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Holly

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  • The Scar

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Elinor Huntington (translator)
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (658)

    Sergey and Marina Dyachenko mix dramatic scenes with romance, action and wit, in a style both direct and lyrical. Written with a sure artistic hand, The Scar is the story of a man driven by his own feverish demons to find redemption and the woman who just might save him. Egert is a brash, confident member of the elite guards and an egotistical philanderer. But after he kills an innocent student in a duel, a mysterious man known as “The Wanderer” challenges Egert and slashes his face with his sword, leaving Egert with a scar that comes to symbolize his cowardice.

    Robert says: "Highly, highly, Highly Recommended"
    "A Series Worth Waiting For"
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    If you've been bemoaning the wait for the next Patrick Rothfuss book, or wondering why nothing modern ever reads like Tolstoy or Dostoevsky, read this. The Scar is epic in a personal sense, lyrically haunting, and felt on every human level. Jonathan Davis did an amazing job at narration, catching the emotional nuances. I now count this among my favorite books, and Davis among my favorite narrators.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Spin the Sky: An Orbital Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Katy Stauber
    • Narrated By Holly Cate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Fifteen years after winning the Spacer War, Cesar Vaquero has returned to Ithaca, a rugged orbital colony that boasts the only herd of cattle in space, and a wife and a son who don’t even recognize him when he shows up at their doorstep. Posing as a homeless drifter, he soon discovers that making his way home past space pirates, one-eyed giants, and mad scientists was the easy part.

    Holly says: "Space western, mythical epic, epic love story!"
    "Space western, mythical epic, epic love story!"
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    When I picked this book up on a blind whim, I had no idea it was destined to become one of my top ten favorite books. Spin the Sky weaves a portrait of a war hero coming home to his wife and son on their cattle ranch in space with vignettes of his surreal space adventures, and ties it all together with a love story both heartfelt and epic.

    Cesar is the kind of character I love best, an archetypical hero who can pull miracles out of his hat and fly on luck, but has flaws that run deep and seem to keep him a few steps away from what he's longing for. Penelope is a no-nonsense dilettante-turned-rancher who has an emotional core she's been running from for years. Their son, Trevor, is a teenager obsessed with stories about his absent father, and one day going on adventures of his own. When Cesar finally comes home, sick and scraggly and unrecognized, he chickens out and pretends he's a drifter. But the pull of his family is strong, and mysterious sabotage on the orbital and with the herd might mean he's showed up just in time.

    The narrator did a pretty good job, especially with the emotions of the characters and the accents, but some of the voices for the teenagers were a little high-pitched. Still, overall it was a good narration.

    Part space western, part mythical epic based on Homer's Odyssey, and part epic love story, Spin the Sky tells it all with a surreal, funny, and stylistic narrative that left me in turns whooping with joy and breathless for what would come next. And the ending is amazing! This is a book I'm looking forward to rereading for years to come!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seeker: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Jack McDevitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (406)

    Thousands of years after an entire colony mysteriously disappears, antiquities dealer Alex Benedict comes into possession of a cup that seems to be from the Seeker, one of the colony's ships. Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, follow a deadly trail to the Seeker, strangely adrift in a system barren of habitable worlds. But their discovery raises more questions than it answers, drawing Alex and Chase into the very heart of danger.

    Shannon Peterson says: "Great mix of sci-fi, mystery and adventure."
    "Optimistic Far-Future Space Adventure"
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    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, especially as much of the hard science fiction written these days seems to take a dystopian view of the future. I was totally blown away. Jack McDevitt writes with science firm in hand, but it's a backdrop to a truly grand adventure story. Think Indiana Jones crossed with a procedural mystery in space and you have Seeker. And no dessert without dinner, either, this story's deep.

    I didn't care for some of Jennifer Van Dyck's fantasy narrations, but she shone here. Pacing and voicing combined for an immersive listen with a few laugh-out-loud moments. I'll definitely look for more Alex Benedict in the future!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Agent of Change: Liaden Universe Agent of Change, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (206)

    Fleeing the scene of his latest mission, Val Con yos'Phelium finds himself saving the life of ex-mercenary Miri Robertson, a young Tarren on the run from interplanetary assassins. Thrown together by circumstances, Val Con and Miri struggle to elude their enemies and stay alive without slaying each other - or surrendering to the unexpected passion that flares between them.

    Claire says: "At long last we have the Liadan stories on Audible"
    "Good Start to a Series"
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    I love Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan books and was looking for more character-based space opera, and this did the trick. The action was fast, the dialogue fun and snappy, and the characters deep. Val Con's inner struggle was gut-wrenching, and the love story between him and Miri was one of the best I've seen in science fiction. I loved the comedy of manners aspect mixed with a strange world that felt vast and full of history, even though the book wasn't very long.

    Narrator Andy Caploe did a good job, though the narration was a bit over-stressed at times. But I liked his Clutch Turtles!

    I definitely look forward to reading more Liaden.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • With Morning Comes Mistfall: Free Story

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Claudia Black
    Overall
    (1043)
    Performance
    (885)
    Story
    (887)

    Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, A Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature and one of the most exciting storytellers of our time. Now he delivers a rare treat for listeners: a free story, “With Morning Comes Mistfall”, from his compendium of shorter works. Collected into three stunning volumes, his Dreamsongs collection offers fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master.

    David says: "Something you might find in Analog or Asimov's mag"
    "GRRM's stories fly at the top"
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    If you like George R.R. Martin's novels, definitely give his stories a go. "With Morning Comes Mistfall" is one of his earlier works, but no less powerful. This is more of an atmospheric piece than some of his other character-oriented stories, but it creates a fully-realized world in a short amount of time, and I came away feeling like I knew the place. Claudia Black's narration is spot-on, too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Battle Won: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By S. Thomas Russell
    • Narrated By Nick Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (81)

    Winter, 1793—the Reign of Terror rips through revolutionary France. In Plymouth, England, Master and Commander Charles Hayden is given orders to return to the ill-fated HMS Themis as the British fight the French for control of thestrategically located island of Corsica. But within hours out of port, Hayden’s uncanny knack for attracting the attention of the French navy sees the Themis thrown back into action. When she lands in Corsica, and her men join forces with native insurgents, Hayden finds himself at the vanguard of a brutal clash of empires.

    Holly says: "Solid but not as good as the first book"
    "Solid but not as good as the first book"
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    This was a solid Napoleonic adventure story, but it lacked much of the strength and gusto of the first book Under Enemy Colors, which had more powerful characterization and better overall cohesion. But, I like Charles Hayden. I'll follow him here and through to the next books when they come.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent Mage

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Karen Miller
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (243)

    "The Innocent Mage is come, and we stand at the beginning of the end of everything." Being a fisherman like his father isn't a bad life, but it's not the one that Asher wants. Despite his humble roots, Asher has grand dreams. And they call him to Dorana, home of princes, beggars, and the warrior mages who have protected the kingdom for generations. Little does Asher know, however, that his arrival in the city is being closely watched by members of the Circle, people dedicated to preserving an ancient magic.

    Bruce says: "Heroic Fantasy well written"
    "Great emotion, though the plot's a bit lacking"
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    I have mixed feelings about this book, because while I liked the characters and felt deeply for them, there wasn't much in the way of originality here. The highlight was Asher, who defies the likable farm boy stereotype by being belligerent, selfish, self-centered...and entirely fascinating to watch crash through his version of life. His friendship with Gar is a great buddy story, but the rest of the plot lines are less defined. Also, this is only half of a book, so beware the blatant cliffhanger.

    Kirby Heyborne did an excellent job at narration, and I loved his portrayal of Asher. His narration was a good part of my enjoying this story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Footfall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (1004)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (617)

    They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

    Flatlander says: "Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best"
    "Solid Niven and Pournelle"
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    I fell in love with Niven and Pournelle in Mote in God's Eye, and thought I'd give this one a try. So glad I did. While it was a little outdated with the Soviet Union in the play, it read more like alternate history, and the social issues of an invasion were tackled from every angle, including the point of view and politics of the aliens. The payoff at the end was amazing, and the characters were fully-formed people I could route for.

    There is some amazingly difficult pronunciation in this book (which gave a bit of a listening learning curve, too, but you'll get used to it quick enough), and honestly, I applaud the narrator for tackling it head-on and doing a good job throughout.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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