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  • FREE Ender's Game Alive: Chapter 1

    • ORIGINAL (21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
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    (213)
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    (184)
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    (188)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that re-imagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Ian says: "Great preview for a great story"
    "Sticking with the Original"
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    The original performance of Enders Game makes a lot more sense & shows both more brutality, and more humanity than this revised version. I also saw the movie and as a fan of the original it was a huge disappointment, a cliff notes version of the original with the nuance stripped out of the characters that remained and other key figures removed entirely form the story. The author (whose books i don't buy anymore due to his hateful RL politics, is none the less a brilliant writer and should have retained the rights to his book instead of letting hollywood and a screen writer dumb it down,

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (912)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (832)

    Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "We are finally allowed to see Ivan without Miles."
    "Another Brilliant Addition..."
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    A book with out Miles... I couldn't imagine another entire book in the Vorkosigan series without Miles or any other Vorkosigan in it. Ethan of Athos was an enjoyable book and it felt like it fit in the series..but it didn't have the same sizzle to it. A whole book full of "that idiot Ivan!" as he is coined by many family members and friends when his easy going and under achieving habits get in the way of rapidly developing events, seemed like a huge risk.

    Well it is brilliant. Totally brilliant and it ins't just the absence of MIles or the example of Miles that spurs Ivan on. All the earlier flashes of charm, bravery, intelligence and honor all coalesce perfectly throughout the book as Ivan becomes a fully realized character and his own man.

    Seriously i am awed by the author and can't wait for the next book. If Grover Gardner narrates it too? Heaven! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Dance: Vampire for Hire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (671)

    Mother, wife, private investigator... vampire. Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire. Now the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun.

    Karen says: "A Nice Surprise"
    "Down Girl..."
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    The book just seems off..

    Ann McCafferey in her Psy series set a good mark for paranormal adventures with well rounded characters, the Michelle Sagara's elantra series does the same in a more modern series, Jeanine Frost night huntress series does kickass with romance very well.. This book doesn't' reach any of those marks and it sounds like just inexperience and very poor guidance from an editor.

    It ins't a terrible book, but it ins't good either. The main character clearly has bitterness about men from the beginning and the way she talks about them saying "down girl" repeatedly (editor please!) objectifies the men. Now this anger/frustration makes perfect sense as you listen to more of the story, but the book seems to end suddenly just as some promising characters are finally starting to reveal themselves. The whole thing feels like an action book that was meant to be action/romance and just never got around to it.

    If there were another book in the series maybe listening to both would make the pieces fall in place, but i am not sure i would buy the next book to find out.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (470)

    It has been a busy few weeks for Private Kaylin Neva. In between angling for a promotion, sharing her room with the last living female Dragon, and dealing with more refugees than anyone knew what to do with, the unusual egg she'd been given began to hatch. Actually, that turned out to be lucky, because it absorbed the energy from the bomb that went off in her quarters. So now might be the perfect time to leave Elantra and journey to the West March with the Barrani. If not for the disappearances of citizens in the fief of Tiamaris - disappearances traced to the very Barrani Kaylin is about to be traveling with....

    R. Pettijohn says: "Loved it"
    "Publishers Error"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cast in Peril the most enjoyable?

    This is only half a book... a very good half a book granted. The writing and the performer are still excellent. It could have been part one of a two part set, but they didn't warn the editor or the author it seems and it feels like the story just end at the end of act 2.

    It looks to be a while before the next part of the story is published and knowing what i know now..i think i might have been able to wait. though i have to admit i was dying to hear the next book in the series and i did enjoy it.

    [liontine phrases] .... publishers error


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the heroine of course, but nightshade is offering tantalizing signs of development and i can't wait to hear more.


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

    pacing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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