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Evert

Burtonsville, MD, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Pirate King: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (440)

    As Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes embark on their 11th adventure together, they find themselves immersed in the world of silent filmmaking. Here, the pirates are real—and unlike the shooting done with a camera, this sort can be deadly.

    Chris says: "Not my favorite Mary Russell"
    "If there were negative stars"
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    Please don't get this book! I've been a Laurie R. King fan for years but with this latest iteration of Mary Russell, King has jumped the shark. Jenny Sterlin's wonderful reading can't save this plodding, pointless bore of a book. If it were possible to give negative stars, I would. Most of the book consists of Mary complaining about something or another (shut up already!). No sleuthing or detective work every really takes place (once she looks around someone’s room), Holmes does absolutely nothing except play violin. All the drama is confined to a few paragraphs at the end – which are not worth wading through all the pointless detail to get to.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Peace Warrior

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Steven L. Hawk
    • Narrated By Mike Ortego
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    It's the mid-21st century when Sergeant First Class Grant Justice is killed during an ambush on an enemy tank column. Six hundred years later, his body is retrieved from the frozen, arctic lake where he perished. Re-animated by a team of scientists, Grant awakens to a civilization that has abolished war. A civilization that has outlawed violence and cherishes Peace above all else. A civilization that has been enslaved by an alien race called the Minith.

    med c says: "Peace Warrior"
    "It Passed the Time"
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    I was looking for my next great listen and decided to give Peace Warrior a chance while I continued my search. It did the job. Yes, this is not a resounding endorsement. The story is straightforward, uncluttered with depth or complexity. Grant Justice is the ultimate warrior who dies in some future conflict. Some 600 years later he is revived to fight again. During the time before his reincarnation, Earth has become a pacifist's dream and so naturally, only a violent Justice can save the day. Will he save the day? Will he bring Earth's alien foe to it's knees? I'm giving nothing way in saying, "Yes, he will." The book entirely predictable, mostly due to conditions the author sets up in the story. A pacifist Earth doesn't need much of an alien presence and so not much is required to achieve victory. However, the narrator is well suited to the book's main character and so is a great help in making a mediocre work easy to listen to and so pass the time. (Would really like to give it 3.5 stars for an overall score . .)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Black: Odyssey One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1644)
    Performance
    (1518)
    Story
    (1523)

    Captain Eric Weston and his crew encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people; all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero. A first-rate military-science-fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing.

    C. Hartmann says: "Great, Solid Military SciFi / Evolving Space Opera"
    "Glad to Have Found It"
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    I came to Into the Black after finishing Jack Campbell's books and I confess I was looking for more of the same. Naturally, Currie has his own style and at first I was disappointed. However, I stuck with it and was glad I did.

    The story begins with humanity's first excursion into deep space with faster than light travel and its discovery, reaction to another humaniod species. While, initially, my reaction was "Ya, right!" I realized that the mystery as to how this improbability came about is one of the continuing themes in the series. Currie includes space, fighter, and ground combat in his novel and does an excellent job of all three. The characters are well rounded and you become invested with them.

    My only quibble is with the narration. Darcie doesn't always get the right emphasis. However, the plot is engaging enough to get you through the times you might cringe a bit at the reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tenth Witness: Henri Poincaré, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Leonard Rosen
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    It is late spring 1978, and Henri Poincaré has worked nearly to exhaustion preparing for a salvage operation to find the gold and silver in the long-sunken Lutine. Before the salvage season begins, he meets Liesel Kraus, who is smart, able, appealing - and troubled. She and her brother Anselm are haunted by a violent history that generates both rage and, as the directors of Kraus Steel, an enormous, corrupting wealth. The closer Poincaré draws to Liesel and Anselm, the more warped life becomes.

    Terry S. says: "Excellent story very well read."
    "Disappointed"
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    I confess I can't review this book in isolation. My reaction to it is colored by Rosen's first book which I so thoroughly enjoyed. What I found so interesting by "All Cry Chaos" was it's interweaving of two genres (mystery and chaos theory). This brilliant combining of mystery and science is missing here and is probably the cause of my disappointment.

    In truth, The Tenth Witness is probably an ok book in its own right: the predictable story of Nazi war crimes and their lingering legacy. Indeed, the historical aspect presented here was one part of the book I did enjoy. However, for the first few chapters I was totally lost. The only connection to Cry Chaos was Henri himself but as an almost altogether different character. Perhaps I missed it but I can recall nothing in the first book that refers to his start as an engineer.

    The characters are new and the storyline so disconnected from All Cry Chaos I struggled to find a context. I think Rosen would have been better served to continue from where his first book left off so as to further ground Henri's character and include references and hints to his past before Interpol. Then a journey into the past could be more smoothly accomplished.

    However, if you can come to this book afresh, without the burden of high expectations placed by the first, or better, without listening to the first, you may find this an enjoyable ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clean: A Mindspace Investigations Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Alex Hughes
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (411)

    I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars. My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it - real scary.

    Lisa says: "Some good, Some annoying!"
    "An Unexpected Pleasure"
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    When deciding on a new book and author I generally read both the positive and negative reviews.After reading a negative review on this book I put it on my electronic shelf (I'd gotten the book via an Audible promotion) and let it sit there for several months. Finally, I took it down with some reluctance after accepting one reviewer's negative take on the hero's addiction problems.

    I was pleasantly surprised to find I loved the book. Hughes has created a gritty but credible world with characters and a plot that grip you and find you wanting for more. I've since gotten the next two books in the series and am eagerly awaiting the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Heart: Wheel of Time, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1930)
    Performance
    (1686)
    Story
    (1711)

    Millions of Robert Jordan fans will rejoice at the release of the ninth book in the phenomenally best-selling series The Wheel of Time. The sequel to the number-one New York Times best seller The Path of Daggers, which swept the nation like a firestorm, Winter's Heart continues a remarkable tale that is mesmerizing an entire generation of readers.

    Benjamin says: "Good book, bad audio"
    "We should get a replacement!"
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    I'll not review Jordan's writing. If you're into the story this far you are obviously a fan. I will however review the sound editing. This is the WORST recording of his books, or even of any book to which I've ever listened! The sound quality is good, the narrators are excellent but the editing is terrible! Sentences and even whole paragraphs are repeated. Gaps/pauses are frequently too long. How could such a hack job even be put out there? I would send it back under Audible's return policy but then would be with out this book. Audible, demand this book be fixed and then give us the corrected version!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter Rollins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Whether listeners are devout believers or distant seekers, The Idolatry of God shows that we must lay down our certainties and honestly admit our doubts to identify with Jesus. Rollins purposely upsets fundamentalist certainty in order to open listeners up to a more loving, active manifestation of Christ’s love. In contrast to the usual understanding of the "Good News" as a message offering satisfaction and certainty, Rollins argues for a radical and shattering alternative. He explores how the Good News actually involves embracing the idea that we can’t be whole, that life is difficult, and that we are in the dark.

    JAMES says: "Thought-provoking, but Goes Nowhere"
    "A Lot to Think About"
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    What a breath of fresh air! To say "I know," in the context of theology, is a form of idolatry. Understandably this is not an idea that will fit well with conservative and evangelical Christians. After all, the basis for various denominations is "we have insight into 'truth' that you don't." We "know!"

    Rollins destroys this assumption brilliantly. That been said, it is not necessary to agree with everything he says to appreciate this book. I purchased this book based solely on the subtitle "Breaking our addiction to certainty." During the first chapter I started to wonder. Rollings makes a big issue of a sense of loss that we all feel, is at the core of our being, and has something to do with the birth experience. Well, maybe, and as my teenager would say "Whatever!"

    Once past that, however, I became captivated. I would urge all believers to read/listen to this book. Yes, it will make you uncomfortable but it will make you think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11648)
    Performance
    (9043)
    Story
    (9103)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Wow!"
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    Any new fantasy epic bares the burden of being compared to Tolkien and Jordan. Given this hurdle I was not expecting to like Brandon's entry. In looking at its length, I wondered how I was ever going to make it through. Brandon's world in this book is so new and strange, unlike anything I've read before, that I began to believe my fears and hesitation were justified. Am so glad I hung on long enough to start to feel grounded in his unfamiliar terrain.

    This is a masterful work. Reading and Kramer are wonderful. After 45 plus hours I was still disappointed to reach the end. Book two is too long in coming! Do not hesitate to use a credit on this epic (what a bargain!). If you find the footing unsure, the world too strange, stick with it. You'll be glad you did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5495)
    Performance
    (5061)
    Story
    (5056)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    AudioAddict says: "And I didn't think I liked fantasies..."
    "Mistake!"
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    I was looking for something new to listen to and got this based on the reviews. I swear, anyone who gave this four stars or more doesn't know good a good story if it slapped them upside the head! One reviewer even described it as "Tolkienan." What?! The writing lacks depth, the characters are wooden and one dimensional. Even my 14 year-old son found it boring. Lacking anything else at the moment to listen to I plodded through it. Then, stupid me, knowing I had a long trip coming up, I got the second book in the series. My mistake, I got five minutes into it and realized I just couldn't plod through it. I deleted it and broke out my Sudoku book. If you want true depth read Tolkien, Jordan, or Sanderson.Unfortunately, their quality is hard to find.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Brown Taylor
    • Narrated By Barbara Brown Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    From simple practices such as walking, working, and getting lost to deep meditations on topics like prayer and pronouncing blessings, Taylor reveals concrete ways to discover the sacred in the small things we do and see. Something as ordinary as hanging clothes on a clothesline becomes an act of devotion if we pay attention to what we are doing and take time to attend to the sights, smells, and sounds around us. Making eye contact with the cashier at the grocery store becomes a moment of true human connection.

    JO-ANNE says: "OUTSTANDING - SPIRITUAL RENEWAL"
    "Sorry Audible."
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    Five minutes into this book I realized I couldn't listen to it. Sorry Audible, for me, I had to stop the recording and run out and buy the physical book. This book is one to savor, to linger over and contemplate, to write notes in the margins. But for those who can absorb the profound through just listening, this would be a great use of a credit!

    I have no regrets having the book in both formats for now that I’ve read the paper version, I can now go back and listen to it on my iPod and learn even more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5040)
    Performance
    (3529)
    Story
    (3563)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    crazybatcow says: "Perfect example of decent military sci-fi"
    "A Really Fun Ride"
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    I have now listed to the complete series and can say without reservation that I enjoyed them all. If you’re looking for a good ride without any expectations Jack Campbell delivers. His attention to detail in space warfare along with realizing the limitations of gravity and distance is remarkable. Plot lines are straight forward and interesting. There is no pretense of deep philosophical meaning or intent, just good fun space opera.

    If I had one minor negative comment it would be that humans advanced enough to travel faster than light should also have figured out how to communicate instantly over vast distances as well – quantum entanglement. After all we’re in the process of doing this now in the year 2013. Nevertheless, these books remain a very good ride and I look forward to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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