Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 

You no longer follow Garrett

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Garrett

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Garrett

Temple, NH, United States | Member Since 2010

ratings
9
REVIEWS
7
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0
HELPFUL VOTES
11

  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4229)
    Performance
    (3049)
    Story
    (3048)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Okay but very slow to develop"
    Overall

    The lead character is rather feeble and whiney in the first 2/3rds of the book and then magically gets her game on with no real explanation as to why. The plot is very slow to develop but the last third of the book is interesting, and culminates with an interesting if not a tad unbelievable twist in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3835)
    Performance
    (2364)
    Story
    (2391)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "How did I miss this?"
    Overall

    If you love science fiction, love tales of the future and high technology, love originality, and love a well crafted plausible and fantastical plot, read this. I’m unsure how this author eluded me for so long.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In Enemy Hands: Honor Harrington, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (658)
    Story
    (669)

    Honor Harrington has survived ship-to-ship combat, assassins, political vendettas, and duels. But this time, Honor and her crew, ambushed and captured, are aboard an enemy ship, bound for a prison planet aptly named "Hell" - and her scheduled execution. Yet the one lesson Honor has never learned is how to give up. She and her people are going home--even if it means conquering hell to get there!

    Daniel says: "Excelent, audible should finish the series"
    "Close to Pointless"
    Overall

    I am really sorry and hate to say this, but this ranks among the worst books that I have ever read, and I was doubly shocked to find that this author has a faithful following. I love science fiction but this was all just silliness. The author dwells (painfully so) on uninteresting topics and situations that have no real relevance to the greater story. There’s never really any substance to what’s going on and you get the impression that you’re eavesdropping on conversations between seven year olds, except that the characters are mostly adults. The worlds/settings are thin and uninspired and you feel like you’re on the set of some low budget B movie. None of it adds up for me and whatever redeeming qualities might be present in this book, I didn’t find them.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8030)
    Performance
    (4735)
    Story
    (4722)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Wow!"
    Overall

    I was absolutely fascinated by this book and could not put it down. There are characters that you’ll grow to love and even more characters that you’ll love to hate. The story is told from various points of view involving different people situated in the key nations caught up in WW1. The one thing you’ll appreciate is just how well these various story lines and plots ALL play out, you’ll get closure in the end on every last detail. I found it truly amazing how Follet managed to keep such a complex, yet accessible story, together the way he did. My only gripe is the sex scenes, though short, there are a few of them where he goes into to much detail and it really does detract from an otherwise superb story, but don’t let that deter you from taking on this mammoth of a novel. You will not be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All Clear

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1556)
    Performance
    (1013)
    Story
    (1035)

    Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rescued by the second half"
    "Enjoyable series, not the ending I had hoped for"
    Overall

    When I finished Blackout (book one) I had high expectations for this second concluding novel and the many revelations that were owed to us by the author. I admit that I felt let down but not so much that I didn’t enjoy the book and series overall. My single biggest disappointment in book 2 was the concept of the Continuum as portrayed. It was never well explained what it really was (time travel software, a super natural consciousness, the space/time continuum?), and in the end it just felt like a half baked idea that the author used because she couldn’t think of a more creative way to explain all that had gone wrong. That disappointment aside, I was happy to have read both, and I will be reading more of Connie’s books assuming she can bring herself to bring closure to future books in a single novel.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1977)
    Performance
    (1242)
    Story
    (1247)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Unique, entertaining, predictable"
    Overall

    This is a unique and involved book on time travel to WW2 and I’m glad I read it (I’m reading part 2 now), but if you’re a hard-core sci-fi fan then skip this because it’s weak on the sci-fi. I grew to appreciate the book the more I got into it because of what I was learning about the daily lives of those living through the blitz, I even found myself looking up the various settings and historical event s online to learn more. The WW2 era characters were entirely believable, likeable and unique in their personalities, though I struggled to find much to like about our self pitying time traveler characters who seemed utterly unqualified for the task at hand. My only true disappointment, and others have pointed this out as well, is that the story is written with a precise formula that is both predictable and increasingly annoying because its repeated over and over and over (book 2 uses the same formula, be warned). The narration is excellent and I will consider reading other Willis novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bitter Seeds: The Milkweed Triptych, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (544)

    Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of World War II, haunted by something strange he saw on a mission during the Spanish Civil War: a German woman with wires going into her head who looked at him as if she knew him. It wasn’t his imagination; the wired woman can see into the future and use her knowledge to twist the present. In fact, Marsh soon discovers that the Nazis are running missions with people who have special powers....

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "WW II alternate history: X-men vs Warlocks"
    "Keep looking...."
    Overall

    The science fiction aspect of this book is so silly, honestly, I felt like I was listening to a sci-fi alternative history thriller written in the 1950’s. And the characters are so under-developed, it’s amazing how little you get to know the characters in a book so long. Sorry Ian, this is my first and my last.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.