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  • A Fine Balance

  • Written by: Rohinton Mistry
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 25 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers - a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village - will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Research before you buy #Audible1

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-09-13

Beautiful tragic novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-17

I read this novel many years ago and it has never left me and anyone who chooses to read/listen to will find the same. I have been told this by others. Unforgettable, beautiful written and such sadness and yet such a novel of faith - a fine balance. It should be a required novel for everyone to read in ones lifetime.
I was glad to get this on audible. Great narration by Vikas Adam, only added to this wonderful novel. Love, love, love and so wished that Mr Mistry would have written more novels than he has - incredible author. Thank you.

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  • Watchers

  • Written by: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: J. Charles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but preachy

  • By Susan on 2019-03-21

Good but preachy

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-21

Dean Koontz is an excellent author by the amount of books he has written. But this book was written 1986/87. I found his style has change in newer novels - great!!! I found in this novel he would drift off into preachy narrative during action scenes which lost my interest. But it was a good novel. Thank you Dean for for continuing to evolve your writing skills!!!

  • The Bone Farm

  • A Jane Hawk Case File
  • Written by: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers, James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

An audio original novella featuring bestselling author Dean Koontz’s compelling new heroine, Jane Hawk. From the case files of the former FBI agent before she became the nation’s most wanted fugitive - The Bone Farm details a desperate man-hunt for a serial killer before he murders again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, disappointing readers

  • By Mike Marsbergen on 2018-04-27

Great compact novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-21

I definitely enjoyed this novel over the Watchers novel previously listened to. It was much more focused and the action scenes stayed together and did not drift off into thoughts which had nothing to do with the action taking place. Glad I gave Dean Koontz another chance.

  • Second Hand Curses

  • Written by: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This was a pleasant read.

  • By John Le Blanc on 2019-04-24

Entertaining read/audible

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-08

This is a fun listen, very entertaining and imaginative. If you enjoy fairytales and fantasy then you will enjoy this Audible.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • Written by: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,237
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't think I'd like it, but I loved it

  • By Eli on 2018-01-11

Interesting concept

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-27

Will this really happen ? Is it possible that our brains/consciousness would evolve into an AI. Entertaining and loved “Bob”. Good thing for the world that he is fundamental a good guy. Read and enjoy.




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  • The Broken Kingdoms

  • Written by: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Casaundra Freeman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

The gods have broken free after centuries of slavery, and the world holds its breath, fearing their vengeance. The saga of mortals and immortals continues in The Broken Kingdoms. In the city of Shadow, beneath the World Tree, alleyways shimmer with magic and godlings live hidden among mortalkind. Oree Shoth, a blind artist, takes in a homeless man who glows like a living sun to her strange sight. This act of kindness engulfs Oree in a nightmarish conspiracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Susan on 2018-12-27

Enjoyable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-27

I liked this book more so than the first. The others are not on audible as yet - so disappointing. Enjoyed the blind young woman story line, with the Gods so not gods, at least as far as true humanitarian qualities. Interesting read.

  • The Egg

  • Written by: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

You were on your way home when you died.It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.And that’s when you met me." A short story about the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So simply explained

  • By Susan on 2018-12-26

So simply explained

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Reviewed: 2018-12-26

This is a great story explaining life in the most simplest of terms. I do hope many read this novella. It is so remarkably important to all of us.

  • The Egg and Other Stories

  • Written by: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray, Jonathan Davis, Christy Romano
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Collected for the first time anywhere, the nine tales in The Egg and Other Stories highlight Andy Weir's trademark wit and unexpected twists. For the few who have yet to experience The Martian, it's a perfect appetizer. For passionate Weir fans, it's a delicious dessert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good selection of short stories

  • By Susan on 2018-12-26

Good selection of short stories

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-26

Interesting and entertaining from an imaginative author. Becoming a Andy Weir fan. Do listen and enjoy.

  • Artemis

  • Written by: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,714

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not so great

  • By plaj on 2017-11-28

Sequel????

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-26

This is a really great novel. I would give it 10. Will there be a movie? I hope so. Really a fun ride to read/listen to. Great narration by Rasario Dawson. She really got the main character. I would definitely read the sequel if Andy Weir writes with this character in mind. And most definitely read another of Weir’s novels. Enjoy!!!

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  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

  • Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1
  • Written by: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Casaundra Freeman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Fantasy

  • By Susan on 2018-12-23

Enjoyable Fantasy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-23

This novel is filled with Gods and their influence controlled by the people in the people in city of Sky. Yeine Darr is the in the palm of both. It is she who must raise up and control her own destiny. Enjoyable read.