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Patrick

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  • Cyteen

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (370)

    The saga of two young friends trapped in an endless nightmare of suspicion and surveillance, of cyber-programmed servants and a ruling class with century-long lives – and the enigmatic woman who dominates them all.

    troy says: "This is a Heavy Book (lovely too)"
    "Long on Self-Loathing, Short on Entertainment"
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    If you like over 22 hours of endless and repetitive Queen Bee mind games, you'll love this novel.

    Otherwise, ... not so much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Remembered Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (229)

    Critically acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds holds a well-deserved place “among the leaders of the hard-science space opera renaissance." (Publishers Weekly). In Blue Remembered Earth, Geoffrey Akinya wants nothing more than to study the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But when his space-explorer grandmother dies, secrets come to light and Geoffrey is dispatched to the Moon to protect the family name - and prevent an impending catastrophe.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "A surprising and staisfying departure for Reynolds"
    "Snorefest!"
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    I was disappointed to find that Alastair Reynolds would write a science fiction novel of almost 22 hours in narrated length that focused mainly on elephants (large and dwarf) and uninteresting characters acting out their petty sibling rivalry. I write this as one who has listened and enjoyed several of his other novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hollow World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (159)

    Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing. But when he is faced with a terminal illness, Ellis is willing to take an insane gamble. He's built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he'll face a world that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and the cost of paradise. Ellis could find more than a cure for his disease; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time has begun.

    Devin says: "Entertaining Read, Not Quite Exceptional."
    "Yawn"
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    What a regrettable letdown from Michael's earlier work of the Riyria sagas. Worse yet, it took over two thousand years and last few paragraphs of story to determine a key element of what demon haunts the protagonist. Then, after finding out, one senses that he lived in the 1950s instead of 2014 before leaping into the future.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Marines: Crimson Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jay Allan
    • Narrated By Jeff Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (221)

    Erik Cain joined the marines to get off death row. The deal was simple; enlist to fight in space and he would be pardoned for all his crimes. In the 23rd Century, assault troops go to war wearing AI-assisted, nuclear-powered armor, but it is still men and blood that win battles. From one brutal campaign to the next, Erik and his comrades fight an increasingly desperate war over the resource rich colony worlds that have become vital to the economies of Earth's exhausted and despotic Superpowers.

    Jack Brown says: "Refreshing"
    "Bland and monotonous"
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    An entirely uninteresting story. In fact, it was so uninteresting that the narrator wasn't able to generate much enthusiasm in reciting it himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cragbridge Hall, Book 1: The Inventor's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chad Morris
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (377)

    Imagine a school in the year 2074 where students don't read history, but watch it happen around them; where running in gym class isn't around a track, but up a virtual mountain; and where learning about animals means becoming one through an avatar. Welcome to Cragbridge Hall, the most advanced and prestigious school in the world. Twins Abby and Derick Cragbridge are excited as new students to use their famed grandfather's inventions that make Cragbridge Hall so incredible.

    Douglas says: "Harry Potter meets DaVanci Code -Young Adult title"
    "A short but entertaining story"
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    Well worth the Daily Deal price for admission. I liked it so much that I'm purchasing Book 2 and looking forward to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1702)
    Performance
    (1610)
    Story
    (1609)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    JPaladin says: "Wonderful Epic! Mature and well-written."
    "A Gripping Tale of Intrigue and Vengeful Afterlife"
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    The novel is a coming of age story and yet it's not. It's a story as old as the Spartans yet it's not. It's an unrequited love story yet it's not. It's many things but one other thing it's not, it's not one you'll soon forget.

    Anthony Ryan is a gifted writer and Steven Brand super narrator. I'm looking forward to Book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Godling Chronicles: Of Gods and Elves, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Brian D. Anderson
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (161)

    Armies gather for war in the frozen land of Angrääl, threatening to set the world ablaze. The elves are divided and scattered, and humans fall prey to the dark influence of the Reborn King. Now, Gewey is faced with his greatest challenge yet: unite the world of elf and human before it is too late....

    Patrick says: "Tedious, at times"
    "Tedious, at times"
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    Long on Elves back story and back-stabbing but short on action. Does not move the story along much other than in distance traveled.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Sun: Star Force, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (842)
    Performance
    (796)
    Story
    (794)

    Kyle Riggs sits uneasily upon Earth’s throne. He’s liberated his homeworld from a tyrant, only to replace him. In The Dead Sun, the ninth book of the Star Force Series, the Great War between life and the machines reaches its final chapter. Both sides have new technology and expanded industrial bases. Star Force and the machines attempt to exterminate one another in a final, glorious conflict. Along the way, Riggs finally learns who his real friends and enemies are. The Dead Sun is a military science fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riggs finally finds some peace"
    "Better Than Book 8 ... Mercifully"
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    The ending left key plot elements unresolved, e.g., Marvin, Miklos and the neutering of the Blues seemed half-baked considering that they had previously been shown to be able to move to other planets. Even so, it was an acceptable finish.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Riverworld Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Philip Jose Farmer
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (201)

    For explorer Richard Francis Burton, Alice Liddell Hargreaves - the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland - and the rest of humanity, death is nothing like they expected. Instead of heaven, hell, or even the black void of nothingness, all of the 36 billion people who ever lived on Earth are simultaneously resurrected on a world that has been transformed into a giant river valley.

    C. Leed says: "Fantastic World"
    "Surpirsingly Interesting."
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    A well-written and interesting take on a non-traditional look at life after death and the search for meaning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5730)
    Performance
    (5463)
    Story
    (5475)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "An Absolute Treat!"
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    While one can start with book 2 of this saga and still immensely enjoy and understand the story line, you'll be missing out on the deeper back story of the quests and characters. And, let's be honest, why would anyone not want to treat themselves to the brilliance of another Brandon Sanderson novel?

    The split narration almost always works in listening to this novel, due in large part to the superb skills of the narrators, but there are a few moments where it is slightly distracting (but only a few.)

    A word of caution, though, for those who decide to listen to it by their nightstand. Doing so will not help with waking up refreshed and lively since you may very well find yourself waking up after dozing off and deciding to rewind to a point of last remembrance and promising yourself that it will just be a few more chapters before you place it on pause for the night.

    sh'yeah, fat chance at that working out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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