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  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,239

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The real Star Trek

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-14-13

Quite enjoyable.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-18

I'm a fan of John Scalzi and with Redshirts, his satire of Star Trek, he showcases his humorous side. He really does weave an enjoyable story as he pokes tongue-in-cheek fun at the beloved Star Trek franchise, pointing out all the ridiculous things about the series that so many of us love. I also loved how John handled things even after the 'main story' was over. Clever and enjoyable from start to finish. The only real problem I had was the same thing I saw mentioned in many other reviews, John's insane need to add the dialogue tag of he said or she said to ever freaking line of dialogue. If I'd been reading this I wouldn't have been as bothered, as I'd mentally skip over the excessive he said/she said, but you can't do that with an audio book and so are constantly hearing Wil say 'John said, Bill said, John said, Bill said' (and no the names aren't actually John and Bill, lol) and it is noticeable and annoying. I still enjoyed the heck out of the book, the excessive dialogue tags hurt the experience.

I've listened Wil Wheaton in the past and really enjoyed his work. He does a good with this one, but I must say I didn't enjoy this one as much as I've enjoyed some of his other work. Now part of that might have just been due to those excessive dialogue tags, in which case the blame should be leveled at John and not Wil. Regardless he does a good job and I'll be listening to more of his work in the future.

  • Her Final Breath

  • The Tracy Crosswhite Series, Book 2
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,949

Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to the police force after the sensational retrial of her sister's killer. Still scarred from that ordeal, Tracy is pulled into an investigation that threatens to end her career, if not her life. A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhite, suggesting the killer or a copycat could be targeting her personally, she is charged with bringing the murderer to justice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suspenseful, with an admirable protagonist

  • By The Whole Truth on 10-07-15

Great sequel.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Tracy Crosswhite is back in Robert Dugoni's Her Final Breath. This book has so much going on it's not even funny. Loaded with characters you'll both love and love to hate (yes, I'm talking about you Jonny Nolasco!!!) , Robert Dugoni weaves a tale that is both gripping and complex, as Tracy attempts to track down The Cowboy, a new serial killer who is leaving a trail of strangled girls all over town. Enjoyable from start to finish.

Emily Sutton-Smith returns to narrate this 2nd book in the series and once again does a phenomenal job.

  • My Sister's Grave

  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,582
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,569

Tracy Crosswhite has spent 20 years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House - a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder - is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A sister never gives up

  • By Tania S Dawson on 11-07-15

Fantastic start to an excellent series.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-18

I was just about to write the review for the second book in the series and realized I forgotten to review this one. It's been quite a while since I listened to this, but I still remember it quite well. This book was my first experience with Robert Dugoni and I was impressed. One heck of a tale. Tracy Crosswhite is an awesome character and My Sister's Grave is a heck of a thriller. When the remains of Tracy's sister, who disappeared over 20 years ago, are uncovered, Tracy sets out to find out what really happened. Is it possible the man who was arrested and sent to jail for the murder is innocent? Robert weaves one heck of a suspenseful tale, loaded with memorable characters. Definitely a book I will read/listen to again.

Emily Sutton-Smith does a fantastic job with the narration.

  • Fractured State

  • By: Steven Konkoly
  • Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 303

In 2035, the southwestern United States is ravaged by drought, reeling from an environmental catastrophe that has left the landscape a chaotic, depleted ruin. California, still viably inhabitable due to its oppressive social controls, marshals state-of-the-art surveillance technology and totalitarian policies to preserve its fragile hold on rapidly dwindling resources and an increasingly unsettled population.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Warning: this novel ends in a cliffhanger

  • By Wayne on 01-06-17

Interesting start to a new series.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Fractured State is the first book in a new series by Steven Konkoly. Taking place in the not too distant future where drought is a major problem for much of the world, California is one of the few places in the country still prosperous due to strict water/ societal regulation. Nathan Fisher, an expert in water reclamation, accidently witnesses something he shouldn't have and gets drawn into conspiracy/battle between two factions: one side fighting for California independence and other desperate to keep them part of the union. It's an interesting story with a unique take on the future. If it could give half stars I'd probably give it 3.5, but since I can I decided to round up. Definitely enjoyed it enough that I intend to continue on with the series.

This is the first time I've heard Timothy Pabon's work and I have to say I was impressed. I'll gladly listen to him again in the future.

  • Broken Shells: A Subterranean Horror Novella

  • By: Michael Patrick Hicks
  • Narrated by: Justin Thomas James
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Antoine DeWitt is a man down on his luck. Broke and recently fired, he knows the winning Money Carlo ticket that has landed in his mailbox from a car dealership is nothing more than a scam. The promise of $5,000, though, is too tantalizing to ignore. Jon Dangle is a keeper of secrets, many of which are buried deep beneath his dealership. He works hard to keep them hidden, but occasionally sacrifices are required, sacrifices who are penniless, desperate, and who will not be missed. Sacrifices exactly like DeWitt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of junk mail!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-11-18

Beware of junk mail!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

I was going to say this was a fun story, but that just doesn't sound quite right given that it's a horror story, so instead let me say it was an enjoyable story. Broken Shells is a rather brutal/graphic horror story and I enjoyed it right from the start. Antoine was a great character and felt like a real person. I really loved how Hicks used the hook of the junk mail flyer to draw Antoine into the craziness of the story. If I have any complaints it would be that I wanted more. I really wanted to know more about the creatures and their lore, as well as Jon Dangle and his family's role as caretakers.

Justin Thomas James does a fantastic job with the narration. He captured the character of Antoine perfectly and really did a great job of pulling me into the story.

I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • The Builder's Conquest

  • The Legendary Builder, Book 6
  • By: J.A. Cipriano
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

When Arthur found a magic sword in a pawnshop, he never thought it would make him into the Builder of Legend and thrust him into the forefront of the fight with the Darkness. Now, on a mission only he can complete, Arthur and his girls will have to hold the lines against the Darkness’s final assault while defeating the four horsemen, freeing God from captivity, and of course, confronting the Empress.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Builder completes his quest!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-11-18

The Builder completes his quest!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

With The Builder's Conquest, J.A. Cipriano brings The Legendary Builder's sags to an end, with a final battle of good vs. evil. This is book 6 in the series and as if the other volumes in the series this book picks up pretty much where the last one ended. Like the previous books in the series there is plenty of action and humor. Arthur still has to confront the evil empress, but before he can fight her he needs to take out The Four Horsemen. I really enjoyed the way Cipriano handled those battles, choosing to forgo the usual straight up battles of strength for a healthy dose of humor, with parts of it actually giving me somewhat of a Japanese gameshow vibe. I found the ultimate conclusion to the saga to be satisfying and if you've made it all the way to book 6 then I am fairly confident you'll find it satisfying as well.

The book is narrated by Gary Furlong, who has done the entire series, and as with the previous volumes he does a really good job brining the story to life. He manages to give each character in the book not only their own unique voice but their own unique cadence as well. Definitely someone I will gladly listen to again.

I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Weight

  • Lizzy Gardner, Book 2
  • By: T. R. Ragan
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046

Twenty-one years ago, Carol Fullerton's car was found abandoned by the side of a California highway. The teenager hasn't been seen or heard from since, and the case has long since gone cold. Now Carol's mother is dying. But before she draws her last breath she wants to know, once and for all, exactly what happened to her daughter... Six months ago, Diane Kramer emptied her savings account and vanished. According to her sister, the only clue is her obsession with a charismatic weight-loss guru.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Lizzy Gardner series is addictive

  • By Wayne on 11-28-15

Solid follow up to Abducted.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

Dead Weight is the second book in T.R. Ragan's Lizzy Gardner series. While not quite as good as Abducted, it's a solid follow up and continues Lizzy and her friends move on from the events of Abducted. There is a lot going on in this book, at times I thought perhaps just a bit too much, but it was never hard to follow, there just happened to be several storylines going on at once, which is I suppose the way real life tends to be, lol. Great characters, some very good action, and the intriguing storylines kept me listening so I basically evened up listening to this one in about day, always the sign of a quality book. As if the fact that I am quite interested to see what happens in book 3.

The book is narrated by the talented Kate Rudd who is always a joy to listen to.

  • Peak Performance

  • Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success
  • By: Brad Stulberg, Steve Magness
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,868

The first book of its kind, Peak Performance combines the inspiring stories of top performers across a range of capabilities - from athletic, to intellectual, to artistic - with the latest scientific insights into the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive performance in all domains. In doing so, Peak Performance uncovers new linkages that hold promise as performance enhancers but have been overlooked in our traditionally-siloed ways of thinking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Took Stephen Covey's 7 Habits to the next level

  • By Jeff V. on 08-25-17

Entertaining and thought provoking.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Every once in a while I like to take a break from listening to fiction and give nonfiction a listen. The truth is I probably would have gotten more out of the book by reading it rather than listening. Listening is great for entertainment but for education I tend to be more focused if I am the doing the reading, but that being said I found the book, a study on the science of success and how you might elevated your own personal performance in sports, work, etc., to be both entertaining and thought provoking. And while I didn't find any of the information shared within to be all that new or ground breaking, I've always been one who believes that the more times you hear something the more likely it is to stick with you. The stories shared and the reasoning behind the various believes all made sense. I definitely felt the time I devoted to listening to the book was worth it and could see myself listening to it again somewhere down the road.

Christopher Lane does a fine job with the narration.

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  • Super Human

  • A Superhero Adventure
  • By: J.A. Cipriano
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684

When Mickey stepped into that bar, he never expected to find out he was the most powerful superhero the world had ever seen. But when footage of him beating up the strongest hero, and biggest bully, in the tri-state area goes viral, suddenly the world can't get enough of him. There's just one problem. The world's greatest villain has returned from the dead, and he's set his sights on making Mickey his first victim.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superhuman man, does whatever a Superhuman can

  • By Ray Johnson on 06-04-18

Absolutely loved it.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-18

J.A. Cipriano has written dozens of books, created ton of series, and even after reading or listening to many of them I am thrilled to say he can still surprise me. Up until now my favorite Cipriano series have been the Soulstone series, but this series may give it a run for its money. This is a funny, fast paced, action packed superhero story with awesome characters and a great storyline. It also has a hint of a harem element, but it's hardly a focal point. I absolutely loved the superhero infested world Mr. Cipriano has created and can't wait to see where he takes the series.

The book is narrated by Luke Daniels, who is one my favorite narrators. Seriously, the man never disappoints and he is one of the few narrators that is able to tackle any/every genre. He does a fantastic job of bringing the characters and world to life, and he truly knows how to deliver lines for maximum humor. Cipriano's words and Daniels' narration are an awesome combination.

I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,945

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Will the real Stephen King please stand up?

  • By A Tack on 06-15-18

Enjoyable from start to finish.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-18

With The Outsider King adds yet another excellent novel to his already impressive library. Longtime fans of King's work may feel like he is treading familiar ground, seeming to draw elements from a number of his previous works, but in my opinion that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. It has everything you'd expect from a Stephen King novel: excellent characters and an entertaining and intriguing storyline, and I enjoyed it from start to finish. And it's definitely a book I'll read/listen to again in the future.

The book is narrated by Will Patton, and while I am a huge fan of him as both an actor and for his audio narration, I must say there were some issues with the recording. There were times where his voice was much too quiet, though that might not really have been Will's fault so much as whoever was responsible for the sound editing. It only happened a few times through the 18+ hours and definitely didn't ruin the listening experience, but when it happened it was noticeable.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful