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  • The Folk of the Fringe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (39)

    Only a few nuclear weapons fell. But in the chaos of famine and plague, there existed a few pockets of order. The strongest of them was the state of Deseret. The climate has changed, and the lake has filled up. There, on the fringes, brave, hardworking pioneers are making the desert bloom again.

    Sam says: "Short Story Collection"
    "Not my favorite"
    Overall

    I loved the Ender series and was buying everything Orson wrote. However, there are now several books, and this is one, that unless you are a Mormon you will find infantile. Avoid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Affairs of Youth: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    In the eighth installment of Alexander McCall Smith’s best-selling Isabel Dalhousie series, the inquisitive heroine helps a new friend discover the identity of her father. Jane, a visiting Australian philosopher on sabbatical in Edinburgh, has more questions than answers. Adopted at the age of six, she knows little about her father, other than he was a student in Edinburgh years ago. Always up for a challenge, Isabel is more than happy to help.

    glamazon says: "Smitten by Smith once again!"
    "A story that meanders too much"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The techniques that McCall uses for his Ladies No. 1 detective novels set in Botswana do not work in this story. The frequent detailing of the characters' thoughts that are utterly delightful in the detective novels are too long and esoteric in The Forgotten Affairs of Youth. The reader is wonderful. The problem is with the story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alexander McCall Smith again?

    Yes, definitely!


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I really enjoyed listening to the Scottish accents.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, it was interesting to learn about life in Scotland


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • See No Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Robert Baer
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    In his explosive New York Times best seller, top CIA operative Robert Baer paints a chilling picture of how terrorism works on the inside and provides startling evidence of how Washington politics sabotaged the CIA's efforts to root out the world's deadliest terrorists, allowing for the rise of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda and the continued entrenchment of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

    Ryan & Alexandra says: "Interesting perspective"
    "Book to avoid"
    Overall

    This book is not for you unless you enjoy 12 hours of whining about how everyone but Mr. Baer is a fool, a crook, a coward, a lobbyist, etc, etc, etc. I now understand why the CIA is such a mess - it is cowboys like Bob Baer that are willing to ignore the law, morals and common sense and deal with the lowest scum on the planet. Hey it is just for the good of the old US of A he says. Be a realist, torture is necessary sometimes - there are bad people out there. People named Bob Baer. Do yourself a favor and read the condensed version - Oliver North's treason conviction.

    3 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Street

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Mirron E. Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (90)

    Living in a peaceful, prosperous African-American neighborhood in Los Angeles, Mack Street is a mystery child who has somehow found a home. Discovered abandoned in an overgrown park, raised by a blunt-speaking single woman, Mack comes and goes from family to family, a boy who is surrounded by boisterous characters and yet deeply alone.

    William says: "Not Science Fiction, but fantastic story"
    "out of control religion"
    Overall

    The Ender series is one of the best stories I have ever read. Lost Boys brings Orson's Mormon religion into the open and has great writing and wonderful observation. Magic Street must have been written by Orson's Bishop - all Jesus and evil and preaching and miracles. Don't waste your time with this book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2064)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (493)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "propaganda or ideology - not fiction"
    Overall

    This is one of the worst books I have ever heard/read. The science is so one-sided it is laughable. The main character - an environmentalist attorney - is so dumb it is hard to imagine he could tie his shoes. I listened to the interview Audible did with Michael and he presents his 'years' of scientific research as producing accurate information on global warming but if you compare his reality with all the studies currently available it is obvious that Michael has lost his objectivity. Save your money unless you like propaganda presented as fact, environmentalists presented as murderers, and government agents presented as defenders of truth - all with BUSH as president............

    4 of 16 people found this review helpful

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