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  • Forging Zero: The Legend of ZERO

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara King
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (275)

    The oldest of the children drafted from humanity's devastated planet, Joe is impressed into service by the alien Congressional Ground Force - and becomes the unwitting centerpiece in a millennia-long alien struggle for independence. Once his training begins, one of the elusive and prophetic Trith appears to give Joe a spine chilling prophecy that the universe has been anticipating for millions of years: Joe will be the one to finally shatter the vast alien government known as Congress. And the Trith cannot lie...but first Joe has to make it through bootcamp.

    Michael says: "Unforgettable Classic"
    "Exceptional piece of spellbinding science fiction."
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    A spellbinding piece of fiction with excellent characters, marvelous plot development and superb action and dialogue.


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

    While work prevents a one sitting listen, I never the less listened continuously as tasks would allow.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next installment; the characters and story hold great possibilities with a superb open set of possible twists and turns.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Red Death: Jonathan Barrett, Gentleman Vampire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By P. N. Elrod
    • Narrated By Frazer Douglas
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    This compelling series combines action and historical drama in fascinating tales of an American Tory who stumbles into the dark world of the vampire. Completely revised and expanded, each of these new editions includes more than 40 pages of new material. In this introduction to the series, young Jonathan Barrett arrives in London in 1773 to pursue his college education. His fate among the undead is sealed by the unnaturally beautiful Nora Jones, who seduces him and consumes his blood.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional piece of prose and well told story."
    "An exceptional piece of prose and well told story."
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    Where does Red Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is definitely in the top 15% (I listen to a lot of books)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well that's an interesting question! Elrod does such an exceptional job of writing that all the characters have depth and interest. Of course the protagonist leads the narrative, so we get the fullest character development -- but not at the expense of the other characters or story line.


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

    Not that I remember. He does a very good job with excellent character separation and individuality portrayed in his narration.


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

    There are many telling part in the narrative, but his death scene is done very well.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a masterful piece of fiction so well written and plotted to make it a great pleasure to listen to. Don't expect to jump into the action on the second page, but rather expected a beautifully crafted story telling that brings thing to fruition by the story's logic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (1397)
    Performance
    (1328)
    Story
    (1330)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fresh new way to enjoy the story"
    "Its like this is a different story"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you haven't read/listened to Ender's Game the book, you might enjoy this production. However, the full cast production doesn't, IMHO, generate the imaginative world the book does. In fact, I don't think it can. So much of the tenor of the book is dependent upon internal dialogue to set the stage for the action line of the story. While the full cast version tried to accomplish this, to some extent, by side dialogues of the external monitors, the slowly maturing internal "person" of Ender is critical and essential to the full force of the story.


    Has Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay turned you off from other books in this genre?

    There may books that transfer well to full cast productions. But it will depend greatly on the structure of the book. I will be very hesitant to try full cast productions.


    What didn’t you like about Full Cast Recording’s performance?

    Nothing. Sorry, it just didn't click.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice try.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2328)
    Performance
    (1665)
    Story
    (1683)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "THE MORAL VALUES IN THIS STORY ARE REPUGNANT!!!"
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    What disappointed you about Live Free or Die?

    The values championed by the writer within this story are horrific at best, and more like Facistic at bottom. That the writer would put into the mouth of the hero the words that the painful death and suffering of millions of people would leave us "better off" is horrendous and morally repugnant. That he then praises himself for being able to do the "cold calculations" to draw such observations is disgusting.


    What was most disappointing about John Ringo’s story?

    His total lack of moral fiber.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Boyett’s performances?

    Mark Boyett is an excellent performer.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None. Absolutely none!!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6150)
    Performance
    (5708)
    Story
    (5708)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "The story's great and the Voice is back!"
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    If you could sum up Cold Days in three words, what would they be?

    The Saga Continues


    What did you like best about this story?

    Having Marsters back.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final battle


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

    Mab's moment at the books end.


    Any additional comments?

    Marsters has me trained to his voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10498)
    Performance
    (7919)
    Story
    (7966)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Superb writing and inspired narration"
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    What did you love best about A Discovery of Witches?

    This is a fabulous story and is made magical by the narrator. The writing is so well done and so literate, it is painful when the story ends, as one want more and more and more. Having said this, I was so glad when the second volume appeared. And was equally happy with it. This first volume is no fluke as the second is as exciting and enthralling as the first. Do yourself a favor and enjoy these two volume -- they are really good. I wait for the third volume with great anticipation


    What other book might you compare A Discovery of Witches to and why?

    I'd compare the style, detail, and voicing of the Wheel of Time series; DOW captivates and entrances, generating a real page turner full of rich characters and plot.


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

    yes!!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Dance: Vampire for Hire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (810)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (724)

    Mother, wife, private investigator... vampire. Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire. Now the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun.

    Karen says: "A Nice Surprise"
    "Very interesting series with High Enjoyment Value"
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    Would you listen to Moon Dance again? Why?

    Yes. Supremely engaging story and characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They are all interesting


    Any additional comments?

    Wish they'd combine the stories into longer stories. Too short... if they weren't so interesting I'd probably passed them by.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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