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  • 1632: Ring of Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eric Flint
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (805)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (738)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues such as who should be considered a citizen.

    Sara says: "Great idea superficial follow through"
    "Not up to its Potential"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I thought the concept of this book was excellent and I was very excited to start reading it. Unfortunately, after the first chapter the focus of this books breaks down to multiple soap opera romances, and guns. I would have liked to have seen a lot more focus on the technology challenges that the community would have faced.


    Would you recommend 1632 to your friends? Why or why not?

    It was an excellent concept and that probably makes it worth the credit. But, not sure I would highly recommend it.


    Did 1632 inspire you to do anything?

    I was planning to read the sequal, but this book changed my mind.


    1 of 1 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
    (24112)
    Performance
    (22152)
    Story
    (22161)

    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?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Best Book I Have Listened to in Years!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    I am compelled to write this review because it is simply the best book I have listened to in years. It has humor, suspense, and an outstanding plot. The narrator made you feel like he was experiencing every second of the book and his delivery of the funny moments was perfect.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

    Don't want to give the story away, but suffice it to say that the plot builds and builds right up to the end. This is a great story about the space program that we wish we still had in this country - a program loaded with brain power and heroes - not just budget cuts.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I do not recall listening to any other books by R.C. Bray, but based on his performance in The Martian, I will look for him in the future.


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

    Absolutely!! There was never a point where I got bored and it was difficult trying to find a break point each day.


    Any additional comments?

    Well done. This is my first "Highly recommend" book..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dervish House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ian McDonald
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    It begins with an explosion. Another day, another bus bomb. Everyone, it seems, is after a piece of Turkey. But the shockwaves from this random act of 21st century pandemic terrorism will ripple further and resonate louder than just Enginsoy Square. Welcome to the world of The Dervish House; the great, ancient, paradoxical city of Istanbul, divided like a human brain, in the great, ancient, equally paradoxical nation of Turkey. The year is 2027....

    Karen says: "Listen, but then read"
    "Excellent Book - Great Listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Dervish House the most enjoyable?

    Complex storyline with rich character development. Narrator's voice inflexions were spot-on for all of the characters. A lot of different story lines that all somehow come together in the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It made you feel like you were living in the city of Instanbul and absorbing the culture. Also like the way the author incorporated current themes & international threats into the plot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was stationed in Turkey for 2 1/2 years, so I think the scenes around the Galata bridge brought back the best memories.


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

    No. It is a long book with very complicated plot lines, but the author and narrator made it easy to follow throughout the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure I would classify this as science fiction, but the nonotechnology developments used throughout the book made it very interesting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (20319)
    Performance
    (18086)
    Story
    (18051)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Great Ending"
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    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A bit long, but kept me involved for the full 30 hours. Strong and thought provoking finish.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did an excellent job with the voices of different characters. I never tired of hearing his voice and the pacing was right on.


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

    I doubt it is possible to listen to this book in one sitting, but I was always anxious to get back to it. I tried to stretch it out till my next credit was available, but ended up a week early.


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen King has quite an imagination.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Angelology

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Danielle Trussoni
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (153)

    Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Now, at 23, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans.

    Angela says: "Very Pleasant Divine Suprise"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    Sorry, this one put me to sleep everytime I tried to listen to it. No action and boring characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3827)
    Performance
    (2401)
    Story
    (2420)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "Great Book!"
    Overall

    I almost didn't buy this book because of some negative reviews. However, I'm very glad I did. It was one of the best books I've listened to. The book is well balanced on life before, during, and after the impact. Lots of characters, but that helps give lots of perspective to the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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