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Chrissi

Amsterdam | Member Since 2003

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  • Engaging the Enemy: Vatta's War, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (188)

    The brilliantly unorthodox Kylara Vatta - black-sheep scion of Vatta Transport Ltd., one of the galaxy's wealthiest merchant houses - is a heroine like no other, blessed with a killer instinct both for business and for battle. Now, in the aftermath of cold-blooded assassinations that have left her parents dead and the Vatta shipping empire shattered, Kylara faces her greatest challenge yet. There is a time for grief and a time for revenge. This is decidedly the latter.

    Charlie says: "More Grace, Less Stella"
    "good story, cheap tricks..."
    Overall

    While I enjoyed part one and two in the series, in this book I was extremely annoyed with the repeating description of Stella's stubborness and her hurt feelings. Instead of creating a more intense listening experience, the author got me more and more annoyed and I fast forwarded the rest of the book.
    I am not sure if I will read the other books, for now I am a bit tired of this. Pity. It felt to me as if the author was pushed to do this, it doesn't fit the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6001)
    Performance
    (5433)
    Story
    (5434)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "great fantasy, extraordinary reading"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Hammered again? Why?

    Any time, actually the new book, Tricked, is supposed to be release april 24 this year.He is witty, funny, a bit matcho and warm at heart. The characters are deep and juicy, the plot surprising and the ideas outrageous.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hammered?

    Getting into my car, sipping a bit of hot tea and turning on the radio anticipating Luke Daniel's voice (the narrator).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to say, the frost giants getting all excited about the goddess Freya or the main characters sitting at a fire trying to male-bond with stories why they hate the god Thor.


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

    Absolutely not. This is like a fine wine that you want to spread out lovingly over some period of time.


    Any additional comments?

    Cant wait for Tricked.Oh yeah, the comments of Oberon, the dog, are just outrageous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of an Economic Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Perkins
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1890)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (469)

    "Economic hit men," John Perkins writes, "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder."

    Robert P. says: "Excellent Story for people have traveled"
    "Very insightful."
    Overall

    A must read if you want to understand the deeper workings of our society. We all benefit of the actions of a few that we would never support if given the choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead in the Morning

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Margaret Yorke
    • Narrated By Carole Hayman
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    No one would have been surprised if old Mrs. Ludlow were murdered, but when her housekeeper is the one who turns up dead, everyone assumes that the lethal drugs were intended for Mrs Ludlow. And Dr Patrick Grant thinks he can prove everyone wrong. . .

    Chrissi says: "very subtle and funny"
    "very subtle and funny"
    Overall

    Great British humour! Every passage inescapably leading to the next funny passage.
    Easygoing read. Characters are very well developed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3277)
    Performance
    (1500)
    Story
    (1529)

    The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

    Jim says: "Hmm"
    "One of the great pieces of science fiction"
    Overall

    ...with a nice peace of philosophy and human awareness thrown in for good measure.
    This is one of the good things about Cards literature: he stays himself human and thoughtful, he creates good characters and plots rather than seeking the thrill of great cruelty or fear to come to a climax.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flight of the Intruder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (141)

    Experience the thrills of naval aviation during the Vietnam War and learn of the intense pressures of the profession through naval pilot, Jake Grafton, who soars off carriers, bombs from tree-top levels and makes treacherous night landings.

    A User says: "Authors Best ?"
    "Like a thriller with the feeling of real life."
    Overall

    Splendid realism, but thrilling and entertaining.
    The characters stay human and believable.
    It is insightful into maritime army life.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2009)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (496)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "fantastic"
    Overall

    Very entertaining and interesting. Reads like a thriller.
    You will learn a lot about diving and high sea boat riding.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1299)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (609)

    As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last 25 years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, while immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

    Annette says: "Enchanting"
    "Master Story Teller"
    Overall

    Like always, Card gives you just that extra twist and loving detail that makes your brain whistle with the depth and love poured into his stories....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3189)
    Performance
    (1610)
    Story
    (1618)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "good ideas but needs 70% abridgement"
    Overall

    Well, now I know why people do abridgements!! This book is so full of unimportant non-essential parts, that is a bore for many hours.
    Not too bad for the ideas though....

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7138)
    Performance
    (3696)
    Story
    (3743)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "outstanding"
    Overall

    Outstanding because of ideas, characters and vision!!
    Actually, I don?t have to add much to my first line, only, maybe, that this is a true since fiction: not only a display of futuristic worlds and science, but also of visionary ideas about human behaviour and psyche. It is for this that I can say: I thoroughly enjoyed this listening experience. Intelligent, warm hearted, well plotted !! Way to go !!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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