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  • The Sparrow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated By David Colacci

    Emilio Sandoz is a remarkable man, a living saint and Jesuit priest who undergoes an experience so harrowing and profound that it makes him question the existence of God. This experience - the first contact between human beings and intelligent extraterrestrial life - begins with a small mistake and ends in a horrible catastrophe.

    Yvette Flores says: "Far fetched book but good summer listen."
    "just amazing"

    I've listened to a lot of audiobooks, but this transcends classifications. Not just a sci-fi story, but a deeply moving look into a man's soul. The characters are multilayered individuals and the problems they incur meeting an alien race are very realistic and much more believeable than in any sci fi novels I've ever read. It makes sense that the auther is a sociologist.And the narrator is absolutely perfect in every way, move over Scott Brick, there's a new King of audiobooks!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower

    Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

    Mickey says: "Probably the best performance I've listened to."
    "Incredible story, incredible reader"
    What did you love best about Shantaram?

    This is a fascinating story about the poor, the dispossessed and the emigrates who lived in Bombay, and the escaped Australian prisoner who made his life there. It reminded me a bit of Casablanca, but there's an amazing richness to the characters and their widely divergent lives that kept me enthralled.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shantaram?

    There are so many to choose from! Being surrounded by wild dogs outside the slum. Meeting his friend Prabata's family and neighbors in the village. The treatment of the man who was found beating his wife. I don't want to give away anything, there is so much that is suprising to our western ears.

    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Now I love listening to John Lee and Scott Brick and many others, but Humphrey Bower is now at the very top of my favorite narrator list. You listen to this story and can't believe it's not at least three or four different readers narrating it. One minute he's Aussie, then Indian, then German, then a totally different Indian voice, and he never gets them mixed up. I've never heard anyone like it, he's totally amazing!

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

    Yes, it gets emotional at times, and there's a lot of poetic moments and philosophical lines that you want to stop and write down and think about later. This is the kind of book you can listen to several times, I'm sure.

    Any additional comments?

    Buy it! I don't normally listen to anything except mysteries and sci-fi and yet this book blew me away. It's a true modern classic, extremely entertaining, filled with love, adventure, thrills, exotic places, perfect narration, everything you'd want in a book.

    0 of 2 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

    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"
    "Fun little story!"
    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably in the top third, based upon enjoyability.

    What did you like best about this story?

    At first I was skeptical, there's an awful lot of this is broke and I'm fixing it like this, but as the story develops, you learn more about the characters and Mr Fixit becomes a likeable, interesting character. It was fun and really different than most stories.

    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    He seemed a little crass at first, but then after a while, you realize he's spot on. And his Indian accented characters were amazing, I kept thinking there had to be two different narrators.

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

    I listen in my car, and was always coming in the house to tell my husband, "you'll never guess what happened now!"

    Any additional comments?

    It's a light comedy for the most part, about a very ingenious man, and well worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Perfect in every way"

    This is simply the best audiobook I've ever listened to, out of the hundred or so I've heard. Scott Brick is at his peak, the story is sublime, it reminds me of Casablanca, with a wonderful story and fully realized characterizations. Totally perfect. So much in SciFi seems to be written for teenage boys, it's a real thrill to discover an author who writes for adults and isn't afraid to plumb the depths of the human psyche for realistic emotional situations and moral dilemmas. Grab this one, it's truly 10 out of 10.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remains of an Altar

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Merrily Watkins, parish priest, single mother, and Deliverance Consultant, heads for the Malvern Hills to investigate an alleged paranormal dimension to a spate of road accidents. A revamped local pub has injected the valley with a shattering surge of inner-city nightlife and drugs. When a dealer is found savagely murdered below the great earthen hillfort of Herefordshire Beacon, police wonder if it is a gangland disposal, a cry of outrage or something more sinister.

    Shaliali says: "Disappointing"
    "Burns like a low flame"

    Phil Rickman's Merrily Watkins series are wonderful
    stories, and this one is no exception. Slow to start,
    but has lots of character development and just enough
    mystery, ethical dilemmas and supernatural undertones to be interesting yet completely believable. Emma Powell does a brilliant job at voice characterizations, far better than the other
    narrator of the series available here on Audible. I was so impressed after hearing this and Midwinter of the Spirit, I bought the whole series. I hope Audible will have more of this series available, especially if read by Emma Powell.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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