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  • Trading in Danger: Vatta's War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (393)

    The first of the acclaimed Vatta's War books, the exciting military science fiction series that features a swashbuckling spaceship-captain heroine who mixes commerce with combat.

    L'Aura says: "Highly Recommend"
    "Enoyable military SF"
    Overall

    I read this series years ago and enjoyed them - fast-paced, great adventure story with Ky a sympathetic heroine. Listening to them has been a somewhat different experience. Moon can write very well - viz her Deed of Paksanerrion trilogy - but listening to this series read by one of the worst narrators I've heard showed up books written in haste - way too many 'she said', 'he said'; and after hearing Ky reflect on her terrible secret for the umpteenth time, I found myself shouting at the stereo - it's a lazy or incompetent writer's substitute for character development. Still a great story but a bad narrator is like the misuse of grammar on the printed page, jarring and irritating, especially when she has a very peculiar notion of how some words should be pronounced. It is a shame. I have rated it low because of that.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Center

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1523)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (526)

    Carpenter, the Paterson, N.J., lawyer whose wealth allows him to work as seldom as he chooses, is recovering from the loss of the love of his life, Laurie Collins, who has moved home to Findlay, Wis., to become the acting chief of police. When Laurie calls Andy for help after arresting 21-year-old Jeremy Davidson for murders that she thinks he didn't commit, Andy can't resist heading off to Findlay with his faithful dog, Tara.

    J. says: "What a Hoot!"
    "Light but enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I selected this title because Grover Gardner was reading it and he is so good at reading books that have a slight humorous touch to them - and he didn't let me down. The story is light, and although bodies turn up all over the place, there isn't any violence especially. There are a few holes in the story, but Gardner's narration makes them less obvious. If you want a very very undemanding murder mystery with a love story both human and canine read with great good humour, then this may fit the bill.

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