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  • Red Storm Rising

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 31 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,277

When Muslim fundamentalists blow up a key Soviet oil complex, making an already critical oil shortage calamitous, the Russians figure they are going to have to take things into their own hands. They plan to seize the Persian Gulf, and more ambitiously, to neutralize NATO. Thus begins Red Storm, an audacious gamble that uses diplomatic maneuver to cloak a crash military build-up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stand alone master piece

  • By Thomas on 01-21-11

My favorite

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

I love this book. I have read the book or listened to the audible recording many times and along with Heinlein’s ‘Starship Troopers’ and DC Comic’s Sergeant Rock, it is greatly responsible for my choice to serve. Required reading, or listen, for any Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine.

  • Kill the Queen

  • Crown of Shards Series, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Estep
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408

In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten. But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it.

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-14-18

I was not disappointed

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This book provided what I look for in all my books, a story that I enjoyed. Well done.

  • The Valens Legacy

  • By: Jan Stryvant
  • Narrated by: Leland King
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,948

In his junior year at college, the only things on Sean's mind are doing his homework and getting out of college to get a real job. A gamer and a bit of a nerd, Sean's philosophy in life has been to keep his head down and get his work done. But when a failed kidnapping attempt leaves him with a gaping hole in his memory, his oldest friend dead, and his mother missing, Sean suddenly finds his whole world turned upside down as he's thrust into the hidden world of magic and the supernatural.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sumtime' s you just want to have fun!

  • By Joel Cagle on 03-22-18

Wonderful brain candy.

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Fun in the same way as binging on your favorite ice cream covered in Funyuns.

  • NPCs

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,523

What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed? When the quest has been given, the steeds saddled, and the adventurers are off to their next encounter? They keep the world running, the food cooked, and the horses shoed, yet what adventurer has ever spared a thought or concern for the Non-Player Characters? In the town of Maplebark, four such NPCs settle in for a night of actively ignoring the adventurers drinking in the tavern when things go quickly and fatally awry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable if you manage your expectations

  • By Miachi on 01-23-15

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 05-23-17

Parts of this book gave me goosebumps when memories from my younger nerd life came flooding back. If you ever spent countless hours questing/role playing, you will love this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Seraphina

  • By: Rachel Hartman
  • Narrated by: Mandy Williams, Justine Eyre
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,127

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely Inspiring Fantasy

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-26-12

EveryFlavorBean that didn't taste like earwax.

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

Reviewed: 10-01-12

What made the experience of listening to Seraphina the most enjoyable?

I did not get bored and the story was not foolishly predictable. Searching for a new author and new book is like eating everyflavorbeans, sometimes you get something good but alot of times you get earwax. This story was hot chocolate.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Seraphina?

The battle between Phina's uncle and grandfather. Fruitbat was like a little half dragon Ninja.

Have you listened to any of Mandy Williams and Justine Eyre ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

I am looking forward to the next book.

  • The Practice Effect

  • By: David Brin
  • Narrated by: Andy Caploe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

Physicist Dennis Nuel was the first human to probe the strange realms called anomaly worlds - alternate universes where the laws of science were unpredictably changed. But the world Dennis discovered seemed almost like our own - with one perplexing difference. To his astonishment, he was hailed as a wizard and found himself fighting beside a beautiful woman with strange powers against a mysterious warlord as he struggles to solve the riddle of this baffling world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite Brin novel. Glad it's now in audio.

  • By James on 05-25-12

My favorite Brin novel. Glad it's now in audio.

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

Reviewed: 05-25-12

Would you listen to The Practice Effect again? Why?

Absolutely! 20 years ago I discovered an amazing new world in the Uplift novels and like an unsupervised child with a bag of halloween candy, I devoured them. Over the next couple of years I read all of Brin's novels and The Practice Effect is my favorite with Startide Rising coming in a close second. I am very happy that this book finally came out in audio and pleased that the narration was good and did not distract from what I consider an amazing story.

What did you like best about this story?

The practice effect!

What about Andy Caploe’s performance did you like?

The narration did not distract from the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I enjoyed Dennis's Wright Brothers moment.

Any additional comments?

I am disappointed that the only Brin novel that ever made it to film was the Postman. The Postman movie/screenplay was an unmitigated disaster and I would have loved to have seen The Uplift War or Startide Rising made into a GOOD film.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Unholy Night

  • By: Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 560

They're an iconic part of history's most celebrated birth. But what do we really know about the Three Kings of the Nativity, besides the fact that they followed a star to Bethlehem bearing strange gifts? The Bible has little to say about this enigmatic trio. But leave it to Seth Grahame-Smith, the brilliant and twisted mind behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to take a little mystery, bend a little history, and weave an epic tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly wonderful story

  • By Dianne on 07-02-12

Not too bad at all.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-12

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

Yes. I enjoyed this book almost as much as ALVH. I would have said, as much, but right at the end it seemed that the author got in a hurry and rushed the ending. But, overall it was well worth the time and money.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Unholy Night?

I would have said that it was the Zombie attack, but the action seemed to be abbreviated. Almost as if, like the ending, the story was over edited or rushed to an ending.

Have you listened to any of Peter Berkrot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

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

Not your Mother's nativity story!

Any additional comments?

Overall a good yarn.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful