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ozgribbo

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  • The Final Battle: Legion of the Damned, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By William C. Dietz
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (170)

    The Confederacy is threatened by an uprising of the Hudathans, an unfeeling cyborg race that has built up its forces through stolen technology, and their only opponents are the members of the Legion.

    Tarike says: "Masterfully written, can't wait for the rest!"
    "Continues the good work"
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    Although this can be read as a "stand alone", it does build well on the first in the series and is starting to set the foundations for some good story lines. The aliens are believable and the human politicians even more so. Very steady and well written military sci - fi.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghosts of Belfast

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1184)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (563)

    Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in Northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders. As he's working his way down the list, he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too.

    David P. McGivern says: "What an unexpected good read!"
    "Post "troubles" Belfast"
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    Anyone reading this needs to be able to take frequent strong language. That aside it is a well written story that looks at the violence and politics of Northern Ireland in a different light. Anyone wanting to acquaint themselves with this area could do worse than listening to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ark Royal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2145)
    Performance
    (1982)
    Story
    (1987)

    Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Riveting military sci-fi"
    "Hornblower in Space (with a hangover)"
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    Once I got over the assumption that UK could afford a space carrier when it doesn't have one sea aircraft carrier any more, I enjoyed this book. Liked how the characters started to develop and hope more work is done to flesh them out. Will probably buy more in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Origins of a D-List Supervillain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (419)

    Even D-list supervillains have to start somewhere. Follow Cal Stringel's misadventures as he climbs to the lowest levels of supervillany in the prequel to the smash hit, Confessions of a D-List Supervillain. Angry that he wouldn't be known as the engineer who made Ultraweapon's force blasters, Cal resigns to chase after a bigger, better paycheck. However, the Promethia Corporation isn't going to let him go that easily and sets out to make his life a living hell.

    Teresa says: "Anti-hero beginnings."
    "Shades of a stainless syeel rat"
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    There are some similarities to the Harry Harrison "Stainless Steel Rat" series, but the characters have their own identities. Well written, humorous and at times tongue in cheek, this book stands out from the crowd.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pavane

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Keith Roberts
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (295)

    Considered Keith Roberts' masterwork, this novel consists of linked short stories (six measures and a coda) of a 20th century in which the Roman Catholic Church controls the Western world, and has done so since Queen Elizabeth of England was assassinated in 1588. The Protestant Reformation never happened, and the world is kept in a Dark Age of steam-power transportation, with no allowance for electrical power, by a tyrannical Rome.

    Amazon Customer says: "It's the Characters that Outline the World"
    "Truly a classic"
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    I read this very shortly after it came out and rediscovered the paperback a few years ago. Was delighted to see it in an audio version and wasn't disappointed. I'm generally not a fan of "alternative" universes, but this one works. Loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Alex Irvine
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (262)

    When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, rise from the sea, a war begins that will take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon is devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "surprisingly character driven"
    "Watch the movie"
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    Closest I've come to returning a Sci Fi book. Narrator does his best, but it is the same scenario time after time. Too many holes in the plot to count. Good premise and some new ideas but woeful story and very cliched characters. Without the big screen demolition etc, just doesn't work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakers: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Edward W. Robertson
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (355)

    In New York, Walt Lawson is about to lose his girlfriend Vanessa. In Los Angeles, Raymond and Mia James are about to lose their house. Within days, none of it will matter. When Vanessa dies of the flu, Walt is devastated. But she isn't the last. The virus quickly kills billions, reducing New York to an open grave and LA to a chaotic wilderness of violence and fires. As Raymond and Mia hole up in an abandoned mansion, where they learn to function without electricity, running water, or neighbors, Walt begins an existential walk to LA.

    Dan says: "Excellent Book 1"
    "Survivors of Alien invasion - done well"
    Overall
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    The subject is a bit cliched, but this novel stands out from the crowd. the end of the world scenario is believable, the characters are drawn well "warts and all". Scenarios are varied and the good guys don't always survive. Will probably buy the follow up(s)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3807)
    Performance
    (3485)
    Story
    (3504)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "The source of all."
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    I've been very disappointed when I've gone back to some classic stories in the past - Moby Dick, the Three Musketeers, the last Mohican etc. Dated language, tedious story line and very slow, This was a revolution. I started watching Hammer Horror films (and Amicus) in the early sixties and almost everything else in between then to the current day. But never read the original. Yes, it takes longer to get to the point (No, there isn't any "cut to the chase") but really builds up a picture of the characters, surroundings and how things were exceedingly well. If you want to see where all subsequent vampire stories got their inspiration - look no further.

    Oh yes - narration/dramatization is first class.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time for the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (513)

    Travel to other planets is now a reality, and with overpopulation stretching the resources of Earth, the necessity of finding habitable worlds is growing ever more urgent. There’s a problem though—because the spaceships are slower than light, any communication between the exploring ships and Earth would take years.

    Tom and Pat are identical twin teenagers. As twins they’ve always been close, so close that it seemed like they could read each other’s minds.

    DJM says: "My First Heinlein"
    "Dated but worth a listen"
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    I've been going through my 70's SF UK-bought paperbacks (shoulder reconstruction meant forced idleness) and realised that Heinlein was about 50% of my reading then. (Moorcock/AsimovVan Vogt/Vance made up the rest.) Didn't ring a bell when I saw the title name so bought it. Pleasantly surprised. It's no "Door into summer" but very good use of time dilation (I teach chemistry not physics!). If you like Heinlein, you'll like this- much shorter and more readable (possible younger audience?) than "Stranger in a strange land" etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3456)
    Performance
    (2103)
    Story
    (2112)

    The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his victims. Now, with a single faultless shot, Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city's nightmare.

    Barry says: "Wow! Excellent Bosch thriller!"
    "Harry is habit forming"
    Overall
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    This series definitely grows on you. It doesn't immediately stand out from the crowd, but eventually you realise that these are well-written books that take a while to sink in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rab the Rhymer: Poems and Songs of Robert Burns - a 250th Birthday Celebration

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Robert Burns
    • Narrated By David Rintoul, Vivien Heilbron, Adrian Chandler, and others
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Acclaimed actors David Rintoul and Vivien Heilbron and eminent musicians Mhairi Lawson and Adrian Chandler present not only Burns' greatest hits, but also a selection of his lesser-known, yet fascinating works. Together these provide a comprehensive overview of his prodigious and versatile genius.

    ozgribbo says: "A good primer to the Ayrshire poet"
    "A good primer to the Ayrshire poet"
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    I was born and raised in the area where Burns lived and wrote his poetry. The language/dialect he used (Lannan) is not always accessible to mainstream English speakers . In view of this, pronunciation is always contentious. The narrators did a good job of the impossible task of translating 200 year old language to current day phrasing. They kept the cadence and feeling of the works well. I would recommend this to anyone seeking to come to grips with this phenomenal talent. If you have to come to do an academic review II recommend the approach I took as as a Scot "learning" Shakespeare. Have a print copy and dictionary nearby as you listen. Oh, only negative bit - the very North American accents at the beginning and end - aarggh,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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