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  • The Quantum Rose: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (61)

    The Saga of the Skolian Empire is Catherine Asaro's trademark series. It chronicles the lives of the members of the ruling family of the Empire in the distant interstellar future, weaving a fine blend of action, romance, and hard science fiction.

    Lisa says: "ok, but barely!"
    "It's the little things that count."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the first Skolian Empire book I've read. It's good, and I like it. It's a good companion for the mindless labor I have to do for the next few days, It's well-written and competently plotted ,and the romance is fun.

    However. I'm on chapter 5 and so far there've been one scientific inaccuracy and two evolutionary impossibilities that should have been edited out.

    The people on the planet have either to be a result of parallel evolution or descendants of human space travelers, with human DNA. [I suspect the latter--how else could they interbreed?] Asaro gave them physical characteristics that preclude either possibility. The hero's response to oxygen deprivation was spot on; so she really should have looked up how the human brain reacts to an oxygen-rich environment.

    The Audible bio says Asaro is a physicist who belongs to a seriously talent-rich writers' group. I expect she knows something of evolution and biology---you can't get a BS in any science or technical field without taking physics, chemistry and biology along with the math, even if you love one subject and would rather be beat with a stick than take the other two.

    I suspect that a writer with her educational credentials knows her stuff. I'm wondering if she and her readers decided that these discrepancies were too trivial to matter and were less important than the development of the fictive world.

    Logic counts. The little things matter. And just you get one thing wrong, no matter how arcane, and somebody will always write you to tell you about it.

    AND I LIKE THIS BOOK. I'D RECOMMEND IT TO ANYBODY!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3596)
    Performance
    (1646)
    Story
    (1656)

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

    Swad says: "Still Good"
    "overwrought"
    Overall

    The plot is terrific Stephen King, but the writing is Peter Straub, and it's tiresome and repetitive and overwrought, in every sense of the word. Wish it had been written by King; every word counts. I want to know how King worked out the plot, but not badly enough to listen to the last two sections, so I'm going to thumb through a print copy looking for the conversation.

    I don't know how long ago this was written. Peter Straub has written a number of books on his own, now, and they seem to sell well, so I suppose they're reasonably good. Maybe he was getting paid by the word for this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4725)
    Performance
    (3243)
    Story
    (3278)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    AudioAddict says: "A hero with a sexy voice!"
    "fun but endless"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the first two of these books but I'm declining to read the third. They bid fair for becoming as endless Robert Jordan's "The Eye of the World" series. I liked the first couple of those, too, till I realized that there was never, ever going to be a resolution, as when the goal was accomplished, the series would end.

    The Lost Fleet plots were entertaining. If you don't mind the endless repetitive permutations necessary to this sort of series and the suspicion that nothing's actually ever going to happen because the goal of getting home will be the end of the series, go for it.

    Be nice if Campbell could take a tip from Bujold and Forester, and give the captain a mission, let him perform it and send him out on another one, as he battles to form the fleet into a real honest-to-god fighting Navy.

    Got to say that Campbell's onto a good thing, here, professionally. But eventually he'll figure out why Arthur Conan Doyle tried to kill off Sherlock.

    23 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Dick Francis, Felix Francis
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (37)

    Max Moreton is a rising culinary star and his Newmarket restaurant, The Hay Net, has brought him great acclaim and a widening circle of admirers. But when nearly all the guests who enjoyed one of his meals at a private catered affair fall victim to severe food poisoning, his kitchen is shuttered and his reputation takes a hit.

    Sandra says: "Not Dick Francis's best"
    "Dead Last"
    Overall

    There are traces here and there of Dick Francis, who is a consummate writer. I suspect he did a little line editing. If this is, as I suspect, a virgin effort for his son, his father should have been a less tender editor. I am now 2 hours and 40 minutes into this book and there is no trace of a mystery or any indication that there will eventually be a plot. I suggest a good writers' group for young Felix, with people in it who'll be honest about his manuscript's shortcomings. I'm sorry Dick Francis has retired; his son hasn't yet learned enough about plotting and timing to replace him.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2767)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1130)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Worth your time"
    Overall

    The Historian has exactly enough action to keep you interested, exactly enough detail to make it rich, good, solid writing and a complicated and well-developed plot. It's interesting in the beginning and becomes enthralling as it progresses. The readers are great. This book is really worth your time. LIstening to it certainly made painless the mindless labor which of necessity occupied my body while my mind was wandering with the characters.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Pimsleur Spanish II

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    ¿Hablas Español? Pimsleur is "numero uno" when it comes to learning a language, using a unique teaching method based on the way we learn as children.

    Alison says: "Fantastic."
    "boring"
    Overall

    Too slow. Anyone with average intelligence needs more analysis and less repetition

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch-22

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joseph Heller
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2014)
    Performance
    (1082)
    Story
    (1096)

    Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

    Phil says: "Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny"
    "Great."
    Overall

    The narrator is terrific [wish he'd done more stuff I want to hear] and even though I've read the book many times, llistening to it made it new for me again. Definitely worth the time,even it you know the book well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Supper

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charles McCarry
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    To Paul Christopher, the world of espionage had become a region of the mad, in which men and women lived without conviction and were compelled by a craving for conspiracy. But now, he has to find the "mole" in the Outfit and demand justice from enemies, past and present. As he follows the twisting path of this secret American intelligence group, he discovers a trail of betrayal and violence that leads backward to the horrors of the Nazi era and plunges forward beyond the Vietnam War's labyrinth of lies.

    Cayce says: "Rich and intricate"
    "absolutely outstanding"
    Overall

    If I were reading The Last Supper I wouldn't be able to put it down. Because I listened to it, I didn't hear much of what anyone said to me for the 16 hours it played. It's very, very good.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Letter to a Christian Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Jordan Bridges
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (841)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (314)

    "Forty-four percent of the American population is convinced that Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead sometime in the next 50 years," writes Sam Harris. "Imagine the consequences if any significant component of the U.S. government actually believed that the world was about to end and that its ending would be glorious. The fact that nearly half of the American population apparently believes this...should be considered a moral and intellectual emergency."

    Stanley says: "the examined life"
    "sophomoric"
    Overall

    Sophomoric, meaning if you didn't discuss such things with your friends during your sophomore year in college, listen to this and you'l know how they sounded.

    5 of 51 people found this review helpful
  • Henry V

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Samuel West, Timothy West, full cast
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Henry V, which dates from 1599, is the last in Shakespeare's series of plays based on English history. It is also, of course, among the Bard's best-known and most-performed works. It's given rich new life here by a full-cast presentation that combines classic literature with classical music.

    Amazon Customer says: "take a soldier"
    "take a soldier"
    Overall

    A wonderful rendition. I've listened to it twice. Harry's concern for the welfare of his troops is so exactly what an army needs from its commander that it makes me sad for any nation whose troops are less valued and supported than King Harry's Englishmen. His wooing of Catherine is so charmingly done that it made me laugh. I LOVE this play!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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