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Teresa

Lakebay, WA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Opening Moves: The Bowers Files, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Steven James
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    Milwaukee, 1995. In a city still reeling from the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer, a woman’s body is found with the lungs removed. Local cops think a Dahmer copycat is on the loose. But Patrick Bowers, working as a homicide detective for the Milwaukee Police Department, sees from the timing and location of the crime that this is not a copycat at all. It's a killer with an entirely different agenda....

    Lois says: "Gore Galore"
    "Interesting"
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    I'm not a fan of going back in time, particularly devoting a whole novel to it, but this time it was worth the read. Throughout the first five Bower books, the hero keeps referring to events that occurred long ago, and this novel answers a lot of questions about what happened back then. If fact if a reader new to Steven James, decides to start with this novel, and then listen to the others in order, that would probably be the best way to appreciate this series.

    I'll be happy to get back to the current time frame if Steven James plans to continue the Bowers novels with story lines involving the current characters from Book 5.

    All of Steven James novels are well crafted and extremely interesting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Strike: Star Carrier, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ian Douglas
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (692)

    There is a milestone in the evolution of every sentient race, a Tech Singularity Event, when the species achieves transcendence through its technological advances. Now the creatures known as humans are near this momentous turning point. But an armed threat is approaching from deepest space, determined to prevent humankind from crossing over that boundary - by total annihilation if necessary.

    Joshua says: "Forget the Characters, Just Bring on the Action!"
    "I love this series"
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    You've got to get all of the rest of the books in the series. The military sci fi, the political environment, and the character development was plenty believable. In addition there is a lot of mystery about the protagonist alien species that keeps you guessing throughout the storyline. My only issue is that it currently stops at book 5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Honor We Stand: Man of War, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By H. Paul Honsinger
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (476)

    In 2315, the Earth Union is losing a 30-year-long war with the Krag Hegemony. Having encountered the Krag before, Space Commander Max Robicheaux now faces daunting challenges aboard the USS Cumberland: The dangers from the enemy without…and clashes with crew and superiors within. Meanwhile, Doctor Sahin receives a coded message summoning him to a secret meeting which aims to forge an alliance that could change the balance of power in Known Space.

    Ole says: "More of the same and even better"
    "This Is A Great Series"
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    I loved it. In fact, I was in shock when it came to the end. I was sitting there waiting for the next part, and then here comes the Audible end of book message. If you love military scifi, you'll love this one. The author writes with a great sense of humor, which Ray Chase effectively delivers. I would love to hear the next book but not sure if the author wrote one. Anyway, this is a great series, but listen to the first book before you listen to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Empire's Corps

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Christopher Nuttall
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (219)

    The Galactic Empire is dying and chaos and anarchy are breaking out everywhere. After a disastrous mission against terrorists on Earth itself, Captain Edward Stalker of the Terran Marine Corps makes the mistake of speaking truth to power, telling one of the most powerful men in the Empire a few home truths. As a result, Captain Stalker and his men are unceremoniously exiled to Avalon, a world right on the Rim of the Empire. It should have been an easy posting...

    john says: "Please publish rest of the series"
    "I Want Book 2"
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    I've read some of nuttall's other books, but this series really portrays a group of characters that are well rounded and funny. Great sci fi.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (1827)
    Performance
    (1631)
    Story
    (1628)

    James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

    Ethan M. says: "Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent"
    "Love It."
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    I purchased this book many months ago, and couldn't get past the prologue for some reason. But during a very long rainy month, I decided to take it out again and promised myself to get through the first chapter. Hurray! I'm so glad I did so. This is space opera at it's best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1794)
    Performance
    (1674)
    Story
    (1683)

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "I Loved This Book"
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    This is a great new series. I like the characters, the battles, and the believable science. It's a interesting concept, restoring your soldiers back to life after a really tough battle; kind of like virtual battles with feeling. This book is much better than some of his other series. B.V. Larson's writing skill has really developed. Can't wait to read the next one in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Homeworld: Odyssey One, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (778)
    Story
    (781)

    War comes home to the Sol system when the Drasin track a human ship back to Earth, with devastating consequences. Facing massive force of invading alien ships wielding terrible power, the crew of the NAC spacecraft, their allies, and the people of Earth must mount a desperate effort to stop them. Doomed from the start, but with nowhere to retreat, Captain Eric Weston commits his ship to the defense of the human race even as the human outposts in Sol system fall one by one before the unrelenting Drasin onslaught.

    Joki says: "Satisfying End to an ARC - Ready for Book 4!"
    "Wow! This is a Great Series. It sucks you in!"
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    I started this series earlier this week. I had bought the first book many months ago and just got around to listening to it. I like science fiction, but I haven't really explored a lot of sf military soap opera until now. Evan Currie created a great story with characters that you fall in love with and root for, and he mixes in a lot of interesting science as well. Benjamin Darcie was great too (I'll have to listen to some other books he's narrated), the pace had the right rhythm and I enjoyed listening to him. If you plan to listen to this story, start with number 1 first. This book will stand on it's own but you'll have a better appreciation of what's going on if you listen to the story in series order. Can't wait for the next one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (403)

    In the wilds of Mongolia, a research satellite has crashed, triggering an explosive search for its valuable cargo: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy...and a shocking image of the eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin. At the Vatican, a package arrives containing two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA evidence reveals that both came from the same body: the long-dead Mongol king Genghis Khan.

    Patricia says: "Newest Sigma Force is a little off"
    "Change of narrator downgrades the story line"
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    I have tried to listen to this story three or four times, but have been unable to do so because listening to the current narrator so destroyed the experience for me. Finally forced to check out the written version from the library because I really wanted to finish the book. Sometimes a story line can be forever linked to the voice of a particular narrator and this was true of Peter Fernandez.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pawn

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Steven James
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    Steven James' Christy Award-nominated crime thriller pits FBI Special Agent Bowers against a serial killer who enjoys torturing women. After visiting the mountain vistas where the murderer posed his dead victims, Bowers receives a taunting call from the "Illusionist." Although Bowers gets close, his insidious foe continues to elude him.

    Bill says: "Entertaining Enough, But Don't Listen Too Closely"
    "Incredibly Suspenseful, Full of Surprises"
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    What did you love best about The Pawn?

    This is the first novel in a thriller series, that you don't want to miss. This is my second time around listening to the series, and I can tell you right now that for someone interested in suspenseful thrillers, this is a perfect use of your credits. The author has the ability to tell multiple story lines in the same novel, weaving them together while leaving you hanging on the edge of your seat. I couldn't put it down. Each of the novels in the series builds on each other. They can hang by themselves but to get the most out of them, you should read them in order. This guy, Steven James is great. I think he's even better than John Sandford. Don't take my word for it. Take a chance. Listen to this first one and you'll see what I mean.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    For most of the books in this series, it was really hard to guess who was the antagonist. Or if you knew about one bad guy, you weren't sure if you knew about all of them. And the outcome, who would live and who would die, was not really predictable. You just were never sure. And at the end of each story, the author leaves you anxious to read the next book in the series.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?

    The main character, the hero, is Detective Patrick Bowers, and while he is well developed and I like him, my favorite character has got to be Tessa, his stepdaughter. She reminded me of so many of teenage girls I have known. Richard Ferrone delivered Tessa's lines with the punk style of an unusual teenager who is not afraid to speak her mind. For women who might be a bit put off of the gory details of some of the story, I would say that the emotional details and challenges experienced by Tessa are well worth the listen.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I would say that in this first book, the moment when Detective Bowers and his step daughter realize that they need to work together to carve out their new life together as a family. Being a family is never easy. And this book illustrates the sacrifices one makes to build a family and stay together during tough times.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7097)
    Performance
    (3459)
    Story
    (3464)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "An Epic Adventure Novel - Could Not Stop Listening"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yeah, it's a little of The Stand, and yes it is like reading two novels instead of one. In fact, after the first part finished, and we zipped into the future, I almost stopped listening because it seemed so different a story, but I held on and the story began rocking for me again. It's an incredibly complicated weave of a bunch of different characters, some you love and others you hate. It's totally unpredictable, not your traditional thriller. I can totally recommend this book, even at 2 credits. This is my second listen of this book. I wanted to read it again before I started The Twelve because it had been a little too long since I read The Passage and I was afraid I would not remember every part of the first story and be able to relate it to the story of The Twelve. As to the narrator, I've heard that you either hate or love Scott Brick. I love the rhythm of Scott Brick's storytelling; I found his voice a perfect match for such a long story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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