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Aaron

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  • 202 ratings
  • 605 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2015
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  • Out of the Silent Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (1120)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (631)

    Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel of the Cosmic Trilogy, considered to be C.S. Lewis' chief contribution to the science fiction genre.

    David says: "Original, complex, not middle of the road"
    "Dated...not aging well."
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    I regard CS Lewis with high esteem, but did not care for this book.

    Perhaps in 1939 this was cutting-edge sci fi., but for me it came across like "Land of the Lost". It had its moments. All in all, however, I would suggest looking to another of his books for your next listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Only Game

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Seán Barrett
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (118)

    When a four-year-old child is abducted from an Essex kindergarten, Detective Inspector Dog Cicero soon realizes that this is to be no routine investigation. Something about the child's mother troubles him. Maybe it's just the fact that she comes from Derry, and Cicero's Northern Ireland scars go deeper than his ruined face.

    Sherri says: "Right on his game"
    "Slow start but warmed up nicely"
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    Police procedural that involves the IRA. I am not a big fan of Irish civil war books, but was willing to overlook it in favor of solid writing. Narration was faultless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1911)
    Performance
    (1694)
    Story
    (1701)

    In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

    Charles says: "Slow to Start"
    "X-men meets Genius Savants"
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    Interesting premise turns into a disappointing ending. Strong start flawed by weak ending. Devolved into too many cliches, too bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Countdown City: The Last Policeman, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (155)

    There are just 77 days to go before a deadly asteroid collides with Earth, and Detective Hank Palace is out of a job. With the Concord police force operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, Hank’s days of solving crimes are over - until a woman from his past begs for help finding her missing husband....

    Matthew says: "Don't bother buying a new watch battery"
    "Uninspired, tiring"
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    I expected a story something along the lines of: a scientist discovers an error in the numbers, and the comet will not actually collide with earth; scientist does; police officer investigates claims by other concerned party that scientist was killed as a cover-up; world continues to devolve into anarchy; novel wraps up with a cliff-hanger where the news is publicized by rebels and we wait to find out what happens in third and final novel.

    What I expected was a follow-up novel that expanded upon the initial premise. What I found was a forced story that had little to do with the main Antagonist (the Comet), and a novel populated by u memorable characters.

    Verdict: a poor follow-up

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Plagiarist: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Alexander J. Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (292)

    Adam Griffey is living two lives. By day, he teaches literature. At night, he steals it. Adam is a plagiarist, an expert reader with an eye for great works. He prowls simulated worlds perusing virtual texts, looking for the next big thing. And when he finds it, he memorizes it page by page, line by line, word for word. And then he brings it back to his world, the real world, and he sells it. But what happens when these virtual worlds begin to seem more real than his own? What happens when the people within them mean more to him than flesh and blood?

    Katherine says: "PKD could have written this story"
    "Good Short"
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    Hugh Howey packs a lot into this little short story.

    If you don't mind paying for an hour and a half story, GET IT, it is a 'fun listen' with an interesting premise.

    Reminded me of a Phillip K. Dick story... always something 'just a little different'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Die

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mick Herron
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    When Tim Whitby checks into a hotel, he’s not intending to check out again – but then he meets Katrina Blake, a woman in need of rescue. When Arkle, Baxter and Trent inherit the family business, they’re not planning on making a go of it – there are quicker ways of getting rich. But when Zoë Boehm agrees to track down the masked men who robbed Harold Sweeney’s jewellery shop, she’s just looking for some cash to pay off the taxman. She’s not expecting to wind up in a coffin.

    Aaron says: "Average Investigative Thriller"
    "Average Investigative Thriller"
    Overall
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    "Why We Die" shows the makings of a great writer, but one that is not quite there yet.

    This is an earlier Herron novel.
    "Why We Die" has moments of brilliance, but is more heavy-handed (and even slightly depressing) than his later works. I have thoroughly enjoyed other books by Herron, but this one lacks the effortlessness and prose (and lightheartedness) of the Slough House series. If you are new to Mick Herron, I suggest trying "Slow Horses" instead.

    Bentinck did a fair job narrating most voices, with the exception of the Antagonist: a surly bruiser with an unstable temperment. Bentinck was unable to evince "scary", and instead made him sound like he had a speech impediment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Absent One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (984)
    Story
    (984)

    In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....

    Judith Baker says: "New favorite author"
    "Not as good as the first."
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    Slightly depressing story. Ok characters. Solid writing.

    The narrator was good, except perhaps some of the female characters. However, an English narrator with occasional Scotch accents felt all wrong for this Scandinavian thriller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (532)

    A tormented apprentice clock-maker - and a deadly knight in armour. A mechanical prince - and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, who some say is the devil... Wind up these characters, fit them into a story on a cold winter's evening and suddenly life and the story begin to merge - almost like clockwork...

    David says: "A modern clockwork fairy tale"
    "Okay short story"
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    Reads like an old German fairytale set in an authentic Germanic village (replete with artisans and laborers), but includes modern amenities such as cell phones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nobody Walks

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mick Herron
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The death of Tom Bettany's estranged 26-year-old son brings him back to London. His return sparks the interest of everyone from mobsters to MI5 officers - he may have thought he left his old life as a spy behind, but nobody just walks away. Tom Bettany is working at a meat processing plant in France when he gets the voicemail from an English woman he doesn't know telling him that his estranged 26-year-old son is dead. Liam was smoking dope on his London balcony when he fell....

    deepdvr_ca says: "Disappointing ending"
    "Loved the book, hated the ending"
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    Narrator was great, I think he really made the words come alive.

    There is something really enjoyable about Mick Heron's writing style. I'm not sure if it is the story, the slow build, the slightly off-beat characterization, or something else...but I seem to be pulled into the story eventually, every time.

    I was somewhat disappointed when this. One came to an end. I suppose I knew it had to happen, but I was no less surprised when it did happen.

    Perhaps a sequel? Hollywood can do it, why not you? Hehehe😚

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Agent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (121)

    Our agent, a man named Mr Verloc, minds his own business while he keeps his shop in London's Soho, alongside his wife, who attends to her aged mother and disabled brother. Their lives are turned upside down when Verloc is reluctantly employed to plant a bomb and destroy an observatory in London. What was once the perfect bomb plot inevitably turns awry and Verloc, his family and his associates are forced to face the consequences.

    John says: "Worthwhile"
    "Life is too short to endure a bad novel"
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    Perhaps it is the difference in times and cultures, but this book moves at a snail's pace, and the plot remains unclear after several hours.

    As an avid listener to espionage novels, and classic lit.,... this one is a dud.

    *It doesn't help that the narrator sounds like Yoda when performing the main character.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The World at Night: Jean Casson Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (131)

    The World at Night is an edge-of-your-seat World War II tale of intrigue and espionage, set in the shadowy back streets and glittering salons of occupied Paris. Film producer Jean Casson, a Paris sophisticate, struggles to come to terms with the uncomfortable realities of life under German occupation, as he becomes caught up in the initial actions of what was to become the French Resistance.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid Furst novel, just not a great one"
    "Solid but a little slow"
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    World War II, occupied Paris.

    A film director navigates through twisting allegiances and desirable damsels to locate a path to survival.

    Not great. Not bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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