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  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2908)
    Performance
    (2570)
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    (2572)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "It was a long wait"
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    I've been looking forward to this book for a very long time, perhaps too long. My expectations were sky high. I'm glad that I re-read The Passage before I started this one, although there was enough of a recap of The Passage at the beginning that people who have not read The Passage will still enjoy the book. Personally, I was just a little disappointed. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but this one just didn’t grab me like the first one did. Perhaps it had to do with the fact that there was only one narrator this time, or that this was a substantially shorted book. Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to the third installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7901)
    Performance
    (7514)
    Story
    (7523)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Riviting!"
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    This is my kind of science fiction! Long on science, authenticity, and character! This one was a joy to listen to from the first word to the last!.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lonely Silver Rain: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    Searching for a wealthy friend's yacht, Travis McGee puts himself square in the center of the international cocaine trade, and finds himself the target of some of the most ruthless villains he's ever met. Contemplating his own mortality for the first time, Travis McGee discovers amid all the danger the astonishing surprise behind the cat-shaped pipe cleaners someone is leaving at his door.

    Philip says: "The Best For Last"
    "Excellent!"
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    I got hooked on the Travis McGee books this year and have now gone through all 21. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one. This one was a bittersweet experience because I knew it would be the last. As usual, the writing and characterizations were superb, and the plot kept me guessing. The ending was somewhat unexpected, but it was so much better than what I had feared. Yes, without any spoilers, it has a happy ending. If you like the earlier ones, you’ll love this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Green Ripper: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Beautiful girls always grace the Florida beaches; strolling, sailing, relaxing at the many parties on Travis McGee's houseboat, The Busted Flush. McGee was too smart - and had been around too long - for many of them to touch his heart. Now, however, there was Gretel. She had discovered the key to McGee - to all of him - and now he had something to hope for. Then, terribly, unexpectedly, she was dead. From a mysterious illness, or so they said. But McGee knew the truth; that Gretel had been murdered.

    deepdvr_ca says: "Love Travis McGee"
    "Don't make Travis mad!"
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    This one pulls out all the stops. You've never seen Travis like this, but you always knew he had it in him. This one kind of picks up where the previous one, “The Empty Copper Sea” left off, so make sure you have read that one first. This one really changes things for Travis. There are only three more novels left, and it looks like Travis is moving into the modern age of terrorism we all live with today. Savor this one, only three more to go….

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Empty Copper Sea: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (61)

    Van Harder, once a hard drinker, has found religion. But that doesn't keep folks from saying he murdered his employer, Hub Lawless, whose body hasn't been found. To clear his name, and clear up the mystery, Van asks friend-in-need Travis McGee to find out what really happened. What McGee finds is that Timber Bay is a tough town to get a break in when you're a stranger asking questions. But what he also finds is that, dead or alive, Hub Lawless is worth a lot of money.

    Amazon Customer says: "A haunting story"
    "A haunting story"
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    I thought I had it all figured out. I knew who the bad guy was. Then it all changed! This one was a very good read (listen?) and well worth the time. You do need to know that some of the characters and plotlines from this one will be continued in the next one - The Green Ripper. So, if you are not reading them in order, make sure you read this one before the next one. An excellent book, with a great ending!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Legacy of Heorot

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (119)

    Best-selling science fiction superstars Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle combine their talents with those of Steven Barnes in an extraordinary adventure of humankind’s first outpost in the farthest reaches of space. Light years from Earth, colonists land on a planet they name Avalon. It seems like a paradise - until native creatures savagely attack. It will take every bit of intelligence, courage, and military-style discipline to survive.

    Thomas says: "Great read!"
    "More disappointing that Beowulf's Children!"
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    I read Legacy of Heorot when it first came out and I loved it! Through the years it has become my absolute favorite novel. I think I’ve read it six times at least. I’ve bought numerous copies to give as gifts, and recommended it to many of my friends. In fact, I’ve always hoped it would become a trilogy of movies – it’s laid out perfectly for that.
    When Beowulf’s Children came out, I jumped on it immediately, but it was a huge let-down. No spoilers, but I hated the way the characters that I had come to know and love were treated, and one basic premise simply sucked.
    This book really needed a team of narrators to do it justice and Tom Weiner was just not up to the job. Nothing against him, I’ve loved what he did with other Larry Niven books, but he simply didn’t have enough different voices to do the job on this ensemble cast of characters. His version of Carlos, one of my favorite characters, went all over the map, and he went from sounding like an Australian trying to fake a Spanish accent, to a whining inner-city Yankee reading a bus schedule.
    The story is still excellent and worth your time, but I would encourage you to actually read rather than deal with this narration. It’s really no surprise to me that there have been so many bad reviews of this great book. The narration simply ruins the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis
    Overall
    (1446)
    Performance
    (902)
    Story
    (921)

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    J. Rhoderick says: "Brilliant, beautiful, sad, terrifying"
    "Still Relevant"
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    One of the original cautionary tales. Beautifully written and beautifully narrated. Some of the images will stay in your mind for the rest of your life. I particularly liked the introduction by Connie Willis. Great job!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robinson Crusoe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (326)

    Shipwrecked and cast ashore onto an uninhabited island, Robinson Crusoe ingeniously carves out a solitary, primitive existence for 24 years. Eventually, he meets a young native whom he saves from death at the hands of cannibals. He calls him Man Friday and makes him his companion and servant.

    Nelson Mostow says: "True classic"
    "Much better than I expected!"
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    I thought I knew this story, but I was wrong. As the classics go, this one was wonderful. I truly enjoyed the story and the narration. Great job!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Turquoise Lament: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Now that Linda "Pidge" Lewellen is grown up, she tells Travis McGee, once her girlhood idol, that either she's going crazy or Howie, her affable ex-jock of a husband, is trying to kill her. McGee checks things out, and gives Pidge the all clear. But when Pidge and Howie sail away to kiss and make up, McGee has second thoughts. If only he can get to Pidge before he has time for any more thinking.

    Amazon Customer says: "Travis Goes to Pago Pago"
    "Travis Goes to Pago Pago"
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    At least he didn't get shot this time! This one was tough on our hero. Very personal involvments and a lot of back-story. As usual the characters are all fullly fleshed out and the overall story was great. But I never thought I'd hear Travis singing the praises of a Pulsar LED digital watche!!! Perhaps the next one will mention what a stupid idea they were.....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (2710)
    Performance
    (1832)
    Story
    (1849)

    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
    "Now I know what a Dog Cart is!"
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    I really enjoyed this one. The narration was great and now I think I have a better appreciation for the Holmes fans. I did have to start making a list of things to look up though, such as Dog Cart, Fullers Earth, Hansom (As opposed to handsome) etc. I guess I'll have to find Volume Two soon....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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