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  • The Sound of Rebellion: The Human Division, Episode 8

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (437)

    The Colonial Defense Forces usually protect humanity from alien attack, but now the stability of the Colonial Union has been threatened, and Lieutenant Heather Lee and her squad are called to squash a rebellion on a colony world. It seems simple enough - but there's a second act to the rebellion that finds Lee captive, alone, and armed with only her brains to survive.

    leonie says: "Look with your ears."
    "Pretty good episode for this series but..."
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    This is Episode 8 of The Human Division series. Only two episodes so far have, in my opinion, been freestanding episodes with good, solid story lines and a creative conclusion. Many of the episodes are just filler stuff, making me wonder why in the &%$#@!! Scalzi divided what might have been one longer book into all these silly pieces, some of which have no plot and no real ending. Strange. That being said, this episode had a good plot with creative thinking by the main character, some action and, of course, a scifi component. It came to a complete conclusion, but that conclusion was kind of -- well, blah.

    The narrator did a good job, despite the fact that there were no real challenges to the performance. The computer-enhanced voice for the alien was really cool!

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  • The Didymus Contingency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (261)

    If you could go back in time...and witness any event...where would you go? When Dr. Tom Greenbaum faces that question after successfully discovering the secret to time travel, he knows the time, place, and event he will witness: the death and failed resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dr. David Goodman, Tom's colleague and closest friend follows Tom into the past, attempting to avert a time-space catastrophe, but forces beyond their control toss them into a dangerous end game.

    Wesley says: "Not what I expected at all."
    "Wanna go back in time to hang out with Jesus?"
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    STORY (time travel) - Okay. So there's two guys who are best friends. They're quantum physicists and have created a time-travel machine. One believes in God (David) and one doesn't (Tom). In a nutshell, they go back in time so that David can prove to Tom that God exists. The proof will be simply that Jesus either does or does not rise again after being crucified on the cross. The story goes back and forth between present day and BC, with probably more time spent BC.

    Some reviewers have criticized the book as being overly religious, but I disagree. (I'm not particularly religious and I don't care for Christian books, so that is where I'm coming from when I say this.) That being said, religion is definitely a component to the story that you will have to be able to accept. David and Tom will meet Biblical characters and witness Biblical events, but I found it interesting to hear how they managed to exist in that time period and I enjoyed their bickering and present-day viewpoints. And there's a lot more going on, too. There is the sci-fi element of the time travel. There is also quite a bit of action, as David and Tom are pursued by the equivalent of "time travel police," whose job is to keep the past from being altered. There is also some mild romance. I thought the book was well-done and definitely a unique concept. My only complaint was it seemed a little slow at times, but it was still quite enjoyable.

    PERFORMANCE - The narrator did a great job. He did Hebrew and African accents well, but I absolutely LOVED the way he performed the various characters when they were possessed by the demon called "the Legion." This demon is actually 50 demons all occupying the same body, often all trying to speak at once. The narrator did an awesome job of spitting out multiple voices in very rapid succession, sometimes with several voices in the same sentence. Wow.

    OVERALL (actual rating 3.5) - This book stands alone. There is no sex, cursing or graphic violence. I'd recommend this to any adult who thinks they might enjoy the subject matter.

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  • Lady of Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel: Magnificent Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Shelley Adina
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (441)

    At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire's talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It's not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices...

    Kitty Lagorio says: "Was it really just one book divided into four?"
    "Oops! Didn't notice this was a teens book"
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    STORY (teen historical fiction) - This is Book 1 in the Magnificent Devices series. It is probably a great book for teens but, let's face it, I'm not a teen and I bought it by mistake. It's well-written and beautifully performed, but the story is simple and fairly juvenile. It is based somewhere in England in the early days of steam engines. The main character, Claire, is a young lady of fine breeding who graduates from the English equivalent of high school. Then through a series of events, she finds herself on the streets, penniless, and taking care of a bunch of orphan children and surviving in the underworld. The characters are endearing, but the story just never had enough going on to interest my adult brain. The ending of the book is more like the beginning of a new alliance, so you will need to continue the series if you want to come to the conclusion. I'm stopping here.

    PERFORMANCE - The narrator is female and has a lovely voice. I enjoyed listening to her read the story.

    OVERALL - No sex or cursing and just a tiny bit of violence, so it's fine for teenagers. Just remember the story doesn't stand alone. I'd recommend for girls more than for guys because the main character is female. Adults need to skip this book.



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  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (340)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    Ronna says: "best book to come along this year!!"
    "More like an AMAZING Grace"
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    STORY (historical fiction) - This story reminds me of the movie "Stand By Me." It is set in a small town in Minnesota in the early sixties and is told by Frank who, now grown, is looking back on one particular summer of his youth which was plagued with numerous tragedies. The book is very character-driven, and by the end you will know each character intimately. In small town USA everyone knows everyone's business and , when tragedies strikes, it affects the whole town. Ordinary Grace is about how this town deals with sadness and the mysteries surrounding that sadness. It is a coming-of-age story with elements of personal growth, faith, family, death, forgiveness......life.

    I might have rated the book a 5, but it was a little slow getting started, in my opinion. There are two very touching parts of the story, and it's hard to describe them without giving away part of the mystery. Hints: Nathan gives a very touching sermon after someone's death. The best part of the book is the "Ordinary Grace," which is more like an Amazing Grace.

    PERFORMANCE - The narrator is male. He had a pleasant voice and did a good job distinguishing between the different characters.

    OVERALL - Only mild references to sex and pregnancy, and I don't recall any foul language. The book stands on its own. The story is interesting and emotional, but it's not so intricate that you have to pay close attention for fear of missing something. Recommended for all mature listeners, male or female.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love Irresistibly: FBI-US Attorney Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Julie James
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (218)

    A former football star and one of Chicago's top prosecutors, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cade Morgan will do anything to nail a corrupt state senator, which means he needs Brooke Parker's help. As general counsel for a restaurant company, she can get a bug to the senator's table at one of her five-star restaurants so the FBI can eavesdrop on him. All Cade has to do is convince Brooke to cooperate-and he's not afraid to use a little charm, or the power of his office, to do just that.

    M. Davis says: "OK Book -"
    "My Favorite Romance Series Continues to Deliver"
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    STORY (contemporary romance) - Love Irresistibly continues with all the things I like about this series. The main characters are intelligent and successful, there is an interesting plot going on besides just the romance and there is lots of sassy dialogue! In this book, Cade is a successful US Attorney and Brooke is the corporate attorney for an elite restaurant chain. They are thrown together as part of a criminal investigation Cade is working on, and the clever banter and sarcasm begins...until they start realizing they might actually like each other. There is also a pretty good sub-plot involving Cade's new-found brother, Zack, which Cade didn't realize existed.

    There is sex in this book and it's fairly explicit, but it is only a few scenes and they're relatively short. Personally, that's how I like my romance novels -- hot but not a lot!

    PERFORMANCE - As always, I enjory Karen White's narrations. Not only does she do a good job, but her natural voice lends itself equally to portraying male and female characters well. No wimpy, nasally Romeo here!

    OVERALL - This romance stands alone, though there are "updates" on characters from previous books (like Cameron from Book 1 is now pregnant, etc). If you think you might be interested in all the characters in the series, you need to start with Book 1. There is explicit sex as mentioned above, and there are a few F-words in sexual situations. Nice, easy listen with no violence. Highly recommended for any female who enjoys contemporary romance stories!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Ender’s Game Alive: Chapter 4

    • ORIGINAL (22 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (110)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that re-imagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    AudioAddict says: "Nice teaser..."
    "Nice teaser..."
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    STORY (futuristic sci-fi) - Ender's Game is the story of a young genius boy's training in Battle School. He is Earth's greatest hope of surviving an invasion by the Buggers. There are four free chapters of Ender's Game Alive, which together total about 1 1/2 hours. They will take you basically through Ender's initial encounters in Battle School so you will get an idea about the story and performance but, obviously, the story is just beginning and the cool stuff is yet to come!

    PERFORMANCE - I listened to the regular version of Ender's Game in its entirety before I listened to these four chapters. Both versions are good, but I like this Alive version slightly better than what I listened to. It has sound effects and more voices, etc. Unfortunately, both versions have adults reading the roles of children, but they're still good performances.

    OVERALL - I'd recommend listening to these four teasers and then the sample of the regular Ender's Game before you decide which version you want to hear, but you should definitely listen to the story. I think any audience - male, female, young, old - will enjoy it immensely. There's no sex or cursing, but there is some violence between the students in Battle School.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Ender's Game Alive, Chapter 3

    • ORIGINAL (18 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (110)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that re-imagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    AudioAddict says: "Nice teaser..."
    "Nice teaser..."
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    STORY (futuristic sci-fi) - Ender's Game is the story of a young genius boy's training in Battle School. He is Earth's greatest hope of surviving an invasion by the Buggers. There are four free chapters of Ender's Game Alive, which together total about 1 1/2 hours. They will take you basically through Ender's initial encounters in Battle School so you will get an idea about the story and performance but, obviously, the story is just beginning and the cool stuff is yet to come!

    PERFORMANCE - I listened to the regular version of Ender's Game in its entirety before I listened to these four chapters. Both versions are good, but I like this Alive version slightly better than what I listened to. It has sound effects and more voices, etc. Unfortunately, both versions have adults reading the roles of children, but they're still good performances.

    OVERALL - I'd recommend listening to these four teasers and then the sample of the regular Ender's Game before you decide which version you want to hear, but you should definitely listen to the story. I think any audience - male, female, young, old - will enjoy it immensely. There's no sex or cursing, but there is some violence between the students in Battle School.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Ender's Game Alive: Chapter 2

    • ORIGINAL (19 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that re-imagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    AudioAddict says: "Nice teaser..."
    "Nice teaser..."
    Overall
    Performance
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    STORY (futuristic sci-fi) - Ender's Game is the story of a young genius boy's training in Battle School. He is Earth's greatest hope of surviving an invasion by the Buggers. There are four free chapters of Ender's Game Alive, which together total about 1 1/2 hours. They will take you basically through Ender's initial encounters in Battle School so you will get an idea about the story and performance but, obviously, the story is just beginning and the cool stuff is yet to come!

    PERFORMANCE - I listened to the regular version of Ender's Game in its entirety before I listened to these four chapters. Both versions are good, but I like this Alive version slightly better than what I listened to. It has sound effects and more voices, etc. Unfortunately, both versions have adults reading the roles of children, but they're still good performances.

    OVERALL - I'd recommend listening to these four teasers and then the sample of the regular Ender's Game before you decide which version you want to hear, but you should definitely listen to the story. I think any audience - male, female, young, old - will enjoy it immensely. There's no sex or cursing, but there is some violence between the students in Battle School.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Ender's Game Alive: Chapter 1

    • ORIGINAL (21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (177)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that re-imagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Ian says: "Great preview for a great story"
    "Nice teaser..."
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    STORY (futuristic sci-fi) - Ender's Game is the story of a young genius boy's training in Battle School. He is Earth's greatest hope of surviving an invasion by the Buggers. There are four free chapters of Ender's Game Alive, which together total about 1 1/2 hours. They will take you basically through Ender's initial encounters in Battle School so you will get an idea about the story and performance but, obviously, the story is just beginning and the cool stuff is yet to come!

    PERFORMANCE - I listened to the regular version of Ender's Game in its entirety before I listened to these four chapters. Both versions are good, but I like this Alive version slightly better than what I listened to. It has sound effects and more voices, etc. Unfortunately, both versions have adults reading the roles of children, but they're still good performances.

    OVERALL - I'd recommend listening to these four teasers and then the sample of the regular Ender's Game before you decide which version you want to hear, but you should definitely listen to the story. I think any audience - male, female, young, old - will enjoy it immensely. There's no sex or cursing, but there is some violence between the students in Battle School.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (21526)
    Performance
    (12997)
    Story
    (13127)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Worth all the hype!"
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    STORY (futuristic sci-fi) - Ender's Game is an award-winning book and the basis for a blockbuster movie starring Harrison Ford. Earth needs a hero to protect against potential invaders from another planet (the Buggers). Ender is among a group of genius children who leave their families to attend Battle School, where they will be trained to command Earth's fleet and, hopefully, save the human race from extinction. The training is primarily through battle games the children play in a zero gravity room and with battle simulators. Ender immediately stands out as Earth's greatest hope for salvation, and this book is basically about his arduous journey through Battle School.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a unique story that is never dull. The ending is great and will catch you totally by surprise!

    PERFORMANCE - There are three narrators, two male and one female. It's refreshing to have the distinction between characters, but their voices are way too mature to pass as children. IMHO, the performance is good enough, but not great. I've also listened to the four free chapters of Ender's Game Alive, which I think is perhaps slightly better, but it's a close call.

    OVERALL - I'd recommend this story for everyone - adult, children, guys, girls. There's some fights among the children which are semi-violent, but no sex or cursing. This is a series so the ending is left slightly open, but this book can definitely stand on its own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2413)
    Performance
    (1683)
    Story
    (1700)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "Don't mess with Jack Reacher"
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    STORY (thriller) - This is my first Jack Reacher book, but I will definitely listen to more. Reacher is an ex-military investigator who lives nowhere and travels everywhere. He's your stereotypical tough guy/vigilante who apparently stumbles into trouble everywhere he travels. Tom Cruise played the part of Reacher in the movie, so I enjoyed visualizing him as I was listening to the story.

    This book is set in a small town in Indiana and begins with a sniper completing the final sequence of events which lead to the shooting of five seemingly random individuals. There's a lot to the story but, needless to say, Reacher gets involved in the investigation. The story involves local law enforcement, members of a small Russian mafia-type organization and two characters from Reacher's military career (including an old girlfriend). The mystery was complicated enough to keep me totally engrossed in the story from beginning to end, but not so intricate that it was hard to follow or understand. The ending is exciting and very good.

    PERFORMANCE - Dick Hill does a great job portraying Jack Reacher, and I liked the way he made characters in phone conversations actually sound different than someone who might be standing in the same room. Nice touch! But, as usual, I really dislike Dick Hill's female voices.

    OVERALL - Great book for guys and gals both. Quite a bit of violence but I didn't find it overdone. No bad language and only one extremely minor sex scene. The story stands alone perfectly, though if I'd heard earlier books I'd know more about Reacher's character and why he's the traveling loner that he is. (This book may be unavailable on Audible right now, but I'd defininitely watch for it to return!)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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