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Xuunam

Philadelphia, PA USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Earth Unaware

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1410)
    Performance
    (1278)
    Story
    (1285)

    The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

    El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

    Keith says: "Earth Unaware is a must listen for Ender fans"
    "one of the best books since Ender's Shadow"
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    It has been some time since I've written a review, but I feel compelled to now. I loved this book. The writing was up to Scott Card's best works; well developed and many layered characters, exciting battle scenes, and a great set-up for the sequel. The promo description may to some to be misleading, but I took "the Formic War is about to begin" at the end of the description to mean that the book was building up to the event, not about the event itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Will Kingdom
    • Narrated By Seán Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    When Maiden is revived in hospital after dying in a hit and run incident, his memories are not the familiar ones of bright lights and angelic music, only of a cold, harsh place he has no wish to revisit...ever. But his experience means that Bobby Maiden may be the only person who can reach The Green Man, a serial murderer who returns to stone circles and burial mounds in the belief that he is defending Britain’s sacred heritage.

    Sires says: "Have Been Waiting for This Book in Audio for Years"
    "Frighteningly good!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cold Calling to be better than the print version?

    You really can't lose with either.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are too many to choose just one. Kingdom gives them equal time to develop and display their fears, quirks, and personalities.


    What does Seán Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sean Barrett did very well lapsing from English, Welsh, and Scottish dialects.


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

    There were several: the hospital not so touching scene between father and son, the confrontation between Marcus and the hit men, and the final revelation of the identity of the woman under the street light.


    Any additional comments?

    Kingdom (Phil Rickman) displays his incredible talent as a first rate writer and his ability to scare his reader witless without resorting to a never ending stream of gore. He subtly weaves a complicated mix of compelling character development with an equally ingenious presentation of the plot. Anyone with a love of the borderland between Wales and England will enjoy the tapestry of past and present his prose paints.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bellman & Black: A Ghost Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Jack Davenport
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (106)

    As a boy, William Bellman commits one small, cruel act: killing a bird with his slingshot. Little does he know the unforeseen and terrible consequences of the deed, which is soon forgotten amidst the riot of boyhood games. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to be a man blessed by fortune - until tragedy strikes and the stranger in black comes. Desperate to save the one precious thing he has left, William enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner, to found a decidedly macabre business.

    Amy says: "A 'Slow Burn' Gothic Tragedy"
    "Memory and thought"
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    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Setterfield's prose is exquisite. She weaves dark sensual landscapes and folklore into a rich narrative.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The imagery created by the author's prose and the characters.


    What does Jack Davenport bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is excellent.


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

    No, but I developed an intimacy with the characters and a sadness in response to their suffering.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the plot is not as clever as her previous work, she still held me spellbound.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Conspirata: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (313)

    On the eve of Marcus Cicero's inauguration as consul of Rome, the grisly death of a boy sends ripples of fear through a city already wracked by civil unrest, crime, and debauchery of every kind. Felled by a hammer, his throat slit and his organs removed, the young slave appears to have been offered as a human sacrifice, forbidden as an abomination in the Roman Republic. For Cicero, the ill forebodings of this hideous murder only increase his frustrations and the dangers he already faces as Rome's leader.

    David says: "Enjoyable Read"
    "Read this please."
    Overall

    Contrary to the other two reviews, I loved this book. It's better to read Imperium, the first book in the series before you read this one. But either way, it's an enjoyable read. The fierce amibition and pitiless motives of Crassus, Pompey, Julius Cesar, and others will astound you. The history of the Roman Republic comes alive, enlivened by true life characters baring their warts and halos. The books are expertly read by Simon Jones. I look forward to the third book in this series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Presence: Soul Tracker, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bill Myers
    • Narrated By Bill Myers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    The first subjects exposed to The Presence went insane. Now, a far more terrifying experiment is about to begin. A diverse group of unusual characters are airlifted to a remote mountain lodge. Here they hope to participate in a seance connecting them to the spirit world. David Kauffman and his teenage son have joined them to debunk a world-class psychic and expose her as a hoax. But not even David is prepared for what greets them.

    Brittney says: "Fantastic Read!"
    "junior high school level writing"
    Overall

    If you appreciate good writing, don't get this book. Perhaps this series of books gets its audience from the devout Christians that are too nice to criticize the author. I tried to get through this download, but the dialog was so repetitive and the characters so cookie cutter that I could not either identify with them or loathe them. The prose is worthy of an elementary school book but without any relelvance for young children.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Xenocide

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others
    Overall
    (4698)
    Performance
    (2554)
    Story
    (2578)

    Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

    David says: "full of passion"
    "a big disappointment"
    Overall

    After reading Ender's Game and the Speaker for the Dead, I was really looking forward to reading this book. Xenocide was a huge disappointment on several levels -- one was the sound recording which introduced each chapter with the gargling voice of an insect or the screeching of a Chinese character. After sticking with the audiobook in spite of this, I found two separate and somewhat disjointed stories and characters whose development in the other two books was not followed through in this one.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • How the Irish Saved Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Thomas Cahill
    • Narrated By Donal Donnelly
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (98)

    Thanks to Thomas Cahill, the pivotal era called the "dark ages" is brought back to vibrant life, its personages portrayed in all their seemingly contemporary humanity, its issues simply and compellingly spelled out. How the Irish Saved Civilization will change forever the way we look at our past, and ourselves.

    P says: "Fascinating book"
    "Deceptive title"
    Overall

    If you expect to learn about the awesome history of the Irish clergy and the early history of the Irish people, try another book. This book seems to be a compilation of the author's lectures which range from Virgil onward. Very disappointing and not worth the time and money.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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