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S. W. Brown

Durham, NC United States | Member Since 2000

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  • 123 purchased in 2014
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  • Summertide: The Heritage Universe, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Charles Sheffield
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    It was just before Summertide, the time when the twin planets, Opal and Quake, would orbit closest to their sun, subjecting both - Quake in particular - to vast tidal forces. It was to be the most violent Summertide ever, creating something that only happened every 350,000 years. Planetary Administrators Hans Rebka and Max Perry had no choice but to go to Quake - risking their lives to protect the others - and to learn, just maybe, the secret of Summertide and the Builders.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "Intriguing and leaving you wanting for more..."
    "Great new sci-fi"
    Overall

    A well crafted story with good characters and an original premise made "Summertide" a great read. This one made the miles go by so painlessly I hate to have to wait for the next segment. Without Audible I'm sure I would have missed this one and I'm very glad that I didn't.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Innocence: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1154)
    Performance
    (1040)
    Story
    (1055)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Michael says: "Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books"
    "Ruined by a bad ending!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The first half was excellent with flashes of brilliant prose but I could not buy the ending. To say why would be a spoiler and you might not find it as bad as I did.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was very disappointing and did not have the power or pace of the beginning.


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I've heard over 1200 audio books and a good reader like MacLeod Andrews brings a lot to a weak tale.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Rain Gods: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1102)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (383)

    When Hackberry Holland became sheriff of a tiny Texas town near the Mexican border, he'd hoped to leave certain things behind: his checkered reputation, his haunted dreams, and his obsessive memories of the good life with his late wife, Rie. But the discovery of the bodies of nine illegal aliens, machine-gunned to death and buried in a shallow grave behind a church, soon makes it clear that he won't escape so easily.

    Richard says: "Dynamic Duo"
    "Burke at his best"
    Overall

    My first James Lee Burke was a Dave Robicheaux novel recommended by a librarian for a drive from NC to New Orleans. What a great way to travel! This latest work is among his best and Will Patton brings it alive. My work requires me to drive over 50,000 miles a year and I can't imagine doing it without Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Heroes: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Stewart Dubinsky knew his father had served in World War II, and had rescued Stewart's mother from the horrors of the Balingen concentration camp. But when, after his father's death, he discovers a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancee and learns of his father's court-martial and imprisonment, he is plunged into the mystery of his family's secret history and is driven to uncover the truth about this enigmatic, distant man who always refused to talk about his war.

    S. W. Brown says: "Ordinary Heroes"
    "Ordinary Heroes"
    Overall

    I have been a serious Audible listener since the very begining and this was one of the best books I have heard. Turow, known for legal thrillers has crafted a touching and thought provoking historical novel. Edward Hermann's talent as a reader coupled with a great story made the mile fly by!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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