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B. Riddick

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  • Roadside Crosses: A Kathryn Dance Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Michele Pawk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (245)

    The Monterey Peninsula is rocked when a killer begins to leave roadside crosses beside local highways -- not in memoriam, but as announcements of his intention to kill. And to kill in particularly horrific and efficient ways: using the personal details about the victims that they've carelessly posted in blogs and on social networking websites.

    Ramon says: "Teenage detective story"
    "Okay....but not 20 hours and not Deaver's best"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the fact that Deaver wrote a novel specifically for Katherine Dance, but warning those of you who chose books for length and author, this book is about 12 hours long with an abridged copy of "The Blue Nowhere" tacked onto the end as "part 3".
    Don't get me wrong, "The Blue Nowehere" was a good book and it shows a progression in computers but a.) I hate abridged books and b.) When I am going on a trip I sometimes choose a book from my wishlist based as much on length as on topic or author. Shame on you audible for at least not warning me.

    34 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • Second Hand Curses

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Drew Hayes
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (1238)
    Performance
    (1176)
    Story
    (1177)

    When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

    Tony E. says: "Second Hand Curses is First Rate Storytelling!"
    "Drew Hayes does it again...."
    Overall
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    Much fun and a new team. suspense is lacking but then we all know how these stories end.... or do we?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Columbus Day: Expeditionary Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Craig Alanson
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20779)
    Performance
    (19763)
    Story
    (19716)

    The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

    Gary Glenn says: "Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted"
    "fun soft SciFi. All hail Skippy"
    Overall
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    I really enjoyed this book. I shouldn't, I'm a hard SciFi person. I did enjoy it and despite the Deus Ex Skippio, I still enjoyed it enough to try the second book.

    I'll continue reading Clarke and Asimov, but Alanson will sit right on my shelf next to Ernst Cline and Drew Hayes as something to read and take my mind off the day.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • It's Superman!

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tom De Haven
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (871)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (712)

    Opening with the young Clark Kent on a date, this novel takes an entirely fresh approach to the emergence of his superpowers and the start of his newspaper career, following him from rural 1930s Kansas across America to Hollywood in its golden age and then to New York City. He meets a worldly Lois Lane and conniving political boss Lex Luthor, and begins his battles against criminal masterminds, mad scientists, and super villains inspired by fascists.

    G. Bledsoe says: "It's Superman!"
    "it was a struggle and not super at all"
    Overall
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    just a tough listen and since I can listen to Scott Brick read a phone book, I'm going to put this one on the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Lessons: A Learning Experience, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (829)
    Performance
    (774)
    Story
    (774)

    Fifty years after Steve Stuart and his friends captured an alien starship, the Solar Union is a thriving interstellar power while Earth is increasingly backward and falling into barbarism. For two youngsters from Earth, the Solar Union offers the only chance they will ever have to make something of their lives.

    E. Atkinson says: "Now we have Space Opera!"
    "Heinlein redux"
    Overall
    Performance
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    as much as I like Christopher Nuttall's writing. (I especially enjoy the Ark Royals) This one just seemed like a Mish mash. A little Heinlein, a little Ben Bova and a little Scientificus ex Machina.

    I'm going to read the third book because it's still sweet and crunchy brain candy, but I think I prefer the Ark Royals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Learning Experience, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1242)
    Performance
    (1166)
    Story
    (1165)

    When a bunch of interstellar scavengers approach Earth intending to abduct a few dozen humans and sell them into slavery in the darkest, they make the mistake of picking on Steve Stuart and his friends, ex-military veterans all. Unprepared for humans who can actually fight, unaware of the true capabilities of their stolen starships, the scavengers rapidly lose control of the ship - and their lives.

    Trudy Owens says: "THE very beginning to Stocker's Empire's Corps"
    "excellent new series by Nuttall"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Christopher Nuttall is an obvious libertarian with a political style reminiscent of Heinlein and a writing style all his own.

    the rate of advancement of the humans in this book seems a little far fetched, even for Sci Fi but then I don't read Nuttall for hard science fiction, I read his stuff as brain candy.

    And as candy suppliers go, he beats Willy Wonka hands down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Tom Wainwright
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2295)
    Performance
    (2064)
    Story
    (2046)

    What drug lords learned from big business. How does a budding cartel boss succeed (and survive) in the $300 billion illegal drug business? By learning from the best, of course. From creating brand value to fine-tuning customer service, the folks running cartels have been attentive students of the strategy and tactics used by corporations such as Walmart, McDonald's, and Coca-Cola.

    Ethan M. says: "Worthy book in the "economics explains X" genre"
    "excellent analysis"
    Overall
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    this is a really done analysis of the business of illegal business.

    I think that, despite the author's bias against prohibition, the analysis is very even handed and easy to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By G. S. Denning
    • Narrated By Robert Garson
    Overall
    (1530)
    Performance
    (1440)
    Story
    (1437)

    Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes. Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he's brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn't deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart flatmate. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety.

    Gillian says: "Short on Clues--Heavy on Delightful Twists"
    "Improbable Adventures is a better read..."
    Overall
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    if you want some stories of the boys from Baker Street, I really do suggest the Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes over this book

    this was a tedious listen and honestly less consistent than the original Strand stories (which is saying something)

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Scattered, Smothered, and Chunked: Bubba the Monster Hunter, Season 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John G. Hartness
    • Narrated By Andrew McFerrin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (462)

    Scattered, Smothered, and Chunked collects the entire first season of Bubba the Monster Hunter from his first graveyard-splattering adventure in Voodoo Children to the stunning cliffhanger at the end of Final Countdown! Fans of the rollicking redneck monster hunter will find plenty of value in this massive collection of monsters, strippers, beer, and bullets!

    Dave B says: "Picked it up by accident..."
    "better than I thought it'd be"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Honestly, this was a fun listen. Because Bubba reminds me of many of the people I grew up with, the only part that was off putting was when he was described (well that and the description kept changing). Otherwise, a fun read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Manhattan Mayhem: An Anthology of Tales in Celebration of the 70th year of the Mystery Writers of America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark - editor
    • Narrated By January LaVoy, Peter Berkrot, Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Take a crime-filled tour of Manhattan with this collection of all-new mystery stories compiled and edited by Mary Higgins Clark - with contributions by Lee Child, Jeffrey Deaver, Ben H. Winters, and others.

    B. Riddick says: "you'll never see Gotham the same"
    "you'll never see Gotham the same"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was an excellent short story collection. All of the MWA compilations are good but this one was excellent. there was only one short story I didn't care for and that was style. it was written well, but just want my cup of tea.

    All in all, time with this book is time well spent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Nathan Osgood
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1052)

    In 1995, Bill Bryson got into his car and took a weeks-long farewell motoring trip about England before moving his family back to the United States. The book about that trip, Notes from a Small Island, is uproarious and endlessly endearing, one of the most acute and affectionate portrayals of England in all its glorious eccentricity ever written. Two decades later, he set out again to rediscover that country, and the result is The Road to Little Dribbling.

    Richard says: "No Bryson?? Alas, another disappointed fan"
    "it's no notes from a small island"
    Overall
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    I love Bill Bryson and have most of his books in audio. I have to say that I was not impressed with this book. it's not bad but it just wasn't engaging and I honestly cannot say if it was the book or the narrator.

    I will say that Bill Bryson is one of the very few authors that I wish to read their own books and I honestly held off on this one in hopes of a version where Bryson was reading it.

    So I honestly can't say whether it's the writing or the narration, but I'm definitely just 'meh' on this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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