People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.
Fisher Stevens' narration was spot on. I think this would translate well into network movie.
Mia Hamilton lived the perfect life with her husband, university teacher Zach, and their two-year-old daughter. But everything changed when Zach committed suicide on the same night one of his students vanished. Five years later, just when Mia is beginning to heal, stranger Alison walks into her life, saying her husband didn't kill himself. Fragile, slight Alison leads Mia on a path into Zach's past, and Mia begins to think she never really knew her own husband.
The narration was very good but not enough for me to say anything else favorable about the story. It moved along at an intriguing pace until the last 2 chapters, and then the story sunk like a stone. Very disappointing end to a story that had me fairly strung along trying to unravel the mystery only to be a cop out of an ending. Don't waste a credit.
For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.
This was not the story I expected. At the start, I almost took offense to the plot on a deeply personal level, but stuck with it and enjoyed the unfolding. I would love to see this as an Anime series (I don't think live action would capture it as well). Netflix should do it. Their programming has proven that it would be bold enough to handle the context of the story.
When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.
I rarely write reviews but I think this story was surprisingly intriguing, and I really liked how the ending didn't leave me hanging.
Every character rang true to how people might really behave. The only predictability of this story was in how the characters reacted to immediate situations. Unlike the common movie trope, where the person in danger kills the threat then throws the weapon away, altho it's still useful, and you think to yourself, "Don't drop the gun, dumbass!" All of the characters were sensible.
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And just when I thought that the storyline would never answer a question about the robbery at the beginning, the author tied almost all of the loose ends up nicely. There's only one question left unanswered for me: how long had they been keeping tabs on Dan and them? **
Still a good read nonetheless that kept me listening every chance I got untill it was finished.
Also, I love James P. Cronin's style of reading. I has a smooth quality that is never annoying, even as he transitions through different genders and accents. He still knows when to inflect calm, excitement, fear, and even terror without over acting.
Definitely worth the 22hrs spent listening.
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Long ago, a human astrophysicist, Inigo, began dreaming scenes from the life of a remarkable human being named Edeard, who lived within the Void, a self-contained microuniverse at the heart of the galaxy. There, under the beneficent gaze of mysterious godlike entities, humans possessed uncanny psychic abilities, and Edeard's were the strongest of all. Equally strong was his determination to bring justice and freedom to a world terrorized by criminal violence and corruption.
I love Peter Hamilton books read by John Lee. After the first Commonwealth trilogy, all I wanted was enzyme-bonded concrete. But now I want far sight, a 3rd hand, and fulfillment.
Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.
John Lee is a fantastic reader. The number of characters and intertwining storylines were what kept me so engrossed. I binged thru Pandora's Star right into Judas Unchained and now I'm going for the last book of this trilogy. This story held me to the point where I would skip on my TV programs because I wanted to get back to this. And now I just need to know where I can get some enzyme-bonded concrete for my driveway.
In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.
Loved this book. Narrator really brought it life. Sawyer's thoughts on morality, creation, and use of well-researched scientific concepts made this book more real than average Sci-fi.
In a world devastated by nuclear war with humanity on the edge of extinction, aliens finally make contact. They rescue those humans they can, keeping most survivors in suspended animation while the aliens begin the slow process of rehabilitating the planet. When Lilith Iyapo is "awakened", she finds that she has been chosen to revive her fellow humans in small groups by first preparing them to meet the utterly terrifying aliens, then training them to survive on the wilderness that the planet has become. But the aliens cannot help humanity without altering it forever.
Would you listen to Dawn again? Why?
maybe the ending, before I continue to the next book....
Any additional comments?
The writing and story is captivating, and I could identify with the main character's sense of conflict about the circumstances. The reader did a decent job giving each character their own voice. Not to be mean, but her voice just annoyed me in a very personal way, just me I guess. I might have preferred a multi-cast reading for so many players in the story.
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Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.
Where does Ender's Shadow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I thought Ender's Game was awesome, but Ender's Shadow is equally as good.
What other book might you compare Ender's Shadow to and why?
Ender's Game, of course. Parts of Ender's Game are referenced in this story, when the timelines converge, like getting a alternate view of the same events, giving more insight.
Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?
Any additional comments?
Once you hear EG you HAVE to go on to Ender's Shadow. Matter of fact, I had to go back to re-listen to Ender's Game, up to a point, while I was in the middle of Ender's Shadow. Card synced the stories so well.
EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE IN AUDIONo one else has Dan Wells’ hilarious new novella - it’s not available in print, in ebook, by mobile phone text or Victorian phonograph. Audible is bringing it to you exclusively, for a limited time.The basic premise is this: it's 1817, and a man named Frederick Whithers is wallowing in jail for a crime he didn't commit, desperate to get out so he can go and commit it for real.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Absolutely! Just thinking about it makes me grin. It was laugh out loud funny. Ridiculous fun!
What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Mr Barrett did a marvelous job of distinguishing all of the characters. The story may not have had the same hilarity without his excellent delivery.
Any additional comments?
Vampires, Frankenstein, and John Keats! Oh My! Hope it gets made into live action or CG movie, with Johnny Depp and Helene Bonham Carter.