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  • Dark Waters

  • Elemental, Book 1
  • By: Rain Oxford
  • Narrated by: Todd Menesses
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 909
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 905

Devon Sanders, a private investigator known for his efficiency and discretion, has no interest in getting involved with the paranormal community. Unfortunately for him, the paranormal community does have an interest in him, or at least in his secret. Devon is exceptional in solving cases using his uncanny intuition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a GREAT Listen!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-30-15

Supernatural "whodunnit"

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

Overall the story line and characterisations were good and the book kept my attention. The narrator had a large cast of characters to portray and did a competent job apart from the English accent which varied from Australian to Cockney. Worth a read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Golden Son

  • Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,073
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,040

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Modern Classic Which Will Endure

  • By HMW on 01-09-15

Builds on first book

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

Really builds on characters established in first book. Darrow especially becomes an interesting character. Really well written

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • On Basilisk Station

  • Honor Harrington, Book 1
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,473
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,654

Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks for the memories

  • By ShySusan on 03-23-13

Space warfare with a female lead.

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

Well-written "shoot up the bad guys in space." Oh, and fight the bad guys on your side as well. A few stereotyped characters, but for the first time in a long while I read about some different aliens that actually made sense - if aliens can make sense. Perhaps I meant that these aliens were different from the usual BEMs and were consistent in their actions in the scenario the author set up. Would consider more in the series.

  • FREE Yesterday's Gone: Season 1 - Episode 1

  • By: Sean Platt, David Wright
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase, R. C. Bray, Brian Holsopple, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,740
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,446
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,444

Can humanity survive what it never saw coming? On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost. These survivors aren't truly alone... Someone or something is watching them. And waiting... Strangers unite. Sides are chosen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEER BATTERED BULL SH@@

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 08-31-14

Listen and buy the series

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

Reviewed: 03-07-16

Pleasantly surprised by this. The scenario was fairly familiar, but the authors (and narrators) managed to squeeze something new out of it. I will certainly buy the rest of the series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Starship Grifters

  • Rex Nihilo, Book 1
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,893
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,884

A space-faring ne'er-do-well with more bravado than brains, Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain. But when he fleeces a wealthy weapons dealer in a high-stakes poker game, he ends up winning a worthless planet - and owing an outstanding debt more vast than space itself! The only way for Rex to escape a lifetime of torture on the prison world Gulagatraz is to score a big payday by pulling off his biggest scam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes you just gotta give a book a chance!

  • By Sad Carlos on 07-08-14

Pastiche of Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy plus?

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

Reviewed: 11-26-15

The author has borrowed from the "Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy", "Star wars" with a touch of "The stainless steel rat" in an attempt to be witty. Unfortunately he didn't succeed. One or two lighter moments didn't lift this from the mediocre. If you want humour (and humorous Sci Fi is notoriously difficult to write) I suggest you go back to HHGTTG, Harry Harrison or Eric Frank Russell. Also look at the "Red Dwarf" series or some of John Scalzi's work. I very nearly asked for a refund on this, but I went through to the end. The narrator does a good job with some poor material.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,059

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Emily on 05-07-17

Space opera version of lord of the flies?

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

Reviewed: 10-22-15

I nearly didn't buy this book due to its length. So glad I did. Has some well worn themes but placed in unusual settings. It is a fascinating mix of rebel underground versus the (hereditary) ruling classes, slaves versus despotic rulers and a winnowing out of the substandard children of the nobility. There are so many hints of classic SF here, but it is no way plagiaristic. Characters are built up carefully and you can empathize or entirely dislike them, but you care about what happens to them. Will look for a follow up.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Calculating God

  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,829
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,847

In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting book, very enjoyable narration

  • By Ione on 05-07-10

Different viewpoint.

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

Reviewed: 09-26-15

I wondered about buying this book, but was glad I did. As a Science Teacher I have studied a fair bit of this subject and thought that the author did a good job of presenting the various aspects of evolution.

Good plot, well written and some different characters made this an enjoyable book.

  • The Automatic Detective

  • By: A. Lee Martinez
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,041

Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just cant catch a break.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Narration performance

  • By Windy on 04-19-11

Definitely not Asimov

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

The robot "hero" certainly doesn't follow Asimov's three laws of robotics and is all the better for it. A novel premise and a different alternate universe. I wavered on initial purchase, but really enjoyed the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lieberman's Day

  • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 137

In a posh part of Chicago’s North Side, two Trinidadian men look for someone to jump. Waiting outside an apartment building, they see a couple shivering in the cold as they make their way to their car. The Trinidadians draw guns, demand money - and quickly go too far. Shots ring out, and the muggers run. Behind them, the man is dead, and his pregnant wife lays bleeding in the street.The murder victim is the nephew of Abe Lieberman, one of the most dignified cops in Chicago homicide. When he learns of the killing, Lieberman’s calm facade cracks. As he works with his partner, Bill Hanrahan, to find the killers, Lieberman makes a pact with the devil....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You are in the hands of a true master; a mensch.

  • By Richard Delman on 03-17-16

Quirky detective story

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

Reviewed: 05-25-15

This reminded me of some of the Ed McBain 87th precinct books - perhaps because of the weather scenes. I didn't like the narrator at first then I grew into his performance. The lead detective was an interesting character. I quite liked the book, but if there was a series I probably wouldn't buy any more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghosts of Belfast

  • By: Stuart Neville
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,487

Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in Northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders. As he's working his way down the list, he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an unexpected good read!

  • By David P. McGivern on 08-24-10

Post "troubles" Belfast

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

Reviewed: 04-04-15

Anyone reading this needs to be able to take frequent strong language. That aside it is a well written story that looks at the violence and politics of Northern Ireland in a different light. Anyone wanting to acquaint themselves with this area could do worse than listening to the book.