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Mike

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  • End of the World Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jon Courtenay Grimwood
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Jon Courtenay Grimwood delivers future noir of mind-bending realities and ever-changing possibilities. Iraqi war vet and part owner of an Irish pub in Tokyo, Kit Nouveau gave up on life a long time ago. But then his life is saved by a runaway, and Kit's past might be the only thing that can save him from impending disaster.

    Mike says: "Very unusual, too wacky for me"
    "Very unusual, too wacky for me"
    Overall

    If you want something different, this may be for you. It was too wacky for me.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Aurora: CV-01: Frontiers Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ryk Brown
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (222)

    world recovering from a devastating plague. A brutal enemy threatening invasion. A young man seeking to escape the shadow of his father. A ship manned by a crew of fresh academy graduates. A top-secret experimental propulsion system. A questionable alliance with a mysterious green-eyed woman. What destiny has in store for the crew of the UES Aurora is far greater than any of them could ever imagine. And this is only the beginning....

    Joki says: "Decent Modern Military Sci Fi"
    "Acceptable, not great"
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    Aurora: CV-01 is an acceptable book, a science fiction beach read. The characters are shallow. The writing is mostly tell, not much show. The plot and concept are good.

    Narrator Jeffrey Kafer does a passable job on this book, with the exception of his horrible Russian accent. He plows through the content like a bull dog. His narration does little to enhance the characters, but is acceptable.

    If you don't listen to a lot of audiobooks, you can probably find something better. With that said, this book is fine if you have an extra credit and some extra time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (1045)
    Story
    (1054)

    For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

    Shannon says: "You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers"
    "Narrator's style ruins the book"
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    Narrator Amy Rubinate has a style that ruins the book for me. I'd suggest listening closely to the sample to decide if it will bother you.

    Instead of a natural speaking style, Rubinate falls into a narration pattern that stresses vowels too much, most especially on words at the end of sentences. You get something like this:

    "When we got the letter in the pOOst, my mOOther was ecstAAtic. She had already decided that all our problems were sOOlved, gone forEEver."

    Rubinate's narration pattern is worse in some areas than in others, but is strong enough to suck the meaning out of the writing and destroy the characters.

    The over-stressed vowels are like speed bumps, bouncing the mind out of the narrative. Instead of flowing prose revealing the characters' thoughts and motivations, the over-stressed vowels stop the flow. When so many words are stressed, the sentences lose their meaning.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aristeia: Revolutionary Right

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Wayne Basta
    • Narrated By Chris Andrew Ciulla
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    A former naval starfighter pilot, Maarkean Ocaitchi once fought to protect the Alliance and its principles of freedom and democracy, but his sister's rebellious past forced them both into a life of smuggling. He nevertheless refuses to believe her assertions that the whole system is corrupt...until she is arrested and condemned to death as a traitor. Now, Maarkean must decide where his loyalty lies, and will either spark a rebellion or help crush the spirit of democracy once and for all.

    Michael says: "Good listen"
    "Narrator Chris Andrew Ciulla, Odd Reading Pattern"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Andrew Ciulla?

    Narrator Chris Andrew Ciulla throws off the enjoyment of this book. He'll read a few sentences fine, then suddenly DECIDE that EVERY two or three WORDS in A sentence need to be STRESSED to MAKE the reading MORE DRAMATIC.

    Listen to the sample and you'll probably see what I mean. When Ciulla does this, the sentence becomes very difficult to understand. The odd sentence stress destroys the flow and loses the meaning. Instead of staying immersed in the story, Ciulla's narration pulls attention back out.

    Not recommended, based on the narrator.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (571)

    In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

    Steph says: "A fabulous new take on Sherlock Holmes"
    "Need denture adhesive"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jenny Sterlin?

    A problem with modern recording equipment: you hear every detail. In this case, Jenny Sterlin needs a better denture adhesive. Throughout the recording, you hear the clicks and pops of what seem to be dentures not quite glued tight.

    It might be something else... some unusual saliva buildup or something I don't know. It is enough that it is difficult to ignore.

    You want to ignore it, because Sterlin's performance is very good and so is the book. I'm not sure I'll get further books in the series, unless I listen to the previews and find this problem corrected.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Prefect

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (895)
    Story
    (895)

    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"
    "Only John Lee..."
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    Narrator John Lee is remarkable: He can suck the life out of any good story. Lee has a deep voice and a fine accent, but those cannot make up for his random inflections, uneven reading style, and complete lack of voice characterization.

    I would suggest buying the print copy of this book. Avoid John Lee's narration at all costs.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robinson Crusoe

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By Denny Sayers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    First published in 1719, Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe is commonly considered as the first novel in English. Based on the real-life experience of Alexander Selkirk, who spent four years on a Pacific island, it is the account of the 28-year stay of an English sailor on a nearly uninhabited island near America.

    Rachael says: "Perfect for a 4th grader following along!"
    "Terrible audio quality of a terrible narration"
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    The audio quality on this book is terrible. I would be able to get past that, except that the narrator is terrible too!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Misquoting Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1866)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1063)

    When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today.

    R. J. Monts says: "a (mostly) balanced discussion"
    "Very good book, GREAT narration"
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    Narrator Richard M. Davidson does an excellent job narrating this non-fiction book. The author, Bart Ehrman, also does a great job making the topic interesting, assuming you are interested in the first place.

    Davidson, however, deserves a highlight. This book is filled with references to bible verses. If you were reading this in print, your eye would skip over the references unless you wanted to focus on the detail. The narrator's style makes this same thing happen in audio. He is able to mention the citations, but still keep the flow.

    Davidson also makes the whole text very interesting. Ehrman writes this book in first person and the narrator takes advantage. The audiobook sounds like you are listening to a very engaging person enthusiastically telling you a story.

    Sometimes the book gets bogged down in details of examples. These are things that you might skip in print, but are more difficult to handle in audio. In general, however, this happens infrequently.

    If you are interested in the topic, you'll like this audiobook..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Meridian's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dan Moore
    • Narrated By Dan Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Hunter Logan must fight a battle to save his daughter and the world. When his team creates dangerous nanomachines to fight pollution, a saboteur’s bomb destroys their lunar laboratory and unleashes the killer particles. Logan finds himself caught between the sociopathic leader of Meridian Corporation who wants the deadly nanomachines and a radical environmental group that wants to stop his work at all costs.

    Hill says: "Pretty good."
    "Terrible Narration by the Author"
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Dan Moore???s performances?

    Dan Moore should not be allowed near a microphone. A prime example is the sex scene in the early in this book. The words are provoking, but his narration is like a high school science teacher talking about cell division.

    Dan Moore ruins his own book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue: A Freehold War Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael Z. Williamson
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    Kenneth Chinran commanded the elite unit assigned to take out an entire planet in a terrible war. Millions died; billions more perished in the aftermath. One doesn't send a sociopath on such a mission. A sociopath might not stop. Chinran did stop, but in the process nearly lost his sanity and his soul. But one of Chinran's men was a sociopath going in. Now he's a trained sociopath with the knowledge and firepower to take out entire tactical teams, evaporate through security cordons and change identity at will.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "The galaxy's greatest and deadliest dad ever"
    "Like Listening to a Military Report"
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    What disappointed you about Rogue?

    Listening to Rogue is like hearing someone read a military after-action report. It talks about things that should be exciting, but all the interest is sucked out of the story.

    There is little story arc: the whole thing seems flat.

    Really, really difficult to make it to the end. I'm typing this as I listen to the last part of the book... and I really don't care if I miss anything. Oh... and it is so flat that I really am NOT missing anything!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Greywalker: Greywalker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kat Richardson
    • Narrated By Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (351)

    Kat Richardson excels at creating vivid, fast-moving novels that blend urban fantasy with paranormal mystery. In Greywalker, Seattle P.I. Harper Blaine is viciously attacked and murdered - but after exactly two minutes, somehow she returns to life. Now she's seeing strange things all around her - dark visions from the shadow world - and living a normal life may no longer be possible no matter how hard she tries.

    Nathan says: "A fun take on the paranormal ..."
    "Narrator Mia Barron Is Being Strangled"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Someone please call the police... the narrator of this book is apparently being strangled. Well, actually it is a lot of


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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