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carmen

Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy

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  • The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi: Burton & Swinburne, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (162)

    Burton and Swinburne return in a new series! The Beast is coming. History will be remade. Since the assassination of Queen Victoria in 1840, a cabal of prominent men - including King George V, HRH Prince Albert, Benjamin Disraeli, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel - has received guidance from the afterlife. The spirit of a dead mystic, Abdu El Yezdi, has helped them to steer the empire into a period of unprecedented peace and creativity. But on the eve of a groundbreaking alliance with the newly formed Greater German Confederation, scientists, surgeons, and engineers are being abducted - including Brunel!

    carmen says: "The fourth in the series did not disappoint"
    "The fourth in the series did not disappoint"
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    This is by far my favorite series. You can listen to the book even if you didn't listen to the others. If you have read the others you will know what I mean when I say it takes place after and before the trilogy. This is classic steam punk and what steam punk is all about. I am going to get very deep here but don't let that scare you away from listening to this book. And listen you must because Gerard Doyle is fantastic. Anyway, steam punk imagines a world that went a different direction, it denies religion while embracing all religions. It shows the great things technology can bring and the great price we pay. It embraces Darwinism while it cannot deny creation. This series asks the question of fate vs free will but cannot answer it. Burton and Swinburne find themselves in alternate universes created by the choices people make, including their choices. Also there is a lot of great shout outs to historical figures. Sorry about getting so deep but I was just so moved and excited by the book. It is also a very fun adventure, steam punk, alternative reality romp. Also did i mention there was vampires which are very hot right now.Although the book was 15 hrs, it was not long enough. Every minute was filled with some kind of emotion, Happy sad thrilled. Although I am going back to listen to all four again, this story is contained in the book so you can listen to it right now.Although, you will want to listen to all because they are all fabulous.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Belfast Noir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty (editor), Stuart Neville (editor)
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies, Gerard Doyle, John Keating, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
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    (13)

    Reflecting a city still divided, Belfast Noir serves as a record of a city transitioning to normalcy, or perhaps as a warning that underneath the fragile peace darker forces still lurk. Featuring brand-new stories by: Glenn Patterson, Eoin McNamee, Garbhan Downey, Lee Child, Alex Barclay, Brian McGilloway, Ian McDonald, Arlene Hunt, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Claire McGowan, Steve Cavanagh, Lucy Caldwell, Sam Millar, and Gerard Brennan.

    carmen says: "Not what I expected"
    "Not what I expected"
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    I thought it was going to be all about the troubles( not the place) but actually there are different stories mostly crime but there are modern stories about Belfast. I really liked the one by Lee Childs that put an American spin on it. I also enjoyed the one by Garvin Downey How to Kill a Rat. It was about a journalist and it showed his process of uncovering stories. And a twist ending. Plus half of the stories are narrated by Gerard Doyle who could read the phone book while the listener goes through a whole range of emotions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Graham Joyce
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (391)
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    (387)

    Twenty years ago, 16-year-old Tara Martin disappeared from a small town in the heart of England. Now, her sudden return and the mind-bending tale of where she’s been will challenge our very perception of the truth. For 20 years after Tara Martin disappeared, her parents and her brother, Peter, lived in denial of the grim fact that she was gone for good. Then suddenly on Christmas Day, the doorbell rings at her parents’ home, and there, dishevelled and slightly peculiar looking, Tara stands. It’s a miracle, but alarm bells are ringing for Peter. Tara’s story just does not add up.

    Amanda says: "Extremely Well Done"
    "Very haunting story"
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    It reminded me a little of Neil Gaimans Ocean at the End of the Lane. Where the person telling the story was an unreliable narrator. It was a story that was either made up or remembered that way through a child's perception. In this story the person was an adult which suffered a trauma as a child or young adult (15 yrs old) and so to protect herself she remembered being in some kind of fairy tale world. When she disappeared 20 yrs earlier it affected the people around her and their stories are told as well. The story kept me interested throughout and it was one that makes you think about what you might have remembered as a child that didn't quite happen that way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers: A 44 Scotland Street Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (123)
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    Newlywed Angus Lordie has been booked by his bride into what he must not call the loony bin; Bruce’s first encounter with hot wax brings more anguish than he bargained for; and Bertie's birthday dreams of scout camp and a penknife look set to be replaced by a game of Royal Weddings and a gender-neutral doll. But fate, an amorous Bedouin, and the Dubai Tourist Authority conspire to transport Bertie's mother, Irene, to a warmer--if not a better--place.

    Lynne says: "Bertie turns seven!!!!"
    "Bertie turns (spoiler)"
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    As Dr McGregor says "even the most dull story can be fascinating". That is Alexander McCall Smith gift to us to make the ordinary extraordinary. Once again I am inspired and saddened by Angus Lordy poetry because that puts an end to another chapter at 44 Scotland St. This time the party is a birthday party for a young man who has wanted to be 7 for a long time. Due to strange and hilarious circumstances he was able to have a little boys party without Irene's interference. Elsewhere: Pat may have found love. Bruce met his match. Matt and Elspeth learns it takes a village (cottage). Even Big Lou may have found unconditional love. Every story was enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rogues

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin (editor), Gardner Dozois (editor), Gillian Flynn (contributor), and others
    • Narrated By George R. R. Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (398)

    If you’re a fan of fiction that is more than just black and white, this latest story collection from number-one New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois is filled with subtle shades of gray. Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. And George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire history of Ice and Fire.

    gerry says: "A fun way to sample Authors- More Rothfuss Please!"
    "Something for everyone"
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    Once again George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois had put together a great anthology. It had authors of all different genres so something for everyone to enjoy. All the stories are so different so pick what you are in the mood for. My favorite stories were toward the end. The one I particularly enjoyed was by Patrick Rothfuss. The only one I didn't like was by Martin and only because instead of writing these long histories of SOIAF he needs to be writing the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead I Well May Be

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1252)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (681)

    Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

    Robert says: "What an amazing book"
    "Great imagery"
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    I love the way McKinty uses the time and place as almost a character in his novels. As if the story would not be the same if it were not for the backdrop. The way he describes the culture makes me think he was probably a very good teacher. Everything feels so real.The desperation of Michael really comes through the prose, which is sometimes just streaming thoughts. No one better to tell the tale than Gerard Doyle. You can feel everything when he narrates.
    I am not sure how this is a series though because the story spans years and is pretty complete. It is about Forsyth when he was 20, but those events had repercussions for the rest of his life. I guess I will read the next book and find out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of Hearts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1256)
    Performance
    (1135)
    Story
    (1135)

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal - but now she's off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene...

    Calliope says: "Good but not her best"
    "Her Royal Spyness in America"
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    Another fun mystery. How does Georgie get herself into these things. I always love how the characters come together. First Darcy shows up for a "job" They finally mentioned he needs a proper job. Then of course she always runs into Belinda even halfway around the world. I love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of the Discontinued Man: Burton & Swinburne, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    It's 9 p.m. on February 15, 1860, and Charles Babbage, the British Empire's most brilliant scientist, performs an experiment. Within moments, blood red snow falls from the sky and Spring Heeled Jack pops out of thin air in London's Leicester Square. Though utterly disoriented and apparently insane, the strange creature is intent on one thing: hunting Sir Richard Francis Burton!

    Andrea says: "More Fun Than a Barrel of Time Suits"
    "The adventures of Burton and Swinburne continues"
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    Of course I love this series it is Steampunk in its purest form. Unlike the 4th in the series this book does not stand alone. You will want to listen to the first three or you might not understand what is happening. They are trying to save the life of Edward Oxford and/or correct o riff in the time continuum. The usual suspects and the heirs are on hand for the adventures. I love this series every book goes through all ranges of emotions. This particular book, however, gets a little muddled. The time travel is a little camp and I don't expect that from this series. The timelines change so much it is hard to keep track of what is happening and what did/did not happen as a result. This story is of course fate vs free will and still has not been answered. But I guess we can see why the federation had to have a prime directive lol. Anyway it was not my favorite of the series,which continues to be The Expeditions to The Mountains of the Moon, But It still is a good listen and although it is 15 hours it goes by really fast and leaves you wanting more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Women

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Jonathan Frakes, Janis Ian, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (397)

    All new and original to this volume, the 21 stories in Dangerous Women include work by 12 New York Times best sellers, and seven stories set in the authors’ best-selling continuities - including a new "Outlander" story by Diana Gabaldon, a tale of Harry Dresden’s world by Jim Butcher, a story from Lev Grossman set in the world of The Magicians, and a 35,000-word novella by George R. R. Martin about the Dance of the Dragons, the vast civil war that tore Westeros apart nearly two centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones.

    Susan says: "The Joy of an Anthology"
    "Loved every minute of it"
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    What did you love best about Dangerous Women?

    The variety of genres and authors in this anthology is wonderful. My favorites were by Sanderson, Gabaldon, Block and of course Martin. All these stories are vastly different so there is something for every mood. The narrators are top class. Scott. Brick, Sophie Turner, Jonathon Frakes among my favorite narrators


    What did you like best about this story?

    Probably every genre is represented here. Leaning more on sci fi but there is something for everyone. Like a lot of collections, some of the stories are parts of a larger story. However this book is edited in such away that you can enjoy each story separately. I really enjoyed the Jim Butcher story even thought I don't read the Dresden Files. I am a huge fan of song of Ice and Fire so I really enjoyed Dance of Dragons. But Who doesn't love to hear about a Dragon War.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators on audible. I also enjoy Jonathan Frakes.Sophie Turner did a great job also.


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

    We'll it was 32 hours long so no. But I did get through it in a week because I couldn't wait to hear the next . All the stories were so different so no getting bored.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great anthology everyone should be able to enjoy. Although it contains a lot of science fiction/fantasy it also has horror, mystery, thriller, historical fiction.. This was a lot of entertainment for a credit. But George please stop writing these side stories and finish a song of ice and fire

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16890)
    Performance
    (15630)
    Story
    (15633)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "What are you waiting for read this book"
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    Where does Ready Player One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this book. The premise was very inventive and I feel it could appeal to a wide variety of people. Actually I think it should be required reading in High Schools so teenagers can A understand the 80s and B see where we are headed. The more we connect the less we connect.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think H. His character treated people with respect. Their is more to that but I would be spoiling to go into more detail.


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

    I am a huge John Scalzi fan so yes I have listened to Will Wheaton before. Actually Will Wheaton is pretty amazing. I was thinking when I was listening what a great actor he is. He really embodies the part of Artemis. But he always embodies his characters. Sometimes with Scalzi it is kind of camp to have Wil Wheaton narrating so I think his talent goes unnoticed. Although, I knew,when he read a short story by Scalzi in Rip Off which was outside the usual Scalzi, that Wil will rise to the challenge.


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

    I did listen to it a lot and got through it relatively fast. It was exciting when he would get close and then suffer setbacks so it definitely kept you interested but it was 15 hours long so no I didn't listen in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was on my wish list for a long time. It was reviewed by several people I am following. For the life of me I don't know why I took so long to listen to it. It was great.My advice would be do not pass go Do not Collect $200 just Ready Player One Go

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Collusion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (206)

    Jack Lennon is a Detective Inspector trying to track down his former lover, Marie McKenna, and their daughter -- but his superiors tell him to back off. Bull O'Kane is a bitter old man who will stop at nothing for vengeance. The Traveller is an assassin without pity or remorse, who stalks Belfast, tying up loose ends. Forced into the center of it all is former IRA paramilitary Gerry Fegan, who must confront his past -- and The Traveller -- for the fight of his life.

    Moku says: "Gripping Irish noir"
    "Great follow up to Ghosts of Belfast"
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    When deciding on which book book I wanted to spend my credit on I was choosing between Adrian Mcginty follow up to Cold Cold Ground or Stuart Nevilles Ghost of Belfast. I like the way Mcginty tells a story using time, place, and politics as the backdrop to really enhance the plot. However, I liked the story that Neville was telling.This book takes place in the aftermath of the Ghosts of Belfast where more than one corrupt faction does not want to let it go.Our anti hero,Fagan, was trying to get justice for the people he had killed. He was a young man literally haunted by past and one wee girl Ellen McKenna, helped him find some redemption. Now someone is after everyone involved in "the feud" and it is up to Fagan and Ellen's father DI Lennon to keep her safe. This book contained a lot of action and suspense along with heart. It is also beautifully narrated by Gerard Doyle. . Also if you like Nevile books you might also enjoy Adrian McGinty. They are both narrated by Gerard Doyle who has to be my favorite narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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