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Steven

Austin, TX, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • The Judgment

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By D.W. Buffa
    • Narrated By Dennis Predovic
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (89)

    When Judge Calvin Jeffries is found murdered in a courthouse parking lot, the crime shocks the community, but justice is swift. Soon a second judge is stabbed to death. Attorney Joseph Antonelli agrees to defend the accused. What he discovers challenges everything he knows about crime and punishment...and himself. Also available abridged.

    Michael says: "Buffa's Best"
    "Brilliant storytelling"
    Overall

    I was captivated. Buffa's storytelling capabilities were a surprise and a delight, given that I had no idea what to expect. And the reader - wonderful! Combine Buffa's skill with words and construction, imagery and character, with Predovic's performance and development of the characters as people, and it's truly spellbinding. This is a must-read in its genre!

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Saturn Returns: Astropolis, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sean Williams
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Sean Williams
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    In the 878th millennium of human history, Imre Bergamasc awakens after 150,000 years to the realization that he has been the victim of an elaborate murder plot - one that has destroyed the intergalactic transport milieu known as the Continuum. But now that Imre has been reborn, he will stop at nothing to help bring forth the rebirth of the galaxy.

    Steven says: "Slow to start, then a bit confusing"
    "Slow to start, then a bit confusing"
    Overall

    It took a long time for this book to get going. The early parts were confusing and a bit disconnected. Once it got rolling, it was definitely more engaging.

    The idea of a resurrected character, male in a female body, with missing memories, is intriguing. But sometimes it was just tedious.

    I'd say that the characters could be better developed, and the sweeping mysteries could be less annoying.

    I enjoyed it, and will probably listen to more.

    30 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5075)
    Performance
    (1582)
    Story
    (1603)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "Maybe a kid's book - then I'm a kid!"
    Overall

    I'm captivated by this book. The details, the characters, the plot all just grabbed me and flowed along to the end. The fact that this is performed - not just read - also makes it stand out from the run-of-the-mill audiobook. Each of the actors is believable, and makes a significant contribution to making the book come to life. I will certainly be reading the entire series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (25002)
    Performance
    (18898)
    Story
    (18959)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Characters so real I was shouting at them!"
    Overall

    I contend that one of the marks of an outstanding writer is one who creates characters so real, including flaws and failings, that I find myself thinking "Why would you do that? Don't do that!" or "C'mon - everyone KNOWS what's going to happen here. Are you just blind?" Fortunately for me, the characters never respond.

    Martin has created some very real characters and an amazingly detailed environment. The skill with which he paints everything from the people to the scenery is impressive.

    I've listened to all three books in this series, and I was totally captivated from beginning to end.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Paranoia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1558)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (398)

    Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

    Karen says: "Clever and interesting."
    "Captivating and challenging"
    Overall

    Being a techie myself, I found much of the detail in this novel to be fun and stimulating. I wondered how much of it would be beyond the understanding of non-techies. That aside, I found the development of the characters to be excellent, the suspense and twists fun, and was engaged from beginning to end. I might have enjoyed a bit more closure at the end, but would heartily recommend the book to anyone who enjoys suspense, good character development, and a tight and twisting plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To the Nines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (452)

    Stephanie Plum may not be the best bounty hunter in beautiful downtown Trenton, but she's pretty darn good at turning bad situations her way...and she always gets her man. Her cousin Vinnie (who's also her boss) has posted bail on Samuel Singh, an illegal immigrant. When the elusive Mr. Singh goes missing, Stephanie is on the case. In a race against time that takes her from the Jersey Turnpike to the Vegas Strip, Stephanie Plum is on the chase of her life.

    Maxine says: "hilarious"
    "Lightweight entertainment"
    Overall

    I found this book to be amusing, and the plot to be somewhat obvious. Perhaps I'm spoiled by my enjoyment of Michael Connelly and Tom Clancy - suspenseful, detailed plots that catch you up and drag you along. I found Janet Evanovich's work to be uninspired and cute. The characters are more caricatures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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