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  • Ashes

  • Ashes Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Ilsa J. Bick
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,046

An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Readable Story About the End of the World

  • By Aser Tolentino on 09-25-12

NO!!!!!!! NO!!!!!!! NO!!!!!!!!! Be prepared!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-16

I really liked the story. Even after finding out it had the "different zombie" take. BUT the narrator decided she had to act out every single book in the series. She didn't read it, she yelled it. For example. Most would read, "No, oh please Jack, no, no, no." This narrator had to SCREAM! NO! OH PLEASE JACK!!!! NO!!!!! NO!!!!!!!! I found myself fast forwarding so I didn't have to hear her yell and act out the scenes. Don't they direct these people????

  • Snatched

  • Will Trent, Book 6
  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 970

Will Trent, a dedicated agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for 15 years, knows that there’s definitely such a thing as a cop’s intuition - which is why he should have listened to his own. While in a restroom at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Will overhears a girl’s pleading, plaintive voice: "Please, I wanna go home." Something isn’t right here, thinks Will. He feels it in his gut. But he waits too long to act, and now the girl and the anxious, angry man she’s with have disappeared into the crowds at the busiest passenger airport in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short and sweet

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-01-13

Great book as usual...but

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

Slaughter writes wonderful books that keeps me on the edge of my seat. But I am sick of Sara's constant whining about Nina, and her almost "heavenly" morals. It just gets old...

  • Bird Box

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Malerman
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,482
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,474

Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, Malorie has long dreamed of fleeing to a place where her family might be safe. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: 20 miles downriver in a rowboat blindfolded with nothing to rely on but Malorie's wits and the children's trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't look!

  • By Lesley on 05-22-14

OH MY GOSH!

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

Imagine having 2 young children, and having to keep yourself and your children blindfolded, in a row boat, for 20 miles. While danger lurks around you. One peek could mean your death and the death of your children.

Something is happening to people, They see something and go insane. They see something. No one knows what they see. The people just know, one look, and it's over. Most people now go about their daily lives blindfolded.....

  • Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen

  • A Novel
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724

A princess of Spain, Catalina is only 16 years old when she sets foot on the shores of England. The youngest daughter of the powerful monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, Catalina is a coveted prize for a royal marriage - and Arthur, Prince of Wales and heir to the English throne, has won her hand. But tragedy strikes, and Catalina, now Princess Katherine, is betrothed to the future Henry VIII.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Wonderful!

  • By DebaDeb on 08-23-16

Absolutely Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

I have been fascinated with the Tudor dynasty for years. I've watched The Tudors on Showtime,and have enjoyed many authors interpretations of their reign. This is the first book I have read concerning Katherine of Aragon. Many authors concentrate solely on Anne, and barely mention the other 5 wives. But, not Alison Weir.

This is her first in what is supposed to be a series of 6 books about Henry the VIII and his wives. This book begins with Katherine's arrival in England and continues until her death. I have to admit, Anne is the one which has always fascinated me. But with the anticipation of 6 books and Anne being the second book, I decided with a sigh, to read Katherine of Aragon. I am so glad I did.

Most books I have read have portrayed Katherine as a boring, frumpy woman who spent most of her time praying. I found myself reading this book and feeling much affection for her. She was far from frumpy or boring, She was an extremely intelligent woman who could speak many languages and managed to keep Henry a happily married man for 20 years.

Alison Weir did a wonderful job writing about Katherine. I just wish I didn't have to wait for the book about Anne!

24 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Matter

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,480

"Are you happy with your life?" Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Schrödinger's box gets opened. Meh steps out.

  • By Darwin8u on 09-19-16

How does Crouch think up these awesome stories!

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

Reviewed: 08-22-16

One of the things I have always loved about Crouch's books is they grab you from the beginning and doesn't let go until the end. Dark Matter was no different.

Jason wakes up strapped to a gurney, with no idea where he is and why their are men in hazmat suits surrounding him. Then BOOM the listener is off on a suspenseful journey!

I do have one complaint. The headphones to my ipod quit working during the last 20 minutes of the book. Buy this! You won't regret it

  • Fairest

  • The Lunar Chronicles - Levana's Story
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,824

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her "glamour" to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story - a story that has never been told - until now. Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as sexual as other reviews imply

  • By Claudia H on 07-02-15

Levana explained...

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

Reviewed: 03-30-15

I was looking forward to the next book in this series having loved all of the others. I even pre-ordered this one. I was so disappointed when I discovered it wasn't focused on Cinder and her friends. (Now we have to wait until the fall of 2015.)

That being said, this was a good read. It explains so much of why Levana is the way she is. It doesn't make you like her, nor excuse her. It just explains. I am glad I listened. It helps make it through the time waiting for the next.

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,787

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Love, Love, Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 03-30-15

It almost seems like all of the authors I love have hit a writers block and I can't seem to find a book to read. But one day while watching the Starz network, I saw the show Outlander advertised. It peaked my interest, and I watched the first season. I loved the show and wanting more, I got the first book.

What an enjoyable book! The narrator "made" this book. I've noticed others have called this a romance, but I disagree. Had it been one, I wouldn't have finished the book. I have book 2 in my library and I will be listening soon!

  • Still Alice

  • By: Lisa Genova
  • Narrated by: Lisa Genova
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,871
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,934

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor narrator, I returned it

  • By Laura on 01-26-14

Opens your eyes!

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

Reviewed: 03-30-15

This would not be a book I would have chosen had it not been for my favorite book reviewer on Audible recommended it. I am so glad I did.

Even though this is a heart breaking story, and Alice's journey with Alzheimer's has a predictable ending, it was an interesting and enjoyable listen. This book should be prescribed for anyone diagnosed or dealing with someone with Alzheimer's.

I you or anyone you know has this horrible disease, this is the book to read. You begin to understand what they are going through and what to expect. Who knows, it may help when your patience is at its end.

  • Moving Day

  • By: Jonathan Stone
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,015

Forty years’ accumulation of art, antiques, and family photographs are more than just objects for Stanley Peke - they are proof of a life fully lived. A life he could have easily lost long ago. When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades in Peke’s past, a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside, subsisting on scraps, dodging Nazi soldiers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fantastic story... a real treat!

  • By Joe Crescenzi on 06-03-14

Payback is a ....

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

Reviewed: 03-30-15

Movers have stolen an older couples entire household of belongings. Just the thought of this happening to me is unimaginable. How this man gets his payback is a thrilling adventure. I highly recommend this book. I listened to it in one sitting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Stranger

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,960
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,958

The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar or a parking lot or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The worst Coben book among the many I've heard

  • By Ed on 04-22-16

Average at best

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

Reviewed: 03-30-15

Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors and I have read all of his books. "Stranger," was average. Usually his books are hard to stop listening to, and I usually do his all at once no matter how long they are. I found myself stopping the book for phone calls and such and forgetting later that I was even listening to a book. It's as though he is finding it hard to find things to write about.

If you are also a Harlan Coben fan, I know you will probably get this book as I did. Just don't expect his best.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful