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  • The Foundation

  • Jack Emery , Book 1
  • By: Steve P. Vincent
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

When a corrupt think tank, The Foundation for a New America, enlists a Taiwanese terrorist to bomb a World Trade Organization conference, the US and China are put on the path to war. Star journalist Jack Emery is pulled into a story far more dangerous than he could have imagined. Because the Foundation's deputy director, the ruthless Michelle Dominique, recognizes that whoever controls the message controls the world. And she will take control, no matter the price.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The conspiracy theories continue!

  • By Matthew on 03-05-17

Book 1 of the Jack Emery series

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

I read the prequel Fireplay and enjoyed it. It was an ebook novella. I listened to the audio version of The Foundation and I had a little trouble getting into it. I wasn't overjoyed with the narrator to start with. I guess it took me about a quarter of the way through the book before it really found a rhythm. After that I liked it. I gave it 4 stars because the second half of the book just flew by. A war, political unrest, terrorist attacks, and a newspaper reporter trying to put it all together. What more could you ask for.

  • The Wrath of the Great Guilds

  • The Pillars of Reality, Book 6
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,633
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,402

The Great Guilds, fearing the loss of their control of the world of Dematr, have gathered their power and joined it with the relentless legions of the Empire. The full might of that host will fall upon the fortress city of Dorcastle. If Dorcastle falls, the revolt led by Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain will fail, and their world will soon descend into chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stopping point, but not a conclusion

  • By Eugene R. White on 08-09-16

To Dorcastle for the last great battle

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

The mechanic and the mage travel to Dorcastle to fight the last battle against the storm that threatens the world of Dematr. Much fighting against the Imperials backed by the Mechanics guild and the Mages Guild for control of Dorcastle and the rest of the world.

#FemaleProtagonist #Gritty #Violence #MagicSystems #Steampunk #tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Past Tense

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,054

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What's one extra day? He takes the detour. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FIVE STAR BOOK And NARRATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 11-05-18

Same great author and character new great narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

The 23rd Jack Reacher novel and still going strong. I always like the ones set in small towns with Jack on the side of the underdogs. Quite the twist at the end concerning his dad but I won't say any more than that so I don't spoil it for you. If you like the Jack Reacher series you won't go wrong with this book.

#SmallTown #CrazyEnding #Gritty #Nostalgic #Violent #Ex-MilitaryCop #PresentDay #NewEngland #tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Rise of the Rocket Girls

  • The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars
  • By: Nathalia Holt
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713

In the 1940s and '50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • an insightful history of what women can accomplish

  • By Katherine on 10-25-16

Women in Science

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Similar to Hidden Figures and The Code Girls. Same time frame WWII cold War era. But these are different women. Based at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena facing similar problems of women working in a man's world.But this group was more educated and followed them as they had children and raised families. I always wonder where the world would be if men hadn't suppressed half of the population and refused them education. You read about what these small groups of women did when the need was there and I just wonder. What breakthroughs in science and medicine could have been reached if we hadn't suppressed women through the ages.

#SucessStories #Inspiring #ColdWar #WomenInScience #TagsGiving #Sweepstakes

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  • The Servants of the Storm

  • The Pillars of Reality, Book 5
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,238
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,987

A Storm that will wreck a world threatens Dematr. Only Mari, one of the Mechanics who control all technology through their Guild, has a chance to stop it. She and Mage Alain have survived numerous attempts to kill them and have gained many more followers, but the Storm of chaos, born of centuries of enslavement, grows ever closer. Mari leads an army now. She and Alain must fight together to bind back the Broken Kingdom and build a force strong enough to defeat the might of the Great Guilds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love, Love, Love this Series!

  • By Lauren on 07-03-16

Magic meets Steampunk

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This is the fifth book in the Pillars of Reality series about a young female mechanic and young male mage fighting the storm that is threatening to destroy their world. A great series and fun to listen to.

#MagicSystems #Steampunk #Gritty #FemaleProtagonist #TagGiving #Sweepstakes

  • Ocean of Storms

  • By: Christopher Mari, Jeremy K. Brown
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 539

In the near future, political tensions between the United States and China are at an all-time high. Then a catastrophic explosion on the moon cleaves a vast gash in the lunar surface, and the massive electromagnetic pulse it unleashes obliterates Earth's electrical infrastructure. To plumb the depths of the newly created lunar fissure and excavate the source of the power surge, the feuding nations are forced to cooperate on a high-risk mission to return mankind to the moon.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just not very good

  • By Astroman on 12-11-16

Time travel and a trip to the moon

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Interesting idea except where they skipped over explaining the mingling of the DNA near the end. I hate it when the author(s) uses the "it's magic" to or not explain something when they had been doing a good job with far out theories until that point. Come on they were doing a great job until the "it's magic" moment came and then they end the book. It got four stars because 90%, maybe 95% was almost believable and that is all I ask in my SF unless they have realistic space battles.

  • Ep. 4: Narrator Hall of Fame: Hear What Makes Them Great (Audicted)

  • By: The Audible Editors
  • Length: 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Narration is the life-blood of audiobooks. Hear from our editors on who some of the great voices are, what makes them special, and what tricks they use to keep their reads top notch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice discussion of narrators

  • By Wayne on 05-03-18

Couldn't hear a thing after the intro music

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

I couldn't hear a thing after the intro music which was over loud and caused me to turn my volume down. Then the program started and even after turning the volume all the way up I could just barely hear some women talking but couldn't understand a single word. I don't know if it was worth in even at free since it just aggravated the heck out of me.

  • The Midnight Line

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,884

Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reacher doing what Reacher does!

  • By shelley on 11-07-17

Only Reacher would take this on.

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

First off I should say I love this series. Being retired military may have some influence on that but I think it is more having a bigger than life hero to escape to in my retirement and the fact that I love listening to books on my daily walk around the neighborhood. Finding a small West Point class ring in a out of the way pawn shop leads to a quest to discover why it was there and what happened to its owner. And another Jack Reacher adventure begins. Lots of twists, turns and excitement follows that I'm going to leave to you to discover.
Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry

  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,547

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Worst Nightmare

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 03-02-17

One scary novel

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

Reviewed: 02-27-17

Makes me want to become a survivalist starting now not tomorrow. Definitely a wake up call.

  • Easy Innocence

  • The Georgia Davis PI Series, Book 1
  • By: Libby Fischer Hellmann
  • Narrated by: Beth Richmond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

When pretty, smart Sara Long is found bludgeoned to death, it's easy to blame the man with the bat. But Georgia Davis - former cop and newly-minted PI - is hired to look into the incident at the behest of the accused's sister, and what she finds hints at a much different, much darker answer. It seems the privileged, preppy schoolgirls on Chicago's North Shore have learned just how much their innocence is worth to hot-under-the-collar businessmen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Corruption, Greed, and Prostitution …

  • By Snoodely on 11-09-16

Suspended cop turns PI on Chicago's North Shore

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

Reviewed: 10-08-16

Where does Easy Innocence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

While I enjoyed the book and think I might like to try the second book in the Georgia Davis series it was geared more toward a women's audience. Lots of references to clothes and shoes for the affluent society. Getting around that the story was good and kept me interesed.

What other book might you compare Easy Innocence to and why?

I guess I could compare this to Sue Grafton's alphebet series. Kinsey and Georgia are both ex-cops turned PI in affluent cities. Both had trouble dealing with the bureaucracy and the attitude toward women officers in the police force and both work alone as PIs.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't know if I had a favorite scene. The scene at the teenage pimps home with the mother and father with the gun threating his whole family was suspenseful.

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

I don't think I had any extreme reactions to the book but the scene when the teenage prostitute abused was rough the way the main character handled it. Sure she got her help but just dumping her on her parents doorstep and leaving didn't leave me with a good feeling about Georgia. If you are going to do that then why not use her as a lever on the teenage pimp. A guilt trip at the very least. But that angle was totally abandoned.

Any additional comments?

Overall I liked the book, it moved right along and was for the most part believable. The author made a couple leaps of faith to get the story to work but it is a novel and she isn't the first or last to do that. I sometimes have trouble with women narrators only because I have some hearing loss in the upper audio range but this one was good.