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  • The Quantum Magician

  • By: Derek Kunsken
  • Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,895
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,894

Belisarius is a quantum man, an engineered Homo quantus who fled the powerful insight of dangerously addictive quantum senses. He found a precarious balance as a con man, but when a client offers him untold wealth to move a squadron of warships across an enemy wormhole, he must embrace his birthright to even try. In fact, the job is so big that he'll need a crew built from all the new sub-branches of humanity. If he succeeds, he might trigger an interstellar war, but success might also point the way to the next step of Homo quantus evolution. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just when I had given up.... jack pot!

  • By Zach on 11-08-18

Pretty dense story

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

Reviewed: 05-08-19

Physicists and Philosophers will enjoy this story. The plot involves much quantum physics and philosophy of humanity/humans that you need to be able to do nothing other than listen. The story revolves around genetic manipulation of humans and how the various human variants interact. Be aware: one of the character's language is extraordinary foul. It is part of his character and makes sense, but readers who are very sensitive to such should be aware. There is the usual profanity and occasional vulgarity; this character is really vulgar!
I managed to finish the book, but it was a close call.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • By Reason of Insanity

  • By: Randy Singer
  • Narrated by: Tom Stecheschulte
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

As the Avenger of Blood systematically executes guilty rapists and the lawyers who finagled their freedom, a reporter has visions of this relentless vigilante in action. To her amazement, she soon finds herself in the slammer, accused of being the notorious serial killer. Deep in despair, she retains an attorney who specializes in the insanity plea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By Historygal777 on 01-15-10

Emotionally wrenching

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

Reviewed: 05-06-19

I had to return this book due to the opening chapter. It was a courtroom scene describing sexual abuse of a child. It was not possible to complete the book. Might be a good story but be aware that you will be emotionally involved from the beginning.

  • Redemption

  • Memory Man Series, Book 5
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,032

Amos Decker and his FBI partner Alex Jamison are visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he's approached by an unfamiliar man. But he instantly recognizes the man's name: Meryl Hawkins. He's the first person Decker ever arrested for murder back when he was a young detective. Though a dozen years in prison have left Hawkins unrecognizably aged and terminally ill, one thing hasn't changed: He maintains he never committed the murders. Could it be possible that Decker made a mistake all those years ago?   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like cordwood the bodies stack up...

  • By shelley on 04-17-19

Just enough

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

Reviewed: 04-21-19

I have been a Baldacci fan for many years and this book is quite disappointing. It is good enough to finish and that's about it. Story is disjointed, plot lines disconnected, and even for spy/mystery/suspense genre it strains credulity beyond the ability to stay enjoyable. Unfortunately, there are also so many cliches it makes me wonder what Mr. Baldacci was thinking when he wrote this novel.
I kept the novel, as it is just good enough to fill some time. That is the saddest commentary I can think of for such an excellent novelist.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Frequency of Aliens

  • Sorrow Falls, Book 2
  • By: Gene Doucette
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851

Annie Collins is back! Becoming an overnight celebrity at age 16 should have been a lot more fun. Not helping matters: she’s the only kid in school with her own pet spaceship. She would love it if things found some kind of normal, but as long as she has control of the most lethal - and only - interstellar vehicle in existence, that isn’t going to happen. Worse, things appear to be going in the other direction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love little Annie Collins!

  • By Tommy on 02-08-18

Really fun story

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

Reviewed: 04-18-19

This is a really fun story and I definitely recommend it. I read the first one in e-book form and then audio for this Book 2. The single issue is that in the audio version it is possible to hear a "hiss" during pauses, which I presume is a tape; not sure. Is a very minor distraction but it should be edited out and is the single reason for Performance being only 4 stars.

  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,952
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,055
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,026

From Brandon Sanderson, the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally best-selling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Has Sanderson been reading Craig Alanson???

  • By Barry on 11-18-18

So excellent, need next installment!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

This book is extremely enthralling and engaging; very hard to quit listening for all those pesky daily essentials. Ms. Jackson's reading is well above par. I will watch for other books she narrates.
Really hope the next installment of Skyward happens soon!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,317

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the

  • By Chris on 01-02-12

Really fun

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Really engaging and fun book! Escapists’ dream. Kept me very interested and eager to hear the next book.

  • A Merciful Truth

  • By: Kendra Elliot
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,998

Raised by a family of survivalists, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick can take on any challenge - even the hostile reception to her homecoming. But she's not the only one causing chaos in the rural community of Eagle's Nest, Oregon. At first believed to be teenage pranks, a series of fires takes a deadly turn with the murder of two sheriff's deputies. Now, along with Police Chief Truman Daly, Mercy is on the hunt for an arsonist turned killer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No grit

  • By opus on 06-30-17

Syrupy and disconnected

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

This could be a really good mystery and unfortunately is riddled with syrupy angst. “Her heart aches to know his feelings” etc., right during some of the action.
Can not recommend.

  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,197
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,937

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive and watered-down

  • By Daniel on 04-26-17

Fantastic and Fun, can't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

I have just finished book 2. This is one of the most fun and engaging stories I've listened to or read in quite some time. A bit of space cowboy, space opera, and just plain fun. Enjoy this series!

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,954

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, what a performance and what a story

  • By Jared G on 08-27-16

Lord of the Flies in Sci-Fi

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

Older children and situated on Mars; interesting story with considerable violence and turmoil. If you are OK with the violence and emotional toil, a good book.
Definitely not mind candy.

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 59,265
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53,901
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 53,896

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

Long and disconnected until the very end

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

This is any extremely long book. It takes a very long time to get the individual characters’ stories to connect. Additionally there are chapter intros that never did make sense to me (“...seconds before death...”). I stuck with it through to the end since the other reviews were so positive and the book is so expensive.
I am pretty sure I won’t pursue the following parts of this series for these reasons.