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  • Memory Man

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,785

Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect - he can never forget anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Most annoying narration ever

  • By katherine wolfe on 04-21-16

Bongo Drums are used for drama - disconcerting

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

I couldn't get past the first few pages. If the Actors reading the book have to have dramatic music ... they can't be that good. I can't recall another audible book with such strange and disconcerting sounds and I have listened to hundreds.

  • Genesis

  • By: Ken Lozito
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,491

Escaping wrongful imprisonment wasn't something Connor had in mind, but being put into stasis aboard Earth's first interstellar colony ship was something he couldn't have prepared for. For 300,000 colonists, the new colony brings the promise of a fresh start...a second chance. Connor might be the wrong man for the colony, but he's the right man to see that it survives what's coming.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed bag

  • By Tyson S Sukeforth on 05-31-18

Best SF Battle Tech Novel in Years

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

I found it gripping from the first paragraph. Exciting plot an Lozito grabs you and pull you into the action. Wonderful story and great characters. Ice-blue terrifying situations about about people you care for. Listened to it almost non-stop. Can't wait to listen to the next book. Scott Alleo gives a Great Read and sounds like he was indeed a Special Forces commander before he turned to acting.

When Captain Connor yells at a recruit, "GIVE ME 200 PUSH-UPS" I jumped up with my headphones on and started to hit the floor ... then realized I was in my living room! (My Fort Dix Basic Training must still be buried in my aging brain.)

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  • Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Amber Benson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,646
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,401
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,420

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scalzi Locks In Another Winner

  • By Bruce Derflinger on 09-22-14

Worst Performance and Crappy Plot in Decades

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

I love most of Scalzi works .. but this is one I couldn't read. I listened and re listened again the first chapters and couldn't get into the book. Why should I be interested in a medical condition called "Locked In "? What was the problem that it caused the world? The threat was not made clear in the first section. Ms. Benson's reading added to my rating. In the hundreds of books I've listened to with male and female readers, I could always distinguish between men and women characters. All ... ALL .. the characters performed by Ms. Benson sound about the same and all sound female. I had to go back and listen again to find if the character was male by hearing "he said" or Sam said". No other way. Maybe next time she will have to say ... "male " first and then continue

This is the lowest rating I've ever given on Audible book ... But it deserves even lower. NO Star!

  • A Reason to Live (Marty Singer Mystery #1)

  • By: Matthew Iden
  • Narrated by: Lloyd Sherr
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 727
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 622

In the late 90s, a bad cop killed a good woman and DC Homicide Detective Marty Singer got to watch as the murderer walked out of the courtroom a free man. Twelve years later, the victim's daughter comes to Marty begging for help: the killer is stalking her now. There's just one problem: Marty's retired...and he's retired because he's battling cancer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At Last - a Voice for Marty!

  • By guttersnipe on 09-03-13

Grabs you at first then improbable ending

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

Would you try another book from Matthew Iden and/or Lloyd Sherr?

No Spoilers … I enjoyed the first 80% but it became somewhat repetitious and talkative. As a realistic crime and suspense story there should be not unrealistic and stupid situations. Examples (not in book but to demonstrate). “And yes, Sherlock Holmes unveiled that the Murderer was … “The Wicked Witch of the East!” Stop her from taken off on her broom Watson.”There were several events that were implausible at the end and one that was a Whopper and that I could not digest and it screwed up my appreciation of the total book. No, it was not the unveiling of the mystery … but a situation that the police and justice would not possible allow. Not Logical … Mr. Spock.

What do you think your next listen will be?

NA

Which scene was your favorite?

NA

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

The first half and the plot and characters were intriguing.

Any additional comments?

I think the Author overlooked how how implausible one section was.

  • The Winter Over

  • By: Matthew Iden
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,083

Each winter the crew at the Shackleton South Pole Research Facility faces nine months of isolation, round-the-clock darkness, and one of the most extreme climates on the planet. For thirty-something mechanical engineer Cass Jennings, Antarctica offers an opportunity to finally escape the guilt of her troubled past and to rebuild her life. But the death of a colleague triggers a series of mysterious incidents that push Cass and the rest of the forty-four-person crew to the limits of their sanity and endurance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A psychological thriller

  • By Brian on 02-08-17

I felt the ice cold wind and death at Shackleton

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It grabs you and grips you and doesn't let go until the last sentence.

What other book might you compare The Winter Over to and why?

"The Thing" movie and the story that inspired it ... Campbell's "Who Goes There?"

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

Great character readings and wonderful timing of her delivery.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I'm not sure I could survive if I didn't take a break to catch my breath and put on some more clothes against the deadly cold.

Any additional comments?

No ... got to start reading another Matthew Iden book.

  • The Alienist

  • By: Caleb Carr
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,283

The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or "alienist." On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding on several levels.

  • By lyl on 12-30-12

If it were half as long, it would be a great read.

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

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

Fascinating and gripping beginning. Great characters and great plot -but highly repetitive. Yes, I know it was a best seller etc, etc. but I got half through it and got tired on the sloooooowww pace and many discussions of every clue. It has 157K words as compared to the classic Maltese Falcon which only had 65K. I think Carr thought he was going to be paid by the word.

Which scene was your favorite?

The beginning ... where you meet a marvelous group of characters and the description of old New York.

  • The Fixer

  • Justice Series, Book 1
  • By: T. E. Woods
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,805
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,792

Never a doubt. Never a mistake. Always for justice. Never for revenge. She's the person you hire when you need something fixed-permanently. With a strict set of criteria, she evaluates every request and chooses only a few. No more than one job per country, per year. She will only step in if it's clear that justice will not be served any other way. Her jobs are completed with skill and precision, and never result in inquiry or police investigation. The Fixer is invisible - and quite deadly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Assassin with a morals and criteria...

  • By shelley on 12-30-16

Hitchcockian!

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

What did you love best about The Fixer?

Compelling story with unexpected twists and turns ...Grabs and holds you to end.

What other book might you compare The Fixer to and why?

Dashiell Hammett books

Which scene was your favorite?

Hard to choose ... many great scenes. The warehouse confrontation. Narrator Christina Delaine has to do a dozen different voices in a few minutes. From children to Barbara Streisand .. old men, young girls, English accent ... an amazing performance ...She nails it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Justice is swift and deadly and final"

Any additional comments?

Read the book. Why are you wasting time reading this? Start Reading!

  • How Great Science Fiction Works

  • By: Gary K. Wolfe, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Gary K. Wolfe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,484

Robots, spaceships, futuristic megacities, planets orbiting distant stars. These icons of science fiction are now in our daily news. Science fiction, once maligned as mere pulp, has motivated cutting-edge scientific research, inspired new technologies, and changed how we view everyday life - and its themes and questions permeate popular culture. Take an unparalleled look at the influence, history, and greatest works of science fiction with illuminating insights and fascinating facts about this wide-ranging genre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deserves a Hugo of Its Own

  • By Carol on 02-01-16

StellarReview of the history and importance of SF

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

Would you listen to How Great Science Fiction Works again? Why?

Yes .. I already have re-listened to several 30 minute sections.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How Great Science Fiction Works?

Discussion of the history and introduction of Robots.

What about Professor Gary K. Wolfe’s performance did you like?

Direct and easy to understand without scholarly jargon. He is a REAL SF fan and a great historian of the genre.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No ... Too much to absorb in one long session. It's designed into 30 minute lectures.

Any additional comments?

I've been reading SF since the late 1940s and read almost everything in the 40s & 50s. This is a wonderful survey and he has highlighted works that I now plane to read.

  • Freehold

  • Freehold, Book 1
  • By: Michael Z. Williamson
  • Narrated by: Molly Elston
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 370

Sergeant Kendra Pacelli is innocent, but that doesn't matter to the repressive government pursuing her. Mistakes might be made, but they are never acknowledged, especially when billions of embezzled dollars earned from illegal weapons sales are at stake. But where does one run when all Earth and most settled planets are under the aegis of one government? Answer: The Freehold of Grainne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow ! great story and homage to Heinlein

  • By Jon on 04-09-15

A Big Disappointment after A Long Time Until Now

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

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

New Age readers who will enjoy the excruciating details of Kendra's adjustment to her new world.

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

No.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Molly Elston?

Yes ...

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Freehold?

The dull and duller Kendra's reaction to her new world. After the 20th time of being shocked by the differences in culture, I wanted to give her a permanent shock

Any additional comments?

Loved A Long Time Before Now but this was annoyingly dull.

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,158

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dumb

  • By clifford on 02-05-18

The Collapsing Writing of Scalzi

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

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

Having a rewrite of the very interesting plot by the writer of Old Man's War. and having an actor with the ability to imitate the female voice and other voices. . Scalzi, for some strange reason, has almost all the main characters constantly using the F word .... ship captains. Emperess. It gets really repetitious. No ... no really, really, really, F...ing, F...ing, F... ing, F... ing repetitious. And if they are not cursing ... they are jumping into bed or thinking about jumping someone. Death, danger, being a captive has no effect on their randomly activated sex drive.

If you’ve listened to books by John Scalzi before, how does this one compare?

On a 10 point scale of Spock's Brain being a 3 ... this is a one.

What didn’t you like about Wil Wheaton’s performance?

All voices sounded similar ... I've listened to better performances from him.

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

Sorrow ... I loved his earlier books and I think "Old Man's War" is a classic SF novel

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