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  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2712)
    Performance
    (2040)
    Story
    (2056)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Hooked again"
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    Didnt take long to get hooked. OSC more please! Multiple readers work to perfection. Story line has so much potential.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joel Dicker
    • Narrated By Pierce Cravens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    August 30, 1975: The day 15-year-old Nola Kellergan is glimpsed fleeing through the woods before she disappears; the day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence. Thirty-three years later, Marcus Goldman, a successful young novelist, visits Somerset to see his mentor, Harry Quebert, one of America’s most respected writers, and to find a cure for his writer’s block as his publisher's deadline looms.

    Kathi says: "Very good--but not a blockbuster"
    "Run away"
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    Narration makes this novel unbearable. Best seller in France, go back to France. Story is so long and tedious. Who cares about the truth about Harry, not I.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Miles Cameron
    • Narrated By Matthew Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (403)

    Twenty-eight florins a month is a huge price to pay for a man to stand between you and the Wild. Twenty-eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern's jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders. But if standing and fighting is hard, leading a company of men - or worse, a company of mercenaries - against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder. It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it.

    Amazon Customer says: "A New Favorite in the Epic Fantasy Biz"
    "So scattered"
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    Made it 6 hours and I didn't care about any of the characters or the storyline. Pass this one by.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (419)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "Yes yes yes"
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    Great story, great reader., What more could one want? Time for book two. Couldn't stop listening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5766)
    Performance
    (5380)
    Story
    (5401)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "A bit predictable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Did not live up to past works by the author. Half way through I was waiting the book to end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brainrush, a Thriller: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Richard Bard
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (489)

    When terminally ill combat pilot Jake Bronson emerges from an MRI with extraordinary cognitive powers, everyone wants a piece of his talent including Battista, one of the world s most dangerous terrorists. To save his love and her autistic child, Jake is thrust into a deadly chase that leads from the canals of Venice through Monte Carlo and finally to an ancient cavern in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, where Jake discovers that his newfound talents carry a hidden price that threatens the entire human race.

    Jill says: "BRAINRUSH an exciting, thrilling, adventure!"
    "Needed a good editor"
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    Performance
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    So implausible that each turn made it more far fetched. Thrilled that it was done at the end. Premise held merit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Among Others

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (688)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (594)

    Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

    Eoin says: "Subtle Character Piece"
    "Not SF and not deserving of the 2012 HUGO"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Coming of age story with an excellent reader. A reflective walk though of the SF genre pre-1980 by way of the characters reading habits and book club. In no way SF and only a marginal fantasy.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Drowned Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (323)

    In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man - a bioengineered war beast named Tool - who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses.

    Ryan says: "Another grim, gripping collapsed-world adventure"
    "Enjoyable to the last drop"
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    A far reaching dystopia that keeps ones interest throughout. A dark story line that will continue to provide material on many levels. When is the next book expected.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3114)
    Performance
    (1167)
    Story
    (1182)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "2/3 great story 1/3 what."
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    2/3 of the story was interesting 1/3 of the story seemed liked a bad trip on pharmacueticals. Exchanging bodily fluids contaning nanoparticle message bots via orgies and then the inclusion of fluorescent condoms in the ceremony was a what moment for me. The Fairy tales seemed a bit endless and unbearable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firestorm: Destroyermen, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (935)
    Performance
    (827)
    Story
    (820)

    Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker find themselves caught between the nation they swore to defend and the allies they promised to protect. For even as the Allies and the Empire of New Britain Isles stand united against the attacks of both the savage Grik and the tenacious Japanese, the "Holy Dominion" - a warped mixture of human cultures whose lust for power overshadows even the Grik - is threatening to destroy them both with a devastating weapon neither can withstand.

    Waldo O. Berry III says: "A smashin good read and an excellent performance"
    "Tired"
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    Tired story line, why did I listen I keep asking myself. I guess the first 3 in the series kept me in up to this point but never again.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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