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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-19

Fun... until it just ends

Great characters and imaginative scenarios. Good writing, especially the dialogue. I'm not a big fan of ensemble cast reading-- it just seems distracting--but this one is not too jumpy. The primary readers when they get going are excellent. Sound effects are used sparingly, almost without purpose, though. BUT... the book just ends, waiting for the next comic book installment. And there is no promise of further episodes. So watch out!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-18

No end in sight

I've listened to the entire series, and "River of Bones" is consistent in tone and quality. I think my energy is just running out-- the endless conflicts don't seem to have a resolution. And maybe the pedantic style is starting to overwhelm me. I may be done with the series.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-18

Video Game Quest Brought To Life

The Hike was clever and engaging, with some scary drama. Some laugh-out-loud humor too, especially "Crab." Warning: There is a lot of swearing. Narration was top notch-- good pace and voices without being overbearing.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-18

good summary not good reader

not my favorite reader, in the least, but useful info. worth taking notes. considering purchasing the book.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Vikings and Lost in Space... on Earth

Iron Dragon is fun and well-researched at the same time. My only gripe is that the set up for how and why our heroes are on their quest is a bit thin, but it's not a barrier to enjoying the story. It's not a standalone book though-- the end is a clear prelude.

Ledford's narration is excellent... with one grinding exception: nautical terms. She worked hard to manage old Norse words but totally dropped the ball on words like "coxswain," "gunwale" and "starboard." Being that a big chunk of the book involves traveling in boats, this is kind of a frustrating omission. Still, an easy listen overall.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-18

Same Game, Different Names

"Seeker" is the same Douglas Richards novel you always get-- harried special forces guy paired with a brilliant female scientist. Lots of clever ideas and a fair amount of philosophical extemporizing. That said, it's a great deal for the money.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-18

An Aesop's Science-Fable

The depth and humanity of characters shine, even as they come forth in uplifted "lower" mammal bodies. If anything, with "Moons," Schoen has dug deeper into issues of prejudice, memory and vision all the while telling a great story. There are times he gets a bit too metaphysical for my taste, but not for long. Hertzler is a talented and engaging narrator. He inhabits the two books' many characters well.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-18

Great Heroes Story

the premise may seem a little shallow but the characters are well-developed and varied, the reader is very good with characters and the action is compelling. it does end quite abruptly so.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-18

An Exploration of Sexism Wrapped Up in Alt-History

I found myself gritting my teeth at the grinding sexism endured by Elma, "the Lady Astronaut," but I found I couldn't disagree with what she portrayed. Kowal balances the social issue with great storytelling and likable, well-developed characters. And the story is hopeful, despite the terrifying premise. She even manages to take on racism well, to a lesser degree. One gripe: a jarringly abrupt ending.

Kowal as a reader has good pacing and consistent, subtle voice variations. I wouldn't mind her reading someone else's book, in fact. But she's especially good with her own material-- no one can deliver nuance like a reader/author.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-18

Nazi Zombies at Bastogne

Imagine the last 20 minutes of "Saving Private Ryan" were stretched to five hours... and you added Zombies. That's pretty much the sum total of "Screaming Eagles." There's really no character development (although there are a lot of characters) and little suspense. There is nonstop fighting though. Did I mention that? The narration is gritty and okay, but could've benefited from some pronounciation help. Some pronounciations even changed from wrong to write to wrong as the book progressed.

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