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Adam

Gaithersburg, Maryland | Member Since 2009

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  • Extremes: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (278)

    His name: Miles Flint. His occupation: Retrieval Artist. His job: find the Disappeared - outlaws on the run, wanted for crimes against alien cultures. The catch: Flint isn't working on the side of the law anymore.

    Dave says: "Usually, I can make it through a book..."
    "Hate the reading"
    Overall

    I liked the first book all right (probably 3-4 stars), so I thought I'd try this one. The problem is, this reader is killing me. The reading is over-pronounced and halting. I hate it. The book seems OK, but I can't finish it because of the reader.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3805)
    Performance
    (3486)
    Story
    (3494)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Unbelievable, but entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I read the mixed reviews and thought I would give this book a shot. In the end, I didn't believe the premise of the book.

    The "artificial intelligence" ship was really stupid, and whoever came up with the "command personnel" tests was also really stupid. For such an advanced civilization, I just didn't believe that they would design or program a ship so poorly.

    The characters were kind of shallow, but the story moved along and I actually enjoyed the book in the end. It was an interesting take on an old concept.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sharing Knife, Volume 1: Beguilement

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (338)

    Young, pregnant Fawn Bluefield has just fled her family's farm to the city of Glassforge, where she encounters a patrol of the enigmatic soldier-sorcerers known as Lakewalkers. Fawn has heard stories about the Lakewalkers, who are wandering necromancers with no permanent homes and no possessions except the clothes they wear and the mysterious knives they carry. What she does not know is that the Lakewalkers are engaged in a perilous campaign against inhuman and immortal magical entities known as "malices".

    Eric C. Zawadzki says: "Not really my thing"
    "Love the series and the author"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Bujold has come to be my favorite author. I first read her Miles Vorkosigan series, and then I found this one. She has a gift of developing rich and interesting characters, and of moving along a plot without feeling forced. She also does well developing strong female characters. This is an interesting story told well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Komarr: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1132)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (587)

    Komarr could be a garden with 1,000 more years' work, or an uninhabitable wasteland if the terraforming fails. Now, the solar mirror vital to the terraforming of the conquered planet has been shattered by a ship hurtling off course. The emperor of Barrayar sends his newest imperial auditor, Lord Miles Vorkosigan, to find out why.

    Nathan says: "More of a set up book for the rest of the series"
    "Slow, but I enjoyed it"
    Overall

    This was the slowest-paced Vorkosigan novel so far, but I still enjoyed it. I don't know if I would have enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed listening to it. It has the great characterization I've come to expect of the author and an interesting mystery.

    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
    (12392)
    Performance
    (9203)
    Story
    (9207)

    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"
    "Like the book, reader OK"
    Overall

    This is an interesting concept and an interesting execution. I'll definitely pick up the next novel. The reader is very breathy (i.e. you can hear him take breaths, sigh, etc.) but considering the genre of the novel, like a film noir detective movie, it kind of works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3262)
    Performance
    (2078)
    Story
    (2097)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "Loved it"
    Overall

    I loved the depth of this novel, and the previous novel, Pandora's Star. The characters were believable, the technology was interesting, and the worlds were fascinating. I also liked the reading. Brits definitely make the best readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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