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  • The Steam-Pump Jump

  • A Chronicles of St Mary’s Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 309

Not one to let being banged up in Sick Bay stop her, Max has had a brilliant idea. But she needs Markham to execute it on her behalf. The subject of this cunning plan is Peterson, struggling with another bereavement and not doing very well. What’s needed to get him through it is sympathy, sensitivity, tact and understanding. Step forward Mr Markham, for whom sympathy, sensitivity, etc., are things that happen to other people. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-07-18

Pure delight.

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Another Markham short story. Even better than My Name is Markham. One of the fastest two hour listens I've heard. Went by way too fast. A pure delight.

  • Last Dragon Standing

  • Heartstrikers, Book 5
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,113
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,986

There is no way to write a blurb for this final book without spoiling all of the others. Suffice it to say, mysteries resolve, dragons war, pigeons abound, and Julius must risk himself in ways he never dreamed possible as Bob's grand plan finally comes to fruition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing ending to an even more amazing series!

  • By Dustin on 03-01-18

A great conclusion to a great series.

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Perhaps a bit heavy on the world ending drama angst (as in the previous book), but as a whole and particularly as an ending to a great series nothing short of marvelous.

Vikas Adam - no amount of praise is enough. A truly fantastic narration throughout this series.

A very satisfying (long) ending and perhaps one of the greatest epilogues I've ever read.

  • Words on the Move

  • Why English Won't - and Can't - Sit Still (Like, Literally)
  • By: John McWhorter
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853

Words on the Move opens our eyes to the surprising backstories to the words and expressions we use every day. Did you know that silly once meant "blessed"? Or that ought was the original past tense of owe? Or that the suffix -ly in adverbs is actually a remnant of the word like? And have you ever wondered why some people from New Orleans sound as if they come from Brooklyn?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Literally A Great Listen

  • By sgonk on 10-02-16

Language lives.

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

As informative and above all fun as other McWhorter books I've listened to. OK- Perhaps the grammar and vowel shift chapters were not as fun as the rest, but I still loved the listen.

This book actually has helped me understand (and accept) some recent changes in my native language (Swedish). Not a mean feat, this being a book about the English language. Great stuff.

  • Mirror Dance

  • A Miles Vorkosigan Novel
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,252

The dwarfish, fetally damaged yet brilliant Miles Vorkosigan has more than his share of troubles. Having recently escaped an assassination plot whose tool was a brainwashed clone of himself, Miles has set the clone, Mark, free for a new chance at life. But when he decides to let his clone brother assume his secret identity and lead the Dendarii Free Mercenary on an unauthorized mission to liberate other clones from the outlaw planet of Jackson's Whole, things get really messy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book, but needs editing?

  • By Paul Mc Galey on 08-10-09

Expected a good book. Got a great one!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

I studiously avoid reading the publisher's summary when reading / listening to a book in a series I know that I'll keep following. These summaries tend to reveal (or even spoil) too much of the story. And man was I glad I skipped the summary this time.

The great story surprised me again and again. Darker and more introspective, yet still retaining the wry humor I've come to expect. Not really Space Opera-ish, but a very, very engaging story. All the characters (good and bad) ring true. Complications galore of course, but not in a contrived way. I was never annoyed with the story or felt that dreaded suspension of disbelief stretching. No mean feat in a Sci-Fi novel. Just very competent writing and world building from Lois McMaster Bujold. Come to think of it, character and relationship building is even better.

Good narration from Grover Gardner as usual.

  • The Green Hills of Earth

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 215

The Green Hills of Earth is a collection of short stories from one of the masters of science fiction who has held readers spellbound for over 30 years. This collection includes "Delilah and the Space-Rigger," "Space-Jockey," "The Long Watch," "Gentlemen Be Seated," "The Black Pits of Luna," "It's Great to Be Back," "' - We Also Walk Dogs,'" "Ordeal in Space," "The Green Hills of Earth," and "Logic of Empire."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heinlein at his Best

  • By Cletus van Damme on 01-27-11

Dated, but in a GOOD way.

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

Written by a master in what was truly the golden era of Science Fiction. Here it was the stories and the people that mattered. Not like much of todays incomprehensible and fantastic high tech mumbo jumbo.

At times delightfully anachronistic. Need to figure out a landing trajectory or a fuel consumption rate to save the spaceship? Use the slide ruler. Yea! Need to search a lot of data fast? Let the punch cards do it for you. Woohoo!

Not to be binge listened to. A short story now and again between full length novels, is the perfect way to take this fine collection in.

Narration is good. Perhaps a tad fast for my liking, but unobtrusive and pleasant.

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  • A Scone to Die For

  • Oxford Tearoom Cozy Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 786

When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in Gemma Rose's quaint English tearoom, she suddenly finds herself apron-deep in a mystery involving long-buried secrets from Oxford's past. Armed with her insider knowledge of the university and with the help of four nosy old ladies from her local Cotswolds village (not to mention a cheeky little tabby cat named Muesli), Gemma sets out to solve the mystery - all while dealing with her matchmaking mother and the return of her old college love, Devlin O'Connor, now a dashing CID detective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the cover and buy this cozy mystery

  • By Eddie Lynn on 10-01-16

Cozy fluff.

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Cozy factor - Very high
Romance factor - Meh
Murder mystery - Not bad
Characters - Few but unobtrusive and likable
Narration - Borderline cute "storybook lady" voice, but OK
Final verdict - Fluff. But good fluff. Nothing to actually dislike. Good book? No. Likable book? Yes!

  • A Dragon of a Different Color

  • Heartstrikers, Book 4
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 21 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,314

To save his family from his tyrannical mother, Julius had to step on a lot of tails. That doesn't win a nice dragon many friends, but just when he thinks he's starting to make progress, a new threat arrives. Turns out, things can get worse. Heartstriker hasn't begun to pay for its secrets, and the dragons of China are here to collect. When the Golden Emperor demands his surrender, Julius will have to choose between loyalty to the sister who's always watched over him and preserving the clan he gave everything to protect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A new favorite dragon, Fredrick!

  • By Elisabeth on 09-30-17

Too much and not enough.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Spectacular story escalation. Its complexity and scope is I'm sad to say, getting to be grossly overworked. I sincerely hope that Rachel Aaron manages to finish the story in the next book. Not much is resolved in this one, in spite of it's length and multiple (but connected) storylines.

Still a good listen though. If nothing else listen to it to enjoy Vikas Adam's spectacular command of ALL the characters different voices. Truly marvelous narration.

  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,235

You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming book with an excellent narrator

  • By jc on 03-05-10

Filled with vivid, real people. A great listen.

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

A delightful listen. The people are not caricatures but feels like real, flawed, likable (and unlikable) persons, that you'd meet in real life. The story is good as well. Fairly light, but not at all as predictable as I feared.

Great writing. Filled with gentle humor and little observations that fits the mood perfectly. "Two Americans in as many weeks approached a major epidemic". "Memories were like paintings ... scrape at them and they come up all red and blazing".

Add to this an excellent narration. Warmly recommended.

  • The Undead: Part 1

  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Dan Morgan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,065

A deadly infection spreads across Europe. The Undead series: a terrifying account of one man desperately struggling to survive this harrowing event day by day. Part one - days one to three. Howie is at home on a rare Friday night off work when an infection which has rapidly spread across Europe hits his hometown on the South Coast of England. Luck sees him through the first night when many others are taken down and infected, only to rise again as the undead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dave

  • By Julia Fedorov on 07-31-15

Great first person present tense zombie action.

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

Written in the hard to master First Person Present Tense format, gives this great book an immediacy that enhances the bewilderment, horror, shame and all the other feelings that the protagonist feels. A great piece of penmanship from R. R. Haywood. Incredibly bloody and gory, but to my surprise it does not feel gratuitous. In no small part due to the "I and Now" of the writing format I suspect.

Not all is blood and horror mind you. Quite funny at times as well. Not flippant humor. More of the gallows humor variety. The lighter parts of the narrative does not fell misplaced or contrived at all. Again great writing.

A long series of books ahead. I'm looking forward to keep following the (initially) hapless Tesco night's manager "Mr. Howie" and the great character Dave, as they traverse a zombie infested England.

  • The Starling Project

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina, full cast
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,586
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,435

Audie Award, Original Work, 2016; Audie Award Finalist, Audio Drama, 2016. An aborted raid targeting a major arms dealer. A hostage standoff at a bank that may not be what it seems. A plot to spring a former African dictator from prison. What is the threat that connects them all? And just who is the mysterious mastermind, The Starling? From Mexico to Washington – from London to Marseille to Prague – war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his team of Volunteers risk their lives to follow the trail of clues. But how can they stop The Starling – when he always seems one step ahead?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a DRAMA, not a book!

  • By Writrix on 11-25-14

Production value - OK. Direction and editing - bad

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

The good:
Fast paced convoluted story.
Voice acting is excellent, apart from the character with the "upper class English fop" accent.
Likable characters.
Sound and production value is good.

The bad:
Actors are "speedreading" their lines during conversations. As soon as one character finish speaking, the next one IMMEDIATELY delivers his/her line. No pauses whatsoever between speakers. No real life conversation flows like that. It's a typical bad theater and radio drama flaw, that annoys me no end. With a better director or editor this could have avoided. Too bad the director is also the editor...
Again and again utilizes the cheap trick of hiding things from the reader, for dramatic effect.
The ending.