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  • Christmas in the Kitchen

  • Psy-Changeling Series
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 649

From best-selling author Nalini Singh comes "Christmas in the Kitchen," a must-listen Psy-Changeling short story that features several members of the DarkRiver leopard pack, including two sentinels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christmas in the Kitchen

  • By Listening is Reading on 07-22-18

Not Really a story.

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

There's no plot, it's just a sort of scene of a group of people interacting with some cooking in the kitchen for a "Pack" Christmas party. Some references to being part animal.

This isn't a short story at all, just a scene.

  • 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 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

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

Worst narrator ever. (Good story)

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

First, the story is great, it's about what's happening to Korval trade ships while Dragon in Exile (Korval is settling in on Surbleak after their eviction from Liaden).

Now, for the bad stuff:
Kevin T. Collins is a terrible narrator. He over pronounces every word in a painfully prissy way. When he's talking for a man, he sounds imperious and talks faster. NONE of this is warranted by the actual characters. He interjects Russian and British accents for no reason. He replaces words (I'm using whispersync on kindle and it follows along on the written book.)

I can't enjoy the story because I keep wanting to make him stop talking like a robot that's trying to sound classy while reading in that relentless strident way.

I was so disappointed when I saw he's the narrator. I enjoyed the Dragon Ship so much, this is just too painful. I switched to just reading, which meant I had to stop knitting.

Such a disappointment. So 5 stars for the story, and as an Audible book . . . big fat fail.

  • Dragon in Exile

  • Liaden Universe: Arc of the Covenants, Book 1
  • By: Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Star-trading Clan Korval - known to Terrans as the Tree-and-Dragon Family and to the locals simply as the Dragon - has been convicted of crimes against the homeworld. No matter that one of the "crimes" consisted of saving the elitist planet of Liad from very real internal threats, the Council of Clans wanted Korval heads to roll. Unfortunately for the council, the Dragon's allies conspired to impose a milder punishment for saving the world: banishment rather than execution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Korval on Surebleak, many story lines progress

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-03-15

Worst narrator ever, I nominate Kevin T. Collins

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

The story is fun, dances around from scene to scene, has many familiar characters and new ones.
This tells the story of Korval's exile on the planet Surbleak. Korval is boss of the road, contracted to keep the port road open.

The narration is over elocuted, harsh, robotic, and I keep wanting to tell the gy to breathe! Kevin T. Collins is a TERRIBLE narrator, I can't get into the story because he's just too harsh. I found myself flinching.
The text-to-speech function on the Kindle Fire does a better job.

  • Eight Cousins

  • or The Aunt Hill
  • By: Louisa May Alcott
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Recently orphaned, young Rose Campbell is sent to the "Aunt Hill", where Uncle Alex, her six aunts, and seven boy cousins live in noisy confusion. It is nothing like the quiet girls’ boarding school that has been Rose’s home for the past year. Surrounded by a bewildering array of pets, relatives, and unfamiliar foods, the fragile girl wonders if she will ever get used to this new life. Fortunately, Uncle Alex is her guardian. He keeps the aunts from coddling her too much, and makes sure that she has plenty of time to play outside with her cousins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific rendition of a beloved children's classic

  • By Kate McMurry on 01-25-15

Genuinely Charming and Gentle Story

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

This is a charming and rather gentle story of an orphan that comes to lives in a big house with her two maiden aunts and her guardian uncle. Her uncle is a physician and sets about getting her healthy in a practical and wholesome way.

In this small community, she has other Aunts with boy sons, and all together they are "The Eight Cousins." There are small adventures and she sets about learning womanly skills as well as some more progressive skills for her time. There isn't a "big plot" as much as this is the story of Rose finding her place in the family.

The book's performance is more of a "reading" than a performance. There is no special effort to differentiate between male and female voices. It's well done, though, and seems very appropriate. It's a very low-stress listen. I played it for my daughter as a bedtime story, we listened to a chapter or two each evening, it was very enjoyable.

  • When They Come for You

  • By: James W. Hall
  • Narrated by: Michelle Ferguson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 152

After her journalist husband and infant son are brutally executed in a fire in their Florida home, photographer Harper McDaniel has nothing left to live for - except settling the score. When the local police fail to take the arson seriously, Harper takes the reins and discovers her husband was investigating some mysterious deaths at a cacao plantation on the Ivory Coast. Now she's convinced he was targeted in a corporate conspiracy to silence him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced revenge!

  • By shelley on 10-29-17

Fun, fast moving, tale of personal justice.

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

If you like spy thrillers, conspiracies, and directly applied justice . . . then this will be fun. The main character is surprisingly competent and she gets help from her family.

  • Alaska

  • A Novel
  • By: James A. Michener
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 57 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

The high points in the story of Alaska since the American acquisition are brought vividly to life through more than 100 characters, real and fictional.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, More True than Fiction

  • By Basil Sands on 08-21-15

Narrator is trying to sound like a robot.

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

First, it's important to know that the content is quite good. It's a set of tales beginning with the geological creation of the peninsula to become Alaska to near the present day. The book is similar in structure and scope to other Michener works.

Second, the listening experience is very very flat, strident, and completely unemotional. It sounds like a person doing a fake robot voice for most of the book. Evidently, he couldn't even be bothered to look up the pronunciation of place names common in Alaska.

That said, the story is good enough to eclipse the reading most of the time. It is truly sad, though, this book could really benefit from a better production . . . similar to that of Dune or the Harry Potter books.

  • The Dolphins of Pern

  • Dragonriders of Pern
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607

When the first humans came to settle the planet Pern, they did not come alone: intelligence-enhanced dolphins also crossed the stars to colonize Pern's oceans while their human partners settled the vast continents. But then disaster struck. The deadly silver spores called Thread fell like rain from the sky, and as human colonists' dreams of a new, idyllic life shattered into a desperate struggle for survival, the dolphins were forgotten.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit dissapointed

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-02-14

A gentler story, but more abuse.

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

Readis is a small boy that is saved by dolphins. He is the first one that notices that they are talking. Even though the adults find out he's right, they do everything they can to hide from him that he's right and the news of the reacquaintance of humans with dolphins.

Even though Jayge and Aramina are supposed to be good people. They dominate and hide things from Readis--they just squash his love of anything that's not going to lead to him following in his father's footsteps. Surprising since they were rescued by dolphins too before Readis was born. As parents they are insensitive to Readis' talent and so he doesn't feel free to come to them for help when a dolphin comes to him terribly hurt. He finally has to run away.

I am getting a bit tired of this recurring situation where a child's frustration and abuse drives the story. It seems to be a recurring thing with the Pern books. We've had Lessa, Menolly, Piemur, and now Readis . . . all bullied and abused. Though maybe Readis is less abused than the others--he leaves at a younger age. Piemur is the only one that seems to have adults that even try to help him.

The narrator has a folksy country style (and very american) style. It's okay, but he seems to make everyone sound sort of slow witted. I don't get much in the way of the wonder of this new relationship . . . instead it seems like they're blundering around, and that's due to the narration.

  • Damia

  • Tower and Hive, Book 2
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Jean Reed Bahle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

The Rowan was one of the greatest telepaths ever born, treasured by the people she saved from alien invasion - and loved by a young man who never hoped to win her heart. In spite of his feelings, Afra remained loyal to the Rowan. He stayed by her side and helped to raise her Talented daughter, Damia. raise her Talented daughter, Damia. Now, years later, Damia is a full-grown Talent of great power. But terrible alien voices echo within her mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two Lives Entwined

  • By Luke Gillis on 01-31-09

Growing up with psychic talent.

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

Even the most loving home can feel lonely if you are excluded. Damia feels excluded from her siblings and she turns to the cats and Afra as her friends. She is precocious and bright, she is also sneaky and adventurous. Another facet of what psychic ability could bring to a family and the humanity. The performance was good, not fantastic, but more of a reading than a performance.

  • The Rowan

  • Tower and Hive, Book 1
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Jean Reed Bahle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672

The kinetically gifted, trained in mind/machine gestalt, are the most valued citizens of the Nine Star League. Using mental powers alone, these few Prime Talents transport ships, cargo, and people between Earth's Moon, Mars' Demos and Jupiter's Callisto.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Story - Performance is lacking

  • By David on 04-19-17

An Optimistic Take on Psychic Power Evolution

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

The idea that psychic power can be identified and that it proves to be a key to human expanse into space is fascinating. Telling it using the life of a young girl growing into her power proves fascinating.

This book has an optimistic view of our future expansion. It even has an optimistic view of our ability to deal with aliens. A wonderful story.

  • Falling Free

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483

Leo Graf was just your average highly efficient engineer: mind your own business, fix what's wrong, and move on to the next job. But all that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat, where a group of humanoids had been secretly, commercially bioengineered for working in free fall. Could he just stand there and allow the exploitation of hundreds of helpless children merely to enhance the bottom line of a heartless mega-corporation?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't read this one first

  • By Carol on 02-20-13

Standalone, consequences of genetic design.

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Falling Free to be better than the print version?

It had been years since I'd read the book. I did enjoy the audio book. I'd forgotten how much of a think piece this is, comparable to Ceteganda in that characteristic.

What did you like best about this story?

In this story, people have been engineered and are the property of a huge company. The project has taken place out in space, far from annoying laws governing engineered humans. What happens to them if they become obsolete before they are given a chance to become truly useful. It's an important discussion as we are on the cusp of these technologies now.

What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He did a good job. Not fantastic, but certainly competent.

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

I guess I really enjoyed it because of how it slots into the Vorkosigan Saga universe. It's really a standalone short novel . . . but there are quaddies in a couple of spots in the Vorkosigan Saga.