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Reading and listening goes straight into your medulla oblongota and you learn through thought memory. It's like being programmed into intelligence. If you read this, you just learned that the best gifts are free. Or One Credit... and that's kinda free.

fresno, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 14 reviews
  • 37 ratings
  • 99 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014

  • The Humans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Matt Haig
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The critically acclaimed author of The Radleys shares a clever, heartwarming, and darkly insightful novel about an alien who comes to Earth to save humans from themselves. When an extraterrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. But as time goes on, he starts to realize there may be more to this weird species than he has been led to believe. Eventually, the narrator sees hope and redemption in the humans' imperfections and begins to question the very mission that brought him there.

    cristina says: "Adorable alien story"
    "A study in who you are. Well not me, him."

    Step by step talk of who we might be from the perspective of an alien who becomes..well....near human.

    Great, shorter listen....stop and go chapter pace was different and odd. Albeit, in my opinion a good odd, but diary-oddness none the less.

    Of What It Means to be Human: 1-100. A bit too many lessons to be learned. Funny and overall, entertaining and..... I wanted to keep going (unlike Pandora's Star!..). Missed the lesson of if you're not with the one you love, love the one you're with.

    Of this new author I can say this. Talented and this was indeed creative. I see you penning a futuristic tale of survival and

    And as it turns out, being human is a preferable trait.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent of Venice: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Venice, a really long time ago: Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: The rascal-Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening. Their invitation is, of course, bogus. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool.…

    Amazon Customer says: "Moore sophomoric humor riffing off the Bard's time"
    "Laughing out loud at midnight - its that good."

    Narrator was incredible and perfect for the role of Pocket. Joyous tale of a number of Shakespeare's character set in Venice, Genoa, and all things Italy in and around the Crusades. A fantasy romp where the narrator can be heard by the players - very funny parts of the book.

    I'm very tired at the moment, but wanted to make sure the world knows that in the scheme of things, this book is a 10 and in my top 5 all time. So enjoyable and funny it was, I'm holding back on the Serpent of Venice's predecessor......

    Here's to laughing out loud at midnight!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Epic tale of creative survival through science."

    Creative survival? So much more than that! The technical components of the story and the narrator/author saying things to the reader like: "Ah, what do you care! You don't give a F#$)", is shocking and you begin to truly feel Astronaut Watney's cool, driven, desperation of being left for dead on Mars.

    Narration is spot on and this will be one the best of 2014. Friend picked up this book at an airport the day I finished reading it myself, and loved it - a huge, believable tale of survival, with Watney telling the story like he's talking to you (he's keeping a journal and you're reading it).

    The counter story comes in strong half what through the book and it brings in other characters you don't think you'll get to meet.....the astronauts who left him there, the NASA execs who fight to figure out a way to bring him back.....a wonderful tie to the main story.

    When you root for a character to "make it" you know you're onto a great read!

    I'm left for dead on Mars. It's cold. I have no way to communicate with Earth. I have no food, too much disco music and the vacuum of space sucks!

    Watney: (Get it!! what #*$^& do you care!!)

    Good thing he's a Botanist...and a "damn good one!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mayday

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille, Thomas Block
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Twelve miles above the Pacific Ocean, a missile strikes a jumbo passenger jet and leaves the flight crew either crippled or dead. This is the story of how three survivors must achieve the impossible and land the plane. Master storyteller Nelson DeMille and veteran pilot Thomas Block collaborated on Mayday, the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller of all time. Also available abridged.

    Douglas says: "Great adventure! Hard to put down."
    "A great walk in the sky."

    Phenomenal. Everything happens in this book except no one missed this flight. I'll never ride on a plane with a "52" in the number again!. Updated version to a classic book, its was an outstanding read and kept me up late at night.

    Could one more thing go possibly wrong? Can Barry catch a break? Epic. You'll hear the woosh of the air passing by the gaping holes in the plane. First time I've ever been warned not to read a book on a plane; good advice. You wont go wrong with this book - narration excellent and a story of playing God is riveting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Are you kidding me? A wonderful read."

    I'll come back to this review later as I stress through modern day life of do more with less.

    Incredible read and wonderful narration. This will want you to become a first time writer then retire rich and suspicious.

    Inventive, rich, flavorful. English accent with mystery. I read this twice, back to back, and never looked.....well back. A first time in some time.

    Every gift I buy this year will have Myfawny's name all over it.

    Daniel, I knight thee, Sir O'Malley, for brilliance aforethought! First time writer? Are you kidding me?.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Time. In perspective. A listen well spent."
    If you could sum up A Short History of Nearly Everything in three words, what would they be?

    Extraordinary story start to finish. Bones: For the love of science Jim, read this book!

    What did you like best about this story?

    In never ends. Ar Ar....a play on the history of the universe. Which of course does end - just not for a long, long, time.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Impossible. Took it in over a three month period and enjoyed it immensely. Love the ending [insert wit and satire here]. Be sure to enjoy the perspectives of where we stand in the scheme of the big bang. The analogy of humans walking on the earth a mere 13 minutes before midnight on a 24 hour clock since-the-beginning of time is insane. Cant get that out of my head (hence the insanity). That and a billion pro-creative acts to come up with the right ME is better than winning the lottery - it made me feel special (not me, us!). That type of perspective is brilliant, entertaining, and well - it felt like I listening to Carl Sagan for the first time. If Mr. Bryson comes up with the story of the future, buzz me.

    Any additional comments?

    None. Just ran out of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Victorious

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As war continues to rage between the Alliance and Syndicate Worlds, Captain "Black Jack" Geary is promoted to admiral - even though the ruling council fears he may stage a military coup. His new rank gives him the authority to negotiate with the Syndics, who have suffered tremendous losses and may finally be willing to end the war. But an even greater alien threat lurks on the far side of the Syndic occupied space.

    Jeffrey says: "This is a great series"
    "Honor/Strategy in retreatism. Yes, that's a word."

    Completely unexpected and simply couldn't stop listening. Went through all six books back to back. You'll find the premise of a calculated retreat in space from your enemies capital star system completely and utterly believable.

    The descriptions of the strategy used to out maneuver the dreaded Syndics was creative and so well articulated you began to "see", to imagine, large space warships maneuvering into and out of position to out flank and out smart your opponent. I equate it to seeing numbers move when variables in equations display cause and effect (but that's just me!).

    The narrative is so clear, you begin to understand the dance of warfare at the speed of light.

    Honor plays a large part in the Lost Fleet, lead by the charismatic and honorable Captain John Geary. The narration of the players central to the story is spot on; it feels like you would imagine, character by character. Christian Rummel's description of the battles, the strategy, the relationships and the humanity is one reason I kept going into book 6. In all sincerity, I believed him and when listening to a book, more important, nothing is.

    However wonderful the narration, it is the story of the Lost Fleet that will ultimately win you over. Trapped in enemy space due to your fleet admiral's murder during "peace" negotiations, you must find a way back to your Alliance star system with a ruthless enemy close behind.

    Do you head straight back? What about provisions? What happen's when the enemy knows your coming through a hyper-gate, lay millions of mines at the point of exit and wait with pointed weapons for you to arrive?

    And yet, through strategy and experience, you escape and live to retreat another day.

    The story line between characters is wrought with emotion, feelings, betrayal, treason, and a learned respect for Captain Geary's kind and honorable consideration on all things love and war. I found listening to the other captain's in Geary's fleet, enjoyable - the differing perspectives was a nice touch - not everyone wants to do the honorable thing - some just want to leap in a kick the Syndics....well you know....just like they've done for years without consideration to their own losses.

    Bottom line on the Lost Fleet: the strategy and descriptions of the narrow and harrowing space escapes was both Incredible and Fearless. Jack Campbell ran with a premise of retreat and never gave it up through the series - that consistency and the variance in how the Alliance lived to fight another day is truly well thought out and I have no doubt he spent hours with pen and pencil mapping out clever and creative exit strategies.

    What he couldn't count, however, was Christian Rummel's narration and spot on interpretation of events that together, makes the Lost Fleet one of my top all time space epic story lines.

    Good or bad - The Lost Fleet will be a movie someday and I look forward to seeing the imagery of space strategy dropped into CGI animation. The honorable and epic retreatism (Yes! That's now officially my word!) of this story proves both unique and fresh.

    Well done Jack Campbell, I salute you sir!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Just couldn't do it....had to get on with my life!"

    Man... epic and in all over the place. If you don't follow the story closely you'll end up walking from planet to planet for some reason you won't even remember.

    Names, story lines, this, that....all gets a bit to complex and other worldly thorough. Don't get me wrong, for someone who has a lot of time spend mapping this out, you'll come to enjoy it - that's if you can remember who's doing what and why.

    The reviews did indeed warn me about the depth of this space opera.....I was just looking to get off this planet and take in some new technology.

    First no go for me on Audible....but I'm pretty sure it was the listener and not the story. Nah, that wasn't it...but there I go again getting all bouncy! Now where are my glasses?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ship of Magic: The Liveship Traders, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik

    Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships---rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia. For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her---a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim.

    Lorena says: "Something altogether new"
    "Incredible depth & storytelling; a read well done!"

    Rolled the dice on this used book about 3 years ago - a wonderful story with incredible depth of character with a methodical, staying on track, type of tale; always moving forward with the story.

    Fantasy at its best and yet, its doesn't fill itself with imaginary evils that take the place of the epic human storytelling. My god, I kept feeling for the players and the author just kept expanding their grief or their joy. By the time I was through this listen, I found myself wanting NOT to pick up Book 2 just so this story would linger.

    Narrator was stellar - totally believable and very easy to get lost....can't tell you how many times I fell asleep to her and dreamt I was being chased by pirates or talking to a pitiful, sorrowful, grounded Liveship. Her dramatization of grief and anger was unique and the best I've heard - period.

    The Liveship (a ship that is "alive") dialog was at times epic and at times beautiful...the ramblings of the elders or the other lesser known players had a unique and distinctive qualities.....sometimes I would just take off the headphones and think about what I just heard. A rare event to stop a grown man in his tracks and wonder why I don't talk like that.

    I don't know who Robin Hobb is, but tell her to keep her day job.....and tell her thank you for the words she put together in this, my opinion, masterpiece.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "A precious, prequel to LOTR"

    A must read/hear if you're debating on whether or not to listen and diving back into Middle Earth. If you've only seen the movies (not counting The Hobbit movie), then there is no risk.

    Fantasy story telling at its deliberate best. Slow, marching, your presence has to be earned and Tolkien rewards the reader with a complete stand alone story.

    The narrator was sic!! And if my teen age daughter has it right, that's a good thing! Even his singing some of the elvish and dwarvish songs was well done.

    5 stars across the board! Enjoy it with a pipe of Old Tobey!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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