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K. Krieger

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  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3991)
    Performance
    (2423)
    Story
    (2458)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Excellent !"
    Overall

    I don't often give 5 stars but didn't have to think twice about giving them to this book. One of the best SF books I ever read (and I have read many)

    Couldn't put it down and was sorry when it was over already.

    Excellent narrator too, although it took some getting used to in the beginning.

    Highly recommended !

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10674)
    Performance
    (9537)
    Story
    (9513)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Intantly Hooked"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Hounded in three words, what would they be?

    Actually cool fantasy


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oberon of course :-) but Atticus is pretty cool too.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did. Actually I'm into book 4 by now and I hate to stop listening even for sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    If this is Urban Fantasy, then this genre now has a new fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10489)
    Performance
    (9984)
    Story
    (10002)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Excellent !"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already recommended it to my friends and colleagues.

    This is the best book I read/listened to all year. I don't often rate books with 5 stars and once in a while I'm glad I have the means to distinguish the good reads from a perfect one by handing out 5 stars.

    I think we can all imagine how terrifying it must be to be stranded on Mars. And to witness how this man copes and fights for his survival with ingenuity and courage is absolutely fascinating.

    I wish someone had warned me not to begin this book on a Sunday afternoon when there was not enough time to finish it all in one go because I really, really hated having to stop listening 2 hours past my usual bedtime, when reason told me to catch some sleep before going to work Monday morning. I just finished it and am thinking about starting again from the beginning.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't and at first I thought it was a terrible narration. But as I got caught up in the story, his narration either got better and better or I got used to it. Now I have to say that he did an excellent job and I'll have a look at what other books he narrated.


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

    The end of course.


    Any additional comments?

    More of the same, please :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starship: Flagship

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    The date is 1970 of the Galactic Era, almost 3,000 from now, and the Republic, created by the human race but not yet dominated by it, finds itself in an all-out war against the Teroni Federation, an alliance of races that resent Man's growing military and economic power. The rebel starship, the Theodore Roosevelt, under the command of Wilson Cole, is preparing to lead Cole's ragtag armada into the Republic, even though he is outnumbered thousands to one.

    Dennis says: "Sorry to see it End!!"
    "Worthy ending of this series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Starship: Flagship the most enjoyable?

    For once the enemy is not evil. Just bad politics (and politicians). The main characters are likeable and interesting, Wilson Cole's actions are always unexpected and clever. And, last but not least, Jonathan Davis' narration is perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    I wonder IF this is the end of the series.... one can imagine many more adventures to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tech World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By B.V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (486)

    The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In the third book in the series, James McGill is deployed on another alien world. His third interstellar tour is different in every way. Rather than meeting up with a primitive society, this time he’s headed to an advanced world.

    Jonathan says: "Different setting, B.V Larson never disapoints !"
    "Disappointing and even annoying"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story is ridiculous. No military outfit would let a man get away with all this. Totally unbelievable and annoying.The entire storyline would have to be changed to make this as good as the first 2 books in the series.


    Has Tech World turned you off from other books in this genre?

    of course not


    Which character – as performed by Mark Boyett – was your favorite?

    Mark Boyett is an excellent narrator. Reminds me of Oliver Wyman (which is a good thing). My favorite characters were the Tribune and Natasha.


    Did Tech World inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The series started out so well with Steel World and the sequel Dust World. This one was a huge disappointment. I started to dislike the main character intensely and I don't think I would have finished the book without the great narration of Mark Boyett. If there is a sequel, I'm not sure I'm going to give it a try.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Human Language

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (285)

    Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

    Saud says: "You'll Never Look at Languages the Same Way Again"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall
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    Where does The Story of Human Language rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 50 over all, Top 10 non-fiction


    What other book might you compare The Story of Human Language to and why?

    Neil deGrasse Tyson's Death by Black Hole. Interesting subject, excellent presentation


    Which scene was your favorite?

    First Lecture, when I realized this was going to be good


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Delight, when I realized this was going to be good


    Any additional comments?

    I have bought 3 more books from the Great Courses Series so far

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deja Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (469)

    It's June in Montreal, and Dr. Temperance Brennan, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of Director of Forensic Anthropology for the province of Quebec, looks forward to a relaxing weekend in beautiful Quebec City. First, though, she must stop at a newly uncovered burial site in the heart of the city. The remains are probably old and only of archeological interest, but Tempe must make sure they're not a case for the police. One look at the decomposed and decapitated corpse, stored neatly in plastic bags, tells her she'll spend the weekend in the crime lab.

    Kay says: "Mixed"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A good narration might have rescued the book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kathy Reichs before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't. I saw the TV show and thought the book would probably be better. I was wrong.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator sounded bored and annoyed having to read this book. That didn't help.


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

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    It's hard to like a book when the main character is so unlikeable. I saw that the other books in that series have other narrators. I might give it a try to see if that helps because over all I like the idea of the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Downbelow Station

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    Pell's Station, orbiting the alien world simply called Downbelow, had always managed to remain neutral in the ever escalating conflict between The Company, whose fleets from Earth had colonized space, and its increasingly independent and rebellious colony worlds. But Pell's location - - on the outer edge of Earth's defensive perimeter - makes her the focal point in the titanic battle of colony worlds fighting for independence.

    K. Krieger says: "Narrator kills that book"
    "Narrator kills that book"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from C. J. Cherryh and/or Brian Troxell?

    I love all of C.J. Cherryh's Union/Alliance books (except maybe Cyteen) and was totally thrilled to finally see Downbelow Station as audiobook available here. Didn't even bother to listen to the sample - just clicked and downloaded it.

    But what a disappointment !

    This narrator manages to turn a great book into a dull, boring monologue that drags along. He is totally unable to convey the thrill of a situation, manages to make any description sound tedious.

    The various voices he attempts are so wide off the mark that he makes those characters ridiculous. Just listen to how he butchers Mallory and Graff ! Mallory and Graff, two of the toughest characters in the series with whiny, high-pitched voices ? Hello ?

    All I can say is that this narrator does not deserve even 1 star and that I will avoid him like poison from now on.


    What did you like best about this story?

    C.J.Cherryh's Union/Alliance universe is one of the most interesting, most probable and believable universes in SF. All of the Company War books are exciting, intelligent and most satisfying to read.


    How could the performance have been better?

    By using a decent narrator !


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I LOVE this book and am very, very sorry to see it killed by that narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an Audible Frontiers book, isn't it ? So if you produce any more of C.J.Cherryh's books, PLEASE PLEASE use good narrators ! Her books certainly deserve the best !

    28 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Montana Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Erika Leigh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (514)

    When Jack Mercy died, he left behind a lot of enemies...and a ranch worth nearly $20 million. Now his three daughters - each born of a different marriage, and each unknown to the others - are gathered to hear the reading of the will. The women are shocked to learn that before any of them can inherit, they must live together on the ranch for one year.

    L.W. says: "Gripping"
    "Too much gruesome, sickening cruelty"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    i think an author of Nora Roberts calibre should be able to create suspense and even horror without the gruesome details of tortured cats, calfs, steers - and people. The story starts interestingly enough and could have been a really good one without all that psychotic brutality described in loving detail.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts???s story?

    I wonder what kind of person writes such a book, such sickening detail of torture. I don't think I would want to meet her.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Erika Leigh?

    She's probably a good narrator but should maybe confine herself to books with fewer people. She had to resort to irritatingly screechy voices for some of the characters.


    What character would you cut from Montana Sky?

    Cut out completely ? None. it's a good plot with a surprising twist.


    Any additional comments?

    Disturbing. Certainly not for the faint of heart and it surprised me to find that I seem to be one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4132)
    Performance
    (3853)
    Story
    (3845)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Much better than part I"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Spellbound the most enjoyable?

    It's a great story and now that the narrator seems to have woken up a bit, he actually did a decent job.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This story is full of fascinating characters. Of course Jake and Faye stand out but I have grown very fond of all the others in the little group of Grimnoir knights as well.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Pinchot's soft, dreamy voice is just not right for this action packed story. He does the various characters and their accents very well indeed but when someone is shouting or screaming you would never know it if he didn't say so in explanation. Very good timing with the funny parts. He's doubtless a very gifted narrator. This is just not the right kind of book for him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. And I'm going to buy the paperback as well.


    Any additional comments?

    Great good fun and I'm eagerly waiting for the next book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (6091)
    Performance
    (5535)
    Story
    (5552)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "If only it was a different narrator...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Hard Magic? What did you like least?

    Good story but the narrator tried valiantly to put me to sleep. He should confine himself to reading bedtime stories. It speaks for the quality of the story that I did stay awake after all.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Great characters all of them. Intriguing chairman too.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This story deserves a better narrator. He does the various characters well. I just wish he would not sound so sleepy most of the time.


    Did Hard Magic inspire you to do anything?

    I bought Part II as well....


    Any additional comments?

    Not quite as good as the Monster Hunter series but I'm seriously thinking about buying the paperback so I can really enjoy the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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