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ozgribbo

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  • Dorsai!: Dorsai Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gordon R. Dickson
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (177)

    Throughout the Fourteen Worlds of humanity, no race is as feared and respected as the Dorsai. The ultimate warriors, they are known for their deadly rages, unbreakable honor, and fierce independence. No man rules the Dorsai, but their mastery of the art of war has made them the most valuable mercenaries in the known universe. Donal Graeme is Dorsai, taller and harder than any ordinary man. But he is different as well, with talents that maze even his fellow Dorsai. And once he ventures out into the stars, the future will never be the same....

    Mike Murphy says: "35 years ago I loved this. Now it seems very thin"
    "Classic military Sci Fi"
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    What did you love best about Dorsai!?

    It has interesting characters and a good story that develops. Although written as Science fiction it reads like a contemporary military/war/politics novel.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously Donal Graeme


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    His usual polished performance. Easy to tell which character he was voicing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The "shai dorsai" moment when an older Dorsai commander congratulated Donal


    Any additional comments?

    Great, conventional Science fiction.

    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
    (292)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (274)

    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.

    Janie says: "Left me wanting more....."
    "Survivors of Alien invasion - done well"
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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
    (2796)
    Performance
    (2561)
    Story
    (2587)

    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."
    Overall
    Performance
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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
    (553)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (467)

    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
    (3073)
    Performance
    (1767)
    Story
    (1774)

    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
    Performance
    Story

    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"
    Overall
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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
  • The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2934)
    Performance
    (1810)
    Story
    (1822)

    Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with his head in several pieces and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Good Listen"
    "The lone wolf continues"
    Overall
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    This continues the scenarios and characters set out in the first novel and does a good job of maintaining reader interest. A little bit dated, but well worth a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Existence

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Robin Miles, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (399)

    Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact".

    A. Massey says: "Big ideas, good science fiction, frustrating style"
    "An epic in every sense of the word."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a long, long book and it is easy to lose concentration with all of the different threads. Lots of good (if re-worked) ideas. But it went on far, far too long and ended with a bit of a fizzle. The narrators/performers did a great job doing the huge list of characters and they kept my interest going. Needs a radical pruning/abridging and a bit more "oomph" in the ending. Disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cut: Spero Lucas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George Pelecanos
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (119)

    Spero Lucas has a new line of work. Since he returned home after serving in Iraq, he has been doing special investigations for a defense attorney. He's good at it, and he has carved out a niche: recovering stolen property, no questions asked. His cut is 40 percent. But is any cut worth your family, your lover, your life?

    Cori says: "So entertaining and surprising!"
    "Slightly off beat crime"
    Overall
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    I really liked this - good blend between crime solving, earning a living and dealing with family problems. very believable characters and a good plot line.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel: Zero Point: The FREE Prequel Novella: Evan Gabriel Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steve Umstead
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (404)

    Evan Gabriel wasn't always a feared and respected North American Federation Navy Commander. Before dangerous missions to the ice-bound planet of Poliahu, the deadly jungle world of Eden, and politically corrupt Mars, he was a simple recruit, fighting to make his mark in the elite Naval Special Forces…and was part of a top-secret military experiment that would change his life forever. Zero Point tells the tale of a young man faced with difficult choices and dangerous trials.

    karen says: "A big Thanks for this intriguing freebee"
    "Competent but not inspiring."
    Overall
    Performance
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    It was a reasonable read, but nothing I haven't seen/heard of lots of times before. (See the "Boosted man" series by Tully Zetford). I wouldn't buy any more in the series unless they were more inspiring than this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (402)

    "My name is Mike Ross. I'm a Ferryman. I help people with ghost problems, or ghosts with people problems. Funny thing, no one ever helps me with my problems. Civil War ghosts bent on killing me, Skinwalkers who just want my body, and a vindictive spirit linked both to my bloodline and my destiny... It turns out the dead still hold a good deal of influence over the world, and they don't want to give it up. I'm in way over my head. Fortunately, I'm too stubborn to quit."

    Teresa says: "Keep your iron tools handy."
    "Commerical corpses"
    Overall
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    Though not exactly a new idea of people seeing ghosts, the author put a really fresh twist on this concept. The main character had his flaws but you could understand the reasoning that led to his decisions and sympathise. The narrator really put a lot of effort into the many roles.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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