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gardener97

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  • Morgue Drawer for Rent: Morgue Drawer, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jutta Profijt
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    Dr. Martin Gänsewein wishes only to return to his simple and peaceful life as coroner; unfortunately his undead partner, Pascha, has other plans. When bodies at the local cemetery begin turning up sans organs, Martin and Pascha are propelled into their most dangerous mystery yet. As organs disappear at a rapid rate and gruesome threats pile up, Martin realizes his only chance for survival could be with the one person he wants to be rid of.

    Sires says: "Third (and Last?) of the Morgue Drawer Mysteries"
    "Love these books - Creative and Funny"
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    These books are about the ghost of a professional car thief, Pascha, who finds himself in the morgue (in Cologne, Germany) awake (in spirit) and dead (in body). Only the coroner, Dr. Martin Gänsewein, can hear him and poor Martin thinks he is going crazy. Pascha, on the other hand, is furious that his death was murder but made to look like he was drunk and fell off a temporary walkway so he is sticking around until things are made right. It is creative and funny and each of the following books has some central plot that furthers the 'relationship' of car thief and coroner. MacLeod Andrews narrates, brilliantly as always. I find it amazing how his voices are so totally different for different books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Space Between Us

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Thrity Umrigar
    • Narrated By Purva Bedi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (38)

    Best-selling author Thrity Umrigar won the Nieman Fellowship and earned a finalist spot for the PEN/Beyond Margins award with The Space Between Us. Set in modern-day India, this evocative novel follows upper-middle-class Parsi housewife Sera Dubash and 65-year-old illiterate household worker Bhima as they make their way through life. Though separated by their stations in life, the two women share bonds of womanhood that prove far stronger than the divisions of class or culture.

    gardener97 says: "A Story that stays with you"
    "A Story that stays with you"
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    The story of Bhima and her granddaughter Maya is s searing one. Having been forced to go from tiny but respectable apartment to the slums, Bhima continually tries to keep moving forward. It is hard to review The Space Between Us without giving the story away. I'll just say I recommend this to readers who can take a trip through a difficult and twisting story. I am still chewing on the ending and will go back and listen to that part again. Excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slay Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    Scott Wilkinson is a young advertising executive on his way to the top. Christopher Miller is an FBI legend who has been willing to do whatever it takes to see that justice is done. Two weeks before Christmas, Wilkinson goes on a business trip that will forever entangle their two lives. It starts like so many others. Wilkinson calls for a car service to take him to the airport. But the driver drives like a maniac, and Wilkinson feels fortunate to reach the airport alive. Then he makes a big mistake.

    LB in Dallas says: "Scary Ride!"
    "Darker than Ceepak but just as well told"
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    I love the John Ceepak novels and figured if this was also by Chris Grabenstein, it had to be good. Not the least bit disappointed. Slay Ride is definitely darker and grizzlier than the Ceepack series so be ready for that. Moves along with a 'can't put it down pace' and Jeff Woodman does a terrific job of all these very different voices. I do recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Wrong: A Rho Agenda Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (156)

    Ex-CIA assassin Jack Gregory has been hired for a singular mission: to journey to South America and rescue an imprisoned shaman. Beloved by the struggling masses and feared by the ruling elite, shaman Tupac Inti is destined to unite Bolivia's indigenous people and bring down the corrupt government. But Jack isn't the only one trying to track down the shaman.

    Cliff says: "Better than the first one"
    "These books are wonderfully dependable!"
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    This series has been a real treat - one can only hope for more in the series - plus MacLeod Andrews is just wonderful as the narrator. I just love finding a series where you just want to get every book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Qanta A. Ahmed
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    Unexpectedly denied a visa to remain in the United States, Qanta Ahmed, a young British Muslim doctor, becomes an outcast in motion. On a whim, she accepts an exciting position in Saudi Arabia. This is not just a new job; this is a chance at adventure in an exotic land she thinks she understands, a place she hopes she will belong. What she discovers is vastly different. The Kingdom is a world apart, a land of unparalleled contrast. She finds rejection and scorn in the places she believed would most embrace her.

    Kimmarie says: "Women under war"
    "Could not finish... Boring."
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    She goes to the Saudi Kingdom to work as a doctor. You'd think this would turn into a fascinating look into a closed society but not so. She seems to love all the quirks of "covering" and "being invisible" and gender segregation, discovers her 'Muslim-ness', goes on a Hajj and is orgasmic about being called by Allah. (Allah calls those to Hajj so if you want to go, ipso facto you've been called.)

    Think 'Lifetime for Women', Saudi style

    Boring ain't in it. I would have happily returned this to audible but as of now you can only return 2 books per 6 months regardless of how many books you buy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Moon Rising: Forest Kingdom, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (249)

    Rupert didn't especially want to be a prince. And he certainly never asked to be the second son of a royal line that really didn't need a spare. So he was sent out to slay a dragon and prove himself - a quest straight out of legend. But he also discovered the kinds of things legends tend to leave out, as well as the usual demons, goblins, the dreaded Night Witch - and even worse terrors hidden in the shadows of Darkwood. Rupert did find a fiery dragon - and a beautiful princess to rescue.

    Ron says: "Almost did not make it."
    "A bit thin for me"
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    but I am a hard core fan of the Nightside. I know authors want to grow, to change their craft into an entirely different direction and, personally, I hate that. I earned my bread and supported a family as an artist so really, I do understand. But the Drood novels and now this new series... sorry - I just can't move on to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abaddon's Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (1280)
    Performance
    (1169)
    Story
    (1165)

    The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

    Greg says: "The worst part is waiting for book 4"
    "Too exciting! Makes you stay up too late"
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    This is a story that keeps you waiting behind every doorway and corner - what happens next? Can't put it down. I had the audible and the kindle on these first three as there were parts I needed to go back and read on the kindle. The 'alien' component of this story is so very alien that more and slower description is sometimes needed, so add kindle.

    Wonderful narrator - Jefferson Mays - why on earth he changed the next book, Cibola Burns, to Erik Davies I just don't know. I will only get the kindle on this book. Mr. Davis narrates like "Bobbie...put...her...cup...down...on...the...table" without the slightest inflection but the characters that come in he does well. No, if no Jefferson Mays, no more audible on this series.

    LOVE these books. Looking forward to the SyFy TV series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (2717)
    Performance
    (2428)
    Story
    (2428)

    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"
    "Had to Listen to It Twice!"
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    This is the kind of book you pray for. One that grips your attention and does not let go. Corey has created an incredible future space world peopled with interesting and believable characters. Very complex story that when I finished I actually started over. Can't say too many like that. (Well except for Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim!) Jefferson Mays does a wonderful job on all the characters and has a voice like velvet. I will look for other books he has done.

    Recently discovered that the SyFy channel is making a TV series from this book series.

    Thank goodness there are more in the series. I'd be in withdrawal otherwise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4310)
    Performance
    (3763)
    Story
    (3764)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "This book is SO funny!"
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    Being an 'agent to the starts' takes on a whole new meaning with aliens, even funny, weird and strange aliens with highly moral codes. And really stinky breaths. Told well with rich characters and a twisty story. I also had the kindle but I think the audio is a much better choice. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (250)

    Rea Carlisle has inherited a house from an uncle she never knew. It doesn't take her long to clear out the dead man's remaining possessions, but one room remains stubbornly locked. When Rea finally forces it open, she discovers inside a chair, a table - and a leather-bound book, its pages filled with locks of hair, fingernails: a catalogue of victims. Horrified, Rea wants to go straight to the police but her family intervenes, fearing that scandal will mar her politician father's public image.

    Barbara says: "My last Neville"
    "A Compelling Story"
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    Not enough really compelling stories out there - you know the ones, the ones you can't put down but don't want to end either. This is a good one. Keeps you guessing which way things will fall and with enough complex side stores to keep it all exciting. I will definitely go back and start with book 1 in this series - Gerard Doyle is an excellent narrator and his different voices are perfect for the characters. Don't be afraid to take this as the first book as enough of the backstory is suggested, but not slammed into you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tech World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By B.V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1412)
    Performance
    (1304)
    Story
    (1307)

    The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In the third book in the series, James McGill is deployed on another alien world. His third interstellar tour is different in every way. Rather than meeting up with a primitive society, this time he’s headed to an advanced world.

    D says: "Dying isn’t enough this time"
    "Always A Dependable Story"
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    Do start with book 1 though as this is a story that progresses. I do love books that are both unpredictable and can pull you into the story seamlessly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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