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Phyllis

Phyllis Ahmadia

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  • Micro: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton, Richard Preston
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (775)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (675)

    In a locked Honolulu office building, three men are found dead with no sign of struggle except for the ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye. In the lush forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting. Trillions of microorganisms, tens of thousands of bacteria species, are being discovered; they are feeding a search for priceless drugs and applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined.

    Amanda says: "Honey, I Shrunk Your I.Q."
    "What a dissapointment"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is the first time I've ever written a review although I've listened to


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston again?

    NO


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Bedford Lloyd’s performances?

    NO


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Micro?

    I would have tightened up the whole plot, stop pretending I knew Hawaii, and stop spinning the talk back and forth as often on the time line to allow for more character development.


    Any additional comments?

    So sadly disappointing, especially from Preston. He broke my heart with this one.
    Retired attorney, university lecturer and avid reader/listener from Hilo, Hawaii

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Crime at Black Dudley: An Albert Campion Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Margery Allingham
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    When George Abbershaw is invited to Black Dudley Manor for the weekend, he has only one thing on his mind - proposing to Meggie Oliphant. Unfortunately for George, things don't quite go according to plan. A harmless game turns decidedly deadly and suspicions of murder take precedence over matrimony. Trapped in a remote country house with a murderer, George can see no way out. But Albert Campion can.

    majkia says: "The very beginnings of the Campion adventures"
    "The narrator ruined this for me"
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    Would you try another book from Margery Allingham and/or David Thorpe?

    I have enjoyed Allingham over the years, usually in paperback. I decided to try a couple of novels in audio. I am glad I tried two because had I only listened to Thorpe's narration I would not have bought any additional books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Allingham always has some fun as well as intrigue in her books. Her plots are usually a little more complex than many of the English cottage mystery writers. Campion is a character who grows on you much like Lord Peter Wimsey.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    While we know that Campion, like Lord Peter, puts on a facade of sorts - looking to appear the fool when he is not, this narrator made him sound like a hysterical alley cat. Other times he has him "twitter". I was so annoyed. I can't imagine anyone enjoying Campion with this voice attached. Fortunately I had bought one with another narrator at the same time and was pleased. Its too bad that most of the audio editions use Thorpe. I am not that picky about narrators compared to most, although I have my favorites like most listeners. This is the first time I have boycotted a narrator for reasons other than difficulty in understanding an accent, etc.
    If you want to read Campion, make sure you try one of the books with another narrator and then you will at least understand the main character before you hear Thorpe destroy him.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I hope there are some other versions of the series with a different narrator. Otherwise I'll limit myself to non Thorpe narrations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Valentine's Rising: The Vampire Earth, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By E. E. Knight
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, E. E. Knight
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (161)

    Ozark Free Territory, 2071: The Kurian Order has reigned for 50 years. Using the dreaded power of their Reaper avatars, the alien, vampiric Kur hold dominion over the Earth and its inhabitants. Yet there are those who would rather die fighting than surrender to the unquenchable thirst of the enemy - those like David Valentine .

    Rick says: "More of the same - but that's a good thing!"
    "A Solid Series, Well worth the credit(s)!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Well written and well performed sci fi. Although the plot is old (aliens having taken over the earth and the survivors continue the battle), this series was pretty refreshing. Good characters, intelligent story telling that doesn't drag, reasonably good balance of action and character development. Its not a five star, but worth the credits as the series will provide you with many hours of entertainment. Definitely recommend starting with book one of the series for best reading/listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rising Tides: Destroyermen, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1101)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (785)

    Stuck in an alternate universe during World War II, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy of the U.S.S. Walker has found an unlikely but invaluable ally in Commodore Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy. And now they are united in their desire to hunt down the traitor who abducted two women both men would die to protect: Reddy's love, nurse Sandra Tucker, and young Princess Rebecca of the New British Empire. But first they have a new battle to win. However, this battle will not be fought with broadsides and broadswords, but with cunning and intrigue.

    DAVID says: "Each book in this series is better than the last!"
    "A Highly Entertaining Series, one of my favorites!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Who doesn't love a great series that is imaginative, well written, with wonderful characters and lots of action? i listen or read two or three books a week and am always on the lookout for good, entertaining series. These characters are so vivid that I become totally enveloped in the alternative world. Imaginative entertainment for adults. Well produced and well worth the credits for the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invincible: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2297)
    Performance
    (2072)
    Story
    (2091)

    Admiral John "Black Jack" Geary earned his rank after being revived from cryogenic sleep to lead the Alliance to victory against the Syndicate Worlds. But his superiors question his loyalty to the regime. Now in command of the First Fleet, Geary is tasked with exploring the frontier beyond Syndic space, a mission he fears deliberately puts the fleet--and himself--in harm's way. An encounter with the alien enigmas confirms Geary's fears.

    Aser Tolentino says: "There is Still a Need for Black Jack"
    "For Light Space Opera, this series is a winner"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is an entertaining series with good characters, space battles, and lots of action. Sometimes these space opera type series get too bogged down with political intrigue, etc. but the author strikes an excellent balance that keeps the story moving along. I read a great deal of serious material for work and appreciate being able to escape with some light listening that still doesn't insult my intelligence. Worth the credit for all the books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Gate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Johnathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (739)

    Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god-king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all - Narmer's crown - might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer's is the elusive crown of the two Egypts.

    Amanda says: "Reliable Entertainment for Child Fans"
    "A Bit Contrived But Probably Worth the Credit"
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    Any additional comments?

    The basic underlying plot was a bit hokey. Yet this author always delivers good characters, a smooth and entertaining narrative. Found the setting interesting but just felt the storyline was too contrived and fell short of the author's usual standards. This may insult some people's intelligence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lifeblood: The Vampire Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By P. N. Elrod
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (86)

    Jack Fleming was an investigative journalist in Prohibition-era Chicago until he got shot by an unknown assassin, bitten by his vampire girlfriend, and then became one of the undead. Now, this nice-guy nosferatu has a bunch of crazy vampire hunters on his trail, armed with crosses, silver bullets, and sharp wooden stakes. He doesn't know how they found out about him or why they are "out for his blood," but it's not a problem for this street-wise gumshoe, until someone starts shooting.

    Chenda451 says: "Awesome detective story"
    "Vampire Files are good entertainment"
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    Any additional comments?

    The Vampire files are typical P N Elrod: light escapism without insulting your intelligence. The hero's character is charming, the other main characters interesting, and the story was never boring. A good listen and worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redoubtable: Kris Longknife, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (276)

    Lieutenant Commander Kris Longknife has precise orders: seek out, engage, and destroy pirates, slavers, and drug lords operating beyond the rim of human space - without interfering in Peterwald family affairs. But when slavers kidnap a 12-year-old girl, Kris's mission becomes personal. And if destroying the pirate compound flattens some Peterwald interests - well, to hell with politics.

    Solomon says: "Call it a "bridge" in the series"
    "I can't believe I enjoy this series so much"
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    Would you listen to Redoubtable again? Why?

    I am always looking for entertaining series that are easy to listen to and provide some escapism from academia and the evening news. The Kris Longknife books, while not cerebrally demanding are fun, creative and just good value for one credit. They are light but don't insult my intelligence and provide a nice balance of political intrigue, action, romance, and good characters. I will buy them all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6016)
    Performance
    (5404)
    Story
    (5400)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Not as Good as the First One"
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    Would you listen to Shadow of Night again? Why?

    I probably would not listen to this again but it was reasonably entertaining the first time through. Some parts were slow, a little contrived and disjointed. I liked it sufficiently that I would buy the third book to see if the author can wrap up the dangling threads


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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