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Cheap and Lazy

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  • 14 reviews
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  • 73 titles in library
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  • The Prefect

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1218)
    Performance
    (972)
    Story
    (972)

    Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multifaceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds. His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the habitats that left 900 people dead, a crime that appalls even a hardened cop like Dreyfus.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Best yet of the Revelation Space series"
    "Great SF Mystery"
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    I listened to this over a three month period whenever I used the Stairmonster (even if it is a long book, it's a good thing it's not my only form of exercise, eh?). The story kept my interest the entire time. The sci-fi isn't window dressing to the mystery; it's a fully-drawn, complete world. I did guess parts of the mystery and it added to the tension for me (so I imagine it was intentional by the author). The characterization is truly excellent, complemented wonderfully by the narrator, whom I loved. This is the only book I've read (listened to) from the series, so I can say that it does stand alone nicely. I've read other reviews that said I would have appreciated it more if I'd read earlier books which take place chronologically later, though. The ending, while satisfying, was certainly open to a sequel.

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  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3196)
    Performance
    (2379)
    Story
    (2405)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Witty Paranormal/Steampunk Romp"
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    This is one of those books I think really was better on audio than it would have been to read. The narrator was outstanding. I loved her in another performance and thought she was perfect for this part. I enjoyed her accents and the different voices she used for each character. I like witty banter in my “regencies,” which Soulless served up nicely. I liked that this story doesn’t take itself too seriously. I would consider this a romance, or at least as having a very strong romantic element. Some scenes had heat, but none were too hot for audio (IOW, it never sounded like a porn soundtrack). The characters, the (fairly basic) mystery plot, and steampunk elements were woven in with the paranormal (mostly werewolves and vampires—ghosts were discussed) without overwhelming the story. I was looking for another fun series on audio and I seem to have found it.

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  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (713)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Jonathon says: "Entertaining and more than worth the price!!"
    "Extraordinary. Beautifully written, AND great plot"
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    This is an unusual combination (at least in my experience), all the more surprising considering the book’s premise. It’s is filled with historical references, maybe too many for some, but I found them interesting. The main character is likable—a nice guy, and the choices he makes are believable. I’m not usually a big fan of existentialist writing, but I found this story thought-provoking rather than annoyingly intellectual (if you know what I mean). I especially enjoyed the author’s exploration of relationships, which play a major role in the book. The narrator’s tendency to over-read the characters thoughts and references irritated me so much at first, I wasn’t sure if I could stick with the book. I eventually learned to appreciate what a great job he did with the voices, though. I could tell from each voice who was speaking—including the four different women in Jeff Winston’s life/lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vor Game: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1601)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (716)

    Miles Vorkosigan graduates from the Barrayaran Military Academy with high expectations of ship command, but is disappointed with an assignment as meteorologist to Lazkowski Base, an arctic training camp. His tenure in the windy, snow-covered north is cut short when Miles narrowly averts a massacre between the trigger-happy base commander and mutinous recruits. After a brief stay under 'house arrest', Miles is re-assigned to investigate a suspicious military build-up near a wormhole nexus.

    David says: "Finally!"
    "Heed the Title"
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    As it indicates, there’s lots of strategy involved with this one. I don’t think I’d have appreciated that aspect as much if Miles didn’t shine so well in that role (and the others he plays here too—there are several). The dry wit I’ve come to expect from Ms. Bujold pulled me through those complicated patches, as did the relentless action. Getting to know Gregor better was a treat too; when you get to the end, if you want to know the truth about his father, you’ll need to read “Shards of Honor” (the true first book in the the Vorkorsigan Saga). The narrator does a fine job, as he has so far in this series. “Watching” Miles grow (and yes, he has grown) into adulthood while maintaining his knack for getting in trouble in the last two installments of this character-driven SF series has me looking forward to finding out what the next one has in store.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cocaine Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (588)

    It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "A series that just gets better"
    "Fun Mystery with Super-Heroine"
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    in an interesting setting (a time of extensive social upheaval). I enjoyed the over-top-ness of super-Phryne; she’s a wonderfully interesting and entertaining heroine. The relentless descriptions of her clothing were a bit tedious, but that’s me. The story was fun and intriguing, while nonetheless confronting the serious topics of abortion and women’s changing place in society. The secondary characters added depth and life. The narrator, Stephanie Daniel, did a fine job with the variety of accents, which added to the experience for me. The next book in the series is on my list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stealing Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kay Hooper
    • Narrated By Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (218)

    From best-selling author Kay Hooper comes a thrilling tale with a paranormal bent and a touch of romance. Cassie Neill has a powerful but troubling gift. She can see inside the minds of serial killers as they are planning their crimes. Tormented by her ability, she takes refuge in a secluded North Carolina town. But there’s no escaping her visions, and when a body surfaces just where she predicted, Cassie is suddenly a suspect.

    MEOWx4 says: "Good story, bad narration"
    "Enjoyable Psychic Mystery"
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    with a strong romantic element. I like it when an author uses individual character depth and development to show the reader their importance to the story. I think mysteries make that a little trickier and it was done well here. Believable dialog, situations, and conflicts. Decent tension and pacing throughout. Solid mystery. Satisfying ending. The narrator did a good job differentiating between characters. I loved her rendering of the sherif best. I could actually picture him when she read his lines. All these parts added up so well, I was surprised that the whole felt somewhat canned/formulaic (and this coming from someone who reads mostly romances).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warrior's Apprentice: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1660)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (803)

    Miles Vorkosigan makes his debut in this frenetic coming-of-age tale. At age 17, Miles is allowed to take the entrance exams to the elite military academy; he passes the written but manages, through miscalculation in a moment of anger, to break both his legs on the obstacle course, washing out before he begins. His aged grandfather dies in his sleep shortly after, for which Miles blames himself.

    Readalot says: "What a great character!"
    "Third in the Vorkorsigan Saga"
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    This is the first book with Miles, but it’s NOT the first Vorkorsigan book. This is actually third in the series (not counting the prequel which doesn’t involve the Vorkorsigans). You could start here, but you’d be missing a great deal—about Barrayar (especially the politics), about his parents (of almost opposing backgrounds), his childhood, and about Bothari. This is great sf and although the protagonist is 17 and thus could be labeled YA/NA, I’m not going to because it would be a shame to risk cheating more mature readers out of a great book. Due to his physical disabilities, Miles is an unusual choice for a hero. His intelligence, charm, and antics make for a fun, fast-paced read that I would recommend to almost anyone willing to even try sf, as well as hardcore fans. A word about the narrator: One of the problems I sometimes have with audio books is not being able to tell the difference between a character’s internal dialog and what they say out loud. This narrator handled the transitions in such a way that I wasn’t confused and I always knew who was talking. He spoke clearly and with appropriate emotion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barrayar: A Vorkosigan Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1192)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (704)

    In the wake of interplanetary war, former commander Cordelia Naismith has deserted her own planet to marry the leader of the defeated enemy, Aral Vorkosigan. On his home planet of Barrayar, two rival factions are eyeing the recently vacated throne, and Aral, recently appointed Regent of Barrayar by the Emperor on his deathbed, must stand between them. Lord and Lady Vorkosigan, Aral and Cordelia struggle to establish stability in a fragile government thrown into confusion by the transition of power.

    Karen S. Coyle says: "Lois Bujold always delivers!"
    "Actually Book Two in the Series"
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    The first, “Shards of Honor,” introduced Cordelia and Aral Vorkosigan, Beta Colony and Barrayar. You wouldn’t have to read/listen to it prior to this one, though I strongly suggest you do. This book tells of their first year together on Barrayar. It’s a rough one. I loved the first book—great sic-fi romance. This one was even better, though less of a romance and more anthropological/socialogical sci-fi. Cordelia’s wry humor worked well with the political intrigue and the difficulties of learning to negotiate a different culture. The writing is finely done without overwhelming or slowing the story down. There’s enough action with the intrigue to keep the pace moving, but it’s the characters who make the story. The ending immensely satisfying, while still setting up for more books in the series (which I can’t wait to hear). Though most of the book is from Cordelia’s perspective, the (male) narrator on the audio book did a wonderful job capturing her “voice.”

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shards of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1383)
    Performance
    (860)
    Story
    (874)

    I>Shards of Honor is the novel in which Lois McMaster Bujold introduced the science-fiction world to Barrayar and Aral Vorkosigan, Beta Colony and Cordelia Naismith. From this beginning the author has created a multigenerational saga spanning time as well as space. Bujold is generally recognized as the current exemplar of the character-based science-fiction adventure story.

    Lifelong Reader says: "First story in the Miles Vorkosigan series"
    "Rich and Deep"
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    Great world-building with equally great character development. Cordelia is wonderful heroine--intelligent and calm. Since most of the story is told from her perspective, I was surprised the (male) narrator pulled it off so well. Aral was beautifully-drawn tortured hero. While the romantic element is a foundation of the story, there are no love scenes. The story has a lot of political intrigue and doesn't shun the horrors of war. Much of its depth is realized in the choices the characters make in the imperfect world they inhabit. Some reviews say this is one of the weaker stories in the series. If that's even partly true, I'm in for some seriously gratifying listening because I loved this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maybe This Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1455)
    Performance
    (820)
    Story
    (820)

    When Andie tries to gain closure with her ex-husband, he asks one final favor of her. A distant cousin has died and left North the guardian of two orphans. When Andie meets the two children, she realizes the situation is much worse than she feared. Carter and Alice aren’t your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers. Complicating matters is Andie’s fiancé’s suspicion that this is all a plan by North to get Andie back.

    Jessica says: "Loved This Book"
    "4.5 Stars"
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    The narrator was excellent. She really brought the characters to life. LOL funny. The romantic element was subtle enough that I didn't feel like I was listening to bad porno. The hero isn't present for most of the book, which does inhibit the romantic development to a degree. It's not as much of a problem as it could be, since this is a second-chance romance (which ventures well into chick-lit). The addition of the ghosts made for an exciting and occasionally chilling plot. There were a couple of things which bugged me, but not enough to derail me from the story. I found it hard to stop listening and get off the Stairmonster (which should tell anyone who's ever used one how good this book is). This was my first Jennifer Cruise; it won't be my last. I'll be looking for more of this narrator and this team.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Center

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1539)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (541)

    Carpenter, the Paterson, N.J., lawyer whose wealth allows him to work as seldom as he chooses, is recovering from the loss of the love of his life, Laurie Collins, who has moved home to Findlay, Wis., to become the acting chief of police. When Laurie calls Andy for help after arresting 21-year-old Jeremy Davidson for murders that she thinks he didn't commit, Andy can't resist heading off to Findlay with his faithful dog, Tara.

    J. says: "What a Hoot!"
    "Light, Entertaining Murder Mystery"
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    This is my first book by David Rosenfelt (even though it's the fifth book in the Andy Carpenter series). I didn't expect to laugh out loud on the Stairmonster listening to it. This is a wry, main-character-driven mystery told by the mc. While the other characters added interest, as did the romantic element, only Andy and the mystery plot felt truly developed. It also seemed to me that the author spent just a bit too much time being cute/funny, but I was engaged and entertained up to the last listening minute. The ending was satisfying in all respects. I found the (brief) discussion of perspectives on faith interesting (it's a made-up religion, so not to worry).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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