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  • The Punch Escrow

  • By: Tal M. Klein
  • Narrated by: Matthew Mercer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,549
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,548

Joel Byram is an everyday 22nd century guy. He spends his days training artificial-intelligence engines to act more human, jamming out to 1980s new wave - an extremely obscure genre - and trying to salvage his deteriorating marriage. Joel is pretty much an everyday guy with everyday problems - until he's accidentally duplicated while teleporting. Now Joel must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, outrun the religious sect out to destroy it, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great Premise, terrible execution

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-25-17

A great idea for a book, but...

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

The premise for this story is good, and the book began as an interesting listen. But the further into the book I got, the more silliness ensued. It became too "juvenile" for lack of a better word. I did finish the book, but I would think twice about recommending it.

  • The Force

  • A Novel
  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,050

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. He is the "King of Manhattan North", a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force". Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest - an elite special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs, and guns. Every day and every night for the 18 years he's spent on the job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winslow continus to amaze

  • By Steve L on 07-13-17

A lot of telling in this novel—not enough showing

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

The writing courses I have taken always emphasize "show, don't tell." Don Winslow begins this story with a very long session of telling. I almost gave up on it. Eventually, he gets around to some action, and although Winslow often goes back to telling, the plot is interesting enough to keep the reader involved. The dialog is particularly good.

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  • Cash City

  • By: Jonathan Fredrick
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,908
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,896

It is an obsession that has haunted Nick Malick for seven years - to avenge the murder of his young son. In his gut Malick knows who did it. But the psychopath is in prison for another crime, scheduled to be released in a year. All Malick has to do is wait...and survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great New Series

  • By Lia on 08-21-17

An "OK" listen

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

I really don't know how this book got such great reviews. It's a very ordinary book with no particularly sympathetic characters, no particularly unique plots twists... nothing to recommend it. It's what I would call a "time waster." If you like private detective novels, and this book is on sale, it might suit you. Or maybe not.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Scythe

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,746

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life - and they are commanded to do so in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe - a role that neither wants. These teens must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immortal until you're Gleaned

  • By G. Grimsley on 06-27-17

A different spin on the usual dystopian future

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

As I listened to "Scythe" I often thought of all that was wrong with the novel... but in the end, I would buy the sequel, which says everything that needs to be said, I suppose.

The problems in this book are mainly that the author was lazy with the details of the world he created. Supposedly in the distant future (with much of the technology you would expect), fuel-powered conventional helicopters are still in use, and characters still use handwriting to communicate with ink pens and paper. Anachronisms like these kept me from getting completely immersed in the story. I suspect that the author did not want to get bogged down in detail, when his story is about ideas not things, but the anachronisms were distracting to me.

This book abounds with ideas. At one point a character is riding in a conventional car and thinks, "How strange to need to see where you are going to get there." Small thoughts like this really added to my enjoyment.

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,801

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

Great Sci-Fi after the fashion of Arthur C. Clark

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

This was an excellent listen. What could be a confusing story is made clear by the skill and technique of the author.

The author occasionally dips a little too deeply into allegory, as though he thinks his readers will not be clever enough to get his point, but the story was entertaining enough that I could forgive this.

  • Greyhound

  • By: Steffan Piper
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,120

Sebastien Ranes’s single mom and her feckless boyfriend can’t be bothered to take care of a stuttering 12-year-old. Banished to live with his grandmother on the far side of the country, the boy can barely understand a bus schedule when he gets dumped at the Greyhound station in Stockton, California. Given $35 and a one-way ticket to Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sebastien must cross the country - alone, without a clue how to fend for himself. Filled with youthful anger and naïveté, Sebastien heads out into the "Morning in America" of Ronald Reagan’s 1980s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Warm Story of Fragility and Friendship

  • By Gillian on 06-29-16

An okay time waster

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

This is more or less the coming-of-age story of a 12-year-old boy riding 3 days on a Greyhound bus. While it was okay, it was a bit too predictable. The boy has an unlikely chain of adventures on the bus which keep the action moving along, but also make the book much less believable.

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  • When the Air Hits Your Brain

  • Tales from Neurosurgery
  • By: Frank T Vertosick Jr. MD
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,255

With poignant insight and humor, Frank Vertosick, Jr., MD, describes some of the greatest challenges of his career, including a six-week-old infant with a tumor in her brain, a young man struck down in his prime by paraplegia, and a minister with a .22-caliber bullet lodged in his skull. Told through intimate portraits of Vertosick's patients and unsparing-yet-fascinatingly detailed descriptions of surgical procedures, When the Air Hits Your Brain illuminates both the mysteries of the mind and the realities of the operating room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sensitive and Enlightening

  • By Largactil on 02-03-17

Surprisingly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

A have bought quite a few non-fiction titles from Audible, and they are often disappointing. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The author keeps things moving along, writing in a humorous and conversational style. (Sort of along the lines of author, Mary Roach.) I also learned a great deal about the way the brain and the body work together. If medical stories interest you, this is a good choice.

  • Replay

  • By: Ken Grimwood
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,442

In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book for the past 10 years

  • By psnorb on 12-29-08

Exceeded my expectations

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

Reviewed: 09-29-17

When I began listening to this book, my expectations plummeted. I anticipated a childish listen. But after the first few chapters, the book improved and was a decent time-waster.

This is not an intellectual or literary tour de force.

  • Open Season

  • A Joe Pickett Novel
  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,886
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,866

Joe Pickett is the new game warden in Twelve Sleep, Wyoming, a town where nearly everyone hunts and the game warden—especially one like Joe who won't take bribes or look the other way—is far from popular. When he finds a local hunting outfitter dead, splayed out on the woodpile behind his state-owned home, he takes it personally. There had to be a reason that the outfitter, with whom he's had run-ins before, chose his backyard, his woodpile to die in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As refreshing as sunrise in the mountains

  • By AudioAddict on 10-02-16

I really enjoyed this one

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

Wow. A book about a game warden... how exciting could that be? Open Season is actually one of the more original law enforcement novels I have read in the past 15 years. I enjoyed the writing, and the plot was definitely something new to me. The narrator is excellent!

I will be buying more books by this author.

  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,716
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,064

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible and Amazon need to screen narrators better

  • By MickeyMarie on 07-19-17

A good listen

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

Having read all the disparaging comments about the narration, I really hesitated to pay for this book. My spouse had read the paper version, and she said it was good, so I took my chances.

Is this the best narration I have heard? No. Is it as bad as some of the reviews claim? No. After the first 30 minutes, I don't think I ever thought of the narration again.

The plot is not tremendously original, but the book is a good police procedural, going into detail about police operations much more than most books in this genre.

I'm not sorry I bought it.