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G. Grimsley

Alexandria, VA, United States
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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 62,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,959
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57,814

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Get ready to root for the anti-hero!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

Ok... let's start with how much I freaking LOVED this book. I would have read this book in one sitting if I hadn't started this over the work week.

I will admit, at first I was concerned how Mr. Weir would top "The Martian" because I adore that book. I mean, "the Martian" is officially my favorite book that I will re-read when I'm in a slump, so my expectations were high for this next book. Mr. Weir did NOT disappoint. Jazz Bashara is a lovable sassy rouge with a strange moral code that I was concerned about how much I liked her. As the story continued, and I got to know her better, I came to love her deeply. And once again, Mr. Weir did not disappoint on the research front. It was good to see all the actual lunar science and chemistry knowledge being imparted without distracting from the story.

  • Thrawn (Star Wars)

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,749
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,524

In this definitive novel, listeners will follow Thrawn's rise to power - uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice To Have Thrawn Back, But...

  • By Michael Hicks on 09-06-17

Thrawn is back!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Finally!!!!

After Disney wiped him out of Canon, the most devious and amazingly brilliant villain of all time in the Star Wars Universe is officially Canon once more. Not only is he back, we get a back story that is just as fitting of his original glory. This book was written so well that if you're a die hard fan that has always rooted so hard for the Rebels (like I always have), you forget as you root for Thrawn, you're actually rooting for the Galactic Empire!

Those new(ish) to the Star Wars Universe, who have not had the opportunity to read the Thrawn Trilogy (https://www.audible.com/series/ref=a_search_c4_1_3_1srSrs_sa?asin=B008CQVVIO), not to worry. This book is a complete introduction to this amazing character. But for those die-hard Star Wars fans who has read all the 'classics', do not fret! Timothy Zahn stayed true to who Thrawn 'becomes' in the EU.

Mr. Zahn, as in the past, you once again display why you're my hero. Hopefully, Disney is paying attention.

Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry

  • Scythe

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,877

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life - and they are commanded to do so in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe - a role that neither wants. These teens must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I have read this year.

  • By Jonathan Purcell on 10-15-17

Immortal until you're Gleaned

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

What did you love best about Scythe?

This book is action packed and humorous at times while dealing with a very dark and morbid theme... Death. It's very thought provoking and yet gripping. It was one of the hardest books to have to stop listening to when I arrived at my destinations. Mr. Shusterman created one of the most dastardly villains I've read in a very long time. This villain is so slyly evil it's almost creeptastically good.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Scythe?

Several moments but I don't want to spoil the book!

Which character – as performed by Greg Tremblay – was your favorite?

I loved listening to 2 characters performed by Mr. Tremblay, the Scythes in Training, Citra and Rowan.

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

What happens when humans are in control of Death?

Any additional comments?

This was SO worth the credit I paid but now I'm sitting on the edge of my seat for more. I want to hear more of this world and the hear more about the Scythedom and the Thunderhead. Mr. Shusterman does such an amazing job of world building and I need to hear more ASAP. I also hope the movie they produce of this film (if it actually makes it to production) will match the movie I had running in my head at the time of listening.

32 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • Map of Bones

  • A Sigma Force Novel, Book 2
  • By: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: John Meagher
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,403

During a crowded service at a cathedral in Germany, armed intruders in monks' robes unleash a nightmare of blood and destruction. But the killers have not come for gold; they seek a more valuable prize: the bones of the Magi who once paid homage to a newborn savior...a treasure that could reshape the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Sigma Force phenomenon

  • By Dawitski on 02-26-10

GI Joe + Indiana Jones = Sigma Force

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

Reviewed: 01-28-13

What other book might you compare Map of Bones to and why?

I would compare this book to series such as Dan Brown's Langdon series (Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, Lost Symbol) and any of the Indiana Jones movies with a military twist.

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

Yes! It was a little long to do so, but it was very difficult to find a stopping point.

Any additional comments?

The team is compiled of various members of the armed forces, all of whom are trained experts in various scientific fields and come from specialized fields of the military. Sigma Force's main enemy is the Guild, who is very reminiscent of Cobra from the GI Joe series. Sigma Force is trying to protect the country/world from the Guild, who is attempting to take control. Each book in this series is fast paced and a wild ride. This book will not disappoint the action/adventure fans and will tempt the mystery fans as well.

  • Insurgent

  • Divergent, Book 2
  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,975
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,103

One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent but not as interesting as Divergent

  • By Lore on 03-08-14

The Fight for the Future Continues!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-12

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

Absolutely! This book is great for teens and adults alike. Whether your a fan of novels about surviving a dystopian future, a lover of sci-fi action stories or just like a really good mystery, this book is for you. The only warning I would give is that this is the 2nd book in a trilogy, the first book is entitled "Divergent," and the last book isn't due out until Fall 2013. I would highly recommend a reader to read "Divergent" first, otherwise the plot might be a little hard to follow.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked getting the opportunity to learn more about the other factions. I also liked finding out more about Divergents and the mystery surrounding the factioned civilization in Chicago.

Any additional comments?

If you loved the Hunger Games, this series is for you! This is a great story for boys or girls, as well as youths or adults.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Torchwood: The Dead Line

  • By: Phil Ford
  • Narrated by: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd
  • Length: 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

When a Cardiff hospital is inundated with patients that have fallen into coma-like trances, Torchwood move in to investigate. They find that the trances were triggered by phone calls, all of which were made from a number that hadn't been active for over 30 years. Determined to find out who's been calling the unfortunate victims, Jack rings the mysterious number - two, zero, five, nine - nothing. It's a dead line. Until it calls Jack back, he answers - and falls into a deep trance...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A missing Torchwood episode!

  • By G. Grimsley on 11-23-12

A missing Torchwood episode!

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

Reviewed: 11-23-12

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

I absolutely love that this was a dramatization with the actual actors who play these roles narrating this audiobood. You could completely believe this was a missing episode. The dynamic between the actors in their roles was just as present audibly as it is visually on the TV screen.

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

This story is just as enthralling as any Torchwood episode the BBC aired. I didn't want to hit pause once on this story.

Any additional comments?

If you are a Janto fan... you do not want to miss this. If you just love the series pre-Exit Wounds, then you'll love this story as well. For Torchwood fans, this is well worth the time and money/credit spent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire

  • (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,879
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,745

Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last!

  • By Jt on 10-25-11

Finally! Unabridged after 20 years!

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

Reviewed: 09-08-11

Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) to be better than the print version?

Heir to the Empire was the very first book that ignited my passion for literature as a teenager. Imagine my disappointment when this wonderful book could only be found as an abridgment in audio format. Now, with the 20th anniversary, the fans are rewarded by an unabridged version of Heir to the Empire. I would highly recommend to anyone who has ever loved the Star Wars series, that they read/listen to this story. Fans of the SW saga will be delighted by the same level of action and intrigue Timothy Zahn placed into this book as George Lucas put into the series. Whether you are a life-long SW fan or new to the series, you will not be disappointed by this series. Hopefully, the fans will not have to wait too long for the rest of the Thrawn trilogy to be available in an unabridged format.

What did you like best about this story?

The interaction between the original characters was wonderful and true to the movies. The new characters were also marvelously developed and wonderfully complex. This book does indeed read like the 7th episode in the SW saga.

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

They may have defeated the Emperor and Darth Vader, but the Empire may not be as defeated as they think.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful