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  • Favorite Science Fiction Stories: Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Frank Herbert, and others
    • Narrated By Emmett Casey, Ran Alan Ricard, Pat Bottino, and others
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    The biggest collection yet of favorite sci-fi stories - 16 full hours!

    Wilbur says: "good selection"
    "Fun way to explore several authors"
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    Where does Favorite Science Fiction Stories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's ok. Many of the stories are quite engrossing and/or leave me wanting to hear more of a story (this is a series of short stories so some feel cut short)


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The characters did not have the most amazing performance. The readers were just ok but the many of the stories were great.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great set of short stories. While the stories are relatively benign I would screen it if you intend to have a child listen to it (some of it may be too scary or have things younger children should not hear)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7475)
    Performance
    (6614)
    Story
    (6607)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Mariya says: "Killin’s my business and business is fine"
    "Slow start, light read, ok by the end"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was entertaining to hear, not sure it would have been the same to read. I would say that it is an easy listen and did become compelling about half way through (before that it was just "ok"). It had a lot of things in it that appeared extraneous or like the author was trying too hard to fit as many fantasy concepts in as he could.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3179)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (969)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Reveals what damage occurs with lack of oversight"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, with caution, there are very disturbing images and it is loaded with obscenities as it is almost in an interview style. But the information in this book should be known by anyone who votes in the US


    If you could give Charlie Wilson's War a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The Corruption of the CIA and How the US Aided its Enemies


    Any additional comments?

    This was made into a movie I have not seen. I cannot imagine how the movie managed to capture the vast amount of information contained in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    Overall
    (2127)
    Performance
    (1873)
    Story
    (1916)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Anthony says: "Painful"
    "Unpolished, fragmented, almost stopped listening."
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    What disappointed you about METAtropolis?

    There were several mini stories but only one of them was interesting, unfortunately none of them really had much of a story line and they all seemed to be incomplete or vastly underdeveloped.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom and annoyance at times. I stuck with it because of the multiple stories and the short duration of each but my patience was not rewarded


    Any additional comments?

    Skip it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Brooks
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1704)
    Performance
    (793)
    Story
    (797)

    Science starts to get interesting when things don't make sense. Science's best-kept secret is that there are experimental results and reliable data that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. If history is any precedent, we should look to today's inexplicable results to forecast the future of science. Michael Brooks heads to the scientific frontier to meet 13 modern-day anomalies and discover tomorrow's breakthroughs.

    Stephen says: "10 interesting chapters-read epiloge first"
    "If you love to learn..."
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    If you could sum up 13 Things That Don't Make Sense in three words, what would they be?

    Fully fascinating facts.


    Any additional comments?

    While the author did have a clear agenda at times (despite his multiple warnings to be objective) the book provided a very interesting case study of 13 items science is currently unable to explain or that there is debate regarding. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to know what is going on or enjoys learning in general

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Justice: The Histories of King Kelson, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Katherine Kurtz
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (25)

    Young Kelson Haldane, King of Gwynedd, heir to both royal and Deryni magical powers, was still no match for ex-Archbishop Loris and the Pretender Queen Caitrin who sought his death. Yet, he raised an army against them both, knowing that honor made defeat impossible.

    Zot says: "Same tedious reader, same so-so story"
    "Same tedious reader, same so-so story"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If they were looking for a light listen/read on vacation, I would recommend it. Getting the first book would only marginally help in understanding this one.


    What didn’t you like about Nick Sullivan’s performance?

    Blocky: sounds like there is a period after most words. It sounds as if he is trying to hard to sound victorian.


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

    Probably better as a movie than a book.


    Any additional comments?

    Not my cup of tea. I might possibly get the third in the series but this one is not making me feel it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3948)
    Performance
    (2261)
    Story
    (2315)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Sanford Rosenberg says: "What a pleasure to read a classic!"
    "Fantastic in every way."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very much so. The reader did an outstanding job and the author captures humanity's worst and best in such an amazing and facinating manor.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complexity and depth of the book is fantastic.


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

    First time listening to John Lee. I hope that all his other readings are as good.


    Any additional comments?

    A must listen/read for people who like books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bishop's Heir: The Histories of King Kelson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Katherine Kurtz
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Once again, the Kingdom of Gwynedd under young King Kelson found itself facing the horror of war between the Church and the Deryni. As the Pretender Queen plotted to free Meara from Gwynedd's control, and the ex-Archbishop hatched a devious plan, it looked like the peace of Gwynedd was to be a thing of the past.

    Danielle says: "A good book ruined"
    "OK story, un-natural feeling to the reading."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narration is blocky and sounds as if it is if there is a period after most words. While the diversity in voices by the narrator are good, the voices themselves are anoying. The plot is ok but the actual writing is fairly cliche.


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

    Fine- despite the criticism I have for the book, the ending made me want to know what the next book would hold.


    How could the performance have been better?

    (see what I would change about the book)


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

    It would make a much better movie (if done well) than book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV

    • UNABRIDGED (98 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Thomas Nelson, Inc.
    • Narrated By Jason Alexander, Joan Allen, Richard Dreyfuss, and others
    Overall
    (2183)
    Performance
    (1470)
    Story
    (1474)

    This faithful rendering of the New King James Version presents the Bible in more than 90 hours of compelling, dramatic audio theater format.This world-class audio production immerses listeners in the dramatic reality of the Scriptures as never before with an original music score by composer Stefano Mainetti (Abba Pater), feature film quality sound effects, and compelling narration by Michael York and the work of over 500 actors.

    Nancy says: "Majestic listening"
    "Good acting, difficult to follow at times"
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    If you could sum up The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV in three words, what would they be?

    Fairly good rendition


    What other book might you compare The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV to and why?

    Nothing compares to scripture but other suggestions for further study are, "Mere Christianity" by Lewis The Heidelberg Catechism and"Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes" by Bailey.


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

    No, It is about 5 gigs of audio (more than a day's worth)


    Any additional comments?

    Slight catch on this audio Bible: The chapters and sections are not labled well in the audio and the track breaks are several books long. This makes it difficult to tell exactly where you are if you are trying to read along or look up what you just heard. I Do enjoy the narration and the acting that wend into the story telling and found it enriching but also a little confusing at times when it was difficult to tell who a voice was supposed to be when the narration did not specifically say. I might try a different audio Bible at some point to see if it is easier to follow. I think that children will find it especially engrossing as it incorporates entertainment value. I demoted it a start just because of my difficulty in following it the way the tracks were broken up and a personal preference item (some of it seems a little over-acted) otherwise it appears fairly solid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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