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  • The Fiery Cross

  • Outlander, Book 5
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 55 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,783
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,634

The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Life on the Frontier Is Difficult. Duh.

  • By Carol on 01-19-13

War looms

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I enjoyed Claire and Jamie in the New World. This book focuses on Jamie's growth as he is once again a land owner/landlord, and some of the growing pains of the family. Of course, once again, war looms, as does the knowledge that Claire and Jamie will die in a fire in less than 5 years.in

I cannot praise Davina Porter enough. She is an excellent narrator. Ms. Porter, my hat goes off to you!

Once again, I must advise that there is graphic sex. One of my children is watching the series and calls it soft porn. Seriously, the book would be just as good if it were, "I desired him so much, blah, blah, blah. Fade to black...

Language is not as frequent as the first book (nothing is, LOL), but, it's there.

  • Dragonfly in Amber

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 38 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,675
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,418

New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FOR GUYS AS WELL

  • By Jeff on 05-14-12

Gratifying narrative

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-18

While the first book in this series exhausted me, and I almost didna keep reading, ya ken, LOL, this one was written at a more sedate pace. At places, I found myself in tears. I hate books that make me cry.

In the this book, I learned more about James, a bit more about Claire and more than I really wanted to know about Gilly.

There was still sex, of course, but no as much as in the first. And, as sex scenes go, they're fairly tastefully done. But no, they had a fire come on them for each other and fell into bed, up against the wall, in the manure...fade to black! LOL

There's language, too, so don't let your young teens read this. I would have LOVED it when I was 10!

I absolutely adore Davinia Porter. I just get lost in the reading of the books she narrates, and look up surprised someone is nae a man (yes, I know it's aggravating. Don't be a hater). She never forces her voice. Being a born and bred Southerner, I can't say how perfect her Scottish is, but I'll bet it's pretty darn good!

  • The Windup Girl

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,395
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,611
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,633

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner.

  • By Marius on 01-13-10

Was a huge fail for me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I hate to say bad things about books. I'm sure it's great for a lot of people, but not me.

One of the first things I found distressing, was the violence in the book. Having read sci fi/fantasy for roughly 50 years, I've read violence. We watched the Viet Nam war, blood and guts, in our homes at supper. But this is different.And yes it needs to be discussed in our literature, and in public, and our highest courts, etc., but from the length of time I listened, it wasn't.

I, personally, found the story too confusing to listen to the way I listen to mine. Sometimes 15 minutes, or 30, or an hour, with 🐕🐕barking and having to rewind, and well, probably the same way a majority of you read yours.

I fall asleep with Alexa reading my books. In the intervals I wake up, I listen a bit then fall back to sleep. Even those times I gained no interest in reading it. 😢 I found the book to be rather disjointed. I think it was above my pay grade, LOL

About the narrator -- of the voices I heard, they were great. However his narrating style is, well, slow. That's the best I can call it. Rather monotonous. He does, however, have a pleasant voice.

I returned this book.

  • Daughter of Dragons

  • The Legacy of Dragons, Book 1
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,854

The world of Dematr had been locked unchanging for centuries by the Great Guilds, most people living in a world of oil lamps, crossbows, and horse cavalry, the Mechanics reserving to themselves the technology for steam locomotives, rifles, and far-talkers while the Mages treated all others as if they were nothing - until Master Mechanic Mari, dragon slayer and pirate queen, and Master of Mages Alain raised the army of the new day to free their world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Teen emotion

  • By Ray on 08-28-17

Great first book in the series

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

The companie's job is to go from planet to planet, taking people's DNA, then ripping them off. This planet just happens to be a planet of makers and mages, and, with the help of the captain's throw-a-way son, this time, they've bitten off way more than they can chew.

The premise of this of this book is certainly not new, everything old is new again, and so it goes. Tweak this a bit, and I'm sure it can be found with the Illyad and the Oddysea. (?sp?) But I love the characters, the way in which they interact, and the way they grow. I read a review that said there was a lot of time taken up whining. I wouldn't say that myself. But was there whining? Of course there was. This book of the series is about the evolution of two children under 16.

The young woman and young man (I'm terrible remembering names), set off to hids the Urth boy from his mother, because he has something very valuable, to her, that she wants. And becaust of Earth tech, it can't be destroyed. The adventure that ensues causes both children to grow up some, and get the confidence they are going to Oz to seek, LOL.

I thought the writing was very good for this style of book. I found it funny that the female protagnist has to put in much effort to keep the male protagonisst from saying OK. Sometimes the smallest things amuse me.

The narrator, MacLeod Andrrews, was great, I thought. He was on character, all the time. There were two things, though, that I thought would have made things a tad better. I think the voice for the female protagonist was too soft. It was almost as if she were always talking quietly. She never raised her voice in appropriate moments, such as when she was fighting the dragon. The other thing, and narrators rarely do this for any situation of the same nature, is that during the storm, he did not have the characters raise their voices at all.

I really enjoyed the ending!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I rarely give books more than a 4 rating, and that's for the good ones. I save a 5 for something I truly like.

  • The Monster Hunter Files

  • By: Larry Correia, Jonathan Maberry, Faith Hunter, and others
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Bailey Carr, Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,813

For well over a century, Monster Hunter International has kept the world safe from supernatural threats small and large - and, in some cases, very, very large. Now, join us as MHI opens their archives for the first time. From experienced hunters on their toughest cases, to total newbies' initial encounters with the supernatural, The Monster Hunter Files reveals the secret history of the world's most elite monster fighting force.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like most short story collections, a mixed bag

  • By Michael G. Potter on 10-27-17

And what did they do next?

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

Reviewed: 11-17-17

I really enjoyed this, and hope more come out in this series soon. I'm getting ready to read Sinners, then I might just go back and re-read the whole series.

These are stories of different MHI characters. There are some great ancillary characters , and I hope they show up in future books. This book helps round out MHI by showing glimpses into the lives of other monster hunters. There was only one story I don't like, and another that just leaves me scratching my head.

Narrators were great.

This book has lots of bad language, and of course, lots of violence, as usual. If you haven't read any of the other books, start with book one. I'm not a violence /language fan in books, but these are just good books.

I WOULD NOT LET THESE books be read by children under 16 at least. They are vividly written, enough to give a child nightmares, especially the older children, (evidence gained from my own children from other innocuous reading) even if you don't care about your children being inundated by the F* word and other, and constant violence. They are enjoyable adult books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Starliner

  • The Intergalactic Investigation Bureau, Book 1
  • By: John P. Logsdon, Christopher P. Young
  • Narrated by: Jus Sargeant
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Two robotic deaths and a grouping of terrorist attacks have just happened on the biggest incorporated entity in the galactic empire. As large as a massive city, the corporate flotilla crawls through space ever-searching for more customers to add to its bottom line. But with the recent turn of events, the very existence of the station and all of its inhabitants are at risk of losing everything. The #1 suspect? A new robotic religiosity that calls itself Starliner.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fun robo -oops- mechanican romp

  • By Ijw on 01-20-18

You almost destroyed the world for a WHAT???

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

This is another little gem I found looking for sci-fi comedy. I'll definitely read it again.

"Starliner" drew me in practically from the first word. It has that sumpin' sumpin'.

Everyone lives in this unimaginably huge space station. There are all kinds of beings, at least one disgusting, and the authors spared no detail. Seriously, they had to have had some serious brews to come up with that one.

Many, many years ago, robots were only tools. And poorly used ones at that. They revolted, became their own species called mechs, and now they've found God!

This book is well written, funny, and clean. I love the cast of characters. My favorites are (I can't remember names, sorry ), the mech who owns the bar, the inspeçtor's 2nd in command, and the pleasure mech. But all the characters are delightful.

I love the narrator. This is hard to explain, really. I am cognizant of the fact that he is narrating, but most of the time it seems like he's not there. I would definitely listen to him again

  • Ononokin Book Bundle #1

  • 4 Hilarious Adventures
  • By: John P. Logsdon, Christopher P. Young
  • Narrated by: Jus Sargeant
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

A hilarious fantasy book bundle! This bundle includes A Quest of Undoing, The Full Moon Event, Bob the Zombie, and Gappy's Gadgets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hit the spot nicely <br />

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-22-17

Hit the spot nicely <br />

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

I was on another quest for sci-fi comedy, which led me to these little gems. I found them light, frivolous, and humorous, which I badly needed.

They are four separate stories, the only connection being the places. My favorite is #4. If you end up buying the books separately, it doesn't matter in what order they are read.

Loved the books -- must mean I love the authors, right?

Jus Sargeant is an excellent narrator!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Monstrous Regiment

  • Discworld #31
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,531
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,532

War has come to Discworld...again. And, to no one's great surprise, the conflict centers around the small, insufferably arrogant, strictly fundamentalist duchy of Borogravia, which has long prided itself on its ability to beat up on its neighbors. This time, however, it's Borogravia that's getting its long-overdue comeuppance, which has left the country severely drained of young men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Let the Socks do the Talking

  • By Beth McKenzie on 02-22-13

Monstrous fun

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

I've read this book twice so far. I absolutely love it. It may be my favorite in the series. If I had a better way to type, I'd add a bit more, but on this keyboard, too much disappears!😄 I will listen again soon.

  • To Say Nothing of the Dog

  • Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last
  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,431
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,434

In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun read

  • By Sara on 07-23-08

Is making me laugh and laugh

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

Reviewed: 04-29-17

I am still reading this book, but have to do a review now. I have been reading sci-fi for 50 years, so as you can imagine, I've read everything! 😄 And I've been struggling for something to read I'm not tired of. Enter sci-fi comedy - God has blessed me.

The premise of this book is a foundation for traveling back in history. I've read another series similar to this and enjoyed it, so...

I'm very happy I used a credit for this book. I still have 9 hrs to read, and I simply love this book. I laugh and laugh and laugh.

If you're reading this for deeper meaning, or to pick it to death, then leave it be. It is a lighthearted, funny look at a science that doesn't exist, and what could go wrong if it did.

My two favorite characters are the dog and the cat.

The narrator is great. At one point I thought I was listening to a female narrator. I love it all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,647
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,029
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,070

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was surprised by how much I liked it

  • By cristina on 01-14-14

Not my cuppa

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

I don't like this book. I think it is slow, and does not stand up to the book' description. If I were asked to say what I think the theme of the book is, my answer would be copious amounts of drinking, and LIBERAL use of the F* word with book thrown in thrown in to call it a day. That's just my humble opinion.

The narrator does a great job. Apparently he either can't sing, or doesn't know the songs 😄, 'cause he doesn't! He does the 3 yo especially well.

I am returning this book 😯

0 of 1 people found this review helpful