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Harry

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  • Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3385)
    Performance
    (1686)
    Story
    (1708)

    The next-to-last novel in Stephen King's seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower.

    Daniel F. Webster says: "Undoing the writer's block!"
    "The ending is a cop out"
    Overall

    I won't give away the ending, but I will agree with another reviewer and suggest you stop reading when Stephen King suggests you stop reading. His ending to this book is like a cheap Outer Limits and not worthy of the body of the series (which is fantastic).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rebels: The Kent Family Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (169)

    A patriot soldier in the ragtag Continental army, Philip Kent defies the rule of the British crown, fighting for the future of his adopted American homeland and the future of his wife and newborn son. And when Philip's heroism draws the attention of General George Washington, he is sent on an overwhelmingly risky mission vital to the success of the Revolution. But no sacrifice is too great for freedom . . .

    Randi says: "Compelled to express strong contrary opinion!"
    "Even worse than the first in series."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from John Jakes and/or Marc Vietor?

    I'm not sure why I continue to listen. The characters are simple and boring. The plot is going nowhere and the characters play no important part in history like great historical fiction by those like O'Brien.

    The heroes are no heroes and take way to long to do anything.

    I also don't really like the narrator. He reads everything with suspense.


    Has The Rebels turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm going to be more careful in my selection historical fiction by an author others praise.


    What character would you cut from The Rebels?

    Judson


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5401)
    Performance
    (2737)
    Story
    (2792)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Liked everything but the plot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed the idea of city states in a post economic collapse America. However, the plot was a bit silly and I don't think that was the authors intention. Because the author was so inaccurate (intellectually offensive) in areas I know well like. theology, I couldnt trust any of the information provided in other areas I'm not as familiar with like ancient archaeology and language. This was disappointing because I like to learn from fiction when I can. I think if the author had left out all the left-wing politics and the two in-depth description of the virus we could have had a much better novel.

    Similar but much later novel, Ready Player One, is a much better example of a post economic collapse America. Will Wheaton the narrator in both these books does an okay job but is not as gifted as some of the more regular talent we here in audiobooks.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Footfall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (992)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (606)

    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"
    "Great Sci-Fi and exceptional narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Footfall the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was amazing with earthling and alien accents. I was truly mesmerized and never distracted from the story. I don't think I've ever heard a narrator add so much to a story since I listened to the Aubrey Maturin Series with Simon Vance.

    The story was fresh and full of political and scientific interest. I believed all the characters, alien and earthlings motivation. It always made sense so that when everything came together I got it. Foot Fall. Great Title.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Footfall?

    The negotiation!


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, looking forward to them.


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

    No way. I enjoyed it over a couple weeks.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Triple

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (96)

    Egypt - where a top-secret project to build a nuclear plant that will give the Arabs the bomb nears completion....

    Israel - where the Mossad's top agent, Nat Dickstein is given an impossible mission....

    Russia - where top KGB officials tip the atomic balance in Egypt's favor....

    England - where Dickstein makes what could be the fatal mistake of his career by falling under the seductive spell of Suzie Ashford...

    The High Seas - where the Mossad, KGB, Egyptians, and Fedayeen terrorists play out the final violent, bloody moves in a devastating game where the price of failure is nuclear holocaust.

    Scott says: "Great Spy/Action Thriller"
    "Interesting, entertaining and educational"
    Overall

    One of the reasons I love historical fiction is how much it teaches me. Not only did I learn more about the KGB, the Mossad and the production of nuclear weapons, but I was never bored and up let several nights not wanting to turn it off. As always Ken Follet delivers interesting characters in extraordinary situations.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Needle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Eric Lincoln
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2013)
    Performance
    (1082)
    Story
    (1086)

    One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

    Scott says: "A Classic WWII Spy Thriller"
    "Four point Five Stars"
    Overall

    Characters were great and really enjoyed how it all comes together.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Dreaming Void: Void Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2212)
    Performance
    (1366)
    Story
    (1385)

    AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

    Ethan M. says: "Solid Hamiltonian Space Opera"
    "Not Sci-Fi, Sci-Tech"
    Overall

    I listened to several hours of this book and am still not quite sure what was going on. I'm sure I missed the first book about this universe or something, but there are many books from the middle of a series that stand on their own. This one does not. The author seems to interested in the technology and society of the far future than how the characters and situations develop in the context of that technology and society. If you are Niven fan, you might like this. If you are a Asimov and Card fan, then you may not find this enjoyable.

    10 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Whiteout

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (186)

    Like no other suspense author in his genre, Follett reinvents the thriller with each new storyline. But nothing matches the intricate, knife-edge drama of Whiteout.

    B. W. Larsen says: "Ken Follett goes Danielle Steeel"
    "Enjoyed contemporary follet"
    Overall

    It was interesting to read a Follett book about characters and situations in my own world. I also appreciated Josephine Bailey's narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Naked Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (408)

    On the beautiful Outer World planet of Solaria, a handful of human colonists lead a hermitlike existence, their every need attended to by their faithful robot servants. To this strange and provocative planet comes Detective Elijah Baley, sent from the streets of New York with his positronic partner, the robot R. Daneel Olivaw, to solve an incredible murder that has rocked Solaria to its foundations.

    Mark says: "Science Fiction at it's best"
    "Great Story"
    Overall

    I couldn't put this down. I loved the logical puzzles and interesting dialogue.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lie Down with Lions

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Eric Lincoln, Lary Bradenburg, Donald Brearley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (93)

    Ellis, the American. Jean-Pierre, the Frenchman.... They were two men on opposite sides of the cold war, with a woman torn between them. Together, they formed a triangle of passion and deception, racing from terrorist bombs in Paris to the violence and intrigue of Afghanistan - and on to the moment of truth and a deadly decision for all of them.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Good, but the multiple voice reading was poor"
    "Worth the read but not Follet's best"
    Overall

    This was great and so glad I took the time to listen. There is an unnecessarily graphic sex scene (more than normal Ken Follet), which is why it doesn't get four stars. Just fast forward and you'll be fine.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Robots of Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1126)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (592)

    Detective Elijah Baley is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve a bizarre case of roboticide. The prime suspect is a gifted roboticist who had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to commit the crime. There's only one catch: Baley and his positronic partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, must prove the man innocent. For in a case of political intrigue and love between woman and robot gone tragically wrong, there's more at stake than simple justice.

    Yvonne says: "Refreshing"
    "Better than expected"
    Overall

    This series of books is better than I expected. Asimov built on I Robot so very well. I love the characters and the complex dialogue. Many of the current Sci-Fi authors should re-read books like this to understand what the genre is supposed be... real characters asking a question about society.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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