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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,888
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53,744

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The opposite of the Martian...

  • By Ruth Nielsen on 11-27-17

Fun on the moon

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Rosario Dawson did a wonderful job of giving voice to the main character, Jasmine "Jazz" Bashara. The over-intelligent, pragmatic Jazz smuggles contraband items (such as cigars) to the Moon's only city, Artemis. When a billionaire client offers her a fortune for a bit of sabotage, Jazz is only too willing to take part, with dire consequences for several characters, and Artemis itself.

The city of Artemis is wonderfully realized, with characters both rich and poor, craftsmen, tradesmen, tourists, etc. The author gives a detailed description of its construction and the technology that would make life on the moon possible.

Although not quite as good as The Martian, I give Artemis two thumbs up.

  • Whispers Under Ground

  • Peter Grant, Book 3
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,218
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,033

It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher - and the victim's wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom - if it exists at all - is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects...except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lesley's Back!

  • By Tango on 04-06-13

Another fun romp from Aaronovitch

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

Reviewed: 05-28-16

First, I have a critique of the Publisher's Summary. Yes, an American FBI agent is involved in this story. Yes, at one point she does protest "blasphemy", but her religious leanings really don't figure in the story.

That over with, Peter, Leslie, and Nightingale become involved in the investigation of the murder of an art student who happens to be the son of a prominent US Senator (hence the involvement of the FBI). As the murder happened in a subway tunnel, Peter and company get to head underground...way underground.

The pacing of the plot is excellent, as usual. The only fly in the ointment of Holdbrook-Smith's otherwise spot-on narration is Agent Reynolds' voice.

If you're a fan of the Dresden Files, you'll love the Peter Grant series.

  • Ghost Gifts

  • By: Laura Spinella
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,221

All Aubrey Ellis wants is a normal life, one that doesn't include desperate pleas from the dead. Her remarkable gift may help others rest in peace, but it also made for an unsettling childhood and destroyed her marriage. Finally content as the real estate writer for a local newspaper, Aubrey keeps her extraordinary ability hidden - until she is unexpectedly assigned the story of a decades-old murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I didn't pay full price

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 05-07-16

Glad I didn't pay full price

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

Reviewed: 05-07-16

This book just never really "gelled" for me. I finished it, but it was a near thing. It's a new take on the well-established "I see dead people" genre -- and not a particularly refreshing one. Long on character development, short on actual plot.

The narrator did a nice job, considering the material.

41 of 46 people found this review helpful

  • Rendezvous with Rama

  • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,033
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,901

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed in the narrator

  • By Brent on 06-01-12

Great book, not-so-great narration

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

Reviewed: 05-07-16

Rendezvous with Rama is truly one of the greats of the hard-core SF genre, and deserves each of the awards it won. If it has a weakness, it is that the characters are somewhat two-dimensional.

Sadly, the narrator does it a grave injustice. His voice is a near monotone, breathing no life whatsoever into the characters. And his pronunciation of "Rama" truly, truly, truly ANNOYS. I wish it could be re-done with a different narrator -- Scott Brick, perhaps, or James Marsters?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Moon Over Soho

  • Peter Grant, Book 2
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,366

Body and soul. The song. That's what London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho's 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body - a sure sign that something about the man's death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this Book - Total Imersion

  • By Sheri on 07-30-14

A Worthy Follow-up

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

Reviewed: 04-28-16

Moon Over Soho is a worthy follow-up to Rivers of London (a.k.a. Midnight Riot). Young cop / apprentice wizard Peter Grant has two different mysteries on his hands: someone killing men by a particularly gruesome means, and someone else killing jazz musicians and making it look like natural causes -- but leaving enough magical trace evidence behind that even Dr. Walid can pick up on it. He's largely on his own through much of this adventure, as both his mentor and his friend Lesley are recovering from injuries received in the previous outing.

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith proves again that he's the perfect voice for Peter.

This book is definitely worth a credit and a listen.

  • Midnight Riot

  • Peter Grant, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,135

Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE this Book!

  • By Nancy J on 02-26-13

loads of fun

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

Reviewed: 03-25-16

My friends on the Discworld forum recommended this series. I'm glad they did, although I had a hard time finding the first book - in the UK the book title is "Rivers of London". If asked to describe this book in as few words as possible, I'd say that it's a combination of The Dresden Files and Discworld.
Peter Grant is a young London cop with aspirations of becoming a homicide detective. Unfortunately, he underwhelms his superiors, and it looks like it's the Case Progression Unit (paperwork squad) for him. Until the night that he's guarding a murder scene. He interviews a witness who, to his shock, is a ghost. Peter then becomes the assistant / apprentice to Detective Chief Inspector Nightingale, who investigates the uncanny happenings in London that are beyond the scope of the rest of the Metropolitan Police.
The plotline moves quickly, but smoothly. The pacing is masterful. Peter is voiced perfectly by the narrator.
One note of caution - if you're not up on your "Britspeak", there are sections that may prove a little difficult.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghost Bride

  • A Novel
  • By: Yangsze Choo
  • Narrated by: Yangsze Choo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 660

Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family's only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lims' handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family's darkest secrets before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful, Original, Well Done!

  • By T Higgins on 03-19-14

Pretty good but not great

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

Reviewed: 03-25-16

This is a very original story. I've read plenty of supernatural tales, but have never read anything like this before.
Li Lan is a young, intelligent, and beautiful woman living in Malaya in 1893. Unfortunately, as her family fortunes have dwindled, her chances of making a good marriage have as well. The wealthy and powerful Lim family offers her father an "out": if Li Lan will become a "ghost bride" for their newly deceased son, they will forgive his debts, and Li Lan will live a life of luxury as a widow in their home. She will want for nothing, except love and children of her own. Li Lan refuses their offer, and the Lims become ever more frantic. Soon, Li Lan herself is haunted by the young man's very insistent ghost.
The story is told in a leisurely fashion (at several points a little too leisurely!), and the plot takes several sharp and unexpected turns. Original as the story is, the resolution is more than a little unsatisfying.
On the whole though, it's seriously worth a listen. I'm looking forward to more from this author.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Chimes

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,919
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,206
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,200

A haunting tale set on New Year's Eve, The Chimes tells the story of a poor porter named Trotty Veck who has become disheartened by the state of the world, until he is shown a series of fantastical visions that convince him of the good of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Version of "The Chimes" on Audible!

  • By Gillian on 12-14-15

A Beautiful Gift

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

Reviewed: 12-19-15

I look forward to Audible's gift every year, and this one doesn't disappoint.
Like most Americans, while I was familiar with A Christmas Carol, I was not familiar with The Chimes until now.
The main character, "Trotty" Veck, is a poor, elderly porter (message runner). The chief joy of his life is his beautiful daughter, Meg. The Chimes are the bells of the church that stands at Trotty's usual post. Their sound helps to cheer and strengthen him during the cold days of winter. On New Year's Eve, several encounters cause Trotty to lose all hope in the future. The Chimes call him to the church tower and show him what will happen to those he loves if they also lose hope. As another reviewer stated, it is a combination of A Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful Life.
Richard Armitage's voice is beautiful and rich, and he tells the story beautifully.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,392

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh yourself silly

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 11-28-15

You'll laugh yourself silly

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

Reviewed: 11-28-15

My husband asked me for a brief description of "Good Omens". My answer: This book is what would have happened if Douglas Adams had written Rosemary's Baby. The end times are coming, and the angel Aziriphale and the demon Crowley aren't happy about it. So they try to find and stop the 11-year-old antichrist, but find out that he was misplaced (and turned into a nice kid). Along the way, we meet Satanic nuns, a bicycle-riding witch, a hellhound who's actually a nice doggie, and the four horsemen of the apocalypse re-imagined as a biker gang. Too much fun!

62 of 63 people found this review helpful

  • Equal Rites

  • Discworld #3
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,955

Right before the wise old wizard Drum Billet died, he passed on his magical staff of power to the newborn eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately, Drum Billet never bothered to check the gender of the newborn baby, and it turns out to be a girl. Now his chauvinistic colleagues are forced to deal with a young girl who has all the qualifications to join their all-male profession. Terry Pratchett's third Discworld novel, Equal Rites, asks many provocative questions about magic, where it goes, where it comes from, and why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of fun

  • By Lisa L. Hilton on 08-01-04

Who'd believe that a stick could be a character?

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

Reviewed: 08-15-15

I'll be honest here - I didn't care for Celia Imrie's narration of Wyrd Sisters. However, she did a creditable job here. I agree with several other reviewers: this story NEEDS a female voice to tell it.

Dying, Wizard Drum Billet goes to the village of Bad Ass in search of a newborn eighth son of an eighth son. He intends to give his staff (and thus his power) to the infant. He doesn't realize until after he has placed his staff into the tiny hand that he has accidentally given Discworld it's first female wizard.

Granny Weatherwax tries to train young Eskarina as a witch, which doesn't work terribly well. So the two leave Bad Ass to find the Unseen University so that Esk can be trained as a wizard.

And, yes, the wizard's staff not only has a knob on the end, it has a mind of it's own...

In his usual masterly fashion, Sir Terry Pratchett skewers the concept of gender roles. Two thumbs up!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful