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  • Jane Carver of Waar: Waar, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Nathan Long
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (275)

    Jane Carver is nobody's idea of a space princess. A hard-ridin', hard-lovin' biker chick and ex-Airborne Ranger, Jane is as surprised as anyone else when, on the run from the law, she ducks into the wrong cave at the wrong time - and wakes up butt-naked on an exotic alien planet light-years away from everything she's ever known. Waar is a savage world of four-armed tiger-men, sky-pirates, slaves, gladiators, and purple-skinned warriors in thrall to a bloodthirsty code of honor and chivalry.

    Diane Rivers says: "Story and Narration = Epic Fun!"
    "Unexpectedly marvelous off world biker chick story"
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    This was a surprisingly good book that I thoroughly enjoyed.

    The author authentically captures the perspective of a tough woman (ex-Army Ranger and self-proclaimed big biker chick), who by chance is swept through a portal to the feudalistic world of Waar where she survives one hair raising adventure after another. Throughout it all she manages to maintain a hilarious, gritty and often sarcastic inner voice full of off-the-wall similes that cracked me up.

    The narrator not only captures the voice of this tough biker chick, she manages to distinguish the voices of the other characters so that it was easy to listen to the story and keep everything straight.

    All and all this is

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7117)
    Performance
    (6319)
    Story
    (6382)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Keith says: "Worth the wait!"
    "apocalyptic magnum opus"
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    First of all, there are lots of great things about this book, and about Stephen King's mastery of his craft. Secondly how can you beat 48 hours of entertainment for 1 credit? In my case as soon as I was done I listened to it a second time, so it's more like 100 hours of entertainment for 15 bucks.

    Even if I have minor quibbles with the book, you should understand that I would heartily recommend it to just about anyone.

    So my quibble is this: Why can't Stephen King resist the urge to employ the supernatural in his books? He could have written a very interesting story without magic or demons or ghosts, and I guess I feel that it has just become such a fixture of his repertoire that he can't escape from what strikes me as the easy out of leaning on the supernatural to drive his plots.

    Great story though. I enjoyed it immensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18690)
    Performance
    (16636)
    Story
    (16598)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Great story but ending seriously disappoints."
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    I enjoyed all but the last couple of hours of this nicely crafted time travel story. It posits an interesting premise, and Stephen King delivers a lot of bang for the buck in this 30-hour adventure. Unfortunately for my taste he invests too much of the haunted house genre in his time travel story.

    Spoiler Alert: It's impossible to discuss this book without mentioning how King ends the story, which strikes me as a total cop out. After stringing us along for 28 hours over whether President Kennedy can be saved, he winds the story up simplistically by avoiding the political repercussions and focusing his conclusion on how the universe itself (earthquakes and such) hangs in the balance because of the hero trying to change the past.

    Rather than working his way through possible ramifications of saving JFK, King serves up cheap tricks and random acts of horror, which based on the many positive reviews (mine isn't really that bad) is probably what most readers want.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18850)
    Performance
    (12952)
    Story
    (12848)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Rape and S&M porno in the guise of a Romance Novel"
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    The Ugly:

    The story showcases the author's lurid fascination with rape and torture and even seems to embrace medieval punishments such as the pillory, beating, and disfiguration of children for petty crimes like stealing a loaf of bread, and flogging adults for all kinds of misdemeanors.

    Rape is shown as a precursor to love in at least two cases - after Jamie beats Claire to "within an inch" of her life, he rapes her and soon thereafter she tells him she loves him. Later, Jaime is raped and tortured by the bad guy and then hates himself because it turned him on.

    The Bad:

    Rutting season is on - the book is so full of sex scenes that it actually gets boring.

    The Good:

    Great narration, well written, interesting time travel premise (if you could cut out all the porn and S&M stuff), and you get 30 hours of story for 1 credit!

    Final Point:

    I understand this is FANTASY material and if this kind of stuff turns you on, I've got no problem with that. I just think the book should be labeled "S&M Porn" instead of "Romance" so that readers don't wander into it unaware.

    It's really not my cup of tea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1268)
    Performance
    (1179)
    Story
    (1189)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "Unrealized potential left me disappointed"
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    The unsatisfying ending seems to scream SEQUEL in big bold letters and I wonder if the plodding pace and overstuffed details that are unevenly distributed in the book are a means to bulk up this offering for those of us who judge a book by it's size.

    Brown weaves in a well-spun adventure when the student houses battle each other for dominance, but the story seems to borrow heavily from more successful endeavors such as "Ender's Game," the "Hunger Games" and even the Harry Potter series. It's almost as if he's trying to write specifically to fit into a new genre called "children coming of age in a future dystopia."

    The narrator does a fairly good job other than a kind of plodding pace that to be fair might be the narration rather than the narrator.

    I found the amount of harbored long term rage, both from the hero and from his enemies, more than a little is unbelievable. I was also unconvinced by the miraculous transition of the hero from slave to superman. How does someone go from pure ignorance to top of class on sheer will power alone, especially if any speed-reading technology is also available to the upper class folks he is competing with? How does futuristic cosmetic surgery make a working class boy into an elite warrior in a way that the elites who own planets could not afford to do for themselves?

    This book pretends to champion democratic and meritocratic values, but I fear it undermines this goal by letting its hero take shortcuts to greatness because he was born to be better than others.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2963)
    Performance
    (2643)
    Story
    (2652)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Another excellent high tech adventure from Suarez"
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    A great story about a small elite special forces strike group that takes on the well connected and well financed forces of high tech evil.

    What I enjoy most about this and other Suarez books is this author's extremely cynical view of the people manipulating power behind the scenes in America, and how advances in technology could give unscrupulous elites the means to eliminate American democracy. It really makes you look at current events in a whole new light.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10481)
    Performance
    (9976)
    Story
    (9994)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Not really my cup of tea"
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    The bad - like an offshoot from a NASA survival class, this story digs into a lot of minutiae about jury rigging life support systems that seemingly only an engineer could want to hear. It got pretty tedious and I'm an engineer.

    The good - engineering humor gave me belly laughs several times. I loved the camaraderie of the astronauts and the whole world uniting in support of the astronaut stranded on Mars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23194)
    Performance
    (14527)
    Story
    (14678)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Slow start, but engaging genius boy general fable"
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    The early part of the book gets bogged down (lethargic narration by the woman who plays Ender's sister accentuates this) but the story picks up once Ender gets to the military training school.

    I think one of the reasons I enjoyed this book is because it highlights the duality of human nature – the smart sensitive kid who is mainly victorious over those who try to bully him, and who excels at the battle tactics and military strategy in the training games.

    Ender isn't quite as successful at outsmarting the adults who manipulate him into becoming their tool, but therein lies the tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8499)
    Performance
    (4929)
    Story
    (4986)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Very slow start, but it does get better"
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    First of all one of the women narrators (the one who does the voice of Ender's sister) is so laid back in her delivery that it really drags the story down in the early part of the book.

    Secondly, the book's first chapters could be drastically cut without losing anything critical to the story, but the majority of the story is more engaging as it goes along. All things considered, I did not find this story as satisfying or interesting as Ender's Game.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2934)
    Performance
    (2696)
    Story
    (2704)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Craig says: "Solid to Silly to Inane"
    "Enjoyable adventure fighting unchecked govt power"
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    It's hard to write my opinion of this book without revealing more than I should, so be warned.

    I very much enjoyed the major plot elements:

    - the most horrible torture scenario ever written, where an implacable computer with infinite time pries out your secrets by reading your mind and zaps away your favorite memories as punishment for non-cooperation.

    - a convincingly venal government agency gone rogue, developing incredible advanced technology not for America, but for its own ends, until it becomes so powerful that civilian government and armed troops are powerless against it.

    The parts I am less enamored of were the overly abundant, occasionally swashbuckling but unconvincingly fortunate outcomes.

    Still it is an interesting book that makes you wonder about whether there are real rogue agencies within the government with so much power that the government has to carefully pretend they don't exist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (2429)
    Performance
    (2266)
    Story
    (2274)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "Strikes me as drivel"
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    Boring beyond belief.

    I don't understand all the positive reviews - you read them and think this story might be worth while, but I could only handle about 37 minutes before deciding I want my money back.

    This is another one of those pulp sci-fi books whose only creativity seems to be in inventing creatures rather than in telling a good story. If you enjoy casual dismemberment after casual dismemberment and hearing about endless variations on daemons, leviathans, and ectoplasm creatures, etc., then this book might be for you.

    I do hate to be harsh, but this really reminds me of the simplistic stories my son used to write when he was in middle school.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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