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J.Z. Watkins

Reston, VA, United States
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  • The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries

  • Mrs. Jeffries Series, Book 1
  • By: Emily Brightwell
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

She keeps house for Inspector Witherspoon...and keeps him on his toes. Everyone's awed by his Scotland Yard successes - but they don't know about his secret weapon. No matter how messy the murder or how dirty the deed, Mrs. Jeffries's polished detection skills are up to the task...proving that behind every great man there's a woman - and that a crime-solver's work is never done.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't Work For Me

  • By Chalis on 05-17-14

Won Over!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

I'm normally not one for murder mysteries, but Miss Emily won me over with her cast of characters that made the mystery something they did. I fell in love with the series years ago and now I had the pleasure of enjoying Miss Lindy's marvelous narration, bringing each character to life in a different way than what I had in my head from reading the book. I say different, but it was only with accents, otherwise, she read them pretty much as I pictured them in my mind.

The cast has a nice family feel to them, who care about each other and make their own unique contributions to solving the mystery. I loved the book series and look forward to hearing the rest of the audio book series. I'm glad I found the audio books, they are a wish come true as the print book series had been.

  • The Lost Fleet - Oblivion's Light

  • A Slaver Wars Novel
  • By: Raymond L. Weil
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

Two more years have passed for the Lost Fleets trapped in the Triangulum Galaxy. It's becoming more apparent with each passing day that the Dyson Sphere of the Simulins must be destroyed if Fleet Admiral Jeremy Strong and his people want to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good read

  • By jeff on 07-14-16

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

This addition to the saga was a wonderful ride from beginning to end, it addressed a problem I felt the series had for a very long time, it not only continued with exciting space battles, but it made exploration and discovery exciting. That was a huge bonus to the military sci-fi elements of the story.

I also loved how the characters were able to come to the rescue like old school cavalry and had a few fights that were decidedly not fair (I'm not a fan of a fair fight,), it was nice to read some uncontested wins, but for those who want the struggle, don't worry, plenty of that there. I don't think you can have a military sci-fi story without the struggle of some kind and this story does not fail in that respect.

The stakes are as high as ever and the book ends on a truly epic note.

  • The Lost Fleet: Into the Darkness

  • A Slaver Wars Novel Volume 2
  • By: Raymond L. Weil
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

For over six years, the Lost Fleets have been trapped in the Triangulum Galaxy. Every day has been filled full of danger as the galaxy conquering Simulins search relentlessly for them. With the arrival of the Distant Horizon, a daring plan is made. A message drone will be sent back home to give them warning of the deadly danger the Lost Fleets are facing. A danger that will soon boil over into the home galaxy as well.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but narrator is annoying

  • By NiteVizn on 06-05-17

Big ideas continue

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

Another entertaining addition to the ongoing story with fantastic reading, and fine writing. The battles were exciting as well as the sense of building, improving, and character lives continued in the backdrop of the dangers.

Usual gripe, the wait to use the human-AIs as the last resort remains, but by this many books in the series I should just shut up and accept that's the way it is going to be. It might be a military sci-fi genre thing, its about human lives lost as the price of war, the use of fighters instead of drones.

I am curious if any more human-AIs will ever be made. In Alien Contact, 6 were mentioned, but the other 4 were never heard of, so I presumed never made, but were in planning. Now centuries later, isn't it about time to add to the effective population of 2 of the human-AIs, especially since more alien AIs, who themselves admitted they are inferior, are increasing their populations. Oh and here might be a twist, a Careth-AI.

Love the expansive ideas, as much as I gripe about AIs, Mr. Weil continues to mix in concepts that make his stories different than the usual stock and trade space fleet sagas, orbital habitats in the earlier series to escalating with megastructures here as well as touch on theories of hyperspace travel and dark matter. Its a geek's pleasure to read.

Looking forward to the next book.

  • The Lost Fleet: Galactic Search

  • A Slaver Wars Novel, Book 1
  • By: Raymond L. Weil
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 297

The battle at the galactic center had been a great victory for the Federation and the Alliance but at a tremendous cost. The Battleship Avenger and her fleets had vanished being drawn into a great white vortex at the moment of victory. For over four years, the mystery of what happened to the Avenger has haunted the Federation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • entertaining but not thrilling

  • By Harry Boyle on 10-06-15

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

Great performance by Mr. Owen to go along with a nice story by Mr. Weil. Exciting battles, nice pacing, both fed the space sci-fi need in me. I was also glad to see nice 'epilogues' of former main characters, often a series kills them off, but here it was satisfying to read how Amanda and Hedon were settling down and enjoying life. It was a brief mention, but it was good to see that out of the limelight doesn't mean forgotten.

My only frustration was the usual, the let's wait until the last moment and then pull out our best weapon. It's like Voltron and form blazing sword, always at the end, instead of the opening move. Why always wait until you're losing and then turn the ship over to Carissa or Ariel, when you know they can kick tail better and faster. Rant over.

All in all the new series is exciting and picks up on wonderful character moments if you've kept up with the series, great battles, new tech, continued galactic political development with the other former proxy races , helping former slave races, committing to freeing the rest, its very grand, heroic and epic. I look forward to the rest of the series.

  • The Story of Dr. Dolittle

  • By: Hugh Lofting
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 826
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 840

No one loves and understands animals like the eccentric 19th century physician Dr. Dolittle, who masters animal language with the help of Polynesia the parrot. After his human patients desert him, the kind-hearted doctor finds his calling in practicing animal medicine, and his fame spreads far and wide. When a terrible epidemic breaks out among monkeys in Africa, Dr. Dolittle sets out to save them, accompanied by some of his favorite pets.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Charming but, uh, really racist

  • By David on 08-11-13

Not for the racially sensitive

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

Reviewed: 08-16-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Have a more modern version read of it.

Any additional comments?

I had wondered why I had never read this classic growing up or had been introduced to it, and now I know. I do realize its a product of its time, but for those who might be sensitive to such lines as 'work like niggers', you may just wish to avoid this book.

I have since read up that more modern versions of the book, I think one source said its 52nd print or something, the words had changed, but this audio book has not.

To say nothing of the fact, I was shocked, having expected a pretty innocent children's book, but I was by no means outraged. Again, its a product of its time. Its not an excuse, its an explanation.

Outstanding performance though, well read and the story was wonderful up until they arrived at Africa.