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  • Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 9

  • By: Ray Bradbury, Harry Bates, William Morrison, and others
  • Narrated by: Jim Roberts, Cindy Killavey, Al Kessel, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

This ninth volume of Favorite Science Fiction Stories is a little unusual, in that it includes a few stories that are not really that short, bordering on novellas. Titles include: "The Concrete Mixer" by Ray Bradbury, "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates, "Bedside Manner" by William Morrison, "The Inferiors" by Mari Wolf, "The Aggravation of Elmer" by Robert Arthur, "Conquest over Time" by Michael Shara, "The Virgin of Valkarion" by Poul Anderson, "No Charge for Alterations" by H. L. Gold.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fave Sci fi 9

  • By Deedra on 05-17-18

Consistently good series

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

Would you listen to Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 9 again? Why?

Probably...some time in the future.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 9?

Too many to list.

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

Yes, I've heard quite of few of these volumes. All good in my opinion. Especially liked they way they use different narrators for variety. Nice touch.

Any additional comments?

Surprised to see some did not like the narrators. Different strokes, I guess. The sample should help you decide for yourself.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • My Life in Focus

  • A Photographer's Journey with Elizabeth Taylor and the Hollywood Jet Set
  • By: Gianni Bozzacchi, Joey Tayler
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

When Gianni Bozzacchi accepted an assignment as a photographer on the set of The Comedians (1967), he didn't know that his life was about to change forever. His ability to capture the beauty of candid moments drew the attention of the film's star, Elizabeth Taylor, and prompted her to hire him as her personal photographer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rags to Riches and Life with the stars

  • By cindilla on 04-03-17

Rags to Riches and Life with the stars

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

What made the experience of listening to My Life in Focus the most enjoyable?

Just a very good and true story of a kind of Italian Horatio Alger. Went from sleeping in the hallway of his parents house to living with the greatest stars of the time...Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

What was one of the most memorable moments of My Life in Focus?

His visit with Princess Grace and Prince Ranier

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

One of my favorite narrators. Did his usual good job which could not have been easy. Lots of tough names and places as well as a smattering of Italian.

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

There were moments of both. Some very funny true stories but...without giving any spoilers..the author had some real tragedies in his life.

Any additional comments?

Finished the whole thing in two days. It usually takes a week for a book of this size but this one made it hard to stop. Excellent.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Flury

  • Journey of a Snowman
  • By: Tony Bertauski
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Life hasn't been kind to Oliver Toye. As if juvenile diabetes wasn't enough, he's forced to live with his tyrannical grandmother at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in a snow-bound house. He spends his days doing chores and his nights listening to the forest rumble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Christmas Story for All Ages!

  • By Jerome on 11-27-14

Terrific Story

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

Reviewed: 12-24-16

Would you listen to Flury again? Why?

Yes. Perfect winter story with a bit of everything...love, suspense, the supernatural, the unbelievable....but...you believe!

What other book might you compare Flury to and why?

Claus: Legend of the Fat Man....same author...and just as good.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many too list.

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

Ditto

Any additional comments?

Probably the second best book I've ever listened too...and I've listened to hundreds.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The China Study

  • The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health
  • By: T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836

The China Study offers conclusive evidence that a change of diet can dramatically reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The book is based on the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, a 20-year joint project between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. The study surveyed the eating habits of 6,500 adults from all over China and Taiwan and found a direct correlation between diet and disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful Transformative Health Information

  • By Sara on 04-11-16

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

Where does The China Study rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top one quarter

What did you like best about this story?

Amazing information.

What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Did a nice job.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

Game changer for me and my family....am really going to change the way we eat.

  • Wheels Stop: The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program, 1986-2011

  • Outward Odyssey: A People's History of Space
  • By: Rick Houston
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

Humanity's first reusable spacecraft and the most complex machine ever built, NASA's space shuttle debuted with great promise and as a dependable source of wonder and national pride. But with the Challenger catastrophe in 1986, the whole space shuttle program came into question, as did NASA itself, so long an institution that was seemingly above reproach. Wheels Stop tells the stirring story of how, after the Challenger disaster, the space shuttle not only recovered but went on to perform its greatest missions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finished it in three days!

  • By Ken on 01-07-16

Great behind the scenes look

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

If you could sum up Wheels Stop: The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program, 1986-2011 in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating, Heroes, Proud

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of the astronauts.

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

Have heard many of his books...one of my favorite narrators ...however...not everyone feels that way so...Listen to the sample to be sure.

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

WHEELS STOP: GREATNESS ACHIEVED

Any additional comments?

Loved the many interviews and anecdotes that you would not get just from watching TV or reading a straight history.

64 of 65 people found this review helpful

  • The Dragon Enters

  • Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance
  • By: Jessica Sarah
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Aiden is a dragon shifter with a lust and desire for women. He sets his sights on the beautiful Meredith, a virgin, and the attraction is mutual. However, Meredith has her reputation to consider.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be Warned

  • By cindilla on 09-24-15

Be Warned

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

Reviewed: 09-24-15

What made the experience of listening to The Dragon Enters the most enjoyable?

Good story...but seemed somewhat incomplete...Like it was part of a longer book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main Dragon..forget his name.

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

He's one of my favorite narrator's and did his usual good job.

Any additional comments?

Be warned that...the sex scenes are quite explicit. Not for the prudish or those easily offended.

22 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II

  • By: Philip Ardery
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

"The sky was full of dying airplanes" as American Liberator bombers struggled to return to North Africa after their daring low-level raid on the oil refineries of Ploesti. They lost 446 airmen and 53 planes, but Philip Ardery's plane came home. This pilot was to take part in many more raids on Hitler's Europe, including air cover for the D-Day invasion of Normandy. This vivid firsthand account records one man's experience of World War II air warfare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating...and true story

  • By Loretta on 06-24-15

Audio even better

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

Reviewed: 08-13-15

Where does Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II?

raid in Poland.

What about James Killavey’s performance did you like?

Enjoyed it very much. Good narration.

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

Some of each.

Any additional comments?

I read this book a while back and liked it so much I decided to listen, as well.
If anything...the audio version is better. Get that sense of "being there" more.

45 of 46 people found this review helpful

  • 200,000 Miles aboard the Destroyer Cotten

  • By: C. Snelling Robinson
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 508

In mid-1943, Snelling Robinson joined the crew of the Fletcher class destroyer USS Cotten as a newly commissioned ensign. The Cotten sailed to Pearl Harbor in time to join the Fifth Fleet. Under the command of Admiral Raymond Spruance, the Fifth Fleet participated in the invasions of Tarawa and Iwo Jima and several naval battles in the Philippine Sea and the Leyte Gulf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Book and Recording. Five Stars.

  • By Martin on 12-27-14

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 08-13-15

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

Yes...I've read many such books and this is close to the top.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author.

What about James Killavey’s performance did you like?

Everything...good reader.

If you could take any character from 200,000 Miles aboard the Destroyer Cotten out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The author...sounds life a very interesting guy..if he is still alive.

30 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • Serial Date

  • Leine Basso, Book 1
  • By: D. V. Berkom
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55

Determined to leave her old life behind, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a job working security at one of television's most popular reality shows, Serial Date. When a contestant is found dead in the prop closet, it appears the killer is one of the 'bachelors' on the show - an ex-con billed as a serial killer - but the detective in charge of the case isn't so sure. When Leine's estranged daughter is abducted by a man claiming to be the real killer, she's forced to rely on old skills to find her, and must come to terms with who she really is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Satirical Suspense Novel

  • By Brian on 01-20-14

Page turner

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

Reviewed: 08-13-15

If you could sum up Serial Date in three words, what would they be?

Good strong woman

Which character – as performed by James Killavey – was your favorite?

For a man, he did a surprisingly good job with Leine..and the many other characters.

Any additional comments?

Excellent book..hope it's just the first of a series.

23 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Torn by the Sun

  • By: John C. Dalglish
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Keiko Yoshida is a beautiful, young Japanese-American in pre-World War II San Francisco. Jesse Sommers is a native San Franciscan, who walks into Keiko's life just months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Neither has any way of knowing what is coming, nor the impact events will have on their lives, but they are determined to hold on to a love being Torn by the Sun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful listening experience.

  • By Caitlyn on 07-21-15

Five stars in two areas

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

Reviewed: 07-25-15

What made the experience of listening to Torn by the Sun the most enjoyable?

I love a good romance and I'm also a history buff.

What did you like best about this story?

Very real characters, good dialogue and historically very accurate.

Which scene was your favorite?

At the end...Can say no more without giving it away.

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

Quite a few moments, actually.

Any additional comments?

Reader did a very nice job.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful