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Gary Roulston

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  • To Have and To Code: A Witch Central Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (194)

    Nell Sullivan is fiery, easily distracted by cookies, and doomed to wear the peach monstrosity at her best friend's wedding. And she's a witch. Daniel Walker is a former baseball player turned bored hacker looking for a challenge. Hacking Nell's online gaming world is going to get him a lot more than he bargained for. A prophecy says they will make babies together - but when it comes to the love life of a modern witch and a hacker, prophecy might not get a vote.

    Rachel says: "Wonderful series with well developed characters"
    "Even better as an audio book"
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    If you could sum up To Have and To Code in three words, what would they be?

    Totally freaking awesome.


    What other book might you compare To Have and To Code to and why?

    Romeo and Juliet! It is a love story for the ages only it has a happy ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is a bit of a spoiler, but Nell's reveal.


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

    My wife went to the ER and they could not decide what tests to run for a long time. Listening to this book was the best thing in the world to help me keep it together. I have listened to several of the these books and I love them.


    Any additional comments?

    I spent years driving a company truck doing electrical work in an area the size of Rhode Island. I would listen to old favorite books. It was great because it was almost like having a brand new book. I always found new nuances, ways to see a great book in a new way. I loved listening to old friends and getting to know them better. For someone who likes a lot of different Genres to say that I have found a new favorite author is a major statement. If you do not believe me then read my reviews about Debora Geary on Amazon dot com. I have all of this author's audible books and am agitating for the rest. These are well worth the credits it takes to buy them, and frankly I WANT THEM NOW!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Different Witch: A Modern Witch Series: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    Twenty months ago, Jamie and Lauren crashed a coven meeting in Chicago - a visit they barely remember. For Beth Landler, it was the moment that fractured her circle and awakened her need for an entirely different kind of magic. The kind only found in Witch Central. If she can dig up the courage to go.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Another wonderful excursion into witch central"
    "Learn to see with different eyes."
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    What did you love best about A Different Witch?

    I have read every book Debora Gerry has ever written and love them one and all. What I love about Audible Books is that Narrator sees with different eyes so her reading the book is like a brand new book for me. I am not an empathic person I am a bit OCD and probably fit the nerd aspi described in this book but not enough to be troubled by it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I learned to see the world from a different point of view. Different means different not weak.


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

    She made the characters live in my head.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Shai stood up to everyone for her new friend.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a hardcore Science Fiction fan and did not read Harlequin Romances. Then I had a friend recommend the author and read her first book and went on a reading binge for a week and read everything she had written. I am now a regular reader and a friend to the author. The lady is a wonderful woman, mother, and business woman. She is has become special in many ways to many people allow me to suggest you give her a chance to do so to you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blind Waves

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    Overall
    (13)
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    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Antarctic ice. In the world where hundreds of millions of people have been displaced from their homes by the Deluge - a hundred-foot-rise in sea level from melting ice caps - Partricia Beenan is lucky. She is still an American citizen with the right to live on the continent, unlike so many 'wetfoots' whose homes lie deep under the waves or the refugees from nations now completely under water.

    Gary Roulston says: "A new look at post change world."
    "A new look at post change world."
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    If you could sum up Blind Waves in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome story telling


    What other book might you compare Blind Waves to and why?

    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Both books took a sideways step to look at the world from a point of view not often considered.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Spoiler! The submersible description and the depiction of life aboard ship.


    Any additional comments?

    The Audio of this book was good enough I went to get it in print!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Necessity's Child: A Novel of the Liaden Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    The kompani see none as an enemy, and yet few as friend. The kompani exist in many places, living quietly in the shadows, thriving off the bounty that others have no wit to secure, nor skill to defend. Their private history is unwritten; their recall rooted in dance and dream. The Clan Korval is in many ways the opposite of the kompani. The interstellar trading clan is wealthy in enemies, and fortunate in friends. Korval protects itself with vigor, and teaches even its youngest children the art of war

    Charlie Russel says: "Excellent addition to the Liaden Universe"
    "Awesome as usuall!"
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    Where does Necessity's Child rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book rates in the top ten I have listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Necessity's Child?

    To share that would be a spoiler because there were several that really stood out!


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

    I laughed for hours.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wildside

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Forget the lottery. Teenager Charlie Newell has just discovered something that will make him and his friends billionaires. What if a world existed in which no humans ever evolved? No cities. No pollution. No laws. A fantastic world filled with unimaginable riches in which everything - everything - was yours just for the taking?

    Charlie has found that world. And he plans to use it to make him and his friends rich.There is a problem: How do you keep something this big a secret?

    colleen says: "Not bad-Not terrrific"
    "Breath taking read"
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    What did you love best about Wildside?

    I had read this book when it first hit the library and enjoyed it. I had forgot about it over the years and this was read well enough it like reading a new book!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wildside?

    When the secret is revealed to Charlie's friends.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    The man made each character come alive. That is hard to do for more than four characters.


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

    Yes, I did listen to it in one sitting!


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the time and money!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cryoburn: A Miles Vorkosigan Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1214)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (628)

    Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove—he’s been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp—an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future—attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter, Miles, to check it out

    Kevin says: "Its nice to come Home!"
    "One of the best books Lois has written!"
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    If you could sum up Cryoburn in three words, what would they be?

    I have read this book four times and the afterwords have always been gut wrenching. Listening to the book as always gave me new perspective about the story. However the five epilogs, were even more of a world tilting experience. This woman is a master story teller. There was a death (not Miles) in this book that was almost as big a loss as if the character was a for real friend I have known for many years. I found myself on the brink of tears from grief as real as any I have ever felt. This is the result of a Master of her craft.
    Thank you Lois for such awesome work and for sharing it with us!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lord Miles, followed by Roic


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

    Yes I never put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the money!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Balance of Trade: Liaden Universe Books of Before, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (73)

    Assistant Trader Jethri Gobelyn was an honest, hardworking young man who knew a lot about living onboard his family's space-going trade ship; something about trade, finance, and risk-taking; and a little bit about Liadens. It was, oddly enough, the little bit he knew about Liadens that seemed like it might be enough to make his family's fortune, and his own, too. In short order, however, Jethri Gobelyn was about to find out a lot more about Liadens... like how far they might go to protect their name and reputation.

    Charlie says: "Outstanding! Early Liaden Trader Tale"
    "Old Friends and New"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Balance of Trade to be better than the print version?

    Not better but just as good because I can listen will driving for hours as my life requires.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I had read this books years ago but lent out my copy and the chance to revisit this story was a pure delight!


    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not applicable


    Any additional comments?

    Sharon and Steve are masters at storytelling! I have been reading their books for many years and the News Audible was bring out their bact list was great Good News.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Modern Witch: A Modern Witch, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (835)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (774)

    Lauren is downtown Chicago's youngest elite realtor. She's also a witch. She must be - the fetching spell for Witches' Chat isn't supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least. The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess her is a witch too (and no, that doesn't end the way you might think). What he finds in Lauren will change lives, mess with a perfectly good career, and require lots of ice cream therapy.

    ShySusan says: "Perfect antidote for vampire & zombie overdoses"
    "enter a new kind of world."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this story to anyone who loves to read. I have read the series in book form and this is the first step into a world of wonder and sweeps you from your mundane existence.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The characters ore so real that you will learn to love them all.


    Which character – as performed by Martha Harmon Pardee – was your favorite?

    Moria is a witch to be reckoned with


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

    In terms of honesty i must admit that this author is one of the best story tellers I have ever read. There are several times that I laughed so hard I literally hurt my ribs.


    Any additional comments?

    Having read the book the day before and then listening to it on Audible it was almost like reading a different book. The reason is the things I see in my mind are different from the things the reader draws for me to see! It is worth more that the small sum charged.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Gate: Troy Rising, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1374)
    Performance
    (1053)
    Story
    (1076)

    The fight to free the Earth from alien domination began in Live Free or Die, and continued in Citadel. Now Tyler Vernon and his troops aboard the gigantic battle station Troy face a desperate battle with the forces of galactic tyranny. And the very survival of the Earth and its people is not all that is at stake. The galaxy itself must choose to live free or die - and if the tyrants win this battle, darkness will fall across the galaxy for millennia to come.

    John M says: "Huh?"
    "This series just keeps getting better"
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    What did you love best about The Hot Gate?

    I am a Coast Guardsman. I spent a lot of time underway and I could empathize with the competent personnel in the book. Back in the post Viet Nam era military we had some of the same problems. They were overcome by less intense methods but in combat I could see the lead character being just this way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hot Gate?

    The everyday problems of daily living in space were carefully considered and delt with.


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

    I read the book before I listened to it. I usually do this because my mind builds a different world in my mind. This gives the book a whole new flavor.


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

    I did listen in a single setting. I travel a lot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3734)
    Performance
    (3274)
    Story
    (3272)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "PC gove viral in a rewrite!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The author did a rewrite that either eliminated several of the original characters and emasculated the personalities of those that remained. Fifty years has made some changes culture but has not changed Human Nature in the way people are going to act.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Cast in Courtlight


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fuzzy Nation?

    The author does not understand those people who live alone or in really small communities in the wilderness or frontier! I would have sent the book for a total rewrite.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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