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Lars

Long time book listener on the left coast. I work outside and spend many hours per day with a good book in my ear. Love Science, History, and above all Science Fiction/Fantasy.

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  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6508)
    Performance
    (2904)
    Story
    (2901)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "a Review"
    Overall

    Ok, I don't like the vampire genre. This is not that.
    I was frustrated after getting this book that it seemed like a vampire novel.
    But,.. I could not put it down. The story and the characters are all worth the time invested.
    I love the emotions and loyalty that surfaces out of the darkness of the story. I love the odd twists that the story takes. Yes, I am looking forward to the sequel.
    I would hate to spend 2 credits on any book, but this is one credit well spent. The hours involved are well worth it.
    This book is a journey. and one that should continue.
    Even if you don't like Stephen King,.. I do, but then if you do like Robert Jordan, or Brandon Sanderson,.. you will like this. It is good!

    35 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of the Emperor: Sten Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Allan Cole, Chris Bunch
    • Narrated By Jerry Sciarrio
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    The Eternal Emperor was dead, and the five members of the Privy Council ruled in his place. But they quickly discovered that their power would collapse around them if they didn’t locate the Emperor’s secret source of Anti-Matter Two, the economic keystone of the Empire. And so they sent a team of crack commandos to capture Sten, one of their late ruler’s few surviving confidantes.

    Professor says: "Emperor will be back !!!"
    "REPLACE THESE"
    Overall

    I wrote about this for book 5. I have contacted Books in Motion about this. The production values and narrator of this book are so bad that Audible should refund our credits till the books are re-released with a proper narrator. (Jerry Sciarrio :-). LIstening to this at 2x speed and constantly jumping back to figure what the heck is going on, kept these two books from being impossible to listen to. I love the series and want to own it, But Not with this poor level of narration. Books in Motion, please correct this.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sten: Revenge of the Damned: Sten Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Allan Cole, Chris Bunch
    • Narrated By John Hough
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Sten had fully expected to die in a blaze of glory, taking his Emperor's greatest foe with him. Instead he was a slave laborer in a P.O.W. camp deep in the heart of enemy territory. But sitting out the action had never been Sten's style. And now that the war was building to a climax, the Eternal Emperor needed him more than ever. Not even the toughest prison in the known universe could keep Sten from his mission....

    Lars says: "Where is Jerry Sciarrio?"
    "Where is Jerry Sciarrio?"
    Overall

    OMG! This is the worst narrator. Beware!... Persue a refund till they get someone else to read this book.

    Our favorite heavy worlder scottsman, now speaks like a 75 year old German woman . (German and Scottish accents aren't close) All of the Characters we have come to know, now sound like flamboyent female impersonators.
    And the aliens sound like 50's era TV Western China-men.

    The extended dramatic pauses between verb and object or subject in almost every sentence, makes the book unintelligible. I have to listen to the reader at 2X speed just to get a sense of what is going on. "Oy Vay" this is really bad. Can they get Jerry Sciarrio to redo this book Please.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Century Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (349)

    Three hundred years from now, Earth has been rendered uninhabitable due to the technological catastrophe known as the Nanocaust. Archaeologist Verity Auger specializes in the exploration of its surviving landscape. Now, her expertise is required for a far greater purpose. Something astonishing has been discovered at the far end of a wormhole: mid-twentieth-century Earth, preserved like a fly in amber.

    DAVID says: "One of John Lee's best performances"
    "Good Story"
    Overall

    I have now listened to several of Alastair's books. I have enjoyed them all.
    After every story, I have always looked and hoped for a sequel. There aren't any. Each book is a completely different tale in a different ("universe" basically).
    I think this is a compliment to Alistair Reynolds and his imagination. He never rides the coattails of a trilogy or series. He always creates something new. These books are well thought out Science fiction.
    I will buy all of his works on Audible. Give us more please.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Echo: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    Eccentric Sunset Tuttle spent his life searching in vain for forms of alien life. Thirty years after his death, a stone tablet inscribed with cryptic, indecipherable symbols is found in the possession of Tuttle's onetime lover, and antiquities dealer Alex Benedict is anxious to discover what secret the tablet holds. It could be proof that Tuttle had found what he was looking for.

    Terry says: "Great Story But A Male Narrator?"
    "Please...?"
    Overall

    Ok, I loved the book. but...
    I really like Paul Boehmer in Time Travelers. But this is a first person narration by a WOMAN, Chase Kolpath. Where is Jennifer Van Dyck?
    Stick to the series narrator thoughout a series please!!?.
    Worth listening, and I almost forgot the narrator, but I just couldn't forget.
    I hope Jack writes more from both of these series, "Alex" and "Hutch". They are wonderful stories to take a break from reality with.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Time Travelers Never Die

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (136)

    When physicist Michael Shelborne mysteriously vanishes, his son Shel discovers that he had constructed a time travel device. Fearing his father may be stranded in time---or worse---Shel enlists Dave Dryden, a linguist, to accompany him on the rescue mission.

    Dave Cole says: "meh."
    "Quick, Witty and Fun"
    Overall

    Time Traveling has been played a lot; Maybe more than SciFi. This book is fun. So many new twists on what could you do with a time machine. I never stopped listening and still laughed with a satisfied smile as the last sentence of the book was read. A great ride with no disappointments. Never boring.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4533)
    Performance
    (2344)
    Story
    (2361)

    Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

    D. Ramirez says: "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    "Jordan and Sanderson"
    Overall

    Bravo!!!!
    The fear that this story would never come to..., was only less than our wish that James would not pass on. Brandon has done so well... to carry on what Jordan wanted to say. All those who love the wheel of time will take joy in the seemless continuation toward the climax of this story. If you have come this far, It is good to know that we can finish it.
    Thankyou to all who have brought this about.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (508)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Jonathon says: "Entertaining and more than worth the price!!"
    "My Favorite"
    Overall

    If you liked the movie "Ground Hog Day", it was inspired by this book. This is the one person's life I have read about, that I would actually like to live. The story doesn't ever let you down; it is happy, sad, funny and depressing. It NEVER slows down and never has a boring minute.

    Altough, I was at first skeptical of William Dufris narrating it (I have listened to several of his books), I quickly found that I forgot it was being read to me and just became involved with the experience of Replay. Dufris now sounds to me like the voice of Jeff Winston.
    I was afraid this book wouldn't ever make it to Audio.
    Bravo!

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Seeker: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Jack McDevitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (361)

    Thousands of years after an entire colony mysteriously disappears, antiquities dealer Alex Benedict comes into possession of a cup that seems to be from the Seeker, one of the colony's ships. Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, follow a deadly trail to the Seeker, strangely adrift in a system barren of habitable worlds. But their discovery raises more questions than it answers, drawing Alex and Chase into the very heart of danger.

    A User says: "Great mix of sci-fi, mystery and adventure."
    "Millenial Fun"
    Overall

    This book stays close to the true flow of the growth and fall of knowlege in society over many millenia. Every time man thinks he is great he falls flat on his face. This is a fun romp through time and the galaxy. It does venture into real physics but sticks to what a layman can understand. A who-dunnit with some reverence to what would life be like if?...
    It is an enjoyable listen.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Starship: Pirate

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Mike Resnick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (116)

    Seeking to find a new life for themselves, Cole and comrades remake the Teddy R. as a pirate ship and set sail for the lawless Inner Frontier. There, powerful warlords, cut-throat pirates, and struggling colonies compete for survival in a game where you rarely get a second chance to learn the rules. But military discipline is poor preparation for a life of pillaging and plundering.

    James says: "It Gets Better"
    "More"
    Overall

    If you didn't like Mutiny, don't buy this one.
    That said,
    If you did like the first one, the story continues and gets better. Good pace, never boring. It has fun and funny characters, yet always belivable. These three books would have made a very fast paced 25 hour book. They are good enough to seem very short at 8 hours each.
    And so,.. I am running back to download book 3.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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