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  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,147
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,818

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Comedy-Tragedy of Gods Giants Dwarfs & Monsters

  • By Jefferson on 02-24-17

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

It may not be a perfect retelling of the Norse myths, but Gaiman's twist brings the characters to life, makes them relatable, and does a good job of making easy for the laymen to remember the tales.

  • Year One

  • Chronicles of The One, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,063

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Magical Apocalypse "Lite"

  • By Kitty on 12-07-17

Meandering Apocalypse Love Story

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

While I knew that Nora Roberts is a romance writer, I thought this was an attempt to step out of her element and write something Sci-Fi/Supernatural. I was mistaken. I'm not sure if she lost the story notes halfway through writing, or if her Editor decided it needed more spice, but what started as a decent apocalypse tale turned into a book with undeveloped and forgettable characters, some of whom seem to get over trauma far too quickly to be believable.

In all honesty, the book starts off pretty strong, but somewhere about the middle, the book forgot that it was a doomsday novel and became "Swiss Family Robinson meets Faeries." I actually might have enjoyed that book better than this one, because at least in that one I wouldn't have to listen to awkward teenage-level flirtations, some of which don't even make sense. At least all the female characters appear to much better at seduction than the men.

Anyway, the biggest problem of the novel is that once it got passed that halfway mark, it completely lost the plot. There's no more build and tension, no more progression, just people walking around falling in love and talking about survival. Talking, mind you, as they keep finding supplies whenever they get low (not really a spoiler). I guess you can worry about whether or not the guy in your caravan likes you or not when you apparently don't really have to worry about whether or not you are going to be eating that day.

If you are wanting to find a survival story, there are a whole lot more. If you want to read about people making babies while the world dies, then I guess you should get this one.

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  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,997

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

Another expert novel from Gaiman

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

At first I thought the choice of narrator was a mistake as Gaiman often reads his own works, but this was masterfully done. The author lives up to the Gaiman standard and makes the work enjoyable.

  • Wicked Portland

  • The Wild and Lusty Underworld of a Frontier Seaport Town
  • By: Finn J.D. John
  • Narrated by: Finn J.D. John
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

In its youth, Portland, Oregon, was a bit like a rough-and-ready logging camp with a gritty, hard-punching deep-water port. Lusty lads dallied with hard-eyed beauties in dark alleys, and captains forked over “blood money” to buy men for their crews from shanghai operators. From the seedy waterfront to the notorious North End, Portland's sin sector offered vices packaged in pint glasses and perfumed corsets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Polished & Pleasing

  • By James Schick on 07-19-15

Great Book Great Narration

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

This book, like the others by Finn JD John is a great work. It's content is beneficially to every Portlander and PNW historian alike.

  • Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights

  • By: John E. Finn, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John E. Finn
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

The civil liberties and constitutional rights possessed by our nation's citizens-not only in theory, but in the courtroom, where the state can be forced to honor those liberties-are a uniquely American invention.And when we were taught history and learned about the Constitution and its Bill of Rights, we were always made aware of that uniqueness, of the extraordinary experiment that gave to every citizen of this new nation a gift possessed by no others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Course. Good Narration.

  • By aaron on 09-14-13

Great Lectures

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

These lectures are great if you want to understand how Supreme Court decisions formed the basic rules of our Constitutional Democracy

  • Denver Run

  • Endworld Series, Book 8
  • By: David Robbins
  • Narrated by: Damon Abdallah
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The last vestige of civilization is under attack by a horde of savage fighters determined to plunge the world into total darkness and ignorance. Undermanned, outgunned, and overmatched, the Warriors of the Home desperately need help. But help is hundreds of miles away in Denver, and only one man has the courage and strength to accomplish the impossible. If he fails, the Home will perish; if he succeeds, it might be his last act of heroism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My all time favorite post apocalypse series

  • By Mary Karowski on 09-25-18

Love this story

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

The entirety of the Post-Apocalyptic tale of the "Family" is an awesome relaxing tale reminscent of 1980s action films. It is a great purchase for sci-fi and action/adventure fans alike

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,191

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

AMAZING!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-17

WARNING: This is an audio drama, not an audiobook, but it was still amazing. The voice acting was superb

  • Ghost Fleet

  • A Novel of the Next World War
  • By: P. W. Singer, August Cole
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,825
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,837

The year is 2026. China has taken over as the world's largest economy, while the United States, mired in an oil shortage, struggles to adjust to its diminished role. Then, a surprise attack throws the US into a chaos unseen since Pearl Harbor. As the enemy takes control, the survival of the nation will depend upon the most unlikely forces: the Navy's antiquated Ghost Fleet and a cadre of homegrown terrorists.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An unusual war story

  • By Mike From Mesa on 09-06-15

great story, great narration

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

Reviewed: 01-15-17

It is a well written story with both humor and facts, a story that, while fiction, is a plausable course of future events.

  • The Maltese Falcon

  • By: Dashiell Hammett
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,535
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,538

Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, first serialized in a magazine in 1930, is best known through the iconic Humphrey Bogart film of 1941. But it was the book that created the classic "noir" genre with its tough private detective threading his cool way between the criminals and the law. Sam Spade, the private eye solving the mystery of the Maltese statuette, was the template for Philip Marlowe and a host of others…. but they come no more shrewd and cunning with Hammett peppering the text with one-liners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding American classic!

  • By Kathi on 03-07-13

Not the greatest tale

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

Reviewed: 11-03-16

There were some random unnecessary moments in the story that I thought detracted from it, but the voice acting was still great.

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  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,329
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,695

Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By Paula A Ford on 12-13-09

Neil Gaiman delivers again

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

Reviewed: 10-29-16

Definitely for a younger audience, this book is interesting and in true gaiman style, has several supernatural elements that come together in the end