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  • Blue at the Mizzen: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 20

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith

    In the twentieth and final installment of Patrick O'Brian's hugely successful Aubrey/Maturin series, Napoleon has been defeated at Waterloo, and the ensuing peace takes on an ugly complexion for Jack Aubrey: drunken, violent celebrations of the English sailors in Gibraltar; the desertion of nearly half his crew; and the sudden dimming of his own career prospects in a peacetime navy.

    Will says: "Blue At The Mizzen"
    "Blue At The Mizzen"

    Frankly, I feel ripped off. I just agreed to subscribe and this was my first download. I've listened to all the previous Patrick O'Brien books via Recorded Books. Not a one was abridged. I had no idea presented abridged books. There I am listening away and wondering where are the O'Brien details - the HEART of his writing. So, I check and sure enough - ABRIDGED! And, it's right there on the site for me to see, IF I'd had a clue to look. So what is it about abridged anyway? The reader likes the book but not enough to read the entire book? So. Be warned. It's ABRIDGED. Forgettaboutit.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Buried Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A house demolition provides an unpleasant surprise for Minneapolis - the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic. It looks like they've been there a long time. Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long.In 1985, Davenport was a young cop with a reputation for recklessness, and the girls' disappearance was a big deal. His bosses ultimately declared the case closed, but he never agreed with that. Now that he has a chance to investigate it all over again, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: It wasn't just the bodies that were buried. It was the truth.

    Stevon says: "good story"
    "John Sanford can write entertainments!"

    I am reading the most recent Prey book (and have read all the Virgil Flowers books). John Sanford just writes books that captivate and entertain the reader. Spending time in Davenport's world (despite the sometimes, gruesome murders) is so addicting that I had to pace myself to extend the experience. Alas, with the purchase of the 23rd Prey book, I must now wait a year for Sandford/Ferrone to invite us back to Davenport's Minnesota.

    Richard Ferrone is as great. He IS Lucas Davenport, while handling all the other character with aplomb. Despite this, he is not type cast as I have listened to him read books by other authors, and he enables the reader to settle into those worlds with ease.

    By the way, the Virgil Flowers series, read by the estimable Eric Conger, is equally as good. Can't believe there are already seven books in that series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Amateur effort."

    The world was a juvenile effort. It needed to be more believably complex. The author spent much too much time describing the scenery. It read like a first time effort. Tim Reynolds did a good job (although I only made it half way through the first volume) with poor material.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

    L. says: "WOW, Morgan Does it again!"

    Intriguing plot, interesting charactization, suspenseful. A lot of fun to "read". Reader is excellent as well.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    John S. Atherton says: "I give the book a five but I won't buy it..."
    "Very Disappointing"

    I read a glowing review in a local newspaper and bought this book with high expectations. My only reservation was it was about a hunt for Dracula. Well, it's poorly written, poorly plotted and melodramatic in the worst sense of the word. Further, the reading was dramatized, i.e. different actors for each character plus lots of superfluous musical punctuation. (I simply do not like dramatization - these are books not plays.) I finished the book but wish I hadn't purchased it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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