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Monique

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  • Battlefield Earth

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By L. Ron Hubbard
    • Narrated By Roddy McDowall
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    Suspense, politics, war, humor and intergalactic finance. A towering masterwork of science fiction adventure and one of the best-selling science fiction novels of all time, L. Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth opens with breathtaking scope on an Earth dominated for 1,000 years by an alien invader and man is an endangered species. From the handful of surviving humans a courageous leader emerges Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, who challenges the invincible might of the alien Psychlo empire in a battle of epic scale, danger and intrigue with the fate of the Earth and of the universe in the tenuous balance.

    Shane says: "They Gutted This Story"
    "Entertaining read"
    Overall

    I read this book at least 5 times. It is quite entertaining and has never failed to grab my attention. Sure it?s pretty far fetched here and there, but, hellooooooooo, it?s FICTION!!!
    I do advice to wait for the unabridged version (abridgments always seem to leave out important story threads so the book doesn?t seem to hang together properly).

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5269)
    Performance
    (2617)
    Story
    (2669)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Great read"
    Overall

    Max Headroom meets the Da Vinci Code in Cyberworld. And as strange as that sounds, it is even stranger.... Do not let the weirdness of it put you off; this book definitively grows on you. It is a great read. And by the way, the narrator is superb.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Taking

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Ari Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (124)

    On the morning that will mark the end of the world they have known, Molly and Neil Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain on their roof. It has haunted their sleep, invaded their dreams, and now they rise to find a luminous silvery downpour drenching their small California mountain town. A strange scent hangs faintly in the air, and the young couple cannot shake the sense of something wrong.

    Jaimie says: "And the point was...?"
    "Captivating"
    Overall

    WARNING: Do not buy this book if you have other things to do!
    It only took 15 minutes to get used to the narrator's tinny voice. I finished this book in 2 sittings. I do have to agree with some of the other reviewers that the ending was a bit abrupt, but there really was no other ending possible.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4324)
    Performance
    (1803)
    Story
    (1820)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Not Dean Koontz"
    Overall

    It took me about an hour to get used to the different style, but once I did, I was hooked. Listened to this book in 2 sittings. Couldn?t put it down. This is definitively one of the few I will listen to again.

    31 of 33 people found this review helpful

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