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Elaine

I'm 66. I've read Audiobooks now for 6 years. After an assault, I had minor brain damage and couldn't read. Audible got me back to books

Sumas, WA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Deep Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2107)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (725)

    Former naval doctor Peter Crane is summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below on "Deep Storm", a stunningly advanced science-research facility built two miles beneath the surface on the ocean floor. The top-secret structure has been designed for one purpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to an ancient mystery.

    Tom says: "Must Read"
    "Storming into your mind"
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    Deep Storm is, in my opinion, Child's best book so far. It's original, relentless, and mind grabing with a shocking ending. The plot is unpredictable, the characters memorable, the writing is amazing. As an author, myself, I was in awe of Child's talent. If you like Mystery, Science and Terror grab this book. Deep Storm delivers a unforgettable read. EE

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1200)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (554)

    Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. But it can't help his fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

    Scott says: "Scicen Fiction Can Be Literature"
    "Science, Mystery, and Love"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hominids the most enjoyable?

    This first book of the Neanderthal trilogy plunges you into the action right away, presenting well defined characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hominids?

    In the first book, the second lead character's trial for murder keeps the attention.


    What about Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer ’s performance did you like?

    Robert's story is science at it's best, mystery at it's most compelling, and love at it's strongest. Jonathan's narration is, as ever, highly attuned to the senses, easily creating the range of characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    During the conversation between Ponter and Mary the exploring of their two worlds is charged with the clash of mental and social viewpoints.


    Any additional comments?

    The Neanderthal Parallax Trilogy is the reason I like Science Fiction. The parallel worlds story is engaging. The characters are people you wish you knew. And the science is cutting edge and full of possibilities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hybrids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (211)

    Scientists (and lovers) Mary Vaughan, who is human, and Ponter Boddit, who is Neanderthal, embark on the harrowing adventure of conceiving a child together. To overcome the genetic barbed wire of mismatched chromosomes, they must use banned technology obtainable only from a Neanderthal scientist living in the northern wilderness.

    dissipatedfog says: "Hated it!"
    "SF best"
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    If you could sum up Hybrids in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating. Intelligent. Satisfying.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Favorite character, Ponter Boddit. He is appealing, moral and intelligent.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to Sawyer's books. His themes are why I enjoy Science Fiction. Davis brings them to life with his wide range of voices.


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

    The Neanderthal Parallax is good for it's attention to character development. It's full of emotions.


    Any additional comments?

    Sawyer's future science is fascinating. Feeds the quest for knowledge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (701)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "Childhood"
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    Would you try another book from Harper Lee and/or Sissy Spacek?

    No. I didn't consider this an Adult book. Lacks depth. Told from a child's point of view.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Harper Lee again?

    I would not read Harper's books.


    Did Sissy Spacek do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Sissy Spacek did a good job. Very believable.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I didn't like this book, but the story was of interest for it's look at the old South.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite being a classic, I don't recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Planet Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (387)

    Alex Lomax is the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up 40 years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.

    Craig says: "Gumshoe on Mars"
    "Dated"
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    Would you try another book from Robert J. Sawyer and/or Christian Rummel?

    Yes. I have read others that I enjoyed. I bought and recommended "Calculating God".


    What could Robert J. Sawyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    create more likable characters. update the job of main character. present fossil plot in the beginning. give more attention to the world of future Mars. remove references to past ideas in earlier books. delete accents; doesn't work for future.










    Would you be willing to try another one of Christian Rummel’s performances?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    fossils on Mars idea.


    Any additional comments?

    book was not up to sawyer's best work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1934)
    Performance
    (1327)
    Story
    (1340)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "An alien reveals god."
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    Where does Calculating God rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was so incredible I read it 4 times in the last month! It's the best audiobook I've listened to ever!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Calculating God?

    At the first page, Calculating God grabs each moment with compelling drive. From the first spoken word to the last, the characters capture your attention and never gives it back.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Calculating God is the first book I've listened to by Robert J. Sawyer and Jonathan Davis! It has sent me to find Robert's other books, and to write Jonathan a letter, of thanks for his talent in making the book live.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many of the conversations between the alien and the scientist brings them to a close relationship which moved me to care deeply for these characters. I never met an alien with a sense of humor.


    Any additional comments?

    As an author, myself, I admire Robert's daring with character, plot, and intelligence. This book almost convinced me it was real. I found myself arguing the science. Amazing Book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ian Kershaw
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (108)

    From the preeminent Hitler biographer, a fascinating and original exploration of how the Third Reich was willing and able to fight to the bitter end of World War II. Countless books have been written about why Nazi Germany lost World War II, yet remarkably little attention has been paid to the equally vital question of how and why it was able to hold out as long as it did.

    Liz says: "Engrossing yet horrifying"
    "Hitler's Third War."
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    What made the experience of listening to The End the most enjoyable?

    The facination of "The End" was Hitler's third war, the war against his own people


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End?

    The failed plot to kill Hitler.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Pratt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I've listened to Mr. Pratt's work.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    As an animal lover, I was angered by Hitler's order to euthenize all the pets.


    Any additional comments?

    "The End" gives the reader a "you are there" perspective more powerful than "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3396)
    Performance
    (3075)
    Story
    (3139)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "out of date."
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    What disappointed you about Legion?

    The story begins with the hunt for Osama Ben Lauden. Story is not up to date.


    What was most disappointing about Brandon Sanderson’s story?

    The time line.


    Did Oliver Wyman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Only read a few lines of chapter 1.


    What character would you cut from Legion?

    I know it was free, but not worth the trouble.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5233)
    Performance
    (3230)
    Story
    (3257)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "The Death of American Way"
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    What made the experience of listening to One Second After the most enjoyable?

    This story is simple in it's premise and complicated in it's impact on the characters. The basic experience is: What happens when the EMP effect destroys the American way of liffe? No electricity, no transportation, no grocery or department stores, no entertainment dvd,tv, movies, music cds,computers; everything we now depend upon is lost. How do we live? The story pulls it punches by using a small town. But the characters are believable. Good resolution.


    Would you recommend One Second After to your friends? Why or why not?

    One Second After is a good "end of the world" story.


    Did Joe Barrett do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    good characters. readers care about them


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The End of American Life.


    Any additional comments?

    The end of sociiety, the end of trust, the end of hope. And the human power to return to civilization.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (355)

    Buddy is a good dog. After searching for his purpose through several eventful lives, Buddy is sure that he has found and fulfilled it. Yet as he watches curious baby Clarity get into dangerous mischief, he is certain that this little girl is very much in need of a dog of her own. When Buddy is reborn, he realizes that he has a new destiny. He's overjoyed when he is adopted by Clarity, now a vibrant but troubled teenager. When they are suddenly separated, Buddy despairs - who will take care of his girl?

    Robert says: "Outstanding!!!!"
    "Second part the story"
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    If you could sum up A Dog's Journey in three words, what would they be?

    Puppy lives forever


    What other book might you compare A Dog's Journey to and why?

    book 2 of "A Dog's Purpose"


    What does George K. Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The dog's personality is full of charm.


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

    Some of the story is sad.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read to finish the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Tricks

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (887)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (420)

    Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner was brutally murdered. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he will do whatever it takes to insure that this little pup doesn't fall into the wrong hands. However, his playful new friend is valued by several people, many of whom are willing to resort to violence to get what they want.It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save this dog, including a little help from his beloved Golden Retriever, Tara.

    John says: "New Tricks"
    "Love Dogs, Read David"
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    I've read all of David Rosenfelt's "mystery" with a Dog books and loved them all. Lovable character, good plot, satisfying conclusion. And a hint of humor. Good reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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