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Keith

Fountain Valley, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Number of the Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Emily Durante, Malcolm Hillgartner, and others
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (290)

    The wickedest, most wonderful science fiction story ever created in our - or any - time. Anything can begin at a party in California - and everything does in this bold masterwork by a grand master of science fiction. When four supremely sensual and unspeakably cerebral humans - two male, two female - find themselves under attack from aliens who want their awesome quantum breakthrough, they take to the skies - and zoom into the cosmos on a rocket roller-coaster ride of adventure, danger, ecstasy, and peril.

    Michelle says: "I've been waiting for this book in audio format..."
    "So disappointing, because I know it's a good book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've read the book, long ago, so I know it is good. Listening too this version was painful. I had to stop after a few hours. Just couldn't take it any longer. The narration was not working well at all. Timing and emphasis seemed all way off. Made it difficult to follow and impossible to enjoy. Wish it were otherwise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Black: Odyssey One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1324)
    Performance
    (1225)
    Story
    (1232)

    Captain Eric Weston and his crew encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people; all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero. A first-rate military-science-fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing.

    C. Hartmann says: "Great, Solid Military SciFi / Evolving Space Opera"
    "Why all the high ratings? Just so so."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm surprised that this has so many high reviews. Not that it is terrible, but it isn't great. The 'military fiction' seemed to have a level of believable similar to a Star Trek episode. The story was lightly entertaining, but was weakened from over use of cliche and coincidence. It is not what I would think of as strong military fiction. I think though that what really brought my rating down was disappointing narration. Relatively flat emotional delivery along with poor use of emphasis and slightly disjointed reading detracted from what would otherwise most likely have been much more entertaining. Overall, from what I now know, I would have preferred to spend my credit and time on something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11442)
    Performance
    (9135)
    Story
    (9240)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "An amazingly well written and captivating story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is a very creative an well written story. Highly recommended. If you read the other reviews of this book you will see that it is part of a series. What I had not realize was that the 3rd and final book of the series is not yet published, and it may be some time before it is available.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All Clear

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1534)
    Performance
    (994)
    Story
    (1015)

    Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rescued by the second half"
    "I was expecting better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Quite some time ago I read the author's earlier book "To Say Nothing of the Dog ...". I thought that it was very clever and well written. Blackout and All Clear are a two book set that follow on from that earlier book. Together they are something over 40 hours. While they follow the same 'time travel' principle, and the story is still creative, I was disappointed overall for several reasons. Much of the drama in the story was brought about by several of the main characters struggling over what seems would have been very 'basic concepts' about time travel. I found it hard to believe that time traveling historians would not have previously contemplated such things long and hard. In addition, much of the complication was based on these same historians consistently lying to each other to protect each other from havings to worry. That also was hard to believe from professionals historians who should have been working together toward a common goal. In summary, this could have been much better if edited carefully into a single book at half the length with much of the excesses left out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1937)
    Performance
    (1211)
    Story
    (1213)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "I was expecting better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Quite some time ago I read the author's earlier book "To Say Nothing of the Dog ...". I thought that it was very clever and well written. Blackout and All Clear are a two book set that follow on from that earlier book. Together they are something over 40 hours. While they follow the same 'time travel' principle, and the story is still creative, I was disappointed overall for several reasons. Much of the drama in the story was brought about by several of the main characters struggling over what seems would have been very 'basic concepts' about time travel. I found it hard to believe that time traveling historians would not have previously contemplated such things long and hard. In addition, much of the complication was based on these same historians consistently lying to each other to protect each other from havings to worry. That also was hard to believe from professionals historians who should have been working together toward a common goal. In summary, this could have been much better if edited carefully into a single book at half the length with much of the excesses left out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shada: Doctor Who: The Lost Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams, Gareth Roberts
    • Narrated By Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (198)

    The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University - where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana, and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs - most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous. The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey isn't a book for Time Tots.It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.

    Robert says: "Like uncovering a lost treasure"
    "Not What I Had Hoped For"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While I found the story enjoyable overall, it was not close to the Hitchhiker series. That is what I compared it to with Douglas Adams highlighted as the author.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • White Witch, Black Curse: The Hollows, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (1792)
    Performance
    (1024)
    Story
    (1033)

    Some wounds take time to heal . . . and some scars never fade. Rachel Morgan, kick-ass witch and bounty hunter, has taken her fair share of hits, and has broken lines she swore she would never cross. But when her lover was murdered, it left a deeper wound than Rachel ever imagined, and now she won't rest until his death is solved . . . and avenged. Whatever the cost.

    Carrie says: "Welcome back Marquerite Gavin!"
    "Fun Series ... but 2 credits for others!?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    All the books in the series have been entertaining, and the narrarator is good. I would have continued to get the next in the series, but 2 credits is not the right price with all the other options available to use the credits. I went to the library and enjoyed reading the next book the old way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prophet

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    John Barrett, anchorman for News Six at Five, has a problem. He's caught his producer skewing a story to suit her own prejudices, then lying to cover her tracks. The "accidental" death of John's father is also now in question, after the father's controversial testimony. And a young girl has been murdered, and John is the only one who can prove it.

    Dean says: "A Very Good Listen"
    "Just So-So"
    Overall

    Somewhat entertaining, but disappointing. Some years ago I read This Present Darkness, and my recollection is that it was much better. The characters and the plot seem weekly developed. As if the author didn't quite make the full effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death at the Bar

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    A native New Zealander, whose name means "flowering tree," Ngaio Marsh was awarded the Order of the British Empire for her classic mysteries. This one involves a lawyer, a pub, and a deadly dart.

    Keith says: "Difficult Listening"
    "Difficult Listening"
    Overall

    I tried several times to give this audio book another chance, but have found it very difficult to listen to. I finally gave up. Maybe I'll try listening again some day. It was mainly the narrator that I had such a hard time with, and I never really was able to give the story a chance. I can not recommend this audio book, and I would be unlikely to buy anything else narrated by the same person. Very disappointing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22981)
    Performance
    (9617)
    Story
    (9689)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Good story, a bit long."
    Overall

    Well written and well read. Good enough to get me to read the second book in the series as well. I enjoyed that also, but I will have to wait awhile before trying the third.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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