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  • Bloodchild and Other Stories

  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Janina Edwards
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

Six remarkable stories from a master of modern science fiction. Octavia E. Butler's classic "Bloodchild," winner of both the Nebula and Hugo awards, anchors this collection of incomparable stories and essays. "Bloodchild" is set on a distant planet where human children spend their lives preparing to become hosts for the offspring of the alien Tlic. Sometimes the procedure is harmless, but often it is not. Also included is the Hugo Award - winning "Speech Sounds," about a near future in which humans must adapt after an apocalyptic event robs them of their ability to speak.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good stories, well narrated

  • By Donna on 08-03-15

Too artsy-fartsy for me

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I guess that I'm the oddball who didn't like this book. Actually I can't say that I didn't like all of it because I gave up on it after the first two stories.

I prefer a story to have a beginning, a middle, and an end rather than a "deeper meaning". I don't care to explore the subject of "male pregnancy". In fact, I don't much want to "explore" anything in a short story. I just want entertainment. I'm shallow that way.

I usually use my audiobooks as a distraction while I complete some brainless task like washing the dishes or mowing the lawn. These stories remind me too much of required reading in school where the goal was to have something to discuss in class.

Not for me.

  • The Crystal Cave

  • The Arthurian Saga, Book 1
  • By: Mary Stewart
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595

Born the bastard son of a Welsh princess, Myrdden Emrys - or as he would later be known, Merlin - leads a perilous childhood, haunted by portents and visions. But destiny has great plans for this no-man's-son, taking him from prophesying before High King Vortigern to the crowning of Uther Pendragon, and the conception of Arthur, king for once and always.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasy as literature.

  • By bluestategirl on 01-25-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

With such high scores from reviewers I expected a much better book than this.

The author rambles on with waaaaay too much detail about the environment and emotions while she lets the story bog down. I was unwilling to fast-forward through too much of this book because I would certainly miss the handful of passages wherein something actually happens.

After about four or five hours this book became a chore rather than an enjoyment and I gave up on it. This one will be going back.

The narrator reads well but does not separate the various characters' voices well. He was also a disappointment.

  • I Liked My Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Abby Fabiaschi
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett, Dan Bittner, Therese Plummer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,361

Maddy is a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother, host of excellent parties, giver of thoughtful gifts, and bestower of a searingly perceptive piece of advice or two. She is the cornerstone of her family, a true matriarch...until she commits suicide, leaving her husband, Brady, and teenage daughter, Eve, heartbroken and reeling, wondering what happened. How could the exuberant, exacting woman they loved disappear so abruptly, seemingly without reason, from their lives?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good all around.

  • By Adam C. on 03-16-17

Tell me more about how you felt about that...

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

This book got good reviews from several men, but it appears that they don't have the same taste as I do. I would categorize this book as chick-lit. I admit that I gave up only two hours into the book, but I couldn't listen to another minute of the three characters telling all about their feelings. In that time, virtually nothing had happened.

I don't mind hearing about emotions as the story progresses, but for me the story must actually progress. This one went nowhere in the first quarter of the book.

Too bad. I had high hopes with the good scores it received.

-- Loren

  • Wrecked

  • By: JB Salsbury
  • Narrated by: Bunny Warren, Matthew Holland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489

It's been months since Aden Colt left the army, and still the memories haunt him. When he moved into a tiny boat off the California coast, he thought he'd found the perfect place to escape life. Then Sawyer shows up and turns his simple life upside down. Beautiful and sophisticated, she seems out of place in this laid-back beach town. Something is pushing her to experience everything she can - including Aden. But as much as he wants her, starting a relationship with Sawyer puts them both at risk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEAUTIFUL

  • By BNP on 07-22-17

Chick-lit romance

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

I depend on the male reviewers to give me some hope whenever I buy a book that's in the Romance category. There usually aren't many of them but this time I found one or two. Their reviews were good so I took a chance. Error.

This book has way too much swooning over the guy's great abs and way too many furtive glances at the gal's cleavage. JB Salsbury, the author, doesn't have a clue about men's emotions, especially emotions of men who serve in the military. Men are just not that complicated.

I'm glad that lots of women have enjoyed this book, but it doesn't work for me, and, I suspect, most men.

-- Loren

  • Sea of Rust

  • A Novel
  • By: C. Robert Cargill
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764

It's been 30 years since the apocalypse and 15 years since the murder of the last human being at the hands of robots. Humankind is extinct. Every man, woman, and child has been liquidated by a global uprising devised by the very machines humans designed and built to serve them. Most of the world is controlled by an OWI - One World Intelligence, the shared consciousness of millions of robots uploaded into one huge mainframe brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Give me more Mercer

  • By Jerry on 11-06-17

A miserable world without hope.

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

This is a miserable story about a world that is going nowhere. If you take any time at all to ponder what the ultimate fate of Earth is you can understand why none of the “free bots” have any hope left. This hopelessness continues through the entire novel. The ending seems designed to give the reader the idea that maybe there is some brighter future after all, but it’s too simplistic to be believable.

The narrator reads well and with appropriate emotion, but she does not differentiate voices among all the characters as well as I would like. When two “female” bots were conversing I couldn’t tell which one was speaking from the voice.

I stuck with this book to the end because I thought it couldn’t continue along the same line all the way through. I was wrong

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  • Dodger

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,553

A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl - not even if her fate impacts the most powerful people in England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Narrator, Great story

  • By Easy Reader on 01-18-13

Not just for young people

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

This is billed as a book for teens, but it seems to me that many of the words would be above the knowledge of most teenagers. A typical one would be spending a lot of time in a dictionary in order to truly understand this book.

This book was a delightful listen. Not so complicated as to require rapt attention, but just enough mystery and action to keep me wanting to go on. An audio page-turner.

  • The Force

  • A Novel
  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,565

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. He is the "King of Manhattan North", a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force". Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest - an elite special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs, and guns. Every day and every night for the 18 years he's spent on the job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winslow continus to amaze

  • By Steve L on 07-13-17

The NRA is not selling guns to drug dealers

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

It’s too bad Winslow decided to blame me and other NRA members for the shooting perpetrated by criminals across the USA. At about position 1:14 into the book Winslow’s protagonist Denny Malone goes into a rant about how people like me, a law-abiding gun owner, are smuggling guns into NYC from other states to sell them to drug dealers.

I take serious offense at such statements and am returning this book. It’s sad, because I have three other Winslow books in my library and I’ve enjoyed them. I’ll miss his writing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lions of Al-Rassan

  • By: Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699

The ruling Asharites of Al-Rassan have come from the desert sands, but over centuries, seduced by the sensuous pleasures of their new land, their stern piety has eroded. The Asharite empire has splintered into decadent city-states led by warring petty kings. King Almalik of Cartada is on the ascendancy, aided always by his friend and advisor, the notorious Ammar ibn Khairan - poet, diplomat, soldier - until a summer afternoon of savage brutality changes their relationship forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of drama

  • By Kat Hooper on 10-12-12

Good, but complicated

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

This is a difficult book to rate because it’s good; it’s just not good in audio format. This is not a book you can listen to if your attention is required by anything else.

By the end of the first hour the author had introduced 15 characters, 16 locations, and 7 other names or words that I wrote down so I could keep track of them. Of course at the beginning I didn't know which ones would be important, so I felt I'd better keep track of all of them. By the half-way point I had 26 characters and 25 locations on my list.

This story kept my interest but required too much concentration to keep track of all the characters, locations, political entities, and religions. I would hope that the printed version of this book would contain a map to help the reader understand the relationships among the various kingdoms and cities. With a printed book you can use (lots of) Post-It notes stuck to pages to keep track of who’s who.

After having to back up and listen repeatedly to several passages so I could figure out what had happened I finally gave up when I was two-thirds of the way through the book. I no longer felt the story was worth the effort to understand it.

The narrator did a pretty good job, but has an aristocratic accent. When I wrote down one location’s name I wrote “Katada”. Only after reading something about the book on Wikipedia did I find that it’s actually “Cartada”. At least he didn’t often have me wondering which character was speaking.

If you’re going on a long drive on interstate highways through, say, Nevada or Utah this book will be fine. If you think you’ll be able to understand the story while negotiating the freeway traffic in Los Angeles you are mistaken.

A good story that requires your attention. Not for me.

  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,938
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,295

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard Clines. Fun and forgettable

  • By Debra on 10-07-17

At least the narrator did a good job.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

I am able to suspend disbelief as much as the next reader. I enjoy sci-fi and fantasy. I loved the Harry Potter books. But I could not get past the absolutely absurd, illogical situations presented in this story. Even within the context of the world presented by the author there were too many unexplained (or insufficiently explained) issues.

When I could stand it no longer I gave up and returned this book. The author writes well, but he needs help with his story idea.

The narrator, Ray Porter, did a fine job. He reads very well and did a good job at separating the characters’ voices.

  • Shibumi

  • By: Trevanian
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985

Nicholai Hel, born in the ravages of World War I China to an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German father, raised in the spiritual gardens of a Japanese Go Master, survives the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world's most artful lover and its most accomplished and highly paid assassin. Genius, mystic, master of language and culture, Hel's secret is his determination to attain a rare kind of personal excellence, a state of effortless perfection: shibumi.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Only a Russian could be this shibumi

  • By David on 07-15-12

Who would give this book more than one star?

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

I expected an action/adventure/suspense book but instead I got a long, boring, rambling book filled with various scenes that never relate to the story.

There is a full hour or more describing a caving adventure and by the time I gave up on the book the story still had not wrapped around to how this would affect the plot. I was unwilling to listen to the last four hours just to see if it ever did.

After over 12 hours of this painful experience, I gave up with less than five hours to go. When a book becomes a chore to listen to I give up. This one was definitely a chore.

The idea had such potential, but the author took it nowhere.

The narrator did an adequate job, but was unremarkable.

Forget the cost of this book; don’t waste your precious time on it.

-- Loren