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  • Mirror Dance

  • A Miles Vorkosigan Novel
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299

The dwarfish, fetally damaged yet brilliant Miles Vorkosigan has more than his share of troubles. Having recently escaped an assassination plot whose tool was a brainwashed clone of himself, Miles has set the clone, Mark, free for a new chance at life. But when he decides to let his clone brother assume his secret identity and lead the Dendarii Free Mercenary on an unauthorized mission to liberate other clones from the outlaw planet of Jackson's Whole, things get really messy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book, but needs editing?

  • By Paul Mc Galey on 08-10-09

Emotional rollercoaster,

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

This one deals with some really trying emotional difficulties, while hard to encompass it is well worth reading.

  • Bushido Online: The Battle Begins

  • By: Nikita Thorn
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,165

Seth Kinnaman's dream has always been to become the best fighter the world has ever seen. After spending his entire life training, he's finally ready to test his skills in the biggest tournament on Earth, where hundreds of the fiercest competitors vie for the supreme title. In the semifinals, Seth is getting the upper hand when his opponent uses an illegal blow to take him out. Upon waking up from a coma, Seth finds out he's lost his sight. He's become blind, and he's completely devastated. All his dreams are now shattered, and he soon falls into depression.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gamer's Fun Ride!

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 06-18-18

Suprising

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

I have read a few of this genre, I typically find them entertaining but shallow. I really liked this one, good character descriptions and interesting world. I could have done without the constant "Monster hp 123 or 342, "during every battle it kept pulling me out of the emersive experience.
Of course, if that fades away as the main character continues his quest, that would Absolutely fit. I will keep reading and see.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Soonish

  • Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything
  • By: Kelly Weinersmith, Zach Weinersmith
  • Narrated by: Kelly Weinersmith, Zach Weinersmith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879

In this smart and funny book, celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of what's coming next - from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters. By weaving their own research and interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen, the Weinersmiths investigate why these technologies are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bravo, encore!

  • By Lauri Clark on 11-23-17

really fun and Informative

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

wonderful look at the possible future by looking at cutting edge science now, with a hilariously weird sense of humor.

  • Outlaw

  • Rebel Stars, Book 1
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

In the year 2010, an alien virus nearly wiped out the human race. A thousand years later, mankind has recovered and ventured into space. There has been no sign of the aliens since. Humanity remains confined to the Solar System. All that is about to change. Mazzy Webber is a lowly janitor on a third-rate cargo ship. Deeply in debt, when his captain decides to turn pirate, he leaps at the chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Sadieblue on 03-02-16

uneven audio.

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

The story was quite good, I like lots of good science in my SciFi.
The audio was often so quiet I missed half of conversations, increasing the volume just resulted in the next speaker being too loud.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Traitor's Blade

  • Greatcoats Series, Book 1
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,219

The King is dead, the Greatcoats have been disbanded, and Falcio Val Mond and his fellow magistrates Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as bodyguards for a nobleman who refuses to pay them. Things could be worse, of course. Their employer could be lying dead on the floor while they are forced to watch the killer plant evidence framing them for the murder. Oh wait, that's exactly what's happening. Now a royal conspiracy is about to unfold in the most corrupt city in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Adventure Fantasy

  • By Scott Simons on 06-19-18

Wonderful fantasy. great sword work descriptions a

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

This was a wonderful low magic fantasy, with excellent descriptions of sword play and combat.

  • The Paper Magician

  • By: Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,173
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,790
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,779

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she's bonded to paper, that will be her only magic... forever. Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Valley girl reads book on faux British accent

  • By James and co. on 06-23-15

wonderful concept, got bored in the middle

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

I love the idea, and the book started out wonderfully unfortunately I became bored in the middle. but the writting was wonderful.

  • The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women

  • A Social History
  • By: Elizabeth Norton
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Dixon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 249

The Tudor period conjures up images of queens and noblewomen in elaborate court dress, of palace intrigue and dramatic politics. But if you were a woman, it was also a time when death during childbirth was rife, when marriage was usually a legal contract, not a matter for love, and the education you could hope to receive was minimal at best. Yet the Tudor century was also dominated by powerful and dynamic women in a way that no era had been before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book!

  • By Kathi on 08-17-17

Huge amounts of information

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Second try at this dense fact packed book. Amazing amounts of information and interesting method of transmission. It took a bit to get used to but Very successful.

  • Borgel

  • By: Daniel M. Pinkwater
  • Narrated by: Daniel M. Pinkwater
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

In this clever, funny, off-the-wall story, Uncle Borgel seems like an Old World refugee when he shows up at the Spellbounds' and moves into their back room with 32 small black suitcases. However, his true identity as an experienced time-and-space tourist is soon revealed when he takes young Melvin on an intergalactic road trip.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This is NOT a full book

  • By E. Atkinson on 03-07-18

This is NOT a full book

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Abridged is intended to mean that the story has been shortened but is still complete. This is only a part of the book.
I love Daniel Pinkwater and was looking forward to listening to his particular brand of whimsy, and then it stopped. Pinkwater is amazing but this is cheating.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • It's Superman!

  • By: Tom De Haven
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 772

Opening with the young Clark Kent on a date, this novel takes an entirely fresh approach to the emergence of his superpowers and the start of his newspaper career, following him from rural 1930s Kansas across America to Hollywood in its golden age and then to New York City. He meets a worldly Lois Lane and conniving political boss Lex Luthor, and begins his battles against criminal masterminds, mad scientists, and super villains inspired by fascists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Superman!

  • By G. Bledsoe on 12-24-06

Astounding!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

A truly wonderful take on a set of characters that we all know. This is not a standard superman, amazingly and wonderfully human set in the 30s.

  • Gray Panthers: Earth's Revenge

  • By: David Guenther
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

The defenders of Earth, the Gray Panther Army, saved the Earth from an invasion from the Libra Alliance on January 6, 2128. The jubilation was short-lived as Earth's defenders found out there was a second deadlier fleet that would arrive at Earth in about two years. The Gray Panther Army consisting of ancient veterans, who have been enhanced through nanite technology to once again be young men and women, are forced to expand their ranks to include even the young.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable listen.

  • By Devin on 02-11-16

Better than #1

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

Reviewed: 01-29-17

This book was better than the first in the series. I would actually recommend skipping the first. The writing is still simplistic and stilted. the characters still lack depth and are more archetypes than fleshed out people that you care about. Thankfully most of the mysogyny is gone and the description of events is more detailed.

A few things really grated though, the use of the full name of the space ships, constantly. In a communication from one ship in a fleet to another in the second fleet it is completely unnecessary to say, "Arizona Space Ship Nike" Nike will suffice, or ASS Nike. If you don't want to call all your ships ASS, then Don't it is your book! make them from somewhere else. it got incredibly annoying. The second thing, was power. The batteries for their laser guns were "solar powered and would recharge in 5 to 8 minutes. but could blast a 3 foot wide 100 foot long channel in rock. If you are going to write Science fiction then do some basic science. Third, they mention leaving the galaxy for the second time ever but they have only gone 120 light years. Solar system is the word you wanted.
The reader mispronounced quite a few words that he should really not have. Like the name of the crater on the moon, and letters of Marque.
I won't be reading the rest of this series. it did get better but not nearly enough, and I honestly don't care about any of the characters enough to read further.