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Mark

Denver, CO, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18785)
    Performance
    (12891)
    Story
    (12786)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "I usually like time travel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Is it silly to criticize a time travel book as being "unrealistic"? It stretches credulity that a woman can find herself 200 years in the past and yet fit in just fine and pass as a person of that time. The story is ok. The characters remain who they are throughout the book, there's know growing or changing. I found the sex scenes tedious. The performance was the best part of the book, the story leaves me cold. The epilogue (?) let me curious about will happen next, nevertheless I won't be listening to any more books in the series.

    7 of 10 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
    (1643)
    Performance
    (1517)
    Story
    (1522)

    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"
    "Standard Military Science Fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Fun and action filled. The enemy and their capabilities remain intriguing throughout. The tactical decisions that allow the good guys to prevail weren't predictable. Action driven story, not character driven. A very enjoyable ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2417)
    Performance
    (1611)
    Story
    (1610)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    Lore says: "It just never grabbed me."
    "Bad "bad guys", good "good guys"."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Taylor Anderson and/or William Dufris?

    Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    Like the review title says, the bad guys were all bad, the good guys all good. Nobody surprised me, nobody interested me. One dimensional characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasm City

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (739)

    The once-utopian Chasm City - a domed human settlement on an otherwise inhospitable planet---has been overrun by a virus known as the Melding Plague, capable of infecting any body, organic or computerized. Now, with the entire city corrupted - from the people to the very buildings they inhabit---only the most wretched sort of existence remains. The stakes are raised when Tanner Mirabel's search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget.

    Tango says: "Enter Revelation Space HERE"
    "Long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I look for longer books because I get more listening hours for my credit. This book felt longer than the 23 hours I spent listening. I didn't care about the characters, and the underlying story wasn't compelling. Lots of descriptive passages with very little action.


    Would you recommend Chasm City to your friends? Why or why not?

    No


    What three words best describe John Lee’s performance?

    I've listened to a number of John Lee's readings, and I'm going to try and avoid him in the future. He's ok, but he has maybe 3 voices ( actually, 1 voice with 3 different inflections ), and it's difficult to distinguish characters. I've grown to hate how the bad guys always draw out the last word in any sentence they speak.


    0 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
    (1666)
    Performance
    (1110)
    Story
    (1134)

    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"
    ""But what if... what if... what if...""
    Overall

    I'm a huge Connie Willis fan, and was hugely disappointed with this book. Listen to the reviews that say this book is repetitive and too long. The characters spend much too much time lying to each other to "protect" each other. Once the lies come out, and they realize the damage done, what do they do? Lie some more.

    [minor spoiler] Then there's the mind games they play with themselves and each other about why they aren't being rescued. "Oh somebody must have seen so the thing couldn't open - but it's time travel so they should already have come... but then the fire brigade could have seen, so it didn't open!" Blah blah blah - seriously, this stuff and the lying is easily 60-70% of the book. The excuses they tell each for why they aren't being rescued become ludicrous about 1/3rd of the way through the book.

    The other 30%, pretty darned good book. Interesting bits about living through the blitz. Well developed secondary characters. The ending was well executed and had a few surprises. I look forward with some hope to Willis' next audiobook.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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