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  • Grim Tides: A Marla Mason Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By T. A. Pratt
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    Marla Mason, ousted chief sorcerer for the city of Felport, is languishing in exile on the island of Maui with her best friend, the psychic (and rather hedonistic) Rondeau. She's making a living of sorts as an occult detective, but for the most part, she's just marking time. Driven from the city she loves, Marla is adrift, nearly friendless, and stripped of almost all her power and resources. Obviously, it's the perfect time for old enemies to try and kill her.

    Amazon Customer says: "A solid entry into the Marlaverse"
    "A solid entry into the Marlaverse"
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    I've liked the Marla series from the beginning largely because of the narration. This is a place where audio can transform material into something special. Like the Dreden series, I would have to think a few times before buying a Marla story without the superb work of Ms. Almasy to give it height and depth.

    Grim Tides is a solid entry from the story point of view. The only quibble I have is that it needed some editing to blend the various parts together better. Instead of coming across as a seamless whole, it is a bit... chunky is the word that springs to mind. I think an editor could have smoothed it out.

    The story itself is good. Takes Marla out of here home turf, something we haven't seen since the first book in the series. It pushes the boundaries of the Marlaverse out a bit and I'm excited to see what comes next.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Birth of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Lance Axt
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Birth Of Fire is the story of Garrett Pittston, wrongly convicted of murder. Pittston faces a choice: life in prison, or near-slavery on Mars. Under the appalling conditions imposed by those who run the mines from Earth, Pittston and his fellow workers start a revolution to wrest their freedom from the penal colony.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not a great story but.."
    "Not a great story but.."
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    Even worse narration. It. was. very. monotonous.

    I've always liked this book even though its not the best story in the world but man! the narration is really, really bad!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bitterwood: Dragon Age, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Maxey
    • Narrated By Dave Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Bitterwood has spent the past twenty years hunting down dragons, one at a time. But he is getting old and the hate that he has carried in his heart since a group of dragon-soldiers killed his family is beginning to fade. When he kills the royal prince dragon, the king decides the only retribution is genocide of the human race. Bitterwood is forced to enter the Free City, the grand trap designed to eradicate mankind, with thousands of others. Can he lead from within, or can a select few dragons unite to stop the king's madness from becoming reality.

    Robert says: "Finally in Audio!"
    "Horrid"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Terrible audio quality covers an terrible book. Glad it was a discount book and didn't waste a credit.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick, Robert Silverberg, Fritz Leiber, and others
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts, Ben Hurst, Cindy Hardin Killavey
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (53)

    This first volume of Favorite Science Fiction Stories features "the best of the best" from the Golden Age of science fiction. It includes 21 stories by, among others, Andre Norton, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Robert Silverberg, Stanley G. Weinbaum, Philip K. Dick, Edmond Hamilton, Jack Williamson , Alan Edward Nourse, Fritz Leiber, Frederik Pohl, Fredric Brown, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., and others.

    Joe says: "Very nice collection"
    "I don't usually do this"
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    but to keep others from making the mistake of buying this. The narration is horrible. Its so bad as to kill the otherwise excellent stories. The is nothing good to say about it. Avoid!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4120)
    Performance
    (3054)
    Story
    (3081)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Subtle and Subversive"
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    I have a somewhat contradictory history with this book. When I first read this when it came out, I would have said it was a bit meandering but entertaining, a nice update to Starship Trooper. Three stars- like.

    Then I reread it on Audible because it was on one of those get the first book of a series for $5 sales. By now there were four books. This time I found it really entertaining and started to get the feeling something more was going on that I saw at first blush. I read through the rest of the series and, yes, there is a sweeping narrative that is going on across all four books. So I went to four stars - worth a read even if you're not me.

    Since then, I've made it a habit to pick up what Scalzi writes to see what his sarcastic self is going to say next. He's really good at sarcasm. He made me cry in public when I was grocery shopping and listening to Fuzzy Nation. I've never forgiven him for that. And don't get me started on that Wil Wheaton! Bastards!

    ANYWAY: On June 5th comes out Redshirts which looks to be very interesting indeed, telling the story of the starship away team from the cannon fodder's point of view. So I thought it would be fun to go back and re-read Old Man's War.

    This is one of the most subversive books I've ever read.

    Wow! It quotes quite a few tropes from SST and other military science fiction but takes an entirely different tack on them. There is a whole section rebutting the SST classroom screed about might makes right that is so right on that I wanted to stand up and cheer -- don't tell me I'm wrong, show me.

    A constantly recurring theme is the characters saying one thing while the entire background is completely contradictory to that. Its as if the characters are blissfully unaware of the irony of what they are saying. And it subtle like one of those optical illusions that you can easily just not see if you're not specifically looking for it.

    So I'm going to put this at five stars-- a must read. If you want to understand military science, you must read this book (along with SST, The Forever War, and The Warrior, among others). For me, this book is a modern classic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Climbing Olympus

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    They were prisoners, exiles, pawns of a corrupt government. Now they are Dr. Rachel Dycek's adin, surgically transformed beings who can survive new lives on the surface of Mars. But they are still exiles, unable ever again to breathe Earth's air. And they are still pawns.

    Amazon Customer says: "Nothing to see here.. move along.."
    "Nothing to see here.. move along.."
    Overall

    In my opinion, Climbing Olympus is not worth a full credit. The story is poorly plotted and the characters are non-existent. The whole mess devolves into a slasher film toward the end. The narration is well done and while sometimes that can overcome poor material, sadly, this is not one of of those times.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Antibodies

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Jared Doreck
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing when one of the great and the good is assassinated. You can kill a politician, but their ideas usually live on. They have a life of their own. How much more dangerous, then, the ideas of mathematicians? The announcement of the solution to the traveling salesman problem heralds the imminent destruction of humanity.

    Amazon Customer says: "Quite a ride.."
    "Quite a ride.."
    Overall

    If you understand the technobabble, its quite funny and exciting. Loved the last two words...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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