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  • Ancient Blood

  • Navajo Nation, Book 3
  • By: R. Allen Chappell
  • Narrated by: Kaipo Schwab
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Charlie and Thomas Begay find themselves caught up in a dangerous, intrigue-filled adventure involving one of the canyon lands' oldest riddles. Dark secrets are revealed in this fast-paced mystery of a forgotten people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun Read

  • By Jean on 06-02-16

Primitive

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Compared to Anne Hillerman this book is very primitive. The performance is jerky but that may be due to the writing

What could R. Allen Chappell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Written a more smoothly developing story without the jerky move from sub plot to sub plot.

What didn’t you like about Kaipo Schwab’s performance?

Not smooth.

  • The Star Cross

  • By: Raymond L. Weil
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 178

Admiral Kurt Vickers is on fleet maneuvers in the Newton System when a heavily damaged Earth light cruiser appears. The captain tells a horrific story. Earth has been invaded, and the defensive fleets in orbit have been annihilated. For decades, humans have been exploring farther and farther away from Earth and Newton searching for signs of intelligent life. Now that intelligent life has found them, it comes as an invader.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive dialogue and fixation on brothels.

  • By Josh on 12-31-15

Waste of time

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. Boring

Would you ever listen to anything by Raymond L. Weil again?

No
This book has too much politics. I read Sci Fi for the battle stories. This is way too much political in-fighting.

Could you see The Star Cross being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lightning Stones

  • A Novel
  • By: Jack Du Brul
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713

Sinking thousands of feet below the surface of the earth in the Leister Deep copper mine in Minnesota, Philip Mercer rides a series of heavy-duty elevators to visit his old friend and mentor, Abraham Jacobs. Jacobs has led a research team to the deepest section of the mine for a groundbreaking study into climate change and cosmic rays. But as Mercer approaches the bottom, he is stunned to hear the unmistakable report of automatic gunfire in the massive underground chambers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • May very well be the BEST ACTION BOOK of the YEAR!

  • By shelley on 08-14-15

Well written and suspensful

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Nothing

If you’ve listened to books by Jack Du Brul before, how does this one compare?

It is about the same as the others. He has co written books with Clive Cussler. The formula is very familiar. Unfortunately I have become tired of that formula.

Any additional comments?

If you really like Clive Cussler you will like this book.

  • Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue

  • The Bern Saga, Book 1
  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Jennette Selig
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 338

It wasn't easy for Molly being the only girl in Flight Academy, but getting expelled was even worse. Abandoned by her family when she was young and now tossed from the only home she's ever known, her future looks bleak.

But then Molly hears that her father's old starship has turned up halfway across the galaxy. Setting off to retrieve the old craft, she hopes it will hold clues to his disappearance. Accompanying her as a chaperone is Cole, her old flight partner from the Academy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Forced Was With Them

  • By Dubi on 05-19-14

Definitely juvenile

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

Reviewed: 02-06-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I am used to the quality of David Weber and Clive Cussler. This book is a waste of time. The story is very repetitive.

What was most disappointing about Hugh Howey’s story?

Slow moving and repetitive

What about Jennette Selig’s performance did you like?

Very good reader. Makes the story as interesting as possivle.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not a chance.

  • Even Legends Die

  • Crimson Worlds VIII
  • By: Jay Allan
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bower
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Gavin Stark, the former head of Alliance Intelligence, and the bitter nemesis of the Marine Corps, has made his bid for power. His manufactured clone soldiers, Shadow Legions have seized control of dozens of colony worlds, imposing his brutal rule over millions of colonists. His plan is no less than to subjugate all mankind under his iron fist. On key colony worlds, Erik Cain and the remnants of the shattered Marines struggle against Stark's vast armies...the only hope of turning back the tide of destruction and despair threatening to engulf all mankind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 2nd time listening of this audio book

  • By AR Cabral on 08-08-15

Disjointed

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

Reviewed: 07-04-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

More description to allow the listener to follow the thread of the story.

What was most disappointing about Jay Allan’s story?

This books seems to be put together in a haphazard manner. It is difficult to follow the story. It seems to be one battle after another with no common thread. The reader's selection of voices for each character is strangely disconcerting. The voices just don't seem to fit the characters.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Storm Front

  • Virgil Flowers, Book 7
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,823

In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Flowers for Sanford

  • By FRITZ STOOP on 12-08-13

Just a poor story but the reader is excellent

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

Reviewed: 10-21-13

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

I can only say that the story generally left me cold. I did finish it but i much prefer J. A. Jance's books.

  • In the Ocean of Night

  • Galactic Center, Book 1
  • By: Gregory Benford
  • Narrated by: Maxwell Caulfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 224

It is 2019. NASA astronaut Nigel Walmsley is sent on a mission to intercept a rogue asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Ordered to destroy it, he instead discovers that it is actually the shell of a derelict space probe - a wreck with just enough power to emit a single electronic signal….

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Different from "Hunger for the Infinite"

  • By Michale on 07-19-12

Colossal waste of time

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

Reviewed: 05-19-13

What disappointed you about In the Ocean of Night?

Its reliance on some kind of odd religion. It was like being back in the 60's with people in white robes passing out tracts.

Would you ever listen to anything by Gregory Benford again?

No

What does Maxwell Caulfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is an excellent reader. He draws you into the story

What character would you cut from In the Ocean of Night?

All of them

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your money or time. I finally was unable to finish it and removed it.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Spin

  • By: Robert Charles Wilson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,376
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,379

One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!

  • By Brian on 03-28-08

Confusing to listen to

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

Reviewed: 09-21-12

What would have made Spin better?

Lousy time line

What do you think your next listen will be?

Nothing by this author

How could the performance have been better?

Performance was excellent

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I am very disappointed in the book

Any additional comments?

The author jumped around in the time line so much that is difficult to follow. apparently the author is a scatter brained idiot.

  • Reamde

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 38 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,632
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,672

Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not perfect, but worth a listen.

  • By ShySusan on 10-01-11

A colossal waste of time

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

Reviewed: 12-16-11

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing

Would you ever listen to anything by Neal Stephenson again?

No

Would you listen to another book narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner?

Yes

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

No

Any additional comments?

I am sorry I wasted my money on such a bad book. The story could have been told in 1 hour not the 36 hours. I have listened to 5 hours and will not listen to any more of it. I just wish I could get my money back from Audible.