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Abbie

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  • Bloodline: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (532)

    Galilee, 1025. A cunning Templar knight uncovers a holy treasure: the Bachal Isu - the staff of Jesus Christ - a priceless icon that holds a mysterious and terrifying power that will forever change humanity if unleashed. A millennium later, Somali pirates hijack a yacht off the coast off the Horn of Africa, kidnapping a young pregnant American woman and brutally killing her husband. Painter Crowe and his SIGMA team are enlisted for the top secret rescue mission. The kidnappee is the daughter of the U.S. President.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another Sigma Win!"
    "Up to Sigma Force snuff"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Lots of adventure, twists and turns, all the things one might look for in a take-your-mind-off-reality secret mission novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4776)
    Performance
    (3162)
    Story
    (3192)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "Cool concept, a bit tediously delivered"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I normally enjoy thrillers with unlikely or impossible science, and I'm not super picky about them. This one, I enjoyed the premise, but poor characterization left me wishing it would just end. The authors relied a bit too heavily on prototypes, I think, especially for the less likeable characters, of which there are many. The reading made almost all of the characters annoying-to-obnoxious with overblown accents and women's voices that sounded weak and whiny, even the heroine's. Consequently, what should have been a suspenseful final third of the novel just seemed interminable because I didn't really care about or care to spend any more time with any of the characters. The production added some cool things like echo and a couple of other subtle sound effects, but it wasn't enough to overshadow my desire to tell almost every single character, even the one's we're supposed to like, to shut up at one point or another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (4699)
    Performance
    (2346)
    Story
    (2362)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Amanda says: "An Unexpected Gift."
    "Lovely"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The reading and the writing of this audiobook are perfectly suited for each other and absolutely delightful, clever and innocent at once. It's like having a conversation with a fresh, clear-eyed, uniquely shaped mind so engaging you don't notice you're not saying anything.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Genial Gene: Deconstructing Darwinian Selfishness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joan Roughgarden
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In The Genial Gene, Joan Roughgarden forcefully rejects ideas that have come to dominate the study of animal evolution. Building on her brilliant and innovative book Evolution's Rainbow, in which she challenged accepted wisdom about gender identity and sexual orientation, Roughgarden upends the notion of the selfish gene and the theory of sexual selection and develops a compelling and controversial alternative theory called social selection.

    Chris says: "Great for biologists, ecologists, and evolutionary"
    "Not for audio"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There is nothing wrong with the book or the reading, really. This just isn't really one of those books that translates well to audio. At least not for the lay-reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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