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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
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    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"
    Overall
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    Story

    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
  • Pavane

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Keith Roberts
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (286)

    Considered Keith Roberts' masterwork, this novel consists of linked short stories (six measures and a coda) of a 20th century in which the Roman Catholic Church controls the Western world, and has done so since Queen Elizabeth of England was assassinated in 1588. The Protestant Reformation never happened, and the world is kept in a Dark Age of steam-power transportation, with no allowance for electrical power, by a tyrannical Rome.

    Amazon Customer says: "It's the Characters that Outline the World"
    "Truly a classic"
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    I read this very shortly after it came out and rediscovered the paperback a few years ago. Was delighted to see it in an audio version and wasn't disappointed. I'm generally not a fan of "alternative" universes, but this one works. Loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Alex Irvine
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (245)

    When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, rise from the sea, a war begins that will take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon is devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "surprisingly character driven"
    "Watch the movie"
    Overall
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    Story

    Closest I've come to returning a Sci Fi book. Narrator does his best, but it is the same scenario time after time. Too many holes in the plot to count. Good premise and some new ideas but woeful story and very cliched characters. Without the big screen demolition etc, just doesn't work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakers: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Edward W. Robertson
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (330)

    In New York, Walt Lawson is about to lose his girlfriend Vanessa. In Los Angeles, Raymond and Mia James are about to lose their house. Within days, none of it will matter. When Vanessa dies of the flu, Walt is devastated. But she isn't the last. The virus quickly kills billions, reducing New York to an open grave and LA to a chaotic wilderness of violence and fires. As Raymond and Mia hole up in an abandoned mansion, where they learn to function without electricity, running water, or neighbors, Walt begins an existential walk to LA.

    Dan says: "Excellent Book 1"
    "Survivors of Alien invasion - done well"
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    The subject is a bit cliched, but this novel stands out from the crowd. the end of the world scenario is believable, the characters are drawn well "warts and all". Scenarios are varied and the good guys don't always survive. Will probably buy the follow up(s)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3397)
    Performance
    (3104)
    Story
    (3127)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "The source of all."
    Overall
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    I've been very disappointed when I've gone back to some classic stories in the past - Moby Dick, the Three Musketeers, the last Mohican etc. Dated language, tedious story line and very slow, This was a revolution. I started watching Hammer Horror films (and Amicus) in the early sixties and almost everything else in between then to the current day. But never read the original. Yes, it takes longer to get to the point (No, there isn't any "cut to the chase") but really builds up a picture of the characters, surroundings and how things were exceedingly well. If you want to see where all subsequent vampire stories got their inspiration - look no further.

    Oh yes - narration/dramatization is first class.

    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
    (589)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (501)

    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
    (3285)
    Performance
    (1952)
    Story
    (1961)

    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
    Performance
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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"
    Overall
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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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3180)
    Performance
    (2028)
    Story
    (2046)

    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
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (484)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (432)

    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 1 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
    (143)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (123)

    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

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