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Kevin

Columbia, MD, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3207)
    Performance
    (1549)
    Story
    (1550)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "This is one of the most awesome books I have read"
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    This is a mindblowing book. The writing is superb. It is really long - over 40 hours - but you will be sad when it is done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bourne Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1043)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (686)

    His memory is blank. He only knows that he was flushed out of the Mediterranean Sea, his body riddled with bullets. There are a few clues. A frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the flesh of his hip. Evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face. Strange things that he says in his delirium -- maybe code words. Initials: "J.B." And a number on the film negative that leads to a Swiss bank account, a fortune of four million dollars, and, at last, a name: Jason Bourne.

    P. Shuart says: "Robert Ludlum's Attention to Detail A++"
    "Every sentence is a pronouncement from above"
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    Has The Bourne Identity turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't see any reason to listen to the rest in this series. I know that the series is popular, but it is fairly predictable, not worth the time investment.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Every single sentence, thought, action sounds as though it is the most profound experience/thought/movement in the history of the human race. I just got really really tired of the reading. Couldn't finish.


    Any additional comments?

    The movie, which was pretty lightweight, was much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1929)
    Performance
    (1203)
    Story
    (1205)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Quirky and Fun"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Connie Willis is one of the most literate scifi writers, and she doesn't disappoint. There actually isn't a lot of "sci" in this, other than the time travel that allows the present to mingle with the past.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The portrayal of the Blitz and life in London.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Revelation: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (269)

    C.J. Sansom's Matthew Shardlake mysteries whisk listeners back in time to the tumultuous court of King Henry VIII. Shardlake has his hands full this time defending a young religious fanatic who has been thrown into Bedlam. On top of that, Shardlake's friend is murdered, and the quest to find the killer leads Shardlake right to the steps of the king's latest romantic conquest, Catherine Parr.

    Fara says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Great Mystery,Awesome Performance"
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    What did you love best about Revelation?

    The characters continue to develop with the wild and crazy religious dark ages as a backdrop. The history is accurate as far as I can see.Other than the story, I have to say that Steven Crossley's performance is magnificent.


    Any additional comments?

    Be sure to start at the beginning of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Among Others

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (597)

    Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

    Eoin says: "Subtle Character Piece"
    "Not SF, not fantasy, not sure what"
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    Where does Among Others rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10%


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Among Others?

    (No spoiler here.) The final scenes which reveal (I think) what the story was really all about.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Excellent. I am not sure about her Welsh accent, but she has me convinced. First rate, and a difficult role.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is more of a coming of age story than anything else. There is no SF in it at all, and even the fantasy is thin - this is not a negative criticism.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Lords of The Bow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (214)

    New York Times best-selling author Conn Iggulden's Genghis Khan novels are infused with action, adventure, and rich historical details further fleshing out the great warlord's world. Having risen from his tribal upbringing, Genghis now leads a horde of fellow countrymen on a mission of conquest throughout Asia. Escaping the Gobi Desert, he faces his greatest challenge, overtaking the empire of the Chin - a land protected by a massive, impenetrable wall.

    C. Johnson says: "Really liked the story, but not the reader"
    "Not nearly as good as Birth of an Empire"
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    The first book had promise, but this one seems to drag and drag. I had to stop, which I almost never do. I was too bored to go on.

    Also, I do not like Ferrone's narration as much as Rudnicki's in the Birth of an Empire

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3498)
    Performance
    (3058)
    Story
    (3092)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Not his best work"
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    I am a fan. This book as with most of Stephenson's works, has many things going on at once, but these are not brought together very well at the end of this book. The end just seems to happen. Perhaps the author got tired. I got the feeling that we had hours of story and then, rather abruptly, "the end".

    Malcolm Hillgartner gives a terrific read. The individual characters are not overdone, excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • River Marked: Mercy Thompson, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2577)
    Performance
    (1807)
    Story
    (1807)

    Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She's never known any others of her kind. Until now.

    Yuriko says: "Love it"
    "This story line is nearly out of gas"
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    I found the story moderately interesting, but it lacked the punch of the earlier ones. In particular, dealing with the current big bad monster by the poor little coyote seemed to be formulaic and lacked the suspense. Far below the first two or three stories. Still enjoyable, but disappointing.

    1 of 1 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
    (244)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (78)

    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"
    "Made my long drives a lot of fun."
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    Too bad this is so short. What a great bit of fantasy cast in a believable everyday narrative. This is definitely in the "light" category, but it will make you laugh and forget about all the idiots in the news or on the road near you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mission of Honor: Honor Harrington, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (585)

    The Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven have been enemies for Honor Harrington's entire life, and she has paid a price for the victories she's achieved in that conflict. And now the unstoppable juggernaut of the mighty Solarian League is on a collision course with Manticore. The millions who have already died may have been only a foretaste of the billions of casualties just over the horizon, and Honor sees it coming.

    Glenda says: "A Must Have Series!!!"
    "More about supergirl Honor vs. the baddies"
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    Well, we already know that she walks on water; so, nothing new there. I really could have done without the whole romance part. I will also say that if I have to listen to another 5 minute description of how a treecat signs he/she thinks you are funny, miserable, or whatever or of a lengthy description of how many pods get rolled with how many multidrive rockets and how many kps^2 their acceleration is compared with the awful bad guys' version, or how much the evil guys esteem Honor/Manticore, I am going to chuck my ipod into the nearest antimatter converter!

    The narrator has about 3 or 4 different voices: plain old midwestern English, country/hillbilly English, pseudo-French English, and some other that I don't remember. Unfortunately there are many more characters and each accent appears for both the Manties (good guys) and Peeps (bad guys) and Mesa/Manpower guys (badder guys), and for the Sollies (really dumb guys); so, it is sometimes hard to figure out who is speaking until you are a few sentences in. I would have preferred a little bit more straight forward reading, but that is me.

    If you have gotten this far in the series (12) you will probably continue, but this one is far below the standards of the first 4 or 5.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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