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  • Fear the Future

  • The Fear Saga, Book 3
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,485

Piloted by a six-year-old girl, the godlike Skalm guards the Districts of TASC. Her family is long dead. Her adopted father is a synthetic copy of an alien, her nanny an artificial mind connected via subspace to every part of the globe, feeding the young girl information, finding prey to satiate her growing thirst. But the young girl is an innocent, a victim, one of millions the war has already claimed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An OK end to an otherwise great trilogy.

  • By Okkin on 06-08-16

Amazing series except...

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Performance: Excellent, as usual.

Story: Almost inexcusable.

Why?: (spoilers) For reasons only the author knows, Gen. Barrett Milton has died in the final assault by Pey Leiong Lam (a member of the alien advanced team) in Book 2 of the series. A tragic loss certainly but, one that the listener can accept. The author, in an act of pure shit, proceeds to eliminate all but one of the core team which has sacrificed so much to save earth. And not in a good way or with any respect but, in utter disgrace.
For two entire books we have gotten to know and love Niel Daniels, Madaline Cavanaugh, Ayalla Zubeda, Gen. (previously Col.) Barrett Milton and a few others. They have worked, slaved, risked everything to accomplish the impossible. So what does the author do, destroys the fuck out of them in shame and ignominy and hands all of their work to Jim Hacker (who no one gives a shit about because he hasn't suffered any fuckin' thing) and a slew of people we, the listeners, neither know nor care about at all!
I could have excepted the resolutions, even the total bullshit ones, if they had been done AFTER the battle in the epilogue. Instead the author, like a complete fucking sack of shit, literally steals it all away from the main characters and gives it away to a bunch of nobody's deflating the ending into a pointless flat tire. In the end, everyone you have grown to love and respect will all be gone. Only Niel gets a foot note.
Needles to say, Jim Hacker and the author can go fuck themselves. I won't invest in another story by this author again. He obviously enjoys taking a massive dump on his listeners and then shoving some trash can ending in our faces. I won't be treated with such contempt by anyone.
Feel free to enjoy the first two books and even the first half of this book but, once you hear about "Jim 'eat my shit' Hackers" near death beef with Niel, skip ahead all the way to the final 6 chapters and cut out all of the authors bullshit. It even seems as if Jim Hacker's only purpose in the story is to act exactly like Niel but be thought of a "better". The hypocrisy is sickening. If Jim Hacker gets someone killed in an attempt to do "what's right", it's fine. If Niel, who carries the litteral weight of the world does it, he's a scumbag war criminal. Now, I wouldn't have cared at all if the author had held Niel and Ayalla accountable after they had seen things through to the end. But, to snatch away their work, give it all to a bunch of nobodies, (who in all truth would have carved Niel's empire up like a pie without him and the threat of Ayalla anyway. Like hell were the world leaders afraid enough of, Jim "eat my shit" Hacker, not to kill him and devolve like spoiled children snatching toys out of a toy box, sentencing the world to absolute destruction to serve their own selfishness and the rest of us be damned) and expect us to swallow this nonsense ending? For me it was one giant bridge of shit to far. For all the fact that I loved the first two books, this author takes a giant crap on the heads of readers and listeners in this third installment. It should have been called, Fear the Bullshit.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,481

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please. Do You Really Need Another Great Review?

  • By Michael on 10-06-12

Better than average

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

Story: Good but, could have used more detail and flushing out.

Performance: Better than average but with seriously disjointed parts with every character being performed by two different performers causing story confusion. Would have preferred either a single performer OR multiple performers but both is not well done here. (3.5 stars, not 4).

  • The Warlord of Mars

  • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Peter Delloro
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

The Warlord of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs, is the third book in his famous Barsoom series. This novel continues where The Gods of Mars abruptly ended. John Carter's wife, the princess Dejah Thoris, is imprisoned in the Temple of the Sun by the vile pretender goddess Issus. It is said one has to wait an entire Barsoomian year before the room the prisoner is in revolves back to the entrance.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful narrator

  • By Christopher Tower on 10-15-10

Sci Fi Swashbuckler

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

I enjoyed this and the first two books, as well as the performance. However, it should be noted that, Peter Delloro's performance is chocked full of mispronounced words. Full. I found it appropriate because, having lived near Virginia, southern people have absolutely no idea how to speak words properly. While this is not true of all Virginians, it is true of most so, the reading kinda fits. Even should a Virginian have a large vocabulary, it is often that they still do not know how to speak them properly. Words such as "stygian" become "st(eye)gian" and "succor" becomes "sue-core" instead of "suckor". So, if you're big on exacting pronunciation, forget about it, Peter Delloro is not ever going to be your guy. However, of all the readers, he sounds a lot like an actual, back water, basackwards, Virginian and not British or television American.
He sounds exactly right, despite being one serious butcher of spoken English. What can I say? It's what Virginians and most southern Americans do.

  • Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!

  • Magic Kingdom of Landover, Book 1
  • By: Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328

Landover was a genuine magic kingdom, with fairy folk and wizardry, just as the advertisement promised. But after he purchased it, Ben Holiday learned that there were a few details the ad had failed to mention.

The kingdom was in ruin. The Barons refused to recognize the king, and the peasants were without hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're looking for Tolkein....

  • By Al on 12-05-09

Satisfying and Fun

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

Reviewed: 02-07-16

It isn't the best of the best (strangely I haven't found a single book that I absolutely thought was the "best" yet) however, if you want a book that is fun, is narated in a multifaceted way with strong depth, and will leave you pleased with your purchase, this IS one of those books. You'll be glad you bought it and you won't hate the abysmal performance or hate that the story drags on, and on, and on with unnecessarily long winded discriptions, or hate that there is no discriptions at all (feels empty). Good balance of pace and flow, strong naration, and a pleasant ending make this book a top 20% book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 21 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 74,338
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67,312
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 67,042

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm so sad it's over!!

  • By Erin on 05-19-16

How I wish every story would end.

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

Reviewed: 01-13-16

Great end to a fun series. The only bone I've had to pick with this series is how obtuse the characters can be when answers to problems are staring them in the face. However, maybe the characters are supposed to be super thick at times. Style criticism aside, I do wish more books had as much entertainment value as this story. The series has a great beginning, enticing middle, and brilliant end unlike other totally disappointing book series which bomb the ending so badly that you return the whole series (Wheel of Time).

11 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Join the immortal Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they solve some of their most famous cases. Including "The Red-Headed League", "The Speckled Band", "A Scandal in Bohemia", and more of their remarkable adventures adorn this sparkling collection. Brought to life by award-winning narrator B.J. Harrison, each of Doyle's characters is brought to life with respect and precision. This is a Holmes collection to be treasured for years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done.

  • By J. Asbury on 01-08-16

Well done.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

The story is well known and fantastic so, the only point of interest is narration. It wasn't entirely expected, the narrators voice is a touch high for my taste. However, what the narrator lacks in depth, he makes up for with versatility. Characters feel distinct and different with little confusion due to similarities. A throughly wonderful audio book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • White Fang

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,414

In the desolate, frozen northwest of Canada, a lone wolf fights a heroic daily fight for life in the wild. But after he is captured and cruelly abused by men, he becomes a force of pure rage. Only one man sees inside the killer to his intelligence and nobility. But can his kindness touch White Fang?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who's the animal: Man or Wolf?

  • By Erik on 08-14-15

Good book!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

While this will never top the list of my all time favorite books, it was well narrated and a pleasant story. Jack London is a bit direct in his writing but that only means that this book doesn't drag on, and on until you get to the good parts. In fact, the book simply goes from one interesting or exciting moment to the next. A brief book but good all the same.

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,486

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Read, Throughly Enjoyable!

  • By WickedGoodYarn on 03-11-12

Great audio book!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

Unlike the last several audio books I've listened to, this book is wonderful. Great performances, although Tim Curry isn't a major reader as is supposed. The story is a pleasure, not the movie garbage, with the focus being NOT on the romance. I'm frankly a bit sick of everything always being about romance. Anyway, this performance is a breath of fresh air, even though it's old. It's well done and a treasure in any audio book collection.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Memory of Light

  • Wheel of Time, Book 14
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 41 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,157
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,421
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18,435

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally we have closure!

  • By Cliff on 08-29-13

Epic Disaster

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

Reviewed: 12-14-15

The last battle was disjointed. Events became so removed from their original beginnings that climaxes all seemed like add-ins rather than high points of the story. I could go on for days about how crushed I am over how terrible this ending book is but I won't. Michael & Kate do their standard, substandard performance. What happened Brandon? So much promise in the first two books you wrote and then this? If Jordan wrote it this way, you should have stepped in and fixed it. Michael & Kate I can forgive. They were never, ever good narrators. A legacy over a decade in the making, ruined. Why?

  • The Gathering Storm

  • Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time
  • By: Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 32 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,596
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,810
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,813

Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I normally wouldn't, but...

  • By D. Ramirez on 10-28-09

Upon my word!

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

Reviewed: 11-24-15

While I respect Robert Jordan for his epic work a great deal, Brandon Sanderson's writing is so much more dynamic and balanced. So much more reasonably paced and exciting. Even Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are sounding more excited despite their usual abysmal performance (they are still horrific). I only wish Jordan and Sanderson had collaborated through the whole series so that I wouldn't have had to slog through so many ten minute redescriptions of well known characters personalities for the thirtieth time (dang it all but that was uber redundancy!) or listen to so many long-winded over descriptions of the background settings in which characters were staged (dang it all but I don't care to read about the individual grains of grit in every crack in the sidewalk!) In short, Brandon Sanderson's collaborations / interpretations of Jordan's work is even better than Jordan's singular works (yes, I did just write that). In my opinion, Brandon Sanderson brought Robert Jordan's world alive in a way that Jordan himself never could. I believe that this is because Jordan tried so very hard. Still, I appreciate them both and look forward eagerly to the last book. Thank you Brandon Sanderson for finishing this epic story in a greater than epic way! The story deserved no less.