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  • The First Casualty: Jump Universe, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Michael McConnahie
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (149)

    Asteroid miner Mary Rodrigo and freighter owner Mattim Abeeb are green draftees of the Society of Humanity, forced to fight for Earth - a planet they’ve never even seen. Major Ray Longknife and his lover, Senior Pilot Rita Nuu, are career soldiers, invested with the cause of the Unity Party - and its ambitious new president. These four soldiers on opposing sides of the battle are about to discover the true nature of this terrible war: a quest for profit - from the high command of both sides. What they will risk is nothing less than their lives. For although truth may be the first casualty of war, it’s not going to be the last….

    Dan says: "Bad Tech"
    "Good military SF"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed the story after I got over the narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The First Casualty?

    First battle.


    What aspect of Michael McConnahie’s performance would you have changed?

    He read like an AM radio announcer, overly modulated and didn't differentiate the characters well.


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

    No. I found the reader annoying and had to break up the listening until I got used to his reading.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mindfulness Meditation: Nine Guided Practices to Awaken Presence and Open Your Heart

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Tara Brach
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (35)

    A profound transformation can occur just by training your attention in awareness - a practice sweeping schools, workplaces, and institutions across the country with its capacity to decrease stress, cultivate inner calm, and expand wisdom and creativity. Clinical psychologist and meditation teacher Tara Brach has been at the forefront of mindfulness-based therapy since its inception, successfully bringing principles of mindfulness to alleviate depression, chronic pain, and more.

    G. A. Kalwinski says: "Great content; wish it was organized differently."
    "Wonderful meditations"
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    If you could sum up Mindfulness Meditation in three words, what would they be?

    Compassionate, wise, heartful


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tara Brach has obviously dealt with both meditation and with people who have need of her counseling. The meditations are heartfull as well as mindfull.


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is a bit silly, as this is not a story but a set of guided meditations, which need someone to read them, which Ms. Brach does well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The meditations are a comfort and a reminder that mindfulness can change most experiences.


    Any additional comments?

    For those who found that they couldn't chose a specific meditation, they weren't using the Audible app. The music app on Apple iOS devices is pretty crappy because it doesn't show chapters. The iPod Nano is fine as is iTunes on a computer, but iPhones/Pods/Pads/Touches are lousy that way.

    The Audible app not only lets you navigate to specific chapters but place "bookmarks" at any location. As the audiobook separates the different meditations into chapters, this works well. Get the app. I also use the app on my Nexus 5 phone and it works well for that, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Weapon: Freehold, Book 2 (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michael Z. Williamson
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (148)

    Kenneth Chinran was a disaffected youth who joined the military and was recruited for an elite deep cover unit, completing training and exercises so tough that several of the recruits did not survive. At the peak of his career, he was sent by his star nation to infiltrate a fascistic, militaristic planet: Earth.

    Anthony says: "Sci-Fi action on steroids, but with a story"
    "A bit different for Williamson"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I'd recommend the book. Characterization was well handled and I could identify with the two main characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Weapon?

    Dressing up as a submissive sex slave was humorous.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Bowlby – was your favorite?

    Chinran, the main character is well handled and has a bit more depth than I normally expect for military SF.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing extreme. It is a good read, but not enough of one to create a memorable experience.


    Any additional comments?

    This is more of a detective procedural than Williamson's normal work. Much of the story is focused on step by step investigation than on lots of bullets and bodies, though there are some of those, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Koban: The Mark of Koban, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (290)

    Already faster and more powerful than the last 17 species that they have destroyed or subjugated, the Krall have set their sights on humankind. After testing humans on their future home world of Koban and finding them worthy opponents, the Krall start a war of slow extermination with the rest of humanity. The war is intended to last generations as they apply their own version of "natural selection" to cull their weaker warriors in combat, purifying the Krall gene pool with their finest warriors for breeding.

    mike says: "A light read"
    "A light read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Koban the most enjoyable?

    The story moved at a good pace and held my interest.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is the part where I say that none of the characters were that well developed, at least not enough for me to really identify with anyone that much. Character development was not bad, just not excellent either; it's well enough done to move the story forward.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Driving the trucks full of explosives into the Koban ship.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The meme of aliens glorying in combat and using the human race to cull the species into greater strength is handled well, though the plot is a bit predictable. The writing was decent, the narration was quite good. All in all, I enjoyed the book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • To Sail a Darkling Sea: Black Tide Rising, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Tristan Morris
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (300)

    With human civilization annihilated by a biological zombie plague, a ragtag fleet of yachts and freighters known as Wolf Squadron scours the Atlantic, searching for survivors. Within every abandoned liner and carrier lurks a potential horde, safety can never be taken for granted, and death and turning into one of the enemy is only a moment away. Yet every ship and town holds the flickering hope of survivors. One and two from lifeboats, a dozen from a fishing village, a few hundred wrenched by fury and fire from a ship that once housed thousands....

    mike says: "More like an annotated history than a novel"
    "More like an annotated history than a novel"
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    What did you love best about To Sail a Darkling Sea?

    The character of Faith Smith (Shewolf). She was funny and capable, not that she was a comic, but that her uncensored remarks and reactions were the high point of the story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Eh.


    What about Tristan Morris’s performance did you like?

    Good job with voices and pacing. I enjoyed the narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Frustration. Characters were brought in, like Rusty, then mostly ignored. There was no one main character. The story didn't feature a challenging obstacle, other than the overall hopelessness of a few people trying to save themselves and the world. That's less of a problem in the book than it would seem. Each challenge was taken in stride. There was no fighting to a climax. Success piled on success. Problems were presented as no more than routine matters. Without a main character, a main character arc couldn't show up.


    Any additional comments?

    This seemed more like a series of snapshots than a dramatic narrative.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Division

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (780)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (706)

    The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance - an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.

    linda says: "A Middling Position"
    "Dissapointing"
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    If you could sum up The Human Division in three words, what would they be?

    A TV show.


    Would you recommend The Human Division to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. See below for why.


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

    Mr. Dufris is a competent and consistent narrator. He does a good job with Human Division.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Scalzi's Old Man's War and the next two books in the series. I laughed at Agent to the Stars. I'm having a hard time finishing this story. I've met the primary character before. He's the same sarcastic, wise cracking guy we saw in Agent to the Stars, Red Shirts and Fuzzy Nation. The name has been changed, but not the voice. I want new characters in a new book.

    A small but irritating point is that Scalzi almost never omits the "he said - she said" after dialog. This intrudes into the narration. Wilson said. Schmitt said. Wilson said. Schmitt said. Wilson said. Schmitt said. Wilson said. Schmitt said. Wilson said. Schmitt said. That works fine for written work, but with more and more books getting made into audiobooks there should be a class for writers that brings home the point that not every utterance needs a he said after it to keep the conversation clear.

    Another minor point is that this, strictly speaking, isn't a novel. It reads like a series of TV shows that loosely revolves around a theme and cast. Honestly, it isn't working to hold my interest, and I've read or listened to every novel that Scalzi has had published.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Honor Among Enemies: Honor Harrington, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (958)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (704)

    Despite political foes, professional jealousies, and the scandal which drove her into exile, Capt. Honor Harrington has been offered a chance to reclaim her career as an officer of the Royal Manticoran Navy. But there's a catch. She must assume command of a "squadron" of jury-rigged armed merchantmen with crew drawn from the dregs of her service and somehow stop the pirates who have taken advantage of the Havenite War to plunder the Star Kingdom's commerce.

    Readalot says: "I like honorable heroes!"
    "Dependable Harrington fare"
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    Where does Honor Among Enemies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Above average.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the third book that ends with Harrington winning the day in personal combat. The plot device is a bit old by now.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1297)
    Performance
    (1185)
    Story
    (1183)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Decent urban fantasy debut"
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    It's nice to find a competently written urban fantasy that isn't paranormal romance. Sorry, I have the wrong chromosomes to appreciate that kind of stuff.

    We get a combination of wizard apprentice story combined with police procedural. It pretty much works. The main character has a well fleshed out personality and the supporting cast are good also. Plotting is a little uneven but competent. Street level London is wonderfully diverse and ethnic. So are some of the supernatural characters. Good job.

    The narration is competent. The narrator does a mostly good job.His ethnic voices are the best part of his performance. He does tend to run his sentences in a predictable pattern with not a lot of inflection, ending on a lower note and somewhat drawing out the last syllable. It's a minor point but does draw my attention at times from the story to the narration. It's not enough to keep me from enjoying the audiobook.

    I assume that this will be the first in a series. I hope so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Things: The Order of the Air

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melissa Scott, Jo Graham
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    In 1929 archeologists began draining Lake Nemi in search of the mysterious ships that have been glimpsed beneath its waters since the reign of Claudius. What they awakened had been drowned for two thousand years. For a very good reason. Veteran aviator Lewis Segura has been drifting since the Great War ended, fetched up at last at the small company run by fellow veterans and pilots Alma Gilchrist and Mitchell Sorley, assisted by their old friend Dr. Jerry Ballard, an archeologist who lost his career when he lost part of his leg.

    Sires says: "1929 Set Historical Fantasy with Good Narrator"
    "Okay but a bit flat"
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    I was thrilled to see a new Melissa Scott book out and ordered it immediately. I had a hard time getting through the story. The premise is good: a lodge of magicians in 1929 needs to stop an evil spirit. Historical detail seems okay and the story takes includes a lot of stuff about the old airplanes, which I have an interest in. The plot follows a decent arc to a tense confrontation and has enough action throughout the story to keep things moving.

    My problem is with the characters. There are four protagonists. The point of view switches between them, but there's little to differentiate the voices, let alone the characters. It's as if we have one person broken into separate pieces and whomever is convenient comes to the front. That makes the story flat.

    The narration is adequate, but to carry the book it needed to differentiate the characters more. That wasn't there. The narrator doesn't do accents well and there is no different pacing for the different voices. Also, he would at times get into repetitive lilts when the sentences were of equal lengths. I blame this more on the writing than the narrator. Still, it was at times an intrusion into the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wake of the Bloody Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alex Bledsoe
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    Twenty years ago, a barmaid in a harbor town fell for a young sailor who turned pirate to make his fortune. But what truly became of Black Edward Tew remains a mystery, one that has just fallen into the lap of freelance sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse. For years, Eddie has kept his office above Angelina’s tavern, so when Angelina herself asks him to find out what happened to the dashing pirate who stole her heart years ago, he can hardly say no—even though the trail is two decades old. Some say Black Edward and his ship, The Bloody Angel, went to bottom of the sea, taking with it a king’s ransom in treasure.

    Mark says: "A grand Pirate Adventure, and a bit with a dog!"
    "Goes beyond its initial gimmick."
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    Before listening or reading this book, do yourself a favor and listen to the song, "Brandy," by Looking Glass. It's on YouTube but worth buying a copy. Since the song came out in '72, many of you may not have heard it, even though it was the number one song of the year.

    Anyway, Eddie's client is the Brandy from the song. It sounds cheesy but it works. This isn't like Red Shirts where the gimmick is the whole story. Bledsoe makes this book as good as any in the series, which means that it's way above average. There's the mystery, some fighting and a couple of old favorite characters. Definitely worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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