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Stephen

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  • New York to Dallas: In Death, Book 33

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2102)
    Performance
    (1821)
    Story
    (1817)

    It was one of Eve Dallas’s earliest takedowns, back in her uniform days. A monster named Isaac McQueen had been abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. Thanks to Eve, he wound up where he belonged, removed from civilized society in Rikers. But he’s not behind bars anymore. After his escape, McQueen has two things in mind. One is to take up where he left off, preying on the young and innocent - when necessary, with the help of a female partner all too willing to be manipulated and to aid and abet his crimes.

    helen says: "How does she do it?"
    "Someone Might Like It"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Fairly interesting plot and workmanlike performance by the reader, but thoroughly amateurish writing style. Go find something by John Sandford or James Lee Burke instead.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2582)
    Performance
    (2339)
    Story
    (2343)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Simply Awful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ridiculous story told in annoying, childish writing style. Dull narration. This book lacks any saving grace.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18781)
    Performance
    (16982)
    Story
    (17122)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Remind me to avoid YA books about the future"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was very pleased with the first third or so of this novel because I liked the protagonist and Emma Galvin's voice so much, but I kept waiting in vain for a few crumbs of background and scientific substance. For example, shouldn't the author of a book in which guns play a central role be expected to do at least enough research to learn how guns actually operate? Also, near the end the book devolves from character development into improbable warfare complete with an evil genius and a marching zombie army of former good guys. Give me a break!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First Lensman: Lensman Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By E. E. 'Doc' Smith
    • Narrated By Reed McColm
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (146)

    In the not-too-distant future, while fleets of commercial space ships travel between the planets of numerous solar systems, a traveler named Virgil Samms visits the planet Arisia. There, he becomes the first wearer of the Lens, the almost-living symbol of the forces of law and order. As the first Lensman, Samms helps to form the Galactic Patrol, a battalion of Lensmen who are larger-than-life heroes. These soldiers are the best of the best, with incredible skill, stealth, and drive.

    DJM says: "Lensman Series is Still Fun"
    "Not so good now"
    Overall

    This must have been exciting in 1938, but it is terribly outdated in 2011. It belongs on the shelf with Flash Gordon. Also, the narration is very hard on the ears. In particular, the voice of its hero, Lensman Samms, is loud, grating and totally unsympathetic - more like a soap opera villain than a scifi hero.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All Clear

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1666)
    Performance
    (1110)
    Story
    (1134)

    Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rescued by the second half"
    "Rip Off"
    Overall

    These pages should have been included within the first volume (Blackout), and the whole thing should have been severely edited. The only excuse for splitting the tale into two volumes would be to extract more money or credits from the listeners. Reuniting with the two charming Hogvin urchins almost makes the price worth it, though.

    6 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Three Junes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1167)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (300)

    Three Junes is a vividly textured symphonic novel set on both sides of the Atlantic during three fateful summers in the lives of a Scottish family. Three Junes "almost threatens to burst with all the life it contains...extraordinary," says Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours.

    Dagmar says: "Beautiful Narration of a Wonderful Story!"
    "Agony"
    Overall

    I have labored mightily to finish this book, which is well-written and narrated, but I simply cannot. After an auspicious and sometimes near-lyrical start, it devolves into unrelieved angst. Unless you are a homosexual or are struggling to love and understand a homosexual, this book will waste your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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