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SGL

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  • Attorney's Run

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By R. J. Jagger
    • Narrated By Ken S. Polk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Fresh out of law school, London Vaughn discovers there's no room in Denver's prominent law firms for a middle-of-the-class graduate. While barely making ends meet as a waitress, she encounters a beautiful woman who engages her services irrespective that she has no experience, no office and no reputation. Almost immediately, London and her client are thrust into the deadly throes of a high-stakes international thriller of unimaginable scope.

    SGL says: "Lawyers, Attorneys and Solicitors."
    "Lawyers, Attorneys and Solicitors."
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    What made the experience of listening to Attorney's Run the most enjoyable?

    The most enjoyable feature is the somewhat irreverent in the treatment of lawyers. In fact it may be just a little over the top. But the characters are fun and engaging.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Attorney's Run?

    Possibly when I figured out the author must be an attorney and therefore everything must be true! Well the author is an Attorney but as to the rest you must use your own judgment.


    What about Ken S. Polk’s performance did you like?

    He capture the character very well.


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

    This book simply isn't that kind of book


    Any additional comments?

    The story is definitely enjoyable and the author very creative, well worth a listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seeker: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Jack McDevitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (460)

    Thousands of years after an entire colony mysteriously disappears, antiquities dealer Alex Benedict comes into possession of a cup that seems to be from the Seeker, one of the colony's ships. Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, follow a deadly trail to the Seeker, strangely adrift in a system barren of habitable worlds. But their discovery raises more questions than it answers, drawing Alex and Chase into the very heart of danger.

    Shannon Peterson says: "Great mix of sci-fi, mystery and adventure."
    "Antiquarian from the future."
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    Would you listen to Seeker again? Why?

    Yes primarily because it was a good future mystery. Second because I'm sure I missed a few fun bits. While this is not the first of the series ( although the 1st I've read) it can be read out of serie. Easy to come up to speed on characters and story continum.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the mystery aspect.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Van Dyck and Jack McDevitt (Introduction) – was your favorite?

    Chace (sp) while Alex is realisticly the primary or lead character in these stories. Chace is the posibly more simpathetic, engaging, competent character


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

    No, not that type of book for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I chose this simply due to ratings. I read mixed reviews of the first in the series but still wanted to sample the serie.. Now, I would have liked to have started with the first and while I'm certain I'll enjoy it imagine it may be fractionally better reading it first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Requiem for a Ruler of Worlds: The First Adventure of Alacrity Fitzhugh & Hobart Floyt

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Brian Daley
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Mankind was beginning its third leap into the Galaxy, but Old Earth had so long kept to herself that her people were unable to travel safely among the rough-and-tumble cultures that had evolved on distant worlds. That annoyed Earth's rulers, for Hobart Floyt--a minor Terran bureaucrat-- had been left a mysterious inheritance by the deceased ruler of a small but wealthy interstellar empire.

    SGL says: "Hobart & Alacrity loose among the stars"
    "Hobart & Alacrity loose among the stars"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this is a creative story with a clear 1970's SciFi feel. I'm not sure if it's the vintage feel or it's different take on humanity amongst the stars. Either way it has a light fun feel to it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Requiem for a Ruler of Worlds?

    One would be when they find out Tilly has a series of penny dreadfuls, schilling shockers planed featuring the fictionalized exploits of the duo. Titles like Hobart Floyt & Alacrity Fitzhugh among the slave women of the Super Nova. Definitely 70's and definitely light.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The dust up with Dincrist ending with the Greshams beast being drawn into the taxidermy robot. This highlights Dincrist as their nemesis. Dincrist as the interstellar shipping magnent, ruthless, entitled and barbaric. Definitely a David and Goliath match up with the added advantage of Alacrity persuing and falling in love with Dincrist daughter and only heir, Heart "The Non Pereil"


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

    When Hobart said his good bye to Weir as he lay on the funeral pyre. Weir the ruler of nine star systems and thorn in Earth Services side who included Hobart in his will.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a fun series not earth shaking but fun. Especially if you've read a bit of SciFi from the period.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Zimm's Elixir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mike Lee
    • Narrated By Dale Dudley
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    It used to be true that "dead men tell no tales". But Zimm Industries has changed that, forever. Dr. Thaddeus Zimm has come up with a way to bring the dead back long enough for them to tell their stories, and the story the authorities most want to hear is how they died. Who did it, why did they do it, and did they happen to mention where they might be going next?

    Trenton says: "Fun story. Narration gets better and better"
    "I just hate Zombies! but… ."
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    What made the experience of listening to Dr. Zimm's Elixir the most enjoyable?

    Ok I really don't like Zombie books. I rarely read Zombie books. But Mike Lee writes absolutely wondeful stories. This Zombie story is different, it isn't post apocalyptic nor dystopian. It is just an almost real time interesting take on " What I did over my summer vacation " or " Zombies are nice guys too" simply a fun light tale.


    What other book might you compare Dr. Zimm's Elixir to and why?

    I haven't read anything like this, as I tend to avoid the Genre. But if I must make a comparison, I will.I'd say this would like be a very light Michael Crighton's Prey. Just as Prey isn't his strongest book as Dr. Zimm isn't, these are both strong enjoyable writers able craft an interesting tale from any premis.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Matt Freeman is first "Packed" by a brand new under qualified and under trained technician.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Crime solving into the next century, my "life" as a Zombie.


    Any additional comments?

    Mike Lee is an absolutely wonderful author. Granted among Horkers Law, Fey and Starfire this least favorite. But it's definitely good enough to break from the Zombie genre into enjoyable SciFi.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Omega Rising: Omega Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joshua Dalzelle
    • Narrated By Paul Heitsch
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (108)

    Jason Burke was a man hiding from himself in a small cabin high in the American Rocky Mountains when his simple, quiet life was shattered one night by what he first assumed was an aviation mishap. But when he investigates the crash, what he finds will yank him out of his self-imposed exile and thrust him into a world he could have never imagined.

    Voca Matisse says: "Omega Rising is FANTASTIC!"
    "Rescue is our game, breaking things along… ."
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    If you could sum up Omega Rising in three words, what would they be?

    (Earthman vs Synth) Jason is a reclusive veteran, Special OPS rescue veteran. When, what looks like an aviation accident happens near his isolated cabin he goes to render aid. It's not an aircraft but a space craft. There aren't any occupants other than a Synthetic being "Synth" Deets. Some of the worst criminals in the universe are Synths unbeknownst to Jason, Deets seems more like a used car salesman than a bad "guy". He's also in need of a biological! Jason may seem to fit the bill, coming from a backwards planet and all. But Deets never should have tried to sell him!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Deets is a boot licking synthetic and not a nice "guy" but he is very well done. I have generally chosen the main character. But there a wonderful group of supporting characters in this book and Deets is so smarmy he deserves a mention.


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

    Pual Heitsch does a wonderful job but having read this book a couple of times it's difficult for him to bring something new to the tale. He was definitely true to the intent and tone of the story, which says a lot.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It isna fun book and there are several places you would rather not put it down in.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first in a series and all are fun books. Fortunately this book ends naturally and doesn't leave you hanging in thin air. But I do hope the others will come sooner rather than later.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • New York Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (260)

    Everyone is always telling Stone Barrington that he’s too smart to be a cop, but it’s pure luck that places him on the streets in the dead of night, just in time to witness the horrifying incident that turns his life inside out. Suddenly he is on the front page of every New York newspaper and his life is hopelessly entwined in the increasingly shocking life (and perhaps death) of Sasha Nijinsky, the country’s hottest and most beautiful television anchorwoman.

    Richard Delman says: "Mr. Woods should expand his horizons."
    "Elaine's late, Stone's life is about to change…"
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    If you could sum up New York Dead in three words, what would they be?

    "Everything will change" Stone's career will take a 180 degree turn, followed by his love life. Time for Stone to take stock, stand on his own two feet. Which would be easier if he hadn't been shot in one knee. While this isn't the best of the Barrington books it is enjoyable and is a must to understand Stone through out the series.


    What other book might you compare New York Dead to and why?

    A mix of Richard Diamondand Philo Vance. Stone's bright, witty but is still trying to figure himself out. He's part blue blood, hapless rogue and trouble always finds him. He's more P.I. than lawyer. All in all a wonderful mix.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?

    He captures them all very well. He does justice to The Stone Barrington character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    New York, It's a town that never really sleeps, full of energy, people and danger!


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy the old 40's P.I characters this series should make you feel right at home.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flinx Transcendent: A Pip & Flinx Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Alan Dean Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (105)

    Flinx is the only one with even the tiniest chance of stopping the evil colossus barreling in to destroy the Humanx Commonwealth (and everything else in the Milky Way). With time running out, Flinx is a man in search of a solution and in search of himself. His efforts take him to the land of his mortal enemies, the bloodthirsty AAnn, where chances are excellent that Flinx's discovery - and summary execution - will eliminate all his demons and doubts in one masterstroke.

    Sean Dustman says: "A series that I've followed for 26 years"
    "Flinx finally made it to Blassisar, and the EYE!"
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    What did you love best about Flinx Transcendent?

    I think it was meeting and learnimg Humanx's most terrible enemy ( The Nye ) and finding them worthy. Certainly they're reptilian and while not quite as pleasant as the hard shelled Thranx, they do nave a lot of character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kajim 4th born, who befriends Flinx. He's an adolescent Nye who has agreed to help Flinx, simply out of friendship!


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki and Alan Dean Foster ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Stefan realistically owns this character. It would simly not ne the same without his voice and I am sure it would not be as good. His performance is solid and as good as any that came before.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it wasn't. It had a natural breaking point half way through , which is a nice place to take a breath before continuing.


    Any additional comments?

    Flinx comes full circle and gets to fight the bad guys and gets the girl! What more could you want?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sword of Shannara: The Shannara Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1966)
    Performance
    (1121)
    Story
    (1138)

    Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

    Nicholas says: "Finally Unabridged!"
    "Epic and well writtin."
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    Where does The Sword of Shannara rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's actually right up there with the nest of them. Well read, well written with a cast of characters the equal of Dune or Lord of the Rings


    What did you like best about this story?

    How well it interleaved the race amd there history.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Shea, well mayne flick or well Minion Lee. Let's face it Scott Brick does a wonderful job with these complex stories and characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The history of man, past, present amd future.


    Any additional comments?

    It's definitely a classic an epic tale and of course a mist read ( hear)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starliner

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Drake
    • Narrated By Aaron Abano
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Six thousand lives in a single hull, trembling through multiple universes to land on raw, often violent worlds, each with its own history and wonder. The Empress of Earth - neutral pawn in an interstellar war! When hostile necessity knows no law, Ran Colville and the rest of the complement of the Empress of Earth must bring home their ship and the passengers entrusted to them.

    SGL says: "The Empress of Earth"
    "The Empress of Earth"
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    What made the experience of listening to Starliner the most enjoyable?

    I had read the book and found the tale light and very enjoyable. I quite possible would have enjoyed the audio book more if I hadn't. I find it interesting to see how different books can be simple based on change in readers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    While I liked Rand Coville ( main character) my favorite was Wade, an older felllw with great stories and fingers in every pie.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Aaron Abano?

    It would really depend on the story, I came away some what ambivalent as it was a quite different experience and tale from reading it myself and I had read it a couple of times.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really, for Scifi it's light reading. Consequently it's easy to pick up and read in little bites without losing content or enjoyment


    Any additional comments?

    This is actually my favorite David Drake book. I wxpect this had more to do with my so so enjoyment. It's still a great story an easy read or listen and well worth taking the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • StarFire: Vince Lombard, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mike Lee
    • Narrated By Jason Brenizer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (311)

    Captain Vince Lombard, G-Marine company commander, is tasked with tracking down a stray ship. The Alliance Military Ship StarFire has gone silent, and previous attempts to locate her have resulted in the loss of more ships. After two previous wars with xenospecies humanity bumped into while expanding into space, no one knows what might be the cause of StarFire's missing in action status.

    David says: "One of the Best Books I've Listened to on Audible"
    "Capt. Vince Lumbard, G-Marines vs Starfire."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, it's entertaining with engaging characters and surprising situations. Vince is a Galactic Marine, the best of the best. Starfire, the newest, largest capitol ship that has every conceived. Starfire's first cruise is out beyond the edge of the Galaxy and it's gone silent. The Navy has sent a couple of sloops to investigate , they've gone silent as well. The Navy has tried and failed. The task falls to Vince and his small contingent of G-Marines, with only fifty men, to solve a problem the Navy can't. There are no easy answer or simple solutions and there are to many things that can go wrong.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well Vince of course! Even though his a hardcore G-Marine, he has lot of brains, lots of luck and even more humanity.


    Have you listened to any of Jason Brenizer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't, but he does a great job with Starfire.


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

    No extreme reactions, it's a fun story and an off shoot of Mike, Lee's Fae. Which was equally as delightful. While there is a tie in between both stories there written as stand alone stories. While there are no Fae ( Faries, in space ) but it's still very creative.


    Any additional comments?

    I would definitely recommend this book. It's angrwat mjx of characters and action.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Puppet Masters

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (455)

    At key points throughout North America, an invasion force is taking over communications, government, industry, and people's bodies. And the nation is helpless to stop it, because the invaders multiply far faster than they can be destroyed, controlling the mind of every unsuspecting person they encounter. Enter Sam Cavanaugh, a can-do intelligence officer for the United States' most secret service. Cavanaugh is the only man who can stop the invaders. But to do that he'll have to be invaded himself.

    Mike From Mesa says: "An old favorite, but poorly narrated"
    "Change in management. Aliens within us"
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    Would you try another book from Robert A. Heinlein and/or Tom Weiner?

    How can you say no to Heinlein? He is a Scifi great, unfortunately not my favourite. Tom Weiner does a very nice job with a very dated story.


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert A. Heinlein before, how does this one compare?

    Actually one of my favorite early Scifi tales is Heinleins "Have Space Suit will travel". Yes it's dated as well and a such is also a mirror into to times but I found it more enjoyable. While ( Have Space Suit) reflected a more normal slice of time ( Puppet Masters) reflected a time when there was comcern, if not a little fear of alien or something out there. Not having experienced that reference it just doesn't quite feel right to me.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Weiner – was your favorite?

    He was very consistent through out the tale and characters.


    Was The Puppet Masters worth the listening time?

    With few exceptions any story is worth listening to. This one was it simply isn't among my favorites.


    Any additional comments?

    It's always worth while reading the of any genre. Heinlein is definitely one of the greats along with Farmer, Cambell, Foster, Leimster and Card it would be better to start with a tale hat draws you in on a more realistic level.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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