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E. Atkinson

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  • Something from the Nightside: Nightside, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1215)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (694)

    "Taylor is the name. John Taylor...My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding things. It's part of the Gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside - the hidden heart of London where it's always three a.m., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side in the endless darkness of the soul. Assignment: Joanna Barrett hires me to track down her teenage daughter, who decided to forgo the circus and run away to the Nightside."

    Angela says: "The Nightside"
    "Awesome drinking game"
    Overall

    Okay, first the Story is actually entertaining and light, a fun and mildly creepy read, here in the nightside. The characters are enigmatic and entertaining here in the nightside. The only problem with the book is the CONSTANT repeating of "in the Nightside." to the point that I started laughing at particularly dramatic points in the book because they kept saying, "here in the Nightside."
    So I propose that you get the book and invite over some friends and do a group listen (probibly in violation of the copywrite) Take a drink whenever they say "here in the Nightside." You will be unconscious before the book ends.

    29 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6953)
    Performance
    (5163)
    Story
    (5157)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

    Lakejewel says: "Spike makes good"
    "Fully up and running"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved the Dresden books from the beginning, but here the characters really are fleshed out and active. Excellent emotional roller coaster, with lots of well described action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Dr. Dolittle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Hugh Lofting
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (599)

    No one loves and understands animals like the eccentric 19th century physician Dr. Dolittle, who masters animal language with the help of Polynesia the parrot. After his human patients desert him, the kind-hearted doctor finds his calling in practicing animal medicine, and his fame spreads far and wide. When a terrible epidemic breaks out among monkeys in Africa, Dr. Dolittle sets out to save them, accompanied by some of his favorite pets.

    Stacey says: "Has racist undertones"
    "Wow, Racist much?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had never read the Doctor Dolittle books before. I realize that this book was written a long time ago when these sorts of attitudes might a have been more prevalent. I was expecting a child-like romp with animals and fun simple adventure. What I got was, racial condescension and blatant racism. I did not actually finish the book, I stopped when the black man was mocked and swindled as he attempted to emulate the white man and tried to change his color so that he could have what the white man has.
    I do understand that the story was written in another time, but so was Alice in Wonderland. It was extolled as a wonderful children's novel. I would not want my child to read this book, perhaps the series gets better. I won't know.
    So this review is written more as a warning to parents that thought that Dr. Dolittle would be a fun children's book. Read with caution and explanations in hand. Ironically this is not at all similar to the movies starring Eddy Murphy (a case where the movie is much better)
    Very disappointed in a classic children's story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Weird Life: The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different from Our Own

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Toomey
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    In recent years, scientists have hypothesized life-forms that can only be called "weird": organisms that live off acid rather than water, microbes that thrive at temperatures and pressure levels so extreme that their cellular structures should break down, perhaps even organisms that reproduce without DNA. Some of these strange life-forms, unrelated to all life we know, might be nearby: on rock surfaces in the American southwest, hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor, or even in our own bodies. Some, stranger still, might live in Martian permafrost, swim in the dark oceans of Jupiter's moons, or survive in the exotic ices on comets.

    Douglas says: "Very Interesting..."
    "Cool topic, Awesome Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Weird Life in three words, what would they be?

    Exploration of Non-standard Living things


    What did you like best about this story?

    The wide ranging series of science topics that were covered while talking about life.


    What about Eric Martin’s performance did you like?

    The Narration was amazing, Mr. Martin's voice is very similar to Rod Sterling's so I kept expecting him to say "in the Twilight zone"


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were several time that I laughed out loud, but fascination was more a descriptor for my reaction


    Any additional comments?

    I keep up on weird topics like SETI and Extremeophiles so I expected this to be a fun but not terribly informative piece. I was wrong! The author covered the latest information and coverd it in a quick but concise manner that kept me amused while informing. Well done.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sten: Vortex: Sten Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Allan Cole, Chris Bunch
    • Narrated By John Hough
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    The Eternal Emperor was back and ready to save his Empire from collapse. Only Sten guessed that something was rotten at the core. The Empire is in chaos. The once-great Imperial Navy has been shattered in battle and lies burning in space, riven by a civil war that threatens to engulf humanity’s future. For the revered Eternal Emperor is not the man his subjects thought him to be—and may not even be human at all.

    Pakmule says: "Where is book 5 and 6?"
    "Excellent Storyline Poor Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Sten: Vortex again? Why?

    I might read it, but I would not listen again, narrator was really very bad.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting plot twists, and excellent Baddies.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Mispronounced words, awkward pauses in mid phrase, HORRIBLE Scottish accent.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Nicholas Wade
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (241)

    Just in the last three years a flood of new scientific findings, driven by revelations discovered in the human genome, has provided compelling new answers to many long-standing mysteries about our most ancient ancestors, the people who first evolved in Africa and then went on to colonize the whole world. Nicholas Wade weaves this host of news-making findings together for the first time into an intriguing new history of the human story before the dawn of civilization.

    Albert says: "Amazing information"
    "Excellent Overview"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well written and entertaining overview of the origins of humans. Backed up by research and well explained. Excellent beginning text for the beginner, and enough in depth information for someone who has some knowledge of the subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolution of God

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Wright
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (269)

    In this sweeping narrative, which takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils an astonishing discovery: there is a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy.

    Joseph says: "Very interesting and thought provoking"
    "Started out excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book started with an excellent anthropological view of the gradual change of gods over time. Then it became a book on Game theory, and a very round about justification with LOTS of hand waiving explanations on why it is okay to still maintain your current religion. It stopped being about evolution of the idea of gods and became why it is okay to keep the same traditional religion. After the countless time some game theory term was mentioned within a five minute segment, I simply stopped listening. Perhaps it gets back on track, in the third segment, and perhaps some day I will start with the third segment and check. Not likely though.

    Enjoy the beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon a Time in the North

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Another mesmerizing episode from the universe of His Dark Materials set in the far frozen Arctic, including the very first meeting of those two legends and friends Lee Scoresby, the Texan balloonist, and Iorek Byrnison, the armored bear.

    E. Atkinson says: "Great Fun"
    "Great Fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a fun "origin" type story for Yorik and Leif, great background and I enjoyed spending more time with two of my favorite characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Assassin's Quest: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (1608)
    Performance
    (1180)
    Story
    (1192)

    King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz - or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest - perhaps to death. Only Verity's return - or the heir his princess carries - can save the Six Duchies.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "JUST BECASE A MAN CAN DO A THING"
    "Completes the series"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the first book and, started to lose interest by the end of the second book. I hoped that the Third would bring some closure and it did tie up some of the loose ends, but not in a satisfying manner. The action was all second and third hand, there was a lot of time that the characters spent in a foggy fugue state that couldn't hold my attention. Even the climax of the book, the big battle with the Red ships was told in a boring dry manner. Finished, just finished, no need to reread it.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Colder War

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Here is a modern novelette in H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos. Imagine David Cronenberg directing Dr. Strangelove, based on a script by H. P. Lovecraft. Imagine an alternate history in which nuclear bombs are not the ultimate weapon, but instead are merely a stepping stone to eldritch technologies accessible through certain trans-dimensional forces first encountered in 1920s Antarctica, technologies that neither the United States nor the USSR can quite contain.

    Max Draco says: "Good story, Bad narration"
    "Well written take on HP Lovecraft"
    Overall

    The story itself was very well written and entertaining in a very creepy way. Especially for anyone who lived through some fo the cold war, or enjoys HP Lovecraft.
    The Narration absolutely killed the entire story for me. I had to go and read the story to get the emotion of what was going on.
    Good story, Really poor narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Phoenix Unchained: Book One of The Enduring Flame

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (142)

    After 1,000 years of peace, much Magick has faded from the world. The Elves live far from humankind. There are no High Mages, and Wild Mages are seen only rarely. Bisochim, a powerful Wild Mage, is determined to reintroduce Darkness to the world, believing that it is out of Balance.

    Bruce says: "A good book for younger readers."
    "Only Mediocre and it goes downhill from there"
    Overall

    A typical beginning with no real surprises, two teenagers set out on an adventure that the reader knows from the start will become a life changing event and cause them to grow in strength. But then the whining begins. The emotional drivel was only moderately annoying at the beginning but by the third book it is just absurd. Twenty seconds on a huge battle and then twenty minutes on bemoaning their horrible fate. Perhaps others will enjoy the emotional development of the characters, I became bored very quickly, I kept listening because I thought that the story had such great potential and could really be a great and exciting adventure story. Perhaps if it was a single book then they would have had to cut out a lot of moaning and emotional brow beating.
    I usually enjoy Mercedes Lackey’s books. I don’t know what happened with this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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