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  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1707)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (593)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Excellent and Exciting"
    Overall

    This is essentially a detective story set inside the Soviet Union near the end of Stalin's reign. You have to suspend disbelief with regard to some of the plot twists, but it's well worth it. In addition, the setting -- a communist state with higher regard for appearances than justice -- is like another character in the book. Be warned that the story involves the murders of children, and it's a little gruesome.

    It appears that this book is the first in a possible series with the same protagonist. I'll listen to those that follow.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2539)
    Performance
    (1111)
    Story
    (1120)

    Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

    Hope says: "A Worthy Book, indeed"
    "The Least Funny "Comedic" Novel Ever."
    Overall

    This was HORRIBLE and unfunny. And it wasn't because it offended my religious beliefs -- I don't have any. I could see why the idea behind this book seemed funny, but I have no idea why it got this far. It clearly doesn't work.

    I tried "Lamb" because I loved the author's other book, "A Dirty Job." That was a clever book. How did the guy who wrote that book turn around and write this thing? I don't know.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Rally Cry: The Lost Regiment, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (160)

    When Union Colonel Andrew Keane led his blue-coated soldiers aboard the transport ship, he could not have foreseen that their next port of call would be neither in the North nor the South, but on an alternate world where no human was free. Storm-swept through a space-time warp, Keane's regiment was shipwrecked in an alien land, a land where all that stood between them and destruction was the power of rifles over swords, spears, and crossbows.

    pakkmom says: "Kept my interest"
    "Not working."
    Overall

    This is a bad attempt to meld SF and historical military fiction. It doesn't work at all. I try to finish the audiobooks I start, but couldn't do it with this one.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Gone for Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    In vivid, brilliant fiction that illuminates the dark psychology of soldiers, Jeff Shaara brings to life the familiar characters, stunning triumphs, and soul-crushing defeats of the fascinating, long-forgotten Mexican-American War.

    Henry F. Ward says: "History through the eyes of individuals"
    "No."
    Overall

    This author's father could write a decent historical novel, but this effort is no evidence that Jeff Shaara can. I generally like history, but this didn't do it for me. The writing is unimaginative and predictable. I couldn't even finish it, and I try really hard to finish audiobooks I start.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jupiter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Christian Noble, David Warner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    Grant Archer merely wanted to study astrophysics, to work quietly as an astronomer on the far side of the Moon. But the forces of the "New Morality", the coalition of censorious do-gooders who run 21st-century America, have other plans for him. To his distress, Grant is torn from his young bride and sent to a research station in orbit around Jupiter, charged with the task of spying on the scientists who work there.

    Kevin says: "Great Stuff!"
    "Don't"
    Overall

    I gave up on this more quickly than any audiobook I've ever had. Poor writing, clumsy dialogue ... just awful. I will listen to a lot of dreck for longer than I should in the hopes that an author gets his feet under him, but it was so obvious here that that was not going to happen.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1871)
    Performance
    (1210)
    Story
    (1231)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Owl says: "Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting"
    "Dull and repetitive"
    Overall

    I made it through several hours before I threw in the towel. While I generally love time travel books, this one is ponderous and slow -- the characters repeat everything several times, even the most mundane questions and details. None of the characters is even remotely likable; a few are tolerable.

    And it's supposed to be the year 2060 (or so) and no one has cell phones. Characters spend inordinate amounts of time and energy trying to get hold of each other. I can suspend disbelief with the best of them, but how could the author have failed to anticipate the ubiquity of cell phones when she wrote this thing? Tedious.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1095)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (572)

    When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it, and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.

    Alison says: "David Weber always good"
    "In the gray area"
    Overall

    This is one of those insidious audiobooks that was not so bad that I stopped listening, but -- when it was over -- I wished it had been.

    Also, three-quarters of the way through, I realized that this is the first book in what is obviously going to be a trilogy. Because I don't plan to read on, there's no closure.

    It might have been a better book to read, than to listen to. The reader himself was very good.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3999)
    Performance
    (1303)
    Story
    (1317)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    Janie says: "Great Listen!"
    "A wonderful listen ..."
    Overall

    This audiobook is the funniest laugh-out-loud listen I've ever had. The content was wonderful -- it probably would have been a good book to read -- but the narrator adds a lot to the audio version. This book is so great it may make you want to listen to something else by the same author. Don't do that. Moore's "Lamb" was awful in all the ways that "A Dirty Job" was terrific. I don't know how it's possible that the guy who wrote one could go on to write the other.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4775)
    Performance
    (1896)
    Story
    (1892)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "The Best Audiobook I Ever Heard"
    Overall

    I listened to this for the first time 5-1/2 years ago, and I am on my knees thanking god that enough time has passed that I can listen to it again.? I have heard many, many excellent books over the years, but "The Company" remains the best.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Marsbound

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By Liza Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    Young Carmen Dula and her family are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime - they're going to Mars. Once on the Red Planet, however, Carmen realizes things are not so different from Earth. There are chores to do, lessons to learn, and oppressive authority figures to rebel against.

    Stephen says: "Weak performance"
    "Joe Haldeman, where have you gone?"
    Overall

    I've read Haldeman avidly for years, and his early stuff (the "Forever War," the "Worlds" trilogy, "Tools of the Trade," etc) stand the test of time.? The last several years, though, I 've picked up each of his books with dread (but hope -- that's what makes me pick them up in the first place).? With the possible exception of "Camouflage," which wasn't bad, my dread has been confirmed.This was not a good book. It was pretty bad.? To be fair, though, I have to admit that it's the first of his books that I've listened to, and the reader was comparably poor ... maddenly poor.? I made it through the whole thing only because it's Haldeman -- I love this man's early writing so much that I'm willing to take the chance every time a new title comes out.? Sadly, I'll probably do that until one of us kicks the bucket -- that's how good those early books were.? Now, if he comes out with something even close to what he has demonstrated he is capable of, all will be forgiven.? I'll put up with a lot of not-good books for another that I'll enjoy more than once.Sadly, this book is not it.? This book is as far from it as a book can be.? If you want to experience the writer Joe Haldeman can be, pick up something he wrote in the 70s or 80s.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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