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Joseph M. Morgan

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  • One False Move

  • A Myron Bolitar Novel
  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Marosz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686

She's smart, beautiful, and she doesn't need a man to look after her. But sports agent Myron Bolitar has come into her life, big time. Now Myron's next move may be his last. Brenda Slaughter is no damsel in distress. Myron Bolitar is no bodyguard. But Myron has agreed to protect the bright, strong, beautiful basketball star. And he's about to find out if he's man enough to unravel the tragic riddle of her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I've missed Myron, but this isn't quite right.

  • By Richard Delman on 04-01-16

Good story told by a BAD narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

As good as many of the Myron Bolitar stories, though there are others in the series I like more. The narrator was painfully bad, though, reading every sentence as a declarative statement without much variation in pace or tone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Prudence

  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,488

When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama ("Rue" to her friends) is bequeathed an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female under similar circumstances would do: she christens it the Spotted Custard and floats off to India. Soon she stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pronunciations and character voices are Different!

  • By Andrea C on 03-17-15

Charming!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

Entertaining steampunk, suitable for teens or adults. Excellent narration too.
This story features the adult daughter of the protagonists from the Parasol Protectorate series, which I also recommend.

  • Out of the Dark

  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Charles Keating
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 572
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 370

Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity’s cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, over half the human race has died. Now Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize the scattered survivors without getting killed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Collapses at the finish line

  • By Barry on 10-27-10

Not his best, but a decent escape

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Anyone who knows the Weber family will recognize the author's self-portrayal in the Dvorak family. I will admit I did not see the ending co.ing, and the aliens were a nicely-developed set of characters.

  • Leonardo da Vinci

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,792

Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish the sample was not from the preface!

  • By Kristopher S. on 11-13-17

A Compelling and Well-written Biography

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I started this book as research for a project, expecting to merely collect facts. instead I lost sleep because I listened far past bedtime, sat in parking lots instead of running errands, and fell in love with Da Vinci. The author brings this brilliant polymath and his world to vivid life. As a procrastinating, ADHD sufferer with my own burning curiosity about pretty much everything (except golf) I was inspired and vindicated by Da Vinci, while learning more about how to emulate him. I plan to listen to this author's Benjamin Franklin biography next. After I get those errands done and have a nap!

  • Mira's Last Dance

  • A Penric & Desdemona Novella in the World of the Five Gods
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

In this sequel to the novella Penric's Mission, the injured Penric, a Temple sorcerer and learned divine, tries to guide the betrayed General Arisaydia and his widowed sister, Nikys, across the last 100 miles of hostile Cedonia to safety in the Duchy of Orbas. In the town of Sosie, the fugitive party encounters unexpected delays, and even more unexpected opportunities and hazards, as the courtesan Mira of Adria comes to the fore with her own special expertise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A GOOD STORYLINE

  • By Bunty on 06-19-17

More, please!

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

My favorite author read by my favorite narrator. I nust wish the story could go on. Can't wait for the next one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • By Schism Rent Asunder

  • Safehold Series, Book 2
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 25 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,669

The world has changed. The mercantile kingdom of Charis has prevailed over the alliance designed to exterminate it. Armed with a multitude of small technological improvements - better sailing vessels, better guns, better devices of all sorts - Charis faced the combined navies of the rest of the world at Darcos Sound and Armageddon Reef, and broke them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Character's...Great World...No Story

  • By Kris on 10-24-08

Weber has another winner

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

Like his legendary Honor Harrington books, Weber's Safehold series will transport you to a world you won't want to leave. Not can this guy tell a story!
The narration is good, too, with varied accents and good vocal range for both men and women. This is definitely a case when Whispersync is your friend.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Bishop's Heir

  • The Histories of King Kelson, Book 1
  • By: Katherine Kurtz
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Once again, the Kingdom of Gwynedd under young King Kelson found itself facing the horror of war between the Church and the Deryni. As the Pretender Queen plotted to free Meara from Gwynedd's control, and the ex-Archbishop hatched a devious plan, it looked like the peace of Gwynedd was to be a thing of the past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story

  • By Preston K. Rankin on 06-29-16

good story, bad reader

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

reader made me crazy. he over-enunciated every word and paused a bit after each. it was a bit like listening to William Shatner.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cryoburn

  • A Miles Vorkosigan Adventure
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,329

Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove—he’s been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp—an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future—attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter, Miles, to check it out

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its nice to come Home!

  • By Kevin McLaughlin on 10-23-10

A Day in an Auditor's Life

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

A lovely book where Miles' unique talents once again serve his Emperor. Warning--moves the story ahead to places you don't want to be out of sequence. Read it in timeline order.

  • To Honor You Call Us

  • Man of War, Book 1
  • By: H. Paul Honsinger
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626

The Terran Union is engaged in a vast interstellar war against the Krag Ruthless aliens intent on exterminating humankind. In 2315, the wily Max Robichaux is given command of the USS Cumberland, a destroyer with state-of-the-art capabilities but a combat record so bad, she’s known as the “Cumberland Gap.” Capt. Robichaux’s first mission: to take his warship to the Free Corridor, where the Krag have secretly been buying strategic materials, and to seize or destroy any ships carrying enemy cargo.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the story

  • By Stephanie Pitts on 03-19-14

Military Sci-fi Done Right

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

Reviewed: 12-15-15

Honsinger's Man of War series is what good military science fiction ought to be. Believable world building, admirable three-dimensional characters, and a conflict that matters. Honsinger realizes his technology with all the thoroughness of a David Weber, (but without the extreme detail that some readers find daunting) while his characters are more reminiscent of Johnny Rico and his fellows in Starship Troopers. The stories have a good balance between background and action, and the detail is just right on the tech and history.
The only negative part is the reader, who is a little too excited by every sentence. Perhaps he got his start in TV commercials, where he only had 60 seconds and everything was immediate and important?
The books are good enough that I got the Kindle, paperback and audio formats, and have read them through at least three times.
I eagerly await the second trilogy from this exciting new voice in military sci-fi.
Now where is Baen to snap him up, I ask?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Storm from the Shadows

  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 31 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615

Rear Admiral Michelle Henke was commanding one of the ships in a force led by Honor Harrington in an all-out space battle. The odds were against the Star Kingdom forces, and they had to run. But Michelle's ship was crippled, and had to be destroyed to prevent superior Manticoran technology from falling into Havenite hands, and she and her surviving crew were taken prisoner.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the worst performance ever, but YUCK!

  • By SandwichKed on 06-11-16

great book, needs better narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-13-15

This is one of the books I re-read and sync to Kindle. I wish the narrator could do women's voices and pronounce Manticoran right.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful