is just not necessary, and would actually take away from the narration of these wonderful book. Persuasion is my second favorite Jane Austen book. My very favorite is Pride and Predudice. Austen is a master at creating characters and storytelling. She is also extremely witty and I laugh at her over the top characters, such as Anne's father and sisters.