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MIchael

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  • The Prefect

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1177)
    Performance
    (936)
    Story
    (936)

    Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multifaceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds. His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the habitats that left 900 people dead, a crime that appalls even a hardened cop like Dreyfus.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Best yet of the Revelation Space series"
    "Rich and Rewarding"
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    I was thoroughly enraptured by this story. It's a good old-fashioned detective story with a sci-fi twist. The narration was wonderful, giving the characters their own life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1382)
    Performance
    (1224)
    Story
    (1225)

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    karen says: ""A river runs through it...""
    "A Classic"
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    Loved this so much I listened to it THREE times. The tempo from Will Patton is perfect, allowing the story to unfold at its own pace. The story comes across as simple, but there is a hidden complexity in its characters I found addictive. Dickey's use and understanding of language is superb.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Street Game

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (265)

    For Mack McKinley and his team of GhostWalker killing machines, urban warfare is an art. But despite a hard-won knowledge of the San Francisco streets, Mack knows from experience that too many things can still go wrong. Danger was just another part of the game--and now he's come face-to-face with a woman who can play just as tough. She's Jaimie, a woman with a sapphire stare so potent it can destroy a man. Years ago she and Mack had a history--volatile, erotic, and electric.

    Lee says: "Sexy man!"
    "Flat and Uninteresting"
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    Sorry, but I didn't make it past the third hour. The characters were dull and very, very annoying. The story was going nowhere. Tom Stechschulte was trying to lift the tone but he didn't have much to work with.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5460)
    Performance
    (2787)
    Story
    (2843)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Uneven"
    Overall
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    Starts with adrenaline pouring from every opening but somehow manages to go to sleep half way through. Could easily have been two hours shorter without loss of relevance. Picked up again but had already begun to leave me distracted and annoyed. Narration was first class.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2720)
    Performance
    (2382)
    Story
    (2382)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "One of Scalzi's best"
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    One of my favourite Scalzi stories. Funny and engaging without trying to be too clever.

    1 of 1 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
    (5699)
    Performance
    (5318)
    Story
    (5314)

    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.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Don't Believe The Hype"
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    Scalzi frustrates me. His stories are fun and enjoyable. Wil Wheaton is always great. BUT I fear he is beginning to either a) believe his own publicity or b) is suffering from a near-fatal case of hubris.
    Redshirts rolls along quite nicely and then along come the 3 codas. They are absolute nonsense and an example of Scalzi wasting a good story by trying too hard to be clever. You're becoming smug John. Please stop.

    P.S. the constant criticism of "he said" ... "he said" ... "he said" is fair. It is lame writing and I feel sorry for Wil having to read it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ballistic: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2513)
    Performance
    (2199)
    Story
    (2208)

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

    Vicky says: "The Gray Man only slows down for Red Lights"
    "Still catching my breath"
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    The Gray Man is never dull and motionless. He never falls to uncountable enemies or tight situations and in this regard he is Greaney's version of Jack Reacher. A Teflon Hero.
    If you like your action novels fast, violent and just a little mindless then this is for you. I didn't expect anything else and so I was pleasantly surprised by the story. Just hang on and enjoy the ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sagan Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Stephanie Wolfe, John Scalzi
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (651)

    Jane Sagan: Soldier. Killer. Lover. Dreamer. In John Scalzi's best-selling Old Man's War series of science-fiction novels, we see this warrior woman as the other characters see her - silent and strong, from the outside. But now The Sagan Diary shows us Sagan from another point of view: her own, as she prepares to leave military life and join her new husband and adopted daughter on a colony world.

    Robert says: "Nothing like Scalzi's old man's war."
    "Scalzi turns Philosopher"
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    Sorry but it was the first audio book I couldn't finish. I gave up at chapter four. Scalzi's book is verbose and dull. I loved every other book of his I have read, so imagine my disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2934)
    Performance
    (2358)
    Story
    (2365)

    The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

    Jean says: "A welcome new series"
    "Cardboard Cut-Out Characters"
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    A dull, lifeless story that only seems to pick up in the last couple of chapters but even then still leaves the story unresolved. If this is how Campbell hopes to lure me to the next novel he has failed.
    The characters are stiff and mechanical. The story repetitive and dull. The book has no spark at all.
    In a word - Disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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