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Austin, TX, USA | Member Since 2008

  • 12 reviews
  • 107 ratings
  • 484 titles in library
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  • Clear and Convincing Proof: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Because he is poised to desecrate the dreams of so many, it's no surprise that somebody dares to stop him in cold blood. When David McIvey is murdered outside the clinic's doors, lawyer Barbara Holloway must use her razor-sharp instincts and take-no-prisoners attitude to create a defense for the two members of the clinic accused of his murder.

    Don says: "Another Good One"
    "Another Good One"

    Enjoyed the story. Each Kate Wilhem book is unique enough that they all seem fresh. Anna Fields did a good job with the reading. Although she has one nasally male voice she sometimes uses the rest of the voices are good and the narrative is read with just the right expressiveness.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Days of Krypton

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Finally, the epic tale that has never been told: the tragic story of the destruction of Superman's home planet. Everyone knows how Kal-El (Superman) was sent to Earth before his planet exploded. Now Kevin J. Anderson unfolds the riveting backstory of this iconic superhero. The Last Days of Krypton is a sweeping tale of the politics and betrayals that blinded both heroes and villains to the disaster that would destroy Krypton.

    MM says: "Great book, Lousy Narrator"

    Keep in mind that stories of Superman and his family are all derived from comic books, thus do not expect great literature. I enjoyed the story, and it is true, most of the folks of Krypton went out their way to avoid conflict and confrontation, not unlike most of the folks on Earth, which then makes it easier for corrupt leaders to assume power. As a comics reader of the Superman family since the 1950s, I think the author did an adequate job picking and choosing from the many conflicting versions of events on Krypton. The reader did an excellent job, especially portraying the many girlie-men leaders of Krypton.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Hunters of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At the end of Frank Herbert's final novel, Chapterhouse: Dune, a ship carrying a crew of refugees escapes into the uncharted galaxy, fleeing from a terrifying, mysterious Enemy. Hunters of Dune is the exotic odyssey of the crew as it is forced to elude the diabolical traps set by the ferocious, unknown Enemy.

    James says: "If only I liked Dune a little less..."
    "I Liked It"

    I actually like the Herbert/Anderson versions of Dune a little better than the originals. Starting with God Emperor of Dune, the story got a little too weird. I don't really like the whole Ghola thing, but we seem to be stuck with it. At least we have more Gholas than just the know-it-all Duncan Idaho ghola.

    I like all of Scott Brick's readings and look for books he has read. His interpretation usually makes the story better.

    The Dune series for me is similar to the Foundation trilogy. The subsequent prequels and sequels made the original trilogy make more sense and be more readable.

    Looking forward to the final book in the series. Hopefully the bad guys will be beaten once and for all.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Break No Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Dorothee Berryman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The inspiration for the hit Fox series Bones, Kathy Reichs explores another high-stakes crime from today's headlines, in a case that lands forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan in the middle of a gruesome international scheme.

    Meridith says: "Unbearable Narrator"
    "Pretty Good"

    I enjoyed this book. I found the reading fine and do not feel it distracted from the story. It is the first of the series I've heard so I've not been spoiled by perhaps better readers. I enjoy the TV show and the actors and find the books just as good or better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With millions of copies of his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries in print across the globe, Alexander McCall Smith is one of the most popular novelists and humorists in the world. Starring the brilliant but bumbling Professor Doctor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs is a wonderfully entertaining showcase for Smith's award-winning wit.

    Judy says: "I couldn't finish the book..."
    "Enjoyable Story"

    Interesting interactions amoung the self-absorbed academics involved. Felt sorry for the sausage dog, but at least it triumphs in the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Primary Inversion: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields

    The Skolian Empire rules a third of the civilized galaxy through its mastery of faster-than-light communication. But war with the rival empire of the Traders seems imminent, a war that can only lead to slavery for the Skolians or the destruction of both sides. Destructive skirmishes have already occurred. A desperate attempt must be made to avert total disaster.

    Victoria says: "Good Narrator and a Good Story"
    "Enjoyed Listening"

    Another fun listen about the Skolian Empire. Asaro has just the right mix of action and romance in her books. You should get at least one hardcopy so you can take advantage of the timeline of events and descriptions of all the major characters that is in the appendix. I've read or listened to over half the Skolian stories and am looking forward to any more that Audible deigns to provide. This is a prequel to Radiant Seas.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Saucer: The Conquest [Macmillan Audio]

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Eric Conger

    After discovering the secrets of a 140,000-year-old spacecraft in Saucer, Rip Cantrell and beautiful test pilot Charley Pine think their days of high-flying extraterrestrial adventure are over. But when Pine takes up flying spaceplanes to the moon for the French lunar base project, she discovers that the project director has installed a world-threatening antigravity beam.

    Don says: "Great Political Satire with a Good Sci-Fi Story"
    "Great Political Satire with a Good Sci-Fi Story"

    I really enjoyed the book. Full of comments like "if we put sanctions on the French, then we must have a Wine for Food program" and "if Washington gets destroyed, we'll rebuild the capitol in Kansas - it's closer to Texas anyway".

    Lots of likable good-guys and despicable bad guys spread out between Earth and the Moon.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Saturn: A Novel of the Ringed Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Amanda Karr, Stefan Rudnicki, full cast

    In the best-selling novels Venus and Jupiter, Ben Bova dramatized the latest discoveries about our own solar system in an epic tale of near-future exploration and development. Now Bova turns his attention to one of our system's greatest mysteries, Saturn.

    Don says: "Enjoyed It"
    "Enjoyed It"

    Saturn is a good follow-on to Jupiter. It seems unlikely that nuts would ever be in charge of Earth as Bova proposes, but at least they provide a good plot device for our explorers to leave for Saturn and for the later conflicts on the way. Having read Jupiter and Venus, I think I enjoy Bova's stories in the audio form a little better. I wish the whole collection were available on Audible.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Idlewild

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nick Sagan
    • Narrated By Clayton Barclay Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    He wakes alone, nameless, in a strangely bucolic day-after-tomorrow world. His amnesia is near-total; he cannot remember his name and doesn't recognize anything around him, but he knows with absolute certainty that someone has tried to kill him – and will surely try again. As he tries to discover the identity of the person who wants him dead, he quickly begins to unravel sinister truths, which make it clear that the ramifications of his search are far greater than he could ever have imagined.

    Craig says: "Great story"
    "Didn't Like It"

    For me, this is the sort of story that I need in printed form. I kept getting lost in the various virtual worlds and was never really sure when the real world appeared. I'm still not sure we ever left the virtual world. Not sure I would want humanity repopulated from the nutty characters in the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Transmission

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Hari Kunzru
    • Narrated By Hari Kunzru

    Transmission, Hari Kunzru's new novel of love and lunacy, immigration and immunity, introduces a daydreaming Indian computer geek whose luxurious fantasies about life in America are shaken when he accepts a California job offer.

    Don says: "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"

    Presents a realistic look at the hurdles faced by technical folks trying to immigrate to the US while at the same time telling a hilarious insider story of high-tech America. The related story of the marketing people affected by the virus lets us in on the buzzword filled conversations of marketing "wizards" in which nothing is ever said that makes sense. I recommend this book to anyone who likes computer or Internet related stories.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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