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  • Subterranean

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By John Meagher

    Travel to the bottom of the a place you never dreamed existed. Beneath the ice...a hand-picked team of specialists makes its way toward the center of the world. They are not the first to venture into this magnificient subterranean labyrinth. Those they follow did not return....

    David says: "Great story, funny Ausrtalian accent"

    My first James Rollins novel and very likely my last...Started out OK but the second half rapidly turned ridiculous...Indiana Jones meets Jurassic Park in a Journey to the Center of the Earth. I wasn't expecting high literature, but even with that preconception I was disappointed. This book turned into one of those stories where it seemed like nearly every plot device was driven forward by someone doing something dumb. I also expected science fiction aspects, but again the scientific liberties drove me crazy as well. Not the worst novel I have ever heard, but if the book's description intrigues you just save time and buy some Jules Verne or Edgar Rice Burroughs, they've done it before and better. However the narrator is pretty decent, although I cringed whenever he tried to emulate a woman's or child's voice.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"

    As a fan of the Pendergast series and also of Sherlock Holmes, it was a treat to discover that this novel wove both characters together into a single mystery. I was also delighted to find that Corrie Swanson would play a major role in this novel; I appreciate it when a minor character from past works turns up again to play a larger role.

    I found the basic premise for the mystery to be intriguing enough; a mixture of history and fiction combined to make a plausible gothic mystery/horror plot. However it did not take long for me to realize this book was going to frustrate me. I have always been annoyed by books/movies/television shows where the plot is driven by the protagonist's own stupidity. Frankly, nearly every dangerous situation in this novel that Corrie Swanson finds herself in is a result of her own temper, bullheadedness or lack of good judgment. I really wanted to root for her as Pendergast's protégé, but after the third or fourth predicament that was entirely her own fault, I began to lose patience. Several times in the book, Corrie berates herself for poor judgment or lack of control, and then several chapters later she's done it again.

    I haven't given up on Preston & Child, but I hope the next Pendergast novel with Corrie Swanson in it reveals more growth and character development for her. I don't want her to be a 'mini-Pendergast' but for heaven's sake I want to be able to see the promise in her that Aloysius apparently does!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jungle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jungles come in many forms. There are the steamy rain forests of the Burmese highlands. There are the lies and betrayals of the world of covert operations. And there are the dark and twisted thoughts of a man bent on near-global domination. To pull off their latest mission, Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon must survive them all.

    Noreen says: "Another great story"
    "Don't miss Brick"

    Unlike many of the reviewers here I have never cared for Scott Brick. If you like him, then you may miss his narration, but I though Jason Culp was fine. I also thought the writing for this book was above average for a Cussler novel - don't get me wrong, I have been a fan for years and I enjoy Cussler's work for his inventiveness, but I have always found his writing style awkward and overdramatic. Maybe it is the influence of Jack Du Brul but I found the prose much more natural-sounding in this book. As for the plot it is typical Cussler, which is not a bad thing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crescent Dawn: A Dirk Pitt Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In A.D. 327, a Roman galley barely escapes a pirate attack with its extraordinary cargo. In 1916, a British warship mysteriously explodes in the middle of the North Sea. In the present day, a cluster of important mosques in Turkey and Egypt are wracked by explosions. Does anything tie them together? NUMA director Dirk Pitt is about to find out.

    Michael says: "Something new from Cussler"
    "You know what you're getting"

    If you are already a Clive Cussler reader, you know what you're getting here. An interesting premise, a good dose of fictionalized historical events, a predictable cast of characters, stilted dialogue, and Scott Brick. I give it a lukewarm recommendation, it's better than some recent Cussler novels but not his best - although the plot would make a fair movie if anyone was ever able to succesfully film a Cussler novel. If you like Scott Brick (I personally don't) then you'll enjoy his usual narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mission of Honor: Honor Harrington, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven have been enemies for Honor Harrington's entire life, and she has paid a price for the victories she's achieved in that conflict. And now the unstoppable juggernaut of the mighty Solarian League is on a collision course with Manticore. The millions who have already died may have been only a foretaste of the billions of casualties just over the horizon, and Honor sees it coming.

    Glenda says: "A Must Have Series!!!"
    "Great series, great story, troublesome narration"

    If you are a fan of the Honorverse series, it goes without saying this is a 'Must Read'. It wraps up one portion of the series-long story arc, but pushes you headlong into a new one. Unfortunately it leaves you hanging for the next installment, but that's the way it goes. If you have not read (listened to) the previous Honorverse novels, this is not the place to start - you will be totally lost. Start at the beginning, and you will be glad you did.
    My only criticism is the narration. In general it is OK although I would echo some of the other comments about the random use of accents. But what bothered me most was the narrator's voice for Honor Harrington herself - the major character. She came off sounding like a 14-year old teenage girl to me. Yes, she is described as having a soprano voice, and yes, these characters have 'prolonged' lifespans, but I can't take the most famous admiral of the Royal Manticoran Navy seriously when she sounds like an eighth-grader!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Death Troopers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Schreiber
    • Narrated By Sean Kenin

    When the Imperial prison barge Purge - temporary home to 500 of the galaxy's most ruthless killers, rebels, scoundrels, and thieves - breaks down in a distant, uninhabited part of space, its only hope appears to lie with a star destroyer found drifting, derelict, and seemingly abandoned. But when a boarding party from the Purge is sent to scavenge for parts, only half of them come back - bringing with them a horrific disease so lethal that within hours nearly all aboard the Purge die in ways too hideous to imagine.

    Morelos says: "Awesome atmospheric Star Wars horror"
    "Zommmmbiesss in Spaaaace!"

    I gave this book only two stars not because it is that bad a story, but because the Star Wars angle is irrelevant to it. It could just as easily been based in the Star Trek universe or any generic science fiction setting. The narrator is good, the story is OK but nothing groundbreaking, but only the inclusion of two familiar faces makes this a Star Wars novel, and they could have easily been non-canon characters.
    In short, this is not your typical Star Wars novel...and I don't necessarily mean that in a good way. It is just a non-exceptional horror novel based in a science fiction setting, with a Lucasfilm licensing agreement. To me, it just felt out-of-place as a Star Wars novel.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Storm from the Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder

    Rear Admiral Michelle Henke was commanding one of the ships in a force led by Honor Harrington in an all-out space battle. The odds were against the Star Kingdom forces, and they had to run. But Michelle's ship was crippled, and had to be destroyed to prevent superior Manticoran technology from falling into Havenite hands, and she and her surviving crew were taken prisoner.

    Daniel says: "Important for the Honorverse Story!"
    "Great story for Weber fans; narration so-so"

    If you are already a David Weber/Honor Harrington fan, this is a great book. I will guess that some of the poor reviews for this book were written by people who have not previous read any of the HH series. If you haven't this is NOT the place to start. The Harrington series is long, complex, involved, and wonderful if you start from the first book and work your way through. It is not shoot-'em-up space action, it has politics, intrigue, plotlines that build on previous novels, and action that takes place at 'realistic' stellar distances, not WWII-style dogfighting. If that's not what you're looking for, this is simply not your cup of tea - but that doesn't mean it's not a good book!

    If you ARE a Weber fan, this book takes place contemporaneously with the previous two novels (Shadow of Saganami and War of Honor), so the intertwining plot lines can be confusing if you've forgotten what happened in those books. There is a huge setup/cliffhanger at the end for another novel (or novels) which I suspect may 'wrap up' the Harrington series (but I hope not!).

    That being said, I do agree with the reviewer who wished the narrator was a woman. A majority of the main characters in this series are females, so the choice of a male narrator doesn't make sense. Previous Harrington novels were voiced by Allyson Johnson and Barbara Rosenblat, who did a fine job. Jay Snyder is a very good narrator, but is not able to pull off a convincing female voice - all the women sounded like falsetto characters from a Monty Python skit to me (sorry Mr. Snyder, I thought you were great otherwise!).

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Good but too long"

    I generally enjoyed this book, it did leave me interested enough to check out the sequels the author has written. I do not care for Scott Brick's voice as a narrator but that is personal preference so I didn't knock down the score for that. The reason I gave only three stars is that it just seemed to run on too long for me, if there is an abridged version available I would recommend that over this full-length version. But the story was very imaginative and answered enough questions at the end while leaving things open for more books to come.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Dark Forces Collector's Trilogy (Dramatized)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By William C. Dietz

    Kyle Katarn has joined the ranks of legendary Star Wars heroes such as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. A timeless adventure of revenge and honor, the trilogy is set in a shimmering universe of sound that only digital technology can fully capture.

    Eric Z says: "Good story, but the quality of the recording is ok"

    Technical production is good but the story was painful to sit through. Good expanded universe material for the Star Wars fan, but the writing was bad and the stories felt rushed and contrived. I remember playing the computer games these stories were based on, and the games were much more rewarding. I don't expect Star Wars books to be great literature, but a lightweight way to pass the time in the car. This one just had me wishing I'd get to work faster. I know William Deitz can write pretty well, so I suspect the problem here lies in the translation or abridgement to audiobook.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Very entertaining"

    A very fun book to listen to, reminded me a lot of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. If you've read their collaborative novel 'Good News' I think you'll enjoy this. I also enjoyed Fisher Stevens' reading. My only complaint is an abundance of profanity, at times it seemed as though 10% of the dialogue consisted of the 'F' word. I'm not against the use of profanity per se, but it was often used almost to distraction in this book. However, that doesn't prevent me from recommending it, this was one of the most enjoyable books I've listened to in months.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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