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Sandra L. Jacob

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  • The Claw of the Conciliator: The Book of the New Sun, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (163)

    The Claw of the Conciliator continues the saga of Severian, banished from his home, as he undertakes a mythic quest to discover the awesome power of an ancient relic, and learn the truth about his hidden destiny.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Darwin8u says: "Brilliant Enought to Engage a NON Fantasy Reader."
    "Hated it"
    Overall

    Did not finish. I know Wolfe is supposed to be some kind of god in the fantasy world, but I could not listen to any more about this guy who broke a woman's legs, beheaded her, then laughed.

    0 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Come Unto These Yellow Sands

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Paul Fleschner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    Lover of fine poetry and lousy choose-your-own-adventure novels, Professor Sebastian Swift was once the bad-boy darling of the literati. The only lines he does these days are Browning, Frost, and Cummings. Even his relationship with the hot, handsome Wolfe Neck Police chief, Max Prescott, is healthy. When one of his most talented students comes to him bruised and begging for help, Swift hands over the keys to his Orson Island cabin - only to find out that the boy's father is dead and the police are suspicious.

    Tony Squared says: "Suspense (with poetry)"
    "This is a marvelous story"
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    It's a mystery/romance but so much more than that. I had to listen to it twice to get the full depth of it. Lanyon truly writes some terrific character studies. One of the few that I've read about addiction that gets it right.

    The narrator occasionally emphasizes the wrong word and is a little superficial at times, but still good enough that it doesn't detract from the story... Well worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Run: Dangerous Ground, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Adrian Bisson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    The boys are back in town - and Paris is burning! For Special Agents of the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt, the strain of a long distance relationship is beginning to tell after eleven months of separation. A romantic holiday could be just the thing to bridge the ever-growing distance, but when Taylor spots a terrorist from the 70s, long believed dead but very much alive, it's c'est la vie.

    Riva says: "Still loving the series"
    "Points off for contrived plot line"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Not my favorite story twist, but still a good one. Lanyon's writing is tight and evocative. The narrator is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Heat: Dangerous Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Adrian Bisson
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Special Agents for the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt have been partners forever and lovers for three months, but their new relationship is threatened when Will is offered a plum two-year assignment in Paris.

    Riva says: "Typical middle book of the series"
    "Another exciting episode."
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    This one makes me laugh. Poor Taylor with his love of nature and possibly a baby to deliver. Very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Old Poison: Dangerous Ground, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Adrian Bisson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Someone from DSS Special Agent Taylor MacAllister's past - the past he doesn't discuss with his partner and now-lover Will Brandt - wants him scared. Dead scared. Or maybe just dead. Will fears the past will end a future romance. Or any future at all.

    Riva says: "I'm hooked"
    "A solid 2nd installment"
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    Performance
    Story

    Taylor's history catches up to him in this convoluted tale. His and Will's relationship gets tighter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Adrian Bisson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Special Agents for the Department of Diplomatic Security, Taylor MacAllister and Will Brandt have been partners and best friends for three years, but everything changed the night Taylor admitted the truth about his feelings for Will. But it's complicated... Taylor agreed to a camping trip in the High Sierras - despite the fact that he hates camping - because Will wants a chance to save their partnership.

    KC says: "Great story, great narration"
    "Lanyon's writing is excellent"
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    This is a nice beginning to this series. I like both protags and the plot is tight and believable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cuckoo's Egg

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    They named him Thorn. They told him he was of their people, although he was so different. He was ugly in their eyes, strange, sleek-skinned instead of furred, clawless, different. Yet he was of their power class: judge-warriors, the elite, the fighters, the defenders. Thorn knew that his difference was somehow very important - but not important enough to prevent murderous conspiracies against him, against his protector, against his caste, and perhaps against the peace of the world. But when Thorn finally learned what his true role in life was to be, that the future of two worlds might hinge on him, then he had to stand alone to justify his very existence

    James says: "Do I hear Can't?"
    "Cherryh is incomparable."
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    Cherryh does write the most amazing books. About an alien boy raised by an elite warrior/judge alone on a planet far from earth, the story is intense, emotional, sad, and fascinating. No one does alien cultures like Cherryh.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Foreigner: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (296)

    The first book in C.J.Cherryh's eponymous series, Foreigner begins an epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft who crash-land on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient alien race. From its beginnings as a human-alien story of first contact, the Foreigner series has become a true science fiction odyssey, following a civilization from the age of steam through early space flight to confrontations with other alien species in distant sectors of space. It is the masterwork of a truly remarkable author.

    Tango says: "A Sci-Fi Neville Chamberlain"
    "OMG, I'M SO EXCITED TO SEE FOREIGNER!"
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    Where does Foreigner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My goodness, I hate to rank the audiobooks I've listened to, but this ranks up there with the best. I've read it in print twice and am amazed at the new feelings engendered by the narration. The narrator is excellent and his emphases brought new meaning to much in the book.


    What other book might you compare Foreigner to and why?

    I don't think Foreigner is comparable to any other book I've read, and I love this series the most of any scifi books I've read.


    Have you listened to any of Daniel Thomas May’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never listened to him before, and am very impressed. His reading is very good with just the right balance of tension.


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

    The ending was particularly moving.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Invader: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (159)

    Nearly two centuries after a human colony is abandoned on an alien planet, the two races have reached a tenacious peace agreement. But when the human ship returns unexpectedly, both governments are thrown into chaos.

    Professor says: "Second book IS BETTER !!! :-)"
    "Following directly on the heels of Foreigner"
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    What did you love best about Invader?

    We find Bren Cameron wounded but apparently secure in Ilisidi and Tabini's good graces, esconced in the Bujavid in Damiri's apartment next to Tabini's. He's coddled and taken care of as he struggles to find an answer to a loud mouthed human's proposal of FTL travel to the Atevi race. Atevi view FTL impossible and need the universe to be ruled by Atevi views of numerology and 'balance'. This novel is more interior than even the first one as Bren struggles with his human relationships and hurts and his increasing feeling of isolation with a totally foreign species that has no word for 'love' or 'friendship'. We also find out a great deal about Atevi history and politics and the world's struggle to deal with the sudden reappearance of the Ship that dropped humans on the planet and then left for 178 years. The novel ends with a bang and leaves one with the pressing need to continue with the next book in the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The intense suspense and tension that builds throughout the story, and the budding relationship between Bren and Jago.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Thomas May – was your favorite?

    The narrator is wonderful. I love Bren, Jago, Banichi and Ilisidi the best.


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

    It made me both laugh and cry.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Cyteen

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (324)

    The saga of two young friends trapped in an endless nightmare of suspicion and surveillance, of cyber-programmed servants and a ruling class with century-long lives – and the enigmatic woman who dominates them all.

    troy says: "This is a Heavy Book (lovely too)"
    "OMG, I was so excited to see a C.J. Cherryh book!"
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    What did you love best about Cyteen?

    It's hard to say what I like best about this wonderful book. I had already read it, but was as swept up in the incredible tension of the psychological drama as I was when I read it. Cherryh is my absolute favorite SciFi author and I've read about 3/4 of her books. This one is one of my all time favorites. It blends bioengineering and psych management with wonderful characters, drama, political intrigue into an un-put-downable story.

    Now all Audible needs to do is add Regenesis and all of the Foreigner series and I will be in seventh heaven.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved Arianne Emory and Justin Warrick best. Their complex relationship makes for great drama. The politics and ethical issues of bioengineering are fascinating and the behind the scenes power struggles are superbly wrought.


    Have you listened to any of Gabra Zackman and Jonathan Davis ???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to Gabra Zackman before and it was when I did a search for books she's narrated that I found Cyteen. She's a superb narrator. I'm sure I've also listened to Jonathan Davis' narrations, but I don't remember. He played a minor role in this one, only reading the introductions to each chapter.


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

    Yes! It made my heart pound and touched me both.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, please, Audible: give us more Cherryh!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Dawns: Immortal Guardians Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1518)
    Performance
    (1355)
    Story
    (1362)

    Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control...

    avalon says: "Not bad"
    "Kinda corney but very hot."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Great narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dianne Duvall? Why or why not?

    Sure. Sometimes the first of a series is lame.


    Have you listened to any of Kirsten Potter???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, first one. But she's a great narrator.


    Did Darkness Dawns inspire you to do anything?

    Listen to another one?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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