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  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,836

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Deborah on 02-07-18

Perfect story, perfect setting

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

The story itself was so compelling and I really appreciated the authenticity of both the Pacific Northwest and Alaska settings and culture. I am frustrated by authors who claim to know Akaska, but don't "get it". Having lived in both Seattle and Eagle River AK, I could feel the difference and it was crucial to this amazingly well written book.
The narration was totally spot on, also.

  • Afterlife

  • By: Marcus Sakey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,380
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,221

The last thing FBI agent Will Brody remembers is the explosion - a thousand shards of glass surfing a lethal shock wave. He wakes without a scratch. The building is in ruins. His team is gone. Outside, Chicago is dark. Cars lie abandoned. No planes cross the sky. He's relieved to spot other people - until he sees they're carrying machetes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Creative but too complex

  • By Robert on 07-22-17

Could not get through it

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I had the hardest time listening to this narrator as she often spoke so softly as to be impossible to hear even at the highest level. My phone kept telling me that I was going to blow out my eardrums, but I still couldn't understand. I've never heard such a poorly leveled narration.

I may read it (as in text) from the beginning instead of listening to see if I can get into the story. 14 chapters in and I am not even sure it's worth it, but I may have missed some critical information. It has not be something that grabbed me, which is disappointing since I have like several of his other books.

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,675
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,681

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Well written, well narrated, very heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 06-22-16

Based on all the prior reviews I knew this would be a "heavy" book. It was beautifully written, but the tragic, unrelenting misery was often hard to handle. I almost gave up but wanted to know how it ended. I was neither surprised nor undone by the ending.

Would I recommend this book to my friends? Yes, with the precaution that it will be difficult and emotional to get through.

Be sure to have something light or uplifting to listen to afterwards.

  • The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,884
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,806
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,836

"Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice...until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 40 ROLLS OF ASS CLEANING GOODNESS

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-25-15

Zombies are not my thing

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

Reviewed: 03-29-16

A little too much graphic gore for my taste. I can handle it if it's related to normal murder mysteries, but zombies and monsters are just too over the top. The narrator does a very good job. Might be good for zombie lovers.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 156,733
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144,637
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144,479

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Incredible!

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

One of the best narrations I have ever listened to. Perfect match of riveting story with dead-on narrator. I had a hard time putting up with interruptions. Didn't want to stop listening!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Yes Please

  • By: Amy Poehler
  • Narrated by: Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,242
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,224

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good enough to speed through, not enough to rave

  • By JD on 12-02-14

"Meh" for average humans

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

Reviewed: 01-06-16

If you are a budding comic and want to know everyone's name that is wonderful and helpful and amazing in comedic circles, then this is a book you may want to read. Lot's of mutual appreciation going on, lots of names of people in the "biz" past and present.

If you are not a comic - it's pretty much "meh" - not so entertaining. Don't get me wrong, I actually love Amy Poehler's performances, writing, and general body of work. But, the book? I was disappointed.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Preparation for the Next Life

  • By: Atticus Lish
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 374

Zou Lei, orphan of the desert, migrates to work in America and finds herself slaving in New York's kitchens. She falls in love with a young man whose heart has been broken in another desert. A new life may be possible if together they can survive homelessness, lockup, and the young man's nightmares, which may be more prophecy than madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful and Heartbreaking

  • By C. Farrell on 04-22-15

Could not get past the misery

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

Reviewed: 06-25-15

Characters too tragic, odd pedantic phrasing, couldn't find any joy. Gave up, tried again, gave up again. I am returning it.

18 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • The Starling Project

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina, full cast
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,578
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,427

Audie Award, Original Work, 2016; Audie Award Finalist, Audio Drama, 2016. An aborted raid targeting a major arms dealer. A hostage standoff at a bank that may not be what it seems. A plot to spring a former African dictator from prison. What is the threat that connects them all? And just who is the mysterious mastermind, The Starling? From Mexico to Washington – from London to Marseille to Prague – war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his team of Volunteers risk their lives to follow the trail of clues. But how can they stop The Starling – when he always seems one step ahead?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a DRAMA, not a book!

  • By Writrix on 11-25-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-16-14

Based on the other reviews, I thought this would be wonderful. It was way too fast paced to really keep up with what is going on and I constantly had to back up to try to figure out who was who and what just happened. There is no normal character development so trying to differentiate the characters only by voices was difficult as there were so many characters.

Although the actors were good with their parts and accents, it was too fast sometimes without any breathing room at all between characters, almost talking over each other. Without any visual to go along with all the action, I found it hard to follow. Is the moaning kissing or is she just taking off her shoes?

For me it was just a let-down. I didn't think all the music and sound effects were an enhancement, in fact, I found it to be distracting at times. It was also very short, so the value wasn't there for me. The story itself was barely okay, and seemed more like a plot to a comic book than a novel. I feel like I wasted a credit.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Rowan's Lady

  • Clan Graham, Book 1
  • By: Suzan Tisdale
  • Narrated by: Brad Wills
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 784
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 716

The Black Death showed no mercy when it took Rowan Graham’s beautiful, young wife. With his clan nearly decimated, his heart torn to shreds, he is left to raise his newborn daughter alone. Rowan tries to keep the promises he made to Kate on her deathbed, save for one: He is unable to give his heart to another. Lady Arline is forced into yet another arranged marriage - loveless and lonely. Behind Garrick Blackthorn's good looks lies a cruel, vindictive man. She wants nothing more than her marriage to end so that she might gain the freedom she has longed for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super Great!!!

  • By Virginia on 05-07-14

Thin romance

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

Reviewed: 12-02-14

The narration was very good, but the story itself was very thin. The expressions, attitudes, descriptions were not authentic to that period in history. The author should have done a better job of research. A light romance novel if you really don't care about quality.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,793
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22,818

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By kurdis teed on 05-28-17

Great narration for such a tragedy.

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

Reviewed: 11-04-14

I can't decide if I really enjoyed this book or not. The main character is such a tortured soul that if it wouldn't have been for the narrator, I think I would have given up. I don't think I could have read it in print. David Pittu brought each character to life in unique ways without strain or off-putting false voices. Very, very, well done.

The story did give me lots of moments of "what would I have done?" along the very tormented life of poor Theo. The characters were very real, rich and well developed, but so flawed and tortured or miserable, that it was hard to find any lightness or hope in the whole disturbing story. The fact that it still haunts me does say something...just not sure what. It certainly raises lots of discussion points for anyone's moral compass.

Yes, "hauntingly disturbing" would have to sum it up for me.