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  • The Bitter Season

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,344

As the dreary, bitter weather of late fall descends on Minneapolis, Detective Nikki Liska is restless. After moving to the cold case squad in order to spend more time with her sons, she misses the rush of pulling an all-nighter, the sense of urgency of hunting a murderer on the loose. Most of all she misses her old partner, Sam Kovac. Sam is having an even harder time adjusting to Nikki's absence, saddled with a green new partner younger than pieces of Sam's wardrobe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Another Tami Hoag Problem Novel

  • By Sires on 01-24-16

Good story with interesting twists

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-16

Hoag never disappoints. This book has rich, fleshed out characters and an interesting plot with twists and turns you don't see coming.

Even the minor characters have backgrounds that enhance the story.

David Colacci narrates the emotions and tempo of the story nicely, but I didn't feel he represented the female voice very well. They tended to sound more silly than serious; especially the lead female character.

I enjoyed the book and recommend it to all Hoag fans and lovers of good detective and mystery genre fans.

  • Dust

  • Silo Saga, Book 3
  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,456

Wool introduced the silo and its inhabitants. Shift told the story of their making. Dust will chronicle their undoing. Welcome to the underground.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best novel in the Silo Saga series!

  • By Wayne on 01-01-18

This fantastic series will become a sci-fi classic

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

Reviewed: 10-15-13

Dust did not disappoint. This is a "must-listen" for anyone who has followed Hugh Howey's "Wool" series.

Although "Dust" can stand on its own as a story, listening first to the other two books in the series ("Wool" and "Shift") will make "Dust" even more enjoyable.

The science fiction I usually enjoy the most is that which is plausible. The idea that a small group of people can presume to determine the fate of the human race is frighteningly plausible, as is the manner in which the people in the stories deal with the resultant challenges.

Buried deep within underground silos for hundreds of years, how they overcome the decisions of that small group that dictated the fate of humanity is fascinating and engrossing throughout the series.

How the people of the silos overcame the fallacies that had controlled them and held them beneath ground for hundreds of years was a fascinating and exciting ending; some of the situations expected, some quite surprising.

This series is now among my all-time favorite science fiction. I found it impossible to choose a "best book" of the three. While each book builds from the previous series of events, every one of them has a subtly different focus and is an exciting listen unto itself.

Tim Gerard Reynolds is one type of reader I most enjoy. He has a nice voice and portrays the story clearly, without imposing his personality onto it. I felt he read the story the way I would, or the way Howey meant it to be read.

Would I recommend this audio-book to others? Absolutely!!! I would even recommend it to friends who don't generally follow science fiction.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Ice Limit

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,920
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,914

The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner

  • By Lyn on 08-10-10

Another Preston&Child edge-of-your-seat story

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

Reviewed: 02-21-13

You can always count on a unique plot and a wild ride from Preston&Child. As usual, they craft a story that pulls you in from the beginning, keeps you guessing and keeps surprising you.

They did a great job of using the premise of a mysterious life form discovered to build a sometimes heart pounding story.

"The Ice Limit" kept building in action and excitement with a very intense last few chapters.

Scott Brick did a great job of narration and helped keep the mood and tempo of the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Kitchen House

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathleen Grissom
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,146

Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a must!

  • By AB on 09-04-10

Historical fiction with an interesting twist

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

Reviewed: 02-21-13

What other book might you compare The Kitchen House to and why?

The story and setting had somewhat the same flavor as Alex Haley's "Roots" and Isabel Allende's "Island Beneath the Sea;" perhaps not with quite the depth of those books but definitely and engaging story with a cast of interesting characters.

What does Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think having different, ethnic narrators for the two main characters added a feel of authenticity and interest to the listening experience. It seemed that Bahni Turpin sometimes portrayed her character differently than Grissom seemed to write her, but I enjoyed the reading.

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

The story was too enjoyable for me to have wanted to gulp it down in one sitting. I would even enjoy a sequel.