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E. Atkinson

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  • Assassin's Quest: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1721)
    Performance
    (1283)
    Story
    (1296)

    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
  • Koban, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Patrick Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (517)

    We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

    Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

    Richard says: "Well Developed Story Line, Well Developed World!"
    "Wonderfully Logical"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Perhaps Savagely logical would have been a better headline for this. I simply loved new spin that the author has placed on an old story line. Entertaining and exciting, follows character development and character motivation to their logical ends. Use of language is delightful and sophisticated.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes gritty high science fiction, especially with a slight military bent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ark Royal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (874)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (819)

    Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riveting military sci-fi"
    "Pretty Good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Fun bit of Space Opera. Nice spin to have the ship be from the UK. Nicely flawed characters that overcome their problems and rise to the challenge. Slightly repetitive and predicable but still a fun listen. I will listen to the second one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Renegade Rising: The Renegade Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J.C. Fiske
    • Narrated By Sonny Dufault
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    Life's tough if you're a boy named Gisbo. Besides having a name that means "dog" in a barbaric tongue and being forced to live all alone in a manure shack outside the city walls, Gisbo has also never soared on a flying sword, raised a boon animal, or made a single friend. When he isn't washing the graffiti off his shack, Gisbo's time is spent dodging insults from his spoiled classmates and fighting for his life against the city's arrogant clash team.

    Lori says: "Terrible Narration"
    "I was hoping for more."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was very hopeful that this book would be good, based on the other reviews. I even bought the second book and was looking forward to a new series. Unfortunately that was not to be. I found myself a few chapters in and hating the main character and not caring about anyone else. Narration was really quite bad.

    The prologue was mildly interesting but confused, and the overly melodramatic way which flowed straight into the first chapter with no pause in narration but with a huge scene jump. The Cloak was BLUE! yes and? so apparently a blue cloak means something, I will never know. The child is wearing RED! everyone freaks out, except they didn't notice until they are in the presence of some guy in charge of something (very very unclear)

    The setting is supposed to be a fantasy setting but the use of modern idioms and terms as well as concepts kept making me wonder what was going on. For Example, the main character lives in a run down shack, alone as a young child, no parent figure or apparent source of income. Yet he attends school, and the shack has a key and they spray graffiti on the walls, which is being cleaned off by a random janitor. These elements were so disparate that they broke the suspension of disbelief for me.

    The book seriously felt like it should have been set in modern times as the author has no clue how to set something back in time or into a fantasy setting. The author obviously wants a high school student to be snubbed by the football team and he wants to be a SEAL or something, who gets magic powers. I might have been able to get through that story, but not this one. ​

    I was very disappointed and really could not get through the first few chapters. I hope that the series gets Much better, I won't find out unfortunately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Bloody Jack #2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (526)

    Jacky Faber, Bloody Jack, is back, and this time, she's facing a situation far worse than a ship full of murderous pirates. Curse of the Blue Tattoo, L. A. Meyer's sequel to the enormous popular Bloody Jack, is just as bawdy and entertaining as the original.

    William says: "Nice story, extremely well read!"
    "Wonderfully Fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This series makes me smile and I look forward to the next time I can listen. The characters are lifelike and charming in their coming of age blend of childlike wonder and growing adult knowledge of the world.

    I normally don't notice the narration unless it is really bad, or simply Amazing. Katherine Kellgren is Phenomenal, changing the accent of the main character and keeping all the other characters straight, singing songs from the time period, and casting enough emotion into the voices that you can't help but empathize with the characters.

    I Highly recommend this series, good clean adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1606)
    Performance
    (1087)
    Story
    (1082)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Simply Delightful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I picked this up as a whim, Serendipity smiled and this book was quite entertaining. Blending Fictional characters into a historical setting brilliantly done. While this book may have been aimed at the young adult audience I found it a delight. I would highly recommend this to any teenager especially a young lady with a rebellious streak.

    The narration was amazing, the characters were distinct and the accents clear. A wonderful accompaniment to a great story.

    0 of 0 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
    (7201)
    Performance
    (5398)
    Story
    (5392)

    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
    (708)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (619)

    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
    (71)
    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
    (628)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (251)

    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

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