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Church

I am a web professional who loves reading but life doesn't afford enough time if you are living at the speed of the internet. Audio books were my salvation. I love Science Fiction first and foremost, then Fantasy, and then anything else I can find that sounds interesting.

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  • Hellhole: Awakening: The Hellhole Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (147)

    After declaring his independence from the corrupt Constellation, rebel General Adolphus knows the crackdown is coming. Now he needs to pull together the struggling Hellhole colony, the ever-expanding shadow-Xayan settlement, and his connections with the other Deep Zone worlds. Even then, he doubts his desperate measures will be enough. Diadem Michella Duchenet has collected a huge space fleet led by Commodore Escobar Hallholme, son of the hero who originally defeated Adolphus.

    William says: "I really enjoy this series"
    "Love this series"
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    What did you love best about Hellhole: Awakening?

    Character depth and political intrigue in a science fiction setting.


    Any additional comments?

    I really love this series - it reminds me distinctly of another series that Anderson wrote but I loved that series too so that was ok for me. The only issue I had at all with this novel is I wanted to the Antagonist on the throne to be less cartoonish and have more depth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting Julian: Gatherers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (211)

    As a guardian for his colony, Julian Sawyer travels to Earth to bring back the Chosen: women who possess energy potent enough to help revitalize his people. The stunning, silver-clad beauty who strides into his club one night radiates a sensual magnetism unlike any he's encountered, and Julian realizes that Asia Callahan is not just Chosen, she is his kindra: his one true mate. For months, Asia has tracked the beautiful and mysterious Julian across the country, convinced that he's behind the disappearance of her sister and a dozen other women.

    B. says: "Anti-Heroine"
    "I just wanted to shrug"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If I can change anything I would have made the heroine substantially less - um - combative?


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jacquelyn Frank? Why or why not?

    Yes, I think I would try another one but I would be hesitant. I absolutely loved the premise just not the execution.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Xe Sands?

    narrator was fine.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I actually think this would make a better movie than audiobook so I might.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3599)
    Performance
    (2960)
    Story
    (2950)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Totally loved it!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was just another zombie book until I really starting to enjoy the main character and his attitude. I am a fan of Mark Tufo and this had almost the feel (not as much humor) as some of his books.


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

    Yes, it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. I can't remember a boring section in the entire book.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    His tone and inflection carried the main character well.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Carver of Waar: Waar, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Nathan Long
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (237)

    Jane Carver is nobody's idea of a space princess. A hard-ridin', hard-lovin' biker chick and ex-Airborne Ranger, Jane is as surprised as anyone else when, on the run from the law, she ducks into the wrong cave at the wrong time - and wakes up butt-naked on an exotic alien planet light-years away from everything she's ever known. Waar is a savage world of four-armed tiger-men, sky-pirates, slaves, gladiators, and purple-skinned warriors in thrall to a bloodthirsty code of honor and chivalry.

    Diane Rivers says: "Story and Narration = Epic Fun!"
    "Thought I wouldn't like it..."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the parody of Burroughs work. It was one of the better audiobooks I have listened to this year (if listened to with a view towards its humor). I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I went for a few days without to it; however, it's still a great story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Beautiful Friendship: Star Kingdom, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1054)
    Performance
    (933)
    Story
    (934)

    Stephanie Harrington had always expected to be a forest ranger on her homeworld of Meyerdahl until her parents relocated to the frontier planet of Sphinx in the far distant Star Kingdom of Manticore. It should have been the perfect new home - a virgin wilderness full of new species of every sort, just waiting to be discovered. But Sphinx is a far more dangerous place than ultra-civilized Meyerdahl, and Stephanie's explorations come to a sudden halt when her parents lay down the law: no trips into the bush without adult supervision!

    brendanstallard says: "Wow, Weber hits the target."
    "Not bad for a YA / Teen novel"
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    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Khristine Hvam?

    I love David Webers' novels so yes, I absolutely would. However, I like his military novels and this just didn't add up. I did like the backstory on Honor Harrington and her "cat" so that filled in some information.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Beautiful Friendship?

    That's the thing - The book flowed well, listened well there just wasn't anything memorable about it. I guess I would have to say the end scenes in the woods were perhaps the best written - definitely had the feel of David Webers normal style.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Hard to say as it would be a movie geared towards teens.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (677)

    An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Another Readable Story About the End of the World"
    "Really Interesting premise"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ashes to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the characters came off a little less shallow in the audiobook.


    What other book might you compare Ashes to and why?

    The first in the Mark Tufo series without the humor? The book reminded me a lot of a fast read harlequin novel just without the romance.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    The soldier that the protagonist meets and then travels with. The female protagonist was a bit too - whiny? - for my taste.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The White Mists of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    An innocent excited boy, a prince and heir, takes his first journey to the city. The streets teem with merchants in velvet robes, magicians, half-mad preachers, with life and color, poverty and noise. He doesn't want to miss any of it. But this is the last journey in his life as a prince. Soon he will be abandoned and declared dead. Soon he will be utterly alone, faced only with survival and what will become the driving force of his life: the quest to recover his stolen inheritance, his usurped throne. His home.

    Church says: "Really looking forward to Future Books"
    "Really looking forward to Future Books"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this book to a friend. I enjoyed the base premise of a boy who had been "lost" and came back to reclaim his power.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The White Mists of Power?

    It would have to be the revelation of the bards identity at the dinner.


    What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

    I liked that the readers voice was not obtrusive. It made getting into the story much easier.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (23695)
    Performance
    (17671)
    Story
    (17725)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "This series is one of my favorite series"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    The action was always moving forward. The vignette style of the book made the extremely long novel easier to pause in spots. It had a little bit of everything: Byzantine political drama, war, fighting, zombies. What's not to like?


    What other book might you compare A Game of Thrones to and why?

    I don't have a comparison.


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    Tyrion is definitely my favorite character, a heroic anti-hero. I least liked Danaris in this novel. She becomes much more likable in subsequent novels though.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I would have liked to listen to this book in one sitting; however, that's darn near impossible.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cobra Alliance: Cobra War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (122)

    When the colony worlds Adirondack and Silvern fell to the Troft forces almost without a struggle. Outnumbered and on the defensive, Earth made a desperate decision. It would attack the aliens not from space, but on the ground with forces the Trofts did not even suspect. Thus were created the Cobras, a guerilla force whose weapons were surgically implanted, invisible to the unsuspecting eye, yet undeniably deadly.

    S. Johnson says: "GREAT SECOND PART OF THE STORY"
    "Fast excellent read"
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    Timothy Zahn didn't explore any new real territory in this novel about an aging "space marine" (basically) and her son answering a summons to a potentially (probably) hostile planet.

    As always, a good amount of action and enough drama to move the storyline ahead.

    Plenty of unanswered questions to make you want to read the next book in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (2064)
    Performance
    (1748)
    Story
    (1727)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Teddy says: "Barely Made It Through This One"
    "Exactly what I expected it to be"
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    After reading some of the reviews I expected a so-so performance with excellent information. I was surprised at how often I kept going back to listen after I took a break from the monotonous voice though - that usually isn't like me. Once I leave an audio book, it is generally for good.

    The information is useful and the author uses real examples when possible to explain his points.

    I'm not sure what they could have done with the narrator they used but I really liked the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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