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David

sandy hook, CT, United States | Member Since 2001

ratings
27
REVIEWS
10
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
77

  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1074)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (587)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "fantastic story! fantastic reader!"
    Overall

    this is how audible books are to be done. it doesn't get better than this

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Terminal World

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (297)

    Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size. Clinging to its skin are the zones, a series of semi-autonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different---and rigidly enforced---level of technology. Following an infiltration mission that went tragically wrong, Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in the district morgue.

    Michael says: "Worthwhile slightly lacking"
    "Great Story and another several book series"
    Overall

    This is a well written, well read story that keeps you interested 'till the end.
    Does anyone tell a story that can be told in one book anymore?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Finn: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jon Clinch
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Author Jon Clinch makes his debut with this extraordinary novel that tackles issues of race, slavery, and paternity while delivering a fully fleshed rendering of one of the most notorious characters in the history of American literature: Huckleberry Finn's father. It was more than a century ago that Mark Twain left the notoriously violent Finn dead, surrounded by such oddities as a wooden leg and women's undergarments. As we get to know this troubled man, we meet the people who shape Finn's life.

    Michael says: "Fantastic"
    "Sounds all too real"
    Overall

    It is a violent book and Finn is a monster. But the book reads like real life in a time when life was cheap and injustice was common place. You cannot really look at Finn through the prism of modern life or "enlightened" sensibilities. I think it was this kind of monster that Twain wanted expose to the public to show it for what it was.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Footfall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (923)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (547)

    They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

    Flatlander says: "Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best"
    "classic Sci Fi"
    Overall

    Larry and Jerry built a believable alien race and a believable human reaction to them. Well written and well read

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdom of Ohio: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Matthew Flaming
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    After discovering an old photograph, an elderly antiques dealer living in present-day Los Angeles is forced to revisit the history he has struggled to deny. The photograph depicts a man and a woman. The man is Peter Force, a young frontier adventurer who comes to New York City in 1901 and quickly lands a job digging the first subway tunnels beneath the metropolis. The woman is Cheri-Anne Toledo, a beautiful mathematical prodigy whose memories appear to come from another world.

    David says: "Written as if coming from another time"
    "Written as if coming from another time"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. The jumps from present time to reminiscing about his past took getting used to, but when you realize its an old man telling the story of his past, it is easy to understand. It moved well and the characters were people you could empathize with.
    Speculative fiction, classic romance, historical novel. Its got it all and Todd McLaren could make a laundry list sound good.

    1 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
    (3193)
    Performance
    (1614)
    Story
    (1622)

    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."
    "get caught up"
    Overall

    Its a very REAL book. you get to know and care about the windup girl and her plight. you can almost smell the slums and factories. I will listen to this again real soon, just to get the stuff I missed.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of Saganami

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (226)

    The Star Kingdom has a new generation of officers! And this elite group hand-picked and trained by Honor Harrington herself is going to be needed immediately, as their first assignment turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected. What was supposed to be a quiet outpost, far from the blazing conflict between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven has actually been targeted by an unholy alliance between the slaveholders of Manpower.

    Jean says: "The Shadow of Saganami"
    "who picks the reader?"
    Overall

    I couldn't finish the book. I wouldn't have downloaded the book if I had heard the reader do a female voice first. he just breaks into a falsetto that sounds silly. I stopped before I heard him do Honor with that voice.
    what a waste

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    In the reign of President Deklan Comstock, a reborn United States is struggling back to prosperity. Over a century after the Efflorescence of Oil, after the Fall of the Cities, after the Plague of Infertility, after the False Tribulation, after the days of the Pious Presidents, the sixty stars and thirteen stripes wave from the plains of Athabaska to the national capital in New York City. In Colorado Springs, the Dominion sees to the nation's spiritual needs.

    William says: "Excellent tragedy with very good narration"
    "I'm not even done and hope it wont end"
    Overall

    I love reading and listening to the classics of the 19th century because I love the english of that era.
    This story feels like a classic. Its hard to shut off and I love the characters.
    Scott Brick could read a shopping list and make it sound good

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8342)
    Performance
    (4122)
    Story
    (4177)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Finally!"
    Overall

    I haven't finished yet, but I know that this will stand as one of the best recorded books I have ever listened to. I've been a member for years and have hundreds of titles. The different voices and the production quality make it easy and compelling to listen to.

    37 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19895)
    Performance
    (11497)
    Story
    (11614)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Orson Scott Card Understands"
    Overall

    There is something that most educators do not understand and that is how a gifted child's mind works. Mr. Card does. Many gifted children have read this book and agree. My own gifted child read it when he was ten and feels like he knows Ender. He identifies with Ender like no other fictional character.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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