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Barnabas' Daughter

The name is for my wife, the photo is for the old man.

Atlanta, GA, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Paradise War: Song of Albion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Stuart Langston
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (123)

    In an ancient cairn in the wilds of Scotland, Oxford student Simon Rawnson vanishes, seemingly into thin air. Where has he gone? Unsettling signs, a mysterious Green Man, and a Celtic circle chalked on the sidewalk point his roommate, Lewis Gillies, to an impossible answer...and an incredible destiny on the other side of a doorway between worlds.

    Alcairha says: "Can;t recommend this highly enough"
    "Good series, great first book"
    Overall

    I didn't like this trilogy quite as much as Lawhead's Merlin trilogy.
    Generally, it seems that most of these series get progressively "darker" and less "imaginative" in feeling as the series progress. This series was no exception to me, so I enjoyed The Paradise War the most of the three. The interaction between the two worlds was very well done. The character development was extremely good, throughout, and indicated in another view. The changes in the protagonist as he is exposed to his environment and situations were solid and gratifying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Faithful Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2195)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (830)

    John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

    Margaret says: "Faithful Spy"
    "This is the best spy/thriller I've read in a while"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Here's a hero who is just as extreme as Jack Ryan, but we don't have to fawn over his riches or political clout. He may not have the beautiful family, riches, prestigious job, or the "right" political connections, but he's able to get the job done, where the job concerns going deep undercover, operating with very little help, and getting deep into the affairs of terrorists, in spite of the lack of trust of his bosses, and his enemies. He seems to face more realistic problems, but overcomes with determination, luck, and believable intelligence.

    I like Child's Jack Reacher, or DeMille's John Correy as characters. But the I was able to suspend disbelief in this character, and for now at least, he seems to surpass them by an order of magnitude. Almost at the level of le Carre's Smiley.

    I'm a frequent repeat listener, and I'm sure I'll listen to this many, many times.

    The narration is perfect in the sense that I was never aware of it at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kim

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Kim's life takes a curious twist when he meets a holy man, a lama, who is about to embark on a mysterious quest: a pilgrimage that will take him across the vast continent, across rivers and up the Himalayas. And he wants Kim to accompany him.

    Linda says: "Characters and the Colors of India"
    "One of my very favorite listens"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Kim the most enjoyable?

    I love this Kipling story. The adventure of a spy store, the respect for Indian culture, and the friendship of a young rascal and an old Llama give it a lot of depth. I can listen to it over and over, and appreciate it each time. It's a great bed time story, yet I'm never bored.


    What other book might you compare Kim to and why?

    You might compare this book to Huckleberry Finn. Both have the same respect for culture, the satire of racial perspective, and the sense of a higher moral framework than that of our immediate parochial perspective.


    Have you listened to any of Sam Dastor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think so, but he's perfect for Kim.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • His Majesty's Dragon: Temeraire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1353)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (743)

    When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo - an unhatched dragon egg - fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle.

    Janet says: "Dragon Riders of Pern meet Master and Commander"
    "Readable! Entertainment, without annoyance."
    Overall

    A good reader, and a well done story. A good alternate history, though not very "deep" in its details, it lacks any annoying inaccuracies. I bought this in the 1st chapter sale, and it was well worth the price. I am buying more books in the series, based on the first book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Spymaster

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    Charles "Jay" Tice was a legend throughout the world of international intelligence. But secretly he was also a traitor, reputedly selling information that will seriously compromise the security of the United States for decades to come. Since his treachery was exposed, Tice has been kept under strict surveillance in a maximum security prison. Then one morning, his cell is discovered empty. Jay Tice has vanished - without tripping an alarm or leaving any trace of his passing.

    A User says: "fast and furious"
    "Can't tell if you are serious?"
    Overall

    I think this was a serious attempt at an action spy novel. The problem is, the critical actions read like a spoof. I'll make up a analogous example: you are being shot at, so you defend yourself by pickup up a sledgehammer and knock down a load bearing wall, and the resulting collapse of the building spares you, but kills your attacker. That's very close to one of numerous incredible moments which ruin the otherwise decent writing in this book. I found myself regretting that the writer didn't give me more of the nonsense, and make it into an over-the-top spoof.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Handling the Undead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Ajvide Lindqvist
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Across Stockholm the power grid has gone crazy. In the morgue and in cemeteries, the recently deceased are waking up. One grandfather is alight with this, with hope that his grandson will be returned, but one husband is aghast at what his adored wife has become. Here is a horror novel that transcends its genre by showing what the return of the dead might really mean to those who loved them.

    Raymond says: "Brilliant! (and very very different)"
    "Wanted more, got it, but not what I hoped for."
    Overall

    I had to try this after I read "Let Me In". This story doesn't glitter the way the other did, but it's satisfying, still. It's unique in its concept, and delivers interesting perspectives. What happens to family relationships if the dead stay around? Naturally, families are different. I think some people with enjoy this a lot more than others. It's thought provoking.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Protector

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Mark Sherman
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (174)

    Phssthpok the Pak had been traveling for most of his thirty-two thousand years. His mission was to save, develop, and protect the group of Pak breeders sent out into space some two-and-a-half million years before.

    Hugh says: "Protector - Classic of Known Space"
    "Great entertainment. This explains everything!"
    Overall

    Did you ever wonder why fully grown humans are such idiots? This shows an alternative for a species. A fully evolved evolution would allow for an "adult" stage after the hormonally driven reproductive phase of the life cycle. A species should have a stage of development that culminates in a "mature" stage, with fully realized cognitive abilities. With the bonus of space travel, alien culture, and space battle tactics. Delightful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Draco Tavern

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (76)

    When a tremendous spacecraft takes orbit around Earth's moon and begins sending smaller landers down toward the North Pole, the newly arrived visitors quickly set up a permanent spaceport in Siberia. Their presence attracts many, including Rick Schumann, who establishes a tavern catering to all the various species of visiting aliens, a place he calls the Draco Tavern. From the mind of best-selling author Larry Niven come 27 tales and vignettes from this interstellar gathering place.

    D. Arkless says: "A Great Listen"
    "It's Larry Niven"
    Overall

    It's Larry Niven. How could you go wrong? It's a very enjoyable anthology of related short stories. The reader was good, providing no distractions from the story. I just read Clifford Simak's Way Station, and they complement each other well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3860)
    Performance
    (1592)
    Story
    (1612)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Entertaining, feels authentic"
    Overall

    It's a little hard to listen to, given the problems of the boy protagonist. But it seems realistic, and I have a son who shared some of the traits. It was well worth it, and written in a fairly unique voice. Very expressive. The reader didn't get in the way, at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unsung Hero: Troubleshooters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (734)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (343)

    After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton - the sweet girl next door who has grown into a remarkable woman.

    Luv2Read says: "Romance novel disguised as a thriller"
    "3/4 Bodice Ripper, disappointing suspense thriller"
    Overall

    Somehow I bought this without checking the reviews. I can't stand it. A 3 generation bodice ripper, with very little suspense thriller. I'm not thrilled.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gone-Away World

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nick Harkaway
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (150)

    There couldn't be a fire along the Jorgmund Pipe. It was the last thing the world needed. The Pipe was what kept the Livable Zone safe from the bandits, monsters, and nightmares the Go-Away War had left in its wake. Enter Gonzo Lubitsch and the Haulage & HazMat Emergency Civil Freebooting Company, a team of troubleshooters who roll into action when things get hot.

    David says: "Awesome style, kickin' story with many tangents"
    "master craftsmen of words, both author and reader"
    Overall

    The story was entertaining on the surface, and many many fragments of it were so extremely good that I wished it was easier to rewind my iPod a couple of minutes, and that there was bookmark capability. The reader gave it just the right voice for the main character, and the other characters were effortless to differentiate. The reader added much and detracted nothing. I enjoyed the length of the book, it was by no means tiresome. I wanted more and more, and it begs for a sequel.

    It has the elements of a dystopian apocalypse, a martial arts thriller, political intrigue, and a deeply current satire on the military industrial complex and corporate pathology, and interesting religious perceptions. It's extremely funny, and very credible in it's depiction of the protagonist's thought life. The science fiction is uniquely imaginative and entertaining, and the enjoyment continues throughout, without any boring backwaters.

    Best I've listened to of the many audio books I've heard over the years. Better than Dune, Stranger in a Strange Land, or Ringworld, from my point of view. I've listened to it several times, and played excepts for family and sent quotes to friends.

    But maybe I've oversold it just a little. Or maybe not.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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