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Marc Versley

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Tampa, FL, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2000)
    Performance
    (1609)
    Story
    (1624)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "Clogged"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As I listened to this story it difficult to understand where it was going. In the end, it was unsatisfying. The story was clogged with psychological ramblings and many unanswered questions. Perhaps it was the translation or the age in which this was written. The concept was solid but the execution was not.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • WIRED

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Douglas E. Richards
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Kira Miller is a brilliant genetic engineer who discovers how to temporarily achieve savant-like capabilities in all areas of thought and creativity. But what if this transcendent level of intelligence brings with it a ruthless megalomania? David Desh left the special forces after his team was brutally butchered in Iran. Now he has been reactivated for one last mission: find Kira Miller, the enigmatic genius behind a bioterror plot that threatens millions.

    Tommy says: "Good, but not great."
    "Mind Expanding reading pleasure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up WIRED in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, insightful, riveting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David Desh leads us through the adventure


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Kira and David escape the safe house. The description of the mind altering experience is amazing.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly entertaining. I enjoy a story I can try and puzzle out. This one has many entertaining twists

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Douglas E. Richards
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    The Cure is a genre-bending thriller reminiscent of Michael Crichton or Douglas Preston, about the biological underpinnings of psychopathy. As a child, her family was taken from her by a serial killer. Erin Palmer is left orphaned and forever scarred. She dedicates her life to the study of psychopaths, conducting one-on-one interviews and tests with inmates. When Erin finally finishes years of exhaustive research, she finds herself in possession of the key to ending psychopathic behavior - in the species - forever. That' s when they try to kill her.

    Marc Versley says: "Great story, surprising twists"
    "Great story, surprising twists"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Cure the most enjoyable?

    The easy flow to the story, the surprising twists. Nice character development


    What other book might you compare The Cure to and why?

    I would compare this to one of Michael Crichton's books Prey. There is an excellent story line and continuing action.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I was not impressed with the narrator's voice characterizations. He is not a narrator I would pick for this sort of book.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the time. Very entertaining with a some thought provoking dialogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (4815)
    Performance
    (4385)
    Story
    (4395)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Hoping for a sequel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stryker as the protagonist is a believable personality. One whose intelligence is masked by his appearance. Great character development.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't nail down a single scene.


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

    Not initially. But about halfway through I found myself lingering to catch a few more paragraphs wishing I could sit back and go on.


    Any additional comments?

    I am hoping there will be a sequel. I enjoyed the way the story was developed. I felt we were given all the clues but I didn't suspect the real murderer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Evening of the Year

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Kirsten Kairos
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (166)

    Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the Southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she's a legend for the risks she'll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy's heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can't allow herself to return, Amy's behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

    Fred says: "Dean's got his groove back"
    "Good Story Weak Ending"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the story. The prose was excellent, painting pictures with wonderful descriptions. The ending was weak. I found it disappointing after the buildup. The wordcraft made the book worthwhile.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Variable Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein, Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Spider Robinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (166)

    At his death in 1988, Robert A. Heinlein left a legacy that almost single-handedly defined modern science fiction. But one of Heinlein's masterpieces was never finished. In 1955, he began work on Variable Star, a powerful and passionate tale of two young lovers driven apart by pride, power, and the vastness of interstellar time and space. Now, the Heinlein estate has authorized award-winning author Spider Robinson to expand his outline into a full-length novel. And the result is vintage Heinlein.

    Michael says: "BRVO!"
    "Excelllent Sci-Fi"
    Overall

    This brings back the granduer of Heinlein and melds beautifully with Robinson's style. This book crosses age boundaries to reach young and old. I loved the twists and the imbellishments within the story line. Great Book

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Thrall's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Judith Lindbergh
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Katla is a slave and daughter of a Christian woman captured in a Viking raid on Irish shores. Setting sail from Iceland with her master's household, she heads toward the distant promise of a new homestead in Greenland. Also on the ship is Thorbjorg the Seeress, a much maligned and persecuted healer and prophetess who is ever faithful to the call of her patron god, Odin.

    Wyonia says: "well done"
    "Richly Detailed"
    Overall

    This book is a great historic novel. The detailed research into this time period was obviously extensive. The religious references for Norse and theie entire way of life was insightful. The way of life was obviously difficult. An entertaining storyline

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deception Point

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2786)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (810)

    When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

    Mark says: "Some people are too picky -- This is a must"
    "Great Story"
    Overall

    I was captured by this book very quickly. The story line was great. I had difficukty turning it off to go to work. It held me throughout. This is as good as anything Dan Brown has written. I enjoy even the poetic license. I will probably listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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