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Thomas

West Nyack, NY, USA

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  • Lords of the North: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Tom Sellwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (199)

    The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm.

    Thomas says: "Excellent historical fiction"
    "Excellent historical fiction"
    Overall

    This is one of the best adventure/historical fiction novels I have come across. A reputation shared by many of Mr. Cornwell's stories.

    In addition, the reading is second to none. I can not emphasize this enough. The reader is 100% spot on for the characters, and particularly the main character. There are always those who will criticize accents, but for the average listener, they reflect the characters and a pleasure to listen to.

    I see the reader (his name escapes me now) has very few credits to his name. I can only hope that the rest of this series goes to audiobook (Unabridged, do you hear me! Unabridged) with him at the microphone. I will buy every one.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Sky People

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    Marc Vitrac was born in the early 1960's, about the time the first interplanetary probes delivered the news that Mars and Venus were teeming with life, even human life. Now, in 1988, Marc has been assigned to the US-Commonwealth base on Venus. But there are flies in this ointment - and not only the Venusian dragonflies, with their yard-wide wings....Extravagant and effervescent, The Sky People is alternate-history SF adventure at its best.

    Lars says: "Fun in a wild world...."
    "Fun book"
    Overall

    First and foremost, the Narrator, Mr. McLaren, does the best triceratops lowing I have ever heard in an audiobook. Ever.

    Seriously, Mr. McLaren does a great job narrating this fun adventure story.

    I have read some criticism that Mr. Stirling's stories are a little "black and white", but sometimes it is nice to know who the good guys and the bad guys are. Reminds me a little of Heinlein's supermen. The throwback plot line to the old pulps is also well done.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Eifelheim

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Flynn
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (101)

    In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and was never resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical-physicist girlfriend, Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn't. Why? What was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago?

    Andrew says: "Poignant, Profound, Absorbing and deeply moving."
    "A good book"
    Overall

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Unlike Melissa, above, I thought that the most attractive part of the story was the exposition concerning the differences between medieval and modern manners of thought.

    I think that the least attractive was the almost-anthropomorphism of the aliens, and as noted above, the seemingly crass modern characters (perhaps due to the way the reader read them).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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