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Dog Walker

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  • The Light Fantastic: Discworld #2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1507)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (627)

    Carl Cravens says: "Great story, enjoyable British humour."
    "Harry Potter Meets Hitchhiker's Guide - on Drugs"
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    Would you listen to The Light Fantastic again? Why?

    How to describe the plot - if Harry Potter had been,


    What other book might you compare The Light Fantastic to and why?

    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. If you haven't read it, shame on you. If you have and liked it, you'll love this book.


    Which character ??? as performed by Nigel Planer ??? was your favorite?

    I'm still entranced by the luggage. It follows its owner everywhere, and eats anyone who tries an unauthorized search. We could balance the nation budget with that feature alone; it would eliminate an entire useless goverment agency.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would be worried I would miss something if I weren't concentrating enough.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Far Time Incident

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neve Maslakovic
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Thanks to the time travel lab at St. Sunniva University, history is no longer a mystery. But when the beloved co-inventor of the university’s time machine is inexplicably smeared across time, academic exploration and the future of St. Sunniva is thrown into doubt. As assistant to the dean of science, Julia Olsen is tasked with helping Campus Security Chief Nate Kirkland quietly examine this rare mishap…then, just as quietly, make it go away.

    Alex Levine says: "Academic Mystery with a Time Travel Twist"
    "More Academic Time Travel Fun"
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    Story

    If you enjoy the genre of Historians as Time Travelers, you will enjoy this listen. The story line stays on track and interesting and the historical references are detailed enough to be intriguing without being ridden to death.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stardance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Spider Robinson, Jeanne Robinson
    • Narrated By Spider Robinson
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Shara Drummond was a gifted dancer and a brilliant choreographer, but she could not pursue her dream of dancing on Earth. So she went to space, creating a new art form in three dimensions. And when the aliens arrived, there was only one way to prove that the human race deserved not just to survive, but to reach the stars. The only hope was Shara, with her stardance.

    Cather says: "Just.... wow."
    "Extremely Dated"
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    I normally enjoy Spider Robinson and was looking forward to this listen. Unfortunately, it is so mired in trite mid-20th century pop culture that the slang and cultural references used jarred me out of the story. References to 'Fibber McGee's Closet' in a sci fi novel? Really?!?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bones of Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (298)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King garners widespread acclaim for her suspenseful novels rich with historical detail. Set in the vibrant Paris Jazz Age, The Bones of Paris introduces private investigator Harris Stuyvesant, an American agent who’s been given the plum assignment of locating beautiful young model Philippa Crosby. But when Philippa’s trail ends at the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre, Stuyvesant discovers a world where art meets sexual depravity - and where a savage killer lurks in the shadows.

    ShySusan says: "I'm not sure..."
    "Starts Slow, but Freight Trains by the End"
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    I enjoy Laurie King and was surprised by the subject. The descriptions can get Dickensian and in my opinion the beginning bogs down in a lengthy set up of characters and milieu.
    Unexpected twists and characters pop up and liven the narrative, so by the end it's quite enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (816)
    Story
    (810)

    For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

    Melinda says: "Back Off! Or I'll Bite"
    "Guilty Pleasure"
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    This series has very tight and exciting plot lines as well as fun characters. It's listenable mayhem which will distract from any boring must-do activity, like getting your cardio in. I have grabbed every book in the series and they're an easy listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1101)
    Performance
    (977)
    Story
    (982)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sister Mary Kelly says: "Not my favorite book."
    "Riveting with remarkable characterizations."
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    A pleasant surprise, with a depth of characterization and great sensitivity in dealing with the material. very worthwhile listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Maureen O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    George Eliot's most ambitious novel is a masterly evocation of diverse lives and changing fortunes in a provincial community. Peopling its landscape are Dorothea Brooke, a young idealist whose search for intellectual fulfillment leads her into a disastrous marriage to the pedantic scholar Casaubon; the charming but tactless Dr Lydgate, whose marriage to the spendthrift beauty Rosamund and pioneering medical methods threaten to undermine his career.

    Julie W. Capell says: "Read for its humor & glimmers of female rebellion"
    "Technical Audio Problems - Don't Purchase"
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    Story

    I was enjoying the story until about Chapter 96, when the audio skips irretrievably. There must be better versions available.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Hymn Before Battle: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (898)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (580)

    With Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the Galactic Federation offers help to the backward humans - for a price. You can protect yourself from your enemies, but God save you from your allies!

    Daniel Chapman says: "Another heads up!"
    "Airborne! Great Military Sci-Fi"
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    If you remember the joys of the 'fun run' and scatological marching cadences still make you snort with laughter, you will revel in John Ringo's books. The plots and characters are non-stop thrills, but even better for military veterans, the tactics, situations and people all ring true to what we lived with. Smell the cordite and taste the MREs again, without having to live in a tent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Perry Moore
    • Narrated By Michael Urie
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (570)

    In the story comic book legend Stan Lee calls "spellbinding" and "totally original," Thom Creed has secrets. For one, like his father, he has super powers. Also, he's been asked to join the League—the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. Then there’s the secret Thom can barely face himself: he's gay. But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, Typhoid Larry, and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide....

    Robert says: "Give it a listen!"
    "Not The Average Comic Bok"
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    I was pleasantly surprised with this book and really enjoyed the performance and characters. A much more interesting tale that the average superhero yarn, the characters were three dimensional and 'real' despite superpowers, powers that are sometimes more pain and strife than useful.

    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
    (5305)
    Performance
    (4949)
    Story
    (4943)

    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"
    "Snort-worthily Hilarious!"
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    Where does Redshirts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    ROFL funny for all space-opera addicts, particularly Star Trek fans. The guy in the red shirts dies horribly on away missions, does he?


    What did you like best about this story?

    A wonderful spoof, but with a rollicking plot.


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He has outdone himself, clearly enjoyed the material.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Grinned contantly, laughed out loud frequently. Really brightened up a bad day I was having.


    0 of 0 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
    (2252)
    Performance
    (1954)
    Story
    (1960)

    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"
    "Social Satire with an Excellent Story Line"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would tell any of my friends with a well developed sense of satire and irony that they would love this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Android's Dream?

    "Death by Fart"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The diplomatic incident leading to the search for the blue fleece (really a search for a golden fleece, or fleecing...)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I had to know what would happen next, not predictable at all, which I find very enjoyable. Kept me going during many a workout.


    Any additional comments?

    Snort alert - don't have liquids in your mouth for the first several chapters, you'll have a clean up.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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