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Don

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  • 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
    (348)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (191)

    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"
    "Semi-solid continuation of Benedict/Kolpath line."
    Overall

    "Seeker" got me hooked on Jennifer Van Dyck as a reader/narrator. She's absolutely wonderful, a true gem. McDevitt got me hooked on Benedict/Kolpath stories. This story is a nice expansion to the Rainbow Enterprises universe, a good continuation, but not quite the "Detective Archeologist" long drawn out multi onion layer plots/stories that Seeker and Polaris are. If you are looking for another Seeker, this isn't it; if you are looking for a solid continuation of the Rainbow theme, it is. The main mystery is "solved" 2/3 through, that’s true; McDevitt does a very good job continuing the story, though, so the last 1/3 is not a disappointment. And JVD - did I say she's the absolute best and completely believable as Chase Kolpath? I hope JMD writes more, so JVD can read them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations That Accelerate Change

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Chris Ertel, Lisa Kay Solomon
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Moments of Impact is an audiobook on a mission: to eradicate time-sucking, energy-depleting workshops and meetings. In our fast-changing world, organizations have important challenges and opportunities to address - and no time to waste. Moments of Impact delivers the single most useful resource for managers and leaders who need better strategic conversation - now - to shape the future of their organizations.

    Don says: "Efficently delivered excellant advice"
    "Efficently delivered excellant advice"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Moments of Impact the most enjoyable?

    Real life story / presentation which proved the authors points and supported the models.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moments of Impact?

    The story around the Catholic education organization and how they succeeded in their moment to continue on.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes - why wasn't this required reading in my MBA capstone MGMT 750 class at ODU?


    Any additional comments?

    If you interact with people who can affect your future, or whose future you are trying to affect (steer, route, direct, etc). then this book is money well spent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge: Stainless Steel Rat, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Harry Harrison
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (244)

    DiGriz and Angelina are happily married and expecting the birth of their sons. The planet Cliaand is waging interstellar war, and against the odds, its Grey Men are invading and taking over planet after planet. The Rat is sent to Cliaand to start a one-man guerrilla campaign to put a stop to the plans of the planet's leader, Kraj. He is aided by the Amazons, a force of liberated freedom fighters, and eventually by his wife who arrives to help him win the war and keep him out of the arms of the Amazons.

    Cliff says: "If you like the rat you'll like this one"
    "Over the top SciFi Crime romp"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge the most enjoyable?

    The reader took great pains to put 'umph' into the story as he read - solid expression, tone inflection, etc. The story is a bit predictable, with enough change ups here and there to keep you going. I read this when I was a teenager, years ago, and have intro'd it to my own teenager who is very much enjoying both the stories and the reading style.


    What other book might you compare The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge to and why?

    Reminds me of Heinlein's lighter "teenage boy" SF - closest to Moon is a Harsh Mistress, in the sense that this book brings in some political and social issues as it tells the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't take the SSR novels to seriously - I don't think they are intended to be serious novels, rather light hearted easy read romps, light space opera fare, not very complex. Explosions, fun language, and over the top scenes and characters abound.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inherit the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James P. Hogan
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (132)

    The man on the moon was dead. They called him Charlie. He had big eyes, abundant body hair, and fairly long nostrils. His skeletal body was found clad in a bright red spacesuit, hidden in a rocky grave. They didn’t know who he was, how he got there, or what had killed him. All they knew was that his corpse was 50 thousand years old - and that meant this man had somehow lived long before he ever could have existed.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "IT'S TIME FOR LUNCH"
    "Amazing Interplanetary alternative history, story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Inherit the Stars the most enjoyable?

    Great science throughout. Book certainly "sounds" well researched, with lots of Earth's planetary history mixing with an "alternate" solar system history (who knows ... we might find the story to be true when we explore the solar system!)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inherit the Stars?

    I really enjoyed the scientific debate scenes, because they are instructive, keep the story going, provide necessary information for the reader, and the characters really show through.


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

    I listened to most of the book driving from for 9+ hr vacation road trip. Went to bed w/t the story in my ears.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (1165)
    Story
    (1170)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "Listening at every chance I get ..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Red Sparrow to be better than the print version?

    This is a great espionage novel, masterfully read. Deep characters, intricate plot, high quality suspense. I’m happy that 2/3 through, the seduction portions are very powerful support for the story, but few and far between. What great about the story is those few events provide a huge dimension of the story without all of the “detail”, which would be distracting. The reader does an excellent job. J Bobb is superbly matched – right up there w/ “13” by RK Morgan and the Jasper FForde novels which are very well matched with readers.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Really enjoying the story - love to see just how the plot is unfolding at every turn.


    What about Jeremy Bobb’s performance did you like?

    Excellent pacing;


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt like I was in Russia, in the SVR.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (7274)
    Performance
    (3619)
    Story
    (3622)

    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..."
    "Wish I'd got something else"
    Overall

    WARNING - This book takes FAR TOO long to get where its going, and a few months later I'm not really sure where it went, although I have a vague recollection about kids under siege, vampires, a military experiment gone horribly wrong, wasteland wanderings in Humvees, a militia unit, a narrator who sounded tired most of the time, and …

    I recall being very frustrated listening to it. It took over a month to get through, and that long causes one to lose lots of continuity. Unlike a paper book, where you can flip 'n skim, you can't easily do that on your audio player. I'm SOOO glad I got it on sale for one credit.

    There is a GREAT synopsis on Wikipedia of the book. If it wasn't for that, I wouldn't know what I've missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19061)
    Performance
    (8879)
    Story
    (8911)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Excellent follow on; disturbing mature content."
    Overall

    WARNING - this is a story for mature audiences only - and I don't mean just age, I mean one's ability to realistically understand that there is a very dark side of the human soul and separate yourself from the descriptions/events in the story. Larsen captures this darkness vividly, and Salander is a phenomenal executioner of Laresn's ire.

    SL's series may be all the rave, and while the "crime/mystery/layers/plotting" is pretty darn good, the explicit details that get you there do get in the way. This novel moves much faster than Dragon Tattoo - that one drove me nuts until I reached the 1/2 way point, and then I furiously re-listened to get all o/t details. I am seriously on the fence about the third novel, though, because as others have commented the material is quite explicit.

    I don't agree w/ the common wisdom that this story stands on its own; w/o reading TGWTDT, it would be hard to slug through the abuse/sexual stuff, and you really would not appreciate many of the characters/scenes/events. After having listened to TGWTDT, the story is compelling, and an OUTSTANDING follow up / continuation.

    On the bright side, for someone in the USA: I've remarked to several people that listening to the book and the wonderful pronunciations / scene descriptions are like taking a vacation in Sweeden. After watching the first two movies, I can honestly say "That's what I thought XYZ would look like!"

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bill Baldwin's The Helmsman

    • ORIGINAL (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bill Baldwin
    • Narrated By Steve Cumming, full cast
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    One of the few survivors of a League sneak attack on his poor and miserable homeworld of Carescria, Wilf Brim sets out to settle the score. Were it not for the attrition from the war that followed, Wilf would never have escaped his lower-class status and been accepted into the Academy. Now, freshly graduated, young Sublieutenant Wilf Ansor Brim, Imperial Fleet, begins his first assignment, Helmsman of the I.F.S. Truculent.

    David says: "The Helmsman"
    "Good Adventure SF; well done dramatization"
    Overall

    This title caught my eye over a year ago, but I was skeptical at the price point, so it went on the Wish List. Next time I had a credit, I decided to give it a shot. The dramatization really adds to the military / adventure story in many ways. There's some splendid Foley work, nice background noise that goes with the scenes, and most (not all) of the voice acting is good. Then there's the love interest - rrr, rrr! There are a few "over the top" voices, and a few times when the background sounds should be lower, all true, but by and large this was worth the buy. I've listened to it twice now, and will likely listen a third time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chindi: Academy Series

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam, Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    The universe has been explored - and humanity has all but given up on finding other intelligent life. Then an alien satellite orbiting a distant star sends out an unreadable signal. Is it the final programmed gasp of an ancient, long-dead race? Or the first greeting of an undiscovered life form?

    Robert says: "Everything You Want in a Sci-Fi Novel"
    "All around a fun novel, narrated well!"
    Overall

    First - I really enjoyed Khristine Hvam's reading of the book. She does a very good job.
    Second - yes, there is far too much time spent on one of the plot points (the rescue operation, as noted by others) - but getting to the plot device is fun adventure with some decent suspense along the way.
    Third - if you can get past #2, Chindi is a pretty good adventure novel w/ some pretty interesting personalities in the characters, believable physics, a great heroine character with a catchy name (really, who names people "Hutch" these days? that's a hoot!)
    Fourth - I'm about 85% through, and really looking forward to the culmination of the books' namesake - what is the purpose of the Chindi?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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