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  • The Day of the Triffids

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Wyndham
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (235)

    Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen. Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere 24 hours before is gone forever.

    Mark Willis says: "Surprisingly good"
    "Starts great but then it sorta just drags on"
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    STORY (sci-fi) - This book was written in the early fifties and is very well done. It was probably quite unique and shocking in its time but not so much today in 2014. The story begins with a very unique premise -- a meteor shower, people who have become blind, the triffids. (They're huge plants that can walk and kill people with a stinger thingy). Shortly after I became acquainted with the characters and the situation, however, I began losing interest. The story basically becomes one of meandering the English countryside, trying to find food and shelter while avoiding triffids and disease.

    PERFORMANCE - The narrator is male and has a British accent. He does a good job, though nothing special.

    OVERALL - No sex, cursing or graphic violence. There is quite a bit of death and disease, but I didn't find it gross or depressing. Both men and women might enjoy this story, but it's definitely not for children. The book comes to a satisfactory conclusion but the door is left open for the story to continue. At the very end the narrator mentions another book which can be purchased if you want to continue the saga. The Day of the Triffids is highly rated and was nominated for an award within the past few years, so you might want to give it a try despite my comments.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (918)
    Performance
    (810)
    Story
    (816)

    This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

    linda forrest says: "great"
    "Whatever"
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    STORY (European classic) - This is a fairy tale about a little girl who is trying to rescue a dear childhood friend. As an adult, I found it pretty boring. I never got into the main character and, thus, never really cared about what she was trying to accomplish. I also got annoyed by all the characters' names being prefaced by "Little." Little Gerta went here and Little Kay did this and the Little Robber Girl did that.

    Didn't care for the book, but it is written in some nice, descriptive, wintery language. There you have it, short and sweet.

    PERFORMANCE - This is the first time I've listened to Julia Whelan, and she has a lovely voice. Her reading of this story gave it a very wondrous, magical flair (even though the story fell flat, IMHO). It wasn't a difficult performance, but I will look for more books narrated by this Narrator of the Year 2014.

    OVERALL - I'd recommend this for young children only but thank you, Audible, for the free holiday listen!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Follow the River

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Alexander Thom
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (306)

    Mary Ingles was 23, happily married, and pregnant with her third child when Shawnee Indians invaded her peaceful Virginia settlement in 1755 and kidnapped her, leaving behind a bloody massacre. For months they held her captive. But nothing could imprison her spirit. With the rushing Ohio River as her guide, Mary Ingles walked one thousand miles through an untamed wilderness no white woman had ever seen.

    Marie says: "Amazing tale of survival"
    "Lots of suffering but a very good book"
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    STORY (true historical) - This is the story of Mary Ingles, a truly incredible woman. It begins with a brutal Indian raid on her pioneer settlement in Virginia where people are massacred and scalped. Pregnant Mary and her two sons are kidnapped and transported to an Indian village where they are held captive for several months, but Mary eventually manages to escape. Leaving her children behind, she begins a grueling 43-day trek 1,000 miles across the wilderness, with only the clothes on her back, a blanket, a knife, a tomahawk and a crazy old Dutch woman. The terrain is often mountainous and difficult, food is scarce and winter is approaching, but Mary is driven by a strong will to survive and to see her husband, Will, again. Her strength and courage is amazing and so is her story.

    At the end of the book is a note from the author where he explains how he compiled his information to write this book, as well as some additional information. (And just FYI, this book is about Mary INGLES, not Mary INGALLS of Little House on the Prairie fame.)

    PERFORMANCE - I can't quite understand why Audible chose a male to narrate the story of Mary Ingles. He tries his best to perform a female voice when she is supposed to be speaking but is not really able to inject proper emotion into that high voice. Sometimes the result is that she sounds too "perky" in what is otherwise a dire situation. Otherwise, he does a good job.

    OVERALL - I'd recommend this book for adults who enjoy stories of pioneer America and don't mind listening to hours of hardship, challenge and suffering. I don't know why Audible suggests this book for teens. There are no teen characters and, while older teens could certainly hear this story, I don't think they'd enjoy it. There's a tad of profanity and no sexual acts, though there is discussion of potential Indian rape. Mary flashes back to passionate evenings with her husband, but they're described with almost no detail. The Indian raid at the beginning of the book is totally gross, and some of the treatment of the prisoners in the Indian village was very cruel as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unlawful Contact: I-Team Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Pamela Clare
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (267)

    When a young woman disappears, journalist Sophie Alton investigates and is led to the woman's brother, a convicted killer who is running from the law. Together, they follow a dangerous path toward the truth - and unforgettable passion.

    CAC says: "Whew.........."
    "Absolutely loved it except..."
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    STORY (romance) - I have loved all three books in this series so far. The romances are HOT and the background stories are really, really good! In this story Mark and Sophie share a special night in high school, then he leaves to serve his Country in Afghanistan. They happen to meet again 12 years later -- I'm really condensing here -- and they quickly find themselves on the run. There are some bad guys after them, and they're also fugitives from the law.

    The story is complex and exciting. Mark and Sophie sizzle, which leads me to my only real complaint about this story. I had to move the narration speed up to 2X a couple times to get through the sex scenes. I wouldn't say there's too much sex (I'd guess maybe 15 minutes in the whole book) but it was beyond my personal limits and I was anxious to jump past the passion and get back to the story. Otherwise, I loved the characters, their plight and the ending!! It's really a good book.

    PERFORMANCE - As far as I'm concerned, the only person who should ever narrate a romance is Kaleo Griffith. Wouldn't you much rather hear a young, sexy man's voice than a woman reading a romance? His voice is husky and sensitive. Perfection!

    OVERALL (Actual overall rating 4.5) - The books in this series stand alone. There is character development running through the series, but it's not important enough to really worry about listening to the books in order. There's quite a bit of profanity, explicit sex, and the topic of rape is addressed multiple times. There's some violence, but not a lot and it's not the gory kind. I'd say this is a must-read for adult females who like hot romances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Blood: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1927)
    Performance
    (1677)
    Story
    (1655)

    Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.

    BJG says: "A little predictable"
    "Royal fun in Transylvania"
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    STORY (mystery) - I usually find humorous mysteries stupid and totally lacking any entertainment value, but I love this series and this book. The main character, Georgiana, who is a distant relative of the English Queen, travels to a castle in Transylvania to be a bridesmaid for a dear friend. She takes with her Queenie, her bumbling Cockney maid. When she arrives at the castle, she finds that her promiscuous best friend, Belinda, has finagled her way onto the guest list, as has Georgiana's mysterious romantic interest, Darcy O'Mara.

    Things become creepy as the characters get near the castle. They hear wolves howl, and peasant villagers stare at their coach and cross themselves. Upon arrival at the castle, they meet Count Dragomere, a mysterious Romanian servant. Georgie thinks she sees someone wearing a black cape climbing up the castle wall late at night, and she is later visited by a dark stranger standing over her bed. She doesn't believe in vampires, but the hints are hard to ignore. Then there's a murder and a suspicious death. I won't give anything away, but Georgie and company set out to solve the mystery, and there's lots of royal fun along the way.

    PERFORMANCE - Katherine Kellgren must be heard to be believed. She's my favorite female narrator, hands down. She gives the pompous royal characters a humorous twist and performs great foreign accents. The voice of promiscuous Belinda is a hoot, as well as her portrayal of the Cockney maid Queenie. Listen!

    OVERALL - This is Book 4 of the series and the mystery in each book stands alone, though there is character development that runs throughout the series. It is light and humorous, even though there's a murder and some mild promiscuity. I would recommend this book for girls/women high school age and above. You'll thoroughly enjoy it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappeared: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (287)

    Retrieval Artists help the lost find their way back home, whether they like it or not. Specialized private detectives, they investigate the most unusual crimes in the galaxy. But Miles Flint isn't a Retrieval Artist. He's just a cop, trying to do his job.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "Sprint finish.."
    "I really look forward to hearing Book 2"
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    STORY (sci-fi) - The Retrieval Artist series is set in a time where intergalactic commerce is in its infancy. Laws from other worlds are often broken by humans who didn't even know of the existence of the law. Alien enforcers come to collect human "criminals" and subject them to the punishment their world expects for those crimes. Thus, many humans decide to become "Disappeareds," seeking the help of agencies who give them new identities and new lives where they can evade alien law enforcement. Thus, the evolution of "Retrieval Artists," whose job is to find Disappeareds at the request of family members in emergencies or other special circumstances.

    The main character, Miles Flint, is a police officer who has recently been promoted to detective. He is faced with alien enforcers from two different worlds who have come to collect their criminals. The only problem is, Flint and his partner aren't convinced that they've committed any sort of crime, at least according to earth standards, and decide to investigate for themselves. Everything about this book is unusual and interesting -- the aliens, the "crimes," the disappearances, the city on the moon under Armstrong Dome where the story takes place. It's all just a fresh new concept that's very well done. I look forward to hearing future books in this series.

    PERFORMANCE - Good job. Reminds me a little of Scott Brick (another Audible narrator).

    OVERALL (actual overall rating 4.5) - There's no sex, and I don't recall any profanity. There's not much violence and only one fairly grisly crime scene description. I'd recommend this book for adults, male or female, who enjoy sci-fi and detective work. It is Book 1 in the series, and you should definitely start at the beginning. The story can stand on its own, but there's lots of character development that will certainly carry into future books. (SLIGHT SPOILER: In the end Flint quits his detective job to become a Retrieval Artist, so I suspect Book 2 will begin his training in that profession).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ocean Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Wendy Wax
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (92)

    Unlikely friends Madeline, Avery, and Nicole have hit some speed bumps in their lives, but when they arrive in Miami's South Beach neighborhood, they are all hoping for a do-over. Literally. They've been hired to bring a once-grand historic house back to its former glory on a new television show called Do-Over. If they can just get this show off the ground, Nikki would get back on her feet financially, Avery could restart her ruined career, and Maddie would have a shot at keeping her family together.

    karen says: "Impossible to listen to"
    "Enjoyable, Easy Listen"
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    STORY (chick lit) - First off, the cover art is misleading (one of my pet peeves). The story takes place in South Beach, Florida, but there's no time spent leisurely laying in hammocks at the beach. To the contrary, it's about two mother/daughter duos and a single woman who work their butts off. They previously were successful in renovating a home together where they became dear friends. Now they've been offered a chance to renovate the historic Millicent as a pilot for a possible new TV series called "Do-Over." The women are all financially strapped and jump at the chance but, as things progress, they realize the producers are more interested in making a reality show revolving around their personal baggage than in the renovation of the home itself.

    You will enjoy hearing about their daily work and progress with the renovation, which is interspersed with conversations and events happening in their personal lives. They try to preserve their privacy and talk in secret, but the cameramen are relentless. There is marital discord, mother/daughter issues, custody issues, new romance and the search for a missing child. The ending ties everything up neatly so the book stands alone, but not all issues are completely and happily resolved.

    PERFORMANCE - Amy Rubinate does a good job, but she doesn't do much in the way of distinguishing between characters other than a Southern accent she gives to Maddie and Kiera.

    OVERALL (actual rating 3.5) - There's references to sleeping together and a couple short, non-explicit sex scenes. There's very little cursing EXCEPT one really obnoxious character drops like 15 F-bombs in as many seconds each time she appears in the story. (Luckily, that's only about three times.) I'd recommend Ocean Beach for mature females who are looking for an easy listen. You won't have to concentrate to keep up with the story, and you're not going to have your emotions wrenched.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Toymaker

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chuck Barrett
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (412)

    Former NTSB Investigator Jake Pendleton faces a dilemma as the line blurs between right and wrong. After his judgment comes into question, Jake is entrusted to his new mentor, an eccentric old man who sees beyond Jake’s flaws. A man who makes ‘toys for spies.’ A man known as The Toymaker. Jake’s first assignment reunites him with Gregg Kaplan in a daredevil mission to rescue a fellow agent held captive in Yemen. He risks his life to stop the first attack of an al Qaeda mastermind.

    shelley says: "Great book"
    "I don't get all these bad reviews..."
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    STORY (espionage thriller) - Okay. The Toymaker is not going to win any awards and some of the points in negative reviews I've read are valid -- there is testosterone-driven action, stereotypical characters, motives of revenge and a dramatic narrator -- but boring? I must have read a different book. I would say just the opposite. It's fast-paced and exciting from beginning to end with terrorists, neat gadgets and lots of twists and turns. It's also not hard to follow what's going on, so it's an enjoyable, easy listen.

    PERFORMANCE - I don't understand why so many people complain about Scott Brick. It's true that he overdramatizes a bit, but I'm totally fine with it. I like his voice, and he definitely doesn't deliver a boring or monotone performance.

    OVERALL - There's no sex or violence, and the violence is not gory or graphic. I recommend the book to anyone who's looking for an easy but exciting listen. It's not perfect, but I was thoroughly entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • His Majesty's Dragon: Temeraire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1500)
    Performance
    (879)
    Story
    (885)

    When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo - an unhatched dragon egg - fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle.

    Janet says: "Dragon Riders of Pern meet Master and Commander"
    "Boring book, but saved by the ending"
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    STORY (historical fantasy) - The premise of this book sounded good, but I almost stopped listening multiple times because I couldn't get into it. Britain's war with Napolean is raging, but in this story both sides possess dragons which add an aerial component to the battles. The dragons are intelligent (they talk) and loving. The main character in this book is present at the hatching of a very rare dragon which he eventually comes to possess and name Temeraire. Much of the book is about the care, feeding and training of Temeraire as he grows from a hatchling into a very powerful adult dragon.

    The most interesting parts are the battles themselves but, being an animal lover, they made me cringe. The dragons drop bombs on enemy ships but they also claw and rip at enemy dragons with their talons, and once I became "acquainted" with the dragons I didn't like these scenes. They probably won't offend most people, but I'm a sissy when it comes to animals and pain. Anyway, the book gets decent by the end, and there is an epilogue where they discuss the characteristics of different breeds of dragons which is pretty interesting.

    PERFORMANCE - Simon Vance does a great job with multiple voices and accents. Temeraire sounded kind of robotic, but then I wouldn't know what to expect from a talking dragon.

    OVERALL (actual rating 2.5) - I don't recommend this book for anyone. The plot is too simplistic to be engaging for adults. Even though there are talking dragons, the presentation of the book doesn't seem to be meant for children and I think they'd find it boring. There is no profanity, sex or particularly graphic violence. It is Book 1 of a series but I think it can stand alone, and I'm definitely not planning to hear Book 2.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Prodigal Brother: Longhorn Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (147)

    Two brothers: one a gunfighter trying to escape his past, the other a pioneering cattle rancher. Neither knows the other is alive, both struggle to make their own way against overwhelming odds. Through death, birth, gunfights, hangings, scratching the dirt for wealth with no guarantees, hostile Indians and corrupt bandits, the chances of success are sometimes as elusive as smoke on the wind.

    Jean says: "The Prodigal Brother"
    "Head 'em up, mooooooove 'em out!"
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    STORY (Western fiction) - This is Book 3 in the Longhorn series, and I must admit I have absolutely loved all three. If it's not my favorite series, it's definitely in the top two or three. Two brothers, each one thinks the other is dead. One is a successful cattle rancher in Texas, the other is an ex-gunslinger in Colorado. You will fall in love with both brothers and root for them as they navigate through the hardships of post Civil War America. It's all there -- cattle rustlers, Indians, banditos and on and on. There's never a dull moment, but there are touching moments as well. The ending of this book was so moving it made me cry, and there's still one more to go!

    PERFORMANCE - Mr. Engene is the perfect narrator for this series. He has many different "western" voices he can portray, and they all will contribute to your enjoyment of the story. Some of them are a bit over the top, but it's great listening.

    OVERALL - I'd recommend this series for absolutely anyone except young children. No sex or profanity. If you'd let your child watch a western on TV with Indian raids and shootouts, you can let them hear this story. Men and women alike will love this series equally. It's an easy listen and pure enjoyment! Definitely listen to them in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Courageous

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3377)
    Performance
    (2308)
    Story
    (2334)

    The Alliance has been fight a losing battle against the Syndicate Worlds for over a century. Now, Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, must keep the Alliance one step ahead of its merciless foe.

    Jesse says: "Great Scifi!"
    "I love Capt. Geary! (or is it just the narrator?)"
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    STORY (military sci-fi) - Courageous is Book #3 in The Lost Fleet series. Capt. Geary, who escaped death and survived in an escape pod for 100 years, now finds himself caught in a perilous future where he must command an Alliance fleet in multiple deadly battles with the Syndics (another race of humans). This book continues the same threads as the first two books. Some of his crew worships him while others are nearly mutinous. His fleet is badly damaged, low on weapons and fuel, and cannot find a safe path back to the safety of Alliance space. The Syndics pop up everywhere and sometimes seem to know Geary's next move and be a step ahead of him. But how? There seems to be another alien entity "manipulating" things. Who or what are they? How do they get their information? Are they helping the Syndics or trying to send Geary a message? Very intriguing!

    Anyway, I love everything about this book. The battles are ship-to-ship, not man-to-man, so there's no blood and guts. I love hearing Geary and his fleet captains discuss tactics and strategies for the next engagement with the Syndics. Even the battles themselves are interesting. The author has a Naval background, so the formations and movements of the fleet are described in detail and easy to visualize -- not to mention interesting and creative. Also, Geary becomes a bit more human in this book. He's still the renowned hero nicknamed Blackjack Geary, but he and Ambassador Rionne are having a romantic affair and their relationship becomes even more complicated.

    PERFORMANCE - Christian Rummel does a great job. He does multiple accents and his voice is low and sexy, yet he still manages to do pretty good female voices. I must admit, however, his performance probably would have just received four stars if it weren't for the fact that I love his voice!!!!

    OVERALL - This book is pretty "clean." There's no profanity and only minor references to sleeping together, having an affair, etc., with no actual sex scenes. I highly recommend this to adult sci-fi lovers, both male and female. It's mysterious, tense and the characters are very human. You should listen to the series in order, but each book can "stand alone." Due to the fact that the fleet is in the middle of a six-book journey back to Alliance space, the ending of this book is actually Geary preparing to face the Syndics yet again!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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