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Marc

Give me a spy novel, mystery, history, and a little science and I'm totally happy

Long Beach, WA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Batavia

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    The story begins in 1629, when the pride of the Dutch East India Company, the Batavia, is on its maiden voyage en route from Amsterdam to the Dutch East Indies, laden down with the greatest treasure to leave Holland. The magnificent ship is already boiling over with a mutinous plot that is just about to break into the open when, just off the coast of Western Australia, it strikes an unseen reef in the middle of the night. While Commandeur Francisco Pelsaert decides to take the longboat across 2,000 miles of open sea for help, his second-in-command Jeronimus Cornelisz takes over....

    Hugh says: "Great Australian History"
    "Great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I couldn't put it down. May have been a bit gruesome at times, but that didn't slow me down. Both the story and narration were the best. It was hard to believe that it was true.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shipkiller: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (240)

    Before he was anointed to carry on the legacy of Robert Ludlum's Janson Command series, and before he collaborated with Clive Cussler on the fan favorite Isaac Bell series, Justin Scott created this suspenseful adventure tale, a novel of love and revenge set on the high seas. Written in 1978, this is considered by many to be one of the best maritime thrillers of all time. As an expert in the world of ships and sailing, Justin Scott creates an authentic maritime world, making The Shipkiller all the more thrilling because it could be a true story.

    Alex says: "A great story- well written and performed"
    "Wonderful Adventure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I couldn't stop reading. For someone who'd spent considerable time at sea in a small boat it brought back lots of recollections of encounters with bad weather and big ships. The story is very gripping, to the point where I was awake most of two nights reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9782)
    Performance
    (6752)
    Story
    (6760)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Storm Front"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Fun story and humor, great narration. I would have given it a full 5* if it hadn't gotten so verbose. At times it was hard to listen to the details of the present situation when it was obvious that changes were soon to come. From others' reviews it sounds like things improve as you get into the series, so I will listen to the next in line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (257)

    Dr. Suresh Jha, best known for unmasking fraudulent swamis and godmen, dies in a fit of giggles at his morning yoga class when goddess Kali appears from the mist and plunges a sword into his chest. The only one laughing now is the main suspect, a powerful guru named Maharaj Swami, who seems to have done away with his most vocal critic.

    Margaret says: "All Aboard!"
    "Man Who Died Laughing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Though I started with the assumption that I'd be drawn into the mystery, I never found much to keep me awake. I even repeated a few chapters with hopes that I'd missed something. Sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Peoples in a New World: Colonizing Ice Age America

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David J. Meltzer
    • Narrated By Christopher Prince
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    More than 12,000 years ago, in one of the greatest triumphs of prehistory, humans colonized North America, a continent that was then truly a new world. Just when and how they did so has been one of the most perplexing and controversial questions in archaeology.

    Marc says: "First Peoples - Fantastic"
    "First Peoples - Fantastic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a fantastic summary of our present understanding of early human life in America. It not only gave me a good summary of migration to and through America, but also the science behind this understanding. Though the explanations got quite technical at times (genetics, for example), I never felt overwhelmed. Both the writing and reading were great.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17645)
    Performance
    (7568)
    Story
    (7596)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Totally Hooked"
    Overall

    I couldn't put the book down. Where's Sallinger? What's she up to now? My curiosity and imagination were in constant motion. I loved it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1077)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (444)

    Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. But it can't help his fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

    Scott says: "Scicen Fiction Can Be Literature"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    It kept me going through hours of freeway driving. Both the intrigue and the science kept me fascinated. I was convinced that it all just might happen. Wow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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