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  • Under the Dome

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,603

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Stephen King I've Heard

  • By Scott on 02-10-10

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Great book, and great narrator. Very well done. I had not heard Mr. Esparza read before, and I really enjoyed his narration. Didn't love all of his character voices, but there were so many, I don't know how he even kept them straight!

  • Commune: Book Two

  • Commune Series 2
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,871
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,766

The survivors have come to settle in the mountains of Wyoming, fighting day in and day out to establish a home for themselves in a near-empty world. Things are good at first; scavenging is a workable, short-term solution that seems to be providing all they need. But they know that it’s only a matter of time before the food runs out. They need to scramble to find a sustainable solution before the clock stops, and for a little handful of people up in the mountains, the odds don’t seem very favorable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen

  • By Jason a. on 04-07-18

Possibly better than the first..

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

Often times writers have sophomore slumps when they decide to turn a good novel into a series. They have a great idea for a book, and then it does so well that they want to cash in on the success and write a follow up, but the well may have run dry. That is not the case here. This story picks up not too long after the first book ends, but the reader is quickly submerged right back into that pocket of comfort and happiness. What a great story! What a great writer! This book is about twice as long as the first one, and it did not disappoint in any way! The returning characters were consistent and deepened, and the new characters added were essential and fantastic! Again, RC Bray is a master and added so much to the experience. First rate sequel of a first rate story!

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,589
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,452

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want to adopt the characters into my family

  • By yarginator on 11-27-17

One of the BEST!!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

Books in this genre need a couple things to really make them stand out. First, they need to have great characters. There are a lot of books that deal with this subject matter, and for the most part they are all very similar. There just aren't a lot of options for SHTF stories! There are very few people left, everyone is struggling and out for themselves, you never know who is friend and who is foe, etc. etc.... These novels sink or swim based on the characters that the author creates. Are we drawn to them? Do we care about them? Are they realistic and likable? In the case of this book, the answer to these questions is a resounding YES! These are some of the best thought out, and well written characters of any books I have read in this genre. Loved them all very quickly, and I simply could not put the book down.

Secondly, these kinds of novels need the right narrator. That is true with all audio books, of course, but with books that deal with apocalypse-type situations, a bad narrator will sink the ship faster than a bad plot. At the same time, a good narrator lifts the story to heights that are not achievable when reading the book on our own, sometimes. That is the case here. RC Bray is amazing, and really "gets" this genre. Excellent! Adds so much to the experience for me.

Fantastic book, with great narration! This one is a "can't miss"!

  • Wrath

  • Faith McMann, Book 3
  • By: T. R. Ragan
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886

In another life, before human traffickers murdered her husband and stole her children, Faith McMann was a wife, mother, and teacher. Now she has become Furious, a merciless avenger on a deadly mission to retrieve her young son and daughter, no matter the cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Ending

  • By Scott on 05-04-17

Way to end a series!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Excellent series! What a great way to end a trilogy of truly great stories. Or should I say story. This is NOT a stand alone novel. If you have not read the first two in this one, stop and read them first. The books are really one longer story broken into three parts. Such great writing! The characters were nearly perfect, and I found myself routing for them right from the start. There are some stretches of reality in the plot, but overall it was so great that I just didn't care. Kate Rudd is an acquired taste, but I love her and always enjoy hearing her read. Loved it!

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,182

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joanne Froggatt 💕

  • By Anonymous User on 09-06-17

WOW!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

This is a fantastic book! I read a lot of books, and a lot of books in this genre, and this one is truly a standout! The mysteries surrounding the plot of this book are deep and intriguing, and the best part is that the plot twists and big reveal at the end is believable! Not forced! I think often times in books like this, the author is so concerned about blowing the reader away with a HUGE reveal, that they force the story to accept a twist that just doesn't work. There are usually too many things that a reader is left to overlook...plot holes and assumptions that don't quite add up. There was none of that in this one for me! I loved the way it all unfolded at the end!

The "reveal" didn't come too soon, or too late in the story. Both of those options really leave me cold, and there was none of that here. Everything unfolded as it should, and in a manner that actually MAKES SENSE! There were a few things that didn't quite connect in my head, but they were VERY minor, and did not detract from the book in any way. This story, and first rate narration, make this one a winner!

  • Don't Let Go

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,707

With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The new Harlan Coben?!

  • By shelley on 10-01-17

Different but amazing!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

This is a different kind of story for Coben, as some of the other reviews have pointed out. It had a different feeling, and the ending was not usual for a Coben novel. But, I absolutely loved this one! There are really no plot twists that had my jaw on the floor, like I am used to from Coben. In this one, the basic plot is laid out rather early on. There are some surprises, but they are really ancillary to the main plot, and kind of transparent. But in this instance, that did not detract from my enjoyment of the book in any way. I think what I really loved about this one was the interesting and completely likable characters. The author really made me care about them and get invested early on in the book, and held my attention throughout. I couldn't wait to get to the end, just to find out what happens to the characters! Steven Weber did a great job with the narration, as well.

  • The Whistler

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,035
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,716
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,651

Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption. But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's John Grisham, right?

  • By Elle on 10-30-16

Great book from the "NEW" Grisham.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

John Grisham has changed. I used to get a real sense of desire and energy from his writing. Like he was writing to really make a statement, or prove a point, or just verify his relevance in the genre. That fire, if you will, seems to have gone out. The last few books from him have jest felt as if they were written from a place of great comfort. Comfort in the style of his writing. Comfort in his place in the Halls of the Great Writers. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but the edge is gone from his books.

That being said, he is still a fabulous writer, and this novel is a good one. The premise is good, and the pacing of the story is great. I loved most of the characters, and felt as if they were well written and understood. There were a few plot points that I thought were a little out of the scope of what an actual human would do in those situations, and that took me out of the fictional world of the novel for a time, but nothing that distracted too much. Excellent narration as well.

  • Her Last Day

  • Jessie Cole, Book 1
  • By: T.R. Ragan
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,903
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,705
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,692

Ten years ago, PI Jessie Cole and reporter Ben Morrison each suffered a tragedy that changed their lives - and now these two strangers are about to share a nightmare. For Jessie, who makes her living finding missing persons, no case has consumed her more than the disappearance of her younger sister, Sophie. But left alone to raise Sophie's daughter, she realizes that solving the case has become an unhealthy obsession.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What the?

  • By Vlad E. on 04-21-18

Ragan and Rudd are a great combination!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

I have enjoyed this author/narrator combo since their first installment of the Lizzy Gardner series. That was the first time for me for either of the two, and I truly feel as if they are a match made in literary heaven! I love that these books are not too long, and can be read/listened to comparatively quickly. This story takes off right from the start, and doesn't let up until the very end! Nothing that is not needed is in here. That is more than I can say for some authors in the genre. Kate Rudd is a narrator that takes some getting used to. I know that some don't like her, but once you get in her groove, and understand where she is going, she is really fabulous. Excellent start to a series, and I look forward to the next book!

  • The Shadow Rising

  • Book Four of The Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 40 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,969
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,132

The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out in The Shadow Rising, book four of the Wheel of Time, as The Shadow is rising to cover humankind. In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve. Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The BEST of the Wheel of Time

  • By Mica on 04-27-08

Great continuation of the story!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

If you have listened to the WOT series to this point, there is not much different to say here. I did feel as if in this book the story kind of went into neutral for a time. There were a lot of pages of dialogue and not much happening with the story line overall. If you like that part of the books, then this one may be your favorite! Jordan is a master, and this epic story is one of the best. Especially in terms of world creation. There was no stone left unturned! So rich and vibrant. He allows your imagination to really run wild, and it is such a joy to read!

  • Tier One

  • By: Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,655

John Dempsey's life - as an elite Tier One Navy SEAL named Jack Kemper - is over. A devastating terrorist action catapults him from a world of moral certainty and decisive orders into the shadowy realm of espionage, where ambiguity is the only rule. His new mission: hunt down those responsible for the greatest tragedy in the history of the US Special Ops and bring them to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This One's a Keeper!!!

  • By shelley on 09-11-16

Excellent book for espionage fans!

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

First of all, Ray Porter could read the phone book and keep me entertained. He is a master, and really shines here. This book was just the right length, and the author really kept it to what was pertinent to the story...not a lot of writing just for the sake of words. I love that! Kept my attention the whole way, and the action never stopped! Can't wait to move on to the next book in the series!

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