You no longer follow C. Stephan

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow C. Stephan

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

C. Stephan

alwayswalkingmydog

ratings
36
REVIEWS
27
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0
HELPFUL VOTES
34

  • 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
    (78)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    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
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2252)
    Performance
    (1583)
    Story
    (1605)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "Mathematical Geniuses and WWII History"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who likes mathematics and WWII History should read this highly detailed and wonderfully written leviathan. Get your fill of mathematical geniuses, Zeta functions, Mandlebrot sets, ciphers, exciting war stories, brave warriors, computer whizzes, fully fleshed out characters and an ending that ties everything together. To me this was worth an over fourty hour listen. It is advisable to pay close attention, as two stories, one from the fourties and one from the present time intertwine. They do eventually connect in a most satisfying way. I think this writer is brilliant and the narrator is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When I Found You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Catherine Ryan Hyde
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (448)

    Nathan McCann thought he didn't want a family. But when he finds an abandoned newborn in the woods, he feels an inexplicable bond with the boy and starts to make plans to raise the child as his own - until the baby's grandmother steps forward to claim him. Nathan makes a request of her, though: to one day bring the boy to meet his rescuer.

    Zabie says: "Love comes from many places"
    "Gripping Story of Lives Intersecting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What about Jeff Cummings’s performance did you like?

    This narrator brings this book to life with assigning different voices to each character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The young man's ability to love with devotion.


    Any additional comments?

    Thoughtful exploration of the emotional effects on an abandoned child carried through his adult life in tandem with the experiences, commitment and teachings of the man who found this abandoned baby. Not only is this a gripping story of the people involved, it also examines the psychological impacts of one life event and the history behind it, the ripples it causes throughout the years and how everyone handles it to the best of their abilities. It is a story of change, of growth, of secrets and truths and of obstacles that may or may not be overcome, depending on one's outlook on life. The characters in this book have been carefully and meticulously described and explained on many levels and from many points of view. I highly doubt I will forget those individuals or this book. Because of the basic human interest story aspect, I highly recommend this read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3015)
    Performance
    (1884)
    Story
    (1899)

    Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with his head in several pieces and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Good Listen"
    "Beware of Black Ice"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Harry Bosch is a memorable and likable character. Dick Hill does an excellent job narrating. I especially love the saxophone interludes and the special effects during phone calls. The story could have been a bit tighter, but it was still a satisfying read. I really enjoy the character Harry Bosch. He sort of grows on me. Ok, I am hooked now and will listen to the entire series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5315)
    Performance
    (3265)
    Story
    (3267)

    For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "What a Terrific Book"
    "Fantastic Detective Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Dick Hill is one of my favorite narrators and as usual his narration was brilliant. This was the first time I listened to a Harry Bosch series book and I loved it! It had the ambience of the old time detective stories. The history of tunnel rats was so interesting and I think anyone can understand how that must affect a man after the war is long over. Plenty of plot twists kept my interest. I had to immediately listen to the second book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (1108)
    Performance
    (963)
    Story
    (967)

    Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

    Barbara says: "Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!"
    "Superb Adventure of an Unexpected Spy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating International.Adventure


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mrs. Pollifax, of course! She is the most adventurous, brave and adorable senior citizen following her dream. I loved the way she interacted with every character with the utmost kindness and respect. She was capable of performing most difficult acts, even when she had moral dilemmas, if it saved lives.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

    I like all the characters Barbara performed as. Every single one was spot on. Barbara Rosenblat is the perfect narrator for this book!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The escape, specifically after Mrs. Pollifax accidentally stepped off the cliff.


    Any additional comments?

    I am delighted to have stumbled upon this remarkable book and I am looking forward to listening to the entire series. I hope they are all available in audio format. If not, I shall read them. I am hooked on this series and this author. I can relate to the main character, the time period and the political situations of her times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21149)
    Performance
    (18964)
    Story
    (19030)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Psychopath, Marriage,Murder,Plot Twists"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    What fascinated me most about this book was the fact that I had to keep listening to story until I found myself chin deep in red herrings, plot twists and then I had to unravel everything until the end. This is a twisted story about twisted people and it is deliciously addictive. I enjoyed both narrators. I did not recognize the Carthage Missouri, where I live, but that is artistic license on the author's part, which did not take away from the story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6280)
    Performance
    (5850)
    Story
    (5852)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Funny, imaginative and a bit of a parody"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    At times the story confused me and I had to listen to the last chapters a second time, before I got it. This is a bit of parody, a touching and heartfelt story, kind of a Trekkie's fun read with big twists and a lot of turns. Scalzi comes up with the most imaginative and crazy plots. The only downside was the repetition of the word "said" throughout the book. Overall, this is still worth a listen and I do enjoy Will Wheaton's narration very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Child: An Audible Drama

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sebastian Fitzek
    • Narrated By Rupert Penry-Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, and others
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (351)

    My name is Simon. I’m 10 years old. I’m a serial killer. Robert Stern (Rupert Penry-Jones), a successful defense attorney, doesn’t know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. Stern is more than surprised, when his old love interest and professional nurse Carina (Emilia Fox) presents him a ten year old boy as his new client. Simon (Jack Boulter), a terminally ill child, who is convinced he has murdered many men in a previous life.

    Rolando says: "Disappointing"
    "A Bone Chilling Voice Imbedded in a Unique Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Child the most enjoyable?

    The music, the Voice and the dramatization. Audible, please provide more just like this one! You have a winner here! :-)


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Voice...freaky scary


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the scariest novels I have listen to, and one of the most enjoyable short audible dramatized books. I cannot count the many times I jumped, startled by the musical score or the voices of the narrators. The premise of the story is simply fascinating, raising questions about reincarnation, regression therapy, insanity, fear and revenge.

    Setting: Berlin, Germany. Characters: Ten year old Simon - termally ill, does not want to die before he knows if he killed people in a former life, Rober Stern - defense attorney, Carina - nurse, Andi Borchart - former criminal, Engler - investigating police officer.

    There are not many books by Sebastian Fitzek available in English translation, nor as e-books, however, being fluent in German in will read everything this fine author has in print in his native language.

    25 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4346)
    Performance
    (3836)
    Story
    (3837)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Adorable Sentient Beings"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The perfect combination of Scalzi and Wheaton make for an enjoyable listen. I usually prefer lengthy audio books, but this one was an exception. This book has fabulous characters, is a great great sci-fi yarn with excellent narration. I had to finish it in two sessions. The story has an interesting twist on mankind's destructive nature vs. sentient inhabitants of a far away planet and perceptions in general. I love this book and Will Wheaton did an outstanding job as narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Containment

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christian Cantrell
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    As Earth's ability to support human life begins to diminish at an alarming rate, the Global Space Agency is formed with a single mandate: protect humanity from extinction by colonizing the solar system as quickly as possible. Venus, being almost the same mass as Earth, is chosen over Mars as humanity's first permanent steppingstone into the universe. Arik Ockley is part of the first generation to be born and raised off-Earth.

    Gregory says: "Promising but falls a little bit short"
    "Excellent Sci-fi Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Containment?

    The twists


    Any additional comments?

    This is a unique and intelligently written sci-fi novel of first class! I highly recommend this to hard sci-fi lovers of Asimov, Clarke, Bova etc. It is fast paced, makes sense and takes the reader to a stunning conclusion!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.