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AJ

Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Ghost Brigades

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2483)
    Performance
    (1870)
    Story
    (1883)

    The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

    Randall says: "If you liked..."
    "Creative tale, Excellent performance"
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    This book continues the story started in Old Man's War focusing on the Special Forces in general and Jane Sagan in particular. Just as I thought I'd had enough of the tale, it kept evolving to develop the universe and personalities in much greater depth. While so many science fiction stories about humanity's expansion into the universe revolve around the same basic themes, this series is wholly different. There is limitless variety of species / races. Humans come in all the real varieties, not just good guys. I haven't enjoyed a story in this arena so much since the Ender's Game series. I will most certainly finish the entire series and probably look for more from John Scalzi.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Messenger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (849)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (436)

    Allon is recovering from his grueling showdown with a Palestinian master terrorist, when terrorism comes to find him once again. An al-Qaeda suspect is killed in London, and photographs are found on his computer - photographs that lead Israeli intelligence to suspect that al-Qaeda is planning one of its most audacious attacks ever, straight at the heart of the Vatican.

    Dan says: "Well worth the time"
    "The saga continues"
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    I enjoy this series for two reasons: the implausible luck reminds me of fantasy and the accurate reference to reality is an interesting blend. The voices and accents were particularly good in the one. The authors comments at the end about reference to true events was very interesting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool's Errand: Tawny Man, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (495)

    For fifteen years FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in self-imposed exile, assumed to be dead by almost all who once cared about him. But now, into his isolated life, visitors begin to arrive: Fitz's mentor from his assassin days; a hedge-witch who foresees the return of a long-lost love; and the Fool, the former White Prophet, who beckons Fitz to fulfill his destiny. Then comes the summons he cannot ignore. Prince Dutiful, the young heir to the Farseer throne, has vanished.

    Holly Helscher says: "Hobb is Golden"
    "Excellent Stroy and Superb narration"
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    I really thought I was done with Robin Hobb feeling the writing was too much formula and expected/ But something caught my eye and made me start this series. I will definitely finish it. The Farseer stroy picks up 15 years later and brings together many of the loose ends from the first trilogy. The overall geography and relationships of region in the world are hinted at and I suspect that the whole tale will come together to complete the world. A great listen

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Beautiful Friendship: Star Kingdom, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1216)
    Performance
    (1073)
    Story
    (1077)

    Stephanie Harrington had always expected to be a forest ranger on her homeworld of Meyerdahl until her parents relocated to the frontier planet of Sphinx in the far distant Star Kingdom of Manticore. It should have been the perfect new home - a virgin wilderness full of new species of every sort, just waiting to be discovered. But Sphinx is a far more dangerous place than ultra-civilized Meyerdahl, and Stephanie's explorations come to a sudden halt when her parents lay down the law: no trips into the bush without adult supervision!

    brendanstallard says: "Wow, Weber hits the target."
    "WEll done performance"
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    The discovery of a new sapient species in a fully plausible future is and engaging tale, but the whole story is a little weak. Even so the book is thoroughly enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Jim Colby, Eliza Foss, Cassandra Morris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (606)

    It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

    Sara says: "A jewel"
    "Compelling story, great performances"
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    This book is beautifully performed and quickly catches the listeners attention. As the story develops the listener can easily see how concealing events in our own lives can lead to remarkable outcomes. I expect that anyone would relate to some or many parts of this tale which ultimately has an satisfying resolution

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Let Me Go

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1797)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (618)

    From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

    Christopher says: "Moving, haunting, but slow developing"
    "Absolutely fascinating"
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    The fundamental premise (no spoiler alert here) is a deep consideration of controversial technical possibilities.... And the basic compliance of human nature is surprising.
    The performance is excellent. Really a great listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shaman's Crossing, Book One of the Soldier Son Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (195)

    Hugo and Nebula Award finalist Robin Hobb crafts intricate fantasy tales featuring larger-than-life characters and exotic landscapes. Nevare Burvelle was born to be a soldier in the Gernian army. But as Nevare's career takes off, his worldview alters considerably. Corruption and nepotism reign, and now Nevare questions his own ideals, wondering why he continues fighting for the empire.

    Therese M. Woolley says: "Sometimes Magic Isn't A Good Thing"
    "Just too slow"
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    I loved the other books by Robin Hobb I have read and really wanted more. But this tale drags on and on... I give up less than half way through the book. I suspect he will eventually get to the story

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2944)
    Performance
    (2480)
    Story
    (2489)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "A truly unique historic fiction"
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    I enjoy historic fiction when it closely approximates actual events as does this book. The author does this in a very unusual way mixing 18th century events with modern events and it totally works! The narrator does the Scots brogue beautifully. All around a great listen, and the listen is much more interesting than the read due to the narrators talent

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19804)
    Performance
    (17834)
    Story
    (17989)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Jennifer says: "Rated for 1st book, reviewed for trilogy"
    "An interesting concept of a possible future"
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    This story clearly takes place in Chicago some long period into the future.... much of the infrastructure of Chicago has decayed but there are plenty clues to the city's identity.So it seems the story takes place in a post apocalyptic future even though the author never says so. Through this book the character development is great and the notion of innate tendency is taken to almost religious fervor as the people are divided into factions based on their innate drives. Interesting enough to move on to the next......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Water Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Dick King-Smith
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    When eight-year-old Kirstie brings home a strange egg from the Scottish shore, her family never expects it to hatch. But the next day, Kirstie discovers a baby sea monster swimming in her bathtub! Part horse, part toad, part turtle and part crocodile, he's the oddest-looking creature Kirstie's family has ever seen. Only Kirstie's grandfather knows what the beastie really is: a Water Horse! This lovable creature is the perfect pet. The only trouble is, he can't stop growing.

    Julie M. says: "good childrens story"
    "Nice prequel to a myth"
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    The story is short and sweet, but with little development. the reader does a fine job with the Scottish accent. Fun short tale

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Identical

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (308)

    Identical, based loosely on the myth of Castor and Pollux, is the story of identical twins, Paul and Cass Giannis, and the complex relationships between their family and their former neighbors, the Kronons. The audiobook focuses principally on events in 2008, when Paul is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County, and Cass is released from the penitentiary, 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Athena Kronon.

    Jacqueline says: "Courtroom Drama Takes a Back Seat"
    "Scott Turow at his best"
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    I have now read enough of Turow's work that I usually get the punchline before I get to the end of the book.... But not so with this one. The tale is believable and complex and holds the reader's attention all the way through. I recommend it highly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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