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  • Ghost

  • Paladin of Shadows, Book 1
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 929

Former SEAL Michael Harmon, Team Name ''Ghost'', retired for service injuries, is not enjoying college life. But things are about to change, if not for the better. When he sees a kidnapping, a series of, at the time logical, decisions leave him shot to ribbons and battling a battalion of Syrian commandos with only the help of three naked co-eds who answer to the names ''Bambi,'' ''Thumper'' and ''Cotton Tail.'

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • HARD CORP Descriptive Sex Warning!

  • By Trip Williams on 01-15-14

Started as a bit of fun, but degenerates into crap

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

Reviewed: 05-28-14

What disappointed you about Ghost?

is it supposed to be some sort of macho version of 50 shades? The military stuff was a bit of fun, a lot of bullshit, but fun.

It is more about the character's fascination with young women and bondage. it spoils it, I think.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Ringo again?

Yes, but only his space stuff. This series is crap.

How could the performance have been better?

Rewrite the book?

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

I can get my credit back

Any additional comments?

This book is utter crap

  • Islands of Space

  • By: John W. Campbell
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

As Earth's faster-than-light spaceship hung in the void between galaxies, Arcot, Wade, Morey and Fuller could see below them, like a vast shining horizon, the mass of stars that formed their own island universe. Morey worked a moment with his slide rule, then said, "We made good time." But suddenly, far off to their left and far to their right, they saw two shining ships paralleling their course....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a bad listen

  • By Simon on 06-20-13

Not a bad listen

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

Reviewed: 06-20-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Starts off a bit technical and boring, but it gets better

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

Not as good as some of the others.

What three words best describe Oliver Wyman’s performance?

He is the best, I wish he read more books in Audible.

Did Islands of Space inspire you to do anything?

Nope

  • Falling Free

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,509

Leo Graf was just your average highly efficient engineer: mind your own business, fix what's wrong, and move on to the next job. But all that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat, where a group of humanoids had been secretly, commercially bioengineered for working in free fall. Could he just stand there and allow the exploitation of hundreds of helpless children merely to enhance the bottom line of a heartless mega-corporation?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't read this one first

  • By Carol on 02-20-13

can't stand the narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-04-13

Would you try another book from Lois McMaster Bujold and/or Grover Gardner?

An hour into it and I just can's stand the narrator. He sounds a bit like Troy McClure from the Simpsons.

What didn’t you like about Grover Gardner’s performance?

very poor

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow of Freedom

  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847

There are two sides to any quarrel... unless there are more. Queen Elizabeth of Manticore's first cousin and Honor Harrington's best friend Michelle Henke has just handed the "invincible" Solarian League Navy the most humiliating, one-sided defeat in its entire almost thousand-year history in defense of the people of the Star Empire's Talbott Quadrant. But the League is the most powerful star nation in the history of humanity. Its navy is going to be back – and this time with thousands of superdreadnoughts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Talbot Quadrant

  • By Jean on 05-26-13

Garbage, returned for credit

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

Reviewed: 04-19-13

Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Allyson Johnson?

The worst book in this series, terrible narration

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not this series

Would you be willing to try another one of Allyson Johnson’s performances?

No, she is terrible

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

Boredom

Any additional comments?

A great series has been ruined

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • City of Fallen Angels

  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

Simon Lewis is having some trouble adjusting to his new life as a vampire, especially now that he hardly sees his best friend Clary, who is caught up in training to be a Shadowhunter - and spending time with her new boyfriend, Jace. Simon decides he needs a break and heads out of the city - only to discover that sinister events are following him. Realising that the war they thought they’d won might not yet be over, Simon has to call on his Shadowhunter friends to save the day - if they can put their own splintering relationships on hold long enough to rise to the challenge….

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • .

  • By Tamara Joy Rankin on 01-29-18

Why would you change the narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-16-12

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

I am returning this

What could Cassandra Clare have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Use the same narrator as the first 3 books

Would you be willing to try another one of Ed Westwick and Molly C. Quinn ’s performances?

No

Any additional comments?

Idiots, why do you do this?

  • Revelation Space

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,882
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,206

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Challenging noir space opera bursting with ideas

  • By cmthomas on 02-03-10

Garbage

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

Reviewed: 03-22-12

What disappointed you about Revelation Space?

After reading Pushing Ice I was looking forward tot his book, 3 hours in and it's just too painful to continue

Would you ever listen to anything by Alastair Reynolds again?

unsure

Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

yes

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

bored

  • A Hymn Before Battle

  • Legacy of the Aldenata
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,684

With Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the Galactic Federation offers help to the backward humans - for a price. You can protect yourself from your enemies, but God save you from your allies!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitive Ringo

  • By james on 03-05-09

Not a bad listen, but he goes on a but

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-11

This is a pretty interesting book, but Ringo does seem to go on dragging the story out, if you get it for a discounted price its ok. Not as good as the Troy series of books of his.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Lucy Family Alphabet

  • By: Judith Lucy
  • Narrated by: Judith Lucy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Judith Lucy has been cracking jokes about her parents for years. But when a birth relative's casual comment implied that she despised them, Judith was shocked. Sure, she had been talking about Ann and Tony Lucy like they were one-dimensional Irish nutbags who'd ruined her life for years, but there was always more to them and her own feelings than that.So Judith decided it was time to write the full story of her parents and her childhood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I really enjoyed it

  • By Cate on 01-07-13

Intersting but its not a humor book

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-10

If you are expecting a sidesplitting tale then look for another book, this is Judith's story and it is a pretty sad tale punctuated by some classic Lucy humor. I enjoyed it, but by about halfway through I got the picture that she had a crappy upbringing and only listened to the rest because there were a few bits of comedy in there. If it were not narrated by Judith it would have been garbage, such is the content.

  • Cell

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

The event became known as The Pulse. The virus was carried by every cell phone operating within the entire world. Within hours, those receiving calls would become insane, or die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-14-12

Good Story Bad Narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-10

This is a good story from Stephen King, but I am really struggling with the monotone and boring narration of Campbell Scott, in fact I would not buy and audio book he has narrated from now on. He spoils a good tale.