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  • The Gods of Guilt

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,584

Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • God of Scribe

  • By Big jim Picotto on 03-12-15

Best Connelly I've Read Yet

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I've read a number of Michael Connelly's books with mixed reviews. This one, I thought, was a notch above the others. Yes, there is a more details than needed and the complexity loses me at times. But he makes his characters really come alive. And the ending...well, he didn't do a Perry Mason ending like so many other authors. He drew out the outcome like a dog chewing down a bone to, finally, the marrow. Okay, bad analogy. But the endingt was so enjoyable I got up at 4 am just to finish hearing the conclusion.

  • Captain to Captain

  • Star Trek Legacies, Book 1
  • By: Greg Cox
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 786

Hidden aboard the USS Enterprise is a secret that has been passed from captain to captain, from Robert April to Christopher Pike to James T. Kirk. Now the return of the enigmatic woman once known as Number One has brought that secret to light, and Kirk and his crew must risk everything to finish a mission that began with April so many years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome back to audio Star Trek

  • By EasyReader on 08-18-16

Star Trek for Dummies

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No - Written for children or adult dummies. I don't know any of those. Explains everything in detail and assumes we can't figure anything out for ourselves.

If you’ve listened to books by Greg Cox before, how does this one compare?

Never read his books and wont read another.

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

He was okay.

Was Captain to Captain worth the listening time?

An emphatic no.

Any additional comments?

I love Star Trek but are all the books this poor?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sector 64: First Contact

  • A Sector 64 Prequel Novella
  • By: Dean M. Cole
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

As part of the Greatest Generation, Major Anthony Spinelli, a World War II fighter pilot, flew into combat to save his family and keep them free. Two years later, he lost them in the blink of an eye, leaving Tony rudderless and without purpose. Then, on a dark, moonless night, in the skies above 1947 New Mexico, he has an encounter that will change humanity forever. However, when an accident threatens to unleash unimaginable destruction, Tony must race against time and unwinding plots to save us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cole Does It Again with First Contact

  • By Brian on 07-22-17

Sophmoric First-Contact Sci Fi

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

Would you try another book from Dean M. Cole and/or R. C. Bray?

I listened to Solitude and like it very much. Didn't hesitate to get this one as I love first contact stories. This was one of my least liked. The First-Contact part of the story seemed more like a rushed backdrop for the rest of the story, going I'm not sure where. Not really well thought out. Read like a few ideas he cobbled from other books on the subject and assumed the reader would overlook the lack of any depth.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Well, it's a prequel, so, as expected, it just stopped. "To be continued in next weeks episode."

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

Of course, he's one of the best. Always enjoy him.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably. I'm a sucker.

Any additional comments?

I'm sure I will break down and get the rest of this series. Only because I liked Solitude and hope his series will get better. Like I said, I'm a sucker.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Vanguard

  • The Genesis Fleet, Book 1
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,905

Earth is no longer the center of the universe. After the invention of the faster-than-light jump drive, humanity is rapidly establishing new colonies. But the vast distances of space mean that the old order of protection and interstellar law offered by Earth has ceased to exist. When a nearby world attacks, the new colony of Glenlyon turns to Robert Geary, a young former junior fleet officer, and Mele Darcy, a onetime enlisted marine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great begining of a new series

  • By Duncan R Campbell on 05-17-17

OMG - Sooo Boring

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

Would you try another book from Jack Campbell and/or Christian Rummel?

No. No. Hell no.

If you’ve listened to books by Jack Campbell before, how does this one compare?

I tried Lost Fleet a couple years ago. It was yuchy too. If I had realized this book was by the same author I would have stayed away.

Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel – was your favorite?

I didn't care for his voice. And that surprised me because he was articulate, read at a good pace, and good inflections. I didn't like his male voice. If that was him doing the female voices, those were very good. Best ever.

Did Vanguard inspire you to do anything?

Finally had enough. I screamed and tore off my ear buds. And part of my ear.

Any additional comments?

Fluff, fluff, fluff. And did I mention, so much meaningless drivel.

I stayed with it a while because I thought there might be the kernel of an interesting story in there somewhere. But, I guess to stretch it out to multiple books the author had to insert a lot of his soapbox sermonettes.

Dialog was so amateurish. And he gave us so much of the character's background (see "fluff" above) that didn't add to the story - boring, mind numbing.

18 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,171

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not my favorite scalzi

  • By pat on 03-25-17

I like Wil but...

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

Would you try another book from John Scalzi and/or Wil Wheaton?

Yes, but I wouldn't have high expectations for a great listen.

If you’ve listened to books by John Scalzi before, how does this one compare?

About the same. He really likes making his stories about the politics. I like more the sciency stuff.

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

I thought Wil was a bad choice for this book. He is a great reader - very clear and lots of emotion. But he doesn't differentiate voices of the characters. At times I didn't know who the person was that was talking, because the voices were the same, even the women's voices sounded like men.

Do you think The Collapsing Empire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Don't care. I probably won't go there. I've had enough politics over the last year and a half.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Silver Ships

  • The Silver Ships, Book 1
  • By: S.H. Jucha
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365

An explorer tug captain, Alex Racine detects a damaged alien craft drifting into the system. Recognizing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make first contact, Alex pulls off a daring maneuver to latch on to the derelict. Alex discovers the ship was attacked by an unknown craft, the first of its kind ever encountered. The mysterious silver ship's attack was both instant and deadly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart protagonists!

  • By William R. Brown on 05-28-16

Fluff, fluffy, fluff

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

What did you like best about The Silver Ships? What did you like least?

Interesting story in there somewhere. The second book covers all the first book in the first 10 minutes, thus, first book not even needed. This book is an example how an author can extend a simple story into a series - spend 2 pages on how to make toast! So, if you like fluff, details that do not extend the story, plow through this one - there is a good story in here.

  • It's Superman!

  • By: Tom De Haven
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 754

Opening with the young Clark Kent on a date, this novel takes an entirely fresh approach to the emergence of his superpowers and the start of his newspaper career, following him from rural 1930s Kansas across America to Hollywood in its golden age and then to New York City. He meets a worldly Lois Lane and conniving political boss Lex Luthor, and begins his battles against criminal masterminds, mad scientists, and super villains inspired by fascists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Superman!

  • By G. Bledsoe on 12-24-06

I so wanted this to be good...

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

Reviewed: 07-29-16

Any additional comments?

...but it wasn't. I couldn't afford comic books as a kid, so I looked forward to going to the barber shop where I could find the latest issue and read about my favorite superhero. I selected this book looking forward to a serious treatment - instead I got an alternate reality superman. A different universe. Almost bizarro. Where was my SUPER hero? Far too much of the story was about a timid, country boob, who was so clueless he couldn't come to grips with 18 years of amazing "coincidences", and hadn't even talked to his parents about them. And because I eventually lost some interest, I didn't pay close enough attention to the constant flipping from one person's story to the next - and there were many. So I found myself asking, "who is this person he's talking about?" And don't get me going about the authors treatment of Lex Luther. Okay, I get the author wanted to give a different spin on an old story. It just wasn't an interesting spin.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,876
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,615
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,612

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I laughed, I cried...

  • By susan on 04-07-11

What the hell is this???

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

Reviewed: 03-04-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Actually, it took me a while to get through this book as I kept putting it down in disappointment.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I have not read a "zombie story" from this perspective. That part was interesting. And if the story had revolved around that, I believe I would have liked it. But the whole superblogger, fighting for truth and justice, bit was tiresome very early in.

Any additional comments?

The political and religious attitude of the main character, is in my opinion, just what liberals would like to believe about themselves - sophisticated, enlightened, and non-judgmental. But it comes off as naïve and predictably negative towards Christians and conservatives (of which I am neither). It read at times like the author needed a soapbox to spew her righteous anger which got real old very fast.

  • Zombie Fallout 5

  • Alive in a Dead World
  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,301

In the latest installment of Mark Tufo's zombie fallout series, Mike Talbot and his family continue their fight for survival as Eliza plots their demise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Laura on 07-10-15

Best of the Series...so far.

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

Reviewed: 09-24-12

Where does Zombie Fallout 5 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I thought this one was so much more entertaining than the previous books of the series. Good action, love the cliffhanger, the twists and turns seem to never end.I so like that this is not some Rambo type story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I can't really say. I liked them all - well, some I liked hating! Okay, actually I don't care much for the main character's wife. Too bossy. But, I guess he needs a wife like that - you know, more like a mother.

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

He is a great reader. I will look for his other books. He really brings the story to life.

Any additional comments?

Only thing I don't like is that so many of the characters have the same wittiness as the main character. That's a bit annoying.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run

  • True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide
  • By: Peter Allison
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 912
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 825
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 818

Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry ­elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!

  • By D. in Dallas on 09-21-12

Great Stories

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

Reviewed: 04-13-12

This is more a collection of "happenings" in the liffe of a safari guide. And they are great. Each are told very well - not too many details, not too long, not too fantastic to make me think he was telling a yarn. I love that he includes his stupid mistakes and was honest about his own limitations. I couldn't put it down and was sorry when I finished. I will listen to this book again soon.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful