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Don

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  • Earth Unaware

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1419)
    Performance
    (1287)
    Story
    (1294)

    The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

    El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

    Keith says: "Earth Unaware is a must listen for Ender fans"
    "Great return to Enderverse!"
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    Where does Earth Unaware rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I rank it five for five, so it is among my favorites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the descriptions of life in the solar system prior to the advances discovered from the Formics.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the mother ship was first attacked.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked discovering the origin of Mazer and the Doctor weapon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2041)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (734)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "Too bad for old men!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book because it is both filled with action and good regional descriptions.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was the villain because of the way he believed his bizarre actions acceptable if observed from the proper perspective.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the villain's car was hit by another car after he murdered the wife of Llewellyn.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    South Texas drug crime with massacre.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the way the book expanded on the movie but glad some of the final tales of sheriff left out of movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Of Fire and Night: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (278)

    The extermination of Earth is at hand. With his increasingly irrational leadership Basil Wenceslas, chairman of the Hansa, has driven humanity into a corner. His punitive treatment of the Hansa colonies and the Roamers, as well as his refusal to aid an embattled Theroc, have made enemies for the people of Earth.

    Chaz says: "Great series!"
    "narrator change at book 4 of series killed for me"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, because the narrator irritated me to the extent I could hardly stand to finish.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the many charactors and places of the series and how they intertwined, but new narrator's pronunciation and performance caused me to not want to finish series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His pronunciation of the names of people and places, and generally his verbal expressions.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, there is too much information to relate for a movie to follow.


    Any additional comments?

    Let me know when reproduced with different narrator and I will check him out and maybe get back into the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scattered Suns: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (720)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (312)

    The war between the alien hydrogues and the faeros rages, reducing suns to blackened shells - including one of the fabled seven suns of the Ildiran Empire. Instead of protecting themselves, the Ildirans engage in bloody civil war and the many factions of humanity are bitterly divided. Can mankind and Ildirans overcome their own internal fighting to face a deadly new enemy that is ready to annihilate them?

    Joel says: "GREAT Series....Narrator change from Book 4 on"
    "Disappointing change of narrator mid series."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The series not this narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the multiple stories of differents species and human groups blending to make a great opera.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He could have tried to use the same pronunciation of people and places from first three books in series. Tough to accept change from George Guidall's narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not so much, there are so many interlacing moments.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed the first three books in the series a great deal and am very disappointed in narrator change at book four.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1581)
    Performance
    (1408)
    Story
    (1407)

    In this ninth installment in the award-winning and New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mystery series, the Wyoming sheriff follows his cowboy code of ethics in a religious range war that strikes a little too close to home.

    Dave says: "Craig Johnson's best!"
    "Love Longmire!"
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    Would you listen to A Serpent's Tooth again? Why?

    Yes, to help me remember more about each of the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Walt Longmire is my favorite because he balances all the action and characters.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a great narator. When I listen to him tell the story I am very happy with his representation of each of the characters and I can immerse in the story without having to give the characters the attributes that bring them to life in my mind.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was disturbed when I thought Double Tough was dead.


    Any additional comments?

    I have not yet been disappointed with one of the books in the Longmire series. This one and book 8 are as good as any of them to me. I feel like all the base characters are like family. I look forward to more Longmire books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3955)
    Performance
    (1678)
    Story
    (1701)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Things could be worse"
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    What did you love best about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

    I loved the different reactions the boy had than I would in similar situations


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This main character was my favorite because I loved hearing his point of view.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked when he was hiding on the train.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not have any extreme reactions but had many feel good reactions.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't usually like books that take place in Britain, but that had no negative effect on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Who Knew Too Much: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (584)

    Combining suspense and intrigue with a wonderfully humorous take on the link between man and beast, Spencer Quinn's exceptional mystery series has captured widespread praise since its New York Times best-selling debut, Dog on It. The Dog Who Knew Too Much marks the duo's triumphant return in a tale that's full of surprises.

    LINDA says: "Mystery from the canine point of vew"
    "Laughed out loud"
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    Where does The Dog Who Knew Too Much rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is in the top level.


    What other book might you compare The Dog Who Knew Too Much to and why?

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time because it is written from the point of view of someone that does not think like most people.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Frangione’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first book by this author for me.


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

    I don't listen and sit; I listen all day whatever I am doing as much as possible. I did not want to stop listening unless necessary to do something else.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the relationship between Chet and Bernie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Is Empty: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1461)
    Performance
    (1222)
    Story
    (1215)

    Spur Award-winner Craig Johnson has garnered critical acclaim for his Walt Longmire mysteries. In this riveting seventh entry, Wyoming’s Absaroka County sheriff, Walt Longmire, is pushed beyond his limits. When three hardened convicts escape FBI custody in a mountain blizzard, an armed psychopath leads them up Big Horn Mountain. As Longmire struggles to track their treacherous ascent, he’ll need all the help he can get from the tribal spirits of the towering summit.

    Susan says: "Transcendental"
    "Like past books in series better"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because I like the whole family of characters and the location of the series.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Craig Johnson? Why or why not?

    Have read all Walt Longmire series.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He fills in the blanks of character description and adds personality to the characters. He also helps maintain the proper tone/emphasis to the conversations and remarks.


    Any additional comments?

    I missed many of my favorite characters from past books. This one was a bit too ethereal for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Lensman: Lensman Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By E. E. 'Doc' Smith
    • Narrated By Reed McColm
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    In the not-too-distant future, while fleets of commercial space ships travel between the planets of numerous solar systems, a traveler named Virgil Samms visits the planet Arisia. There, he becomes the first wearer of the Lens, the almost-living symbol of the forces of law and order. As the first Lensman, Samms helps to form the Galactic Patrol, a battalion of Lensmen who are larger-than-life heroes. These soldiers are the best of the best, with incredible skill, stealth, and drive.

    DJM says: "Lensman Series is Still Fun"
    "Annoying narration"
    Overall

    I give this audio book three stars because the story is good. However, this is the most annoying narration I have ever heard. This could be a good series but I will not listen to another by this narrator. Perhaps it is an aquired taste...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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