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  • Hard Country: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (178)

    National best-selling author and New Mexico native Michael McGarrity takes listeners to the wild territory of the late 19th-century American Southwest for this epic tale. After the deaths of his wife and brother, John Kerney gives up his West Texas ranch and heads south in search of a new home. Soon Kerney is offered work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory - a job that will forever change his life.

    Terri says: "Enjoyed it!"
    "Solid if Uninspired Cowboy Tale..."
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    I'm a Michael McGarrity fan and I like his Kevin Kearny universe. This is a waaaay prequel that delves into the Kearny ancestry between the Civil and First World Wars. I was looking for some insight into what made Kevin Kearny...Kevin Kearny. Perhaps I'm asking too much. But, I'd like some foreshadowing and such. Not there. Not really. So, this story must be taken on its own merit and the result is a standard cowboy yarn. Not bad. Not terrific. Just okay. That is all.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Abaddon's Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (549)

    The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

    Greg says: "The worst part is waiting for book 4"
    "Delivers on Every Level"
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    This is a rollicking space opera that delivers on every level. There's action, mystery, and just the right touch of awe. Jim Holden is a classic space hero. Reverend Anna is a true moral compass. Clarissa Mao/Melba Ko is a relentless villain with the hope of redemption. The rest of the cast of characters fall neatly into the good, the bad and the ugly, to borrow from another medium. The narration is solid, believable and not at all distracting. All-in-all, a terrific read and satisfying across all 5 stars.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Deputy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Victor Gischler
    • Narrated By Evan Greenberg
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Coyote Crossing is a dusty little sh*thole town in western Oklahoma. A sleepy little pit stop for truckers, not a lot going on. So a dead body in the middle of the street at midnight is quite an event. The chief of police wants all hands on deck, so he calls Toby Sawyer to come babysit the body. Toby doesn’t have a lot going for him. Twenty-five, a couple of years of junior college, married to a girl he got pregnant, and living in a trailer on the edge of town. He’s working part time for the police department, hoping the budget comes through and they can put him on full time, so he can get health benefits.

    Richard G. Hough says: "Depity Dog or Beaky Buzzard"
    "Laconic Narration Yields Slam, Bang Action"
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    Any additional comments?

    Evan Greenberg's laconic narration and the fuzzy-headed thinking of the title character quickly gives way to slam-bang action that keeps the reader on the knife-edge of suspense. Through it all, The Deputy's stubborn goodness engages and sustains one. This book is well worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Trinity Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sean Chercover
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (155)

    Daniel Byrne is an investigator for the Vatican’s secretive Office of the Devil’s Advocate - the department that scrutinizes miracle claims. Over 10 years and 721 cases, not one miracle he tested has proved true. But case #722 is different; Daniel’s estranged uncle, a crooked TV evangelist, has started speaking in tongues - and accurately predicting the future. Daniel knows Reverend Tim Trinity is a con man. Could Trinity also be something more? The evangelist himself is baffled by his newfound power.

    J. Webb says: "Faith without Acts...Could Get You Killed."
    "Religious Mysticism Leavened by Terrific Narration"
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    Would you try another book from Sean Chercover and/or Luke Daniels?

    This is a somewhat topical story about religious fanaticism in America dragged down by an unsupported mysticism. Sorry, anyone who is more of a believer than I am. I respect your beliefs--this story, not so much.

    Howsomever! Luke Daniels is a superb narrator with a broad range of voices and characterizations. His performance as the television evangelist Tim Trinity of the title is note perfect. As a narrator, I'd follow Luke anywhere!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2182)
    Performance
    (1814)
    Story
    (1838)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "Cracking Story Blemished by Cheap Audio Theatrics"
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    This second installment in Baldacci's John Puller series delivers as expected with the nearly indestructible Jack Reacher analog doing great things in search of swift but ultimately noble justice. Sadly, the audio version here is blemished by Hachette's Audio's inability to let the story stand on its own. It's bad enough that they feel compelled to use a woman's voice for the female characters rather than letting the always reliable Ron McLarty simply read the words. Orlagh Cassidy is a perfectly good reader and I would be pleased to listen to a book that she read. However, her Southern drawl is indistinguishable between the two female supporting characters and thus, adds nothing to helping a listener keep them apart.

    But, the worst is the incomprehensible compulsion Hachette has to overlay the book's narrative with cheesy music and comic-book sound effects. Why not leave the sounds of punches, kicks and gunfire to our imaginations--where they belong! I've witnessed fights. I've fired automatic weapons. I can supply the appropriate effects on my own, thank you. And, my imagination syncs up the sounds much more closely than do these ridiculous "oofs", "rat-a-tats" and "splats".

    Hachette's cheap audio theatrics blemish an otherwise perfectly decent escapist adventure thriller.

    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
    (5381)
    Performance
    (5017)
    Story
    (5012)

    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"
    "An Affectionate Skewering of Space Opera!"
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    Not only does John Scalzi deliver an affectionate skewering of the space opera genre in general (and Star Trek, specifically), but in the manner in which his audience has come to expect, he exceeds the premise and goes totally meta on us--and to wonderfully funny and touching results. His pal, Wil Wheaton's reading is perfection itself. And given Wil's ST:TNG connection AND that Red Shirts is dedicated in part to him, Wheaton's narration deftly underscores the meta-meta theme of the book. Bravo to both of them!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon Maze Game: A Dream Park Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    The Year: 2085. Humanity has spread throughout the solar system. A stable lunar colony is agitating for independence. Lunar tourism is on the rise.... Against this background, professional Close Protection specialist Scotty Griffin, fresh off a disastrous assignment, is offered the opportunity of a lifetime: to shepherd the teenaged heir to the Republic of Kikaya on a fabulous vacation.

    Beverly says: "Good read, quick read, glad I did"
    "The Great Narration Exceeds the Story"
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    Hey, don't get me wrong--this is a perfectly decent sci-fi yarn. But, it's only that. Decent. Not much more. But, Stefan Rudnicki's narration elevates the story beyond itself. I enjoyed this audiobook quite a bit, all the while knowing that it was more for the narration than the simplistic story, unbelievably plot twists and cookie cutter characters. Rudnicki. You da man!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By E. B. Sledge
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (391)

    This modern classic of military history has been called "one of the most important personal accounts of war that I have ever read" by distinguished historian John Keegan. Author E.B. Sledge served with the First Marine Division during World War II, and his first-hand narrative is unsurpassed in its sincerity. Sledge’s experience shows in this fascinating account of two of the most harrowing and pivotal island battles of the Pacific theater.

    Kent Valandra says: "The Best"
    "Best Combat Story of the War inThe Pacific"
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    Eugene B. Sledge's first person account of his time as a Marine in the Pacific during World War II is an honest and deceptively simple portrait of the combat soldier. Written later in life as a exorcism of the demons of his war memories, it is ublinking and unswerving from the truth. Eugene is a sensitive, caring youth placed in hellish circumstances under impossible conditions. He doesn't avoid the uncomfortable truths about war that it seems each generation must learn for itself: callow, inexperienced or uncaring leadership, friendly fire, how the brutality of combat leads to the dehumanization of the enemy and how splattered with mud and the flesh of others, it becomes all the same in the crucible of Pelilieu and Okinawa.

    One of the source books for the HBO miniseries, "The Pacific," this is the place to start if you are interested in delving deeper into the real person--man and boy--behind the character so movingly portrayed by Joseph Mazzello.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robert Leckie
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (102)

    Robert Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow, we follow his odyssey, from basic training on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific, where some of the war's fiercest fighting took place. Recounting his service with the 1st Marine Division and the brutal action on Guadalcanal, New Britain, and Peleliu, Leckie spares no detail of the horrors and sacrifices of war.

    Sean says: "A classic narrative of the Pacific War"
    "Doesn't Live up to the Miniseries"
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    Bob Leckie's "Helmet For My Pillow" is one of the two books that inspired the HBO miniseries, "The Pacific." Rather than evoke the noble yet flawed character so winnningly portrayed by James Badge Dale, Leckie's work comes across as overwritten and stilted. Leckie, a journalist before the war and after, seems incapable of simply telling his tale. He has shaped his story and his vocabulary for the audience he perceived reading it in the year of its publication, 1957. To our ears, more than 50 years later, the language and style is, at best, anachronistic and, at its worst, discordantly false (See? I can use fancy words, too!).

    Anyone interested in the backstory of "The Pacific" or in an accurate and moving tale of the Marine in the Pacific campaign of World War II is much better off looking to Eugene B. Sledge's "With the Old Breed," as fine a story of the combat soldier as ever told.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2630)
    Performance
    (2173)
    Story
    (2165)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steven L. Otis says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "Great Story--Distracting Narration/Music"
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    Baldacci is a solid and reliable writer who delivers with the intricacies of the classic procedural plus the excitement of the classic thriller. Ron McLarty delivers a compelling narration. The problem I have with this production is this: we don't need the bumper music--trust me, the narration is more than enough to keep us engaged and involved. The music is merely distracting and, frankly, insulting. The other complaint I have is with Orlagh Cassidy's voicing the female characters. Orlagh herself is great--I like her voice and would welcome her narration as a standalone of any appropriate novel. However, the addition of a second, female voice is nearly as distracting as the bumper music. This is an audiobook--not a radioplay. I am perfectly content with a male voice reading female dialog and vice versa. Just not necessary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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