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Jerry

Hobbs, NM, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Earth Unaware

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1339)
    Performance
    (1216)
    Story
    (1220)

    The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

    El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

    Keith says: "Earth Unaware is a must listen for Ender fans"
    "The more time passes, the more things stay same"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Earth Unaware the most enjoyable?

    Narration with character voices and accurate personalities


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fleshed out details of asteroid mining and realistic limitations on human space travel.


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

    Unsure


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

    Glimpses of humanity in the character flying the corporate ship.


    Any additional comments?

    Not very original story lines - corporate vs. the little guy, daddy war bucks manipulating the lives of his kid and underlings, resentment of the wealthy - but narration and technology details made it worth hearing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Homebody

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    A master craftsman, Don Lark could fix everything except what mattered, his own soul. After tragedy claimed the one thing he loved, he began looking for dilapidated houses to buy, renovate, and resell at a profit, giving these empty shells the second chance at life he denied himself.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "What a Home Indeed!!"
    "unexpected"
    Overall

    Not what I expected from O.S.Card, even from the Audible synopsis, and an unfamiliar genre for me. In any case, it maintained my interest and made credible jumps to incredible places.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Box

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    A shattering childhood tragedy left Quentin Fears devastated. But the wealthy, enigmatic recluse has experienced the extraordinarily unexpected: love at first sight, with Madeleine. Now he must meet his new wife's family. A bizarre, dysfunctional collection of extreme characters, they are guarding a secret both shocking and terrifying, as is Madeleine herself. And suddenly Quentin Fears must prevent his dream woman from unleashing an ageless malevolence intent on ruling the world.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "OSC at his best!!!"
    "Nice twists and surprises"
    Overall

    Certainly not my usual genre, but very enjoyable with much suspense and many surprises. Very hard to walk away from!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • In Secret Service

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mitch Silver
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    A young Yale academic is summoned to Ireland to claim the contents of her grandfather's safe-deposit box, in which she finds only one thing: a nonfiction manuscript by James Bond author Ian Fleming. The manuscript, detailing Fleming's own involvement in British espionage during World War II, contains evidence that the Duke of Windsor was in a treasonous plot with Hitler, information so confidential that people are willing to kill to continue its secrecy.

    Jerry says: "Unbelievable"
    "Unbelievable"
    Overall

    The details of Ian Fleming's life, whether true or fictional, sustain the story and keep one listening. The vessel for the delivery of the story is poorly developed and not convincing as are those pursuing and supporting her. I was disappointed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4570)
    Performance
    (2625)
    Story
    (2626)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "intriguing, but tedious"
    Overall

    I listened to the unabridged version and had some difficulty sticking to it. The story was interesting and unpredictable, but moved pretty slowly. Psychological details were very well done.
    My biggest complaint is my own personal dislike of stories told in the first person, and I believe that it made this story that much more tedious. The story is also somewhat unsatisfying due to the unpleasant outcome for the main character.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Echelon Vendetta: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Stone
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (928)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    When CIA "fixer" Micah Dalton's friend and mentor turns up dead, he's put on a collision course with a killer who has a penchant for intricate knife-work and Native American mysticism, a sadist who is killing ex-CIA agents. The victims are hard-nosed field men whose only link to one another seems to be a global surveillance operation called Echelon. The murders appear to be acts of retribution. But for what?

    Carmela08 says: "Excellent spy tale"
    "Keeps your interest..."
    Overall

    I agree with whomever said "must be a pen name" or this guy has quite an editor. The story did not drag, the character development is deep and believable and the pace is adequate to maintain interest. The twists in the tale are confounding at first because you truly don't know where you are going or how things will hook together, but in the end it enhances the tale as the reader "remembers" connections as the lead character does. Very fulfilling book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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