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Ramona

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  • Ragamuffin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tobias S. Buckell
    • Narrated By James Buschmann
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    The Benevolent Satrapy rule an empire of 48 worlds, linked by thousands of wormholes strung throughout the galaxy. Human beings, while technically "free," mostly skulk around the fringes of the Satrapy, struggling to get by. The secretive alien Satraps tightly restrict the technological development of the species under their control. Entire worlds have been placed under interdiction, cut off from the rest of the universe.

    Dan says: "Excellent Story"
    "Interesting Story Idea"
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    Enjoyable writing and an engaging story although not as good as some. It's worth a credit but I would have liked some more background on some of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abandon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (158)

    On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman and child in a remote mining town will disappear, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins, and not a single bone will be found - not even the gold that was rumored to have been the pride of this town. One hundred and thirteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a leading history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them into the abandoned mining town so they can learn what happened.

    Janet says: "Disturbing"
    "Unique Mystery"
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    I found this listen rather intriguing. The end was a nice twist from the usual, it was not expected at all until near the end when you wondered which of the possibilities existed. I did think there were some flaws where characters who were miners would have known of certain possibilities but I can't get into it any further without giving it away.

    This is not the run-of-the-mill mystery and I think you'll enjoy it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Legacy of Heorot

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    Best-selling science fiction superstars Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle combine their talents with those of Steven Barnes in an extraordinary adventure of humankind’s first outpost in the farthest reaches of space. Light years from Earth, colonists land on a planet they name Avalon. It seems like a paradise - until native creatures savagely attack. It will take every bit of intelligence, courage, and military-style discipline to survive.

    Chris says: "Damn Great Book"
    "An okay story"
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    The synopsis is deceptive. The story is different than what it appears. It's an okay story but not one I would listen to twice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy in the Suitcase: A Nina Borg Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lene Kaaberbøl (author and translator), Agnete Friis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (415)

    Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is trying to live a quiet life. The last thing her husband wants is for her to go running off on another dangerous mission to help illegal refugees. But when Nina's estranged friend, Karin, leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, and begs her to take care of its contents, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous case yet.

    Avid Reader and Listener says: "Fantastic thriller!"
    "Decent Story, Strange Ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The main story was okay, nothing really unexpected but not boring. Also, I thought the back stories could have been better. The ending was a bit strange. It started to wind down as expected but then suddenly picked up as though this was book one of a series with no prior indication that this would be the case. I don't know if I'll read another one by this author. I'm still deciding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder and Rain: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Daniel May, Luci Christian Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (78)

    Third generation Texas Ranger Tyler Steele is the last of a dying breed - a modern-day cowboy hero living in a world that doesn't quite understand his powerful sense of right and wrong and instinct to defend those who can't defend themselves. Samantha and her daughter, Hope, are on the run from a seemingly inescapable situation. They are in danger, desperate, and alone. Though they are strangers, Ty knows he can help - protecting the innocent is what he does best.

    Dennis says: "A mans story, a love story?"
    "Satisfying Ending but Boring Interlude"
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    Overall I've liked this author. I really enjoyed Chasing Fireflies so I was a bit disappointed in this one. Some of the detailed descriptions of guns and their use didn't add anything to the story and made me want to fast-forward. If I had been reading this in print, I would have skipped over those pages. Also, some of the musings of the protagonist were overly long and repetitive. I think with a little better editing, this could have been a five star book.

    The narrators were very good. I can't fault them at all. It was very easy to tell who was talking and who wasn't. They both were excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Fireflies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Andrew Peterson
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (277)

    When paramedics find a malnourished 6-year-old boy near a burning car that holds a dead woman, they wonder who he is - and why he won't talk. Seth, a small-town journalist who was raised by foster parents, is assigned to cover the story and investigate the boy's identity. But will his search unearth long-buried emotions - and answers to his own history?

    Deborah A Reardon says: "Meaningful"
    "Absolutely Superb"
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    A wonderful story by a wonderful story teller. The characters are interesting and well developed, the transitions are smooth and it has a very satisfying ending. I will be looking for more by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nano

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (223)

    Pia Grazdani, the embattled medical student from Death Benefit, decides to take a year off from her medical studies and escape New York City. Intrigued by the promise of the burgeoning field of medical technology and the chance to clear her head, Pia takes a job at Nano, LLC, a lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology insititute in the picturesque foothills of the Rockies. Nano, LLC is ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nano-robots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria. But the corporate campus is a place of secrets.

    Gerald says: "First time review"
    "Nice Story but Predictable"
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    I usually enjoy Robin Cook and this was no exception but it wasn't as enjoyable as previous books. It felt too formulaic and there weren't any real surprises in it, i.e., nothing unexpected happened. Not bad just not great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Simple Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (399)

    Michael Fiske broke the law when he took Rufus Harms's prison letter from the Supreme Court. But he also sealed his own fate. Now Michael's brother, a cop turned attorney, is coming to Washington to find out why his brother was murdered - and what it had to do with a crime that Rufus Harms committed 25 years before.

    Ted says: "Disappoint? Balcacci? Not Likely!"
    "Excellent, Baldacci Does It Again!"
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    Performance
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    Excellent story, excellent characters. It keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end. Very enjoyable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nexus: Ascension

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Boyczuk
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    After returning from a 30-year trade mission, the crew of the Ea wake from cryonic suspension to find that their home world, Bh'Haret, is dead. "Screamer" satellites have been strung around their planet, warning of a plague. A scan of the surface of Bh'Haret reveals no trace of human life - only crumbling cities. Their fuel and other supplies nearly exhausted, the crew has little choice but to make planet fall on Bh'Haret, infected with a virulent and deadly disease.

    Russell says: "Science Fiction That Packs a Punch"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story idea was good and there are some good characters but the actions of some of the characters are contrived. Whenever the author wants a twist in the story, two of the characters simply "give up". All of a sudden, after taking multiple risks and discovering deceptions, they just give up and go along with one of the antagonists. It just make sense and is very frustrating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dust

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Jacqueline Druga
    • Narrated By Jacqueline Druga
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Without warning the United States is invaded and attacked. The result: World War III. In the sanctity of her shelter, Joanna Collins reconciles her life on the pages of a notebook. In doing so, she gains the determination to discover what has become of those she loves in a world that has turned to dust.

    Robert says: "Painfully Amateurish"
    "Good story"
    Overall
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    Story

    This is a good story. The characters are well-developed and the story comes to a satisfactory conclusion. No contrived plot twists or anything. It's well-developed.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Revisionists

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Thomas Mullen
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    Zed is an agent from the future. A time when the world's problems have been solved. No hunger. No war. No despair. His mission is to keep it that way. Even if it means ensuring every cataclysm throughout history runs its course-especially The Great Conflagration, an imminent disaster in our own time that Zed has been ordered to protect at all costs.

    David says: "Lit-fic + time travel? Sure!"
    "KPax Redux"
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    It wasn't a bad idea and the story is not bad,it's just not really science fiction. This should be in the general fiction category.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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