Beaverton, OR, United States
As someone who lives in "Cascadia", I can really see this as a potential for my grand-daughters future. They are 19 and 7 and I suspect the world they will live in is going to be much different than it's been. As for me, I've been a recycler hippy/greenie/recycler since the 1950s and as far a I'm concerned, we should have been living this way for the last 50 years and not doing so is what will lead to the dystopian future as discussed in the two books in the series.
All the stories are interesting and some are better than others. Johathan Frakes (Reiker from Star Trek) is a very bad narrator but LaVar Burton and
Wil Wheaton are both great. I love Wil Wheatons narrations of John Scalzi's novels. If you haven't read them, give yourself a treat-most are very funny...gut laugh funny even with Scalzis inability to write dialog without "He Said" 'She Said" and it happens in his piece in the first of the Metatropolis anthologies. But you get used to it.
I'm going to share these with a few family members-I think they will enjoy them a lot.
I encourage them for those who want to think about a potential new future that could be in our not so distant future!
This Post-Apolyptic end of the US as told in North Carolina is a thin copy of every bad end-of-the-world mixed with "the Commies are Coming" movie I've ever seen. It's hero is a cigarette smoking, fedora wearing, type of 40s college professor who obsesses about his coming lack of smokes as much as about the lack of insulin for his diabetic daughter. His only qualification as lead dude seems to be his reenactment in Civil War Battles every month or so. Therefore they call him Colonel. He's one of the most unrealistic heroes I've ever read. I could not figure out why he was such an admired man..I didn't get his high community value- it sure isn't in his thinking or reasoning ability. He's Average Man, mourning his wives death, living with his mother in law and daughters and functioning poorly as a parent. He makes stupid decisions, doesn't understand his 16 year old daughter just might be having sex or that he ought to take care of his wounded hand..he's Mr Peepers mixed with Maxwell Smart!
Along with lame heroes comes equally lame dialogue..."81 people have died, professor, but everything seems ok." is typical. Now I've been to Asheville, it's full of counter culture people and the hero himself does these Civil War play things. They have lots of horses yet they are choosing to use the horses for food rather than for transportation...that could have just been thrown in for the gross factor to prep the listener for the dog as food part that comes up though.
Publishers blurb says this book was touted "On the floor of Congress" Doesn't say why and I'm left wondering why.
There are too many simplistic lines of dialogue to quote, just for humors sake, but believe me..I did a lot of rolling my eyes and going 'Duh' at many of them.
If you want a good post apologetic book, try the Metatopolis series edited by John Scalzi. The characters in these short stories are, at least, intelligent.
Don't was your credit..it's going back and thank you, Audible for the return offer.
3/4 of the way thru this, I started thinking this is one of Roberts older books and boy was I right. IMO, her older books are better than many of her newer ones.
'Public Secrets' has all the drama of Robert's Irish trilogies, including the Irish accents..which,sadly, aren't done all that well by narrator Renee Raudman. Her male protagonists, who seem to be primarily Irish accented, do come across nicely, and the female protagonists have strength of character and determination for an early Roberts women character..they usually seem to be wimpy .
The plot is as well written as character development and though at times, it seems a little convoluted-still I was able to follow the story line and characters. Lastly, the bad guy wasn't obvious to me. At least, he wasn't obvious enough to make him stand out for me. Thats always nice!
I found the story line to be OUTSTANDING if not HEROIC in content, the characters of the protagonists to be believable. and finally the villains are just as nicely written as the heroes.
Well worth a credit, just don't expect a new books
I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed it enough to look forward, slightly, to the next in the series but I'm not in love with it by any means.
As I wrote in the header, it's a great deal like the usual Nora Roberts trilogies. NR always has Irish brothers or sisters, each of whom is haunted by a disturbed past falling in love with the mysterious stranger from someplace else. This is derivative enough to be penned by NR, down to the 'fisting her hair in his hand as they fell in embrace'.
And speaking of the love scenes, they are either quite mild in writing when compared to MsRoberts' typical ones or the narrator here, Hollis McCarthy, doesn't have the voice to bring these interludes to their maximum pulse leaping ultimate fruition.
Another comment on McCarthy, IMO, shes just too American voiced to pul off a good Irish accent. The mens Irish voices just don't take me there when compared to other narrators. I think the producer might have done this series poorly by not hiring someone perhaps like Adrian McKinty narrator Gerard Doyle.
I scored this 4 stars and a Meh..for average. A tad bit better than average, it's a long haul from literature and even from excellent romance novels. Sophie Moss has a lot of potential but I can'd admire this obvious rip off of Nor Roberts stock-in-trade.
I think this was an Audible 'deal' book that I paid a few dollars for, in any case, it would be well worth a credit. The protagonist is a retired NYPD detective who finds himself wound into a serial killers plot to destroy a small police department in upstate New York.
I found the story arc to be well constructed and tightly written with wonderful character development and excellent visualization of the area where it takes place. I felt I came to know the people and the surrounding territory as I listened. Since I enjoy books where I get to know the characters, I enjoyed listening very much.
It's a longish book, which makes the need for a good narrator even more important. George Newbern is new to me and I like the way he reads the story..I'm putting him on my list of narrators to check out.
I got the feeling this was the start of a series, but haven't checked..I hope Newbern narrates following books.
If you enjoy police procedural type of novels, this is a good one for you to try
I've gotten on a kick of listening to books I read when I was in college, in 1960 and there abouts. Nevil Shute was a wonderful author and "On the Beach" was a seminal book for me, as a young person raised in the "Drop and Cover" bomb raid trials every school in Los Angeles practiced. The atom bomb was very real to us..but that has nothing to do with "Beyond the Black Stump", does it?
I read this as a senior in high school and was fascinated by Australia when I did. The vastness of the continent amazed me, as did the primitive way people lived in 1955 in the outback..the frontier.
This book is dated, but fully shows the bigotry that was rampant back then, before the civil rights movement here in the States. If you can get by that, and not want to re-write the way things were, it's a great story about two people who fall in love. About Australia in its time of just starting to be civilized. About the excitement of the oil speculator and the misery of an arid land with no water.
As for the narrator, Davina Porter is a favorite..she narrates all Diana Galbendon's "Outlander" series and does a credible job of an Australian accent.if you enjoy Bruce Courtenay's books about that land you'll like this slightly different outlook on it.
As the daughter of an engineer, this book tugged on my heart. For anyone not of the technical bent, tis a wonderful listen for the story.
Narrated by the iconic Frank Mueller, this classic Nevil Shute novel brings back excellent stories written beautifully. And narrated by Mueller, a person of acclaim in the history of audiobooks, makes this a one in as hundred type of listen.
Romance, a very likable protagonist and the effect he has on his followers as a writer for an engineering weekly magazine, a bit of suspense with the sailing of a yacht and so on, this is a wonderful listen for anyone.
Its hard to beat Tess Gerritson when it comes to medical thrillers and impossible to beat George Guidell when it comes to dramatic storytelling.
This was a slightly yucky "doctors gone bad" story that hasn't aged very well. I remembered reading it in the early 90s and thinking 'this could never happen' . 20 years later it doesdn seem nearly as impossible. But it's still yucky when it comes to mutant births.
I still like Gerritsons work but am going to seek newer novels.
Not worth your credit
Mediocre "FBI agent falls for the bad girl, the bad girl is really good" type tale.
Tanya Eby is just average as a narrator..she doesn't do justice to the sex scenes that are written in a so-so manner.
I listened to the whole thing but didn't feel compelled to pay attention very closely.
It's going back. It was a Daily Deal so it's really no biggie...no credit waste.
I really appreciate Audibles Return Policy..Thanks Audible!
I found this interesting but not as compelling as the first book. There was FAR to much of the "Edwardisms" that we're clever in the first book and far less development of new characters.
It's a " have to hear" if you've heard and appreciated 600 hours, but I suggest holding expectations down. Luke Daniels got a bit campy with some if the narration I thought.
Still worth the credit just to hear the final outcome of Edwards story.
Im in awe of both the authors work and the narrating by Luke Daniels in this unique story of Edward, a middle aged man with Aspergers/OCD who is reliant on his authoritan father for support, being unable to work in a typical office environment.
Edward and his fathers interaction forms a great deal of the conflict in this story..as Edward tries to grow his father pushes him down. A very sad reflection on many parent/adult child relationships.
The novel shows a side of OCD that has become well know these days. Lancaster writes with a gentle knowledge of the situation and developes his characters beautifully. This is a sort of quiet novel, with achingly complex interpersonal relationships...unless the reader knows an OCD patient, Edward may seem awkwardly backwards, yet Lancaster draws him out with sympathy. I was especially touched at the "Dragnet" scenes, where Edward has substituted Jack Webb and the Dragnet characters for a father and family.
Once again, Luke Daniels shows his talent as one of the best of the modern audio book narrators. Kudos, Mr Daniels, for another wonderful narration.
The very sad ending pulls the entire story together but left me feeling equally sad for the characters.
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