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P. R. Ecker

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  • Goliath

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1109)
    Performance
    (1021)
    Story
    (1022)

    Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek’s throne as Prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the Leviathan, continues to detour farther away from the heart of the war (and crown). And the love thing would be a lot easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl. (She has to pose as a boy in order to serve in the British Airforce.) And if they weren’t technically enemies.

    The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic on board....

    Jack says: "Outstanding finale!"
    "Entrancing and magical"
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    The story continues after Leviathon, not missing a beat or a step. The characters are fantastic and the writing is wonderful. My whole family, including we parents, have fallen in love with this series of books and have read and listened to them several times. Having Alan Cumming narrate adds the the magic, fun and humor of the story. If I asked my children, they would probably give the books several more stars than allowed.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (10983)
    Performance
    (10078)
    Story
    (10076)

    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."
    "Unique, Big, Intricate"
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    ..and fun.

    The three books in this series contain an unusual combination of genres with an unusual cast of characters, all coming together to either destroy or save the world.

    We are introduced to a group of magic users who have gathered under the title of the Grim Noir who protect and defend not only the innocent from harm or harmful use of magic, but also the users of magic, who have alternately been admired or despised. The book is also a rewrite of history in the time of the first and second world war. Atomic bombs become death rays built by cogs (magic scientists), and dirigibles are the transport, gun ships, and combat ships of the sky.

    Humans manifest powers such as telekinesis, gravity spiking (called Heavies), persuasion with voice (called Mouths), healing, and plague bringers (called Pale Horses).

    One man, though, has other thoughts about how the world should be run and is using his very considerable power to make those thoughts into reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Valley of the Shadow: A Sister Fidelma Mystery of Ancient Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Peter Tremayne
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    In Ireland of AD 666, Sister Fidelma is sent by her brother, Colgu of Cashel, the king of Muman, to the remote valley of Gleann Geis, whose inhabitants still adhere to the ancient Druidic ways. Her mission is to negotiate with the chieftain, Laisre, for permission to build a Christian church and school in his territory. Fidelma's task won't be an easy one, though, as Laisre's clan is known for its hostility to the new religion and fierce adherence to the old.

    Cheryl says: "Historic details, Gripping plot"
    "I've been waiting for these for a while"
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    ...and here they are! These are definitely in the historical novel genre and new readers or listeners should know that it is heavy on the historic. Many will probably be surprised at Irish civilization at the time of these books. Ireland was indeed a place that today we might call a precursor to modern Western civilization. Except that Ireland would be overtaken by Rome and other outside invaders. All would have to be developed from scratch again and we still haven't lost our barbarism that much of Ireland eschewed. I love the telling of the myths and stories of the more ancient beliefs. As the books go on the stories become more and more interesting and better written. One thing that is a gripe throughout the books is the relationship between the two main characters Fidelma and Eadulf. Fidelma always seems rude and dismissive to her friend and then lover then husband and father of her child. This book is one of a few that Eadulf gets to shine on his own merit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1873)
    Performance
    (1660)
    Story
    (1672)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    Mel says: "Is Nothing is Sacre'?"
    "Fantastically odd"
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    Im not sure how Moore's ideas emerge but all of them are so strangely unique. I really liked the story because it included so many factual parts about the painter's lives and yet tells such a bizarre tale of where their inspiration came from. Oddly, for Moore, it is more drama than comedy and even if you read Moore for humor this is an intriguing listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Childhood's End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6868)
    Performance
    (5575)
    Story
    (5630)

    The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

    Kindle Customer says: "Food for Thought"
    "Still as prophetic and moving as ever"
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    Yet another of my all-time favorite sci if novels by Clarke. The story is both profound and gut wrenching, moving quickly along a time line without losing impressive narrative.

    My only complaint is the voice of the women-I felt my ears would bleed. For goodness sake, why not get a woman to voice the women?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14660)
    Performance
    (8376)
    Story
    (8473)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Paul says: "In love with books again"
    "I admit-I couldn't finish it"
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    The plot, the writing, the nausea, it just kept getting worse. It seems that DB simply wanted to have a bigger shock factor to make up for poor story telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (642)

    In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted Pluto out of planethood. Far from the sun, tiny, and eccentric in orbit, it's a wonder Pluto has any fans. Yet during the mounting debate over Pluto's status, Americans rallied behind the extraterrestrial underdog.

    Laura says: "A Light and Still Revealing Read"
    "Understanding Pluto"
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    Before reading this book I was one of the people offended on behalf of Pluto. After hearing this book I had a much greater understanding of several aspects of astronomy and how decisions come to be "They say...." statements that get picked up by the press.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Persistence of Vision

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Varley
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    On the surface, this Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic is about a drifter who comes to stay in a New Mexico commune founded by a group of deaf-blind people. But beneath the story, author John Varley examines deep, universal issues. What is the nature of communication? What does an individual gain - or lose - by subsuming himself to the whole? Can an outsider ever truly "belong"?

    Kindle Customer says: "Don't think you like Sci-Fi? Try this one!"
    "Creepy but potent story telling"
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    Another book for the 'classic' shelves of my sci if library. The story was unusual and strange and yet held my attention until my last held breath was released at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Light

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    It is long after the death of Earth. A band of men and women on a colony planet has gained control of technology. With it, they have given themselves immortalty and godlike powers, and they rule their world as the gods of the Hindu pantheon: Kali, Goddess of Destruction; Yama, Lord of Death; Krishna, God of Lust. All are opposed by him who was Siddhartha, who is now Mahasamatman, Binder of Demons, Lord of Light.

    Erik Hemming says: "A classic well rendered"
    "One of the best sci fi stories ever told."
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    This book has been a favorite of mine for years before listening to the recording. It was fantastic to hear, like being read a favorite bed-time story. The reader disappears behind the writing allowing the mind free to concentrate on the exquisite detail of the story. This is not a casual listen but one that invites participation and demands attention. Zelazny was a genius.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6450)
    Performance
    (4563)
    Story
    (4615)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Ramon says: "A true Time-machine"
    "Well done, and long."
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    Any additional comments?

    The story is classic and has been the inspiration for so many other stories over the years. The recording is long but never boring and the reading is very good on this edition. Romance, tragedy, revenge, adventure and redemption-it covers most of the basis in such an elegant way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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