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Joshua

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  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2269)
    Performance
    (2030)
    Story
    (2030)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Mark says: "LEO WAS RIGHT, PART II"
    "Good, fun summer read"
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    Just a good, summer read. Good characters, great super-hero Special Forces Operator and team, and exciting spy-tech with enough political and societal consequences thrown in to keep it from being pure action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1736)
    Performance
    (1600)
    Story
    (1603)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Jefferson says: "Fine Romantic Urban Historical Immigrant Fantasy"
    "Great Historical Fiction"
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    I love historical fiction, and the Golem and the Jinni was particularly good - a fresh take on the intersection of cultures in America in early 1900's as waves of immigrants make their way to New York.

    It is a great story, love story and the characters are wonderful and unique.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1510)
    Performance
    (1079)
    Story
    (1068)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Glad I stuck with it..."
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    I had a hard time getting into this one, but I'm glad I didn't give up.
    One of the 2 main characters just seemed too earnest in the beginning, and I found him annoying. The growth of the other main character, Anna, is wonderful especially as life changes dramatically under Japanese occupation. By the end, I was hoping for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5599)
    Performance
    (1786)
    Story
    (1785)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "Must listen - Whole Series"
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    For anyone who loves Japanese historical fiction, this is a must listen. The characters, the story, the cultural elements are all wonderful. Samurai, ninja's, Japanese art, cuisine and architecture are all in play. Amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2280)
    Performance
    (1583)
    Story
    (1597)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "Timeless Classic"
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    Somehow, I had never read this in school. I was so glad I added it to my "classics" review.
    The story about the tension between society and the individual, what is happiness and freedom, and the proper boundaries of technology are timeless.

    Great listen.

    It's a good foil to the Ayn Rand liberalism that focuses more on the individual without boundaries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Empress

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Laura Joh Rowland
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Chosen by Publishers Weekly as a Best Book of 2007, The Snow Empress showcases author Laura Joh Rowland's deep understanding of 17th-century Japan and her impeccable gift of storytelling. This thrilling novel finds samurai detective Sano Ichirõ working to gain freedom for his son by investigating the murder of a lord's beloved mistress.

    Linda Lou McCall says: "INCREDIBLY BORING & MEANINGLESS"
    "Good story, light on authenticity"
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    I read a lot of Japanese historical fiction, this story seemed light on the Japanese elements.
    It was great to explore the Anu and northern Japan, but didn't pack as much cultural insight as Lian Hearn's series (highly rated) or Barry Eisler's "Rain" Character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Empire of Blue Water

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Stephan Talty
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (91)

    He challenged the greatest empire on earth with a ragtag bunch of renegades and brought it to its knees. This is the real story of the pirates of the Caribbean. Henry Morgan, a 20-year-old Welshman, crossed the Atlantic in 1655, hell-bent on making his fortune. Over the next three decades, his exploits in the Caribbean became legendary. His daring attacks on the mighty Spanish empire on land and at sea determined the fates of kings and queens, and his victories helped shape the destiny of the New World.

    Jack says: "Morbid Terrorists?"
    "Great for a trip to Caribbean"
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    I got this story for a trip to the Caribbean. It was great to listen to sitting on the beach. Also, I hadn't ever read a history of the region or the pirates. It was enjoyable. Good mix of adventure, politics and history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Detachment

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (966)
    Performance
    (796)
    Story
    (799)

    John Rain is back. And “the most charismatic assassin since James Bond” (San Francisco Chronicle) is up against his most formidable enemy yet: the nexus of political, military, media, and corporate factions known only as the Oligarchy. When legendary black ops veteran Colonel Scott “Hort” Horton tracks Rain down in Tokyo, Rain can’t resist the offer: a multi-million dollar payday for the “natural causes” demise of three ultra-high-profile targets who are dangerously close to launching a coup in America. But the opposition on this job is going to be too much for even Rain to pull it off alone.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fast paced read..."
    "Hope this isn't my last journey with Rain..."
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    I could listen to Rain stories on-and-on.

    It was fun also to get the social commentary on the political use of fear in the United States and turn to political corruption and money influence here rather than in Japan, where a number of other stories have been set.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2122)
    Performance
    (1330)
    Story
    (1327)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Compelling and Thought-altering History of Science"
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    Great story if you like history of science. Very instructive and compelling look back at how scientific framing of questions and research affected treatment solutions for cancer.
    Good story, important lessons about personal, political and even conceptual bias as it plays out in scientific endeavors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chelsea's Family, Friends, and Other Victims
    • Narrated By Johnny Kansas, Stephanie Stehling, Heather McDonald, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (236)

    Chelsea Handler loves to smoke out "dumbassness", the condition people suffer from that allows them to fall prey to her brand of complete and utter nonsense. Friends, family, co-workers - they've all been tricked by Chelsea into believing stories of total foolishness and into behaving like total fools. Luckily, they've lived to tell the tales and, for the very first time, write about them.

    Joshua says: "Not as good as "Vodka, it's Chelse...""
    "Not as good as "Vodka, it's Chelse...""
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    I got this after literally rolling on the floor listening to "Vodka, it's Chelsea." While this was kinda of funny, it just wasn't as good. Could be cause it is based entirely on pranks she pulls rather than her self-deprecating humor that was so funny.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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