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C. Stephan

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  • New Earth: The Grand Tour, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    We’ve found another Earthlike planet, but what secrets does it hold? The entire world is thrilled by the discovery of a new, Earthlike planet. Advance imaging shows that the planet has oceans of water and a breathable, oxygen-rich atmosphere. Eager to learn more, an exploration team is soon dispatched to explore the planet, now nicknamed New Earth.

    Brian says: "Not my thing"
    "Excellent Sci-Fi Story of the Grand Tour series"
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    Unforgettable sci-fi novel that kept me reading! Like the space explorers, I had to find out more and more about the alien species. I am glad I was able to switch between reading and listening to the outstanding professional narration,w or else everything in my daily life would have been on hold, while I was totally engrossed in this wonderful book. By all means, this is a five star read! I highly recommend it. Ben Nova's novels are getting bigger and better with each new release.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2045)
    Performance
    (1904)
    Story
    (1924)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "Guaranteed 10 Star Listen"
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    Agreeing with all the reviewers who stated this book is much different and has more depth than the awesome movie based on this novel, I prefer the book even though I loved the movie. The descriptive skills, unforced metaphors and the raw story telling ability this author showcases, makes this one of his best books ever published. I read this just to refresh my memory before purchasing the recently released sequel Dr. Death. I am so glad I did. The narrator is outstanding and nailed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dog Collar Crime: A Lucie Rizzo Adventure, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Adrienne Giordano
    • Narrated By Laura Princiotta
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Out of work and down on her luck, Lucie Rizzo is forced to do the one thing she's long avoided - move home to her nutty, mob-infested family. A move that brings her back into the tempting arms of Frankie Falcone, the ex that never fails to make her heart sit up and beg. When Lucie parlays her temporary dog-walking gig into a career making fancy dog accessories, Frankie becomes her number one supporter. Life starts to look like a walk in the park...until three of her bling-wearing clients are dogjacked.

    C. Stephan says: "Pleasant Summer Read"
    "Pleasant Summer Read"
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    This light mystery includes an adorable main character, her furry charges and a cast of interesting secondary characters. Add a few kidnappings, ties to the mob, an iffy love interest to Lucie's attempting to start a nice side business for herself, after her career in Investment Banking takes a nose dive and you get Dog Collar Crimes. Enter Frankie and an old romance is rekindled, but will it be as complicated as the rest of Lucie's life? I especially enjoyed the strong conclusion, which had a few unexpected surprises in store for me. No animals were harmed in this funny caper. The narrator did a good job and was a proper fit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (2161)
    Performance
    (1751)
    Story
    (1768)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "Incredibly Timeless"
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    Would you listen to Solaris again? Why?

    Yes, because it is an outstanding classic!


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

    No, I have not listened to him before. I enjoyed his outstanding professional performance.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the way science fiction is truly enjoyable! Hands down, Solaris is a timeless classic. The immersion feature with audible professional narration was devine. I was able to read and or listen, while doing other things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edward Adrift

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (236)

    That’s the flummoxed state of Edward Stanton, a 42-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome. His job, his therapist, and his best friends are all gone. Even his nightly ritual of watching Dragnet reruns has short-circuited. But a call from his friend Donna in Idaho, telling him that her son Kyle is in trouble, launches Edward from his rigidly scheduled existence in Billings, Montana, to the open road. He and Kyle, a sweet little boy turned sullen adolescent, debate football, music, and bodily functions (“Why do you pee so much?” Kyle asks).

    Marjorie says: "Edward Stretches Himself"
    "Delightful Character Study continues"
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    I liked the continuation of Edward's life as described in this book. His relationships with others are more meaningful and he has learned mindfulness. I cannot help but like Edward, quirks and all, because he has such a good heart. He is working so hard on himself and is so honest about his emotions and feelings. His insights reveal valuable life lessons. A very pleasant read, indeed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4718)
    Performance
    (1609)
    Story
    (1618)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Curiosity draws you in, story grips you and holds"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone who loves books will find find the intriguing story telling ability of this author fascinating. The characters became so real and I shall never forget them.


    What other book might you compare The Thirteenth Tale to and why?

    I have already looked for books that are similar to this one, because I want to read more like this one. Found a discussion on Amazon, addressing this.


    Which character – as performed by Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner – was your favorite?

    I cannot choose between the two characters, as one could not have been without the other. They coexist in this book, making the story what it is. As for the narrators, they were equally superb and easily distinguishable.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Thirteenth Tale and why?

    The ghost child, of course. She elicited such a wide range of emotions in me. Margaret comes in as a close second, because of her own story. Aurelius was memorable, because of his involuntary involvement and the conclusion.


    Any additional comments?

    I have no clue why I waited this long to listen to this audio book. It is simply brilliant and excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Dick Hill, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (397)

    Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain - and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does.

    Richard says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "A Truly Fun Listening Experience"
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    What did you love best about What's So Funny??

    Anecdotal humorous description of the life of a highly talented comedian.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Behind the scene goings on.


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

    Yes, Dick Hill is brilliant, as usual. Also tremendously enjoyed hearing Carol Burnett, Tim Conway and Jane Scovell commentaries.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a truly fun read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shame: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Alan Russell
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Caleb Parker has been on the run from his past ever since his father, a serial murderer known by the name of Shame, was electrocuted by the state of Florida. Wishing for nothing more than to start life anew and away from the dark shadows of his past, Caleb tries to distance himself from his father’s legacy by moving to California. But even when he’s far from his father’s killing grounds, the past catches up with Caleb when a new series of murders occurs - reminiscent of Shame’s brutal handiwork. Once more Caleb is thrust into the spotlight - only this time as the prime suspect.

    C. Stephan says: "Fast Paced Exploit of Shame"
    "Fast Paced Exploit of Shame"
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    Where does Shame rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best mysteries!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lola, because she adds a certain something.


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

    No, but is is an awesome reader!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    True crime writing, fascination with serial killers and radio interviews bring us into the present setting of this incredibly fast paced psychological thriller were nothing is what it appears to be, not even the characters!
    Remarkable fluidity of the author's pen makes this an interesting and thoroughly enjoyable read. As the title implies, shame is taken under the microscope and analyzed, with twists and turns I was not able to foresee. The novel's premise describes the life of a true crime author, who focuses on a serial killer who apparently reaches out even after his execution. She is pulled back into his story and that is where this brilliantly written book starts. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 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
    (686)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (609)

    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"
    "Absolutely Delightful British Mystery"
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    Mary Russell, a brilliant young lady, lucky enough to literally stumble onto the famous Sherlock Holmes, develops and hones her own remarkable sleuthing skills as his apprentice. Her story is woven out of extraordinary past and present life events, which the author carefully crafts into a highly exciting and entertaining story.

    Mary allows the reader a woman's perspective of the usually elusive and quirky Holmes, who comes to recognize her as an equal. There is much symbolism in their chess games and conversations regarding world affairs during the Word War I era, they live in. One highly interesting aspect is the blending of her formal studies in Theology and her private studies of human behavior. This makes for a series of interesting mysteries, all wrapped into one book.

    Laurie R. King has a gift of paying homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's main character, in her unique story telling ability, while focusing on her main character, Mary Russell. She sets beautiful scenes in the serene country sites of Great Britain, literally taking her audience on a virtual tour. I have been to many of the areas she so skillfully describes and it simply brings me pleasure to revisit.

    The incredibly good narration of Jenny Sterlin is the icing on the perfect mystery.

    I am pleased to know that this is only the first book in a series of nine, as I am looking forward to listen to each one! I highly recommend this introduction to the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Mysteries!



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6178)
    Performance
    (5875)
    Story
    (5885)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "One of the Best hard Sci-Fi listens !"
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    For hard sci-fi fans anywhere, this is a most enjoyable listen. It contains all the math, physics, botany and chemistry to satisfy any scientifically minded person who also loves common sense and humor as survival toosl, when faced with life threatening obstacles. The main character's resiliency and creativity make for an outstanding adventure and survival story. The narrator's incredible ability to not only nail the main character's part, but also the various accents of other astronauts, NASA officials and it's Chinese counter parts contributes greatly to Andy Weir's superb story telling ability. Yes, the dialogue includes many f-bombs, but it was in context of being stranded on a desolate planet under the most unfavorable conditions, where anything that could go wrong did. Therefore, it really did not bother me in this case. I love Sir Arthur C. Clarke's, Ben Bova's and Hugh Howie's excellence in the hard Sci-Fi genre. Any Weir fits in with this elite group of writers!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Venus: The Grand Tour Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    The surface of Venus is the most hellish place in the solar system, its ground hot enough to melt aluminum, its air pressure high enough to crush spacecraft landers like tin cans, its atmosphere a choking mix of poisonous gases. This is where the frail young Van Humphries must go—or die trying.

    George says: "Hellish Hot"
    "Absolutely loved this Audiobook!"
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    I can hardly wait to download the next book by Ben Bova! This is by far the best I have read/listened to since Sir Arthur C. Clarke's works. Just cannot get enough. The Mars series was also fantastic, as was the Sam Gunn Omnibus. The narration is exquisite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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