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yolaleah

Kalamazoo, MI | Member Since 2012

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  • Starvation Lake: A Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Bryan Gruley
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Bryan Gruley's debut mystery has received starred reviews from publications such as Booklist and Publishers Weekly. Disgraced reporter Gus Carpenter returns home to his small town and becomes embroiled in a murder investigation.

    A User says: "Slow, juvenile and in desperate need of an editor"
    "Good tale, mediocre reader."
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    It's a great tale, unfortunately the reader seemed very slow - didn't really fit with my personal taste in readers. There would be extremely long (almost painful) pauses in between dialog occasionally. It was a little strange. But it's a great story.

    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
    (5556)
    Performance
    (5182)
    Story
    (5178)

    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"
    "Best of the year"
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    This book totally floored me for all the right reasons. John Scalzi's Redshirts manages to be action-packed, totally hilarious, and incredibly touching all at the same time. The plot is like the best episode of Star Trek ever. Andrew Dahl is on his first assignment in the Universal Union, kind of like the universal army or Starfleet in the Star Trek world, and he begins to realize that every time the crew goes on an away mission, Ensigns or newbies, die, while the upper level crew come away alive, despite sometimes receiving crippling injuries. So Dahl starts to dig and realizes that they may be actually be in a science fiction show...and the worst part is - it might not even be a good show. This is the first Scalzi book I have ever read, and let me tell you, I am ready to read his entire catalog. The man has some serious skills. Surprisingly it replaced Gone Girl as my all-time favorite book of the year. Added bonus: Wil Wheaton reads the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4241)
    Performance
    (2408)
    Story
    (2410)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Long but worth it"
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    Amazing story. Amazing reader. Explored issues about the war that many other books haven't yet. Well worth the hours. Not for the squeamish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Steel Remains

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (235)

    In just a few short years, Richard K. Morgan has vaulted to the pinnacle of the science fiction world. Now he turns his iconoclastic talents to epic fantasy, crafting a darkly violent, tautly plotted adventure sure to thrill old fans and captivate new readers.

    Forest says: "This isn't your father's gay hero!"
    "Well read but complicated storyline"
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    The reader is amazing but the story has a big cast of characters, just not really suited for an audiobook. I don't get confused too easily but found this tale very complicated. It was difficult to figure out who is who - might try again in print.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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