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W.

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  • The Drop: A Harry Bosch Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (129)

    Harry Bosch is facing the end of the line. He's been put on the DROP - Deferred Retirement Option Plan - and given three years before his retirement is enforced. Seeing the end of the mission coming, he's anxious for cases. He doesn't have to wait long. First a cold case gets a DNA hit for a rape and murder which points the finger at a 29-year-old convicted rapist who was only eight at the time of the murder.

    Lia says: "Classic Harry Bosch"
    "Masterful Rankin"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Drop to be better than the print version?

    Not necessarily. Rankin's books tend to be complicated and sometimes referring back helps.


    Have you listened to any of Len Cariou’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He does an excellent Rebus


    Any additional comments?

    Rankin writes books that feel real. In this one I really felt authenticity of the small towns around Edinburgh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Ocean of Night: Galactic Center, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Gregory Benford
    • Narrated By Maxwell Caulfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (151)

    It is 2019. NASA astronaut Nigel Walmsley is sent on a mission to intercept a rogue asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Ordered to destroy it, he instead discovers that it is actually the shell of a derelict space probe - a wreck with just enough power to emit a single electronic signal….

    Michale says: "Very Different from "Hunger for the Infinite""
    "Not what I expected"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of In the Ocean of Night to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version


    Has In the Ocean of Night turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I've read and enjoyed a number of similar "intercept the alien craft" titles. This one seemed a bit disjointed.


    What about Maxwell Caulfield’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No. it was very difficult to identify with any of the characters and the scenes seemed very superficial.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man: Burton & Swinburne, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    It is 1862, though not the 1862 it should be. Time has been altered, and Sir Richard Francis Burton, the king's agent, is one of the few people who know that the world is now careening along a very different course from that which Destiny intended. When a clockwork-powered man of brass is found abandoned in Trafalgar Square, Burton and his assistant, the wayward poet Algernon Swinburne, find themselves on the trail of the stolen Garnier Collection of black diamonds.

    Brian Rygaard Jensen says: "Book one surprised, book two astounds"
    "Particularly liked the Volkswagen Beetle"
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    Good story though the plot line is mostly transparent. Love the way historical figures are woven in and re-interpreted in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack: Burton & Swinburne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Sir Richard Francis Burton is an explorer, linguist, scholar, and swordsman. His reputation has been tarnished, his career is in tatters, and his former partner is missing and probably dead. Algernon Charles Swinburne is an unsuccessful poet and follower of de Sade, for whom pain is pleasure and brandy is ruin. The two men are sucked into the perilous depths of this moral and ethical vacuum, when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women.

    Simon says: "bloody brilliant"
    "{Spoiler} Good story but somewhat obvious at times"
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    Great setting and very well described. The time-travel idea was pretty obvious from the start. Loved the fact that the bad guys were well known personalities from science.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3087)
    Performance
    (2883)
    Story
    (2891)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "Don't Bother"
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    I saw other reviews that had lambasted the work but I thought I would try it. I tried more than once to listen to this book but the flippant tone just didn't work for me. It felt very false - I just couldn't identify with any of the characters nor could I immerse myself in the situations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2018)
    Performance
    (1679)
    Story
    (1694)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Unexpected twists and turns"
    Overall
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    The story is good even though it took a totally unexpected path. I'm not sure the bit about the Lindblad Confederation that bookends the story actually added anything to it.

    It wasn't an unstoppable page-turner (I read two other books at the same time) and the "dogs" and their gristle-ship were difficult to accept even within the book's universe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3669)
    Performance
    (3359)
    Story
    (3369)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Good but sometimes forced"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's easy reading but not very deep.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Riggs - the other characters are merely background


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Apocalypse and Satan's Glory Hole

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy W. Long, Jonathan Moon
    • Narrated By Guy Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Armageddon arrived on a weekday, which was really inconvenient for a lot of people, including The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. After their appearance on The Kayla Mangrabler talk show, they decided to go their separate ways and cause as much havoc as possible. Jesus has been stuck at the craps table for three days, sipping vodka and Red Bull, completely missing the end of the world. But he is about to meet up with Death and go on a road trip that will test their resolve and their blood alcohol content.

    Erik says: "You'll either Love it or hate it...."
    "Total waste of time"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone recently lobotomised might get some enjoyment from it.

    I couldn't even finish the first chapter.


    What was most disappointing about Timothy W. Long and Jonathan Moon ’s story?

    It fell flat right from the second sentence.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator did an admirable job with the trash he was given to read


    What character would you cut from The Apocalypse and Satan's Glory Hole?

    All of them


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Coyote Destiny: A Novel of Interstellar Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Allen Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (107)

    The arrival of a ship from Earth after their long isolation from their home world leaves the inhabitants of Coyote both hopeful and wary. The lone passenger brings news - both good and bad.The good news is that there was a survivor of the long-ago explosion of the Robert E. Lee and he is living still on Earth, in the ruined city called Boston. The bad news is that the person responsible for that act of terrorism is also still alive - and somewhere on Coyote.

    Dennis says: "OK I'm Converted!"
    "How to start a religion"
    Overall
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Coyote Destiny?

    The comparisons to the story of Jesus - carpenter, group of disciples at a small fishing village, martyrdom


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

    Enjoyed every moment of it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Falls: An Inspector Rebus Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    A student has gone missing in Edinburgh - completely out of character. She's not just any student, though, but the daughter of extremely well-to-do and influential bankers. There's almost nothing to go on until Detective Inspector John Rebus gets an unmistakable gut feeling that there's more to this than just another runaway spaced out on unaccustomed freedom or worse.

    W. says: "Another Masterful Rankin"
    "Another Masterful Rankin"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Falls the most enjoyable?

    Rebus is a very real character. At times you like him, at others you hate him.


    What does Samuel Gillies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His accent isn't overpowering - it works well for all the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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