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  • This Must Be the Place: The Human Division, Episode 10

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (473)

    Colonial Union diplomat Hart Schmidt is back home for Harvest Day celebrations - to a family whose members wonder whether its youngest son isn’t wasting his life clinging to the lowest rung of the CU’s diplomatic ladder. When his father, a legendarily powerful politician, presents him with a compelling offer, Schmidt has to take stock of his life and career. "This Must Be the Place" is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories set in the Old Man's War universe.

    AudioAddict says: "Yawn!"
    "Christmas with Schmidt"
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    Schmidt takes leave to visit his home planet during the holidays. If this was a sitcom this would be the Christmas episode that inevitably comes around once a year, but Scalzi injects it with enough sarcasm and dysfunctional family dynamics to make Rosanne proud. William Dufris does a great job as usual.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Another Fine Myth: Myth Adventures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Asprin
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (523)

    Start at the beginning, in Another Fine Myth, as Skeeve, an apprentice wizard, meets the demon Aahz. Though it's not love, or even like at first sight they form a connection - saving their lives - between them. Follow them in Myth Conceptions, as Skeeve and Aahz test their talent when they decide to take on an entire army themselves and continue on in Myth Directions. Then Skeeve finds himself alone with his own apprentice applicant, a king, in Hit or Myth and must deal with a medieval Mob!

    Chris says: "Don't myth these adventures!"
    "A funny thing happened on the way to the castle..."
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    I remember reading this comedic fantasy series way back when. It's even funnier in the audio version. The reader is amazing with accents and voices. I can't believe it was one person doing them all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gasa-Gasa Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Naomi Hirahara
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    From the time she was a child, Mas Arai's daughter, Mari, was completely gasa-gasa - never sitting still, always on the go, getting into everything. And Mas, busy tending lawns, gambling, and struggling to put his Hiroshima past behind him, never had much time for the family he was trying to support. For years now his resentful daughter has lived a continent away in New York City and had a life he knew little about.

    Amazon Customer says: "Book 2 of the Mas Arai series"
    "Book 2 of the Mas Arai series"
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    The series continues, this time in New York where Mas's daughter is now living with her husband and infant son. He and his daughter Mari have always had a rocky relationship and had not spoken for several years. The day after Mas arrives in New York, Mari's husband's boss is murdered and she becomes a suspect. Meanwhile, his friend Tug is also visiting his daughter in New York who quit medical school to become an artist. The book tries to deal with this divide between fathers and children, the older generation and the next. However, since the book is told from Mas's point of view, I was left somewhat in the dark regarding his daughter's actions and thinking throughout the book. I hope we find out more about her side of the story in later books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer of the Big Bachi

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Naomi Hirahara
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1)
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    (1)
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    In the foothills of Pasadena, Mas Arai is just another Japanese-American gardener, his lawnmower blades clean and sharp, his truck carefully tuned. But while Mas keeps lawns neatly trimmed, his own life has gone to seed. His wife is dead. And his livelihood is falling into the hands of the men he once hired by the day. For Mas, a life of sin is catching up to him. And now bachi - the spirit of retribution - is knocking on his door.

    Amazon Customer says: "A mystery with its roots in WWII"
    "A mystery with its roots in WWII"
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    Down and out Japanese American gardener Mas Arai becomes a reluctant detective when the grandson of an old friend from Japan asks for help in tracking down his grand-uncle who disappeared after the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. But now, a man living in Los Angeles has come forward claiming to be the missing man. But, Mas has secrets going back to the War that he does not want revealed as well and those secrets are coming back to bite.

    The author has written several nonfiction books about Japanese Americans in California. Her deep knowledge and insight suffused this mystery with authenticity. This is the first book of a series which I hope to read more of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Dissident

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The Victims: An unscrupulous cab driver. The killer's own frightened wife. Most troublesome of all, an outspoken dissident, watched closely by the KGB, whose trial had been set for the very next day. The Weapons: A heavy iron-headed hammer. A rusty, antiquated sickle. And a broken vodka bottle. The Cops:Tkach, who seduces suspects into confessing with his apparent innocence. Karpo, a bit of a Tartar, a bit of a vampire, a stolid saint of the Soviet faith.

    Amazon Customer says: "Mystery set in Soviet Russia"
    "Mystery set in Soviet Russia"
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    I originally read this back in the 80s (in real time) during the Cold War. I found it to be a fascinating glimpse of a people snd society who were closed off to us. The main character of Porfiry Rostnikov is a policeman who is very good at his job and very devoted to his Jewish wife. He struggles with the politics of not only his job, but with the arcane requirements for getting his plumbing fixed by the building's management. He manages to do both with zen-like patience and a sense of humor about the absurdity of life. The book was as good today as I remembered.

    The reader was also very good. He was clear, easy to understand, and dramatic but not overly so. Please note that this was re-recorded by the current publisher and are not the original books on tape. Although, I loved the original reader (the always excellent Mark Hammer), I appreciate the clear, noise free digital production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unwind

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1428)
    Performance
    (1222)
    Story
    (1233)

    Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

    SoCalBonnie says: "It won me over completely"
    "Friends make life worth living"
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    For me the book was about the power of friendship and how it can rescue us from hopeless places. The story was exciting and moving when it focused on the relationship between the three main characters and their struggle to find self worth when their parents threw them away. What I did not enjoy was the ridiculous setting. Every time the story went in to explanations about the setting, I lost interest. It was hard to get through the beginning chapters, but I ended up liking the book more than I expected due to the bond between the friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By S. J. Watson
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (887)
    Performance
    (740)
    Story
    (737)

    "As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...." Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Amnesia victim must discover self"
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    An effective thriller told from the viewpoint of an amnesia victim. I had read stories with amnesia victims before, but they were usually told from 3rd person or other characters' viewpoint, with the mystery hinging on whether the amnesia was real. In this story the main character is an amnesiac who forgets everything while she sleeps. She keeps having to rediscover herself everday. The reader in effect becomes her memory putting together the clues she keeps forgetting. I saw the movie version which stayed close to the book, but I renjoyed the book more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NPR Driveway Moments for Dads: Radio Stories That Won't Let You Go

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By NPR
    • Narrated By Scott Simon
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    Funny, comforting, and nostalgic - kind of like Dad - Driveway Moments for Dads is over 100 minutes of NPR at its finest. You'll want it for your father and yourself, and for those you know who frequently finds themselves in their driveways, tuned to NPR, listening to the end of a story.

    Amazon Customer says: "A moving portrait of fathers"
    "A moving portrait of fathers"
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    I enjoy all of the NPR driveway moments collections, but I was particularly moved by this collection. It was touching and funny and reminded me of my own memories of my father.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brenda and Effie Mysteries: The Woman in a Black Beehive

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By Paul Magrs
    • Narrated By Anne Reid
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Welcome to the mysterious town of Whitby, where all the monsters and demons of old come to retire and live out the remainder of their spooky days and nights and eat fish and chips on the seafront. There's a strange new landlady in town, opening a B&B by the harbour; a lady with a tall black beehive, nasty scars about her person and a very chequered past.

    Amazon Customer says: "A spooky mystery, but it's all for laughs"
    "A spooky mystery, but it's all for laughs"
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    This was a fun short listen about the spooky goings on at an English seaside town. Don't worry if you can't handle scary stuff, be case the spooks are strictly the Scooby-Doo kind. The reader did an excellent job with the various voices. The music added a lot to the mood. However, the reader does use a very strong, thick regional British accent which took some getting used to. I recommend listening to a sample before buying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Study in Emerald

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (2473)
    Performance
    (942)
    Story
    (947)

    A Study in Emerald draws listeners in through carefully revealed details as a consulting detective and his narrator friend solve the mystery of a murdered German noble. But with its subtle allusions and surprise ending, this mystery hints that the real fun in solving this case lies in imagining all the details that Gaiman doesn't reveal, and challenges listeners to be detectives themselves.

    M. D. Baines says: "Listen Well"
    "A Sherlock Holmes story with a twist."
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    This short story was true to the tone of the original while introducing several unexpected (and macabre) surprises with the biggest surprise revealed at the end. Loved it! it made me want to go back and listen to the original stories again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: A Big Hand For The Doctor: First Doctor - 50th Anniversary

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nicholas Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    A brand new, audio edition of an exciting story about the First Doctor, launched as part of a year-long series to celebrate Doctor Who's 50th anniversary. The series brings together some of the most exciting names in children's fiction, each putting their own unique spin on the Doctor, his terrifying alien enemies and time-travelling adventures.

    Amazon Customer says: "The First Doctor"
    "The First Doctor"
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    This story is part of a collection of stories commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the tv series. There is one new short story for each of the Doctors. I was excited that two of my favorite authors Eoin Colfer and Derek Landry contributed to the series and they did not disappoint. Eoin Colfer wrote an adventure for the first Doctor that of course captured the feel of the original show but also added several twists of his own. The Doctor's interactions with the other characters are filled with Colfer's trademark humor, but he serves up some particularly satisfying plot twists at the end.

    For fans of Colfer's Artemis Fowl series, there's also a moment when the Doctor says something that made me believe that the Doctor may have visited Artemis' universe in the past. It's a blink and you'll miss it moment that made me happy the app has a "replay" button since I had to listen again to make sure (grin.)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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