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David

Seattle, WA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6356)
    Performance
    (5789)
    Story
    (5797)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Terrific noir fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    The characters and plot we very engaging and the narration was spot on.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes.... The twists were surprising, and I didn't want the book to end.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    His command of accents, tone, and character were great.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When robin admitted she loved the job.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope we hear more about Cormoran Strike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7023)
    Performance
    (6682)
    Story
    (6694)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "A return to hard science fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    Terrifically real characters


    What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

    Robinson Crusoe, because it is about one resourceful individual surviving alone


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His characterization of Mark Watney was terrific- capturing the sense of humor, focus, and purposeful action of the stranded engineer/astronaut. He was also great with the engineer characters back at JPL. His tone and rhythm ring true to the engineers I work with.


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

    Laugh! And I couldnt stop listening. One of the best audio books I have heard in a long time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Mighty Fortress: Safehold Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (409)

    Young Cayleb Ahrmahk has accomplished things few people could even dream of. Not yet even thirty years old, he’s won the most crushing naval victories in human history. He’s smashed a hostile alliance of no less than five princedoms and won the hand of the beautiful young Queen Sharleyan of Chisholm. Cayleb and Sharleyan have created the Charisian Empire, the greatest naval power in the history of Safehold, and they’ve turned Charis into a place of refuge for all who treasure freedom.

    Gerco says: "A very long story of absolutely nothing"
    "Too much blah blah blah"
    Overall

    I really, really wanted to like this book, as I have been enjoying the series so far, and I like David Weber's work.

    This book felt cobbled together from bursts of writing to an outline. Very repetitive descriptions, multiple times, of events from previous books (a simple prologue would be cleaner). A tiresome amount of weepy sentimentality over casualties in the warfare segment. Way too many characters with dialogue for exposition rather than action. When the action finally, finally happens... in the last 30 minutes... it is sketched over hastily with the emphasis on how tragic it all is.

    Also, irritating amounts of errors in the sea battles where the Charisian ships are referred to as Doloran.

    Really, it felt like the editors were in Tahiti on this one. A third of a book stretched out to 3 books length.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (858)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (442)

    Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. After a 36-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner. And before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar.

    Lehua says: "Took Me by Surprise"
    "You are there in ancient Britain"
    Overall

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable murder mystery and imaginative recreation of ancient Britain in the early days of Roman occupation. Humorous and colorful.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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