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Santee, CA, USA | Member Since 2002

  • 38 reviews
  • 84 ratings
  • 403 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Catch the Lightning: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields

    In the distant future, the Skolian Empire rules one third of the human galaxy, and is the most powerful of all. For the ruling family has the power of telepathy, and through it, the ability to communicate faster than light, across interstellar space. But their most determined enemy, the traders, who thrive on human pain, need to interbreed with a Skolian to gain their powers. And now they have her.

    Lonna says: "Lots of technology, lots of romance"
    "Not nearly as good as Primary Inversion"

    I fully expected this novel to be in the same league as Primary Inversion, her first novel of the Skolian series..but it was really basically a gothic romance set in a future time. It did have a bit of science thrown in there...but mostly it was a tedious and tired romantic dreck of a novel and I was highly disappointed. Really a ridiculous book. I'll try Quantum Rose next, hopefully it will be more like Primary Inversion.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    karen says: "In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!"
    "excellent, gripping!"

    I really enjoyed this one. I didn't expect a murder mystery, for some reason I thought from the sketch it was sort of sci-fi (duh), but no matter, it was wonderfully written and well plotted, and the narrator was excellent too. I loved every minute of it.
    Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fire Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Kate Black-Regan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Accepting employment as a governess after hard times hit her family, medieval scholar Rosalind Hawkins is surprised when she learns that her mysterious employer has no children and only wants her to read to him through a speaking tube.

    Chelyn says: "Great story, poorly presented"
    "mixed feelings about this one"

    For some reason I thought it was sci-fi when I bought it. A few minutes into it and I thought 'uh oh gothic romance'. But it did grab me and I did enjoy it, although it was of course very predictable and I would have preferred a better ending. The narrator can't do voices, so everyone sounded the same, but she didn't irritate me. I will probably read some more from this author, mainly because I enjoy lighter material sometimes, and being immersed in a slower, less frantic world.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • My Stroke of Insight

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jill Bolte Taylor
    • Narrated By Jill Bolte Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In My Stroke of Insight, Taylor shares her unique perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery, and the sense of omniscient understanding she gained from this unusual and inspiring voyage out of the abyss of a wounded brain. It would take eight years for Taylor to heal completely. Because of her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and most of all an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world.

    Lisa says: "very, very illuminating!"
    "very, very illuminating!"

    This was a facinating book, because for the first time I was able to understand the source of self-chatter and other symptoms of my left brain, as well as why I sometimes get the "at one with the universe" feelings that I now understand are coming from my right brain. What a gift the brain truly is, and what a wonderful book. The author's experience reminds me of Eckhardt Tolle's description of what happened to him in his first book's preface; he may have gone through a mild version of this type of stroke.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Island in the Sea of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    During a perfect spring evening on Nantucket, a violent storm erupts and a dome of crawling, colored fire blankets the island. When the howling winds subside and the night skies clear, the stars appear to have shifted. The mainland has become a wilderness of unbroken forest, where tools of bronze and stone litter the beaches, and primitive natives scatter in terror.

    Kevin says: "Listen to this before "Dies the fire""
    "Loved this first book in the series...BUT:"

    I was totally hooked into this one, 25 hours of pure bliss, I couldn't get enough. Absolutely great writing, great narration, loved the plot lines, etc. BUT - of course I bought the rest of the series, "Against the Tide of Years" and "On the Oceans of Eternity" - and they were a lot harder for me to finish. This story did not need to be spread out as long as this, and the plot lines got very threadbare and bedraggled by the last 20 hours or so. The characters I originally met in "Island.." starting taking back seats or disappearing altogether. The bad guy from the island (Walker) is not around much in the 2nd book and disposed of in a very unsatifying way in the 3rd, and really most of the 2nd and the entire 3rd is just a waste of time, IMHO. Consider yourself warned - if you get bored in the middle of #2, you can just quit and you won't miss anything.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki

    As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last 25 years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, while immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

    Annette says: "Enchanting"
    "Pretty good!"

    I had a hard time getting into it because of so much digression into Slavic language issues, but I'm glad I stuck with it because it became very good. The characters were likable and the narrators were excellent. Orson Scott Card's writing has always seemed sort of 'off' to me, a peculiar sort of parallel-universe mind-set. I like some of his stuff and hate some of his stuff. Not sure how his rabid fans would like this one, but I enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ashes of Worlds: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The culminating volume in The Saga of Seven Suns weaves together the myriad story lines in a spectacular grand finale. Galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and the factions of humanity are pitted against one another. Heroes rise and enemies make their last stands in the climax of an epic tale eight years in the making. The Saga of Seven Suns is one of the most colorful and spectacular science-fiction epics of the past decade.

    David Arbogast says: "Satisfying Conclusion to a Great Series"
    "One of the best sci fi sagas ever written"

    Each and every book in this 7-book series has been totally engrossing. The writing style, the never-ending imagination, the characters, settings - just totally top-notch. I have to give the narrator credit for juggling multiple characters each with their own voice, and multiple races each with their own dialect. The only choice that threw me was using a British accent for the Ildirins...I would have thought a Chinese accent would have been more appropriate, given the nature of the race. I liked the guy who did the first 3 books better, but really not a big deal - the story just sucks you in so completely, it's all ok. YOU JUST CAN'T MISS THIS SERIES!!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blasphemy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

    Mary R says: "Enthralling!"
    "Loved it!"

    I thought this was a great action book, extremely entertaining and interesting. I'm surprised at some of the negative reviews - although I suppose the book would be pretty offensive to fundamentalist Christians.

    I thought the characterizations were just right, not too little, not too much for an action book. I only wish he had extended the end a bit more, and tied up some loose ends - what happened to the televangelist they jailed, and what were Kate's 2 missing years all about?

    This plot brings up some very disturbing facts about human nature, whether you worship a traditional God or Science or ?? It's that pesky worship thing that seems to cause a LOT of trouble.

    I LOVED this narrator, he was very skilled at subtly changing his voice for each character, and I thought he nailed the tone of the book perfectly.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Aftermath: Book Four of The Asteroid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stephen Hoye, and others

    When the spaceship Viking encounters a variety of adversaries in the Asteroid Belt - including a prospector and his family, a cyborg, the solar system's greatest sculptor, and an evil industrialist - a confrontation begins that transforms the human solar system.

    John says: "So Disappointing!"
    "excellent read"

    Love Ben Bova, loved this book, the characters are wonderful, the story engaging. The narrators were great, especially Stephen Hoye.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Timeline

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Modern science meets feudal France...dinosaurs still walk the Earth...a secret world of killer gorillas...only in a Michael Crichton thriller! Check out our full selection in our Crichton store!

    Charles Stembridge says: "Narrator"
    "Loved it!"

    Great story, absolutely wonderful narrator! The movie was a very, very pale imitation, so forget about the movie and read/listen to this book! I've listened to it twice!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Titan: A Tale of Cataclysmic Discovery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Gabrielle De Cuir, Stephen Hoye, Amanda Karr, and others

    Master storyteller Ben Bova continues his multi-volume "Grand Tour" saga chronicling humanity's exploration of near space with Titan, a fast-paced thriller focused on the first manned mission to the Solar System's most intriguing world. Skillfully blending high drama, passionate characters, and daring speculation with the latest discoveries from the current Cassini/Huygens probe of Saturn's moon, Bova has crafted a heart-stopping tale of epic adventure on mankind's next frontier.

    J. Carpenter says: "Great voice tallent wasted on a lame book"

    My favorite of the Grand Tour series, and I love them all. Great narrator, thank heavens he has done most of Bova's books. This book has more stuff happening in it than you can shake a stick at. I never wanted it to end, I just wanted it to go on and on forever. I wanted to be there!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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