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ozgribbo

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  • A Dying Light in Corduba: The Falco Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Richard Mitchley
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    It is 73 AD in Ancient Rome and inimitable sleuth Marcus Didius Falco is back with a vengeance. In one night, a man is killed and Rome's Chief of Spies left for dead. Naturally there is no one except Falco to conduct the investigation. Soon he is plunged into the fiercely competitive world of olive oil production. Political intrigue, an exotic Spanish dancer and impending fatherhood, all add to Falco's troubles.

    ozgribbo says: "A new slant on the Romans"
    "A new slant on the Romans"
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    I have read this series for many years and it is interesting to see how the fortunes (and character) of Marcus Didius Falco progresses. The narrator gets the sometimes world-weary Falco's moods over extremely well. The everyday life of Romans is painted well and the inclusion of Roman notables is handled well. Will continue to get as many of this series as I can.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time for the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (426)

    Travel to other planets is now a reality, and with overpopulation stretching the resources of Earth, the necessity of finding habitable worlds is growing ever more urgent. There’s a problem though—because the spaceships are slower than light, any communication between the exploring ships and Earth would take years.

    Tom and Pat are identical twin teenagers. As twins they’ve always been close, so close that it seemed like they could read each other’s minds.

    DJM says: "My First Heinlein"
    "Dated but worth a listen"
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    I've been going through my 70's SF UK-bought paperbacks (shoulder reconstruction meant forced idleness) and realised that Heinlein was about 50% of my reading then. (Moorcock/AsimovVan Vogt/Vance made up the rest.) Didn't ring a bell when I saw the title name so bought it. Pleasantly surprised. It's no "Door into summer" but very good use of time dilation (I teach chemistry not physics!). If you like Heinlein, you'll like this- much shorter and more readable (possible younger audience?) than "Stranger in a strange land" etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2926)
    Performance
    (1629)
    Story
    (1638)

    The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his victims. Now, with a single faultless shot, Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city's nightmare.

    Barry says: "Wow! Excellent Bosch thriller!"
    "Harry is habit forming"
    Overall
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    This series definitely grows on you. It doesn't immediately stand out from the crowd, but eventually you realise that these are well-written books that take a while to sink in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rab the Rhymer: Poems and Songs of Robert Burns - a 250th Birthday Celebration

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Robert Burns
    • Narrated By David Rintoul, Vivien Heilbron, Adrian Chandler, and others
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Acclaimed actors David Rintoul and Vivien Heilbron and eminent musicians Mhairi Lawson and Adrian Chandler present not only Burns' greatest hits, but also a selection of his lesser-known, yet fascinating works. Together these provide a comprehensive overview of his prodigious and versatile genius.

    ozgribbo says: "A good primer to the Ayrshire poet"
    "A good primer to the Ayrshire poet"
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    I was born and raised in the area where Burns lived and wrote his poetry. The language/dialect he used (Lannan) is not always accessible to mainstream English speakers . In view of this, pronunciation is always contentious. The narrators did a good job of the impossible task of translating 200 year old language to current day phrasing. They kept the cadence and feeling of the works well. I would recommend this to anyone seeking to come to grips with this phenomenal talent. If you have to come to do an academic review II recommend the approach I took as as a Scot "learning" Shakespeare. Have a print copy and dictionary nearby as you listen. Oh, only negative bit - the very North American accents at the beginning and end - aarggh,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2: Harry Bosch, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2747)
    Performance
    (1641)
    Story
    (1653)

    Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with his head in several pieces and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Good Listen"
    "The lone wolf continues"
    Overall
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    This continues the scenarios and characters set out in the first novel and does a good job of maintaining reader interest. A little bit dated, but well worth a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Existence

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Robin Miles, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (382)

    Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact".

    A. Massey says: "Big ideas, good science fiction, frustrating style"
    "An epic in every sense of the word."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a long, long book and it is easy to lose concentration with all of the different threads. Lots of good (if re-worked) ideas. But it went on far, far too long and ended with a bit of a fizzle. The narrators/performers did a great job doing the huge list of characters and they kept my interest going. Needs a radical pruning/abridging and a bit more "oomph" in the ending. Disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cut: Spero Lucas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George Pelecanos
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (116)

    Spero Lucas has a new line of work. Since he returned home after serving in Iraq, he has been doing special investigations for a defense attorney. He's good at it, and he has carved out a niche: recovering stolen property, no questions asked. His cut is 40 percent. But is any cut worth your family, your lover, your life?

    Cori says: "So entertaining and surprising!"
    "Slightly off beat crime"
    Overall
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    I really liked this - good blend between crime solving, earning a living and dealing with family problems. very believable characters and a good plot line.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel: Zero Point: The FREE Prequel Novella: Evan Gabriel Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steve Umstead
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (330)

    Evan Gabriel wasn't always a feared and respected North American Federation Navy Commander. Before dangerous missions to the ice-bound planet of Poliahu, the deadly jungle world of Eden, and politically corrupt Mars, he was a simple recruit, fighting to make his mark in the elite Naval Special Forces…and was part of a top-secret military experiment that would change his life forever. Zero Point tells the tale of a young man faced with difficult choices and dangerous trials.

    karen says: "A big Thanks for this intriguing freebee"
    "Competent but not inspiring."
    Overall
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    It was a reasonable read, but nothing I haven't seen/heard of lots of times before. (See the "Boosted man" series by Tully Zetford). I wouldn't buy any more in the series unless they were more inspiring than this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (355)

    "My name is Mike Ross. I'm a Ferryman. I help people with ghost problems, or ghosts with people problems. Funny thing, no one ever helps me with my problems. Civil War ghosts bent on killing me, Skinwalkers who just want my body, and a vindictive spirit linked both to my bloodline and my destiny... It turns out the dead still hold a good deal of influence over the world, and they don't want to give it up. I'm in way over my head. Fortunately, I'm too stubborn to quit."

    DonNel says: "Like Harry Dresden? You will love Michael Ross!"
    "Commerical corpses"
    Overall
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    Though not exactly a new idea of people seeing ghosts, the author put a really fresh twist on this concept. The main character had his flaws but you could understand the reasoning that led to his decisions and sympathise. The narrator really put a lot of effort into the many roles.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By William C. Dietz
    • Narrated By Bill Quinn
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    An android named Harley Doon finds himself caught in a battle between human and alien. It’s not his fight, but somebody has to save the world. Years ago, when humans and androids crash landed onto the planet Zuul, whatever remained of their society quickly succumbed to the ravages of earthquakes and a never-ending winter from volcanic dust clouds. As humans and machines scavenged to stay alive, they also faced the Zid, an alien race that abhors all technology with religious fervor.

    ozgribbo says: "Aliens, humans, androids and anti-technology."
    "Aliens, humans, androids and anti-technology."
    Overall
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    At first I thought this was a bit of a cliche, but Mr Dietz managed to squeeze in a few nice touches to round out his characters to avoid being too formulaic. Some obvious "baddies" and "goodies" and some parts were a bit clunky, but overall I enjoyed it. I don't think it was as good as his more overt military sci fi, but worth a read. My only complaint about the narrator was the aliens came over a bit like a cross between the Cisco Kid and Speedy Gonzalez - other wise he did a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: Mickey Haller, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    When down-at-heel lawyer Mickey Haller gets the news that his old colleague Jerry Vincent has died, he also gets an unexpected windfall. Jerry had left instructions that Mickey should inherit all of his clients - putting Mickey's stalled career back on track at a stroke. Not only that, but Vincent was about to go to bat for Walter Elliot, the Hollywood mogul accused of brutally slaying his wife and her lover, in a trial that promises big fees and an even bigger place in the media spotlight.

    Lia says: "Another Winner"
    "Cynical saviour"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really liked the first in this series (The Lincoln Lawyer) and I was not disappointed with this sequel. The main character, a world-weary defence lawyer, is not without character flaws, but he holds your attention and has many good points. Not giving too much of the plot away, he is becoming a bit disillusioned about saving guilty clients from jail terms - but needs the money. A good crime novel, seen from a slightly different perspective. Narrator does a really good job as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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