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melanie

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  • A Face in the Crowd

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Stewart O'Nan
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (194)

    Dean Evers, an elderly widower, sits in front of the television with nothing better to do than waste his leftover evenings watching baseball. It’s Rays/Mariners, and David Price is breezing through the line-up. Suddenly, in a seat a few rows up beyond the batter, Evers sees the face of someone from decades past, someone who shouldn’t be at the ballgame, shouldn’t be on the planet. And so begins a parade of people from Evers’s past, all of them occupying that seat behind home plate. Until one day Dean Evers sees someone even eerier….

    Tim says: "Perfect Match"
    "Great Short Story"
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    This was an interesting little short story, a surprising ending to an old mans life, written beautifully, and narrated well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1343)
    Performance
    (1252)
    Story
    (1258)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Alexis says: "Fun! Things you might want to know:"
    "Not his best"
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    The story line was original, but the execution was not as great as some of Scalzis other works. I enjoyed it, but the plot sort of dragged on, and there was a strange compilation of news style clips just tacked on to the end of the book that really didn't do much to enhance the story.

    0 of 2 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
    (3579)
    Performance
    (3096)
    Story
    (3100)

    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"
    "Another quirky Scalzi sci-fi great"
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    John Scalzi seems to crank out two types of books, those in the serial style of Asimov, and those with a sense of humor that is uniquely his own. This one is the latter.

    The story line follows an alien that finds the way to integrate into human acceptance is not through politics, or systematic desensitization, but with the help of a great publicist.

    The humor in this book is what endears me to Scalzis other books of this type and I would recommend all of them.

    Wil Wheatons performance is great as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1586)
    Performance
    (1411)
    Story
    (1417)

    In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

    Benjamin says: "Predictable Thriller"
    "Predicatable, but entertaining"
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    The story was sort of vanilla as far as the genre goes, even trending a little towards young adult. The usual good guy gone bad for all the right reasons, and a love interest thrown into the mix.

    The narrator did a good job with the characters and made it worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2105)
    Performance
    (1488)
    Story
    (1501)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "Interesting narrative"
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    A lot of reviews voice frustration with the philosophical discussion in this book, but I thought it was well ordered, and the theme surrounding the progression of emotion, and change of ideals when faced with mortality was well thought out.

    The only reason I did not give it five stars is that the narration was a little mono-toned, and could lull you into sleep

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spell or High Water: Magic 2.0

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (716)

    A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

    Charles says: "Fantastic: 2.0"
    "Sequesl as great as the first"
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    I laughed out loud at this sequel to Off to be the Wizard. The perfect follow up to nerd boy finds out about medieval magic, nerd man finds love in Atlantis.

    Can't wait for the next one and hope that Luke Daniels stays on as narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowland

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    First setting: an all-male prep school in Arizona, where two sensitive freshmen form a bond based on their interest in magic tricks. Second setting: the labyrinthine house of a weird magician uncle in New England, where the two boys spend a memorable summer being trained in the art of illusion. Or is it real magic? Third setting: an alternate world where dark forces are at play - forces that first show up at the school, but intensify their power the summer.

    James says: "Still one of my favorite books!"
    "Didn't finish"
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    I kept waiting for this book to get good, and I finally gave up half way through. The narration did not help matters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9463)
    Performance
    (8999)
    Story
    (9016)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Doh! Trapped on Mars!"
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    Scientific mind meets the mind of a complete idiot. All in the same package. I loved this story, though extremely far fetched, it was great to get a glimpse of what technology of space travel might be like, plus I laughed out loud.

    If you want a realistic mars voyage story, this is not for you. If you can not wait to see a mars story where Seth Rogan is cast as a scientist trapped on mars for a year, then this book is for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • K Is for Killer: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Mary Peiffer
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    Lorna Kepler was beautiful and willful, a loner who couldn't resist flirting with danger. Maybe that's what killed her.

    Bill says: "Weak Entry in the Kinsey Millhone Series"
    "The Usual"
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    If you like Sue Grafton, then you will like this one. Nothing out of the ordinary, but that's what I like about the Grafton books is that you pretty much know you are going to have a decent detective story without wondering if you are going to hear something that you don't want to un-hear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4118)
    Performance
    (3052)
    Story
    (3079)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Old boy meets girl"
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    This is an interesting sci-fi love story set in a time when the worlds aging can choose to enlist in the military with the illusive draw of being young again. There are some strings attached of course, but they make for an interesting story as Scalzi's main character makes a name for himself in his military space retirement adventure.

    I recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1491)
    Performance
    (1401)
    Story
    (1410)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "Original take on computer programs"
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    This book made me laugh, it was a pleasure to re-account to my husband at night, though I'm sure my narration style is not as excellent as Luke Daniels. He did an excellent job with this laugh out loud story about a boy who gets in over his head while toying with the ultimate computer program.

    I recommend this book if you are looking for a light hearted good time read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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