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Flapjack

Flapjack Jones

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  • Parasite

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Christine Lakin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (163)

    A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease. We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the Intestinal Bodyguard worm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams

    Kim Venatries says: "You Want To Put A What... Where?"
    "Not an adult thriller"
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    This is more of a YA book with a good premise and poor execution. The big reveal is obvious very quickly, and not stated until the very end of the book making it very anti-climatic. A very young reader might enjoy it. And a young reader might excuse the unrealistic behavior by all characters throughout the book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Range of Ghosts: The Eternal Sky, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Bear
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Multiple Hugo Award winner Elizabeth Bear enthralls fans with this compelling first book in the Eternal Sky series. In a world where wizards are unable to procreate, Temur, heir to his empire’s throne, flees to avoid assassination. Once-Princess Samarkar, formerly heir to her own empire’s throne, gives up everything to seek the wizards’ magical power. Drawn together by fate, Temur and the Once-Princess must stand against a cult inciting strife and civil war in all the empires.

    Christa says: "Bite down solid fantasy."
    "Detailed World building"
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    The world building is detailed, exotic, and unique. The writing is beautiful. But I found the language daunting and hard to attach names to characters. This is an interesting fantasy book if you like Mongolian Steppe culture and are good at remembering foreign names. Those were problems for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Claudius

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (180)

    Physically weak and afflicted with stuttering, Claudius is initially despised and dismissed as an idiot. Shunted to the background of imperial affairs by his embarrassed royal family, he becomes a scholar and historian, while palace intrigues and murders surround him. Observing these dramas from beyond the public eye, Claudius escapes the cruelties inflicted on the rest of the royal family by its own members and survives to become emperor of Rome in A.D. 41.

    Robert says: "An..An..Ancient Rome comes to life, brilliantly"
    "Unlistenable"
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    I suspect there is a good story here but, after an hour I could no longer tolerate the narrators tone of voice and the prospect of listening for endless hours more is intolerable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bach and the High Baroque

    • ORIGINAL (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (76)

    Though unappreciated in his own time, Johann Sebastian Bach has ascended to Olympian heights, the verdict of contemporary audiences long since overruled by succeeding generations of music lovers. But what makes his music great? In this series of 32 lectures, a working composer and musicologist brings his exceptional teaching skills to the task of helping you hear the extraordinary sweep of Bach's music. You'll understand the compositional language that enabled him to compose such extravagant, unbridled music while still maintaining precise control of every aspect - beat, melody, melodic repetition, interaction, and harmony.

    Miss DIckens says: "Bach Treasure Box Opened by a True Enthusiast"
    "Depth and Entertainment"
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    I am only 25% in and I have to write a short review. If you have even a passing interest in Bach, this will magnify your enjoyment of the music! I can tell this is going to be one of my favorite non fiction listens in 5 years of Audible.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1432)
    Performance
    (1300)
    Story
    (1316)

    In 1948, an alien starship crash-landed in the New Mexico desert and brought with it the key to mankind’s future. Code-named the Rho Project, the landing was shrouded in secrecy, and only the highest-ranking US government and military personnel knew it existed. Until now....

    Mike From Mesa says: "Terrific story"
    "This book is a cartoon"
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    Skip this unless you want a book with all the depth and characterization of a Saturday Morning sci-fi animated cartoon. I suppose young listener could like it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City at the End of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Charles Leggett
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    In a time like the present, three young people dream of the fabulous ruins of a decaying city somewhere in the distant future: the Kalpa. The dreams of Ginny and Jack overtake them without warning, leaving their bodies behind while carrying their consciousnesses forward.

    Kenton says: "Not buying it."
    "Very Dense"
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    I am 2 hrs in and I don't understand a thing that has happened or what is going on. Humans, at least I think they are humans, can move into other people. I think. Too much for me. I wish Bear would give me something to relate to. Every paragraph introduces new jargon. Greg Bear is a favorite author but I don't have the patience for this one. I gave up. Maybe this works better on paper.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Moss
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1080)
    Performance
    (947)
    Story
    (941)

    Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

    Michael says: "This is all too real, and YOU are the victim."
    "I thought I knew this stuff."
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    Moss interviews food scientists and corporate leaders to detail exactly how our American diet has been manipulated by the processed food creators. Human response to food additives has been so well studied and understood that I became convinced we are all being duped. Without full knowledge of how each product is made, we are defenseless against the subtle emotional and physiological responses that the food companies use to sell their products.

    I am not a fan of Scott Brick's narration. The diction is perfect, but his tone of bleak resignation and condescension detracts from a great listen. He is easy to follow but I think the book sounds more even-handed than his tone implies.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Great North Road

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1018)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (927)

    A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family - composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors have crept in with each generation. For another, the original three clone "brothers" have gone their separate ways, and the branches of the family are now friendly rivals more than allies. Or maybe not so friendly....

    Flapjack says: "Get the Timeline and Cast of Characters"
    "Get the Timeline and Cast of Characters"
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    I'm only a couple of hours in and I'm hooked. It's everything I expect from Peter F. Hamilton. A note for listeners: The print copy has a map, a timeline and a very helpful cast of characters. If you have a Kindle you can download the free sample and, since these are in the front of the book, they are included. The cast is large and I find it helpful to have a printed list.

    51 of 51 people found this review helpful
  • Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3010)
    Performance
    (2426)
    Story
    (2434)

    The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

    Jean says: "A welcome new series"
    "Very Dry"
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    Would you try another book from Jack Campbell and/or Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell (Introduction) ?

    This didn't appeal to me. The tension in the book is mostly in political and bureaucratic maneuvering.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jack Campbell again?

    No.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The space battles were compelling enough to keep me listening, but even they were cool, all about positioning of fleets of ships. This is a book for people interested in maneuvering.


    Was Dreadnaught worth the listening time?

    The reader has an impressive number of voices. Though some were cartoonish, I appreciated the variety. It was easy to keep up the large cast of characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is incomplete with a very unsatisfying ending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2259)
    Performance
    (1843)
    Story
    (1860)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "Don't listen while alone in the dark!"
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    Thanks to Audible for commissioning this translation by Bill Johnston. With crisp clear language, it reads like a contemporary novel. The first half is downright frightening with ghosts aboard a 3 man space station. The Narrator, Alessandro Juliani, has a way with voices. Very expressive and spooky.

    The alien lifeform is completely unique. I didn't see it coming. I loved this book. I don't know how I missed this sci-fi classic before, but I'm glad to have waited for this new and powerful edition.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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