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Don

Austin, TX, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • 16 reviews
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  • Darwin's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (85)

    Eleven years have passed since SHEVA was discovered in human DNA, a retrovirus that caused mutations in the human genome and heralded the arrival of a new wave of genetically enhanced humans. Now these changed children have reached adolescence...and face a world that is outraged about their very existence. For these special youths are also ticking time bombs that could exterminate the "old" human race...

    Jim says: "Serious Science Fiction"
    "Okay, but..."
    Overall

    I enjoyed the book. I had read Darwin's Radio so was interested in the follow-on. I did not like the direct attacks against Republicans, FoxNews, and Rush Limbaugh. With a little effort I'm sure the author could have found a way to not make his enemies of today his enemies of the future. Although the author tends to criticise fundamentalist Christians, one of his main characters spends a lot time communicating with who she believes is God. So, if you can get by the out-of-place political comment on current events the overall story is interesting and well-read.

    19 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • The Aftermath: Book Four of The Asteroid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stephen Hoye, and others
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    When the spaceship Viking encounters a variety of adversaries in the Asteroid Belt - including a prospector and his family, a cyborg, the solar system's greatest sculptor, and an evil industrialist - a confrontation begins that transforms the human solar system.

    John says: "So Disappointing!"
    "Another Good Bova Book"
    Overall

    This is one of the best rock rat/asteroid war books. Bova has spun quite an interesting and intertwined solar system series. It is an investment in time to listen to all the books, but with such a rich set of characters and events to pull from, Bova keeps you wanting to hear more about your favorite characters with each book. The readers all did an excellent job on this book and made the story even better with their performances.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark River: The Fourth Realm, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (237)

    The Dark River opens in New York City with a stunning piece of news. Gabriel's father, who has been missing for nearly 20 years, may still be alive and trapped somewhere in Europe. Gabriel and his Harlequin protector, Maya, immediately mobilize to escape New York and find the long-lost Traveler.

    Mary says: "I Liked It"
    "Okay, but..."
    Overall

    Not sure why this book is listed as costing 2 credits. Certainly not worth the double price. This book was about as good as the first in the series. The whole off-the-grid-omnipresent-bad-guys plot is a little tiresome, but Scott Brick at least makes even a mediocre book listenable. Any present-day story with any "quantum" computers make me want to gag, but at least the "quantum" computer stayed offline for this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (102)

    The Ruins follows two American couples enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group, the young German who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig.

    Art says: "The Plant"
    "Okay, but not great"
    Overall

    The story was fairly interesting, but a bit illogical in spots - the characters seemed to act in ways that I would not think followed from the events they were presented with. One thing I did learn from the book is that if you plan to go off the beaten track in Mexico it would be best to take a sat-phone with you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Sharp

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1638)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (498)

    America's favorite bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, is back in her twelfth best seller and sure to win more fans than ever before. Trenton, New Jersey's premier troublemaker is once again struggling with her tangled love life, her chaotic family, and her gift for destroying every car she drives. Not to mention her attempts to bring in the sometimes scary bail jumpers of Trenton and the sudden appearance of a mysterious female stalker, who turns out to have a close connection to Ranger.

    Ruth says: "Entertainment at its best!"
    "Another Entertaining Book"
    Overall

    I've listened to all the Stephanie Plum books available on Audible and thouroughly enjoyed this one. Each of the characters continue to grow as we learn more about them. Please keep them coming Janet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Way Home

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ann Tatlock
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Award-winning author of A Room of My Own and A Place Called Morning, Ann Tatlock delivers a soul-searching inspirational story of faith and friendship.

    Don says: "Never wanted to put down my headphones"
    "Never wanted to put down my headphones"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. It kept my interest and had great character depth. Inspiring and wonderful reading that was very enjoyable from beginning to end. Not a book that takes several chapters to get into. From the very beginning I found myself not wanting to put down my headphones.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Giant

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Scott Brick, Full Cast
    Overall
    (2390)
    Performance
    (1212)
    Story
    (1224)

    Bean, once the smallest student at the Battle School, and Ender Wiggin's right hand, has grown to be a power on Earth. He served the Hegemon as strategist and general in the terrible wars that followed Ender's defeat of the alien empire attacking Earth. Now he wishes for a safe place to build a family, something he has never known, but there is nowhere on Earth that does not harbor his enemies; old enemies from the days in Ender's Jeesh, new enemies from the wars on Earth.

    Joe says: "Enderverse"
    "Another Good Story in the Series"
    Overall

    Continues the adventures of Petra and Bean along with closure to the Hegemon story. Excellent performance by all the voices. Leaves the door open to more stories.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Charlotte Simmons

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (170)

    Dupont University: the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition....Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina, who has come here on full scholarship. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.

    Eric says: "Decadence through the eyes of a ?good girl?"
    "Very Good"
    Overall

    Enjoyed every minute of this book. Each of Tom's characters in this book are interesting and represent significant aspects of the typical campus scene. I thought the narrator did an excellent job with all the voices and accents. The narration added much more depth to the story. You'll wish for a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2102)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (529)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "Another Good One From Crichton"
    Overall

    Lots of insight into how the ultra-left thinks and operates. The book has a bit more background material interspersed than most due to the complexity of the subject matter, but it doesn't detract from the flow of the story. Some of the characters are drawn from the more obnoxious lefty celebrities that have latched onto the environmental movement as a way to keep their name in the press. Nice resolution for the "Martin Sheen" character.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Ascendant Sun: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (53)

    Kelric returns to Skolian space, only to find the Empire in control of the Allied forces of Earth, thanks to the upheaval of the Radiance War. With little more than the clothes on his back and with his family imprisoned by the Allieds, Kelric is forced to take work on a merchant vessel. But when that vessel enters Euban space, Kelric finds his worst nightmare realized.

    Don says: "Another Good Asaro Book"
    "Another Good Asaro Book"
    Overall

    Enjoyed this one also. Decided to get the rest of the series in paperback. Now that I'm hooked on the Skolian story I just can't wait for Audible to trickle the books out.

    Anna Fields' male voices weren't as bad as usual, but I wish she would not use the nasal teenage-boy voice for the main characters. Makes it difficult to take what they say seriously.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    A man climbs over the railings and plunges into Niagara Falls. A newlywed, he has left behind his wife, Ariah Erskine, in the honeymoon suite the morning after their wedding. "The Widow Bride of The Falls", as Ariah comes to be known, begins a relentless, seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found.

    Harry I. Shuman says: "Clean Out Your Ears"
    "Okay, but bad narration"
    Overall

    Haven't read/heard any other books by JCO, so this was an experiment. The male voices were so bad, that I think some fairly serious characters sounded more like morons. Like most lefty books, the Love Canal issue is presented as a problem which should have been obvious from the beginning to even a child. If you read the facts of the land donation, building of the school, and various other entities involved, it seems more murky. Obviously the pollution problem was real, but the massive conspiracy theory at the hands of the usual suspects (corrupt politicians, corporations, and Republicans) wears a little thin.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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