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Robin

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  • The Bronze Bow

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George Speare
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (51)

    After witnessing his father's crucifixion by Roman soldiers, Daniel bar Jamin is fired by a single passion: to avenge his father's death by driving the Roman legions from the land of Israel. Consumed by hatred, Daniel leads a dangerous life living with an outlaw band in the hills outside his village, spying and plotting, impatiently waiting to take revenge. Winner of the 1962 Newbery Medal, The Bronze Bow is the story of a boy's tormented journey.

    Laura says: "BORING read of a not boring story."
    "Expected"
    Overall
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    Story

    Very formulaic. Nice little story. It was a good idea to write from the POV of one who's life was influenced by the presence of Jesus the Christ. However, there were few surprises.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4694)
    Performance
    (4299)
    Story
    (4293)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Janice says: "What does it mean to be human?"
    "I enjoy a good tale"
    Overall
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    Story

    It far exceeded my expectations. I don't go in for fantasy much but it is a very earthy fantasy. Well written and well performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Scripture

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sebastian Barry
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (304)

    Roseanne McNulty, once one of the most beautiful and beguiling girls in County Sligo, Ireland, is now an elderly patient at Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital. As her 100th year draws near, she decides to record the events of her life, hiding the manuscript beneath the floorboards. Dr. Grene, Roseanne's caretaker, takes a special interest in her case. In his research, he discovers a document written by a local priest that tells a very different story of Roseanne's life than what she recalls.

    Amanda says: "Haunting and Lovely"
    "Good Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed this story but it took me a couple readings to figure one character from another. It is a good story though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4225)
    Performance
    (3796)
    Story
    (3795)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spoiler-free review below - Amazing book!"
    "OK for an Apocalypse Zombie novel."
    Overall
    Performance
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    I wish I had known it was a zombie apocalypse story. I would not have read it. That being said it was well written but I hate zombie apocalypse stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Foundation Trilogy (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov, Maurice Denham, Prunella Scales
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Beevers, Lee Montague, Julian Glover, and others
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (258)

    The opening episode begins on Trantor, capital of the Galactic Empire, with the meeting of Seldon and Dornick, their trial, and their exile to Terminus. The action then jumps forward 50 years, to the first Seldon Crisis, where the repercussions of the recent independence of the Four Kingdoms of the Periphery are being felt on Terminus, and are handled by the first Mayor, Salvor Hardin....

    James says: "How can you go wrong with a must read book for $2"
    "Don't waste your money. Read the book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Production quality is horrible. I believe it was done on purpose but it gets a big
    FAIL. All that work put into it. What a shame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1389)
    Performance
    (1049)
    Story
    (1061)

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "Guess I'm not an Elizabeth Moon fan"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like to read Sci-Fi by women because I like their usually fresh point of view. While this is not really sci-fi, but Fantasy it is just another beautiful woman who would rather be a warrior than a wife and therefore puts up with lots of stuff for being pretty and saying no. Yawn. Boring. Not much character development, just long narrative trying to use every trick in the book to grab interest but missing badly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Empress of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kage Baker
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (228)

    When the British Arean Company founded its Martian colony, it welcomed any settlers it could get. Outcasts, misfits, and dreamers emigrated in droves to undertake the grueling task of terraforming the cold red planet - only to be abandoned when the BAC discovered it couldn't turn a profit on Mars. Mary Griffith and her struggles and triumphs are at the center of it all, in her bar, the Empress of Mars.

    Dave says: "I love this book."
    "Unremarkable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Narator's childlike voice makes it hard to listen to.
    Story unremarkable to science fiction. Could be anywhere anytime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Steel of Raithskar: Gandalara, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Randall Garrett, Vicki Ann Heydron
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    When the fireball hit the cruise ship, Ricardo Carillo was already on his way out - a terminally ill language professor. He regained consciousness as a well man in the desert...only it wasn't a desert on Earth, and he was called Markasset, a master swordsman, son of a powerful leader, and a man on the run, accused of murder and the theft of a precious, sacred jewel. With the aid of Keeshah, a great war-cat with which he shared a telepathic link, he set out to clear his newfound name....

    Laura says: "So glad these have come to audio books"
    "Edgar Rice Burrows meet Quantum Leap"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    That's pretty much it. Sounds like a Barsoom novel except not on mars. An earthling wakes up as someone else on another planet.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shenandoah Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Francis Hamit
    • Narrated By Gail Shalan, John Zdrojeski
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Historical fact-based fiction about the famous spy who played a key role in Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign. This narrative takes place between July 1861 and July 1862 and is the first in a series about the Confederate Secret Service and the women who were its most effective agents. Belle Boyd was the first woman in American History to be formally commissioned an army officer.

    Robin says: "Starts Like YA and suddenly moves to soft porn."
    "Starts Like YA and suddenly moves to soft porn."
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is supposed to be historical. I find it hard to believe that any woman of that time would write down some of the sexual stuff in this book. Don't be fooled by the lame cover art.

    It is a good story but don't let your kids listen until the hot barn scenes are edited out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Defender: Foreigner Sequence 2, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (189)

    The three-time Hugo Award-winning author continues her second trilogy in the "superior alien-contact series." (Kirkus Reviews) National best-selling author and winner of three Hugo Awards, C.J. Cherryh presents book two of her second Foreigner trilogy - the epic story of a single human delegate on a hostile alien planet. In this long-awaited sequel to Precursor, the alien atevi enter the treacherous politics of space travel-as their one human negotiator is caught in the throes of a mutiny.

    Pauline says: "A Comfortably Unique World"
    "Family Guilt went overboard."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not much happened in this book. It was good but Brin ruminated so much about his family obligation that I wanted someone to hire the Assassin's Guild to take out his mother just to quit hearing about her. I can't believe the Atevi monarch didn't know what was going on there. Oh well, he finally moves on and things start happening so that I have already downloaded the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cuckoo's Egg

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    They named him Thorn. They told him he was of their people, although he was so different. He was ugly in their eyes, strange, sleek-skinned instead of furred, clawless, different. Yet he was of their power class: judge-warriors, the elite, the fighters, the defenders. Thorn knew that his difference was somehow very important - but not important enough to prevent murderous conspiracies against him, against his protector, against his caste, and perhaps against the peace of the world. But when Thorn finally learned what his true role in life was to be, that the future of two worlds might hinge on him, then he had to stand alone to justify his very existence

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Do I hear Can't?"
    "Cuckoo;s Egg Begs For a sequel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    C. J. Cherryh is a magician in cultural indoctrination. It is almost irritating in her books to refer to humans as a culture we know. She puts the isolated human in a completely Alien society and makes us see through that culture's eyes. By the cover of the book we always know that thorn is human but he doesn't. Sometimes the dialoge may seem tedious but it is worth the wait to see the results.

    The conclusion actually begs for another book involving re-contact. I hope she writes it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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