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  • Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy

  • By: Steven Campbell
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,500
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,496

Hank is a thug. He knows he's a thug. He has no problem with that realization. In his view the galaxy has given him a gift: a mutation that allows him to withstand great deals of physical trauma. He puts his abilities to the best use possible and that isn't by being a scientist. Besides, the space station Belvaille doesn't need scientists. It is not, generally, a thinking person's locale. It is the remotest habitation in the entire Colmarian Confederation. There is literally no reason to be there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A bunch of genres crammed into good fun

  • By Thomas Allen on 09-11-14

The best bad book I've read in ages.

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

Good thing this wasn't a movie. Then it would probably have been a schlocky low budget B-movie with bad CGI-effects. As a book it's just perfect.

Liam Owen gives Hank a slight drawl. Like you would imagine a clueless goon sounds like. Mind you - Hank is anything but stupid. Very likable in fact and perfectly savvy in (and out of) his environment. Other characters voices are equally well (and differently) narrated. Good fun!

  • Island 731

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,812
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,812

Mark Hawkins, former park ranger and expert tracker, is out of his element, working onboard the Magellan, a research vessel studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But his work is interrupted when, surrounded by 30 miles of refuse, the ship and its high-tech systems are plagued by a series of strange malfunctions and the crew is battered by a raging storm. When the storm fades and the sun rises, the beaten crew awakens to find themselves anchored in the protective cove of a tropical island...and no one knows how they got there.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting fun story

  • By Rise on 01-24-16

Calling Dr. Moreau and Dr. Mengele...

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

If you manage not to think too much, this might be a pretty good read. Suspension of disbelief stretching action, mixed with gory (very gory at times) action and some biological science, makes for a somewhat odd book.

It begins as kind of a matinée adventure. Changes into a creature action mystery. Finishes as a strange blend between sickening bioscience gore and straight action.

All in all, there's no denying that this is a wild ride. I (mostly) liked it.

R. C. Bray - good narration as usual.

  • Dog Days

  • A Joe Ledger Adventure
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583

In the wake of a devastating personal loss, Joe Ledger and his new canine partner, Ghost, go hunting for the world’s deadliest assassin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope this is indicative

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 07-10-12

Short, bloody, emotional. Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

A (too) short revenge story introducing Ghost. Filled with the usual blend of sarcasm, humor and surprising amount of emotions for a brutal action story. A nice "filler" even if I am way ahead in the book order right now.

Ray Porter - perfect. Just perfect.

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

  • By: Truman Capote
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,201

Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall ( Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Better to look at the sky than live there"

  • By W Perry Hall on 02-12-14

Short and sweet (and sad).

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Truman Capote's writing is nothing short of amazing. I thought that the movies "version" of Holly Golightly would encroach on my enjoying the novella, but no. Here she is a bit unlikable, quite broken and more complex than Hepburn's happy-go-lucky Holly. And yet she is still the same.

There is no comedy and no humor in the novella. Just masterful writing and a great narrator making it a worthwhile listen. No plot to mention. No real story to follow other than Holly Golightly. In that sense it might feel thin. But as a picture of a calculating, vulnerable, sweet, naive, survivor of a young woman it's great.

  • Brothers in Arms

  • A Miles Vorkosigan Novel
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149

Led by Admiral Naismith (a.k.a. Lord Miles Vorkosigan), the Dendarii Mercenaries have pulled off the daring interspace rescue of an entire Cetagandan POW camp. But they have made some deadly enemies, and Miles realizes he's in trouble again. First the Mercenaries' payroll doesn't arrive on time; then someone tries to murder him. Now Miles must juggle both his identities to unravel a plot against him, and to reveal an unexpected ally. Just who is trying to assassinate which of his personas, and why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the order in which to read this series

  • By L. Lipp on 04-15-08

Great plot idea...

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

... somewhat overworked. No Space Opera this time (either). All of the plot takes place on Earth. Confusion, trickery, plots within plots, spy stuff, kidnappings and more almost non Sci-Fi stuff (apart from the overworked central plot element). What's really fun are the characters and the on the fly improvisations from Miles Vorkosigan, that is becoming a trademark of the series. Not my favorite book, but still - even on autopilot Lois McMaster Bujold manages to entertain. I will listen to the next book.

Narration from Grover Gardner is great as usual.

  • Kiss Me Like a Stranger

  • My Search for Love and Art
  • By: Gene Wilder
  • Narrated by: Gene Wilder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731

Gene Wilder is one of the great comic actors who defined the 1970s and 1980s in movies. From his work with Woody Allen, to the rich group of movies he made with Mel Brooks, to his partnership on screen with Richard Pryor, Wilder's performances are still discussed and celebrated today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting for a number of factors.

  • By A reader from Philadelphia. on 04-17-05

Kind, soft, contemplative, friendly, honest, sad..

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

... and that's just me describing Gene Wilder's voice in narrating this wonderful book.

I could use the exact same words in describing this wonderful book itself. It leaves me in sort of a happy sadness and an overwhelming urge to see all of his movies (again). No actor biography/memoir has ever made me want to do that, and I have read a lot of them.

A wonderful book. I's not a book filled with jokes and one-liners, but it does make you feel warm inside. Do yourself a favor and listen to it.

  • Light Falls

  • Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein
  • By: Brian Greene
  • Narrated by: Brian Greene, Paul Rudd, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,110

Best-selling author, superstar physicist, and cofounder of the World Science Festival Brian Greene ( The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos) and an ensemble cast led by award-winning actor Paul Rudd ( Ant-Man) perform this dramatic story tracing Albert Einstein's discovery of the general theory of relativity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable deviation from standard Non-Fiction

  • By Heath N. Threm on 10-25-16

History, biography, science (and music). Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

For my taste it was a bit thin on the science and a bit heavy on the drama. Still - I enjoyed it as the unusual blend of history, biography and science lesson that it is.
Usually "mood enhancing music" is a pet peeve of mine, but here it was actually kind of enjoyable and quite unobtrusive.

  • Dragnet: Old Time Radio - 379 Episodes

  • By: Frank Burt, James E. Moser, John Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Ben Alexander, and others
  • Length: 137 hrs and 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

Dragnet was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in media history. The series gave millions of audience members a feel for the boredom and drudgery, as well as the danger and heroism, of real-life police work.

Actor and producer Jack Webb's aims in Dragnet were for realism and unpretentious acting. He achieved both goals, and Dragnet remains a key influence on subsequent police dramas in many media.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Grandfather of Law and Order

  • By lizski on 09-21-13

A quick listen...

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

...this is not. This behemoth of a collection will probably take me literally years to finish. I'm about 40 hours in right now and thoroughly enjoy being taken back in time with these 30 minute dramas.

Gives me a nostalgia listening feeling without actually having listened to "radio dramas" on the radio itself. Noir is perhaps a better way to describe how I feel.
The unedited cigarette commercials felt quaint at first, but becomes increasingly annoying.
An episode now and again between regular books is the way I'll keep listening to Dragnet.
The at times bad sound quality episodes doesn't bother me. If it's too bad, I just skip it. Plenty more to listen to.

  • Borders of Infinity

  • Miles Vorkosigan Series
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076

The popular adventures of Miles Vorkosigan, a clever and outlandish science fiction hero for the modern era, continue in these three tales. In The Mountains of Mourning, Miles is dispatched to a back-country region of Barrayar, where he must act as detective, judge, and executioner in a controversial murder case. In Labyrinth, Miles adopts his alternate persona as Dendarii Mercenary Admiral Naismith for an undercover mission to rescue an important research geneticist from Jackson’s Whole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book Order is Important!

  • By Alexis on 06-17-12

B+, A+, B+. Three stories. Two good and one GREAT.

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

Mountains of mourning: A sad and unexpected story about a infanticide murder investigation in a backwards rural area. Good story, but the Sci-Fi element is non-existent.

Labyrinth: A GREAT story. Funny and action packed, with one of the most unexpectedly endearing characters I've come across in a long time.

Borders of Infinity: Apart from the Sci-Fi setting, this is a fairly normal "brutal prison camp" novel. It's good, but not as enjoyable as Labyrinth was.

Great narration from Grover Gardner as usual.

  • Day By Day Armageddon

  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,936
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,923

In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freakin' AWESOME!

  • By Brandon on 02-09-11

Zombie goodness.

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

It seems I never tire of zombie apocalypse stories. This one was better than average and sates my zombie fix need for a while. :-)

The good:
Bourne did not waste time explaining the cause behind the creation of zombies.
The zombies are scary and a threat one at a time, as a group and even when they are absent.
Ingenious way of increasing the zombie danger (no spoiler).
Likable and believable characters.
Good narration.

The bad:
Overuse of some specific words. A writer mannerism that the editor should have caught.