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C. Hartmann

New York, NY

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  • Stealing Light: Shoal, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gary Gibson
    • Narrated By Charlie Norfolk
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (138)

    In the 25th century, only the Shoal possess the secret of faster-than-light travel (FTL), giving them absolute control over all trade and exploration throughout the galaxy. Mankind has operated within their influence for two centuries, establishing a dozen human colony worlds scattered along Shoal trade routes. Dakota Merrick, while serving as a military pilot, has witnessed atrocities for which this alien race is responsible.

    C. Hartmann says: "Cool character & plot ! Do you like Chase Colpath?"
    "Cool character & plot ! Do you like Chase Colpath?"
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    Smart tough female lead character. Fairly hard sci-fi. I always wonder, with the great success of Jack McDevitt's character Chase Kolpath and Weber's Honor Harrington, why there aren't more tough female leads in sci-fi. Look at what Neal Stephenson has been able to do at times. I'm also a sucker for great narration. I haven't heard Charlie Norfolk narrate before -- but what a great talent. This starts in three plots that come together....and when they do it is a real fast ride.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Dark: Alexis Carew, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By J.A. Sutherland
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Klett
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    At 15, Alexis Carew has to face an age old problem - she's a girl, and only a boy can inherit the family's vast holdings. Her options are few. She must marry and watch a stranger run the lands, or become a penniless tenant and see the lands she so dearly loves sold off. Yet there may be another option, one that involves becoming a midshipman on a shorthanded spaceship with no other females.

    LJM VO says: "I LOVED THIS STORY"
    "Fun and Well Performed"
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    I was asked to recommend a sci-fi space adventure book for a mid-teen niece. I considered Kris Longknife, both of Jack McDevitt's series, Honor Harrington and others -- but then decided to see if there was anything new. Enter a kinder version of "Master and Commander". It stars Alexis Carew. Mix equal parts of 15-year old young lady and VERY English delivery and you have "Into the Dark." I intended to listen to just a little to give it a test, but stayed until the end. Nothing 'high concept' just a "lad goes to the stars" genre but with a clever female lead. Fun.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jane Casey
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (123)

    The Burning Man. It’s the name the media has given a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of London’s parks. And now there’s a fifth.Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy clouds her judgment, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, the more determined Maeve becomes to find the killer.

    Valerie says: "Great listen, good story, adaptive narrator"
    "What is Better than Book 1 in a Series You Like ??"
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    Jane Casey has done something difficult. . .successfully created a character who follows in the footsteps of Jane Tennison (Prime Suspect) and Anna Travis while establishing her own identity. The plots are clever, the dialogue smart and the narration superb. If you enjoy British police procedurals this is a wonderful series !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Backlash

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lynda La Plante
    • Narrated By Kim Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Late at night on a notorious high-rise estate in the London Borough of Hackney, a white van is being driven erratically. The driver is pulled over by the police and questioned. A woman on the street after a long night of drinking never makes it home. A suspect, an arrest, a confession - a case closed? Five years earlier, a thirteen-year-old girl disappeared in broad daylight on a busy London street.

    C. Hartmann says: "One of the best of the series"
    "One of the best of the series"
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    They just keep getting better! As Anna matures so do the plots. Police procedurals at their best. I also like the narrator greatly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3723)
    Performance
    (3344)
    Story
    (3346)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spoiler-free review below - Amazing book!"
    "An Extraordinary Listen"
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    This is an extraordinary matching of a wonderful story and superb performance. In an allegorical story that is as definitional and startling as "A Canticle for Leibowitz" was in the 1960's, this book re-imagines and provides an articulate perspective on the entire Zombie sub-genre. (This comes from a reader who does not like 99% of the MANY derivative Zombie stories at all. DO NOT pass this over because of the nominal subject matter.) Moreover, unlike Leibowitz, this is an almost immediately accessible and enjoyable listen from the very first page. Don't listen to this because it is an important book--although it is--do so because it is engaging, powerful and downright fun. The performance is exceptional as well. The use of the voice of a young girl to provide the over-story is brilliant and humanizing. The questions raised seem so simple, but are engrossing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Home

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Jennifer VanDyck
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Thousands of years ago, artifacts of the early space age were lost to rising oceans and widespread turmoil. Garnett Baylee devoted his life to finding them, only to give up hope. Then, in the wake of his death, one was found in his home, raising tantalizing questions. Had he succeeded after all? Why had he kept it a secret? And where is the rest of the Apollo cache? Antiquities dealer Alex Benedict and his pilot, Chase Kolpath, have gone to Earth to learn the truth.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Respectable, double action mystery sci-fi"
    "Not the Best of the Series, But Good"
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    If you like McDevitt you will like this book. It is not his best, and God knows the books in this series do not move quickly. But it is fun and the premises are both clever.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andromeda's War: A Novel of the Legion of the Damned

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By William C. Dietz
    • Narrated By Isabelle Gordon
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    In Andromeda's War, his heroine will face her ultimate test - as a battle-scarred legionnaire and as an innocent young woman who once lost everything... Now a platoon leader, Legionnaire Andromeda McKee seems to have successfully left behind her true identity of Lady Catherine "Cat" Carletto, one of the last two surviving members of the Carletto family targeted for death by Empress Ophelia. After failing at her one shot at vengeance, Andromeda had been questioning her own resolve.

    Ben says: "Does it end here?"
    "A Slightly Different Direction in Legion Series"
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    As this is the umpteenth "Legion of the Damned" book, you will either like the series or not. If you have not read the series and like military sci-fi it is a must read, but don't start here. Go back, read the first two. If you have read the series, this continues the Cat/Andromeda arc well. She is growing in complexity and depth. As is the case with many of these Legion books, the destination is not that important -- it is all about the journey. There is a little more thinking and a little less fighting. It feels like almost an interlude, but it was quite enjoyable,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8105)
    Performance
    (7059)
    Story
    (7054)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    M. Davis says: "Classic Nora - Outstanding!!!!"
    "Quite the Heroine -- very enjoyable"
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    Let me begin by saying that I'm a guy....and that I don't read that many mysteries. But to broaden my horizons I've been consciously trying to read more female-lead science fiction recently, and have enjoyed it. I've been trying to read mysteries and police procedurals as well. So I decided to try a strong female-lead mystery. The lead character is quite a bit of fun -- very smart and pleasantly different. The story, while not tremendously complex, is interesting. But reading a book that is DEFINATELY written from the female perspective with the amount of romance involved was a surprise. In the end, I think it helped me "get" my wonderful wife of many years (also a constant reader) a little better....and for that alone it was worth the time. I will probably not read more by this author, although I enjoyed this, and would read another about this particular character -- not because it isn't good -- but more because I'm somewhat limited as a reader. It is unfortunate to say that, but I think it is true. Odd review, huh?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Abyss Beyond Dreams: Chronicle of the Fallers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (983)
    Performance
    (884)
    Story
    (888)

    The year is 3326. Nigel Sheldon, one of the founders of the Commonwealth, receives a visit from the Raiel - self-appointed guardians of the Void, the enigmatic construct at the core of the galaxy that threatens the existence of all that lives. The Raiel convince Nigel to participate in a desperate scheme to infiltrate the Void. Once inside, Nigel discovers that humans are not the only life-forms to have been sucked into the Void. The humans trapped there are afflicted by an alien species of biological mimics.

    C. Hartmann says: "Intersection of the Void and Commonwealth - Super"
    "Intersection of the Void and Commonwealth - Super"
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    John Lee is the best narrator ever and the Hamilton Commonwealth/Void series is one of the best Meta-Space Operas ever Nice combination. If you have followed our various storylines in and out of the Void you will have to read this. If not, you will not get it. But can I make a suggestion? Go back and start with "Pandora's Star"....I envy you the journey.

    Pandora's Star (2004), ISBN 0-330-49331-0
    Judas Unchained (2005), ISBN 0-330-49353-1
    The Dreaming Void (2007), ISBN 978-1-4050-8880-0
    The Temporal Void (2008), ISBN 978-1-4050-8883-1
    The Evolutionary Void (2010), ISBN 978-0-345-49657-7
    The Abyss Beyond Dreams (2014) (This one)
    The Night Without Stars (TBA)

    72 of 72 people found this review helpful
  • Heartsick

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (293)

    Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent 10 years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer. But in the end, she was the one who caught him. Two years ago, Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for 10 days, but instead of killing him, she mysteriously decided to let him go.

    Karen says: "Entertaining Listen"
    "How Did I Miss This Series ?"
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    OK....I admit it, I'm more likely to read Sci-Fi or Non-Fiction history than mysteries. But I have read all of the Dexter/Hannibal Lechter/Scarpetta books. And every Summer I take some time off to try to find a few non-Sci-Fi audiobooks. How did I miss these? What a clever premise. What a smart writer. I guarantee you will like this if you can take the rough imagery (it is a sadistic serial killer after all.) Just try the first hour....hooked. Good narrator as well !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4724)
    Performance
    (4212)
    Story
    (4214)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Unexpectedly Good"
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    I wanted to take some time off from science fiction -- so I went to the "police procedurals" list on Audible and looked for the highest rated book with more than a few ratings. This was it -- and for good reason. I've read Crais before, but this seemed to be particularly good. Do not read it if you don't like dogs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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