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J. Shea

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  • 7 reviews
  • 87 ratings
  • 1260 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1335)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (410)

    In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

    Mary says: "Terrifying"
    "Chrichton at his worst"
    Overall

    Unbelievable, poorly crafted story. We have to hear the author drone on about nano-tech for 5 minutes before we can hear the book. The story starts out okay, but then moves directly into unbelievable. The dumb protagonist suffers repeated damage in one day but continues to show no signs of harm. At the end of the story, the author assumes we are too dumb to have figured things out on our own and goes into boring explication. The narrator can't keep his voices straight, and the background noises of flipping pages (or something simiar) are really annoying.

    I love action-adventure fiction, but this didn't cut it for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (810)
    Story
    (824)

    This stand-alone work is widely regarded as Asimov's best science fiction novel. Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs....

    C. A. Milus says: "Superior Time Travel Story"
    "Good story but bad narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Asimov is always great, and I really enjoyed this story. He has a very creative vision for time travel and the type of situations it could create. However, the narration was very painful for me to listen to. The narrator sounded like he was reading the dictionary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5364)
    Performance
    (4937)
    Story
    (4933)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Great adventure story. Bought sequels!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I devoured this story as quickly as possible. It is an adventure story with some mild fantasy elements. The story is quick moving, with lots of surprises, and the author has constructed a deep underlying story that is gradually revealed here and in the sequels, which I am currently listening to. The narration was very good, too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Price of Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bob Woodward
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (199)

    Based on 18 months of reporting, Woodward's 17th book The Price of Politics is an intimate, documented examination of how President Obama and the highest profile Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Congress attempted to restore the American economy and improve the federal government's fiscal condition over three and one half years. The Price of Politics addresses the key issue of the presidential and congressional campaigns: the condition of the American economy.

    Graham says: "Making the Sausage"
    "Essential to understand 2008-2012+ politicians"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you want to understand the main actors in Washington DC, the debt ceiling negotiations, or the state of the Republican party, you should listen to this book.

    Most surprising: Who comes off best in this novel? Joe Biden - who would have ever guessed? 2nd runner up -- perhaps John Boehner?

    Obama's lack of political skill is clearly displayed. I think he is really more of an academic stumbling around in the world of politics.

    Eric Cantor and his Tea Party fellows are revealed as completely intransigent, preventing any actual progress being made. The problems inside the Republican party are shown in Speaker Boehner's inability to whip the votes of his own party. (And that happened again in late 2012 after this book was released.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6659)
    Performance
    (3426)
    Story
    (3446)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Wonderful book, narrated by author"
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    Performance
    Story

    Neil Gaiman is simultaneously one of the best authors in fantasy and one of the best narrators! This short book has reminded me of his talent, and I will be making it a mission to go back and listen to his books that I have not yet read. He is able to quickly lead the you into an immersive experience, and you will not want to stop listening to return to the real world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7162)
    Performance
    (3519)
    Story
    (3524)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Interesting, but half? a book. Excellent narration"
    Overall

    The book kept my interest, even though it is a long, drawn-out story. However, then it just suddenly ends, with no resolution, which I found unacceptable. I imagine a sequel is coming, but now that I've been burned once, I'm not sure I'm willing to take a second chance. I don't mind books in a series (I can't wait for the next installment in Karl Schroeder's Virga series). However, each book must stand alone and come to a reasonable conclusion.

    The narration is great. I think I could listen to Scott Brick read the telephone book and enjoy it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life Expectancy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (828)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (193)

    Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers' waiting room and his dying father's bedside. It's a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm's fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the first and last time since his stroke.

    mdd says: "New life for Koontz"
    "Not Koontz's best -- overly windy"
    Overall

    I'm a Koontz fan and have been reading his material for 20 years. I usually love anything he writes -- my last listen, Odd Thomas, was great. This time Koontz gets obsessed with some not-so-witty dialogue in the first of the 5 substories. In addition, the reader, although energetic, was not my favorite. His reading during Jimmy's grandfather's predictions in the beginning was almost enough to turn me off to the whole book. I almost wish it had after dragging my way through this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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