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Eric

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  • The Judas Strain: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1192)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (386)

    From the depths of the Indian Ocean, a horrific plague has arisen to devastate humankind - a disease that's unknown, unstoppable, and deadly. But it is merely a harbinger of the doom that is to follow. Aboard a cruise liner transformed into a makeshift hospital, Dr. Lisa Cummings and Monk Kokkalis, operatives of SIGMA Force, search for answers to the bizarre affliction. But there are others with far less altruistic intentions.

    JoAnn Marcon says: "A fun book"
    "A great listen"
    Overall

    I enjoy James Rollins. I've read several of his other books and chose to listen to this one--I wasn't disappointed.

    If you're looking for Daniel Silva or Robert Ludlum like development and characters skip this book! Rollins style is more of Ted Bell (though I like Rollins better), Clive Cussler or Mathew Reilly. Larger than life heros. This is the type of book that is a fun way to forget reality and just try to keep up with the fast flow (and leave your reality analyzer turned off). Think 007.

    For those that have read/listened to Rollins before this does have some similarity in characters (as I've found most authors do). Listen or read several other authors in between Rollins books and this will be a fun blast.



    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4354)
    Performance
    (3167)
    Story
    (3212)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Great immersion story..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Like some of the other reviewers, I also felt this book had some Harry Potter mixed with Twilight. As an adult I found the bantering between the characters amusing. I was able to understand the references and thought it added a dose of believability to the characters. It wasn’t oppressive, but did lighten the mood at times and helped to strengthen the feelings between characters at others. Cassandra Clare’s storyline hand some fun jinxes and twists that I wasn’t expecting. I felt it was written for a maturity level above Harry Potter and nudging with Twilight.

    For myself, the narrator didn’t detract from the story. She was not my favorite, but as the book continued I began to appreciate her subtle nuances in inflection and found myself engrossed enough in the story line to forget the narrating.

    If you loved reading (or listening) to the Harry Potter and Twilight series you may feel as I do that this is a fun listen. I’m now listening to the second book in the series and so far I’m enjoying it even more. I found to City of Bones to have a hint of familiarity to other books, but a distinctly different take with well fleshed out details and developments that caught me by surprise.

    City of Bones is a book I could put down (though found myself listening through several parts without wanting to stop). It was also a book that I looked forward to continuing with anticipation each time I did.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2680)
    Performance
    (1134)
    Story
    (1141)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "An AMAZING series!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's been nearly 9 years since I purchased this audiobook and subsequently purchased 30 more Discworld books over the years!

    Like many others this wasn't my favorite in the series, and it took me a while to understand the crazy planet supported by the massive elephants and actually remember having to re-listen to a few parts. It was worth it--the story began to coalesce and by the end I wanted more...

    In my opinion the books keep getting better. I would have never dreamed I'd purchase every book in a 30 book series...but I did and enjoyed them a lot. In fact, writing this review has reminded me of the upbeat zany world Terry Pratchett created and I believe I will give the series another listen!

    I'd almost suggest starting with the second book and coming back to this one but I'll let you decide that. For now consider a 4 star rating involving 1,700 listeners!!! There's a reason so many have downloaded this treat. Give it a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5459)
    Performance
    (3920)
    Story
    (3955)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    crazybatcow says: "Perfect example of decent military sci-fi"
    "I enjoyed the entire Lost Fleet Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As many other reviewers have stated--start with this book first. If you like it chances are you'll enjoy the rest of the series.

    I appreciate that Jack Campbell had an exciting vision and made it into a series of books with a definite beginning and conclusion. This is a series that once you finish you will probably want more but respect the author for realizing the story was over and finishing on a high note.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Watch on the Rhine: Legacy of the Aldenata

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Ringo, Tom Kratman
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (230)

    The invaders are coming; the Posleen, a seemingly unstoppable horde who have conquered one star system after another, literally feeding on their conquests. Earth's dubious allies, the Darhel, have given the humans a number of highly-advanced technological devices, including a process for rejuvenating the aged, including trained and proven soldiers who otherwise would be too old to fight. Rejuvenation may give a critical edge, since to survive, the Earth must use every resource at hand.

    William says: "The German Perspective"
    "Worst audio book I've listened to."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    By the time I finished this drearily depressing book I had decided I was finished with the Aldenata series. I had purchased and listened to each of the previous books and was somewhat dismayed to see that "My Next Listen" had acquired the next book (which I won't bother wasting my time listening to after reading its reviews).

    Several times I contemplated deleting the book but kept imagining it might radically improve...it didn't. The detailed descriptions of the SS and their history seemed quite accurate, but I didn't see how they added to the story. At times it almost felt that the SS should be looked upon with respect.

    The book started off dark and continued on a downward spiral that left me hoping it would soon end. Death, destruction, Holocaust, death, details of women & children being used as food for the Posleen, more death, and mankind failing again and again with yet more death and heartbreak piled upon the story.

    Marc Vietor's narration seemed spot on but the writing of Tom Kratman and John Ringo felt like a never ending tirade of misery and pain for the main storyline. The flashbacks of the SS and their inclusion into the book was nearly nauseating. If the vast SS storyline wasn't included I still would have preferred to have not wasted my time listening to the book, but I don't believe I would have found it bordering on appallingly bad. This book was definitely in the bottom 1% of over 300 audiobooks I have had the opportunity to listen to.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Making Money: Discworld #36

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (1370)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (641)

    The Ankh-Morpork Post Office is running like...well, not at all like a government office. The mail is delivered promptly. Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig, former arch-swindler and confidence man, has exceeded all expectations - including his own. So it's somewhat disconcerting when Lord Vetinari summons Moist to the palace and asks, "Tell me, Mr. Lipwig, would you like to make some real money?"

    Jason says: "Another gem."
    "My Favorite Audible Author"
    Overall

    If you haven't read Pratchett, start with "The Colour of Magic" or another of his beginning works.

    For those who have looked at my profile to see what I've reviewed and happened upon this--READ SOME REVIEWS OF DISCWORLD.

    While this series is certainly not for everyone, I find Pratchett's dry English humor and play on words to be delightful. Out of all the authors I've listened to this is one that has made me keep my Audible subscription year after year.

    Give one of his books a try. You might have to listen to the first hour or so over again the very first time you read Pratchett to get a handle on his zany world he has created, but it's worth it!

    If you've agreed with my ratings on other books try Pratchett--it might be your best audiobook decision of the year!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2250)
    Performance
    (1063)
    Story
    (1069)

    Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.

    Randy says: "Terrific Trilogy"
    "Fun Fun Fun"
    Overall

    I enjoyed it all. The narrator, whose voice had wonderful character development, the story with a lovely sense of slightly dark humor, and the fact that there are more books in this series for me to enjoy.

    A fun way to get lost in another universe. It wasn't so encompassing that I couldn't stop listening, but engrossing enough that I didn't want to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lee Iacocca
    • Narrated By Lee Iacocca
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Lee Iacocca believes that leaders are made in times of crisis - such as today. In Where Have All the Leaders Gone? he offers his no-nonsense, straight-up assessments of the American politicians most likely to run for president in 2008. He also shares his lessons learned, and issues a call to action to summon Americans back to their roots in hard work, common sense, integrity, generosity, and optimism. Where have all the leaders gone? Lee Iacocca has the answer.

    Michael says: "Good listen after the Bush bashing"
    "How could you not love this??"
    Overall

    Conservative or Liberal, old or young I think this book offers plenty for all of to think about.

    While you might not agree with the entire book (it'd be shocking if you did), chances are Lee has points that'll make you shake your head in agreement and think about long after reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2210)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (822)

    Former naval doctor Peter Crane is summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below on "Deep Storm", a stunningly advanced science-research facility built two miles beneath the surface on the ocean floor. The top-secret structure has been designed for one purpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to an ancient mystery.

    Tom says: "Must Read"
    "I liked it"
    Overall

    Not the best book ever, but I enjoyed the story. Nice narration, good plot.

    It felt like "Deep Storm" borrowed from other books I have enjoyed over time but to me it didn't detract from the story.

    I wouldn't exchange it for the Pendergast series but I would suggest it to a friend to enjoy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lisey's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1676)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (697)

    Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

    A. Jack says: "Vintage, Mature SK"
    "AWFUL--read the first 3 reviews on Amazon.com"
    Overall

    Having listened to hundreds of audio books--this is the first I won't finish.

    King's made up language is maddening, his cutsey way of having the characters cuss at least once every 60 seconds gets annoying, and after almost ten hours I've come to realize I HATE THIS AUDIOBOOK!

    I've enjoyed many of his other works but this is just painful. I kept waiting for it to get better--it hasn't. I should have read some reviews on Amazon first. the "blood-bool", "sowisa", "boo'ya moon", "smucking...smucker...smuck" was obnoxious.

    Do yourself a favor and read a few more reviews before buying. Listened to other King audiobooks before?--this isn't like them. If you're still interested in the audiobook I wish I could give you my copy.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful

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