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David

Portland, OR, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Invasive Procedures

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (116)

    George Galen is a brilliant scientist, a pioneer in gene therapy. But Galen is dangerously insane. He has created a method to alter human DNA, not just to heal diseases, but also to "improve" people - make them stronger, make them able to heal more quickly...and make them compliant to his will.

    Carl says: "I should have read the reviews"
    "Book One?"
    Overall

    Not up to Card's usual standards. The dialog was a bit stilted, the Science was just on the edge of plausibility and the plot seemed a little contrived to allow for a sequel. Still, it was fast paced and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memento Mori

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Muriel Spark
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Muriel Spark's blackly comic masterwork begins with a voice on the telephone warning, "Remember, you must die." The recipient of the grim message is elderly Dame Lettie Colston, but soon 10 of Lettie's oldest friends also become targets of Death's anonymous herald. A bizarre investigation lays bare an intricate network of deception and disloyalty that binds together the vulnerable group of aging eccentrics.

    David says: "Character study"
    "Character study"
    Overall

    I favor character studies and this one is fascinating. All of the major protagonists are well over 70, quirky, and possibly demented. The plot isn't very important and it's a little misleading to label this a mystery but it's well worth the listen. The prose is solid. The story is both funny and a little sad. The narration is outstanding.

    The creative challenge for the author is how to get into the heads of the very old without being very old oneself. Somehow she seems to have done it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Artifact

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patrick Astre
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (102)

    Deep within a heavily guarded compound of the Brookhaven National Laboratory lies the nation's most protected secret: an active alien artifact. Estimated at several millions of years old, impervious to all efforts to penetrate its secrets, the artifact taunts researchers with bursts of mysterious radiation that may be efforts at communication.

    Richard A. Bamberg says: "Mystery of the Year?"
    "Simply Awful"
    Overall

    Cliche', simplistic, poorly researched... did I say cliche'? A couple of the other reviewers say the same thing. What amazes me is that it apparently won some award and that some people find it tolerable.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Caught in the Act (Men to Rescue)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lori Foster
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (131)

    When a robbery goes bad, undercover cop Mick Dawson can't believe Delilah Piper (aka mystery writer Lela DeBraye) was just in the wrong place at the wrong time...and neither do the perps. The only way to protect her while he investigates what really happened is to stick with her 24/7 -- and try not to fall for the object of his investigation.

    Tiffany says: "Caught me!"
    "Two Things"
    Overall

    Two things kept me going. First was the mystery of whether a woman writer could really write anything this sophomoric. It was the sort of writing I would have imagined from a 13 year-old boy just discovering puberty. Second, I was amused at just how really bad it was. I found myself laughing out loud. Part of the problem was the genre confusion - if I'd been reading this as a bodice ripping Romance Novel I wouldn't have been so caught off guard.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Being Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Crace
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (25)

    Jim Crace has been called "one of the brightest lights in contemporary British fiction" by The New York Times Book Review. His novels have won a Whitbread Prize, an E.M. Forster Award, the Guardian Fiction Award, the GAP International Prize for Literature, and have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Far-ranging in its imagery, Being Dead is a provocative examination of mortality.

    J. Cline says: "Contemplating Death"
    "Meditation"
    Overall

    Having read the other reviews I am struck that nobody has mentioned an aspect that I found most intriguing... the book flows backwards. Each chapter ends with you wondering how did we get 'here'. The next chapter answers.

    The writing verges on poetry. The characters are beautifully developed in a way that makes the ordinary special. This is not a book about plot, in the common sense, but rather a book with a plot in a much larger sense - for all things move forward and all things move back infinitely.

    A very interesting thought experiment, writing experiment, mediation on death, life and character.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fever

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Sean Rowe
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Matt "Loose Cannon" Shannon is an ex-FBI agent turned security chief for the world's largest cruise line. It's a career move that owes more to personal weaknesses than his fondness for the Miami sun.

    Adams says: "Mediocre"
    "When's the movie?"
    Overall

    First of all, the narration is excellent. I am looking forward to searching out other titles read by this actor. The plot is interesting, has a couple of good twists, but there's a little too much of it for a book of this length. The main characters are intriguing. Some of the secondary characters are two dimensional. I'm guessing this is an author who enjoys going to movies. I'd rather see this on the screen than save the book on my shelf.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Die a Little

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Megan Abbott
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Made sisters by marriage but not by choice, the bond between Lora and Alice is marred by envy and mistrust. Spurred on by inconsistencies in Alice's personal history and possibly jealous of Alice's hold on her brother, Lora finds herself lured into the dark alleys and mean streets of seamy Los Angeles. Assuming the role of amateur detective, she uncovers a shadowy world of drugs, prostitution, and ultimately, murder.

    Dorinda says: "Disappointing"
    "Died a little"
    Overall

    Not sure what to make of this. For a six hour story it took a long time getting started. It then built rather slowly to an interesting conclusion; but I can't say for certain what message it was trying to convey. The characters were colorful but seemed a little implausible; more like motion picture caricatures than real people. Finally, for a book that moved slowly, dramatic twists, near the end, seemed to happen too fast.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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