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  • Empire: Star Force, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1677)
    Performance
    (1540)
    Story
    (1557)

    Kyle Riggs has been away from Earth for a long time.... What’s happening back home? In Empire, the sixth book of the Star Force Series, the story moves in a new direction. Earth falls quiet, and the few reports coming out of the homeworld are increasingly strange. Isolated in the Eden system, Riggs realizes his enemies are forming an alliance against him. Crushed between two monstrous fleets, the last defenders of Star Force must forge their own alliance with the biotic aliens. But which alien race can Riggs truly trust?

    Professor says: "EMPIRE OR COLONY?"
    "Best Yet"
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    What made the experience of listening to Empire the most enjoyable?

    The story line is tight and there is a steady diet of action.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Riggs Pigs


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

    several - this one great


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Caught Between Two Evils


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Haydn of Mars: Book 1 of the Masters of Mars Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Al Sarrantonio
    • Narrated By Harriet Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    On Mars, in the distant future, the princess Haydn's arranged marriage cannot save her beloved Republic. Her arch-enemy, the warrior-woman Frane, seeks to make herself Queen while Haydn - the legitimate heir - must flee for her life. A reluctant symbol for those who would restore the monarchy, Haydn is too young and unprepared to assume the throne - but determined to become a great Queen. With a bounty on her head, she will journey to the realization that - in order to save her world - she must sacrifice all that she holds dear.

    Shelby says: "How has this gotten overlooked!"
    "Good Narrative for a Foundation"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Possibly. The dialogue has several very interesting turns and twists.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Al Sarrantonio? Why or why not?

    Yes. The next in this series might by interesting. The table has been set in Book 1.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narration was quite good for a single voice crossing species and genders.


    Do you think Haydn of Mars needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. Otherwise Book 1 is much less interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Buried Giant: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (286)

    "You've long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it's time now to think on it anew. There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay..."The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war.

    Pete says: "The beauty of the reveal"
    "Narrative to No End"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Some other story line. A bit of plot.


    Has The Buried Giant turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was decent. Just so very little with which to work.


    What character would you cut from The Buried Giant?

    Since none of them went anywhere, any or all of them.


    Any additional comments?

    It is hard for me to believe that this author has had success with other genres. Just a horrible listening experience.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lewis Man: The Lewis Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Peter Forbes
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (130)

    In The Lewis Man, the second book of the trilogy, Fin Macleod has returned to the Isle of Lewis, the storm-tossed, wind-scoured outer Hebridean island where he was born and raised. Having left behind his adult life in Edinburgh - including his wife and his career in the police force - the former Detective Inspector is intent on repairing past relationships and restoring his parents' derelict cottage. His plans are interrupted when an unidentified corpse is recovered from a Lewis peat bog.

    lesley says: "Outstanding Book! Even better than The Blackhouse"
    "Thought I was back There!"
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    If you could sum up The Lewis Man in three words, what would they be?

    sensitive suspenseful story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lewis Man?

    many such moments


    What about Peter Forbes’s performance did you like?

    He is able to capture the drama and the stress of Alzheimer's Disease.


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

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    I have traveled several times in northwest Scotland and have actually hiked on Lewis and Harris (Islands), This novel is the real McCoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of the Alliance: Frontiers Saga, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ryk Brown
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (234)

    A new ally providing aid... An old ally joining the fight... Their resources growing with each passing day... Their homeworld finally on the road to recovery... Things finally seem to be coming together for Captain Scott and the Alliance as he takes his forces on the offensive. However, the Jung may in turn give him more trouble than he bargained for.

    Frank says: "Too short!"
    "Action Packed"
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    Where does Rise of the Alliance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a good, solid space adventure.


    What does Jeffrey Kafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Narration handily manages the fast moving action.


    Any additional comments?

    Ryk Brown has interesting technology that he manages to keep understandable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Water: A Shetland Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anne Cleeves
    • Narrated By Kenny Blyth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (105)

    When the body of a journalist is found, Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted from outside to head up the investigation. Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his local knowledge is needed in this case, and he decides to help Willow. The dead journalist had left the islands years before to pursue his writing career. In his wake, he left a scandal involving a young girl. When Willow and Jimmy dig deeper, they realize that the journalist was chasing a story that many Shetlanders didn't want to come to the surface.

    Marjorie says: "What A Disappointment After Enjoying ..."
    "Ethnic Character without Patronization"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dead Water the most enjoyable?

    The characters are a wonderful combination of unfamiliar customs and believable human qualities.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. The multiple perspectives by different police inspectors was intriguing.


    Which character – as performed by Kenny Blyth – was your favorite?

    Jimmy Perez


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

    Yes. Listened to it on a long drive.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well written. Author deserves her awards.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tech World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By B.V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1362)
    Performance
    (1264)
    Story
    (1268)

    The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In the third book in the series, James McGill is deployed on another alien world. His third interstellar tour is different in every way. Rather than meeting up with a primitive society, this time he’s headed to an advanced world.

    D says: "Dying isn’t enough this time"
    "Lively Tale"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Good read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tech World?

    Corruption in the ranks. Discovery of way to interpret the locals.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole recovery from death thing is fascinating.


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

    nope


    Any additional comments?

    Good clean narrative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Eight

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Katherine Neville
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (166)

    New York City, 1972: A dabbler in mathematics and chess, Catherine Velis is also a computer expert for a Big Eight accounting firm. Before heading off to a new assignment in Algeria, Cat has her palm read by a fortune-teller. The woman warns Cat of danger. Then an antiques dealer approaches Cat with a mysterious offer: He has an anonymous client who is trying to collect the pieces of an ancient chess service, purported to be in Algeria. If Cat can bring the pieces back, there will be a generous reward.

    Tango says: "Best Plot-Driven Novel I've Ever Read"
    "Not Even Close"
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    What would have made The Eight better?

    A clear plan for the book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Another author.


    What didn’t you like about Susan Denaker’s performance?

    No terrible given what had to work with.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Eight?

    Half to two-thirds of the content.


    Any additional comments?

    Every popular historical figure that you can haul out? Really? Not a credit to the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Worse Enemy: The Empire's Corps, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (410)

    Six months ago, Colonel Edward Stalker and his Marines were abandoned on Avalon, left to fend for themselves as the Empire withdrew from the Rim. Since then, Avalon has been isolated from the settled universe... until now. As a mysterious pirate organisation attempts to take over Avalon, the Marines find themselves struggling against a shadowy figure with dreams of power, while a young civilian is kidnapped and press-ganged into a pirate crew.

    George says: "Clear Story Line"
    "Clear Story Line"
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    Where does No Worse Enemy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a sound space adventure. Very enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Development of a good second book in the series. Builds upon the earlier work.


    Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

    Jasmine.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    From military assignment to interstellar vision.


    Any additional comments?

    This book does not suffer from the shortcomings of many space adventures: too many characters, too much detail, too little plot. Congratulations on a good solid space adventure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chasm City

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (861)
    Story
    (866)

    The once-utopian Chasm City - a domed human settlement on an otherwise inhospitable planet---has been overrun by a virus known as the Melding Plague, capable of infecting any body, organic or computerized. Now, with the entire city corrupted - from the people to the very buildings they inhabit---only the most wretched sort of existence remains. The stakes are raised when Tanner Mirabel's search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget.

    Tango says: "Enter Revelation Space HERE"
    "String of Short Stories?"
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    Would you try another book from Alastair Reynolds and/or John Lee?

    Hesitant.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alastair Reynolds again?

    Sure.


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

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    If authors have odds and ends in the desk, they may not string together into a coherent book length work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A New Kind of War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Anthony Price
    • Narrated By Dominic Mafham
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    A New Kind of War takes us back to the Greece and Germany of 1945 - as the old kind of war comes to its official end. Why has David Audley broken the British-Greek truce? And furthermore, why did his brigadier order his actions? Is it just coincidence that Audley is surprised near Delphi by Captain Fattorini of the Royal Engineers?As a result of that unfortunate encounter, Fattorini finds himself in occupied Germany as the newest member of TRR-2: a special intelligence unit engaged in a dangerous and brutal game.

    Cookie says: "just about the perfect book"
    "Obscure Period Piece"
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    Would you try another book from Anthony Price and/or Dominic Mafham?

    Not readily.


    What could Anthony Price have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Clearer, more focused character development.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less switching between character voices without context. We are not all adept 1950ish English (British) speakers.


    What character would you cut from A New Kind of War?

    Several irrelevant British soldier personalities.


    Any additional comments?

    A period piece best suited for a specialist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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