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Austin, TX United States | Member Since 2002

  • 8 reviews
  • 152 ratings
  • 693 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • The Plot to Save Socrates

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Paul Levinson
    • Narrated By Mark Shanahan

    In the year 2042, Sierra, a young graduate student in Classics is shown a new dialog of Socrates, recently discovered, in which a time traveler tries to argue that Socrates might escape death by travel to the future. Thomas, the elderly scholar who has shown her the document, disappears, and Sierra immediately begins to track down the provenance of the manuscript, with the help of her classical scholar boyfriend, Max.

    Sherry says: "Not perfect, but enjoyable"
    "Show promise -didn't deliver"

    The idea for this time travel story looked interesting, but the book rambled, poor characterization, as well as many sructural flow problems and logic did not abound. I was quite disappointed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Listen to the Sample First"
    What disappointed you about The Martian?

    Frankly I was disappointed with the whole story. I quit the book half way through. Something I seldom do. It just was too tiresome.

    What could Andy Weir have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Andy Weir wasn't the problem. I would listen to another book narrated by this reader.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The book that Andy had to read was the real problem with this presentation.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Some interest to begin with. The set up was good. I like a good survivor tale, but felt disappointed with the short comings of the basic story. I grew impatient with the log entry content. Not the expletives, but simply the boring aspect of listen to a story that lacks the punch that I was looking for. One that was often mired in a mishmash of technical details. The humor of the log entry is just ok, but unfortunately too often borders on the sophomoric.

    Any additional comments?

    What I have stated above is only my opinion. Obviously most readers enjoyed this book. It has one of the highest ratings I have seen by readers.

    I would humbly suggest that anyone anticipating listen to this audio, first listen to the sample. The majority of the book reads just like it. If you like the sample, dive in and enjoy.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    An explosive new science fiction series by New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden Empire is the first volume in The Saga of the Seven Suns, modeled after the Star Wars and X-Files universes. Anderson has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century, bringing to life vivid characters and worlds that delight his fans across the galaxy.

    A User says: "Great Listen"
    "Don't get hooked"

    The first three books in the series are ok even though they are sometimes a little too talky and tend toward pot boiling plotting. And there seems to be too many super beings (good and bad) that keep cropping up in each novel then kinda of left hanging for future episodes. To some extent I rated the series down because Audible is apparently not going to make the complete series available. So don't get hooked unless you plan to go somewhere else to get the other books in the series.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Reincarnationist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By M. J. Rose
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel

    A bomb in Rome, a flash of bluish-white light, and photojournalist Josh Ryder's world exploded. From that instant nothing would ever be the same.

    As Josh recovers, his mind is increasingly invaded with thoughts that have the emotion, the intensity, the intimacy of memories. But they are not his memories. They are ancient...and violent. A battery of medical and psychological tests can't explain Josh's baffling symptoms. And the memories have an urgency he can't ignore, pulling him to save a woman named Sabina, and the treasures she is protecting.

    TypicalConsumer says: "melodramatic tedium"
    "Don't waste your time unless..."

    Don't waste your time on this poorly written novel unless you happen to be a really big fan of Harlequin romances. As one reviewer has already indicated, it's a romance novel (and a badly written one)pretending to be a historic action novel. The characters are not well developed, the plotting is dismal, and the flow is erractic to say the least. I gave up after 30 minutes.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "Right Wing Junk"

    Crichton can write some fairly good and compeling action novels, example "Prey". And I look forward to another of those. But in this "novel" he appears to have completly sold out to the right wing spin on science- especially anything having to do with global warming. I believe that somewhere in this diatribe, Crichton mentions the need for more oversight of scienfic programs. I would agree that rational and well thoughtout oversight is always needed in science and a substantial amount exist already. But where is the oversight for a very heavy handed and misleading "novel" like State of Fear. If you are a right wing, head in the sand, anti-intellectual, anti-analytical, anti-environment, individual you will probably love this book. It bashes everything rational and reasonable. But if your IQ (emotional and mental) is above 100 you'll wonder how this usualy decent action writer can be so far off in "right" field? Don't waste your time.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Grays

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Whitley Strieber
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Millions of people are confronting aliens that authorities say do not exist. Now Whitley Strieber, author of the #1 best seller Communion, which detailed his own close encounters, returns with The Grays, a mind-bending journey behind the curtain of secrecy that surrounds the subject of aliens. This audiobook will make you think deeply, not only about the mystery of who the Grays are, but who exactly we are.

    L. says: "EXCELLENT listen"
    "Riveting, Don't Miss!!"

    This is the first time I have ever given any Audible book a five star rating. Strieber has written an extraordinarily well crafted story with a 5 star chill factor. Whether you believe in UFO’s or not, you will find this stunning story keeps your interest to the point that driving a car while listening to some scenes can be a dangerous to life and limb. Strieber is going to produce a motion picture based on this book. If he can get his writing on the screen as it comes across in the novel, it will be a mammoth hit. If you like action, suspense, terror (in places), excellent characterizations, and well choregraphed chaos, don't miss this one.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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....

    Sara says: "The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary"
    "Some Good Elements, but..."

    I liked the narrator. Her voice was so pleasing and mellifluous that at times, the actually words did not seem to matter. The novel did give one a sense of being in the Scottish Highlands several centuries ago. The author’s description of daily life among the peasants and the royalty seemed authentic. And I generally liked the main characters. But these elements were not enough for me to continue trudging through this rather torpid novel. In my humble opinion this story is much too drawn out and there was virtually a constant, soap opera like recycling of the emotional difficulties between the heroine and the hero that frankly finally wore me down. I did not make it pass the third part of this novel and I tried hard to do so. I like time travel stories and I like romance, but neither interest was really ever satisfied by this much too long story.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "A book full of the real facts"

    An excellent, humorous book that tells many of the truths that are not well revealed in our new society of "agree or be unpatriotic".
    Many of the things Franken says about Bush's unprepareness for 9-11 have been backed up recently by fomer White House aid Clark.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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