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  • Falling Free

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (533)

    Leo Graf was just your average highly efficient engineer: mind your own business, fix what's wrong, and move on to the next job. But all that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat, where a group of humanoids had been secretly, commercially bioengineered for working in free fall. Could he just stand there and allow the exploitation of hundreds of helpless children merely to enhance the bottom line of a heartless mega-corporation?

    Kelly Howard says: "if you want the books in order..."
    "Well Done!!"
    Overall

    I wondered how well this would convert to audio format, but Grover Gardner has once again done an excellent job voicing the characters and story.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Rocks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (194)

    Laine Tavish surrounds herself with antiques in her store. As for her own past, she’d rather avoid it. And when that doesn’t work, she has to rely on an enigmatic stranger to figure out who is chasing her and why. The answer lies in a hidden fortune that will change her life forever…

    Kathleen says: "Good book, but a re-release!!"
    "Better than Big Jack"
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    This is a stronger story than the second half/sequel, Big Jack. Susan Ericksen is such a good narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moving Finger: A Miss Marple Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (38)

    No one warned Jerry and Joanna that vile, anonymous letters were being sent to various villagers and, indeed, they soon receive such a letter themselves. A letter, of course, is only harmful if a recipient takes it so seriously she kills herself-which happens soon after the story begins. And then there is a murder. Is this the result of a letter, or of a deranged mind that fears discovery? Jerry Burton is out of investigative ideas when Miss Marple appears, ready to solve the crime.

    Alan Winterrowd says: "This will keep you guessing"
    "Miss Marple comes in at the end"
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    This is a 3.5 star tale; a few points off for the voice that was used for Megan, just something about it that wasn't right imho. Well-done, of course, Martin Jarvis is a really good narrator, and a good voice for this post-WWII story, with very little of Miss Marple in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King Solomon's Mines

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By H. Rider Haggard
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Catherine says: "A ripping yarn, narrated by a master"
    "Just Great!"
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    Wow. This is almost as amazing as *Treasure Island*. Patrick Tull was a wonderful narrator (I have all his Brother Cadfael audios), and he's just right for this book, which is written as a retrospective of the great adventure, as if it were a tale told by the fireside, and in this context the mouth noises, as of an old gent were pausing to swallow or whatever, work.

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3866)
    Performance
    (3397)
    Story
    (3397)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Very different, but quite good"
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    I've been a huge fan of the Fuzzy books by H Beam Piper since the 1980s, and have read and re-read all of the books (his and others' work) several times. I was not sure about this re-imagining, though I generally like Scalzi's work, and it took me a while to finish listening. The courtroom appearance of 'Papa Fuzzy' is amazing, and Wil Wheaton really does it well. I promptly zipped over to Amazon and bought the ebook to read the story all over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Terra-Cotta Dog: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (57)

    Montalbano's latest case begins with a mysterious tête à tête with a Mafioso, some inexplicably abandoned loot from a supermarket heist, and some dying words that lead him to an illegal arms cache in a mountain cave. There the inspector finds two young lovers, dead for 50 years and still embracing, watched over by a life-sized terra-cotta dog. Montalbano's passion to solve this old crime takes him on a journey through Sicily's past and into a family's dark heart.

    Lehua says: "It just gets better"
    "Better than I thought at first"
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    This is my first Montalbano book, after many recommendations from friends. I'm a huge fan of Grover Gardner's narration, so, while the dialog seems a bit silly and overly dramatic in places, the voice is excellent. The rhythm and style of the dialog are unlike most English-language mysteries, which I have to think is due to the book having been written in Italian and then translated.

    The attitudes toward Ingrid's rape by her F-i-l are shocking, but at least Montalbano has an effective solution. And Montalbano isn't fighting active obstruction by his superior officers, as Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti has to do in that series.

    I can't give this 4 stars, but it is 3+; I think I'll listen further.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Snowglobe 7

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mike Tucker
    • Narrated By Georgia Moffett
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Set on Earth in 2099, when global warming is devastating the planet. In a desperate attempt at preservation, the governments of the world have removed vast sections of the Arctic and Antarctic and set them inside huge domes. But a hidden threat has been preserved beneath Snowglobe 7.

    CatBookMom says: "OK story and narration"
    "OK story and narration"
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    The narrator is OK, but I didn't think there was enough differentiation between Martha's voice and that of the Doctor. Interesting interaction between the Doctor and Robot Twelve, possibly better than Martha's role in this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Taking of Chelsea 426

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By David Llewellyn
    • Narrated By Christopher Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    The Chelsea Flower Show - hardly the most exciting or dangerous event in the calendar, or so Doctor thinks. But this is Chelsea 426, a city-sized future colony floating on the clouds of Saturn, and the flowers are much more than they seem. As the Doctor investigates, a familiar foe arrives, and the stakes suddenly get much higher. The Sontarans have plans of their own, and they're not here to arrange flowers.

    Elizabeth says: "Fun listen, well worth a credit"
    "Interesting story"
    Overall
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    Interesting premise, and a different take on the Sontarans, somewhat better than most, in fact. Loved the kids - very bright, and the Doctor actually acknowledged their help with things he didn't know. How often does that happen?

    Didn't greatly like the narrator, though he did a good job; just didn't find that his voice/phrasing, etc for the Doctor was as good as it could have been. But part of that is just his voice. He gets 3 stars, the story 3+. (from my Goodreads review)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who and the Dinosaur Invasion

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Malcolm Hulke
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    The Doctor and Sarah arrive back in the TARDIS to find London completely deserted: except for the dinosaurs. Has the return of these prehistoric creatures been deliberately planned and, if so, who can be behind it all?

    carl says: "Unexpectedly bad story."
    "Not the best story, but good narration"
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    Bog-standard Doctor Who Three and Sara Jane adventure, this time with dinosaurs, being used by a bunch of crack-pots who want to take Earth back in time. Well read by Martin Jarvis.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Day of the Jackal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (363)

    One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman who in, the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, operations chief of the O.A.S., to assassinate General de Gaulle.

    Darwin8u says: "Tight & fantastic political/cat-and-mouse thriller"
    "Excellent, holds up very well"
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    Really, it's amazing how well this holds up from 40 years ago (pub 1971 or so). Set in 1963, it's a straight-forward narrative, the step-by-step tale of how the Jackal planned the assassination of Charles de Gaulle and how he was stopped by a police officer who just wouldn't give up and who checked everything. Very good story for knitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Methuselah's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (231)

    After the fall of the American Ayatollahs as foretold in Stranger in a Strange Land and chronicled in Revolt in 2100, the United States of America at last fulfills the promise inherent in its first Revolution: for the first time in human history there is a nation with Liberty and Justice for All. No one may seize or harm the person or property of another, or invade his privacy, or force him to do his bidding. Americans are fiercely proud of their re-won liberties and the blood it cost them; nothing could make them forswear those truths they hold self-evident. Nothing except the promise of immortality…

    Rey says: "Another brilliant work by RAH"
    "This old favorite holds up pretty well"
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    I don't know that an audio edition really adds much to this book, a long-time favorite. But this was better, in the sense that it didn't seem as silly/outdated, than *The Number of the Beast*, which was my first RAH audiobook attempt (returned that mess to Audible).

    The narrator used more of a corn-pone/hick sort of accent for Lazarus than I would have preferred, but overall he did a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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