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Shingle Springs, CA, USA | Member Since 2008

  • 5 reviews
  • 88 ratings
  • 188 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • Worldwar: In the Balance

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren

    War seethed across the planet. Machines soared through the air, churned through the seas, crawled across the surface, pushing ever forward, carrying death. Earth was engaged in titanic struggle. Germany, Russia, France, China, Japan: the maps were changing day by day. The hostilities spread in ever-widening ripples of destruction: Britain, Italy, Africa...the fate of the world hung in the balance. Then the real enemy came.

    W says: "Awesome"
    "need better ending"

    Good premise, good characters and character development, lots of stories within stories, but the book ended abruptly. After investing all the time to listen to the book I felt absolutely cheated. I would recommend that Harry Turtledove finish the story and republish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Noble House

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee

    The setting is Hong Kong, 1963. The action spans scarcely more than a week, but these are the days of high adventure, from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes: fire, flood, and landslide. Yet they are days filled as well with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong, the heart of Asia, rich in every trade: money, flesh, opium, power.

    Lily says: "Great story, great narrator"
    "Wild ride"

    John Lee's narration is great. The story is like getting onto a roller coaster. One of few books that I liked the ending.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Tuscan Sun

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Frances Mayes
    • Narrated By Frances Mayes

    Frances Mayes - widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer - opens the door to a wondrous new world when she buys and restores an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. In sensuous and evocative language, she brings the reader along as she discovers the beauty and simplicity of life in Italy. Also available: Bella Tuscany.

    Alicia says: "Under the Tuscan Sun"
    "Good story, worse reader"

    I could not get passed how terrible this story was read. I would recommend actually reading this book rather than try to listen to a monotone voice with Southern accent.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Red Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel, Red Mars is the first book in Kim Stanley Robinson's best-selling trilogy. Red Mars is praised by scientists for its detailed visions of future technology. It is also hailed by authors and critics for its vivid characters and dramatic conflicts.

    For centuries, the red planet has enticed the people of Earth. Now an international group of scientists has colonized Mars. Leaving Earth forever, these 100 people have traveled nine months to reach their new home. This is the remarkable story of the world they create - and the hidden power struggles of those who want to control it.

    Paul says: "If you like books with DETAIL not much Action"

    This is a very tedious book to read. No main characters or even character development. Everything the author started to develop a character they were killed off. There are a lot of blind alleys ... interesting things at the beginning of the book that I thought may be clues to the story but were never developed. Almost like this book is a bunch of bits & pieces of stories all loosely glued together.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "My favorite audio book so far"

    Pandora sets the stage for most absorbing science fiction story I've ever read.
    I only wish Peter Hamilton could write faster. If you like science fiction, read all of Hamilton's books starting with Pandora's Star.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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