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Don

Virginia Beach, VA, USA

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  • Seeker: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Jack McDevitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (897)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (388)

    Thousands of years after an entire colony mysteriously disappears, antiquities dealer Alex Benedict comes into possession of a cup that seems to be from the Seeker, one of the colony's ships. Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, follow a deadly trail to the Seeker, strangely adrift in a system barren of habitable worlds. But their discovery raises more questions than it answers, drawing Alex and Chase into the very heart of danger.

    Shannon Peterson says: "Great mix of sci-fi, mystery and adventure."
    "Great fresh SF/Mystery; listened 4x by now!"
    Overall

    I REALLY enjoyed the narration by Jennifer Van Dyck & Jack McDevitt, Fantastic. I've listened to this story 4 times now, and recommended it to several friends. This is a very good story in audio format. If you miss a minute here and there the book has enough supporting detail so you don't get lost. The concept is excellent; very 'novel', if you pardon the pun. Pacing is really good, the future is familiar and a different, the concepts are really fun, and the SF Mystery concept is put together in a enjoyable package.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bearing an Hourglass: Incarnations of Immortality, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (232)

    When life seems pointless to Norton, he accepts the position of Incarnation of Time. With the other incarnations - Death, Fate, War, and Nature - distracting him, Satan springs a cunning trap. Bearing an Hourglass is a fascinating, richly imagined tale that reaches beyond genre conventions. Science-fiction/fantasy legend Piers Anthony combines a gripping plot with a serious and thought-providing study of good and evil.

    Joe says: "Intricate"
    "A bit saucy, and full of Zest"
    Overall

    The second in the series, this story continues w/ the Incarnations and follows the pattern from A Pale Horse. APH was a bit funnier, and BAHG is a bit more science oriented. The devil is up to his usual great tricks, characters are great, science is mostly believable, and the puns are good.

    Can't wait for the next in the series!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1050)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (394)

    Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

    L. says: "WOW, Morgan Does it again!"
    "Good SF, dissappointing language"
    Overall

    The science fiction and social manipulation in this book are great. The characters are a bit predictable, the future has nice surprises, and the control of super powerful entities is believable. As an audio book, I really didn't care for the profanity. One can easily gloss over four letter words in text, but when listening to the book they got in the way.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (198)

    It's Easter in Reading, a bad time for eggs, and no one can remember the last sunny day. Ovoid D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III, minor baronet, ex-convict, and former millionaire philanthropist, is found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. All the evidence points to his ex-wife, who has conveniently shot herself.

    Bruce Sabin says: "Total Whimsy"
    "Hard to follow"
    Overall

    I bought Fourth Bear first - what a hoot! I hoped this would be as good, but found it harder to follow and not as engaging as 4B. Great introduction to Mary Mary - the character development is wonderful. Reading isn't as good as 4B either.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All Together Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3484)
    Performance
    (1728)
    Story
    (1729)

    Anthony Award-winning author Charlaine Harris has earned a devoted fan base with her USA Today and New York Times best-selling Sookie Stackhouse mystery series. All Together Dead features more dark but frequently hilarious adventures of buxom, blonde, beautiful, and telepathic cocktail waitress Sookie, who prefers the company of vampires to that of the living.

    SLee says: "Sookie Stackhouse"
    "Have a bite of this predictable tale"
    Overall

    I bought this title because Audible said that vampire/werewolf romance/action novels are becomming more popular. This story is somewhat predictable, even though the author does try to keep you from guessing the end. I REALLY like Sookie - the main character - although I don't like some of the transformations she goes through. The story does fully stand on its own - I had no idea this is book 7 in the Sookie S. series.

    I don't feel creeped out after listening - this isn't one of those type of vamp novels. It's just a good story with fair to good characters.

    One nice thing - the reader does do a very good job with some of the character voices and scenes. I did feel like I was in New Orleans at points in the story.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Requiem for an Assassin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (951)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (293)

    If you had to kill three people to save your best friend's life, would you do it? When John Rain decides to get out of the business, his hand is forced by rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger. Hilger kidnaps Dox, Rain's trusted partner and closest friend, and offers Rain a choice: carry out a final assignment, or bear the responsibility for Dox's murder.

    Matthew says: "An ear full and a mind full"
    "Left me wanting in the end ...."
    Overall

    This story is a bit hard to follow in places, and I was left wanting more at the end. There is lots of cloak and dagger sections, good action, and fair characters.

    The reader does a good job, but not stellar.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Fourth Bear: A Nursery Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (180)

    The Gingerbreadman, psychopath, sadist, genius, and killer, is on the loose. But it isn't Jack Spratt's case. He and Mary Mary have been demoted to Missing Persons following Jack's poor judgment involving the poisoning of Mr. Bun the baker. Missing Persons looks like a boring assignment until a chance encounter leads them into the hunt for missing journalist Henrietta "Goldy" Hatchett, star reporter for The Daily Mole.

    Gary says: "10001001110000111"
    "Oh My Heavens! What a hoot!"
    Overall

    This story is amazing! I haven't read someone (ok, listened) who can take simple tales and turn them inside out while spinning a tale of suspense and intrigue quite like J.F. The story is hysterical, the characters outlandish, the plot devices aren't predictable, and the use of childhood stories very original.

    This is a must for anyone who likes the Xanth novels and other light hearted fantasy / SF type novels.

    It inspires me to make sure my kids learn all of the fables this story uses so that they will appreciate the story in their later years.

    I think I have listened to this title at least half a dozen times.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Caves of Steel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (500)

    Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, police detective Elijah Baley has little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions. But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to the Outer Worlds to help track down the killer. Then he learns that he has been assigned a partner: R. Daneel Olivaw. Worse, the R stands for "robot" - and his positronic partner is made in the image and likeness of the murder victim!

    Dionne says: "perfectly executed!"
    "Wonderful story, read very well"
    Overall

    In my teenage years, I really enjoyed Asimov's Robot books. When this title appeared at Audible (and on sale!) I snatched it up. The length is perfect - listen in two evenings, after work, or in a long afternoon.

    The reader does a very good job using different voices and reading meter for the characters. He does this with tone inflection, surprise, suspicion at the right places, and other narrator skills that help a beloved story come alive.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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