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  • The Lost Fleet: Fearless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3986)
    Performance
    (2791)
    Story
    (2819)

    Outnumbered by the superior forces and firepower of the Syndicate Worlds, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous retreat across the enemy star system. Led by the legendary Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, the Alliance is desperately trying to return home with its captured prize: the key to the Syndic hypernet, and the key to victory.

    Jean says: "The lost fleet: fearless"
    "This series is like trying to eat one chip"
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    If you read my review of book one in this series, you will know that I hated the fact that it didn't feel like it had an ending. In fact, I returned the book so I can't rescind my bad review of it (although the caveat still stands: these books do not end -- they draw you in to the next one).

    Christian Rummel is the most amazing narrator of any audio book I have listened to. This series is an epic saga with dozens of characters and he gives each one a unique voice and personality. Not only that, but they are consistent over the six books of this series and on into the second series.

    Yes. You may have caught that... I am hooked. After a few weeks it kept eating at me and I had to get book two, then book three... As I write this I have listened to all six books and so far the first two books of the sequel series.

    The battles are exciting, the relationships are engaging and the character arc is compelling.

    I assume that if you got this far you are already hooked, so just relax, credits in hand, and enjoy the ride.

    I still took one star off the story rating solely due to the fact that I personally do not like the fact that this series is written so that you can't read just one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell: An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (356)

    The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town's ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential powder keg on their hands. They turn to Veronica to disprove - or prove - the woman's story.

    SamOfSiam says: "Could not finish audio book, will be reading it."
    "What is everyone going on about?"
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    I bought this book thinking "what's the worst that can happen I can always get a refund if it's as bad as everyone says? ". There is no way I could justify asking for a refund for this book, It was great!

    Sure it wasn't read by Kristen Bell, but get over it. The performance was still great. The characters were good and the story was pure Veronica Mars.

    I thoroughly enjoyed it. Oh yes, the monologues were delivered deadpan, but wasn't that always the case?

    Remember, a marshmallow left on the shelf for 10 years will get a little tougher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bones Never Lie

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (322)

    Unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD's Cold Case Unit, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she's been asked to meet with a homicide cop who's a long way from his own jurisdiction. The shocking answer: Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common - the killer.

    Techpotato says: "This is book 17 in the Temperance Brennan Series"
    "This is book 17 in the Temperance Brennan Series"
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    Another great book in the series. I like Katherine Borowitz performance of this book. The first-person-diary style of this book may not be for everyone but I like it.

    The only bad about this book is that it is not listed as part of the Temperance Brennan series. Maybe it is because Kathy Reichs changed publishers.

    Series like this must make a lot of money for Amazon and Audible, you would think they would make an easy way to subscribe to (or sign-up for alerts for) a series. I have spent over $200 on this series and over one thousand dollars on the other series I enjoy yet I need to log-in several times per month to manually check for new books.

    If you are a fan of the Temperance Brennan series, I hope I am glad you managed to find this because it is definitely worth the listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Nothing O'Clock: Eleventh Doctor: 50th Anniversary

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (138)

    Eleven Doctors, eleven months, eleven stories: a year-long celebration of Doctor Who! The most exciting names in children's fiction each create their own unique adventure about the time-travelling Time Lord. Thousands of years ago, Time Lords built a Prison for the Kin. They made it utterly impregnable and unreachable. As long as Time Lords existed, the Kin would be trapped forever and the universe would be safe. They had planned for everything... everything, that is, other than the Time War and the fall of Gallifrey.

    Techpotato says: "Just OK"
    "Just OK"
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    The story was OK and the reading was good but it lacked that little something that turns a reading into a performance.

    A great performance can elevate a story. This story really could have used the help.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4616)
    Performance
    (2837)
    Story
    (2857)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    "Past Future, but too good to put down."
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    This series in a future as predicted nearly 20 years ago, when internet access was just becoming available to the public, cell phones were the size of 2 packs of smokes and made phone calls and the OJ Simpson trial was still ongoing, arguing if DNA was usable as evidence. Some of its future is a bit dated now.

    That does not detract from the story at all. You MUST listen to this book, as the "pilot" of a series that is still continuing today.

    Beware, Eve, Roarke and the rest of the cast will draw you in as surely as Eve is drawn into the next case. I can't put these down.

    Susan Erickson brings the cast to life. I consider her tied for the best book performer on Audible. I keep forgetting that these books are read -- no... PERFORMED -- by a single person, not a production by a full cast.

    The only really bad thing about this series is that this month I started listening to this series and now I have spent 8 credits and I can't stop. I couldn't dock this book a Star just because it is too good to stop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Living Deed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E.J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (665)

    Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Had a blast listening to this one!"
    "May not be great literature but superbly entertain"
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    If this was a TV series it would be one of my favourites.

    By that I mean that the stories are not rich sweeping vistas of cinematic quality but they certainly are great, captivating stories that keep me listening. It's a bit like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir meets Remington Steele.

    In fact (and this is out of character for me), I found myself forgoing my PVR, Netflix, and other entertainment choices to listen to just a few more chapters. For that reason I gave it 5 stars.

    Amanda Ronconi is perfect for the main character, although her range of voices is a bit limited. This is actually not bad considering that the book is written in a first person memoir style.

    I defiantly recommend this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tarnished Knight: The Lost Stars, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1399)
    Performance
    (1268)
    Story
    (1278)

    The authority of the Syndicate Worlds’ government is crumbling. Civil war and rebellion are breaking out in many star systems, despite the Syndic government’s brutal attempts to suppress disorder. Midway is one of those star systems, and leaders there must decide whether to remain loyal to the old order or fight for something new.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Enjoy OBSTLT (or Be Subject to Life Termination)"
    "Brace yourself... This book is like peanuts."
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    First, let's get the elephant out of the room. Marc Vietor pronounces Iceni differently than Christian Rummel. Get over it. Move on. I thank the reviewers who have commented on it for preparing me for it, but it happens with names (I was three books into Harry Potter before I found out that Hermione is pronounced Her-My-Oh-Nee not Her-Me-Own), it happens with with Worcestershire sauce, and even with tomatoes.

    It is great to see the story from a different perspective and the only thing wrong with this is that it is too engrossing. It was very distracting because I kept trying to steal myself away to listen to just a bit more of the book.

    For the last three days my personal productivity has been severely harmed by starting this book. The chapters are like peanuts: you can't consume just one.

    I am glad that I waited until only a few weeks before the second book is released to listen to this one.

    Listening to this book without the Beyond The Frontier series would be ok, but you would be missing some context. I would not recommend this book if you have not finished The Lost Fleet series, however, as you will miss a lot of the back story.

    If you have not listened to the Beyond The Frontier series yet. I would recommend that for you read/listen to the books in the order in which they were released: Dreadnaught, Invincible, although you might swap it with this book (Tarnished Knight), Guardian, then The Lost Stars:Perilous Shield (which I am looking forward to). This book takes place during the time line of Invincible.

    After listening to this book, I replayed the start of Guardian again. It was interesting how the story seemed to have changed.

    Like peanuts, (to complete the metaphor), there may be a few people allergic to change, for whom this book could be very bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6626)
    Performance
    (6166)
    Story
    (6168)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "If I heard the word "said" one more time,,,"
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    The dilemma here is that the "story" was great. I laughed. I cried. What more can you ask from a book?

    The writing, however, was painful. In the dialog (of which there is a lot) every sentence ends with "(character name) said".

    Unfortunately, the performance needs all of these "said"s since Will Weaton does not use different voices for each character. Without the continued explanation of who is talking, there is no way to know.

    It was so painful that I was going to ask for a refund after the first chapter, but I was driving and by the time I got to my destination, I was hooked on the story.

    This story reads like a book written by a screenwriter. Unable to deal with the fact that in a book, you don't put the character's name at the start of each line, the author just tacked "said" to the end (unless the character whispered, exclaimed, cried out et cetera).

    Maybe I am spoiled by Christian Rummel's performance of the Lost Fleet series, an epic story with dozens of characters, each with a unique voice, but this book was painful.

    Now for the surprise ending...

    If you can get past the writing style and the performance, the STORY is worth it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (4293)
    Performance
    (3876)
    Story
    (3948)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "I hope there are more!"
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    Ok, so I downloaded this because it was a promotion, but I rushed back, credits in hand, to get more.

    Alas, the only thing bad about this story is that there are no more stories about these characters (should it be plural or singular?)

    This is an original story and there are so few truly truly original story concepts. It feels like a "pilot", and I really hope there are more.

    Do not miss this listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Surge: Featuring 3 Derrick Storm Shorts: Brewing Storm, Raging Storm, and Bloody Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (143)

    When Derrick Storm needed to leave the CIA, he couldn't just retire. He had to fake his own death. So when his former boss calls in an old favor that will bring Storm out of early retirement and back to Washington to investigate a high-profile kidnapping, he knows there must be more at stake than the life of a senator's son. Working alongside, but not exactly with, bombshell FBI investigator April Showers, Storm must make sense of a confusing flurry of ransom notes and a complicated web of personal relationships and international politics.

    Techpotato says: "You really can see this being written by Castle"
    "You really can see this being written by Castle"
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    This book is expertly ghost written. You can really envision this being written by Richard Castle.

    If you are a fan of the TV Series, this (as are the Nikki Heat books) is a must-listen because it gives insight to the back-story of Richard Castle and enhances the character.

    The story is engaging and hard to turn off. This book may have cost me more on gas because I found myself taking the long way home to listen longer (I listen to audiobooks in the car).

    I wish Audible would do this with more short story series. I enjoy short audio books but it is painful buying them one at a time at a price that is higher than buying a full video production that takes many dozens of people to produce.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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