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  • The Engines of God

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (199)

    Humans call them Monument-Makers. An unknown race, they left stunning alien statues scattered on distant planets throughout the galaxy, encoded with strange inscriptions that defy translation. Searching for clues about the Monument-Makers, teams of 23rd century linguists, historians, engineers and archaeologists have been excavating the enigmatic alien ruins on a number of planets, uncovering strange, massive false cities made of solid rock. But their time is running out.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Conceptually intriguing, but uneven writing style"
    "Narration not so good"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better narration. I really struggled to identify the different characters in this audible book. It was quite frustrating to the extent that I needed to stop and replay several times to determine who was who. In the end I have given up finishing this audible story. I have nearly all the other Jack McDevitt books and have not had this problem before. So definitely down to the narrator.


    3 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
    Overall
    (13933)
    Performance
    (13084)
    Story
    (13101)

    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?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Funny Witty Funny"
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    OMG its not often I spend most of my time trying to stop myself from bursting out laughing and grinning stupidly while listening to a book! I was so into this book I listened whilst doing my grocery shopping and I got quite a few looks when I could not contain myself.

    First off, I'm not that into mathematics but the way this guys sells, its great. Not that I claim to have understood more than 1% of it. Meaty enough story line to make it worth the listen but light enough that you're not put off listentening by the math. Best bit? All of it, but best line is the last one in the scene with the young boy......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2993)
    Performance
    (1762)
    Story
    (1756)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Light and refreshing!"
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    I usually listen to sci fi fantasy, vampiric and thriller stories. This was an absolute treat! Funny, paced well enough not to get bored and a light listen where if I lost concentration it didn't really matter. Am off to get the next in the series!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • First Truth: Truth Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dawn Cook
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (396)

    Alissa doesn’t believe in magic. Her father’s stories about the Hold, a legendary fortress where human Keepers learn magic from the enigmatic Masters, are just that—stories. But her mother insists Alissa has inherited her father’s magical ability, so she must go to the Hold to be trained. On her way, she crosses paths with Strell, a wandering musician from the plains.

    Liz says: "Don't be Mislead"
    "Good story, Slow Start but perservere"
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    I enjoyed this book as the story was solid if a bit slow to start with. It has interesting interaction between the characters of Alissa and Straun [the bard] (sorry not great with spelling names!!). I found the narrator a bit confusing at times as I wasn't always sure who was speaking. There are a couple of themes in the story (like the loss of the Bard's family & why he was cast out of the family) that don't appear to have a point. Perhaps the next book might enlighten me. I am not sure as yet whether I will get the next one though. Would recommend you listen to the sample to check on the narrator before purchasing the book. Happy listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches: The All Souls Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires.

    Eleanor says: "Wonderful book"
    "Interesting and Different"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Discovery of Witches to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    It wasn't just about vampiral sexual exploits which made a nice difference.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Most of it was good although I liked it when Dianna fell into Mathews arms at the library for the first time.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Vampire bewitched


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firebird: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (244)

    Forty-one years ago the renowned physicist Chris Robin vanished. Before his disappearance, his fringe-science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies. Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath discover that Robin had several interstellar yachts flown far outside the planetary system, where they too vanished. And following Robin's trail into the unknown puts Benedict and Kolpath in danger.

    wendy says: "best Alex Benedict in a while"
    "Good story"
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    Would you listen to Firebird again? Why?

    Yes. It was an enjoyable story. My first Jack McDevitt book that I have listened and I found it a constant & interesting read. I agree with other reviews that mentioned the AI voices being stilted and the story line a bit tame. I am glad I purchased it despite some poor reviews. The story was exploratory and I was surprised that the narration was from Chase' point of view not Alex's.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No. All good.


    Any additional comments?

    I would give this book the benefit of the doubt and download it. It was a story on a continuum not a lot of peaks and troughs in terms of exciting which makes a change from a book full of twists and turns. Really easy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hard Way: Jack Reacher 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (67)

    Late at night in a New York café army-cop-turned-drifter Jack Reacher orders coffee in a cup made of foam, not china, so that he can move on at a moment’s notice.He owns nothing, carries less, has never encountered a female colleague he can’t bed, or a case he can’t solve.But now Reacher is confronted by a situation so disturbing and deceptive that the truth eludes him.Has he painted targets on the good guys’ backs?So Reacher starts over at square one. He sweats the details and works the clues.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent - couldn't put it 'down'."
    "Excellent - couldn't put it 'down'."
    Overall

    I admit I am biased and am an admirer of Jeff Harding as a narrator; this is my fourth Jack Reacher novel and I loved loved loved it. I was subconsciously expecting many things as the story unfolded however Lee Child managed to put enough subtle twists and turns that created expectations that still turned out to be wrong (on my part!) Jeff Harding did an outstanding job with accents & voice inflections and female voices. I highly recommend this to any Lee Child fan as I couldn't put this down - I listened on the treadmill, in the car (stuck the Wiggles on so the children wouldn't talk to me) - even did my accounts with it on. Brilliant.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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