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David

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  • Echo: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    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.

    Jeff Tingle says: "Better than the last version"
    "Another good Benedict Novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed this audiobook. Both the story and the narration are less compelling than others in the series. The narrator is a bit jarring at first, but warms up to the material after a few hours.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Eye: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Jack McDevitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (146)

    Interstellar antiquities dealer Alex Benedict receives a cryptic message asking for help from celebrated writer Vicki Greene - who has been mind-wiped. She has no memory of her past life, or of her plea for assistance. But she has transferred an enormous sum of money to Alex, also without explanation. The answers to this mystery lie on the most remote of human worlds, where Alex will uncover a secret connected to a decades-old political upheaval - a secret that somebody desperately wants hidden.

    Steven says: "Moderate Departure from Previous Books"
    "Nicely done"
    Overall

    I have read most of Mr. McDevitt's work. This is the first I have listened to as an audio book and I found that nothing was lost in the experience. The narrator did an admirable job. The story loses a bit of steam two-thirds through, but I still enjoyed the whole.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Brigades

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1729)
    Performance
    (1184)
    Story
    (1193)

    The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

    wendy says: "Great story"
    "If you must continue the series - read it in print"
    Overall

    This, the second novel in the series, suffers from a number of flaws that make it a difficult audiobook to get lost in.

    "Old Man's War" walked the reader through alongside the protagonist while he discovered a strange universe. In this book everything is told to the reader directly, not revealed. Recapped in painful detail for anyone who read the first novel. The main character is not particularly engaing, and characters stand around monolgueing like villians in a Bond film. I could not finish it.

    The phrase "special forces soldier" is repeated a million times, and must die.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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