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  • Pale Gray for Guilt: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (237)

    The men who killed Tush Bannon knew he was a nice guy with a nice wife and three nice kids - trying to run a small marina on the Florida coast. They also knew he was in the way of a big land development scheme. Once they killed him, they figured they were on easy street. But Tush Bannon was Travis McGee's friend, and McGee could be one tough adversary when protecting a widow and her kids.

    Doug says: "My Favorite Book In My Favorite Series"
    "Classic Travis McGee"
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    Travis loses a friend, wreaks havoc on the bad guys, and collects new scars, all the while treating us to his sardonic view of 1960s America. Nothing is safe from his acid wit, from the Detroit automakers and high-rolling "investors" to hippies and macho-men, Travis tells it like it is - in his opinion.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Captain to Captain: Star Trek Legacies, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Greg Cox
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (659)

    Hidden aboard the USS Enterprise is a secret that has been passed from captain to captain, from Robert April to Christopher Pike to James T. Kirk. Now the return of the enigmatic woman once known as Number One has brought that secret to light, and Kirk and his crew must risk everything to finish a mission that began with April so many years ago.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "I'M A DOCTOR, I KNOW HOW TO KEEP A SECRET"
    "I felt sorry for the narrator"
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    "Starfleet's Finest" seems to have a new definition. Apparently they can be easily captured by primitives, have no idea how to scan for life signs, think that landing a starship with blazing landing lights is a stealth landing, and cannot use a communicator while trying to outrun giant slugs.

    I bought this book because I love Star Trek and Robert Petkoff's narration. His voice will always be the voice of Travis McGee to me. Mr. Petkoff did not disappoint me, but everything else about this book did.

    Pitiful.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Purgatory

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3719)
    Performance
    (3451)
    Story
    (3448)

    When he’s awake, George Bailey is just an ordinary man. Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life, curses the Los Angeles traffic, and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college. But when he sleeps, George dreams of something more. George dreams of flying. He dreams of fighting monsters. He dreams of a man made of pure lightning, an armored robot, a giant in an army uniform, a beautiful woman who moves like a ninja.

    Hassan says: "Didn't Expect This!!"
    "It never goes where you expect it to"
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    This one was a change of pace. The mystery wasn't resolved until near the end, but it was a fun ride all the way. The character development continues and the characters get more real with every chapter. I am really looking forward to the next installment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson (editor), Robert Silverberg, Connie Willis, and others
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (126)

    Nineteen gut-wrenching reports from the front lines of the War of the Worlds, as logged by Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, H.P. Lovecraft, Winston Churchill, Jules Verne, and many of the other most famous writers of the time. The most popular and acclaimed science fiction writers of today relive the Martian invasion through the eyes of their famous predecessors.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "GLOBAL"
    "What a hoot!!!"
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    Most of the stories in this book were a joy to listen to. The Chinese one and the Jules Verne one were my least favorites. The Texas Ranger, and the Teddy Roosevelt ones were my favorites. Overall it was a very entertaining book. Give it a listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    A classic novel by John D. MacDonald with an exclusive introduction written and read by Dean Koontz. Once an ordinary math teacher, Omar Krepps developed a knack for gambling, amassed a fabulous fortune, and spent the rest of his life traveling the world and giving away his millions. Upon his death, however, Krepps bequeaths nothing to his nephew and only living blood relative, Kirby Winter - nothing, that is, except an antique watch and a sealed letter to be opened after one year. But Kirby has much more in his possession than he realizes. The watch has the power to manipulate time.

    S. Scott says: "NOT Unabridged!"
    "Pure Joy"
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    I had never read any John D MacDonald books before Audible introduced me to Travis McGee. After devouring the Travis McGee series, I have set out to read everything that I can that was written by MacDonald. I had heard rave reviews about this book from a friend years ago but until recently I had no idea that John D MacDonald had written it. Listening to this book was pure joy. Yes, some of the romantic dialog sounds silly today, but that doesn't make the book less enjoyable. I was also pleasantly surprised that the physics of altering time was so well thought out. I certainly did not see any of that in the made for TV movie, but being a Larry Niven fan, this touch made me enjoy this romp of fantasy all the more.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37218)
    Performance
    (30219)
    Story
    (30288)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "I loved it!!"
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    This is not the type of book that I normally read / listen to. But I was blown away! Great narration, great story of strength, courage, and faith. My wife warned me that this book would depress me, judging it only by the synopsis. She couldn't have been more wrong! Yes Louie endures stuff that would crush most people, and he does so with great personal loss, but the overall theme is triumph against impossible odds. I simply can't say enough good things about this book. I have not seen the movie, but I plan to once it is out on DVD, but I know it cannot be more than a pale shadow of this wonderful book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (2266)
    Performance
    (2082)
    Story
    (2081)

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "Exceptinoally entertaining!"
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    I really didn't think that I would like this, but I was pleasantly surprised. The storyline sounded silly, and in fact turned out to be silly, but the story was told so well that I couldn't stop listening. Scattered throughout the book were zingers that lampooned our screwed-up world. To paraphrase my favorite - Knowing what you know now, how could Microsoft Windows be anything but an alien conspiracy to slow down our development as a species! The barbs launched at ATT&T were also great! In short, I loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8375)
    Performance
    (7587)
    Story
    (7585)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Suprisingly entertaining"
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    I love pretty much everything that John Scalzi has written. Unfortunately, I despise Will Wheaton as a narrator. He always seems to be in a hurry, like he really needs to go to the bathroom. That is why I put off listening to this book for so long. But, I discovered that Will Wheaton's style actually makes this book more enjoyable. The basic premise of the book sounds silly, but the plot and the characters all work together so well that it quickly becomes a roller-coaster ride filled with laughter and smiles. The bottom line is that I expected a stinker and I found a jewel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Daedalus Incident

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael J. Martinez
    • Narrated By Kristin Kalbli, Bernard Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (122)

    Mars is supposed to be dead. Bizarre quakes are rumbling over the long-dormant tectonic plates of the planet, disrupting its trillion-dollar mining operations and driving scientists past the edges of theory and reason. However, when rocks shake off their ancient dust and begin to roll seemingly of their own volition carving canals as they converge to form a towering structure amid the ruddy terrain, Lt. Jain and her JSC team realize that their routine geological survey of a Martian cave system is anything but. The only clues they have stem from the emissions of a mysterious blue radiation, and a 300-year-old journal that is writing itself.

    Ethan M. says: "I wanted to love this more, but still solid..."
    "I'm hooked"
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    I was skeptical, but this book was a delight to listen to. The narrators were perfectly chosen, and the story flowed perfectly. The mashup of Steampunk and hard science fiction actually works flawlessly. I can't wait for the next installment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Like a Mighty Army: Safehold, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1400)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1286)

    For centuries, the world of Safehold, last redoubt of the human race, lay under the unchallenged rule of the Church of God Awaiting. The Church permitted nothing new - no new inventions, no new understandings of the world.What no one knew was that the Church was an elaborate fraud - a high-tech system established by a rebel faction of Safehold’s founders, meant to keep humanity hidden from the powerful alien race that had destroyed old Earth.

    Roy J. Meek says: "A long suffering reader ploughs on"
    "I feel like I just finished a marathon"
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    OK, I've listened to all seven books. It was a very long journey and only covered 7 years of what has to be a 100 year story arc. It was long and tedious, but throughout it was entertaining. Sure the details got tedious, and the huge cast of characters got confusing at times, but all in all, I enjoyed it. I mostly listen to pass the time while driving, and these books helped me pass a LOT of time. I'm actually looking forward to the next book, since this one ended with a teaser that bigger things are about to happen. The narration was great, and a HUGE improvement over the 6th book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149393)
    Performance
    (137859)
    Story
    (137725)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "LOOK BOOBIES"
    "Riviting!"
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    This is my kind of science fiction! Long on science, authenticity, and character! This one was a joy to listen to from the first word to the last!.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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