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  • The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man

  • Book 1 of the Repo Man Series
  • Written by: W. Bruce Cameron
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Ruddy McCann, former college football star, has experienced a seismic drop in popularity; he is now Kalkaska, Michigan’s full-time repo man and part-time bar bouncer. His best friend is his low-energy Basset hound Jake, with whom he shares a simple life of stealing cars. Simple, that is, until Ruddy starts hearing a voice in his head. The voice introduces himself as Alan Lottner, a dead realtor. Ruddy isn’t sure if Alan is real, or if he’s losing his mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesomely entertaining

  • By girorv on 2019-04-16

awesomely entertaining

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-16

From start to finish I loved this book ! Don't remember where I got the suggestion, but it was a good one. I was worried that it might be violent and vulgar but it is not. Not even cussin'. It's a murder / mystery done a little different. Looking forward to book 2.

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • Written by: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

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
  • Fantastic debut!

  • By Karen on 2017-12-11

Always bring lots of guns to the Apocalypse

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-06

I have to agree with other reviewers here, that there is way too much story on guns here. That being said though even a not-gun nut like me listened to this story with interest. I liked that people and I could relate to Amanda. R.C. Bray did a great job even with the lady voices and paced the story well. great listen

  • A Wizard of Earthsea

  • The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1
  • Written by: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

When Sparrowhawk casts a spell that saves his village from destruction at the hands of the invading Kargs, Ogion, the Mage of Re Albi, encourages the boy to apprentice himself in the art of wizardry. So, at the age of 13, the boy receives his true name - Ged - and gives himself over to the gentle tutelage of the Master Ogion. But impatient with the slowness of his studies and infatuated with glory, Ged embarks for the Island of Roke, where the highest arts of wizardry are taught.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wish there had been more

  • By girorv on 2019-04-06

Wish there had been more

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-06

I was so relieved when I got to the end. There was so nothing here. World development was good, but oh I never really knew any of the people. The narrator even seemed bored with it. Glad it was short.

  • Dead Until Dark

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1
  • Written by: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just leaves You Wanting More

  • By MaarQe on 2018-09-19

Looking forward to next one!

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-06

I really enjoyed Sukie Stakehouse. She's serious and human, with all our human foibles. The story moves along . The characters are nicely developed and we like them. We don't find out , why our hero vamp was buddies with the other 3 miserable vamps that jarred, but hey we"re talking vamps and supernaturals. Loved the romp

  • Kudos

  • Written by: Rachel Cusk
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

A woman writer visits a Europe in flux, where questions of personal and political identity are rising to the surface and the trauma of change is opening up new possibilities of loss and renewal. Within the rituals of literary culture, Faye finds the human story in disarray amid differing attitudes toward the public performance of the creative persona. She begins to identify among the people she meets a tension between truth and representation, a fissure that accrues great dramatic force as Kudos reaches a profound and beautiful climax.   

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Got through it !

  • By girorv on 2019-03-15

Got through it !

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-15

Maybe it is because I only listened to this book 3 in the series, but I missed the whole point of it. Different people with a variety of experiences . Kate Reading held the whole thing together. Can't say I got anything out of it.

  • 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 85
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable!

  • By Tricia Sauve on 2018-01-27

Behind the fairy tales

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-15

Those fairy tales all had a back story and here it is. Fun and a little corny. A good time was had by all

  • The Windup Girl

  • Written by: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, great narration, highly recommend

  • By Stephen Leamon on 2018-09-18

What a world !

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-15

The world building in this story is really the best part. Mr. Bacigalupi took me there. What a world. Felt somewhat like the apocalypse and the dinosaurs . What with the heat and the mastodons. The people , however , not so well developed. Emico, sure after being a slave , she would want to find freedom . The rest of the cast are just fall prey to the usual motive of greed, and ambition, the captain of the white shirts is such a shining star. It moves alongs so it kept my interest, wondering really where is he going with this. The narration was very good. A lot of american accents for Thai people though, but it set in the future.

  • Pandemic

  • The Extinction Files, Book 1
  • Written by: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 241

In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks around the world. It's a lonely and dangerous job, but it's her life - and she's good at it. This time she may have met her match. In Kenya, an Ebola-like pathogen has infected two Americans. One lies at death's door. With the clock ticking, Peyton assembles her team and joins personnel from the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the WHO.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too long, poorly written, annoying narration

  • By Johannah on 2019-01-26

needs a good editor

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-02

I like long books. They hold the promise of many hours spent in someone else's skin. However, when the long descriptions and many characters don"t advance the story or really contribute to the plot in a meaningful way it is just extra fluff. I lose interest. So it is with this story. I am ready to suspend my belief in reality to some extent for the purpose of entertainment, but there is a limit. A.G. Riddle exceeded that limit. Edouardo Bellerini did a good job reading it. That is what got me through.

  • Killing Trail

  • A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery, Book 1
  • Written by: Margaret Mizushima
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

When a young girl is found dead in the mountains outside Timber Creek, lifelong resident Officer Mattie Cobb and her partner, K-9 police dog Robo, are assigned to the case that has rocked the small Colorado town. With the help of Cole Walker, a local veterinarian and single father, Mattie and Robo must track down the truth before it claims another victim. But the more Mattie investigates, the more she realizes how many secrets her town holds. And the key may be Cole's daughter, who knows more than she's saying.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • narration is pitiful

  • By girorv on 2019-01-31

narration is pitiful

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-31

i love dogs. i train and live with them. Lt. Cobb is a gutsy cop .Nancy Wu took that away from this story.She barely made it out of bed for Lt Cobb. Dina Perlman did a great job for Sam Moon. I would like to see the same for this.

  • The Great Alone

  • Written by: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453

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
  • Loved it!

  • By Shannon on 2018-02-08

Had me sitting in the driveway listening

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-07

What a great story. This is the second of Kristin Hannah's book my husband and I listened to. I found it was frustrating to watch the mom stay in her situation...it is what happens, so we hear. This book is all about desperation in a desperate place. But the author left room for hope and spring. Julia Whelan did an amazing job bringing this story to life. Yes !