This book was $2, and well worth it. I read the book 20 years ago, but decided to listen to it again. Buy the book and don't use the credit though. It will be the best $2 you spend on audible.
Written over 100 years ago it accurately predicts submarines, deep sea diving and other technologies. The narration by Peter Hausmann is great and the story can't be beat. I could write more, but at $2 try it for yourself.
The primary plot of this book is first contact with aliens via radio telescopes. This part of the book is interesting. However, the author, Carl Sagan, keeps diverting into subjects that have nothing to do with the major plot line. So it's part fiction and part non fiction. Although the subjects are interesting, such as Chinese Emperors of the Ming Dynasty, they have nothing to do with the plot. I just think the author (who had the famous TV show Cosmos) just liked to show off his knowledge.
Although this is science fiction, the book is set in the present. The lead character is in college during the Viet Nam War, which would put the present at 2000. The part with contacting aliens is conceivable, but the author all of a sudden has older people living on space stations. Basically retirement homes in space. This just comes out of the blue and throws the whole book off.
Typically I listen to books and fall asleep while listening. I then rewind them to the last part I remember. I did not bother with this book since it was rather tedious.
If you want to read science fiction, there are much better books. Or with Contact you can watch the movie on Netflix.
I have listened to several Adrian McKinty books and enjoy them all. The stories are typical police novels set in Northern Ireland. Most are part of a series, but this one stands alone. The main character is a "tinker" which I had never heard of before. It is a traveling community in Ireland who travel the country living in caravans (trailers). The main character leaves this life to become a private detective but he maintains the skills he learned as a Tinker including stealing cars, breaking into homes and shooting guns. THe last is not his favorite" activity, but will kill when the circumstances require it. At the end of the book he has to do plenty of that to protect a woman and her child.
What makes these books great for audio is the narrator. With a real Irish brogue, you feel transported to Ireland. He can do both mens and women's voices quite well. These books I am not sure I would read, but love the audio versions.
This is a great thriller with a major crime at the beginning of the novel which leads the lead character to revisit a crime in her youth. The first third of the book covers the lead character's recovery from a brutal attack from a serial killer. As a result dana suffers a traumatic brain injury and returns to her home time. As she slowly recovers, more and more of the past is remembered, As a result, she is able to slowly put pieces of the crime together.To describe it anymore it would give the plot away.
The narration is fairly good, withe the narrator struggling a little with the male voices. Never having read any of the author's books this was good enough to put some of her other books on my wish list. It reminded me of two other books I have listened to recently , Gone Girl and Girl on the Train. Most of the characters are fairly "normal" except for the criminals in the book so you can identify with them. Set in the rural midwest this is a classic American murder whodunit mystery
This was on sale for $2.95. Even at this bargain price it was a waste. Set in the future, the world is overrun by what are called abnormals. They are like Golum with claws. This entire book is dedicated to the remaining humans being mauled, and mauled, and mauled by these creatures. Page after page and chapter after chapter of nothing but people being shredded. Book # 1 was good. Book # 2 was OK, But this third book is abnormally bad. Stop at #2. You cannot start series with this book because you will have no idea what is going on.
This book is a great listen. Told from the viewpoint of three main characters it is part mystery and part Brigitte Jones. The chance of viewpoint changes rapidly and with most books with a single narrator would lead to confusion. Here, there are three narrators each dedicated to the three main characters. The three voices are different enough and story written so you can keep track of the changes. There is a relationship between the three women that you can not quite get your head around. You suspect there is something more which you eventually discover by the end of the book. It makes for a suspenseful listen with a very seamless ending. Normally authors create a surprise by adding some previously unknown element at the end, effectively cheating. Not here. You will say, " I should have seen that coming"
I bought this book on the recommendations. Although it is your average pulp fiction, it is rather ludicrous. The hero, Robin Monarch, is hired by the president to find the captured secretary of state. His credentials is that he is ex CIA, Special Forces, and allegedly the world's best thief. Okay, that is standard fare. But the real issue with this book is that the guy gets caught in every situation. He always manages to fight his way out, but to be caught every time?. In one scene he wants to rob an office in the world's tallest tower so of course he has to jump out of a helicopter and land on the side of the building with super magnetic gloves (although the author states the building is covered in stainless steel which is non magnetic). He finally gets in the office and two minutes later the owner walks in a catches him. How about the old tried and true criminal technique of the lookout?
There are much better books in this genre, not sure would waste a credit here.
I actually like this book because the author resists the temptation to make everything turn out well in the end. In this novel, it doesn't. The basic theme is really sometimes you are just in the wrong place at the wrong times. The motivation for the key character are seemingly bizarre, but only to the reader. To the killer, his motivations are sane.
This is a good crime thriller with a "texas" outlaw theme. It reminds me of some of James Lee Burke novels. The Hackberry Holland Series. So if you like those, then you will like this. I would say that the author here is a better writer. It could be an American classic but the violence makes it unsuitable for many. So expect lots of blood and guts.
This is an excellent crime story with a interesting premise that a serial killer is almost caught twice by the police chief only to escape capture for decades or longer each time. If you like James Lee Burke novels, you will like this one. It is well written and narrated.
Because the book takes place over several decades spanning from the 1930s to 1990s it also is a good historical novel, recreating the tensions between whites and blacks in the south. Never having lived in the south I do not now if the attitudes expressed in the book are real or just fiction. The book takes a great turn when chief #3 is black
There are several great scenes in book, especially when the police arrest their new police chief not knowing who it is. "get out of the car boy", he is told on a routine police shakedown. After reading this I have a better understanding why blacks don't trust the police to often. I would say it's just fiction, but the police in my town arrested a black man for sitting in a car outside a nice home. He was just waiting for his daughter and was a prominent Boston attorney.
Although I growing weary of Zombie/Apocalypse books, I did enjoy this book. You have the typical flesh eating zombies, although they are called hungries, survivalists, everyone else including the army, and a different kind of zombie. Half zombie. half child, this "half breed" speak like humans, have human emotions, but when let loose go into their flesh eating mode. The story begins at an outpost with the half-breeds attending school. Soon thereafter all hell break lose.
You have the stereotypical zombies that shuffle along until they smell a non zombie then attack and eat their prey. This isn't new. The soldiers kill the zombies by you guess, shooting them in the head. As usual, 20 years after what they call the change, soldiers still have access to unlimited weapons. The story is different because of the children. One in particular, Madeline, must must make a journey though England as a few survivors run away from their outpost back to central base through a destroyed London. Here the story gets interesting. Sort of reminded me of Charles Dickens Oliver Twist but with zombie kids.
The key difference in this book is the ending, which I won't give away. The narration is good and the pace of the story as well. So if you like zombie/apocalypse books you will enjoy this. If you don't , then probably not since it has very graphic description of violence. If you are like me and are tired of zombie books give this one a try.
This book involves 4 different spies recruited by the British pre WWI. Although the writing is good, the settings interesting from Istanbul to Ireland, it is one of theose books that is a tough listen. The author changes characters several times per chapter. One minute your in Berlin and seconds later you are in Albania. This is a read versus a listen.
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