In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.
The richness of story, characters, experience, fantasy, creativity, kindness, and thoughtfulness in this book is magical. The world is vast, the characters are deep, the story is both ancient and present. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. I almost wish I could forget it and read it again to experience the unfolding of the story. Beautifully written and interesting book!! I may actually buy the physical book and read it myself.
By 1920, the movies had suddenly become America's new favorite pastime and one of the nation's largest industries. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence; yet Hollywood's glittering ascendancy was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies - including the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has remained unsolved until now.
I am an indie filmmaker NOT in LA but I greatly enjoyed this telling of mysterious goings on of actors and producers of old Hollywood. Very fun and intriguing and well written!
Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.
The Bobiverse books made my daily driving life so amazing!!! Ray Porter is STELLAR and Dennis Taylor’s massive world of the Bobiverse Series is so much fun and thought provoking! I miss all the Bobs! Also someone tell Ray Porter to pair up with some map app and tell me how to get places while also telling me a story. His narration is just so damn good. Worked perfectly with this series which I recommend to anyone who likes space and AI and science and exploration and humor!
The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.
I’d read “14” by Peter Clines first and loved it and listening to this book next was delightful. Super fun stories and characters and a whole universe worth of stories to explore! Highly recommend his science fiction treat. ALSO RAY PORTER IS PERFECT!!! As always! I’m at the point where if Ray Porter is narrating, I’ll just go for it and get whatever book it is. He is excellent!
Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.
I was sad when this book ended. The writing was absolutely lovely and the narration was fantastic. I enjoyed every ounce of it. It does involve highly evolved spiders, which I did NOT know. I have an irrational fear of spiders and despite this fact I found myself wanting for the spiders to have what they wanted in the story. Seriously well done. I say just dive into this awesome space and time exploration of extreme proportions and just go with it. So good.
After a failed apprenticeship, working her way up to head housekeeper of a posh London hotel is more than Sara Smythe ever thought she'd make of herself. But when a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house The Dakota, leads to a job offer, her world is suddenly awash in possibility - no mean feat for a servant in 1884. The opportunity to move to America, where a person can rise above one's station.
it had a very ethereal feel to it as it moved between characters that were 100 years apart. Very fascinating story and very well told. It was fun to uncover the past with the characters, especially as the location is a real place and some characters were real people.
The narrators both did an excellent job conveying not only their characters but the time periods they lived in and the cadences and tones that were been true to the times.
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In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.
I had no idea what to listen to next and chose this one based on star ratings and amount of reviewers. It was a good book to fill the space with after a string of comedies I had listened to.
Very early on in this book, in the first few chapters, I suspected something about a character and I was half right. There is also a twist of sorts that I didn't guess at all. It wasn't gripping exactly, but I did want to know whodunit. If you're into these types of stories - "psychological thrillers" - then it will at least have you wanting to know what happens next.
The narrator did a really great job emoting for each character and making you really feel the frustrations of the characters. Though I believe the volume/mix could have been better uniformed so that when she yelled it wasn't so loud that I had to turn it down and when she whispered it wasn't so quiet I had to turn it up.
My only real critiques of this book are that there is a character in the end that (I think) deserved WAY worse and it was frustrating to not see better justice done, and the story itself could have been a tad stronger. Wish I understood what is making me feel that way but I'm not sure, so maybe take that with a grain of salt. But like I said, the author did have me wanting to know how it ended and I did look forward to driving so I could finish it.
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The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.
First off, Wil Wheaton was absolutely excellent. Truly carried this story perfectly. Secondly, it was a fun and exciting and humorous story. I had a great time listening to it and honestly I'm sad it's over. Great experience all around if you're looking for something juicy, sci-fi, and comedic!
Clara Lawson is torn from her life in an instant. Without warning, her home is invaded by armed men, and she finds herself separated from her beloved husband and daughters. The last thing her husband yells to her is to say nothing. In chapters that alternate between past and present, the novel slowly unpeels the layers of Clara's fractured life. We see her growing up, raised with her sisters by the stern Mama and Papa G, becoming a poised and educated young woman, falling desperately in love with the forbidden son of her adoptive parents.
I saw "psychological thriller" and was excited. But as it turns out this story was wildly different than I expected and I didn't find it all that enticing. The writing itself was good, just not my type of story. I finished it anyway because I didn't wanna waste the money I'd spent. The narrator did a wonderful job. She could change her voice per character very well and even the main character's voice sounded different as she changed between past and present. I do think this story is an important one in that it is about a real problem that exists all over the world.
*****SPOILER***** I'm not sure this spoils much because audiences are not stupid and you figure it out quickly, but it's about sex trafficking from the POV of a captive who has forgotten her former life and has been trained for a new one. I had zero clue from the synopsis until I started the book that it was about that. Probably wouldn't have purchased it otherwise. But again, just not my type of story. It will appeal to some and to those which it does, they'll enjoy.
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.
Where to start with this one? I was desperate for a new story that was so good it wouldn't leave me alone until I finished it. Took a while but I found this one and it did the trick. Love the narrator too. She is great. This book does have some disturbing descriptions of disturbing things. I said aloud several times throughout the book, "Jesus! ...Jesus." Or "Ew! What??" Or I'd squirm and cringe. Or repeat the words with disgust. Not saying this is bad, just that if you're looking for a light story it ain't this one. I can say that I have already purchased another book by Gillian Flynn and will be starting it soon!