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  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2543)
    Performance
    (1889)
    Story
    (1904)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    DJM says: "Entertaining and Irritating."
    "Great Story.....Crazy Narration"
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    OSC!!!....STOP SWITCHING NARRATORS!

    You're making me nuts....or nuttier.... You start with Stefan Rudnicki who defines brilliantly the characters and their voices...the kids, the adults, then .....you get a new chapter....all of a sudden, the voices change....Now The Adult "Loaf", sounds younger than the 13 year old. Its ridiculous. It also disrupts the flow big time. Not the first OSC book to do this. It's like Stefan called in sick that day, so they just let whoever was around do a few chapters. Nuts. Different narrators for the second parallel story would be fine...just not for the same characters!!!

    So Great Story....Disruptive narration....

    I'm exhausted....

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2755)
    Performance
    (2615)
    Story
    (2618)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold ""human error"" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Just a great F-in story."
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    This is a book that grabs you from the word F-in...I mean Go! It has a pretty quick pace too. Never dull or boring. BUT, it is kinda technical, which I think a lot of people can overlook and just ride along with, because the author is very descriptive even when he's being so technical...but, some peoples eyes...er....a....ears may gloss over at a little, but hey going to mars...and trying to get back can be technical. Oh, and if you can't take the Cussing, stay out of the Spaceship! There's a lot of F-This and oh Sh*ts going on in the book by everyone at some point....Too bad, I would love for my dad to hear this book, but that would make him cringe and turn it off.

    BUT, the good story wouldn't have been so engaging if it weren't for R.C. Bray. I've never heard him narrate before....and I can't wait to hear this guy again. Brilliant, just Brilliant!!! His pacing is great, His voices GREAT....his whole attitude brings to the story a dimension that reading the text alone could never provide, Good material yes...but a narrator can make or break any book. R.C. is a superstar reader/actor/performer I think, ...I need more Sci Fi listening with him at the Mic....Fu** yeah!!!!

    Joel

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Afire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
    Overall
    (874)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (819)

    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.

    DocJim says: "This is a GREAT adventure Sci-Fi Book. Masterful!"
    "El Cavador, El Cavador, El Cavador"
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    So...great story, decent narration, but as usual, for OSC, there are too many cooks...er...a.. narrators in the studios. Just let the Stephan Rudnicki narrate it...PLEASE! I'm not sure...which female repeatedly says...and talks about.... El Cavador. But I can't think of a more annoying narration. El Cavador/Rrrrrrrreina El Cavador/Rrrrrrrreina... OH my god (LDS for OSC)...I couldn't stand it.... I so rarely skip any part of a book....but click ahead I did. Fotrunately, I skipped the first book of the series which focuses on the El Cavador...

    The rest of the book was awesome. Great action, good characters. Good story...can't wait for the next one....hopefully talk of the....El Cavador and Rrrrrrreina will be minimal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Black: Odyssey One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    Overall
    (995)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (926)

    Captain Eric Weston and his crew encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people; all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero. A first-rate military-science-fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing.

    C. Hartmann says: "Great, Solid Military SciFi / Evolving Space Opera"
    "A very decent Space Opera/Adventure"
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    So, I stumbled into this series...but hey...even though the book dropped in price to $1.99 a week after I bought it!!......I really did enjoy the book.

    The Narrator, Benjamin L. Darcie...is a mixed bag. If he only did the characters voices, he would be high up there in my favorite narrator category. Unfortunately, he Narrates and overviews (picture a straight line and a beeeeeeeeep from a hospital monitor.) like a zombie would read with little inflection in his voice...then when characters speak....suddenly it's Mr. Personality. What the heck guy????? Narrate with some enthusiasm...geeez. OH...and it's Subsequent, Sub c qui ent. I was laughing very loudly at his pronunciation.

    So, the story was very good....I didn't get bored or want to skip ahead. It was simply a thoroughly enjoyable book.....and I'm on to book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Meetings: In the Enderverse

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle De Cuir, Amanda Karr, Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (889)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (373)

    First Meetings is a collection of three novellas (plus the original "Ender's Game") that journey into the origins and the destiny of one Ender Wiggin.

    Michael says: "Essential Backstory for Ender Fans!"
    "Fun Short Stories! Another Wierd Production....."
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    Nice to hear these 3 short stories and Ender's Game of course. The stories left you wanting more. Very enjoyable. Good Narration overall, but of course the music. Usually it just doesn't fit the stories. This time, it buried the story. Especially between the 3rd story and Ender's game. The Music completely DROWNED out the audio for about a minute. How does this type of thing keep getting by those in the studio? I did college radio in the 80's, and first things first....don't bury voices in music.... Seems like someone fell asleep in class. :P Probably the music's author is the editor.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Hegemon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2738)
    Performance
    (1369)
    Story
    (1374)

    Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

    Cathleen says: "The Saga Continues....."
    "Great Story with the worst Audio ever recorded!"
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    I know many other reviews have spoken about it....but if you took a cassette recorder with an old cigar length external microphone, and you recorded audio for a book, then have it read by several different people who play all the characters at some point for no reason, let it age for 30 years, then dub it to CD..... and when the audio drops out so low you have someone reread it in a different voice over the top of the original recording, you have Shadow of the Hegemon. Wow....how could they let this go out and then never fix it. This is a $35 audio book!!?? To quote the great Gomer Pyle "For shame, for shame for shame"

    The story however kept my attention in between audio drops. The story has continued and fortunately is so strong I managed to keep listening through the horrid audio.

    Petra...is one hell of a strong character!....Bean is Bean....brilliant, arrogant, and, just a little kid.

    Gabrielle de Cuir....I think someone called her "Miss Dramatic" in a different review, is at it again...ooooooooh the poor child, oooooooooh so sad. Geez. Does she mispronounce Achilles name on purpose? When she pronounced it as Asheeel in prior books? Don't know. I know I know, it's the French pronunciation. She just confuses things even more.

    Scott Card has written another in depth character driven story
    (even though he gets preachy as usual) ..that keeps me wanting yet more and more. Why he would let this mess of a recording stay online literally for between 5 to 10 years or more is crazy!! Fix this thing!!

    Joel

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6741)
    Performance
    (6028)
    Story
    (6039)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "I'm Hexed"
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    Fine, I never write reviews, but after hearing the Inigo Montoya reference this evening while driving home I had to say something....This author is a crack up! I guess it helps that I get virtually every cultural references he makes. Well of course if I don't get some, I may never know it...but that's beside the point .Plus I just spent a weekend in Tempe AZ, and was familiar with all the streets around the school and his fictitious book store. This book, as was the first book in the series(Hounded) are FUN, fast moving stories. I've never been real big into the Fantasy books. Usually I listen to Military Sci-Fi, but this book caught my eye(or ear I guess) and I listened to the sample. I was hooked...er..a..Hexed! I downloaded it paying cash of course. By Audible standards this book is a bargain....which of course looks to change at book 4, as Kevin Hearne becomes a superstar requiring an entire Token!(way to go Kevin).

    The characters have depth, wit, and maybe even some evil charms! But of course leave it to an Irish wolfhound to steal the show. Luke(the force is with him) Daniels lends such a great voice to Oberon! The smartest dog ever....yet, he's still a dog in the end.(he loves a good sausage and a butt sniff) Those who read the book um...on paper(so old school) simply can't get quite the enjoyment that those audio book listeners get. Luke's voices are a huge part of the book. Glad to see he's signed on through book 6!

    So, lot's of great Druid, Witches, Wolves, Crow, and an old Irish widow! Leave it to the wolf to be a lawyer! Can't wait for my 90 minute drive to work tomorrow..... A building was blowing up and heads were rolling when I turned it off this evening!

    After reading through Keven Hearne's web site, it seems he's become a writing machine and Book 5 looks to be out before the end of the year!

    Enjoy this one..but pay cash, since this steal of a book can't last much longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scattered Suns: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (234)

    The war between the alien hydrogues and the faeros rages, reducing suns to blackened shells - including one of the fabled seven suns of the Ildiran Empire. Instead of protecting themselves, the Ildirans engage in bloody civil war and the many factions of humanity are bitterly divided. Can mankind and Ildirans overcome their own internal fighting to face a deadly new enemy that is ready to annihilate them?

    Lori H says: "Like nails on a chalkboard..."
    "GREAT Series....Narrator change from Book 4 on"
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    I wrote Kevin J. Anderson at his blog about the change of narrator in mid series(book 4 and on). I made similar comments to the ones I found here about bad pronunciation of names and do the narrator's ever read the book. To my surprise, he responded the next day, and very much appreciate him taking the time to respond:

    Kevin J. Anderson says:
    August 25, 2011 at 11:59 am

    The audio publisher changed after book 3 (from Recorded Books to Brilliance); in most cases, Scott Brick or Jim Meskimen have read my books, and I have very close contact with them. For the first three Seven Suns books, I had a long phone conversation with George Guidall to guide him through the pronunciations. For the other Seven Suns books, I sent a pronunciation list, but I did not have any contact with the reader.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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