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Outside1

Outside1

So. Calif. USA | Member Since 2010

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  • Black Sea Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Don Brown
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    As the U.S. Navy searches for weapons-grade plutonium that has been smuggled by terrorists out of Russia, a submarine mishap in the Black Sea brings the United States and Russia to the brink of nuclear war. It is a race against the clock, with Russian missiles activated and programmed for American cities.

    1BookJ says: "Christian propaganda that makes no sense..."
    "So poorly thought out, illogical, and just dumb."
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Don Brown and/or James Adams?

    Never


    Has Black Sea Affair turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    Absolutely


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Black Sea Affair?

    I would cut the entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    Poorly written Christian zealtory, in the form of an adventure story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Necromancer's House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Christopher Buehlman
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Andrew Ranulf Blankenship is a handsome, stylish nonconformist with wry wit, a classic Mustang, and a massive library. He is also a recovering alcoholic and a practicing warlock, able to speak with the dead through film. His house is a maze of sorcerous booby traps and escape tunnels, as yours might be if you were sitting on a treasury of Russian magic stolen from the Soviet Union thirty years ago.

    M. E. Smith says: "Creative and engaging"
    "Very vulgar and directionless"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    NOTHING!


    What could Christopher Buehlman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Never written it!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Todd Haberkorn’s performances?

    Depends upon the text/story


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Necromancer's House?

    I would send the writer back to try and write a completely different book.


    Any additional comments?

    Avoid it!

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Cryoburn: A Miles Vorkosigan Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1162)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (584)

    Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove—he’s been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp—an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future—attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter, Miles, to check it out

    Kevin says: "Its nice to come Home!"
    "Not up to snuff!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Lois McMaster Bujold and/or Grover Gardner?

    Of course.


    Has Cryoburn turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nope


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Well


    Did Cryoburn inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, fall asleep.


    Any additional comments?

    I have followed Miles through many a book, and this was the first time I was disappointed. Her Worst!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of the Prodigal: An Amish-Country Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By P. L. Gaus
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    In the wooded Amish hill country, a professor at a small college, a local pastor, and the county sheriff are the only ones among the mainstream, or "English", who possess the instincts and skills to work the cases that impact all county residents, no matter their code of conduct or religious creed. When an Amish boy is kidnapped, a bishop, fearful for the safety of his followers, plunges three outsiders into the traditionally closed society of the "Plain Ones".

    Greg says: "A Solid 4 for kids"
    "Sooooo Sloooowww..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This book was So slow, that my kids grew up and moved out while I was listening to it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dissolution: A Novel of Tudor England Introducing Matthew Shardlake

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (570)

    This riveting debut set in 1534 England secured C. J. Sansom’s place “among the most distinguished of modern historical novelists” (P. D. James). When Henry VIII’s emissary is beheaded at an English monastery, hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake is dispatched to solve the crime. But as he uncovers a cesspool of sin, three more murders occur - and Matthew may be the next target.

    Grcla says: "Very good"
    "An excellent murder mystery set in medieval Eng."
    Overall
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    Where does Dissolution rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best in the last 15 or so, regardless of the genre.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like history, and murder mysteries, this is the book for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13490)
    Performance
    (7970)
    Story
    (7825)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Harlequin Romance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    It is a well written harlequin romance with a touch of time travel, and adventure.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2253)
    Performance
    (1398)
    Story
    (1406)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Ethan M. says: "A good grim fantasy series, with caveats"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Way of Shadows the most enjoyable?

    So well written. He is an accomplished writer, who has the true insights into life and people, and a way with language, that are always a joy to encounter in an author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One for the Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1888)
    Performance
    (1646)
    Story
    (1641)

    You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do? If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man that took her virginity....

    Pat H. says: "NOT THE GREATEST."
    "Slow. See comment section."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Janet Evanovich and/or C. J. Critt?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of C. J. Critt’s performances?

    no


    Did One for the Money inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I am listening to another story now, but continue to use this to help put me asleep at night. It is interestering enough to be engaging, but not enough so to interfere with drifting off to sleep.---- That sums up the story quite well.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Imager's Intrigue: The Third Book of the Imager Portfolio

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (287)

    Rhenn's past catches up to him in this third entry in L. E. Modesitt, Jr.'s hit Imager Portfolio series.

    Ryan says: "Was okay..."
    "Modesitt ran out of steam for this one."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Imager's Intrigue? What did you like least?

    I like the character, and the concept, but not this story which seems to show the author being burned out and trying very hard to produce something as a sequel.


    Would you ever listen to anything by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. again?

    Yes


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Poorly


    Did Imager's Intrigue inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This episode was barely entertaning when compared to the first 2 episodes. I have no intention to go on to book 4.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • WWW: Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Jennifer Van Dyck, A. C. Fellner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1455)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (738)

    Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes.

    'Nathan says: "Fantastic."
    "What an awful pretentious writer!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Have a different author rewrite the story.


    What could Robert J. Sawyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing That I can think of.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It's very difficult to appreciate the readers when the material is so lousy.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. None.


    Any additional comments?

    The worst book that I have encountered in many years.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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