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Mark

Sugar Land, TX, United States

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  • Transition

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    There is a world that hangs suspended between triumph and catastrophe, between the dismantling of the Wall and the fall of the Twin Towers, frozen in the shadow of suicide terrorism and global financial collapse. Such a world requires a firm hand and a guiding light. But does it need the Concern: an all-powerful organization with a malevolent presiding genius, pervasive influence and numberless invisible operatives in possession of extraordinary powers?

    Kurt says: "Finally an Iain M. Banks book on audible..."
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    Stunning book. It takes some concerntration, as do all Iain Bank's book, but it is well worth the effort. One of the the most innovative writers. More please!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bitter Seeds: The Milkweed Triptych, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (556)

    Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of World War II, haunted by something strange he saw on a mission during the Spanish Civil War: a German woman with wires going into her head who looked at him as if she knew him. It wasn’t his imagination; the wired woman can see into the future and use her knowledge to twist the present. In fact, Marsh soon discovers that the Nazis are running missions with people who have special powers....

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "WW II alternate history: X-men vs Warlocks"
    "Great find. I wasn't disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bitter Seeds to be better than the print version?

    No, but it's not inferior either. The perfomance is good, voices clear but restrained.It's an American doing British accents for the most part.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was new and novel for me, I bought it after reading the good reviews. I wasn't dissapointed. Such an interesting idea, so many different aspects going on here; alternate histories, superhuman powers, old world magic, universal beings and nazis but it all hangs together very well. Truely unique in my opinion. Great find.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder and Ashes: The Morningstar Strain, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1276)
    Performance
    (895)
    Story
    (899)

    Francis Sherman and Anna Demilio want only a vaccine, but to find it, they must cross a countryside in ruins, dodging not only the infected, but also the lawless living. The bulk of the storm has passed over the world, leaving echoing thunder and softly drifting ashes. But for the survivors, the peril remains, and the search for a cure is just beginning.

    Scott says: "The strain continues, for now."
    "Nothing new but solid story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Nothing new here, more of the same but still good none the less. It does have a few flaws in the story that tend to unravel a little as the story goes on. Gloss over these and it's still an enjoyable listen.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A little disappointed to be honest. It kinda just fizzled out.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No,probably not.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2305)
    Performance
    (1632)
    Story
    (1631)

    The first book of Day by Day Armageddon took us deep into the mind of a military officer and survivor as he made a New Year's resolution to start keeping a journal. The man kept his resolution and brought to us the fall of humanity, day by day. We see the man transition from the life that you and I live to the prospect of fighting for his very survival against the overwhelming hordes of the dead. We see him bleed, we see him make mistakes, we witness him evolve.

    RGH says: "For Zombie Lovers"
    "More of the same...but still good"
    Overall

    For fans of the last book you really won't be disappointed. It picks up exactly where the last one left off. I might as well just be the next paragraph. The topic and the tone are the same as the first book. This isn't a negative thing however as the story still carries on at a good pace. New events and twists. I gave it one less star than the first book simply because it was more of the same. I liked it but I have to say it didn't suprise me anywhere. If you liked the last one then you'll be happy with this one too.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Meat

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joseph D'Lacey
    • Narrated By Sorcha Cusack
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    Both a dystopian masterpiece and a timely cautionary tale of what could happen if the powers that be monkey around with the food chain for their own ends, "Meat" breaks new ground in horror fiction.

    Parusski says: "What's wrong with eating meat????"
    "Really excellent"
    Overall

    Didn't really know what to expect but this was a reallyy gripping book. The story is innovative and the writing really is good. Characters are strong but not predictable. Very very good.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4823)
    Performance
    (3336)
    Story
    (3371)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    Justin says: "Kinda boring, mostly tedious, and frustrating"
    "A little obvious"
    Overall

    This book passed the time, but it didn't take much concerntration or brainpower. Some of the descriptions of the battles are good, but overall the writing and the story quality just aren't there. Nothing that hasn't been done better elsewhere.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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