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  • Doctor Who: The Gemini Contagion

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Jason Arnopp
    • Narrated By Meera Syal
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    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
  • 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
    (4358)
    Performance
    (2602)
    Story
    (2618)

    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
    (563)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (521)

    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
    (1217)
    Performance
    (1112)
    Story
    (1119)

    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
  • The Lost Fleet: Fearless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3764)
    Performance
    (2590)
    Story
    (2621)

    Outnumbered by the superior forces and firepower of the Syndicate Worlds, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous retreat across the enemy star system. Led by the legendary Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, the Alliance is desperately trying to return home with its captured prize: the key to the Syndic hypernet, and the key to victory.

    Jean says: "The lost fleet: fearless"
    "This series is like trying to eat one chip"
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    If you read my review of book one in this series, you will know that I hated the fact that it didn't feel like it had an ending. In fact, I returned the book so I can't rescind my bad review of it (although the caveat still stands: these books do not end -- they draw you in to the next one).

    Christian Rummel is the most amazing narrator of any audio book I have listened to. This series is an epic saga with dozens of characters and he gives each one a unique voice and personality. Not only that, but they are consistent over the six books of this series and on into the second series.

    Yes. You may have caught that... I am hooked. After a few weeks it kept eating at me and I had to get book two, then book three... As I write this I have listened to all six books and so far the first two books of the sequel series.

    The battles are exciting, the relationships are engaging and the character arc is compelling.

    I assume that if you got this far you are already hooked, so just relax, credits in hand, and enjoy the ride.

    I still took one star off the story rating solely due to the fact that I personally do not like the fact that this series is written so that you can't read just one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6125)
    Performance
    (5705)
    Story
    (5706)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "If I heard the word "said" one more time,,,"
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    The dilemma here is that the "story" was great. I laughed. I cried. What more can you ask from a book?

    The writing, however, was painful. In the dialog (of which there is a lot) every sentence ends with "(character name) said".

    Unfortunately, the performance needs all of these "said"s since Will Weaton does not use different voices for each character. Without the continued explanation of who is talking, there is no way to know.

    It was so painful that I was going to ask for a refund after the first chapter, but I was driving and by the time I got to my destination, I was hooked on the story.

    This story reads like a book written by a screenwriter. Unable to deal with the fact that in a book, you don't put the character's name at the start of each line, the author just tacked "said" to the end (unless the character whispered, exclaimed, cried out et cetera).

    Maybe I am spoiled by Christian Rummel's performance of the Lost Fleet series, an epic story with dozens of characters, each with a unique voice, but this book was painful.

    Now for the surprise ending...

    If you can get past the writing style and the performance, the STORY is worth it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3541)
    Performance
    (3198)
    Story
    (3268)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "I hope there are more!"
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    Ok, so I downloaded this because it was a promotion, but I rushed back, credits in hand, to get more.

    Alas, the only thing bad about this story is that there are no more stories about these characters (should it be plural or singular?)

    This is an original story and there are so few truly truly original story concepts. It feels like a "pilot", and I really hope there are more.

    Do not miss this listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Surge: Featuring 3 Derrick Storm Shorts: Brewing Storm, Raging Storm, and Bloody Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (133)

    When Derrick Storm needed to leave the CIA, he couldn't just retire. He had to fake his own death. So when his former boss calls in an old favor that will bring Storm out of early retirement and back to Washington to investigate a high-profile kidnapping, he knows there must be more at stake than the life of a senator's son. Working alongside, but not exactly with, bombshell FBI investigator April Showers, Storm must make sense of a confusing flurry of ransom notes and a complicated web of personal relationships and international politics.

    Techpotato says: "You really can see this being written by Castle"
    "You really can see this being written by Castle"
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    This book is expertly ghost written. You can really envision this being written by Richard Castle.

    If you are a fan of the TV Series, this (as are the Nikki Heat books) is a must-listen because it gives insight to the back-story of Richard Castle and enhances the character.

    The story is engaging and hard to turn off. This book may have cost me more on gas because I found myself taking the long way home to listen longer (I listen to audiobooks in the car).

    I wish Audible would do this with more short story series. I enjoy short audio books but it is painful buying them one at a time at a price that is higher than buying a full video production that takes many dozens of people to produce.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4962)
    Performance
    (3460)
    Story
    (3494)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    Justin says: "Kinda boring, mostly tedious, and frustrating"
    "Not complete. Totally unsatisfying."
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    I bought this book because I heard rave reviews about it. The story was engaging and I even found I was listening to it at odd times because I wanted to know what happens next.

    Then, all of a sudden it ended. Just smack dab in the middle of the story. No conclusion of any of the story. Just "to be continued in the next book".

    Now I realize that reading one book is a $100+ or 6 credit commitment. Do not read this book unless you want to commit to all six. It felt like this book was all set-up and no substance. It is a good tale but I felt cheated.

    Yes, I knew that this was book one of a series. I enjoy other series, and it's expected that there will be some character arc across the series. I also expect, however, that one individual story will come to conclusion in each book and (as you can probably tell) the lack of ending just made be upset.

    I am now torn between returning this to exchange for another book (ironically probably in another series) or making a 5 credit commitment by buying the next book in the series, knowing that the next book will probably have no ending either.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bare Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Michele Pawk
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (161)

    Dr. Temperance Brennan looks forward to her first vacation in years. She's almost out the door when the bones start appearing. Most puzzling of all are the bones discovered at a remote farm outside Charlotte. The remains seem to be of animal origin, but Tempe is shocked when she gets them to her lab. Why are the X rays and DNA so perplexing? Who is trying to keep Tempe from the answers? Someone is following her, and must be stopped before it's too late.

    Sara says: "Not as good"
    "Don't miss this one"
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    I almost skipped this one because I red a few bad reviews. I am so glad I didn't!

    To say why without spoilers is difficult. Let it go as this book has key character developement points that you do not want to miss.

    As I write this I have yet to read the next book, but I expect that if I had skipped this installment I would be exchaiming an old military term, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" and going back to read this anyway.

    Of course the style is very technical and somewhat over explanitory, but that is the style of the series.

    Overall I give an overall rating higher than either the writing or performance alone because this is one book in the series that youshould not miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Kate Harper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (101)

    Temperance Brennan hears the news on her car radio. An Air TransSouth flight has gone down in the mountains of western North Carolina, taking with it 88 passengers and crew. An a forensic anthropologist and a member of the regional DMORT team, Tempe rushes to the scene to assist in body recovery and identification. She finds a field of carnage: torsos in trees, limbs strewn among bursting suitcases, and smoldering debris. Many of the dead are members of a university soccer team. Is her daughter among them?

    Kathi says: "Good, but a bit tedious in places"
    "The best so far"
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    Maybe I am getting used to the highly technical nature of these books, and the first-person style in but this book has a great mystery and more twists in both plot and relationships.

    Kate Harper is also a better performer for Kathy Reichs' style, and she kept the characters different and entertaining. I was disappointed to see that she is not narrating other books in this series.

    The only detraction was that the characters took a little too long to catch up to the reader. It is always good to let the reader come to conclusions a moment before the main characters -- that helps the suspension of disbelief, but at times this story takes it a tiny bit too far.

    Over all very entertaining. If you are a fan of the series, definitely don't skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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