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  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7520)
    Performance
    (7153)
    Story
    (7165)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Gripping piece of work; unique approach."
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    Maybe this is overstating things, but this book reminded me that humanity on the whole is both compassionate and intelligent. It's easy to forget how great we can be, as people, when faced with long odds. But that's the message of the book.

    And it is delivered with a hilarious, detail-oriented and character rich approach to a very old idea: the castaway.

    If you value science, problem solving, space travel and have a decent sense of humor, don't miss this. I ignored it for too long because of the short length. Just get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2718)
    Performance
    (1824)
    Story
    (1825)

    Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

    She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

    Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

    Sherry Pitcock says: "Love that Reacher"
    "Slow story and grating narration; low end Reacher."
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    I like Reacher books. They're not literature but they're fun and filled with vengeance fetish. This was my 5th Reacher, first via audiobook.

    The story is pretty boring and takes a very long time to get going. Biggest flaw is that unlike in other Reacher books, you never really learn why you should care about the person Reacher is fighting for, other than the fact she's got a kid. But like they say in the book, everybody's got a kid.

    The narrator really killed it for me. His female voices are all whiny, and a borderline insulting portrayal of women.

    And maybe it's because this is an earlier book, before Child improved his writing. Or maybe it's because my brain is able to skip the phrase when reading it (instead of listening) but...if I hear the phrase "Reacher said nothing" one more time, I'm going to snap. It is spoken literally dozens of times, possibly over 100. Lee, you don't need to tell the reader that the character says nothing, you just don't write them saying anything!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mindstar Rising: The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    Overall
    (810)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (721)

    It's the 21st century, and global warming is here to stay, so forget the way your country used to look. And get used to the free market, too – the companies possess all the best hardware, and they're calling the shots now. In a world like this, a man open to any offers can make out just fine. A man like Greg Mandel for instance, who's psi-boosted, wired into the latest sensory equipment, carrying state-of-the-art weaponry – and late of the English Army's Mindstar Battalion.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Portrait of a SciFi master as a novice"
    "Incredibly rich and detailed, and an absolute bore"
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    I made it through all of Pandoras Star and the sequels. The thickness of the prose was daunting in those books, but the universe created was fascinating.

    This book has the same dialogue-heavy blandness with no story or characters. I listened for 8 hours and gave up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Julian Rubinstein
    • Narrated By Eric Bogosian, Demetri Martin, Tommy Ramone, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    Ballad of the Whiskey Robber tells the hilarious and improbable true story of Attila Ambrus, the Robin Hood of Eastern Europe. He's the onetime pelt smugger, goaltender (possibly the worst in the history of pro hockey), pen salesman, Zamboni driver, gravedigger, church painter, roulette addict, building superintendent, whiskey drinker, and native of Transylvania who's decided that the best thing to do with his time is to rob as many banks as possible.

    S. Hawkins says: "Fantastic"
    "Like a long "This American (Romanian?) Life""
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    I was excited, but it's just OK. The narrator's clearly non-professional voice and sporadic snippets of instrumental music made me feel like I was listening to "This American Life". Like that show, this book is interesting but slow and kind of dull.

    There is far too much history of the region in the beginning, needlessly extending the length of the book. It is strictly chronological; I feel it would have been far better if it jumped around a bit to keep things interesting. The protagonist isn't really much of a hero, or even an anti-hero: he's a drunken liar with no sense of purpose. His only motivation is money, for spending.

    There's an entertaining quality to the story - the bumbling heists, incompetent police - but not much actually happens. He robs some post offices and banks, gets away with small amounts, and is eventually caught.

    I stopped listening when my next credit came along and only finished it months later when I ran out of other books.

    On a personal note, the historical background on the country helped explain why my Romanian college roommate was such a pathetic loser.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kenobi: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Jackson Miller
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (544)

    Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.

    Amazon Customer says: ""The Rifleman"... with a Lightsaber"
    "Boring and terrible."
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    I hated this book. I love Star Wars extended universe and have read/heard over 30 of the books. This one is just terrible. It suffers from narrative limitations based on the canon that unfortunately kill any chance at excitement. Kenobi cannot reveal he is a Jedi, so there's no action at all. The characters are heavy handed and one dimensional. The perspective of the Sand People is a great concept that is wasted by this writer.

    Skip it. Get Maul: Lockdown instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4182)
    Performance
    (2498)
    Story
    (2537)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Dense and detailed story, terrible performance."
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    The longest audiobook I've ever heard, by far... not unexpectedly, the prose is dense and the story is richly detailed. The universe is very believable, largely due to the complexity of the human characters...

    If you like political sci-fi, this is worth your time. Like most political sci-fi, there are some boring parts.

    The big problem with this book is the performance. The narrator has a habit of starting sentences loudly, and finishing them at a whisper. Perhaps this is "dramatic" but it makes selecting a volume level impossible. In order for me to hear the end of the sentence, the beginning of the sentence needed to be so loud that the speakers would distort.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (141)

    Grange, Florida, is famous for its miracles - the weeping fiberglass Madonna, the Road-Stain Jesus, the stigmata man. And now it has JoLayne Lucks, unlikely winner of the state lottery. Unfortunately, JoLayne's winning ticket isn't the only one. The other belongs to Bodean Gazzer and his raunchy sidekick, Chub, who believe they're entitled to the whole $28 million jackpot. And they need it quickly, to start their own underground militia before NATO troops invade America. But JoLayne Lucks has her own plans for the Lotto money - an Eden-like forest in Grange must be saved from strip-malling.

    Taree says: "Made me want to play the lottery"
    "Not Hiaasen's best work"
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    If its your first go at Carl Hiaasen, try something else. Striptease or Skinny Dip, maybe.

    His genius is making flawed characters lovable, so you end up rooting for them all the way.

    There's none of that here. No redemption for the bumbling villain. Hero and heroine are unlovable. No real social comment. Racist bad guys and scamming zealots: too easy. I just didn't enjoy it.

    He's one of my favorite audiobook pleasures, but Hiaasen missed the mark with this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hammerhead Ranch Motel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (163)

    There's a different schemer or slimeball behind every door: cocaine duckpins who have survived only by the dumbest fortune, hard-luck gigolos desperate to score, undercover cops busting undercover cops who are running sting operations on undercover cops.

    Marci says: "Trying too hard"
    "Better than the first one; now I'm hooked on Serge"
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    I gave a lackluster review to Florida Roadkill, but I went ahead and got Hammerhead Ranch. The story is better here; maybe its because I know Serge now or because the background set up in FR gave HRM a chance to grow. But, I'm hooked on Serge now and I know I'll keep downloading these books.

    They're not great literature, and there's no real point to the tales. No underlying message or social comment. Some of the character names are cringe-worthy puns.

    But they are fun to listen to and usually very funny. The "Serge voice" Wilson uses has really grown on me. On to "Orange Crush"...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Florida Roadkill

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (284)

    Sunshine State trivia buff Serge A. Storms loves eliminating jerks and pests. His drug-addled partner Coleman loves cartoons. Hot stripper Sharon Rhodes loves cocaine, especially when purchased with rich dead men's money. On the other hand, there's Sean and David, who love fishing and are kind to animals - and who are about to cross paths with a suitcase filled with $5 million in stolen insurance money. Serge wants the suitcase. Sharon wants the suitcase. Coleman wants more drugs... and the suitcase.

    Ronald Albury says: "I tried to like it"
    "Fun, but no real story."
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    My first Dorsey novel. Definitely a Hiaasen wannabe, with mixed results. The characters are truly hate-able in a delightful way. Imagery is terrific. Tarantino-esque. Inventive and very funny overall.

    But there's no real story or underlying point. Hiaasen's formula includes 2 elements missing here: an underdog to root for and an overarching point about society.

    Dorsey is just pulp. But it's really a lot of fun. I'll listen to another one.

    Reviewer below states that the two writers are contemporaries, which is just plain wrong. Hiaasen's books predate Dorsey by at least a decade.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1069)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (410)

    Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

    L. says: "WOW, Morgan Does it again!"
    "Worth the time, but falls short of Kovacs novels"
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    Richard Morgan is an amazing writer. Some of the similes and descriptions used here are nothing short of brilliant. But the story itself is a little bit off.

    Still, its worth your time if you enjoyed the Kovacs novels. The storyline is essentially the same: a "superman" with some questionable morals but a big heart deep down goes hunting for bad guys.

    The problem with this one is motivation. While Kovacs is trying to stay alive, its unclear why Marsalis is so driven. Oh, right, its "love"...excuse me while I cough politely.

    Its a good story. But its a little slow here and there and some of the characters' motivations are unclear or contradictory.

    The narrator is perfect. The Cockney quips were a lot of fun and I love that Marsalis is a bad-ass black Brit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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