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Thomas

Wauwatosa, WI, United States

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10
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Embassytown

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (633)

    China Miéville doesn’t follow trends, he sets them. Relentlessly pushing his own boundaries as a writer—and in the process expanding the boundaries of the entire field—with Embassytown, Miéville has crafted an extraordinary novel that is not only a moving personal drama but a gripping adventure of alien contact and war. In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that only a few altered human ambassadors can speak....

    D says: "must hear to fully appreciate."
    "A bit of "work" but worth it...great narration too"
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    I like this kind of sci-fi: re-write the rules and setting for what is possible, yet keep us "mere humans" engaged with the parallels to our own reality (politics, community, transcending barriers, etc.). This audible book was "work" for me...a few times I thought about canceling the book and taking a credit, but there was an underlying draw to the subject matter ("language") that permeated my waking hours and I'd check in for "just a bit more" and it would lead me further down the rabbit hole. You have to pay attention! I've heard China Mieville's books could be challenging, and now I know what that means. Near the beginning of the book, I actually downloaded a sample of the Kindle book and read it the old(new) fashioned way which rekindled (yup, pun) my interest in the audible book. Something about reading it slowed down my intake of info and I enjoyed lingering on the images and style of the writer. My son told me about it and I first suggested he read it, not listen...but the narrator is so darn good (I'm now a fan). I persevered and felt very much rewarded for my "efforts". Had to go back several times if, I were listening while driving, or other hands-busy-mind-free task, I didn't pay enough attention to the story. I loved the concept and the audible reward when "language" was referred to with dual sounds--first time I heard it, it game me mental goosebumps. Grand scope of a book that covers a basic problem: communication between sentient beings. Will rest my brain and perhaps check out some of China's other books.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Children of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian Tchaikovsky
    • Narrated By Mel Hudson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10259)
    Performance
    (9553)
    Story
    (9531)

    Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

    Simon says: "A very pleasant surprise"
    "Satisfying Sci-fi!"
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    Book had a lot of great elements that in my opinion make for a good science fiction story: Some space travel, multi species perspectives (and conflict/process), computer/ai stuff... not so much like "Ender's Game" books, but still reminded me of how much and why I liked that series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2331)
    Performance
    (2055)
    Story
    (2008)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Mel says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "Dave, Clete (& James Lee Burke) still have it!"
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    Not going to expound just saying I really enjoyed this one more so than some in the series which I diligently have kept up with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2905)
    Performance
    (1477)
    Story
    (1481)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    John says: "God help me if I outlive James Lee Burke"
    "Elusive Story for me..."
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    Love the series, enjoy the characters, swap between reading or listening. The other reviews get into the reasons why many fans' reviews were lower. I agree with the more of the same theme. but also the story just didn't keep me drawn in. Will Patton's narration kept me in for the duration. I'll keep going, but glad this one is checked off my list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18668)
    Performance
    (16720)
    Story
    (16687)

    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

    Judy says: "Unforgettable! I loved this story!"
    "120% Speed helped..."
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    Long car trip and chose this to satisfy two people...I thought it dragged a bit, took a long time to advance story, brought up good points then danced around them. My wife enjoyed it a bit more. We set audible speed at 120% which gave it a little boost. An OK book, not compelling, but interesting enough to hear it through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hate U Give

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Angie Thomas
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13867)
    Performance
    (12950)
    Story
    (12911)

    Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

    Michael - Audible says: "What a story!"
    "Good Book..."
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    I thought it was a good book if not a great book but I enjoyed the audible performance and it kept me listening.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34747)
    Performance
    (32162)
    Story
    (32177)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Don't Get Killed By This Place"
    "Fine story that bogged in details for me..."
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    I enjoyed the book from the beginning then I felt a bit bogged down by lots of detail that didn't feel like it advanced the story that much. I hung in there and was glad for resolution with some interesting developments near the end but not the page turner that I was hoping for.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Egg

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
    Overall
    (2604)
    Performance
    (2406)
    Story
    (2405)

    You were on your way home when you died.It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.And that’s when you met me." A short story about the universe.

    AudioBook Reviewer says: "Weir is a master of putting words together."
    "Rich content well delivered."
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    I loved the book "The Martian" and was very anxious to read anything else he had written. This little gem gave me another dose of great story telling. Didn't use a credit but busted out a few bucks to reward myself with a quality listening experience.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Tom Ryan
    • Narrated By Tom Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (390)

    A middle-aged, overweight, and acrophobic newspaper editor Tom Ryan and a little dog, Atticus M. Finch, are an unlikely pair of mountaineers, but after a close friend dies of cancer, the two pay tribute to her by attempting to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire's four-thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter. Tom and Atticus set out on an adventure of a lifetime that takes them across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. Little did they know that their most difficult test would lie ahead, after they returned home. Following Atticus is ultimately a story of transformation....

    Douglas C. Bates says: "A True Story of Personal Transformation"
    "Inspiring and yet also tiring at times."
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    Enjoyed the overall concept and it was an inspiring story to hear of taking on those challenges and enjoying the various rewards from the hikes. Thing is, I started to get a little annoyed at just how much the author attributed extra ordinary powers of perception and understanding to Atticus. No I was enjoying it, I was done before the book was but I did stick it out. I would think the more you love dogs (have one, do, but short of Tom's intensity ) and pets the more you will buy into the full story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8758)
    Performance
    (7362)
    Story
    (7361)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    SomervilleWhereElse says: "Amazingly contemporary"
    "Entertaining, thought provoking & great narration"
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    I purchased the book because of good reviews and that I am a fan of Will Patton's narration. I also like stories about regular folk who "rise to their potential." This book satisfied on both counts. The post-war scenario was very believable and rather timeless in what was lost and how people coped. Characters were interesting and Will Patton did a great job giving them "personality." Also, after listening to several 20+ hour books, it was nice to have a more concise story to enjoy (so I can go on to the next good listen!).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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