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Joseph

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  • The Four Feathers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By A. E. W. Mason
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Just before his regiment sails off to war in the Sudan, British officer Harry Feversham quits the military. He is immediately given four white feathers as symbols of cowardice, one by each of his three best friends and one by his fiancée. To disprove this grave dishonor, Harry dons an Arabian disguise and leaves for the Sudan, where he anonymously comes to the aid of his three friends, saving each of their lives. Having proven his bravery, Harry returns to England, hoping to regain the love and respect of his fiancée.

    Kappavpi says: "Deep Realistic Story Masterfully Read"
    "Well written and performed but tired story lines"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Classic story telling of early 20th century with a fabulous performance by Ralph Cosham. The reason for receiving that the main character received the four feathers would be absolutely ludicrous in today's world but seems even a stretch for the end of the Victorian age as well. Too bad the story gets old, and older, and older.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The B-Team: The Human Division, Episode 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (429)

    Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.

    A Fitts says: "Obumwe said, Eagan said, Wilson said, Rickney said"
    "Another Scalzi gem."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Solid story with rich characters. Looking forward to weekly episodes and what happens next.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Little Fuzzy [Audible]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By H. Beam Piper
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (116)

    The chartered Zarathustra Company had it all their way. Their charter was for a Class III uninhabited planet, which Zarathustra was, and it meant they owned the planet lock stock and barrel. They exploited it, developed it and reaped the huge profits from it without interference from the Colonial Government. Then Jack Holloway, a sunstone prospector, appeared on the scene with his family of Fuzzies and the passionate conviction that they were not cute animals but little people.

    Carl says: "An old and much loved friend"
    "Classic!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Downhome, genuine and sincere is the way the main character comes across yet he's smart enough to win a fight against the big bad company men.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4233)
    Performance
    (1957)
    Story
    (1969)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Disappointed!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Too much filler regarding irrelevant details of the personal lives of the architects and designers surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair in addition to the usual predictable and tiresome politics surrounding the Fair. Some of the fair details were interesting but you had to be able to slog through mountains of useless information to get to the fascinating story of the serial murderer in Chicago at the same time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2250)
    Performance
    (1952)
    Story
    (1958)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Humor and sci-fi make a great combo!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sharp-witted and funny with outstanding narration. Never thought I could laugh so hard when listening to sci-fi!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Black: Odyssey One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1258)
    Performance
    (1163)
    Story
    (1170)

    Captain Eric Weston and his crew encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people; all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero. A first-rate military-science-fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing.

    C. Hartmann says: "Great, Solid Military SciFi / Evolving Space Opera"
    "Humans other than Earthlings!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Fascinating plot with excellent character development. Look forward to more from this story line and from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Camouflage

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (245)

    The artifact is found seven miles below the surface of the sea and beneath 40 more feet of sand. The Navy's efforts to raise a wrecked submarine uncover it - and set in motion a scientific race to retrieve it, to discover just what it is and where it came from. Denser than any substance known to man, it has broken every drill bit they've tried on it and will not budge an inch. It resists every effort to breach it - or communicate with it.

    Deborah Thompson says: "Grows on you"
    "Couldn't stop listening 'til the end!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Okay, the idea of finding something alien down deep in the ocean is an oft-repeated story line but having the alien(s) trying to find it too was great. Fabulous fun hearing about all the different lives that the alien lived. Loved it! Excellent performance by Eric Michael Summerer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rendezvous with Rama

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1695)
    Performance
    (965)
    Story
    (984)

    At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

    Peter Tersteeg says: "Excellent story, terrible naration"
    "An unknown presence approaches with unknown past"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Peter Ganim's performance is perfect for this story - his voice lends the eeriness of Rama's approach with the discoveries within. The story pulls together the science of near space travel (which we more readily recognize) with the peculiarities of Rama itself. Loved the cultural differences of the different near planets together with the possibility of a very strange but maybe not so different culture in abstentia. Unquestionably my favorite SF listen.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Childhood's End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3022)
    Performance
    (2052)
    Story
    (2083)

    The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

    A User says: "Food for Thought"
    "A sobering possibility to mankind's end"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As always, Arthur C. Clarke's stories offer the listener possibilities that probably wouldn't have crossed his/her mind otherwise. We humans most often think of ourselves as the most important creatures in the universe and that we represent the iteration of our species which is the most sophisticated that we can evolve into. This story gives us the scenario where neither is true and it is a rude possibility indeed. Performance was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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