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George

hopkinsville, KY, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Desolation Island: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 5

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend and surgeon Stephen Maturin sail the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts. Among them is a beautiful and dangerous spy - and a treacherous disease that decimates the crew.

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    George says: "good book"
    "good book"
    Overall

    I read this series several years ago, and when I say it available on Audible, I was very happy. I prefer unadbridged versions, but this one was abridged quite nicely, without taking away from the story. If you want to know what the sailors life was like during the late 1700's early 1800's this series of books is unsurpassed. I only give it 4 of 5 because: its abridged, and at 5 hours, it could be priced a little lower.
    Tim Pigott-Smith does a good job of narration, making the book enjoyable to listen to.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6155)
    Performance
    (5750)
    Story
    (5769)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "well written, and not predictable (in a good way)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Steelheart in three words, what would they be?

    kept my attention


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steelheart?

    reveal at end


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    did a good job keeping characters voice in sync. emotions verbalized well. no real complaints about his narration at all.


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

    some books take a while to catch your interest and hold it. This book did from the start.


    Any additional comments?

    I was unsure about this book - yeah, bad superhero type folks. How can this work? Well, the story is much more complex than that. very original, believable. The universe the author creates holds together quite well, give its uniqueness. The end is totally unpredictable, and not in a bad way with aliens invading earth at the last minute. 9 out of 10 books I can tell you how they are going to end. This one took me by surprise. Very enjoyable experience. I commute 3 hrs per day so have listened to a lot of books over the last 15 years. I would rate this one right up there with the best.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Drowning Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Caitlin R. Kiernan
    • Narrated By Suzy Jackson
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (200)

    India Morgan Phelps - Imp to her friends - is schizophrenic. Struggling with her perceptions of reality, Imp must uncover the truth about her encounters with creatures out of myth - or from something far, far stranger....

    Diane says: "A Modern Haunting"
    "did not finish this one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Drowning Girl better?

    coherent story? I kept waiting for a theme, or something to actually happen.


    What could Caitlin R. Kiernan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    i am really not sure. it reminded me of my wife droning on to me about doing yardwork, cleaning the garage, emptying the dishwasher, etc.. until I just tuned it out....


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

    i enjoyed the narrator - it is the only reason i made it about half way thru the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    dissapointment. I like all the neal gaeman stories, and hoped this would be some type of derevitive. I never connected with this book, character, or anything else.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Deepness in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (243)

    After thousands of years searching, humans stand on the verge of first contact with an alien race. There are two human groups: the Qeng Ho, a culture of free traders, and the Emergents, a ruthless society based on the technological enslavement of minds.The group that opens trade with the aliens will reap unimaginable riches.

    Amen-Ra says: "A science fiction classic"
    "origional story line, good naration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to A Deepness in the Sky the most enjoyable?

    the universe it creates is complete, and somewhat origional for a sci fi book. I listen to a lot of books, and prefer classic sci fi, and this fit that vein. characters were well fleshed out, believable, and you could actually care about them and remember them from day to day. I cannot say that about some books i listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Deepness in the Sky?

    The alien side of the story.


    What about Peter Larkin’s performance did you like?

    He is a good reader, never taking away from the book. I think he could use more inflection in different characters, but that is a minor observation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    good guys win?


    Any additional comments?

    The book starts out in full narration. After the first hour, I still did not have a clue where this was going, and contemplated not listening further. I gave it another hour, and things started coming together. making sense. I would encourage the listener to hang in there, as he book is worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunted

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Brian Haig
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    In 1987, Alex Konevitch was thrown out of Moscow University for "indulging his entrepreneurial spirit." But by 1991, he was worth $300 million. On track to become Russia's wealthiest man, he makes one critical mistake: he hires the former deputy director of the KGB to handle his corporate security. And then his world begins to fall apart.

    F. Hayek says: "Superb"
    "Decent, but not his best"
    Overall

    I have been a big fan of Brian's books (Drummond series) and was happy to try this book. For me, this book just did not have the cohesiveness of his Drummond books. I found myself saying 'There is not way the character could possibly make this decision, given the plot line to this point' several times. About half way thru, a brand new cast of characters are introduced. This took me by surprise, as I was already struggling to continue. The last third of the book picks up pace again, and comes to a somewhat satisfying conclusion. This is definitely not a listen to twice book. Once, OK. Just don't expect this to be as good as his previous books.
    Scott Brick does his usual efficient narration. Unlike another reviewer, I kind of liked his russian accent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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