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Lydia

E Palo Alto, CA, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Stark's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Eric Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (504)

    To seize the moon from foreign powers--and keep his men alive - Sergeant Ethan Stark must choose which orders to obey - and which to ignore.

    Andy says: "All too believable"
    "loved it!"
    Overall

    I have really enjoyed Jack Campbell/John Hemry's works and even though this was his first series it has a great story line and is an interesting topic. Be sure to listen to his comments at the beginning - even he notes that he would change things now, but I'm glad he didn't. It is fun to see his writing style develop as the characters do. Be sure to listen to the rest of the series as well!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Running from the Deity: A Pip & Flinx Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (57)

    From science-fiction legend Alan Dean Foster comes a thrilling new Pip and Flinx adventure, wherein a certain red-haired, green-eyed young man blessed (or cursed) with strange powers finds himself and his mini-dragon sidekick on a top-secret mission concerning deep space, alien worlds...and a primordial horror intent on devouring all of it.

    Lydia says: "a side story"
    "a side story"
    Overall

    I've really enjoyed the Pip and Flinx series, but this book seemed to be more of a side story away from the main theme that the other books have been leading us along. I didn't enjoy this book nearly as much as the others, and was impatient for it to end or come back to the series story line of the last few books. Maybe it is just me, but this is NOT my favorite book of the series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Unseen Academicals: Discworld #32

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (989)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (509)

    Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old-fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else.

    goddess_of_pipework says: "Punch-in-the-arm fun"
    "excellent humor"
    Overall

    I love Terry Pratchett and the disc world novels, but this was my first time listening to one rather than reading it. At first, I thought I wasn't going to enjoy it - the novel jumps 'round and it is hard to keep track without the novel in front of you to see the breaks. BUT, as the characters developed, I became so wrapped up in the story that I could disregard it. Great humor typical of Pratchett and a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diving into the Wreck: Diving Universe, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (239)

    Boss loves to dive historical ships, derelict spacecraft found adrift in the blackness between the stars. Sometimes she salvages for money, but mostly she's an active historian. She wants to know about the past--to experience it firsthand. Once she's dived the ship, she'll either leave it for others to find or file a claim so that she can bring tourists to dive it as well. It's a good life for a tough loner, with more interest in artifacts than people.

    Pascal Scheffers says: "Scubadiving... in space."
    "interesting book"
    Overall

    I'm a big fan of the Retrieval Artist novels, so was interested in this new book (and new world) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. I found it difficult to get into at first: the book is broken into 3 parts and the first part felt like it could have been (or at one time was) a short story that was converted into a novel. However, once I got past my confusion and discomfort with how the book was structured, I was able to enjoy the story. The narrator is fairly good, though some of the accents seemed off. Overall, if this turns into a series (as I believe the ending implies it will), I will pick up the next book to see how the story continues.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Better Part of Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    Telling a two-star general what she really thought of him was the mistake Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr made with General Morris. But as a battle-hardened professional, she took pride in doing her job and getting her troops back alive. So after she'd saved the mission to bring the Silsviss into the Confederation - instead of losing them and their world to the enemy known only as the Others - she let the general know exactly how she felt.

    Connor says: "Much Better Than Series Opener"
    "great series"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this series, enough that even though I had read the books in print, I picked up the audible versions for a different take.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Imager's Challenge

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (408)

    Still recovering from injuries received in foiling the plots of the Ferran envoy, Rhenn is preparing to take up his new duties as imager liaison to the Civic Patrol of L'Excelsis. No sooner has he assumed his new position than he discovers two things. First, the commander of the Civic Patrol doesn't want a liaison from the infamous Collegium and soon has Rhenn patrolling the streets of the worst district in the city.

    Lydia says: "interesting concepts"
    "interesting concepts"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book, the second in the Imager's series from L.E. Modesitt. I have been eagerly awaiting it since I picked up the first book on audible. This series is deeper than some, with a slower moving plot as it explores more intellectual and strategic themes, but it has plenty of action to keep you moving forward. And William Dufris is an excellent narrator. Can't wait for the next book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Resolute: Kris Longknife, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (315)

    Kris Longknife is back - and ready for battle. Kris has been given her first independent command in the very remote system of Chance, an assignment that's as much exile as promotion. But Kris isn't on the job long when she captures pirates hiding the location of an uncharted and unpopulated planet of miraculous technology.

    Lydia says: "love this series"
    "love this series"
    Overall

    This is my favorite book of the series, though the series isn't complete yet so I reserve my right to change my mind later. :) I have read them all, and am now really enjoying listening to Dina Pearlmans' rendition of them. I highly recommend the series if you like military sci-fi!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mutineer: Kris Longknife, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (572)

    Kris Longknife is a daughter of privilege, born to money and power. Her father is the prime minister of her home planet, her mother the consummate politician's wife. She's been raised only to be beautiful and marry well. But the heritage of the military Longknifes courses through Kris' blood - and, against her parents' objections, she enlists in the Marines.

    Jeffery says: "Harsh reviews seem undeserved to me"
    "great military sc-fi"
    Overall

    If you like strong female characters in sci-fi, then you will enjoy this military sci-fi series. I have actually read most of the series in paperback, but picked up Mutineer on Audible to see how it compares. I thought the narrator did an excellent job, particularly with the Scottish/Highland/Irish characters (though a true Scot may feel differently), and in keeping all the characters voices seperate (and there are a lot of characters). Looking forward to listening to the others soon!

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Red Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert A` Heinlein
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (181)

    Jim Marlowe's Martian pet, Willis, seems like nothing more than an adorable ball of fur.

    But Jim's devotion to the little creature will soon lead him and his pal Frank into a death-defying trek across Mars.

    Robert says: "Another good story by one of the great SF authors"
    "fun read"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this story so much I listened to it in one day. Definitely a keeper!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Hills Divide: The Land of Elyon, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patrick Carman
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Twelve-year-old Alexa Daley is spending another summer in Bridewell with her father. She looks forward to exploring the old lodge where she stays each year, with its cozy library and maze of passages and rooms. She's also eager to finally solve the mystery of what lies beyond the immense walls that were built to keep out an unnamed evil that lurks in the forests and The Dark Hills - an evil the townspeople are still afraid of.

    Lydia says: "excellent series!"
    "excellent series!"
    Overall

    I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this trilogy! I picked up this book on a whim, and was so caught up in the story that I rushed to my local library to find the next 2 books. This has all the elements of a great story, including great characters and marvelous adventures. The narrator is also wonderful - she does a great job with all of the voices, including the animals. I'm just sorry that the narrator didn't continue on with the other books (follow up to the triology). I would highly recommend this to those with elementary school children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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