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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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  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (5615)
    Performance
    (3580)
    Story
    (3582)

    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.

    Dottie B. says: "Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)"
    "Cannot Recommend Highly Enough"
    Overall

    Never have I given, to my friends or in the few reviews I have done here, a 5 star review. I cannot say enough about this book, and I really can't say much without it being a spoiler. I was amazed at the quality of the writing; tight, suspensful, well-rounded characters that you really cared about as well as vivid detailed descriptions of the countryside. I suspect that the "first novel" appellation may turn out to be false, and that this is written under a psuedonom (the writer is Tana French). Whatever, the book is a sitting in the car in the driveway, taking the Mp3 player into the house and listening during dinner book. I was unable to put it down. The author foreswears cliches and even the most jaded mystery reader will enjoy the twists and turns as our Detective protagonist trys to explore the depths of his boyhood memory to solve this modern day case. A fantastic book. If this author is really a newcomer, I await breathlessly the next book from Tana French.

    67 of 72 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2881)
    Performance
    (2661)
    Story
    (2671)

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "A hard, fun and addicting space opera"
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    I'm a big fan of the classic Space Opera, from Freehold to Lois McMasters Bujold. This qualifies as a great way to spend some creds and quality listening time. I'm glad I finally got it, as I found the covers off putting for some reason. Talk about judging a book by it's cover!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Walter Moers
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    Playful enough for young adult readers, yet as intricate and engaging as any work of literary fiction, The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear has the plot of a novel and the spontaneity and humor of a vintage comic book, making it already an instant cult classic.

    Paul says: "Hillarious and fantastic book and great listen"
    "Another Winner from Moers!"
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    slkygrl says:
    If you've never read a Walter Moers book, I envy you. His books are hilarious, not just in an easy laugh at the joke way, although you will laugh out loud on occasion, they are funny from page one until, sadly, the end. They're not filled with silly one-liners, rather Moers has created a wonderful world, Zemonia, and in each of his books we get a glimpse is some new and exciting part of it, along with a new "person" to accompany. This time, after much fun and many travails, our hero Blue Bear, goes to Atlantis, "The City with a Future". Need I say more? Not without spoilers. Readers of Moers books will encounter some familiar places and names. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Run with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2329)
    Performance
    (2162)
    Story
    (2142)

    Anna Moder has just witnessed a shooting, seen her car pulverized, and rescued a wounded stranger - only to discover he's really a werewolf. And by her recent standards, things are actually looking up. Lycanthropes don't faze Anna. Doctoring a wolf pack outside Grundy, Alaska, is the closest thing to home life she's known in years. But hitching a ride to Anchorage with long-absent pack member Caleb Graham - that's a risk. Part of her itches to whack his nose with a newspaper. The rest is trying unsuccessfully to keep her own paws off every delicious inch of him.

    Hassan says: "A Refreshing Book & Funny too!!!"
    "As Fabulous as Always"
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    As per usual, Molly Harper has written a great story, unique and at times funny, but also dealing with a real issue, just with a werewolf to add color. If you liked any of the other How To books, you're likely to feel the same about this one. Amanda Ronconi is as superb as always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7988)
    Performance
    (4948)
    Story
    (4983)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Didn't have the same reaction, blech"
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    So many positive reviews for this title that I am almost sorry to disagree, but I do disagree. I found the book repetitive, overlong, and the ending disappointing. I also fail to see how this makes the science fiction cut. I'd give it a sort-of Sci-Fi at the most generous and thats because of the quality of the VR. I do agree that the narrator was very good. However the best that can be said of the book is that here is an author who obviously sees the dangers in a poorly educated Democratic society in which the government has allowed too many responsibilities to become privatized, and in which said society is service based, (note Sobel's use of the identical hamburger joint's analogy,) and yet technology is the glue holding society together and creating a new wealthy class. I'm not spoiling anything here, that's a vague overview. I do find it highly amusing that some of the same people who love Ayn Rand loved this book. Perhaps they'll get it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Departure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By A.G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1185)
    Performance
    (1045)
    Story
    (1044)

    Harper Lane has problems. In a few hours, she'll have to make a decision that will change her life forever. But when her flight from New York to London crash lands in the English countryside, she discovers that she's made of tougher stuff than she ever imagined. As Harper and the survivors of Flight 305 struggle to stay alive in the aftermath of the crash, they soon realize this world is very different from the one they left. Their lives are connected, and some believe they've been brought here for a reason.

    Matthew says: "The start of a new series I suspect.."
    "So much better than the Atlantis Trilogy"
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    I was very wary of spending a credit on another Riddle book after the Atlantis trilogy or however many books I endlessly plowed through awaiting the big reveal, only to want to drown myself in the bath for wasting credits on such Drivel!
    So it was with low, very low expectations that I got Departure for a precious credit after a friend raved about the book. A friend who hated Riddle's Drivel about Atlantis. So I took the plunge, or plane, or pod, however one enjoys traveling and was pleasantly surprised that Riddle's writing has improved immensely! One of the biggest problems with the Atlantis Trilogy (AT) was the sheer sloppiness of the writing. Here we find a new, much tighter Riddle who's cut the fat down to less than 20% and left the sirloin. I for one wish, it'd be nice if Riddle could take the ATLANTIS Trilogy and give it a. revamping. I wooll

    1 of 1 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
    (495)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (323)

    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
    (429)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (318)

    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
    (120)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    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"
    Overall
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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...

    slkygrl 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.

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

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