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  • The Imam of Tawi-Tawi

  • By: Ian Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Grace Lynn Kung
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Ava has spent two nights luxuriating in a hotel in Yunnan Province with the actress Pang Fai, with whom she has begun a secret relationship. She receives an urgent phone call from Chang Wang, the right hand to the billionaire Tommy Ordonez and one of Uncle’s oldest friends. Years ago, Ava and Uncle helped Tommy recover $50 million in a land swindle. Chang asks Ava to fly to Manila to meet with his friend, Senator Miguel Ramirez. Ramirez asks Ava to investigate a college in Tawi-Tawi, an island province in the Philippines, that he suspects is training terrorists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Narrator

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-18-18

New Narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

This is #10 in the wonderful Ava Lee series, and action moves to the Philippines, where Tommy Ordonez asks her to help out a friend who believes that terrorists are being trained on Tawi-Tawi, an island province. Another superb addition to the Ava Lee canon, excellently read by Grace Lynn Kung, a native Canadian who brings better pronunciation of Chinese places and names, along with a slightly formal pronunciation of English. But overall, an excellent job. Let's hope Audible and Anansi see fit to back fill the earlier books in the series that were never produced for Audible.

  • The Couturier of Milan

  • By: Ian Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Grace Lynn Kung
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Ava attends London Fashion Week for the launch of the PÖ fashion line, one of the major investments she and her partners in the Three Sisters - May Ling Wong and Amanda Yee - have made during the last year. With the exponential expansion of the luxury-brand market in China, Ava and her partners are determined to see a young Chinese designer break out in Europe and North America, and they go full out in London. The show is a success, but perhaps too much of one. It attracts the attention of Dominic Ventola, the principal partner in the luxury fashion conglomerate VLG.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narration of Ava Lee

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-26-18

Excellent Narration of Ava Lee

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

This is the ninth Ava Lee book, and an intriguing look into the world of high priced fashion. With action in London, Milan, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macao and Toronto, we have Ava and the Three Sisters on the move supporting their nascent design business.

The new narrator, Grace Lynn Kung is a good fit for Ava, and handles the Chinese place names well, an important improvement.

If you’ve never read an Ava Lee book, don’t worry. Just jump right in and have fun! If you have read earlier books in the series, you’re in for an excellent addition.

  • With the Lightnings

  • RCN Series, Book 1
  • By: David Drake
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine, David Drake
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 592
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 431

Daniel Leary is a lieutenant in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy with no money and no prospects since he quarreled with his ruthless, politically powerful father. Adele Mundy is a scholar with no money and no prospects since her family was massacred for conspiring against the Government of Cinnabar. Kostroma is a wealthy planet which depends on diplomacy to stay independent in a galaxy whose two great powers, Cinnabar and the Alliance, battle for supremacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Master and Commander in Space

  • By E. Atkinson on 01-17-09

Fun book, lukewarm narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

This is the first title in David Drake's unabashed homage to the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey/Maturin series. In this first book, we meet Lt. Daniel Leery of the Royal Cinnabar Navy and Adele Mundy, the librarian. Drake's take on Aubrey/Maturin is a good start. A fun read, somewhere between Space Opera and MilSF, and if he's able to build on the relationship between Leery and Mundy, while growing their characters, this should be a great series.

The narration is slow, and uninspired. Not bad, just not what one might hope for. Victor Bevin is no Patrick Tull, for sure, and not even a Simon Vance, but there's nothing overtly wrong with the narration. I'd just like a bit more life in it.

  • Flashman

  • Flashman, Book 1
  • By: George MacDonald Fraser
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

The story of what happened to Flashman, the caddish bully of Tom Brown's Schooldays, after he was expelled in drunken disgrace from Rugby school in the late 1830s. This is the first of George Macdonald Fraser's hilarious satires starring Harry Paget Flashman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real history, real drama, real comedy

  • By Bob on 08-04-13

Not even David Case can save this one

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

Abandoned. Really, I tried, but it was just too much. Too bloody, too brutal, too vicious, and too racist. Which might well make it historically accurate, but doesn't make it anything I'm willing to read. The narration was good, by the way, but not good enough to make it worth it.

  • The Man of Property

  • The Forsyte Saga, Book 1
  • By: John Galsworthy
  • Narrated by: David Case
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

The Man of Property, the first novel in Galsworthy's epic social satire The Forsyte Saga, introduces us to Soames Forsyte, a solicitor and prominent man of his important family. Accustomed to getting whatever he wants, he sets his sights with absolute determination on the beautiful Irene in spite of her pennilessness and her indifference to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five stars aren't enough...

  • By victoria on 12-14-07

Superb David Case narration

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

A classic work of capitalism and property, with a bit of love story thrown in for good measure. Soames is the ultimate Man of Property, and a truly loathsome character. This Audible edition, read by David Case, is a superb example of a good audio book being even better than the original. David Case's narration brings the characters and the drama alive. I have tried to read this in eBook format several times, always bogging down at some point. But listening to Mr. Case's narration of the book on a long trip was a complete revelation and made the tedium of long stretches of driving positively enjoyable. Highly Recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Neogenesis

  • Liaden Universe, Book 21
  • By: Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

The Complex Logic Laws were the result of a war waged hundreds of years in the past, when two human powers threw massive AI navies at each other and nearly annihilated themselves. Being human, they blamed their tools for this near miss; they destroyed what was left of the sentient ships, and made it illegal to be, manufacture, or shelter an independent logic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent addition to the Liaden Universe

  • By Kindle Customer on 01-19-18

Excellent addition to the Liaden Universe

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

Scrumptious. The 21st, and next to last in this ongoing arc of the Liaden Universe brings many stories forward and allows us to see more about characters we'd nearly lost track of. Tocohl, Tolly (Tollance Berik-Jones), Hazenthull all get significant roles, as does Theo. The action takes place in multiple locations, including Surebleak, Bechimo, Admiral Bunter, Tarigan, and Tinsori Light. A thoroughly satisfying book, and an excellent precursor to the 'fifth of five' that is to follow. There are even some tantalizing hints to things we'd likely forgotten or thought unrelated. Highly recommended if you've been following the Liaden Universe at all, and superbly well read by Eileen Stevens.

Note: includes the full text of the earlier published short story The Space at Tinsori Light.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • To Fire Called

  • A Seeker's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 2
  • By: Nathan Lowell
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634

A dead ship returns to the Deep Dark with a live crew. Captain Ishmael Wang finally gets the Chernyakova out of the yard and embarks on a voyage into the Toe-Holds where the Confederated Planets Joint Committee on Trade has no authority. Where the law is whatever you say it is as long as you can enforce it. Where he learns that some will do anything to hide their secrets and everybody has a secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great as always but ...

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-28-17

Another excellent Solar Clipper story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-17

In To Fire Called, Nathan Lowell continues the story of Ishmael Wang, and Pip, as they take the renovated Chernykova into th the deep dark. The narration of Jeffrey Kafer is excellent, and adds to the enjoyment of the story. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hanging Tree

  • Rivers of London, Book 6
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,467

Where the Marble Arch stands today in London was once the Tyburn gallows - also known as The Hanging Tree. The walk toward those gallows along Oxford Street and past the Mayfair mansions has a bloody and haunted history as the last trip of the condemned. Some things never change. For both blood and ghosts have returned to those mansions of the super-rich. And it's up to Peter Grant - England's last wizard and the Metropolitan Police's reluctant investigator of all things supernatural - to get to the bottom of the sinister doings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Continuing Splendor of Peter Grant

  • By Tim on 02-01-17

Another great Peter Grant book

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

The Hanging Tree is an excellent addition to he Rivers of London/ Peter Grant series. All the characters from earlier volumes find their way into this one.

The narration by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is, as in previous volumes, spot-on, and brings the characters and the story alive.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Half Share

  • A Trader's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 2
  • By: Nathan Lowell
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

It's a time of change on the Lois McKendrick. Sarah Krugg joins the crew, and Ishmael Wang moves to Environmental. After getting accustomed to life aboard a solar clipper, Ishmael must learn a whole new set of skills, face his own fears and doubts, and try to balance love and loss in the depths of space. Both Ishmael and Sarah must learn to live by the mantra "trust Lois".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Already heard it Paid for it anyway It's that good

  • By Philip on 07-15-16

Ishmael Wang continues on the Lois McKendrick

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

In this second installment in the wonderful Solar Clipper series, Ishmael Horatio Wang is forced to leave the mess deck for Environmental. All the main characters from Quarter Share are still here, and we add a couple of new ones as well. Without giving anything away, this is a somewhat darker story, with significantly more actual peril than in Quarter Share. But it's still about the characters and about telling a _good story_, something that Nathan Lowell excels at.

Jeffrey Kafer's narration is good, with no over-dramatization and good pacing -- much in the style of the author's own reading of the book earlier as a podcast. Highly recommended, and I can't wait for the rest of the series

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Alliance of Equals

  • Liaden Universe: Arc of the Covenants, Book 2
  • By: Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Beset by the angry remnants of the Department of the Interior, challenged at every turn by opportunists on their new homeworld of Surebleak, and somewhat low on funds, Clan Korval desperately needs to reestablish its position as one of the top trading clans in known space. To this end, Master Trader Shan yos'Galan, aboard Korval's premier trade ship, Dutiful Passage, is on a mission to establish new business associations and to build a strong primary route that links well with existing Loops and secondary routes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Story Progresses, but the narrator...

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-23-16

The Story Progresses, but the narrator...

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

Reviewed: 07-23-16

This is #19 in the wonderful Liaden Universe, and #2 in the current Arc of Covenants story arc. In this book there are four separate story lines moving forward: Daav/Alliana, Hazenthull/Tolly Jones/Tocohl, and Padi/Shan, all making good progress, and when the book finished I wanted more, but didn't feel like I was dropped off the edge of a cliff. I love this series, and you really can start it anywhere, so just jump in. The authors do a good job of giving you enough back story to be able to enjoy this book even if you haven't read earlier ones, while not annoying those of us who have been here since the very beginning.

The narrator for this book is Kevin T. Collins. And, sadly, he is not my favourite by a substantial margin. However, if you set the speed at 1.25% it's perfectly acceptable and doesn't annoy. The pacing is better in this book (at that 1.25% speed!), and he does a good job of providing a break when the focus shifts to a new story line.

Overall, highly recommended, even though I could wish for a different narrator. And I look forward to the next book where we should find out what's happening with Theo & Bechimo.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful