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  • The Door into Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (556)

    Dan Davis, an electronics engineer, had finally made the invention of a lifetime: a household robot that could do almost anything. Wild success was within reach, but then Dan's life was ruined. In a plot to steal his business, his greedy partner and greedier fiancée tricked him into taking the "long sleep": suspended animation for 30 years.

    Greg says: "classic"
    "Delightful whimsy and science!"
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    Heinlein's sardonic wit and engaging characters are on full display in this looping romance. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26279)
    Performance
    (23949)
    Story
    (23952)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Heather says: "A heartwrenching story read absolutely brilliantly"
    "Only if you dislike Christians and men..."
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    Clearly this writer is capable but she had such an axe to grind that you can't escape it. I listened all the way through trying to understand how this dystopian world happened but the details are really hard to come by. If you're convinced fundamentalist Christians are all evil hypocrites and all men are two dimensional sex fiends, you might find a voice in this book. Otherwise, don't bother. Questions for the author: how did the Gideons take over? What was the radiation that sterilized so many women? Why weren't the fertile women valued and cherished? Why were they only available to the elite for marginal repopulation ability? How did they have enough people to continue their war? Why did the disaster only happen to white people? How big an area was held by the Gideon's? And on and on...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8383)
    Performance
    (7595)
    Story
    (7592)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Such good sci fi fun!"
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    John Scalzi has a really strange mind but I have to admit, I LIKE it! Through the detailed introduction to unusual alien species and interesting political practices, he weaves a rollicking twister of an adventure story. And Wil Wheaton is a marvelous reader. Don't miss this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Force and Effect: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5880)
    Performance
    (5223)
    Story
    (5197)

    A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don't have.

    Chris C says: "Thank You Mark Greaney!"
    "Wonderful Traveling Companion"
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    My husband and I listened to this as we traveled back and forth to our cabin. The story develops slowly but so well done. We had to keep listening even after we arrived. Well done story and performance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Switch: Tucker Wayne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Rollins, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1566)
    Performance
    (1434)
    Story
    (1430)

    The mission seems simple enough: Extract a pharmaceutical magnate from Russian soil. But nothing is as it appears to be. A desperate call thrusts Captain Tucker Wayne and his stalwart military dog, Kane, into a frantic race to rescue the brilliant-but-deluded Abram Bukolov from a cadre of skilled assassins. Hunted and betrayed at every turn, Tucker and Kane must discover the truth behind a horror out of the ancient past that can be weaponized to terrorize the modern world. As time rapidly runs out, the deep and intimate bond between dog and soldier will be tested to the extreme.

    Blue Dragonfly says: "A new aspect of the special ops soldier"
    "Liked it - really well read!"
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    As James Rollins books go, this wasn't one of his best. The story line was interesting and kept my attention and the narration was excellent! There were just a few clumsy descriptions that surprised me - dead mice frozen under the snow are not still decaying, for example, but overall a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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