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  • The B-Team: The Human Division, Episode 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (491)

    Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.

    steven says: "Best $0.69 spent in a long time..."
    "Scratchy Recording but Great Story"
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    The B-team is the first in a series of short stories by John Scalzi. This is the first I have looked at any of his work and from a Science Fiction perspective, he has married a great storyline into a descriptive futuristic environment. The story is great an leaves much room for future stories in the series to branch out into many new plot lines.

    The only negative is the audio recording. William Dufris puts in a good effort in the narration but I believe the poor recording quality doesn't allow him to present his true skills.

    In short I'm looking forward to the next story in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sixth Column

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (250)

    The totalitarian East has triumphed in a massive invasion, and the United States has fallen to a dictatorial superpower bent on total domination. That power is consolidating its grip through concentration camps, police state tactics, and a total monopoly upon the very thoughts of the conquered populace. A tiny enclave of scientists and soldiers survives, unbeknownst to America’s new rulers. It’s six against six million - but those six happen to include a scientific genius, a master of subterfuge and disguise who learned his trade as a lawyer-turned-hobo, and a tough-minded commander....

    J says: "Childhood favorite"
    "An old but great book."
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    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    Tom, has a voice which is suites a 40s detective story. His voice is abrupt but with lots of charactor. For this book, it reminds you how long ago the book as been written and adds character to the performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Hienline can be somewhat prophetic in his story lines. This book is not different, with the tools being technology, deceiption and religion. I strongly recommend it to anyone who likes a good science fiction yarn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Die Trying: Jack Reacher 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Johnathan McClain
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    Jack Reacher, alone, strolling nowhere. A Chicago street in bright sunshine. A young woman, struggling on crutches. He offers her a steadying arm. And turns to see a handgun aimed at his stomach. Chained in a dark van racing across America, Reacher doesn't know why they've been kidnapped. The woman claims to be FBI. She's certainly tough enough. But at their remote destination, will raw courage be enough to overcome the hopeless odds?

    kathryn says: "stupedously silly enjoyment"
    "Good to kill the miles"
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    Would you listen to Die Trying again? Why?

    The story is not the best from this author, but the plot does keep moving and I like that sort of story for long trips.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Die Trying?

    The most memorable part of the story is the trip following the kidnaping. It builds suspences and forms a solid foundation for the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    THe plot is fast moving and has a little bit of substane. The plot has also aged well as the book as not a recent release. While not timeless, it will be relivant for a number or years to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Assignment in Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (165)

    Robert A. Heinlein is widely and justly regarded as the greatest practitioner of the art of science fiction who has ever lived. Here are two of his greatest short novels: Gulf, in which the greatest super-spy of them all is revealed as the leader of a league of supermen and women who can’t quite decide what to do with the rest of us. And Lost Legacy, in which it is proved that we are all members of that league - or would be, if we but had eyes to see.

    Trip Williams says: "You'll like it because you can think..."
    "A series of short stories to make you think"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved tho book, but then I love all Heinlein's work. He has a great style and the issues he addressed in the past still remain.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Its hard to come up with a favourite character as there are so many.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO, but this book is a series of short stories and I didn't want to get up to leave until each story was completed.


    Any additional comments?

    Its surprising that a book written so long ago has so many themes that are relevant in current society.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Technomancer: Unspeakable Things, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (360)

    When Quentin Draith wakes up in a private sanatorium, he has no memory of who he is or how he received the injuries riddling his body. All he knows is that he has to get out, away from the drugs being pumped into him and back to the real world to search for answers. His first question: How did his friend Tony’s internal organs fill with sand, killing him in a Las Vegas car crash? After a narrow escape, he tracks down the basic facts: He is an investigator and blogger specializing in the supernatural - which is a good thing, because Quentin’s life is getting stranger by the minute.

    Cliff says: "Good noir sci-fi/ fantasy series with a warning"
    "An interesting read for SF/Fantasy Fans"
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    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    Christopher's reading added a 40s PI story flavour to the story. This really added to the plot and capitalised on Larson's style of writing.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Story but it didn't hold me enough to go and get the next book in the series straight away as the plot closed of most of the leads that held me and only minor plot issues remain that didn't compel me to buy the next book straight away. But I will.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (57)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he's ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he's asked his friend Atticus O'Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare. One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus's home base of Tempe, Arizona.

    K says: "Great Book"
    "Great Book"
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    If you could sum up Hammered in three words, what would they be?

    Cute
    Complex
    Enjoyable


    What did you like best about this story?

    Oberon.


    What about Christopher Ragland’s performance did you like?

    It goes without saying the best part of Christophers performance is Oberon. If you haven't read any of the books you won't understand but you can feel this character as he reads it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I normally limit to hour stints. Although I suppose if you had good stamina, one sitting might be possible.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has a lot of monologging. While it read well in paperback, in audio it seems to drag on. This is really my only negative on the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (182)

    After being thrown out of the window of his luxury apartment, science-fiction writer Allen Carpentier wakes to find himself at the gates of Hell. Feeling he's landed in a great opportunity for a book, he attempts to follow Dante's road map. Determined to meet Satan himself, Carpentier treks through the nine circles of Hell, led by Benito Mussolini, and encounters countless mental and physical tortures.

    R. Reed says: "Dante done in the 70's"
    "Oh Heck! What a Story"
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    I was expecting a science fiction story. But I didn't quite get it. There was science and well... the fiction I'll leave that up to your judgement. The books outlines a journey through hell trying to apply logic to Dante's vision of hell. I learn science, I questioned beliefs. And I'm still non the wiser.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12394)
    Performance
    (9205)
    Story
    (9209)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Magic, Murder and Mayhem"
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    I bought this book as a special as a first book from a series. It took a while to get to it but it was worth the wait. James Marsters, the Narrator is brilliant. His punctuated deliver with sighs and contextual pauses added to the book by really highlighting the emotions of the characters.

    The story was a bit predictable, but enjoyable all the same. The structure of the plot was sound and simple, and it was this simplicity that made it all too obvious that was happening in the book. However, the tempo of the book and the depth of the main character redeemed the book making it a brilliant read.

    I strongly recommend the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Salesman in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Og Mandino
    • Narrated By Og Mandino
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (363)

    This is the legend of Hafid, a camel boy 2,000 years ago, and his burning desire to improve his lowly position in life, as told to his apprentice Erasmus. Hafid relates the story of how he became known as the Greatest Salesman in the World. His success lies in the wisdom of ten leather scrolls passed down to him from his master, Pathros.

    James says: "Inspiring!"
    "A story sold in its truest fashion"
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    What did you love best about The Greatest Salesman in the World?

    The story behind the greatest salesman is brilliant. It is Og Mandino at his best. As a self improvement writer he has encapsulated learning points into a fictional story.


    Any additional comments?

    I first read this as a paperback. In some ways it is more suited to that form of delivery than in an audio book. I still strongly recommend the book, but note if you find the message in the story of real value, you will end up buying the paperback as well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2438)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1786)

    Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....

    gerry says: "Damn you Steve Gibson"
    "Great Science Fiction"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This story was slow moving but provided ample detail to allow the science behind the plot to be believable. This alone makes this book a recommendation for all science fiction buffs.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On Basilisk Station?

    Probably the most important aspect was real people. No character was safe and many died in the course of the story. It meant that no one was safe from the plot.


    Which character – as performed by Allyson Johnson – was your favorite?

    Honor Herrington was the understandably the best character. Although, she at times she didn't sound as forceful as a leader of her stature should.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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