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  • Cauldron of Ghosts: Honorverse Wages of Sin, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Weber, Eric Flint
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (185)

    The Mesan Alignment: a centuries-old cabal that seeks to impose its vision of a society dominated by genetic rank onto the human race. Now the conspiracy stands exposed by spies Anton Zilwicki and Victor Cachat - one an agent of Honor Harrington’s Star Kingdom of Manticore, the other a Havenite operative. The outing of the Alignment has turned the galaxy’s political framework topsy-turvy. Old coalitions have disintegrated. New alliances have been born.

    Jean says: "Spies in Mesa"
    "Slow start, suspensefull ending."
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    Like many of Weber s recent book the beginning is rather wordy and descriptive. Eventually the pace picks up. My wife and I were wondering almost to the end how it would end. She guessed it, I never did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3941)
    Performance
    (3680)
    Story
    (3669)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Very, very good"
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    Continues a great series, This one's more complex, my wife and I (listening together) had to stop many times to keep track of everything. Made it very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deepsix: Academy Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    In the year 2204, tragedy and terror forced a scientific team to prematurely evacuate Maleiva III. Nineteen years later, a rogue moon hurtling through space is about to obliterate the last opportunity to study this rare, life-supporting planet. With less than three weeks left before the disaster, superluminal pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins must lead a small scientific team to the surface to glean whatever they can about its lifeforms and lost civilizations before time runs out.

    Mark says: "First few hours were hell."
    "Good book, so-so sequel to the first."
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    The book itself is quite good, we immediately went on to the next one. However there are serious continuity breaks from the previous book, Themes that were significant there vanished without explanation here. Also this has a different narrator than the first one, and while she's good, she pronounces names differently, which we find jarring. The next one is better though!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chindi: Academy Series

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam, Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    The universe has been explored - and humanity has all but given up on finding other intelligent life. Then an alien satellite orbiting a distant star sends out an unreadable signal. Is it the final programmed gasp of an ancient, long-dead race? Or the first greeting of an undiscovered life form?

    Robert says: "Everything You Want in a Sci-Fi Novel"
    "Best in Series so far!"
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    This a very good book with a delightful narration. The story goes from crisis to crisis. We had a difficult time stopping each evening as my wife and I listened, in fact we spent the time we'd plan to read our current printed library book listening to this one, to the point I had to renew it. The character development made us feel like we knew them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Eye: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Jack McDevitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (179)

    Interstellar antiquities dealer Alex Benedict receives a cryptic message asking for help from celebrated writer Vicki Greene - who has been mind-wiped. She has no memory of her past life, or of her plea for assistance. But she has transferred an enormous sum of money to Alex, also without explanation. The answers to this mystery lie on the most remote of human worlds, where Alex will uncover a secret connected to a decades-old political upheaval - a secret that somebody desperately wants hidden.

    Steven says: "Moderate Departure from Previous Books"
    "They just keep getting better."
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    We're listening to the series, and each is better than the previous. We stop during the story to comment to each other and try to predict what's going to happen. Mostly feels realistic. Good pacing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4337)
    Performance
    (3827)
    Story
    (3828)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Better than the original."
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    I liked Little Fuzzy. Loved this one.Good story, well told, nicely updated from the original. Down checked the narration one star because in a conversation, each speaker was identified, rather than rely on voice alone. Don't know if thats the narrator or the author, If the author, they I apologize to Mr Wheaton.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lords of the Psychon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Daniel F. Galouye
    • Narrated By Josh Clark
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Horror Day was fast approaching, the dreadful day when Earth was held inescapably in a grid of luminescent, evil energy, the day when Earth might be torn into another universe! A little band of ragged men, the pitiful remnant of the Army and Navy of the United States was all that stood between this unimaginable fate and the Lords of the Psychon.

    Hosta Fan says: "Good to hear this oldie!"
    "Good to hear this oldie!"
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    Loved this book as a young teen when if first came out. Like it still now. This was one of three that I remember from my early SF days and searched for forever(!) Just recently got this (the last) of three, and now, even better, it comes out in audible. In spite of being that old it doesn't feel (very much) dated even.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gibraltar Stars: Gibraltar Earth, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Michael McCollum
    • Narrated By Ramon DeOcampo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    The great debate is over. The human race has rejected the idea of pulling back from the stars and hiding on Earth in the hope the Broa will overlook us for a few more generations. Instead, the World Parliament, by a 60-40 vote, has decided to throw the dice and go for a win. Parliament Hall resounds with brave words as members declare victory inevitable. With the balance of forces a million to one against Homo sapiens' Terra, those who must turn patriotic speeches into hard-won reality have their work cut out for them.

    Richard says: "Another great book, hopefully not the end."
    "Great story. Wish there was another book."
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    Last of the trilogy. Great story. My only objection being that the ending seemed rushed. Unlike other authors nowadays who seem to stretch out stories, it felt like there was much more to tell, but the author rushed to get it into one book. Note to author, really, really want one more!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2425)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (674)

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "Good book, fine narration"
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    Good read, must be since I've read it before. More-or-less a good, funny rom-com movie in book form.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midst Toil and Tribulation: Safehold Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (565)

    After centuries of stasis, the island kingdom of Charis began to defy the edicts of the Church of God Awaiting - egged on, some say, by the mysterious warrior-monk Merlin Athawes. Now, in the wars and intrigues that have cascaded from Charis's declaration of independence, the populous Republic of Siddermark is sliding into chaos.

    Ryan says: "Narrator is HORRIBLE - Love this series"
    "Bloated, too little plot and poor naration."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Get on with the story! More plot and fewer details. At this rate we'll never find out about what's under the temple, or the return of the anglels, or the Gababa, or what happens to the church, or......


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    continuation of the series was most interesting, however there was so little new, either details, expansion of characters, or extending the story line, that I feel there's only half a books worth of story or plot. The book is mostly battle details, but no more development of the dangling plot elements.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Listen to enough of the previous books to use the same pronunciation for proper names! He got just about every one wrong (that is, different than the previous ones), although in some cases I'll admit that his might actually be better. Secondly, tone it down a bit, It's tiring to have the whole story, even details, related as if it's supposed to be dramatic. Better yet, stop changing narrators! It's quite distracting, and they're getting worse with each of the latest works.


    Did Midst Toil and Tribulation inspire you to do anything?

    No, not really that kind of book.


    Any additional comments?

    I've loved Mr Weber's stories, but the last couple books,in this series, and Honor Harrington are just getting too bloated, and unfinished, and sadly somewhat boring. They've been getting worse with each new one.With these last two, I've been left feeling cheated. I think I'm going to stop buying his books,and wait for them at the library.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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