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Melvin

PALMDALE, CA, United States

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  • 493 titles in library
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  • The Tudor Secret: The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By C. W. Gortner
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (144)

    The summer of 1553 is a time of danger and deceit. Brendan Prescott, an orphan, has been reared in the household of the powerful Dudley family. Brought to court, Prescott finds himself sent on an illicit mission to the king’s brilliant but enigmatic sister, Princess Elizabeth. But Brendan is soon compelled to work as a double agent by Elizabeth’s protector, William Cecil, who promises in exchange to help him unravel the secret of his own mysterious past.

    joan says: "English History"
    "Great Book! But Where's The Second Book Audible?"
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    Where does The Tudor Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Solid story that ranks in the top 40% of the 100's of books I have listened to.


    Have you listened to any of Steve West’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to Steve West before but he did a great job.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Tudor Secret and why?

    Peregrine of course was the best character.


    Any additional comments?

    For the folks at Audible, if you offer a great price for "the first book of a series" make sure you have the rest of the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sand: Omnibus Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Karen Chilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (452)

    We live across the thousand dunes with grit in our teeth and sand in our homes. No one will come for us. No one will save us. This is our life, diving for remnants of the old world so that we may build what the wind destroys. No one is looking down on us. Those constellations in the night sky? Those are the backs of gods we see.

    Étaín says: "New world, not as compelling as Wool"
    "So So Performance, Tough Start and Solid Ending"
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    The reader of this book was one of the weakest of the 200+ books I have listened to. Add to that a confusing start to the story...jumping all over the place but the author got it together about half way through and ended strong. Looking forward to the next in the series and hope a new narrator is in the offing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1506)
    Performance
    (1385)
    Story
    (1385)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    linda says: "Engaging, Room for Improvement"
    "Great imagination...oh so depressing!"
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    I loved the imagination of the author. She build the characters well. But, if a book is a picture into the author's soul...oh is there some darkness there. I had to slog through the pages of depression but it was worth it. Take a look. There are more books coming in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2188)
    Performance
    (1535)
    Story
    (1552)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "Great Story with loving digs against government"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A story that keeps you on the edge of your seat and opens your mind to technology of the future.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Love the scene when our hero with cell phone in hand was standing on the mountain waiting for the evil space ship to blast him to bits.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, this is a book that you are will to give up some sleep to hear it all.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the author's look on what freedom means and how much freedom people in the United States are will to give up. A fun book that makes you think.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The System of the World: Book Eight of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (264)

    In this concluding volume of Neal Stephenson’s epic work, “Half-Cocked Jack” Shaftoe must escape the noose of Jack Ketch; the rivalry between Newton and Leibniz comes to a head; and Daniel Waterhouse pursues his dream to build the Logic Mill

    Tim says: "Last Nibble"
    "Outstanding Author, Reader, and Story"
    Overall

    I am sad the I finished one of the best series I have listened to...Baroque Society...but what a great ride! I rank it with Steig Larsson's, Dragon Tattoo series, the Uplift War series by David Brin, the Aubrey/Maturn series by Patrick o'Brian, and the Black Tower Series, by Stephen King.

    I cannot recommend it highly enough.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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