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Robin F

How did we ever get through the day without audiobooks?

Lebanon, VA, United States | Member Since 2007

ratings
318
REVIEWS
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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
14

  • Blowback: Anniversary Day Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (192)

    The Moon, shaken by the Anniversary Day tragedies, deals with devastation. The Earth Alliance believes another attack imminent, but no one knows where or when it will strike. Just like no one knows who ordered the attacks in the first place. The Moon’s chief security office, Noelle DeRicci, does her best to hold the United Domes government together. But Retrieval Artist Miles Flint, dissatisfied with the investigation into the Anniversary Day events, begins an investigation of his own.

    John C. says: "Ending Missing--Call a Retrieval Artist?"
    "More development of the main characters in this 1"
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    I love The Retrieval Artist books! I have been hooked on them for years now. I was thrilled when this one was released, and I eagerly put it at the top of my list to listen to immeditately.

    Lots of story lines being drawn closer together, seems like we will get an ending to some tags that have been floating along since the 3rd book in this set!

    Fast paced, this book is continuing to develop deeper characters in Flint and our new head of Moon Security office. I keep wondering if the blowback is going to trace back to the first bombing of Armstrong, and the refusal of Earth Alliance entrance to that particular planet. But we readers and still in the dark on that one!

    Lots of new threadlines that could be good plots for future books! I'll cross my fingers in hopes this series has not even reached the 1/2 point in total books!

    Thanks, Audible Extremes for introducing the series to me in the beginning as a free read! My reading (listening) life will never be the same!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8127)
    Performance
    (5585)
    Story
    (5620)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Aaron Brown says: "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."
    "When night comes, the mists also come."
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    It's a good world when, as a child, you get tucked into bed and can fall asleep listening to a trusted voice reading a favorite story as you drift off to sleep.

    And, 30 + years later, it's a perfect world when you can listen to a great narrator tell you your favorite story, allowing you to push the stress of the day away as you drift off to sleep. And what could be better than Michael Kramer reading Brandon Sanderson?

    And, an Ipod never gets tired of repeating the same story. It's a very good world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kidnapped: The Taming of the Princess Bitch

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Alexander Kelly
    • Narrated By Natalie Bernadette
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (78)

    Snatched off the street by heavy-handed thugs, the panicked Paige is bound, gagged and whisked into the back of a van. Despite her determined efforts to free herself, she moves from van, to concrete floor, to limousine, to a ghastly coffin especially fitted for the transport of a human slave. Arriving at her ultimate destination - a scary barbed-wire compound - Paige discovers that her boyfriend Robert has sold her into slavery.

    Monique says: "Erotic!!!!"
    "Tedious story"
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    I simply could not make it though this book. I was looking for something off beat and fun in a kinky kind of way, and what I got was boring and a waste of money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ship Breaker

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (603)

    In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota - and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life.

    Rusty says: "Very good"
    "Engaging Listen"
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    I was pleasantly surprised at the easy flow of this story. I haven't found PB's books to be easy to follow in audio before, having to rewind and re-listen to parts before actually grasp them. But this was one of the books in my wish list, and it was on sale, so I took a gamble.

    And, I enjoyed it!

    Fast moving plot and action, it felt as though the story was rushing head-long into the jungle (of Louisiana, maybe?) and then.....run smack into a barrier. The story stopped. Literally. So....I'm feeling a little bit unfinished, without closure.

    Still, it was enjoyable and I will probably download the 2nd in this series, even though I see that it isn't quite a continuing story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Criminal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1647)
    Performance
    (1388)
    Story
    (1394)

    Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

    Melinda says: "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"
    "Best Anti-Drug Campaign Ever...."
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    I think that I've read or listened to most of Slaughter's books, and this one has to be one of the most bone-chilling.

    I had thought she was softening in her writing, as I hadn't read anything this disturbing since KissCut. (one of the original series that this series spun off from)

    I am enjoying the progression of Will's story, and hints that Sara's future in the books is assured.

    I have to admit, after being thrown Amanda in her iron/steel character, it was really hard to reconcile hearing her as a young, uncertain rookie.

    I had dropped this series for a while, and now I'm glad that I picked it back up again. I will be keeping an eye out for the next one.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Kings of Infinite Space

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Hynes
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    James Hynes is the author of three New York Times Notable Books of the Year. That same publication praises Kings of Infinite Space as “unspeakably funny!” This offbeat novel satirizes an experience ubiquitous to modern times—office life. With a defeated sigh, ex-college professor Paul Trilby faces the downward spiral that is his existence. After his wife and three subsequent girlfriends dump him, and he loses just as many jobs, he’s sure he’s a pawn in some vast conspiracy.

    Richard Delman says: "90% heaven, 10% hell."
    "Couldn't get excited about this one"
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    A whiny, self absorbed guy that gets caught with his pants down. Lots of excuses, and a life that doesn't live up to what he expects it should be. The narrator was good, just not a very good plot.

    Hard to believe, but the ending is even worse than the character feeling sorry for himself.

    Don't waste the time you could be listening to something so much better....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Julia Scheeres
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (499)

    In A Thousand Lives, the New York Times best-selling memoirist Julia Scheeres traces the fates of five individuals who followed Jim Jones to South America as they struggled to first build their paradise, and then survive it. Each went for different reasons - some were drawn to Jones for his progressive attitudes towards racial equality, others were dazzled by his claims to be a faith healer. But once in Guyana, Jones' drug addiction, mental decay, and sexual depredations quickly eroded the idealistic community.

    Rachel says: "Unforgettable"
    "Not a typical dry recitation of facts"
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    I was pleasantly surprised at the easy listen that this turned out to be. Told in easy to follow language, several personal stories are told of the followers.

    It wasn't written to shock the reader, and it explained how some people were just slowly sucked into the world of Jim Jones, until they were in so deep, it was impossible to retreat.

    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
    (5834)
    Performance
    (5238)
    Story
    (5228)

    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"
    "More than Expected!"
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    I was enchanted by the first in this series, and this book was even better than the first!

    I loved the new characteristics associated with the vampires, demon and witches that A Discovery of Witches assigned. A new angle to characters that are quickly becoming overused in todays literary culture.

    I took the time to re-listen to the first book before I ventured into this book, and I'm glad that I did. There were a lot of details and nuances that had slipped my mind. With the first book fresh, I appreciated the 2nd more. It flowed nicely and completely from the first to the second.

    I already have a note on my Christmas lists to make a gift of these books to family that will enjoy it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • XO: A Kathryn Dance Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Marin Ireland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (207)

    Kayleigh Towne is gorgeous with a voice that is taking her to the heights of the country pop charts. Her hit single "Your Shadow" puts her happily in the spotlight, until an innocent exchange with one of her fans leads Kayleigh into a dark and terrifying realm. The fan warns, "I'm coming for you," and soon accidents happen and people close to Kayleigh die. Special Agent Kathryn Dance must use her considerable skills at investigation and body language analysis to stop the stalker.

    Joanne says: "Disappointing"
    "Fun with a Blonde!"
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    Deaver delivers.

    Dance is growing on me, even with my long ove affair with Lincoln, and I'm enjoying the different ways of looking at crime solving (as opposed to the strict evidence gathering in NY)

    Quirky at times, a bit of humor and unusual twists. If it hadn't been for the time left in the recording, I would have thought it was over an hour before it actually ended.

    I'm enjoying Marin Ireland as the official voice of this series. I hope that she stays in the group.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16501)
    Performance
    (14668)
    Story
    (14710)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Not as Good as I wanted it to be"
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    I was really wanting to enjoy this book. I was hoping that I would be kept on the edge of my earbuds, craving the next word.

    Alas, I was not. While it wasn't a cookie cutter plot, it wasn't unpredictable and I found myself browsing my wish list for my next listen not long into the book.

    I figure that says it well enough.

    ....Next, please.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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