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  • Fixer

  • By: Gene Doucette
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Graduate students from a local university are dying, and former lover and FBI agent Maggie Trent is the only person who believes their deaths aren't as accidental as they appear. But the truth can only be found in something from Corrigan Bain's past, and he's not interested in sharing that past, not even with Maggie. To stop the deaths, Corrigan will have to face up to some old horrors, confront the possibility that he may be going mad, and find a way to stop a killer no one can see.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well Worth Your Time

  • By Trishk on 06-03-17

Interminable Time Travel

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I liked Doucette' s Annie books (Sorrow Falls I & II)but this one just doesn't move. It seemed to me he had a pretty good idea but he got bogged down in the middle and then couldn't figure out how to end it. Steve Carlson is perfect for Doucette's narrative style.

  • Ancillary Justice

  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Celeste Ciulla
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,726
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,511
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,498

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get past the Narrator to finish the story.

  • By Zillah on 12-08-14

Clever and disinctive narration

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

Would you listen to Ancillary Justice again? Why?

Yes, I will listen to the sequel.

What could Ann Leckie have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

very slow in some segments. It is (I presume deliberately) very complicated.

What about Celeste Ciulla’s performance did you like?

Clever use of intonation to invoke character.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. It is not space opera. It comments on the concepts of gender, identity and language.

Any additional comments?

I am writing to counter the many criticisms of the narration. If you understand that this is not a space adventure, I think you will appreciate the cleverness of the narrator

  • Heir of Novron

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,235
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,137
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,147

On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular fantasy series

  • By Ron on 01-03-13

Perils of Pauline with Magic and Swords.

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

Reviewed: 09-04-14

What disappointed you about Heir of Novron?

The plot is ridiculous and the prose is pretentious. Could have told the story in one book.The entire second book is a big red herring.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not a Sword and Sorcery Fantasy

What aspect of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance would you have changed?

He over dramatizes everything. That would be fine if the book were dramatic, but this just makes the contrived plot less believable.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Heir of Novron?

The entire second book. The first half of the 3rd book.

Any additional comments?

The first book, engaged me because it was not serious and the characters were fun. Then the author began to take himself seriously and the whole story got out of hand. This would be better to read, because the reader can skip long passages.

  • Seen

  • The Wanderer Series, Volume 1
  • By: Heather Sutherlin
  • Narrated by: Carin Gilfry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

Rory has no idea what's going on in the woods behind her house, but it's driving her crazy. On the last day of her senior year she finds herself caught up once again in the curious happenings of the forest and walks away without any of the answers she was hoping to find. To make matters worse, she is sent to visit a sick neighbor and instead finds the hottest guy she's ever seen. When she discovers his brother's incredible secret she falls further into her own chaos and into a fate she never could have imagined.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Teen age Girl adventure

  • By Dave S on 03-06-14

Teen age Girl adventure

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

Reviewed: 03-06-14

Would you try another book from Heather Sutherlin and/or Carin Gilfry?

No

What could Heather Sutherlin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Leave out the blushes, and tingles and heart pitter patters

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narator has a pleasant voice and tries not to interpret the story. She doen't do the male characters well. Tough since half of the narrative is a teenaged boys.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Had a clever and good premise.

Any additional comments?

If you are not a teenaged girl, avoid this book.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 156,594
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144,506
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144,348

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

McGyver Goes to Mars

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

Reviewed: 01-06-14

Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

Yes. It is fun, and engaging

Who was your favorite character and why?

Whatney is really the only character who matters.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Have not listened to R.C. Bray

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

Yes. Hard to turn off in the garage.

  • My Horizontal Life

  • A Collection of One-Night Stands
  • By: Chelsea Handler
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,018

You've either done it or know someone who has: the one-night stand, the familiar outcome of a night spent at a bar, sometimes the sole payoff for your friend's irritating wedding, or the only relief from a disastrous vacation. Often embarrassing and uncomfortable, occasionally outlandish, but most times just a necessary and irresistible evil, the one-night stand is a social rite as old as sex itself and as common as a bar stool.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chelsea, You are HYSTERICAL!

  • By Kathryn on 12-10-08

Unfunny comedy

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

Reviewed: 06-18-12

This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Pubescent girls.

What was most disappointing about Chelsea Handler???s story?

This was not a memoir, but a series of doubtful comedy sketches.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narration was fine

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom

Any additional comments?

I should never have bought it.

  • The Stupidest Angel

  • A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Tony Roberts
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 995

Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Pine Cove winner

  • By colleen on 03-29-12

Too Clever by Half

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-07

Here is another Vampire satire whose reason for existence the the chance to use clever contemporary dialog and say "f***" as many times as possible. Christopher Moore is an expert at creating truly crazy characters that are just plausible enough to keep you interested. He does that in this book, and if you like that a lot then you might like this book.

I like the characters, but the plot is not plausible and the ending is flat (he wrote himself into a corner and couldn't get out).

Dirty Job is very similar but the plot is intriguing even if wildly fantastic. Choose to get that one first and if you don't think it is terrific, then don't waste your credits on this one.

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  • A Hat Full of Sky: Discworld Childrens, Book 3

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,071
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,280

Tiffany Aching, the boldest heroine ever to swing a frying pan against the forces of evil, is beginning her apprenticeship in magic. She expects to work hard, learn spells, and become a witch. She doesn't expect to find herself doing chores, caring for the careless, and trying to outthink an ill-tempered nanny goat. There must be more to witchcraft than this!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Crivens!

  • By Joyce on 01-11-05

Another Winner

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-07

If you liked Wee Free Men, you will like this one too (don't under any circumstances listen to them out of order). Part of the appeal of WFM was the cleverness of the nine year old heroine. In Hat Full, she is not so clever, and the zaniness is replaced with some not so welcome existential philosophy, but the dialect is wonderful and the story actually moves right along. Robb Anybody and the rest of the MacFeagles continue to delight. It goes with out saying that hearing the book is undoubtedly better than reading it, because of the language, and the wonderful narration. (In fact I read a diskworld book and didn't like it nearly as much as the 2 or 3 that I have heard.)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Dirty Job

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,710

People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!

  • By Janie on 03-24-06

Silly but fun

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-07

See Roundrock above for a good description of the action. I thought it pretty silly (don't quit before the 4th chapter), but when the shenanigans began to make sense(?), I had to find out where it was going on, and at the end, I was sorry there were no more CDs.

  • Paladin of Souls

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,225

Three years have passed since the widowed Dowager Royina Ista found release from the curse of madness that kept her imprisoned in her family's castle of Valenda. Her newfound freedom is costly, bittersweet with memories, regrets, and guilty secrets, for she knows the truth of what brought her land to the brink of destruction. And now the road, escape, beckons...A simple pilgrimage, perhaps. Quite fitting for the Dowager Royina of Chalion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Sequel

  • By Dave S on 04-02-05

Excellent Sequel

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-05

This is a first class sequel to a first class story (The Curse of Chalion). One could listen to them out of order but would miss a lot, because the author spends a lot of words in the first book creating a unique theology that provides the fantastic aspects of the story.

The plot is a standard "quest", set in a preindustrial world organized along feudal lines, but the characters are likable, and this writer is as good at involving the reader in the story as any writer I've encountered (check out her Miles Vorkosigan adventures). The main character (like the author) is female, and to my (male) mind, she is a believable heroine who succeeds in her quest in a way that would not make you think of Sir Galahad (or Gandalf for that matter.

If you like fantasy, you'll love this

28 of 28 people found this review helpful