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ozgribbo

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  • The Observers: The Human Division, Episode 9

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (397)

    In an effort to improve relations with the Earth, the Colonial Union has invited a contingent of diplomats from that planet to observe Ambassador Abumwe negotiate a trade deal with an alien species. Then something very bad happens to one of the Earthings, and with that, the relationship between humanity’s two factions is on the cusp of disruption once more. It’s a race to find out what really happened, and who is to blame. "The Observers" is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories set in the Old Man's War universe.

    Hassan says: "This series is getting Better and Better!!!!"
    "More of the same but different"
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    Continues with the human division theme. but like earlier episodes puts a new slant on some characters who are starting to firm up. If you like intelligent, low key sci fi written with humour, good characterisation and very accessible - this is for you.

    0 of 0 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."
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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
    (69)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    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"
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    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
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9821)
    Performance
    (6789)
    Story
    (6796)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Does justice to the novel"
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    Love the series and this audio version does justice to the novel. If you have only seen the TV series then you are in for a treat. The characters are stronger, action more frequent, blood is gorier, and bad guys are badder .... you get the picture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6220)
    Performance
    (2569)
    Story
    (2580)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "A shady lawyer with a conscience"
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    Really impressed with everything about this book. Cynical lawyer (obsessed with money) and family problems, defending obviously guilty clients, this could have developed into an extended cliche. I kept thinking I had worked out the next twist and turn, had it partially confirmed and then something unexpected (but believable) leapt into the picture. The narrator does a great job with the various characters - especially good at conveying the mood of aggressive cops and making the lead character sympathetic. I almost wished I had studied Law rather than Chemistry and later teaching.... almost, but not quite. I'll buy the next in the series - not something I often do,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walter M. Miller
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (555)

    Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

    Joel says: "A Classic"
    "Must-read classic"
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    I hadn't read this book for over 20 years and ordered it, expecting to be disappointed. Often the "classics" of yesteryear fail to impress on later readings. This is an exception. It sets the standard for all works featuring the cyclical way that civilizations rise fall and rise again scenarios (see Toynbee). Some humour (not easy in SciFi), some pathos but basically a great story (novel at the time, not so now), good characterisations and a large dollop of cynicism. The narrator does a great job of making the characters come alive and is not afraid to "ham it up" a bit in order to help us get an insight into the character. Thank you for doing a wonderful version of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wyrms

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    The sphere is alien in origin, but has been controlled by Man for millennia. A legend as old as the stars rules this constructed world: when the seventh seventh seventh human Heptarch is crowned, he will be the Kristos and will bring eternal salvation...or the destruction of the cosmos.

    Melissa says: "Card fans, don't miss this one!"
    "Mundane swords and sorcery"
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    I'm probably not the best person to review this book as I don't usually read this genre. Thought I'd give it a chance as I have enjoyed other works by this author. Although there were some interesting twists, generally it was a pretty forgettable plot. The narrator did a reasonably competent job but there was not enough differentiation between the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lock Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (911)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (627)

    Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now 18, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in 10 years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight hundred-pound safe...he can open them all. It's an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people.

    G. Sabin says: "A decent story, a little slow"
    "An unexpected delight"
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    The premise of a mute, artistic safe-cracking teenager didn't initially attract. However, this is a terrific crime novel. The author (and narrator) make it believable. Although some of the plot is telegraphed (due to the timeline approach), there is real suspense and I really felt for the lead character. Loved it and will explore this writer further.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Steam

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (141)

    To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork - a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all of the elements: earth, air, fire and water. This being Ankh-Morpork, it’s soon drawing astonished crowds, some of whom caught the zeitgeist early and arrive armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear.

    Jacobus says: "It is like being bitten by a black ribbon vampire"
    "A cast of thousands"
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    This book contains more characters from the Discworld than any previous Pratchett book. As well as the usual favourites, the goblins feature well and a few personalities just glimpsed in earlier novels are fleshed out. Less of the cryptic humour and more storyline. I tried very hard to get into the last two non-Discworld books and had to give up. This is a welcome return.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4570)
    Performance
    (2586)
    Story
    (2582)

    For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "What a Terrific Book"
    "Unexpectedly good read"
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    When I started this, it seemed a run of the mill story about a 'rogue" detective. It gradually developed into much more than this. Good characterisation and a reasonable (if predictable) plot kept my interest. Would probably read more of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The God of the Hive: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (826)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (482)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King enjoys immense popularity and a resounding chorus of critical acclaim for her exquisite mysteries. The God of the Hive continues the thread King began in The Language of Bees, in which Mary Russell and her famous husband, Sherlock Holmes, face trouble with Scotland Yard and the deadliest of adversaries.

    connie says: "Imaginative and engrossing listen"
    "Holmes, but not as you know him"
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    I read the first in this series and it was good"classic" Holmes with a twist. This is by no means a bad story, just a bit away from the expected Holmes. It was much more in the vein of "Boys own stories", Bulldog Drummond or even "The thirty nine steps."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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