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  • Blood Ties Book One: The Turning

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Armintrout
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (973)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (307)

    I'm no coward. I want to make that perfectly clear. But after my life turned into a horror movie, I take fear a lot more seriously now. I finally became Dr. Carrie Ames just eight months ago. Then I was attacked in the hospital morgue by a vampire. Just my luck.

    David says: "Meh"
    "Vampire potboiler crap!"
    Overall

    I had read a bunch of "glowing" reviews of this book on Amazon.com but I should have known they were plants. This book is poorly written vampire porn. The narrator is decent enough until she tries to do voices other than the main characters and then she becomes a cartoon. Also, if hot vampire sex is your bag, be prepared to just get teased for at least half the book before getting your cheesey pay off.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17244)
    Performance
    (15317)
    Story
    (15270)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Thank you"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    The narration was top notch.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for everything Mr. King, I have consistently enjoyed you books over the years, all the ups and downs. This book was one of the best.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Directive 51

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Barnes
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Heather O’Grainne is the assistant secretary in the Office of Future Threat Assessment, investigating rumors surrounding something called “Daybreak.” Part philosophic discussion, part international terrorist faction, and part artists’ movement, it’s a group of diverse people with radical ideas who have only one thing in common — their hatred for the Big System and their desire to take it down. Until Heather can determine whether these people are all talk and no action, she wants to keep this information from going public.

    Amazon Customer says: "Very disappointing, don't waste your credit."
    "Unexpectedly Bad"
    Overall

    I have greatly enjoyed past books by John Barnes, notably, "The Mother Of Storms" and "Finity" (both not on audio, sadly). This book was a complete mess and a true struggle to get all of the way through. It follows the standard End of the World/Civilisation is Shattered storyline but slaps you with a wildly implausible cause. The characters are two dimensional, cliche'd and at no point did I begin to identify or care about them. The story spirals into an overly political mish-mash which comes off as a whiney high school slap-fight. The author tries to take a middle of the road approach politically, but caracaturizes both liberal and conservative sides into fringe stereotypes of the worst kind. The narrator amplifies the stilted prose into grueling aural assault. I was excited at first to be able to listen to a book by an author I had liked so much in the past...now I am just sad.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Perdido Street Station

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (275)

    Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores.

    James says: "Brilliant, wonderful book -- horrible recording"
    "The New Weird"
    Overall

    An excellent book and excellent narration. One of the freshest novels I have read in a long time, chock full of imagination and intricate world building.
    While I agree that Audible's files are flawed, this is not a forum for tech support. Contact Audible directly.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4063)
    Performance
    (2388)
    Story
    (2425)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Excellent listen!"
    Overall

    My first Peter F. Hamilton book and I was most pleasantly surprised. Big story, lots of characters, interesting and novel ideas all woven together with a talented hand. Looking forward to listening to the sequel and any future books by this author. Remember, when judging a book by the reviews, click on the review writer's name to see what they thought of other books, it can be very enlightening.

    39 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • Mainspring

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jay Lake
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Mainspring is the story of a young clockmaker's apprentice, who is visited by the Archangel Gabriel. He is told that he must take the Key Perilous and rewind the Mainspring of the Earth. It is running down, and disaster to the planet will ensue if it's not rewound. From innocence and ignorance to power and self-knowledge, the young man will make the long and perilous journey to the South Polar Axis to fulfill the commandment of his God.

    Richard Stufflebeam says: "Journy well started, but unfullfiled"
    "Steampunk on ice"
    Overall

    This book left me rather cold and it was like slogging through quicksand to get all the way through to the end. Unless you count "The Difference Engine" by Gibson and Sterling, this is the first Steampunk book I have read and while I think the concept is interesting and full of potential this novel did not realize my hopes. There is some fairly graphic interspecies sex in the third act that hits you very suddenly. I know I have mentioned such things in other reviews and I am not a prude, but sometimes it seems that (much like in movies) such scenes are added in merely for the sake of sex and have nothing whatsoever to do with the progression of the story which was....boring.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Brigades

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2005)
    Performance
    (1430)
    Story
    (1443)

    The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

    wendy says: "Great story"
    "A good sequel"
    Overall

    A fun listen and worthy successor to "Old Man's War". Scalzi writes his books with a very Heinlein'esque feel...in a good way.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • 2012: The War for Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Whitley Strieber
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (59)

    A mysterious alien presence unexpectedly bursts out of sacred sites all over the world and begins to rip human souls from their bodies, plunging the world into a chaos it has never before known. Courage meets cowardice; loyalty meets betrayal as an entire world struggles to survive this incredible end-all war. Heroes emerge, villains reveal themselves, and in the end, something completely new and unexpected happens that at once lifts the fictional characters into a new life and sounds a haunting real-world warning for the future.

    Patrick says: "Meh..."
    "Decent..."
    Overall

    ...but not spectacular. I was really hoping for a sequel to Strieber's previous novel "The Grays" which I very much enjoyed. This books touches on some slightly similar concepts but overall wasn't as directed and seemed a bit silly. Perhaps silly is too harsh. I did enjoy the listen, I guess it's just a case of the book not being what I wanted it to be and that is my fault, not the author's.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moving Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Sharon Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Mars is a colonial world governed by corporate interests on Earth. The citizens of Mars are hardworking, brave, and intelligent, but held back by their lack of access to the best education, and the desire of Earthly powers to keep the best inventions for themselves. The young Martians - the second and third generation born on Mars - have little loyalty to Earth and a strong belief that their planet can be independent.

    A User says: "One of my favorites"
    "One of my favorites"
    Overall

    This has always been one of my favorite books and I was very happy that Audible added it to it's library (the original tapes were dual track and had terrible sound quality). Greg Bear is one of those hard science authors that can write compelling believable characters and not bury you under a high tech facade. The science itself is amazing and high concept. Bear tends to write more contemporary, near future Scifi these days and I love his books, but Moving Mars is top form traditional Scifi.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3612)
    Performance
    (2577)
    Story
    (2604)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Fun and entertaining"
    Overall

    A bit Starship Troopers, a bit Forever War and a big chunk of originality. Scalzi doesn't bury you with the science(not that I personally have a problem with that), he just writes a good book.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Quantico

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    It's the second decade of the 21st century, and terrorism has escalated almost beyond control. The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem has been blown to bits by extremists, and, in retaliation, thousands have died in another major attack on the United States. The War on Terror has reached a deadly stalemate. Now the FBI has been dispatched to deal with a new menace: a plague targeted to ethnic groups, Jews or Muslims or both, has the potential to wipe out entire populations.

    A User says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    As usual, Greg Bear delivers a well written novel, full of interesting ideas and well rounded, intelligent characters (that you actually care about). Very good narration and pacing. I hope that Audible acquires some of Bear's other works such as Moving Mars and Forge of God.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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