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Vicki L. Smith

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  • Gate Crashers

  • By: Patrick S. Tomlinson
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

On humanity's first extra-solar mission, the exploration vessel Magellan, or, as she prefers, "Maggie", discovers an alien artifact. Deciding that finding advanced alien life is too important to ignore, Captain Allison Ridgeway chooses to return to Earth while ordering her crew to reverse engineer technology far beyond anything back home. Meanwhile, at mission control, the governments struggle to maintain the existence of aliens a secret while also combating bureaucracy, the military industrial complex, and everyone else who wants a piece of what could skyrocket humanity into a new technological age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully entertaining!

  • By Vicki L. Smith on 09-25-18

Wonderfully entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

Gate Crashers is a fun, fast-paced romp through a hilariously treacherous universe. The characters are relatable and the story is timeless. Highly recommended!

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  • The Hearts of Horses

  • A Novel
  • By: Molly Gloss
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 117

The irresistible tale of 19-year-old Martha Lessen, a female horse whisperer trying to make a go of it in a man's world. It was thought that the only way to break a horse was to buck the wild out of it, and broken ribs and tough falls just went with the job. But over several long, hard winter months, many of the townsfolk in this remote county of eastern Oregon witness Martha's way of talking in low, sweet tones to horses believed beyond repair---and getting miraculous, almost immediate results.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, Honest, Wonderful

  • By Julie W. Capell on 11-08-09

Loved everything about this!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

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

This is the story of a young woman trying to find herself in the world, but it is also the story of America finding itself in the world. The lives of the people portrayed essentially ARE the lives of us all, told from a compassionate and realistic point of view.

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

The narrator managed the pacing in a way that I might not have. I tend to read very quickly, and hearing the story read so expertly placed the proper emphasis and weight to passages that I might have allowed to be swallowed up in the hurry to turn the page.

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  • Downbelow Station

  • By: C. J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 280

Pell's Station, orbiting the alien world simply called Downbelow, had always managed to remain neutral in the ever escalating conflict between The Company, whose fleets from Earth had colonized space, and its increasingly independent and rebellious colony worlds. But Pell's location - - on the outer edge of Earth's defensive perimeter - makes her the focal point in the titanic battle of colony worlds fighting for independence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator kills that book

  • By K. Krieger on 07-11-12

Enjoyable and engaging. Recommended!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-15

What made the experience of listening to Downbelow Station the most enjoyable?

I had already read the book, but it was a long time ago. Listening to the story, I found the characters interesting and the story plausible. The suspense builds to a tense and satisfying climax.

Have you listened to any of Brian Troxell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not yet heard other books narrated by Brian Troxell, but I felt that he did a very good job and I look forward to hearing him again. I know some reviewers said they thought his pacing was boring, but I did not find it to be boring at all. I didn't "hear" him most of the time, but I heard the characters instead. Well done!

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