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  • Honor Among Enemies: Honor Harrington, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (995)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (737)

    Despite political foes, professional jealousies, and the scandal which drove her into exile, Capt. Honor Harrington has been offered a chance to reclaim her career as an officer of the Royal Manticoran Navy. But there's a catch. She must assume command of a "squadron" of jury-rigged armed merchantmen with crew drawn from the dregs of her service and somehow stop the pirates who have taken advantage of the Havenite War to plunder the Star Kingdom's commerce.

    Readalot says: "I like honorable heroes!"
    "Bad Narrator Ruins Good Story"
    Overall

    I've read most of David Weber's Honor Harrington series so I thought I'd give the audio version a chance. Sadly, a terrible reader ruined what is otherwise a really good science fictions story. In most cases the narrator talks in a monotone with little differentiation between the various characters' voices. When not talking in monotone, the narrator spoke in an up and down cadence that becomes so annoying I couldn't finishing listening.

    6 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn's Early Light: Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (173)

    After being ignominiously shipped out of England following their participation in the Janus affair, Braun and Books are ready to prove their worth as agents. But what starts as a simple mission in the States - intended to keep them out of trouble - suddenly turns into a scandalous and convoluted case that has connections reaching as far as Her Majesty the Queen.

    Denise says: "Ends with a bang!"
    "Not as Good as Previous Books."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Dawn's Early Light? What did you like least?

    The characters of Books and Braun are always the highlight of these novels. The authors have created two very interesting, fully developed characters. The problem is, not even the redoubtable Books and Braun could save what was a meandering story that, at times, really dragged on.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine ? Why or why not?

    This may not have been my favorite of the series, but I will definitely return for the next one.


    Which character – as performed by James Langton – was your favorite?

    The main characters are, of course, my favorites. Langston's performance manages to make then two distinctive people.


    Any additional comments?

    A good story, but not as good as the previous two.

    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
    Overall
    (10414)
    Performance
    (9911)
    Story
    (9931)

    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"
    "Like a Summer Blockbuster Movie!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    It was obvious the author put no small amount of time into researching the science of a person being stranded on Mars. I have no doubt he took some creative license, but who cares. The science of trying to survive on an inhospitable planet like Mars is what made this story so interesting. I also thought the main character was hilariously snarky.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never listened to this narrator before but I would definitely consider listening to his other performances based on this one alone.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I don't often laugh out loud while listening to audiobooks but this one had me chuckling quite a bit. It also had me on the edge of seat on several occasions -- a rare thing for an audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    This is just a great science fiction novel, emphasis on the science. All the characters were interesting and I think the story taps into how human beings often react to terrible situations. If this were to happen in real life I have no doubt you'd see the world come together to save one person stranded on a planet millions of miles away from the Earth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power Trip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jackie Collins
    • Narrated By Jackie Collins, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Holter Graham, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    A luxurious yacht in the Sea of Cortez, a birthday cruise for one of the world’s most beautiful women and an invitation no one can refuse...The Power Trip - take if it you dare. From Hollywood icon and mega-seller Jackie Collins comes a thrilling new novel, The Power Trip, set on a state of the art luxury yacht off the coast of Cabo San Lucas. A tropical getaway with a cast of global power-hungry elites turns sour when they find out maybe they don't control as much of the world as they thought....

    Rose says: "Cliché Characters... Overall a Decent Beach Listen"
    "Fun and Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a fun and entertaining listen with better characters and story than many of Collins' recent novels. Once the story gets going it pulls you in and doesn't let go.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Power Trip?

    The reporter character and how reacts to the pirates. Very unexpected.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I wasn't a fan of the narration. In general, I don't like multiple narrators unless each person is playing a specific character. The change of narrators in this story was driven by the character taking center stage, but when the POV changed the same characters were being voiced by a different actor and the differences in style were distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, a very good Jackie Collins novel with less of the cookie cutter Hollywood story and characters. You could tell Collins put some time and thought into the plot and characters. Sure, there were a few of the "usual suspects": actors, models, etc.; but also some new celebrity types that made it a little more interesting. Easily one of Collins' better novels in awhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (659)

    Evil is most assuredly afoot - and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade... and a librarian. These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling - will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest...

    Suzanna says: "Great Steampunk - worth a listen"
    "Better Than Expected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Normally, I'm not a fan of steampunk but I was pleasantly surprised by Phoenix Rising. I liked the two main characters, Eliza Braun and Wellington Books, which made a somewhat meandering story easier to take. While the plot does drag in certain place it's interesting enough to keep you listening. Much of the credit for that has to go to the narrator, James Langton. He inhabits each of the characters and gives their own voice quite nicely; however, his New Zealand accent was questionable at times. While there are some major plot holes and unsettling events that may turn off some readers/listeners, overall this a was really fun story and I look forward to more adventures from Books and Braun.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Whiskey Sour: A Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Susie Breck, Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (753)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (445)

    Between avoiding the FBI and their moronic profiling computer, joining a dating service, mixing it up with street thugs, and parrying the advances of an uncouth PI, Lieutenant Jacqueline Daniels and her binge-eating partner Herb must catch a frightening maniac who calls himself "The Gingerbread Man" before he kills again...and Jack is next on his murder list.

    Kari says: "Like the book but GRAPHIC details"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I don't know what disappointed me more: the boring plot, the stereotype main character, or the retread villain. This book was little more than an amalgam of tired stereotypes, flat dialogue, and uninteresting characters. It was a complete waste of a credit.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Metro Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    Buckle your seat belts. New York Times best-selling author Janet Evanovich is moving into the fast lane with Metro Girl, a thrilling, high-octane misadventure with high stakes, hot nights, cold-blooded murder, sunken treasure, a woman with a chassis built for speed, and one very good, very sexy NASCAR driver who's along for the ride.

    Judie Cosentino says: "what metro?"
    "Bad, Very Bad"
    Overall

    Wow, was this one bad book. From the story itself right down to the poorly chosen narrator this book was a disaster. Let me start with the story itself. The characters are one-dimensional, unexciting, and down-right stupid. The plot itself is like something out of a bad episode of Miami Vice meets The Dukes of Hazzard. I'm only a recent convert to Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, so I went into this novel with an open opinion. Unfortunately, the book's heroine, Alexandra Barnaby, isn't likeable enough to keep your attention. Then there's the narrator, C. J. Critt, whose vocalizations for each character sounded exactly the same. Not to mention she sounds like an old woman, not a young woman in her early to mid thirties as I envisioned the main character. Unless you're truly a fan of Evanovich this book can be skipped and forgotten.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Jorge says: "New is not always better..."
    "OK Narration, OK Book"
    Overall

    I was really disappointed in this novel. Nothing of real substance happens! Martin seems to have contracted Robert Jordan Syndrome: a large book with little to no plot movement. I hope the next book is a hell of a lot better than this one. I will admit that I enjoyed Martin's choice to bring Cersei forward with her own point-of-view chapters, but even then very little happened.

    On the choice of John Lee as narrator, I thought he was OK. I was never a fan of Dotrice, but he did do a better job with the large cast. I've heard other books narrated by Lee and he always sounds like Yul Brynner.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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