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Curt

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  • The House on the Cliff: Hardy Boys 2

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Franklin Dixon
    • Narrated By Bill Irwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (158)

    When Mr. Hardy disappears while investigating a mystery surrounding a vacant house rumored to be either haunted or an abode for criminals, the Hardy Boys search for the truth.

    Amazon Customer says: "love it!"
    "Book 2, can't wait to get started"
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    If you could sum up The House on the Cliff in three words, what would they be?

    Another cliff hanger


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The House on the Cliff?

    The sounds from the house


    What about Bill Irwin’s performance did you like?

    Once again, a great job keeping in the story and not getting lost in characters.


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

    No, I like to make good things last


    Any additional comments?

    Another great one brought back to life with audio

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Afire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3294)
    Performance
    (2977)
    Story
    (2980)

    One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

    SAMA says: "This is why I enjoy Orson Scott Card's work"
    "Just as good as the first of this series"
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    Where does Earth Afire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 50


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I am tired of this lame question


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is a dumb question. It calls for a spoiler


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nope just the book itself


    Any additional comments?

    Can Audible come up with some intelligent questions? The book is great, the review process stinks.
    If you loved Ender's Game, you will love this book and series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Unaware

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3563)
    Performance
    (3223)
    Story
    (3237)

    The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

    El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

    D says: "The beginning- or a plot filler"
    "Excellent"
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    If you could sum up Earth Unaware in three words, what would they be?

    Background I wanted


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mazer Rakin (sp). Why should be obvious if you read Ender's Game. If you haven't I won't spoil it for you.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Why can't Audible come up with other questions than "Uh duh, what was your favorite character." I won't be answering this question anymore.


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

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    The story behind the story. Read Ender's Game first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting for Hidden Gold: Hardy Boys 5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Franklin Dixon
    • Narrated By Bill Irwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    Timber wolves, a Rocky Mountain blizzard, and a mine cave-in are only a few of the perils Frank and Joe Hardy encouter during their search for the principal members of a notorious gang responsible for a payroll robbery.

    Don Lokke says: "One of the Best"
    "Another Classic from The Hardy Boys"
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    Would you listen to Hunting for Hidden Gold again? Why?

    Not for a while, I seldom read books more than once unless there is something special about them. For this and the other Hardy Boys books. I may listen to them again someday. We will have to see.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The no nonsense way the Hardy Boys go about things. It was refreshing when I was a youngster myself and is now too.


    Which character – as performed by Bill Irwin – was your favorite?

    No favorite in this one. As in most of these books, all the characters are necessary and done well.


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

    No, just enjoyed it a lot


    Any additional comments?

    Read or listen to The Hardy Boys. This series will entertain you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Partners of Peril (The Shadow)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Maxwell Grant
    • Narrated By Angelo Di Loreto, Kevin Pariseau, Jonathan Davis, and others
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    In this full-cast production of the classic pulp novel, The Shadow investigates as, one by one, the partners in a chemical company die mysterious deaths. The plot of Partners of Peril and much of the action is almost identical to "The Case of the Chemical Syndicate", the very first Batman story in Detective Comics #27, which appeared some years later.

    Matthew Kelley says: "Original Pulpy Goodness Given a Fresh Spin!"
    "Disapointed"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would definitely change how this book was narrated. The different characters seemed to have different levels of volume and it took a while to get a comfortable listening volume. I either became used to it or it got better farther into it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Familiar characters. I am a big fan of the old time radio The Shadow series and this reminded me a lot of that.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    maybe


    Did Partners of Peril inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I think this could have been narrated better

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Missing Chums: Hardy Boys 4

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Franklin Dixon
    • Narrated By Bill Irwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    When the Hardy Boys set out to solve the mystery of their missing chums, they discover a gang hide-out in a cave on an island along the way.

    MillenniumMike says: "Enjoyable Hardy Boys sleuthing around Bayport"
    "Another thrilling adventure"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Missing Chums to be better than the print version?

    No, but an equal.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chet, he really kind of reminds me of myself


    Which character – as performed by Bill Irwin – was your favorite?

    Frank and Joe


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I like the boating scenes


    Any additional comments?

    The Hardy boys never disappointment in the keeping it thrilling department

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret of the Old Mill: Hardy Boys 3

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Franklin Dixon
    • Narrated By Bill Irwin
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (114)

    Determined to learn the secret of the old mill, Frank and Joe employ a clever use to gain entrance and become trapped. There they unravel two mysteries, one involving a counterfeiting case and the other, a national security case their father is working on.

    Patrick Mooney says: "This is really Book 2!"
    "Another great mystery"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret of the Old Mill to be better than the print version?

    Well, no. But it is a close second.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story brought a little of the high tech into the series


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the arrow landed


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they broke out of the barn


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this series when I was a kid and now again as an adult in audio

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tower Treasure: Hardy Boys 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Franklin Dixon
    • Narrated By Bill Irwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (280)

    After a dying criminal confesses that his loot has been stashed "in the tower," the Hardy boys make an astonishing discovery.

    Robert Mahowald says: "Terrific narration, well-paced"
    "Back to my youth"
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    If you could sum up The Tower Treasure in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful fun mystery


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Hardy boys takes me back to my youth and my love of reading


    What about Bill Irwin’s performance did you like?

    You always know where and who you are


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book was a pleasure and moved me to enjoy the series once again


    Any additional comments?

    It is great that an old favorite from my childhood is being brought back in audio. Although I am 58, it is great fun to reread classics from my childhood. The Hardy Boys is a refreshing series about a time when it was cool NOT to be the criminal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vostok

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Steve Alten
    • Narrated By P. J. Ochlan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (164)

    East Antarctica: the coldest, most desolate location on earth. Two-and-a-half miles below the ice cap is Vostok, a 6,000 square mile liquid lake, over 1,000 feet deep, left untouched for more than 15 million years. Now, marine biologist Zachary Wallace and two other scientists aboard a submersible tethered to a laser will journey 13,000 feet beneath the ice into this unexplored realm to discover Mesozoic life-forms long believed extinct - and an object of immense power responsible for the evolution of modern man.

    david says: "exhausting."
    "Disappointing"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No idea.


    Has Vostok turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Is this a genre?


    Which character – as performed by P. J. Ochlan – was your favorite?

    In this book. None.


    What character would you cut from Vostok?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I was excited to listen to this book after listening to The Loch. So disappointed I can't even tell you how much. This book went off the chart of reason and jumped the shark.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Loch: The Loch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Steve Alten
    • Narrated By P. J. Ochlan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (358)

    Loch Ness holds secrets, ancient and deadly. Does a monster inhabit its depths, or is it just myth? Why, after thousands of reported sightings and dozens of expeditions, is there still no hard evidence? Marine biologist Zachary Wallace knows, but the shock of his near-drowning as a child on Loch Ness have buried all memories of the incident. Now, a near-death experience suffered while on expedition in the Sargasso Sea has caused these long-forgotten memories to resurface.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "FRINGE SCIENCE"
    "An interesting tale"
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    Would you listen to The Loch again? Why?

    Probably not. A book has to be extremely spellbinding to listen to again. And this book although good, not spellbinding


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's about the Loch Ness monster


    Which character – as performed by P. J. Ochlan – was your favorite?

    Zachary


    If you could take any character from The Loch out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Angus. He seems to have a lot to say.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a listen

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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