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SciFiSurfer

Miami, FL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Peter and the Starcatchers: The Starcatchers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1115)
    Performance
    (694)
    Story
    (688)

    In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil.

    Deborah says: "A fast paced frolic on the high seas!"
    "My Kids Loved The Starcatchers Series!"
    Overall

    Hours of great listening! My kids (8 and 11) and I started listening to the adventures of Peter and the Starcatchers in the car. They became so hooked (no pun intended:o)they insisted we keep listening mornings at breakfast before school and when cleaning up after dinner. We really enjoyed each of these books and have moved on to the Never Land series. These books worked for me and now my kids love to use their imagination listening instead of watching movies in the car.

    Our sincere appreciation to the very talented Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson for this gift, excellently narrated by my favorite Jim Dale.

    Do your kids a favor, turn off the TV, turn off the video games and turn on their imagination by listening to a really good Audiobook.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Lycan Fallout: Rise of the Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (750)

    The world of man was brought to its knees with the zombie apocalypse. A hundred and fifty years have passed since man clawed and climbed his way back from the brink of extinction. Civilization has rebooted, man has begun to rebuild, creating new communities and society. It is on this fragile new shaky ground that a threat worse than the scourge of the dead has sprung... Once again, one man finds himself once thrust into the forefront of a war he wants nothing to do with and seemingly cannot win.

    Teddy says: "Loved it! Mike Talbot Returns!!!"
    "Thanks Mark!"
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    Glad to hear Mike and Sean Runnette are back in the saddle again! Sean is an excellent narrator. I've enjoyed all the Tufo books I've listened to and looking forward to hopefully having the pleasure of doing so again in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Country

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (911)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (821)

    They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

    Kristina says: "Freakin' Awesome!"
    "Abercrombie + Pacey = Yihaaah! Awesome"
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    If you were a fan of The Blade Itself then you will enjoy this book. Abercrombie and Pacey are back in action again. This is not for kids or the faint hearted, an excellent tale well delivered by an excellent narrator. I pre-ordered this book and am very pleased with my purchase. Many thanks to the author and narrator and I hope to hear more of the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9108)
    Performance
    (8360)
    Story
    (8402)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Worth the Listen - Enjoyed the Book"
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    I agree with some of the other comments, the narration is different and not equal to the previous books, but I'm glad I wasn't deterred and enjoyed this listen. The difference is as if Roy Dotrice had 20 different voices for the various characters in the previous three books and only 10 or so in this one. Several of the voices sound similar and it is as if he no longer has the capacity or range, but he's still very good. I've always said it's the narrator who breaths life into an audiobook, if Roy hadn't narrated I would have been disappointed. His performance is more than acceptable, it's not perfect but who's is and this is a good book. I'm pleased at least some producers seem to (finally) understand the necessity for continuity. I have no complaints moving on to the next in this series it has been an excellent adventure so far, enthralling! Many thanks to Martin, Dotrice and the producers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1092)
    Performance
    (872)
    Story
    (879)

    They say Black Dow has killed more men than winter and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand by smiling while Black Dow claws his way any higher. The orders have been given, and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

    Matt Carothers says: "Thank you, Joe Abercrombie!"
    "Worth the wait."
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    I thought I wasn't going to enjoy this book due to the narration. Having finished the First Law series thought the narration just wouldn't jive. So i gave it a few months, it was still a big change but worth the wait and after a few hours was able to sink into Michael Pages style and overall the book turned out to be a very good listen. I was completely hooked by First Law and in this book surprised at some of the changes in the characters but definitely I am a big fan of Abercrombie and most likely will treat myself to Best Served Cold also narrated by Page. Thanks to both Joe and Michael and of course Audible for this book and presentation. Looking forward to this authors future publications.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Player of Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (372)

    The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game...a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death.

    Ken says: "Great introduction to The Culture series"
    "Culture, Contact, Special Circumstance its genius!"
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    I enjoyed this book immensely, even more than Consider Phlebas and I really hope that Peter Kenny will narrate Use of Weapons, The State of the Art and especially Excession of which I've heard great things. Please release these books on Audible. The Culture Series is fantastic. Thanks to Banks for this work of art and Kenny for narrating. If you enjoyed The Player of Games then please take a moment to write the publishers or contact audible and ask them to release the rest of the series on audio.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Last Argument of Kings: The First Law: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (2909)
    Performance
    (2136)
    Story
    (2145)

    The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it’s going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm and there’s only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy. It’s time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no-one is safe and no-one can be trusted.

    Lore says: "You have be realistic about these things."
    "3rd book was Excellent"
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    Many thanks to Joe and Steven for another work of art! I loved the first two, rushed into the third and it was everything one could have hoped for. Thanks, the narration by Steven made this series and brought the characters to life and provided a required continuity between these great works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Skinner: The Spatterjay Series: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Neal Asher
    • Narrated By William Gaminara
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (118)

    To the remote planet Spatterjay come three travellers with very different missions. Janer is directed there by the hornet Hive-mind; Erlin comes to find the sea captain who can teach her to live; and Keech - dead for seven hundred years - has unfinished business with a notorious criminal.Spatterjay is a watery world where the human population inhabits the safety of the Dome and only the quasi-immortal hoopers are safe outside amidst a fearful range of voracious life-forms.

    Andrew says: "A good story and reader; spacing needs edit"
    "Enjoyed and moving on to Spatterjay, Book 2 thnx!"
    Overall

    The Skinner was a great story, happy to be moving on to Spatterjay, book 2, The Voyage of the Sable Keech. Many thanks to Neal Asher for this.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3933)
    Performance
    (2871)
    Story
    (2883)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Excellent Book Perfectly Narrated"
    Overall

    Having read some of the positive reviews I purchased this book and I have been caught hook line and sinker by this very well written story. A simple review could not do this book justice. Joe has woven a splendid tale that draws one in and the narration was brilliantly done, excellent dramatization with a vast diversification of the characters voices, there couldn't have been a better studio recording of same. Relishing the thought of several more hours ahead as the story continues I'm moving on to the second book in this Trilogy. Many thanks to Joe and Steven for this creation as they compliment each other very well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (1991)
    Performance
    (1655)
    Story
    (1669)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Fantastic Book!"
    Overall

    Nothing quite like tucking into some Reynolds when narrated by John Lee. They are both excellent! I was easily drawn into this really great story. Many thanks to those who made this treat possible.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3520)
    Performance
    (2358)
    Story
    (2363)

    Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

    Heather says: "Rick Riordan does it again..."
    "My kids reallllly enjoyed this book!!"
    Overall

    My kids ages 9 and 12 really enjoyed this book, so many thanks. It is creative and entertaining and definitely for kids, also grown-ups with lots and lots of patience. Listening to kids books with my kids is a lot of fun, sometimes even more fun than listening to my own books. My kids really loved this book. For grown ups after the thousandths time of imminent danger being upon them with no possible way out... well it would be nice if the author followed his own boundaries of the world he's created. Very well narrated good ideas suggest you give it a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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