Beaverton, OR, United States
First Evidence-I never did figure out what first evidence the title referred to- is an average UFO/missing persons/Aliens all around us, type novel which takes place in rural southern Oregon. If you really enjoy forensic evidence and alien theories and extraneous information about old guns, you might enjoy the story..I found it to be barely average in plot though it might be made into a good movie because the primary protagonist continually sees shadowy mysterious creatures creeping up on him, it didn't really grab me as a scary story when read.
Kevin Kenerly the narrator didn't do much to add excitement to the plot either. Most of the mens parts sound the same and he can't do a woman's voice at all...he would have been better off simply reading the story without trying to do different voices. The few places where humor might be injected were lost on him.
The story arc is simplistic-a town in he boonies of Oregon is up in arms because there has been a rash of missing people, signs of UFO lights and strange happenings. The main protagonist, an Oregon State Patrol forensic expert has moved to this community to be close to two old friends. This part of the plot is pretty trite-the author wants to inject some romance and does a bad job of it..He'd have been better off sticking to a straight Aliens and UFOs story.
His old friend goes missing in a bloody massacre that includes a dog being killed-lots of detail here about blood and guts-again good movie stuff but not something I care to imagine-and strange disfigurement done to the body of the friend. There is a rash of exploding cars and a totally comic Captain of the OSP who rants and raves and kicks things. Very contrived exploding things that would play well in a movie, but which reader Kenerly made dull.
On and on we go, with a young girl who looks like his old girlfriend, a lackluster back story about the aliens which really needed to be fleshed out more and what tries to be an exciting ending, but fails. Lots and lots of detailed info on guns in the book-if you're a gun nut, this might appeal but to me it was useless information what size a bullet is and how fast the bullet goes-like who cares?
The book was on sale-I got it cheap and I'm glad I did, because it wasn't worth buying, in my opinion. I enjoy books about aliens, good sic-fi and First Encounter stories, but this tale wasn't worth a credit.
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.
Finally finished this YA Dystopian series. I was let down at the end but thats the nature of dystopian stories, isn't it?
Although this particular novel is the weakest in story arc of the 4 in the series, Luke Daniels, narrator supreme, does some of his finest work here.
I started the series particularly because I had decided to listen to more novels narrated by Daniels, who I think is one of the top male narrators working these days. I became engrossed in many ways because of Daniels wonderful ability with voicing and emotion. Each character has a strong voice..though when "Oberon, the dog's voice" out of Kevin Hearns "Iron Druid" series shows up attached to a teen aged kid it can be discerning.
Iron Druid is another long series that Daniels gives voice to. I have to admit I'm not nearly as intrigued with the series as I was at the beginning, but thats not any fault of Daniels.
This is the second time I have followed my instinct and listened to novels narrated by favorite voice actors-George Guidell is another one who could read me a menu and I'd listen!
Worth a credit if you've followed the series-no place to start though...this needs to be listened to from Book 1 in order for it to make any sense.
This second installment isn't as spellbinding as the first but is a have to listen if you've started the series.
Shusterman has a way of writing his characters that brings them to life. (Poor pun there and unintentional). For a YA dystopian story there is a great deal of sophisticated yet traditional teen angst in this book. The characters are the misfits of their towns, for the most part and are full of anger for the way they feel they have been treated.
Recommended if you're into the series.
I'm on a Luke Daniels narrating kick..I listened to and panned the first book in this series but really enjoyed the second one.
The author tightened up his plot and really developed likable characters with good development.
You have to read the first one to make sense on this one-too bad, but, just maybe, worth the 2 credits. Luke Daniels can do no wrong!
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