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Joan

Also China Miéville, Peter Hamilton, good space-opera, No Zombies, Apocalypses, Women who sigh and go weak at the knees when seeing a man!

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  • Obsession: An Alex Delaware Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    Tanya Bigelow was a solemn little girl when Dr. Alex Delaware successfully treated her obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Now, at 19, Patty Bigelow, Tanya's aunt and adoptive mother, has made a deathbed confession of murder and urged the young woman to seek Delaware's help.

    Joan says: "It's a Sad Day When..."
    "It's a Sad Day When..."
    Overall

    Well, it's a sad day when Jonathan Kellerman disappoints, but that day has arrived. When I saw that there was a new Alex Delaware novel out, I felt that warm feeling of pleasure you get when you just know you're soon going to be settling down with a really good book. After "The Murder Book" and "Gone", both two of Kellerman's best, I could hardly wait.


    To say that the book "takes off slowly" would be similar to saying, "in January, molasses is slow". I listened to the entire first half before even a hint of a plot began to emerge. I have never had a problem finding Kellerman's characters fascinating, but in this book the female protagonist (which ever one you pick for that role) was a forgettable person. I barely remembered her name. Even the ending, which (kind of) pulls things together and does pick up, was certainly not enough. Sadly, I cannot recommend this book.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (311)

    Dr. Suresh Jha, best known for unmasking fraudulent swamis and godmen, dies in a fit of giggles at his morning yoga class when goddess Kali appears from the mist and plunges a sword into his chest. The only one laughing now is the main suspect, a powerful guru named Maharaj Swami, who seems to have done away with his most vocal critic.

    Carolyn says: "Fun and entertaining"
    "A Smashing Good Mystery, Na?"
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    This is another in a series of mystery novels that are light and yet complex and twisty enough to satisfy. Filled with the colour of India, I have enjoyed each one I have listened to and certainly think they are worth a credit. I suggest you start with this, as it is even better than The Case of The Missing Servant, Although that was also very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of the Missing Servant

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (276)

    In hot and dusty Delhi, Puri's main work comes from screening prospective marriage partners, a job once the preserve of aunties and family priests. But when an honest public litigator is accused of murdering his maidservant, it takes all of Puri's resources to investigate. How will he trace the fate of the girl, known only as Mary, in a population of more than one billion? Who is taking pot shots at him and his prize chilli plants?

    Brooke says: "Great mystery with local India color"
    "What great fun, Na?"
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    This is a fabulously narrated (I truly despise bad or overdone Indian voices, even Indian narrators are guilty of this..as if everyone comes from within 100 miles of Bombay, may the Gods help us!), and incredibly funny detective novel. It also happens to be by one of the sneakier mystery writers I've had the pleasure of reading in a while. While being a fun read, there is just enough suspense and surprise to keep it going, as you try to separate the good guys from the bad, which isn't always possible considering the state of India's justice system, which is pretty well represented here-hint- think $$$$.
    Well worth a credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Training Daze: A Kris Longknife Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    An exciting military Science Fiction novella set between Mike Shepherd’s third and fourth Kris Longknife novels. Kris Longknife dodges assassins, gains an unwelcome (though rather handsome) bodyguard, and puts together a training squad to travel from planet to planet, preparing crews for the newest, fastest, and deadliest fighting ship. And, of course, nothing goes as planned!

    M. G. Smith says: "Training Daze should not be listened to as book3.5"
    "Poor Longknife"
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    Why is it that everyone is always trying to kill her? In this enjoyable if slightly flat novella, which covers the time right after the Battle until her new assignment, Kris and Co. travel around trying to show the moves she used in the Battle of Warhaven with the little attack boats. It's a bit flat as there's not much of a story. It was typical though, so if you like the books you'll like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World House Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Guy Adams
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    There is a box. Inside that box is a door. And beyond that door is a whole world. In some rooms, forests grow. In others, animals and objects come to life. Elsewhere, secrets and treasures wait for the brave and foolhardy. And at the very top of the house, a prisoner sits behind a locked door waiting for a key to turn. The day that happens, the world will end...

    Joan says: "A great book that went nowhere"
    "A great book that went nowhere"
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    I really enjoyed the idea behind this book, recorded in 2011. A house that is a world, with each room a different tiny world of it's own. In fact, in Tad William's incredible series "Otherland" there is a similar idea, completely different, that I thought was fabulous. Sadly this book, with it's good start, just ends. Literally. The author couldn't have done worse if he simply ended mid-sentence. Oh sure, there's a sort of an ending but it didn't satisfy. Save your credit or $, just another almost good book. Well performed though-I will keep my eyes open for the very good narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fortress: Tom Kelly, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Drake
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Fortress is America's guarantor of freedom, an orbiting arsenal of laser weapons and nuclear missiles. It was considered impregnable - until now. Former CIA officer Tom Kelley is sent to learn the secrets surrounding a dead alien found in Turkey and discovers a maze of lies and treachery that could transform America's shield into an engine of global terror.

    Joan says: "Sounded Great in Synopsis, but not as a book"
    "Sounded Great in Synopsis, but not as a book"
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    Story

    Nothing could totally save this rather juvenile book, although by juvenile I certainly don't mean YA, but great narration helped. Still, for a retired professional killer, our hero is rather a, well, powder puff. Capable of having great sex right after a shooting right next to the crime scene, he nonetheless sweats buckets over all sorts of things which I hope I would have found more fascinating than terrifying. The story was just too uneven, and the ending a true MEH. If you want to try Brin, don't start here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annihilation - Tommy's Tale: Annihilation Serie, Book Four

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Saxon Andrew
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    The Stars Realm is finally at peace and the Algeans are now allies of the Realm. The Gardner's youngest child, Tommy, has made a quest to free the captured Alfont from the Captors that have held them imprisoned for more than sixty million years. The Captors are hundreds of millions of years more advanced technologically than the Stars Realm Military and nothing in the Realm's arsenal can match their ships, some of which are more than 3,000 miles in diameter.

    Richard says: "Plenty of Reasons Not To Like This Series"
    "A Bit Schmatzy For my Tastes but.."
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    The book was a fairly satisfying ending with a couple of nice surprises but was for me, (and I am female) a bit too filled with 'oh darling without you I would die' and 'don't worry Dahling, we will live together or die together' s/he said, 'kissing/holding/who care-ing' Way too much. I thought what storyline there was, well, it was OK, but it left too many holes, and was a bit too far fetched to be believed. Although this was the weakest of the four, it seems there are more. So as long as they are not going to become more twee I will try another if it becomes an audiobook. And I can find it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Rose Grows in Weeds: Annihilation, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Saxon Andrew
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    The Stars Realm has 832 new members, and they are ready to go to the Galaxy of the plant creatures and attempt to stop their destruction of entire planets. It is not going to be easy having to face fleets of more than a million warships with some of the largest being longer than 20 miles. This confrontation is going to be monumental.

    Randy says: "Good ending to the trilogy"
    "Really Good Fun!!"
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    This series, which is still in my opinion very light space opera, keeps improving as it keeps going- this rather su*k* for me as this seems to be winding up. Perhaps I will have another series to look forward to, I didn't yet stop and look back at the publication date or check for other works! That should say it all about the engrossing nature of these books really!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of a Queen: Annihilation, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Saxon Andrew
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (145)

    The Humans have destroyed 2,000 Alliance Warships and now they are taking the war to the worlds responsible for attempting to destroy Earth. The Alliance still has more than 48,000 Warships but the way things are going, they may not be enough. A new Queen has come to power and her impact on the struggle will be monumental.

    Chuck says: "I just couldn't stomach it."
    "Wow, Much Better than Book One!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is still a fairly light, but now good Space Opera. It's still no Lois McMasters Bujold but compared to the first book this book is golden, helped in part by the narrator who made me laugh outright by using a few well known voices and applying them to characters. Not too obviously, but Nixon in Space? Lol! Well worth suffering Book One to get to this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Chase - The Lost Prince: Star Chase, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Saxon Andrew
    • Narrated By Joe Bronzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The worlds in the Orion Nebula had been planning rebellion against the Galactic Union for more than a hundred years. Now the rebellion has started with a sneak attack against the Royal Family on Euclid. The planetary defenses were temporarily suppressed and the attack on the Royal Palace killed everyone including half of the invaders. But one member of the Royal Family wasn't in the palace when the invaders struck.

    Joan says: "Not A bad Start"
    "Not A bad Start"
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    Performance
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    I enjoy a good solid space opera, like Lois McMasters Bujold, and although this comes nowhere near her later Miles Series I can find something in this first book, (first I've read) that does recall some of her earliest work.
    The characters are not terribly well developed but there are some humorous moments. The battles are light on science but I don't think that's the point, so that was fine with me.
    Overall I will try another bite and see how it tastes. Perhaps a better narrator will improve the quality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17121)
    Performance
    (14244)
    Story
    (14865)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "What a hideous, childish, ridiculous book"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A fifteen year-old, and they shouldn't be allowed. If you want a fairly decent book in this vein, try Anne Rice (Writing as Ann Rampling,) in the Sleeping Beauty series. Audible has it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing erotic so it hardly matters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger at the complete and total unbelielability of any of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I had no problem with the narrator. Thought she did her best with this novels characatures- oops- I mean characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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