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Techpotato

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  • Doctor Who: The Gemini Contagion

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Jason Arnopp
    • Narrated By Meera Syal
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    Meera Syal reads this exclusive audio story featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond.The ice-planet Vinsk, in the year 2112. The all-new anti-viral handwash, Gemini, has been laced with Meme-Spawn: a sentient micro-organism which makes the user fluent in every language in the universe. However, manufacturer Zalnex made one crucial mistake.

    Techpotato says: "Excellent performance but linear story"
    "Excellent performance but linear story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Meera Syal does great performance, as usual. The story, however, lacks the usual twists and blind alleys of Doctor Who tales. Part of the problem is that this is short.


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

    I chose this because of other Doctor Who she has done and her performance adds 2stars to what it could have been.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If the best laid plans can go bad, a poor plan can be a disaster.


    Any additional comments?

    If you can't resist a Doctor Who story, go ahead. I recommend you click on the performer link above and check out some of her other performances such as "Borrowed Time"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Storm: A Derrick Storm Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Derrick Storm, the guy the CIA calls on when it wants something investigated domestically, is 33,000 feet in the air, returning from a rock-climbing vacation in the Swiss Alps, when the plane spirals into a nosedive. Storm uses his climbing gear to tether himself to the wing and heroically save the plane and all the people onboard. Sadly, Storm is not available to come to the aid of the three other planes that have crashed under similar circumstances, killing everyone onboard.

    Techpotato says: "Whoever wrote this is the best Richard Castle yet"
    "Whoever wrote this is the best Richard Castle yet"
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    This latest Derrick storm book penned under the Richard Castle name is the best book of the series, including the Nikki Heat books. This book captures the style you would expect from the fictional author perfectly.

    It is rare that a book is so enthralling that it makes me want to listen to it in one session (if that were possible). I found myself taking the long way home, just to get a little bit more driving time to listen to this book.

    Even if you haven't listened to any of the other books in the series, this one would not lose anything by being the only one you read. There are a few subtle comments that you might not appreciate fully if you are no a Castle for them, but they are inconsequential.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indemnity Only

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (108)

    In this gripping adventure - the first V.I. Warshawski mystery - America’s top private eye is tossed into a dangerous adventure when a seemingly straightforward assignment becomes complicated and deadly. Hired by a man who calls himself John Thayer, V.I.’s assignment is to find Thayer’s son Peter’s missing girlfriend. But when V.I. finds young Peter’s dead body instead, her client disappears.

    Sandra says: "Early Paretsky"
    "Like watching an 80s Detective Show"
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    The story is good, and of course Susan Erickson's performance is amazing as usual. One has to remember that this book was written in the 1980s, and it really feels like watching an old 80s detective show.

    With that in mind, since I actually remember the 1980s firsthand, it is interesting to notice how attitudes and technology have changed. It's funny to think that it wasn't that long ago, when people's lives could be put in danger if you actually left home so that you missed a call. Of course there is also the rampant misogyny at odds with changing attitudes and values, that were indicative of the era.

    I plan to listen to more of the serious, and it will be interesting to see how the characters progress if the series keeps up with the contemporary timeframe of when each book was written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (848)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (578)

    With an ailing mother to care for, Lisa Grant takes the first job she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. What Lisa expects to be a mind-numbingly boring task turns into anything but when a missing-persons case draws her attention. The details of the case are engrossing: an entire family — father, mother, and two children — disappeared without a trace more than 28 years ago. Except that’s not all: the mother in a photo Lisa finds could be her own twin.

    SassiKassi says: "All that's promised and more."
    "Slow start but good story"
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    The first half of this book dragged a little, but the story picked up and was quite entertaining over all. And I originally chose this fuck not because of the author, but because of Susan Ericson.

    It's too bad that this book didn't stretch the readers talents, because the charactersdidn't

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the Orient Elite: A Tale of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (643)

    In this brand-new Grimnoir Chronicles story written exclusively for Audible, it's 1937 - four years after the Grimnoir Society defeated the magical alien force known as The Power. "Heavy" Jake Sullivan is summoned by his oddest ally, Dr. Wells, to stop the bombing of a new ultra-luxury airship. Amid the glitz, the gambling, and the high-society types, Sullivan races time to hunt for the saboteur. But surrounded by a blimp-full of Germans, Russians, Imperium Iron Guard, and other magical enemies - where can he even begin?

    Hassan says: "Wonder If There Will Be More??"
    "Wanted to take one star off for being too short"
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    I was tempted to take off one star for being too short, because the story left me wanting more. Then I realized that would be unfair.

    This is an entertaining short story set shortly after the third book in the Grimnoir series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell: An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (533)

    The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town's ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential powder keg on their hands. They turn to Veronica to disprove - or prove - the woman's story.

    SamOfSiam says: "Could not finish audio book, will be reading it."
    "What is everyone going on about?"
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    I bought this book thinking "what's the worst that can happen I can always get a refund if it's as bad as everyone says? ". There is no way I could justify asking for a refund for this book, It was great!

    Sure it wasn't read by Kristen Bell, but get over it. The performance was still great. The characters were good and the story was pure Veronica Mars.

    I thoroughly enjoyed it. Oh yes, the monologues were delivered deadpan, but wasn't that always the case?

    Remember, a marshmallow left on the shelf for 10 years will get a little tougher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bones Never Lie

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (361)

    Unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD's Cold Case Unit, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she's been asked to meet with a homicide cop who's a long way from his own jurisdiction. The shocking answer: Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common - the killer.

    Techpotato says: "This is book 17 in the Temperance Brennan Series"
    "This is book 17 in the Temperance Brennan Series"
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    Another great book in the series. I like Katherine Borowitz performance of this book. The first-person-diary style of this book may not be for everyone but I like it.

    The only bad about this book is that it is not listed as part of the Temperance Brennan series. Maybe it is because Kathy Reichs changed publishers.

    Series like this must make a lot of money for Amazon and Audible, you would think they would make an easy way to subscribe to (or sign-up for alerts for) a series. I have spent over $200 on this series and over one thousand dollars on the other series I enjoy yet I need to log-in several times per month to manually check for new books.

    If you are a fan of the Temperance Brennan series, I hope I am glad you managed to find this because it is definitely worth the listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Nothing O'Clock: Eleventh Doctor: 50th Anniversary

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (158)

    Eleven Doctors, eleven months, eleven stories: a year-long celebration of Doctor Who! The most exciting names in children's fiction each create their own unique adventure about the time-travelling Time Lord. Thousands of years ago, Time Lords built a Prison for the Kin. They made it utterly impregnable and unreachable. As long as Time Lords existed, the Kin would be trapped forever and the universe would be safe. They had planned for everything... everything, that is, other than the Time War and the fall of Gallifrey.

    Paul Alves says: "11 Doctors. 11 great stories."
    "Just OK"
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    The story was OK and the reading was good but it lacked that little something that turns a reading into a performance.

    A great performance can elevate a story. This story really could have used the help.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4763)
    Performance
    (2969)
    Story
    (2990)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    "Past Future, but too good to put down."
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    This series in a future as predicted nearly 20 years ago, when internet access was just becoming available to the public, cell phones were the size of 2 packs of smokes and made phone calls and the OJ Simpson trial was still ongoing, arguing if DNA was usable as evidence. Some of its future is a bit dated now.

    That does not detract from the story at all. You MUST listen to this book, as the "pilot" of a series that is still continuing today.

    Beware, Eve, Roarke and the rest of the cast will draw you in as surely as Eve is drawn into the next case. I can't put these down.

    Susan Erickson brings the cast to life. I consider her tied for the best book performer on Audible. I keep forgetting that these books are read -- no... PERFORMED -- by a single person, not a production by a full cast.

    The only really bad thing about this series is that this month I started listening to this series and now I have spent 8 credits and I can't stop. I couldn't dock this book a Star just because it is too good to stop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Living Deed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E.J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (773)
    Performance
    (716)
    Story
    (715)

    Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Had a blast listening to this one!"
    "May not be great literature but superbly entertain"
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    If this was a TV series it would be one of my favourites.

    By that I mean that the stories are not rich sweeping vistas of cinematic quality but they certainly are great, captivating stories that keep me listening. It's a bit like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir meets Remington Steele.

    In fact (and this is out of character for me), I found myself forgoing my PVR, Netflix, and other entertainment choices to listen to just a few more chapters. For that reason I gave it 5 stars.

    Amanda Ronconi is perfect for the main character, although her range of voices is a bit limited. This is actually not bad considering that the book is written in a first person memoir style.

    I defiantly recommend this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tarnished Knight: The Lost Stars, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1461)
    Performance
    (1326)
    Story
    (1334)

    The authority of the Syndicate Worlds’ government is crumbling. Civil war and rebellion are breaking out in many star systems, despite the Syndic government’s brutal attempts to suppress disorder. Midway is one of those star systems, and leaders there must decide whether to remain loyal to the old order or fight for something new.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Enjoy OBSTLT (or Be Subject to Life Termination)"
    "Brace yourself... This book is like peanuts."
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    First, let's get the elephant out of the room. Marc Vietor pronounces Iceni differently than Christian Rummel. Get over it. Move on. I thank the reviewers who have commented on it for preparing me for it, but it happens with names (I was three books into Harry Potter before I found out that Hermione is pronounced Her-My-Oh-Nee not Her-Me-Own), it happens with with Worcestershire sauce, and even with tomatoes.

    It is great to see the story from a different perspective and the only thing wrong with this is that it is too engrossing. It was very distracting because I kept trying to steal myself away to listen to just a bit more of the book.

    For the last three days my personal productivity has been severely harmed by starting this book. The chapters are like peanuts: you can't consume just one.

    I am glad that I waited until only a few weeks before the second book is released to listen to this one.

    Listening to this book without the Beyond The Frontier series would be ok, but you would be missing some context. I would not recommend this book if you have not finished The Lost Fleet series, however, as you will miss a lot of the back story.

    If you have not listened to the Beyond The Frontier series yet. I would recommend that for you read/listen to the books in the order in which they were released: Dreadnaught, Invincible, although you might swap it with this book (Tarnished Knight), Guardian, then The Lost Stars:Perilous Shield (which I am looking forward to). This book takes place during the time line of Invincible.

    After listening to this book, I replayed the start of Guardian again. It was interesting how the story seemed to have changed.

    Like peanuts, (to complete the metaphor), there may be a few people allergic to change, for whom this book could be very bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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