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  • Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army and Other Diabolical Insects

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Amy Stewart
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes - creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From the world's most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs delves into the extraordinary powers of many-legged creatures

    Paul says: "fascinating and creepy"
    "Fun for the bug enthusiast!"
    Where does Wicked Bugs rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This book is well above average as an audiobook. Most of the bugs stories presented are interesting. Remember, though, that this book is more a reference than a tale.

    What other book might you compare Wicked Bugs to and why?

    It is similar to The Poisoner's Handbook as both cover many topics. The authors make efforts to include entertaining anecdotes throughout the books.

    Have you listened to any of Coleen Marlo???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Coleen Marlo also narrates The Poisoner's Handbook. Her narration is remarkably expressive considering that she could just drone out descriptions. She did a really good job.

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

    No one moment, but I did appreciate descriptions that included medical comments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dies the Fire: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

    Michelle says: "Unusual for a post-apocalyptic novel."
    "Beginning of a great series"

    I want to encourage those who wish the narrator were better. Todd McLaren has more than his share of missteps, but he manages the voices and accents well. I've appreciated his narration more and more as I've read subsequent volumes. The number of characters mount up, and Mr. McLaren keeps them all identifiable. Keep listening--this is a complex and fun series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Automatic Detective

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor

    Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just cant catch a break.

    Windy says: "Wonderful Narration performance"
    "Martinez puts heart before technology"
    Would you listen to The Automatic Detective again? Why?

    This novel is told with the cleverness of the best short stories. The dialog implies so much plot and feeling, fleshing out the story. On first listen, the tale tumbles by--a futuristic setting when sentient robots can become citizens, but the environment is so poisonous that illness and mutations are commonplace. In fact, weirdness has become normal to the point that aliens just blend in. The result? Aliens with advanced technology are taking power before the humans realize it. It took a second listen to piece together all the clues explaining how a destructive alien robot becomes mankind's best hope.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Automatic Detective?

    Mack, the huge robot, is given a set of clothes made by a tech genius. The suit has a jaw-dropping array of weapons and camouflage.

    What does Marc Vietor bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Marc Vietor puts a little Mickey Spillane stiffness in the narration. This tone is perfect for our robotic tough guy who doesn't understand the subtleties of being human.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Mack has such a moral core. He can be violent, but only to protect the vulerable. Us sentimental types can get a little choked up watching him choose the right path.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Retribution: A Lew Fonesca Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lew Fonesca is still a freelance process server, still has his office behind a Dairy Queen in Sarasota, and is still the friend of the poor and outcast. Now, he has two more cases he doesn't want, cases that will lead unerringly to the discovery of murder.

    Donald says: "Retribution"
    "Introspective and Compelling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an excellent audio book. The dual plot lines are told well, with individual voices and points of view. The characters are described to make their actions believable and interesting.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character, Lew Fonesca, is a former investigator crippled by depression. He only gets pulled into other people's problems out of loyalty. The author has a good understanding of depression, so Lew's pessimistic introspection is authentic.

    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Scott Brick is a consistently excellent narrator. He gives the different voices life and distinction.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this book in several sittings, but it would have been excellent all at once. The only benefit of taking breaks is a chance to think about the several layers of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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