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T. Tobin

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  • Glasshouse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (120)

    With Glasshouse, Stross pens a Kafkaesque tale set in a 27th-century of teleport gates and mind-attacking network worms. After Robin awakes in a clinic, he struggles to summon details of his life, but too many of his memories have been wiped clean. More troubling is the stark awareness of immediate danger: someone is trying to kill him. On the run, Robin makes a desperate gamble and volunteers for what he hopes is the sanctuary of an unusual study at the Glasshouse. Once there, however, he realizes the true terror has only begun.

    Ken says: "Vintage Stross"
    "Not for me."
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    The first two hours of the book are a convoluted, science fiction attempt to justify the main character's becoming transgendered. I gave it another few hours to see if that was just a brief interlude, but it wasn't. The sex change was central to the rest of the book.

    I have no intrest in such stories, and I imagine many other's feel the same way. The blurb should have mentioned this key fact about the main character. I wish I could get my four hours back, but at least I can return the book for my credit.


    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Coolidge

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Amity Shlaes
    • Narrated By Terence Aselford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (222)

    Calvin Coolidge, president from 1923 to 1929, never rated highly in polls, and history has remembered the decade in which he served as an extravagant period predating the Great Depression. Now Amity Shlaes provides a fresh look at the 1920s and its elusive president, showing that the mid-1920s was in fact a triumphant period that established our modern way of life: The nation electrified, Americans drove their first cars, and the federal deficit was replaced with a surplus.

    Jean says: "Silent Cal"
    "Easter Egg?"
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    Story

    Has anyone else noticed that in Chapter 6 with an Hour and 50 minutes left in the chapter, that there is a reference to the "Cameras of Fox News" rolling? Was this a joke played by the Narrator?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Grass Crown

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By F. Murray Abraham
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    The magnificent glory of Republican Rome is threatened when a struggle for power erupts among the men who shaped its hard-won peace. At its center are two extraordinary leaders: Gaius Marius, the general who saved Rome from Barbarian invasions, desperately trying to extend his reign for a prophesied and unprecedented seventh term as Consul; and Lucius Cornelius Sulla, once Marius' most trusted right-hand man, now a dangerous rival hungry for his own taste of political success.

    T. Tobin says: "Warning Terrible Abridgement"
    "Warning Terrible Abridgement"
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    I ordered this without realizing it was an abridgment. At least two thirds of the book must be missing. Audible you should be ashamed to even offer such a cheap hack job.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • To Wake the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Richard Laymon
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Amara was once the beautiful Princess of Egypt. Now, 4,000 years later, she and her coffin are merely prized exhibits of the Charles Ward Museum. If you were to look at her today, you would see only a brittle bundle of bones and dried skin. But looks can be very deceiving, as Barney, the museum's night watchman, finds out. You cannot kill what is already dead.

    Amazon Customer says: "Bad first impression"
    "Richard Laymon is an under appreciated writer"
    Overall

    I'm glad to see audible post some Richard laymon titles, however these are not really his best work. I recommend "In the Dark" or "The Traveling Vampire Show"

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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