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gene

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  • Diplomatic Immunity: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1076)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (537)

    A rich Komarran merchant fleet has been impounded at Graf Station in distant Quaddiespace after a bloody incident involving the convoy's Barrayaran military escort. But Lord Miles Vorkosigan and his wife, Lady Ekaterin, have other things on their minds, such as getting home in time to attend the long-awaited births of their first children.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "Honeymoon period..."
    "BEST SERIES I HAVE HEARD"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    miles and his brother the action that interacted with them and the humor


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    this is agreat set of books that you can listen to in order or by themselves or even start in the middle like i did.

    0 of 0 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
    (7803)
    Performance
    (4301)
    Story
    (4355)

    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"
    "started slow"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Speaker for the Dead to be better than the print version?

    excellent


    What did you like best about this story?

    held my interest most of the time


    Any additional comments?

    this book started off slow but it grew on you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7632)
    Performance
    (5847)
    Story
    (5865)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "NOT FOR ME"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Markus Zusak and/or Allan Corduner?

    MAYBE, BUT IT WILL BE SOME TIME. MAYBE IT WAS JUST THE WAY THE STORY LINE WAS PRESENTED.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Allan Corduner?

    NO ONE COULD HELP THIS BOOK


    Any additional comments?

    1ST BOOK I COULD NOT FINSH

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Big Sky Country

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Linda Lael Miller
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (197)

    New York Times best-selling author Linda Lael Miller has earned a large and growing following for her wildly popular novels starring the Creeds and the McKettricks. As her many fans will attest, no one brings cowboys - and their affairs of the heart - to life in quite the way she does. With the author’s signature style, Big Sky Country delivers a scintillating tale that you will not want to miss.

    Maria says: "A Great Pay Back!"
    "great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Big Sky Country in three words, what would they be?

    Narration by Jack Garrett was one of the best I have heard and the story line by Linda Lael Miller was excellent. I did not want to turn it off. I will look for more books by her and for books jack garrett has narrated.


    What about Jack Garrett’s performance did you like?

    He did not sound as if he was reading the book his voice kept you into the story line. You felt like the old days of radio shows where you thought you were at the movies.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryoburn: A Miles Vorkosigan Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1219)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (632)

    Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove—he’s been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp—an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future—attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter, Miles, to check it out

    Kevin says: "Its nice to come Home!"
    "great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Cryoburn in three words, what would they be?

    I wish it was not the end of the series


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    one of the best performers I have heard in a long time. I will look for other books he has done.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the end


    Any additional comments?

    wish there were more books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Moonlight: Free Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1611)
    Performance
    (1347)
    Story
    (1356)

    Barely a teenager, Kaylin Neya is a thief, a fugitive and an attempted assassin. She also has a smart mouth, sharp wits and mysterious markings on her skin. All of which make her perfect bait for a child prostitution sting in the city of Elantra - if she survives her first meeting with the Hawks!

    Jason says: "Great STUFF!!!"
    "SLOOOOOOOW"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Cast in Moonlight: Free Novella?

    STARTED OUT VERY SLOW PICKED UP TOWARD THE END. ENDED STRANGE


    What could Michelle Sagara have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    PLOT WAS VAGUE-NEVER KNEW WHY OR WHT WAS HAPPENING.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Valley Forge: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By William Dufris, Callista Gingrich
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (70)

    In To Try Men's Souls, Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen cast a new light on the year 1776 .Valley Forge picks up the narrative a year after Washington’s triumphant surprise attack on Trenton, and much has changed since then. It’s the winter of 1777, and Washington’s battered, demoralized army retreats from Philadelphia.

    Stephen says: "The Forging of America"
    "The best history book you have read."
    Overall

    This is one of the best books I have heard on history in a very long time. This book was presented in a very entertaining way.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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