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  • The Flight of the Silvers

  • By: Daniel Price
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 21 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 428

A thrilling genre-bending saga about six extraordinary people whose fates become intertwined on an Earth far different from their own. Without warning, the world comes to an end for Hannah and Amanda Given. The sky looms frigid white. The electricity falters. Airplanes everywhere crash to the ground. But the Givens are saved by mysterious strangers, three fearsome and beautiful beings who force a plain silver bracelet onto each sister' s wrist. Within moments, the sky comes down in a crushing sheet of light and everything around them is gone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First scifi hit for me in a while

  • By Dee on 02-08-15

Unbelievably boring

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

Reviewed: 05-17-17

Any additional comments?

How can a small group of people witnessing the end of the world and being moved to an alternative America be dull? But somehow Price managed it. The back stories on the few survivors are given in excruciating detail then one of them is apparently reliving his life over and over. CRAP! Boring. A third of the way into the book it had not really started and he throws in this junk. I was so bored I couldn't keep going. AWFUL!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hitler's Compromises

  • Coercion and Consensus in Nazi Germany
  • By: Nathan Stoltzfus
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4

History has focused on Hitler's use of charisma and terror, asserting that the dictator made few concessions to maintain power. Nathan Stoltzfus, the award-winning author of Resistance of Heart: Intermarriage and the Rosenstrasse Protest in Germany, challenges this notion, assessing the surprisingly frequent tactical compromises Hitler made in order to preempt hostility and win the German people's complete fealty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • History's nooks and crannies

  • By A. M. on 08-18-17

Apparent attempt to "prove" Hitler wasn't so bad

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-17

Would you try another book from Nathan Stoltzfus and/or Shaun Grindell?

No

Any additional comments?

The author appears to have the thesis that if you weren't Jewish life under Hitler wasn't so bad. Of course he went after some Protestant leaders and didn't like Catholics but it was OK to oppose the Nazis -- you wouldn't have much trouble if you did. CRAP!

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Iberia

  • By: James A. Michener
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 37 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

Spain is an immemorial land like no other, one that James A. Michener, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and celebrated citizen of the world, came to love as his own. Iberia is Michener's enduring nonfiction tribute to his cherished second home. In the fresh and vivid prose that is his trademark, he not only reveals the celebrated history of bullfighters and warrior kings, painters and processions, cathedrals and olive orchards; he also shares the intimate, often hidden country he came to know.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great history

  • By Bill Dingell on 08-10-16

A Travelog, not fiction

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

Reviewed: 10-18-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone interested in travelling mid-20th century Spain

What do you think your next listen will be?

Anything else.

Which character – as performed by Larry McKeever – was your favorite?

There were no characters

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No, it is completely dated and useless unless you time travel

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Cluster

  • By: Piers Anthony
  • Narrated by: Basil Sands
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

As Cluster opens, the alien envoy Pnotl of Sphere Knyfh seeks help from Sphere Sol in a shared galactic-level crisis: Galaxy Andromeda has discovered the secret of energy transfer and intends to use it to steal the basic energy of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Knyfh offers the secret of aura transfer on the understanding that Sphere Sol will spread the technology to help create a galactic coalition to find and defeat agents of Andromeda.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A little confusing.

  • By Louise J Evins on 05-18-18

What a reader!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-15

What would have made Cluster better?

A different reader

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Basil Sands?

Anyone. A corpse. Someone who doesn't speak English. Anyone would have been better

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I remember reading it and liking the story.

Any additional comments?

If you have trouble sleeping the narrator can take care of it immediately

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Starfarers

  • By: Vonda N. McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Gayle Hendrix
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

The starship Starfarer is poised for our first voyage to another star system. The Alien Contact Team - physicist Victoria Fraser MacKenzie, geneticist Stephen Thomas Gregory, geographer Satoshi Lono, and alien contact specialist J.D. Sauvage - and the rest of the faculty and staff prepare for humanity's most ambitious exploratory expedition. But the world has changed. A new regime orders the vessel to be abandoned. It will be turned into an instrument of war. What do the Starfarers do? They do what any red-blooded Alien Contact Team would do. They steal the starship.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Relations 4 – Technology 1

  • By Henry on 06-22-14

Impossible to follow

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

Reviewed: 11-25-14

Would you try another book from Vonda N. McIntyre and/or Gayle Hendrix?

The reader, Gayle Hendrix, speaks in a monotone and you cannot differentiate characters by their voice (note: not voices, voice). The first chapter (I couldn't get any further) appears poorly written but that may be the fault of the narrator. AWFUL!

Has Starfarers turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gayle Hendrix?

Anyone. A dead person. A mute. A spider.

What character would you cut from Starfarers?

Don't know, didn't get that far.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1

  • By: Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,816
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,693
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,705

An explosive new science fiction series by New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden Empire is the first volume in The Saga of the Seven Suns, modeled after the Star Wars and X-Files universes. Anderson has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century, bringing to life vivid characters and worlds that delight his fans across the galaxy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen

  • By Anonymous User on 01-14-05

Could Have been Great but wasn't

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-14

Would you try another book from Kevin J. Anderson and/or George Guidall?

No - Anderson
Yes - Guidall

Has Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1 turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not Sure

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1?

Not relevent

Any additional comments?

Of course. This could have been a great book but fails. When an author sets a number of scenes, each with their own set of characters, there is a plot line in each segment that leads back to the main plot. The best example of this is John Brunner's classic Stand on Zanzibar.
The author here fails miserably. I got maybe 2/3 of the way through and there is one main plot line (the aliens from gas giants). While he makes some references in most of the scenarios to the main plot there is little to tie them together except the knowledge of current events. And the one segment that is supposed to have critical information (the World Tree) appears completely unaware of what's happening.
It is so poorly done I can't believe Mr. Anderson is capable of writing a coherent book. I also don't care enough to finish it even with about 14 hours invested.
The only good think is the narrator who is fantastic. No wonder Audible lists hundreds of books narrated by him.

  • Rule of Evidence

  • JAG in Space, Book 3
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan, Jack Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

On maneuvers, the USS Michaelson's sister ship, the USS Maury, is wracked by devastating explosions that destroy its engineering section. Lieutenant Paul Sinclair is overjoyed when his girlfriend, Lieutenant Jen Shen, is found alive--until she faces court-martial for the disaster on the Maury. Paul must find out what really caused the explosions. But the more he learns, the more he faces the terrible possibility that the woman he loves may be guilty of sabotage and murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Military court room drama

  • By Jean on 11-19-12

My Only Disappointment by the author

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

Reviewed: 07-02-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone who won't look beyond the superficial

What was most disappointing about Jack Campbell’s story?

I loved the other 3 JAG in Space books but there were some logical flaws that I can't get past. His point is that often scapegoats are found and evidence is manipulated in such a way to protect the people really responsible. So far so good. The problem is that the setup in THIS book requires too many suspensions of disbelief. Lt. Shen is accused of having set up all the equipment in Engineering to fail simultaneously to sabotage her ship. Experts show that she was one of only a couple of people who could have done that.
But Mr. Hemry (Jack Campbell) ignores the questions of how long it would have taken her to do this and wouldn't there have been obvious modifications in the equipment that would have made others suspicious. Every time the dialog reached the point where this was the next logical issue it was ignored. I found myself yelling back at the audio. A real shame and I hope someday he comes back to military justice as the main theme. In the meantime I will keep anxiously waiting for more Lost Fleet books.
John Hemry is one of the best in the business and we're all entitled to one mistake :)

  • City at World's End

  • By: Edmond Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46

The midwestern town of Middletown is the "first strike" of a new super bomb. However, instead of destroying the town, the attack rips a hole in the space-time continuum, sending the town and it's inhabitants to a distant Earth, cold and foreboding. The story of their struggle, survival and ultimate success in rekindling the planet and dealing with the people and aliens of the future, is the stuff of great science fiction. As you listen, see if you agree with the many who think this story was the origin of the Star Wars characters Chewbacca and Leia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic juvenile sci-fi

  • By Andrew J. Jackson on 05-03-12

Bad science but

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

Reviewed: 04-05-12

As a kid I loved this book. But to imagine the Earth at the end of its life, oceans dry and the sun a Red Giant (but not frying the planet) in only 1,000,000 years is so far off that it really takes away from the story.

2 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Sixth Column

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 619

The totalitarian East has triumphed in a massive invasion, and the United States has fallen to a dictatorial superpower bent on total domination. That power is consolidating its grip through concentration camps, police state tactics, and a total monopoly upon the very thoughts of the conquered populace. A tiny enclave of scientists and soldiers survives, unbeknownst to America’s new rulers. It’s six against six million - but those six happen to include a scientific genius, a master of subterfuge and disguise who learned his trade as a lawyer-turned-hobo, and a tough-minded commander....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • SOCK IT TO EM

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-03-15

Disgusting, racist crap but I love it anyway

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

Reviewed: 04-05-12

I have no idea why I've always liked this story. It is anti-Asian racist garbage, I recall reading that Heinlein once said he was ashamed of this stuff. But it flows so well and is one of those good defeating evil stories that even if the bad guys had been my own ethnic group I'd still step outside of my feelings and enjoy the book. Don't know why but...

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • After Worlds Collide

  • By: Philip Wylie, Edwin Balmer
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 387

After Worlds Collide picks up the story of its predecessor When Worlds Collide. This sequel tells the story of the survivors' progress on the new world Bronson Beta after the destruction of planet Earth by a rogue planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED IT!! Exactly what I needed in the sequel!

  • By Colby on 10-11-12

Good but dated

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

Reviewed: 04-05-12

I loved this book when I was in High School in the 60's. Unfortunately, it doesn't hold up very well -- written just before Hitler came to power some aspects of the politics, culture and the science are too far afield for suspension of disbelief. But it is still an OK story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful