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Frederick

spring valley, CA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Vor Game: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1568)
    Performance
    (670)
    Story
    (684)

    Miles Vorkosigan graduates from the Barrayaran Military Academy with high expectations of ship command, but is disappointed with an assignment as meteorologist to Lazkowski Base, an arctic training camp. His tenure in the windy, snow-covered north is cut short when Miles narrowly averts a massacre between the trigger-happy base commander and mutinous recruits. After a brief stay under 'house arrest', Miles is re-assigned to investigate a suspicious military build-up near a wormhole nexus.

    David says: "Finally!"
    "Listen to 'Warrors Apprentice' First"
    Overall

    Bujold is a multifacited writer and gets 'it' right. As another reviewer pointed out, 'The Vor Game' is fourth or fifth in the series and is preceeded by 'The Warrior's Apprentice' which is now available from audble. Listen to that first and then come back to this one. In 'The Vor Game', Miles is in his early twenties and is more mature and less frenetic. He's coming to understand that actions have consequences and some of his snap decisions in the earlier book come back to haunt him - just like in real life for the rest of us. I agree that there is some confuson when Miles shifts between personas. The personas are developed in the earlier book and mature in this one. In this book Bujold matures her concept of personal and individual honor which extends into the rest of her work.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23157)
    Performance
    (9792)
    Story
    (9863)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Bettrt than I expected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I almost didn't read it because of the "Buzz." Glad I didn't pay attention. Saw the American version of the movie. Wondered how the author would weave together the strands of the story. Excellently, it turns out. Found myself sitting in my car in the garage listening late into the night. Could not stop until the end. A really good listen!. On to the second book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8804)
    Performance
    (8082)
    Story
    (8121)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Better than expected - don't be pf by reviews"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I almost didn't want to listen after reviewing the previous scathing reviews about the reader. George R. R. Martin just keeps getting more detailed and complex, turning the lives of some of the survivors of the Red Wedding and fall of the Westeros into people I really care for. I finished FEAST and am now about 20% into DANCE WITH DRAGONS. Remember you are having a book read to you not a full dramatice presentation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Centurion

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (178)

    In the second decade of the 21st century, the world is struck by two catastrophes: a new mini-ice age and a plague to dwarf all previous experiences. Rising out of the disaster is the character known to history as "Bandit Six", an American Army officer caught up in the struggle to rebuild the world and prevent the fall of his homeland - despite the best efforts of politicians, both elected and military.

    Lindsay says: "Enjoy the story and forget the politics"
    "Vintage Flint"
    Overall

    If you voted for Obama, do not listen to this book. If you eat tofu and all organic foods, do not listen to this book. If you are still angry at George Bush's slow response in the wake of Hurricane Katrina's sweep of the 9th Ward, do not listen to this book. If you think Islam is the religion of peace, please do not listen to read this book. If you believe in global warming, do not listen to this book. If you think that the print and video media is fair and unbiased, do not listen to this book. Why? This book challenges all those beliefs.
    But if you voted for someone else besides Obama or even if you did, eat meat, do not care if your food is "organic" or just inexpensive, wonder why the residents of the 9th Ward did not help themselves, wonder why the Near East is filled with Muslim-on-Muslim violence and hate, wonder why global warming has become the new religion of the liberals, and know in your heart that the print and video media are biased and absolutely intolerant of anyone holding a different opinion, then you are going to enjoy this book. Written as the memoirs of a soldier, forty years in the future, the book lays out what could happen if the grasshoppers prevail over the next decade. The book is vintage Erick Flint, written in the first person and details combat and the logistics of combat.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Easy Prey

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    With each new book, John Sandford's Lucas Davenport novels grow deeper, richer, more suspenseful, and their audience grows even larger. The best, however, is yet to come.

    Frederick says: "Not bad for an abridgement"
    "Not bad for an abridgement"
    Overall

    Not good either. I broke my own rule about getting abridgements. I rated it as high as I did because it is a John Sandford and the reader is excellent. This abridgement is choppy and some minor plot lines come and go at odd intervals and make little sense in the overall flow of the novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brothers in Arms: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1052)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (517)

    Led by Admiral Naismith (a.k.a. Lord Miles Vorkosigan), the Dendarii Mercenaries have pulled off the daring interspace rescue of an entire Cetagandan POW camp. But they have made some deadly enemies, and Miles realizes he's in trouble again. First the Mercenaries' payroll doesn't arrive on time; then someone tries to murder him. Now Miles must juggle both his identities to unravel a plot against him, and to reveal an unexpected ally. Just who is trying to assassinate which of his personas, and why?

    Louis says: "This is the order in which to read this series"
    "Vintage Bujold"
    Overall

    I've read every thing this author has written and this is one of the better self-contained novels. The back story does not intrude in the action. There are several referals to the action in the novelette "Borders of Infinity" and Audible would be well served to acquire it and "Mountains of Mourning" for our listening pleasure.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Last Light

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Andy McNab
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    When Secret Intelligence Service deniable operator Nick Stone aborts an officially sanctioned assassination attempt at the Houses of Parliament, having realised who the target is, he is given a chilling ultimatum by his bosses: fly to Panama and finish the job, or Kelly, the 11-year-old orphan in his guardianship, will be killed.

    Pat says: "braegon"
    "Listen to"
    Overall

    This book continues the story arc that begins in "Remote Control" which is now available from this vendor. "Remote Control" explains Stone's motivations and feeling of responsibility to Kelly and without understanding that, Stone comes across as a sociopath. You must know that McNab, the author, is that rare example of a warrior that can write. McNab (a fictious name) is (was) a member of the SAS. The British Special Air Service is what our Army Rangers and Delta Forces aspire to be. He and his squad were inserted into Iraq during the opening stages of Desert Shield to destroy scuds. He was captured and tortured by Sadam Hussein’s real life goon squads. When he writes about Stone being tortured he learned the hard way. These exploits are covered in his first book “Bravo Two-Zero.” Regardless, one of the other reviewers complained about the level of detail. Yes there is a great deal of detail; but detail is an important aspect of the very difficult first-person point of view the book is written in. I enjoyed the book and sincerely hope that Nick gets a chance to finish off Trainers and Sundance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Andy McNab
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Outside of Pakistan, the world's highest concentration of al-Qaeda lurks in South-East Asia, and there Nick Stone's bosses get wind of an act of terror that will dwarf even the nightmare of 9/11. When Stone is despatched to Malaysia by the CIA to assassinate a biochemist, he expects his mission to be a straightforward part of the fight against Bin Laden. But there are complications, not least because he is working alongside an attractive woman whose motives he doesn't fully understand.

    R.A.H. says: "Disappointing"
    "Last of the ARC"
    Overall

    This is the last of the story arc that begins in "Remote Control", which is seemingly no longer available from this vendor. A shame because "Remote Control" explains Stone's motivations and feeling of responsibility to Kelly and without understanding that, Stone comes across as a sociopath. You must know that McNab, the man, is that rare example of a warrior that can write. McNab (a fictious name) is (was) a member of the SAS. The British Special Air Service is what our Army Rangers and Delta Forces aspire to be. He and his squad were inserted into Iraq during the opening stages of Desert Shield to destroy scuds. He was captured and tortured by Sadam Hussein’s real life goon squads. When he writes about Stone being tortured he learned the hard way. These exploits are covered in his first book “Bravo Two-Zero.” Regardless, one of the other reviewers complained about the level of detail. Yes there is a great deal of detail; but detail is an important aspect of the very difficult first-person point of view the book is written in. I enjoyed the book and sincerely hope that Nick gets a chance to finish off Trainers and Sundance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Callahan Chronicals

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (231)

    This omnibus edition contains the trio of books that introduced the world to Mike Callahan, Jake Stonebender, Doc Webster, Mickey Finn, Fast Eddie Costigan, Long-Drink McGonnigle, Ralph Von Wau Wau, and the rest of the regulars of Callahan's Place, in the stories that helped Spider Robinson to win both a John W. Campbell Award and a legion of fans.

    Charles says: "Great listen"
    "I had hoped for better"
    Overall

    I enjoyed reading them as when they first published and always wished to have them collected. Listening to them all at one time is tedious. They were written as short stories and maybe that is how they should remain.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Unacceptable Death

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Barbara Seranella
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    After a history of drug abuse and prostitution, Munch Mancini now works as an automobile mechanic, work she loves and does so well that even her male co-workers acknowledge her skill, if somewhat grudgingly. She has a daughter, a little girl left in her care by a dying friend. And she is about to marry a police officer she loves deeply.

    Ruth says: "more L.A., less Santa Barbara"
    "A strong woman's story not a chic story"
    Overall

    Munch Mancini has moved beyond her days and nights when significant events in her life started in a biker bar and ended in a police station. This is, I beleive, the 9th in the Munch Mancini series and is one of her best. Let's hope that Audible can bring us the earlier books. Munch drags so much baggage around with her that is critical that it must be brought out. As with Anne Perry's Amelia Peabody series, each novel stands alone, but each novel is better for having read the others. There is gritty reality in Ms. Seranella writing. She has been there, done that and I'm pretty sure she has the scars to prove it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2770)
    Performance
    (1121)
    Story
    (1133)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Supurb! This is why I listen to books by download"
    Overall

    Yes, it is long. Yes, it is detailed. Yes, has a lot of different characters doing a lot of different things. Yes, it has a lot of carefully constructed old documents. Yes, it has flashback within flashbacks (I think at one point, I counted three levels - Much like Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"). It is also a touching love story told on different levels and at different time periods. Yes, it is a detective story and the clues are sprinkled around like glitter on my grandaughters. There are stories within stories and you have to pay attention. Typically, a reader must willing suspend disbeleif. By the time you get to that point in this book, Kostova has laid down down a foundation that the plot line is beleivable. This is the best retelling of the Dracula tale since Fred Saberhagen's "The Dracula Tape!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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