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  • Red Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1044)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (486)

    Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel, Red Mars is the first book in Kim Stanley Robinson's best-selling trilogy. Red Mars is praised by scientists for its detailed visions of future technology. It is also hailed by authors and critics for its vivid characters and dramatic conflicts.

    For centuries, the red planet has enticed the people of Earth. Now an international group of scientists has colonized Mars. Leaving Earth forever, these 100 people have traveled nine months to reach their new home. This is the remarkable story of the world they create - and the hidden power struggles of those who want to control it.

    Paul says: "If you like books with DETAIL not much Action"
    "Couldn't Even Get Started Well"
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    I couldn't make it through the first 15 minutes. The reader was fine.
    But ... Oh, golly.

    Plot ... Totally and completely different from the summary. "The Summary Says," it's about the first 100 on Mars, building a colony.

    Nope. Maybe, eventually there may be a flashback, but... as the story opens the population is 1,000 with - oh horrors!! - MINORITIES!!! How dare anyone bring those vile foreign folk anyway? (Never mind that I find the representation of that group as offensive.)

    But, let's talk about the 100. Those 100 were - at least it doesn't seem unreasonable to suppose and I believe may have been stated - 'the best and brightest' that COULD be selected. Which didn't hear to me very much like the case...

    Of the first 100; presented as 'leaders', one I hear as pretty much a nut case. One more time! This is one of the first 100 ... Maybe they selected folk (never mind what the text says) for instability?

    The book allegedly received raves for scientific accuracy. Like building on the surface with a see-through dome where meteors are pretty common?

    Oh bother.

    Text didn't grab me. Plot seemed to me stupid, childish and not very believable.
    Dialogue to me dragged.

    I couldn't stay with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10583)
    Performance
    (9604)
    Story
    (9624)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "The Best Story Ever With a Horribly Bad Plot"
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    Mr. Clines writes beautifully, wonderfully, compellingly. I love! his characters. You see these people. Those that are to be liked I loved, and that's almost all of them. How good are they? Wail, even the ones one is supposed not to like are believable; you've met them and know them and I was rooting - hard - against them. The 'good guys'? Wonderful; people you'd like to have for your friends. That's some terrific writing.
    But.
    Oh, dear. The plot. Ignore it. Has more holes than a paper target after 20 rounds from a 12 gauge at 6". Or more.
    The audible reader is excellent.
    But, oh that plot.... To list the plot idiocies is to give the book away and the man writes much beter than that. Ignore the plot, love the people.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth I: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret George
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (160)

    New York Times best-selling author Margaret George captures history's most enthralling queen-as she confronts rivals to her throne and to her heart. One of today's premier historical novelists, George dazzles here as she tackles her most difficult subject yet: the legendary Elizabeth Tudor, queen of enigma - the Virgin Queen who had many suitors; the victor of the Armada who hated war; the gorgeously attired, jewel-bedecked woman who pinched pennies.

    Roberta says: "A different view of Elizabeth"
    "Repetition, Anybody?"
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    Kate Reading is one World Class Wonderful Reader. (Yes, I do think she's that good. Thank you for asking.)
    Try her reading "Revenge of the Blood Lilly."
    Here she's held prisoner by an overwhelmingly repetitious, repetitive story that also keeps saying the same things nearly endlessly.
    Oh. yes. by the way. It repeats a lot.
    I started it on audio, gave up. On an extended trip I took it along as a sleeping pill and it was too dull - being annoyed with a book does not put this reader to sleep.
    "It's not your fault, Kate!" Even the best reader may be a victim to a l - o - n - g and boring novel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3390)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1800)

    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.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "GDB - Great Darn Book"
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    OK, someone! will complain about the sex parts; "Is it really necessary to have one of the central characters BE that sexual?" (Or if you like, "Suffer such explicit sexual humiliation?")
    yes.
    This is a future with Genetic Engineering Run Wild. This is a future in a time and place you can see, smell, hear and darn near touch. This is a location that is precisely today and absolutely in a distorted and warped future.
    Reader read it well. Writer nailed the locus - and the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14848)
    Performance
    (9223)
    Story
    (9098)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Great Sci Fi .... Almost"
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    Let's do the good first:
    The reader is terrific. She nails - pitch and accent perfect - every character. It's a delight to hear her.
    Time Travel as a concept is 'well-used' but absolutely viable and is executed near perfectly.
    The author's done superb research and has marvelously accurate historic details. Her use of language is excellent.
    I wanted to like this book. A friend recommended it - and the novels that follow it - with total approbation.
    The Bad
    The plot rips make a sieve look solid.
    The Heroine's actions are consistently stupid and thoughtless.
    To buy into this book you must purchase:
    A 20th century woman can speak - immediately clearly enough to be understood by 14th century fighting men.
    A 20th century trained nurse can display her skill in the 1400's and have no one notice.
    A woman of 14xx can be literate and have no one think anything of it.
    "She's a lady," and no one thinks to see that her clothes are far superior to anything available anywhere at the time.
    Oh, golly.
    Worst of all .... IS IT
    A Romance - Heroine has (at least) two husbands. (There's a 'w' word for her or at least some of her actions.... Witless - what were you thinking...?)
    An Adventure - British Vs. Scots! England Vs. France. France Vs. Everybody. And So?
    A Bodice Ripper - Heroine spends a LOT of time having sex or being in positions where she might get sexed.
    A History - some of it is spot on accurate; but Nothing Really Happens in the time and place for World History.
    Time and again, the Heroine does stunningly 20th century things - and no one notices. Ouch.
    How stupid is she? In the Villain's clutches, she has time to search his office. (Don't ask, I didn't find it very believable either.) And uses some of that time to pour sand on one of the Villain's wigs. Oh, bother.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jeanne Kalogridis
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Catherine de Medici is one of the most maligned monarchs in history: blamed for the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in which hundreds of innocents died. What motivated this Renaissance woman who was born of Florence's most powerful family, and one day came to rule France?

    allison says: "Very interesting twist on this infamous queen"
    "Great Reader but..."
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    What disappointed you about The Devil's Queen?

    Repetitive, repetitive, repetitive; then it begins to repeat itself. There was such a queen. She may have been a believer in Astrology.
    For this reader's taste, far too many visions/dreams, too many times the same thing happens -


    Has The Devil's Queen turned you off from other books in this genre?

    There's some great historic fiction out there. This isn't one of them.


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

    Ms. Reading is a superior reader and made a truly awful book almost bearable.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Devil's Queen?

    Far too often the Queen (dare I call her Catherine?) has visions. Yuck. She's written as a wily and brilliant negotiator - doing incredibly short-sighted things.

    One foreshadowing of her husband's death was plenty. Ditto the rest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Thursday

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Jerry Farden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    In Monterey, on the California coast, Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday, which is one of those days that is just naturally bad. Returning to the scene of Cannery Row, the weedy lots and junk heaps and flophouses of Monterey, John Steinbeck once more brings to life the denizens of a netherworld of laughter and tears—from Fauna, new headmistress of the local brothel, to Hazel, a bum whose mother must have wanted a daughter.

    Jeff says: "The total is Greater than the Sum of its Parts"
    "What's Not To Love?"
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    Where does Sweet Thursday rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not applicable; my first book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Characters! Doc is the 'protagonist' but the story isn't 'about' him, it's about the place, the time, the joys of living and learning to love.


    What about Jerry Farden’s performance did you like?

    I liked him; didn't love him; it's very tough not to let one's interpretation of a story get too far into the reading. He does an over-all very good job.I would listen to him again.


    Any additional comments?

    Steinbeck in joy; lovely to read and to hear.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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