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George

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  • Chariots of the Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erich von Daniken
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (316)

    Erich von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods is a work of monumental importance---the first book to introduce the shocking theory that ancient Earth was visited by aliens. This world-famous best seller has withstood the test of time, inspiring countless books and films, including the author's own popular sequel, The Eye of the Sphinx.

    Neal says: "Answers? No. But if you wish to think it's great!"
    "Hmmmm...."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This was an "OK" book. Author hypothesizes that human population on earth is the result of alien astronauts who arrived thousands of. years ago. Proof postulated includes many bold assertions that can't be supported but cause you to go: "hmmmmmm."


    Has Chariots of the Gods turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Front: The Great War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Hugo Award winner Harry Turtledove is the master of alternate history. In American Front he envisions World War I as it may have been if fought on American soil. The United States and Germany clash with the Confederacy, France, and Britain as the machines of modern warfare litter the landscape with carnage. Meanwhile, oppressed southern blacks head toward a fateful confrontation.

    JoR says: "boring and disjointed"
    "Deja"
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    A tedious re-do of the first two books...updated by technology. Use of a 75 year old Gen Custer was unbelievable; I would have enjoyed author's take on early 20th century heroes. Teddy Roosevelt as President of the USA and Woodrow Wilson as President of the CSA. What's up with that? Wilson from New Jersey! So, the characters were not credible, except for the common people...real, as far as I know. A boring rehash, I've had enough of this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pebble in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (184)

    One moment Joseph Schwartz is a happily retired tailor in Chicago, 1949. The next he's a helpless stranger on Earth during the heyday of the first Galactic Empire. Earth, as he soon learns, is a backwater, just a pebble in the sky, despised by all the other 200 million planets of the Empire because its people dare to claim it's the original home of man. And Earth is poor, with great areas of radioactivity ruining much of its soil - so poor that everyone is sentenced to death at the age of 60. Joseph Schwartz is 62.

    bonnie says: "Jewel of a book"
    "Read On...."
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    One of Asimov's first novels, it was unencumbered by 21st century baggage. A story of greed, prejudice and hubris set when earth is but a speck of the imperial galaxy. Add time travel and you have a great read. Read on....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From Potters Field: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (167)

    An unidentified nude female sits propped against a fountain in Central Park. There are no signs of struggle. When Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her colleagues Benton Wesley and Pete Marino arrive on the scene, they instantly recognize the signature of serial killer Temple Brooks Gault. Scarpetta, on assignment with the FBI, visits the New York City morgue on Christmas morning, where she must use her forensic expertise to give a name to the nameless - a difficult task. But as she sorts through conflicting forensic clues, Gault claims his next victim.

    Coooper says: "EXCRUTIATING NARRATOR"
    "Serial Killer Caught"
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    Exciting and fast paced, Scarpetta, Marino and Wesley finally tackle a3-book serial killer in downtown New York...away from her native Virginia. It was a fun read and I'm on to the next Cornwell mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5302)
    Performance
    (4946)
    Story
    (4940)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Ugh!"
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    Not much sauce in this. It was so flimsy that I quit half way through. It initially appears a Star Trek knock off and gets much worse as the book progresses. I like Star Trek, but I'll not bother with another book by this author.

    0 of 0 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
    (1520)
    Performance
    (983)
    Story
    (1004)

    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"
    "Time Travel in the "Blitz" redux"
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    Second of two books about ordinary people who endured the "Blitz" in London during WWII. The characters more fully developed and we began to love Alf and Binnie, the two child hellions orphaned. Chronology skipped around, so I had to pay attention to when we were. Listening to another 24 hour book was somewhat tedious and I thought the two books could have been shortened. The ending made the listener feel good with mysteries solved and time travelers all in their places.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Return to Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    Six years after the first manned Martian expedition, a second has been announced, this one motivated purely by its profitable potential. Half-Navajo geologist Jamie Waterman, a veteran of the first mission, feels his conflicted soul beckoning him back to the eerie, unforgiving planet. As commander of the new exploratory team, he will have to contend with a bitter and destructive rivalry, a disturbing new emotional attraction, and deadly, incomprehensible "accidents" that appear to be sabotage.

    jsakeo says: "Fun continuation of Mars, but has Editing Issues"
    "Exciting"
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    Mix of politics and tech. Probably would reflect factual expectation of Earthly politics if humans went to Mars. Contains a love story; exciting exploits and discoveries not before seen. Fun read. Where's my next Bova book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All That Remains: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (307)

    A serial killer is stalking Virginia’s young lovers, taking their lives and taunting police with a single clue: a jack of hearts. For two years, the meaning of this card has eluded FBI investigators. But as Scarpetta begins searching the victims’ remains for microscopic clues, she begins to suspect that someone in the FBI knows more about the murderer.

    Joseph says: "Glad I didn't skip this one!"
    "Good Read"
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    Fun read...Kay Scarpetta, our heroine, hangs in there against entrenched bureaucracy and Washington DC favorite political appointees. But, her relationships go nowhere. Nobody reviews Pete Marino; in this book, she remakes him into a decent human being from a slob. One wonders if Cornwell knows somebody like that and does a virtual redo. Page turner that does not lag or sag. Show me the next book!

    0 of 0 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
    (1909)
    Performance
    (1186)
    Story
    (1188)

    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"
    "Time Travel in the "Blitz""
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    What would happen if three time travelers went back to 1940 London from 2060? This is the story, in excruciating detail, of their lives. Granted, it's tinctured with time travel concerns, but it's really about the everyday lives of Englishers during that time. It's very, very long...a 24 hour listen. To boot, it ends abruptly--referring the reader to the next book. I feel swindled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Few Remain: A Novel of the Second War Between the States

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    A generation after the South wins the Civil War, it annexes critical territory in Mexico. Outraged, the United States declares total war. This time the American army faces danger on all sides--Confederates, outlaws, Apaches, French, and even the British. George Custer and Teddy Roosevelt fight hard and give the Americans hope. But to win, they need a commander as brilliant as Stonewall Jackson, and they must stop Jeb Stuart’s glorious cavalry.

    Michael says: "A Civil War Alternate History Classic! Fantastic!"
    "Could Be?"
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    Alternate history--what if the South had won the Civil War/War of Secession? Another war...20 years later...and the continent continually separated. The characters are those we might remember: Longstreet as President of CSA, J.E.B. Stuart & George Custer as cavalry commanders, Teddy Roosevelt as a shiny new leader. It all comes together and the reader wonders if it could have happened?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liberty: A Jake Grafton Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Guerin Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    On a quiet park bench in Manhattan - just miles from the ruins of the World Trade Center - a spymaster delivers a chilling secret message to Jake Grafton: A rogue Russian general has sold four nuclear warheads to a radical Islamic terrorist group, the Sword of Islam.

    Jim says: "Getting someplace but slowly"
    "Series Finis!"
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    Last of the Jake Grafton series, Jake, Toad and Carmelini save the US from a nuclear terrorist or two. Rife with bureaucratic one-upsmanship that almost kills the deal, the author winds through it and everyone wins. Where will Jake Grafton be when this actually happens to the USA?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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