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  • The Last Colony

  • Old Man's War, Book 3
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,382

Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up. That is, until his and Jane's past reaches out to bring them back into the game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent But Different

  • By Michael on 12-04-12

A must listen for fans of Scalzi

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

Reviewed: 01-18-15

What made the experience of listening to The Last Colony the most enjoyable?

Perry is a heroic figure. Hi wife, Jane, and daughter, Zoe , star in this audio book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Colony?

The defense of Roanoke was great

Any additional comments?

don't miss this book if you are into the OMW series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Canada

  • By: Richard Ford
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 631

When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous writing

  • By SomervilleWhereElse on 07-06-12

Thoughtful story but very slow moving.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

not sure anything could. its the authors deliberate style, or his story line that did not work for me.

Has Canada turned you off from other books in this genre?

likely, I would not listen to any of the authors books

What three words best describe Holter Graham’s voice?

very good. did great job with various characters

What character would you cut from Canada?

creepy character at the inn in canada

Any additional comments?

very well developed characters and monologue. while thoughtful, story was not exciting in the least.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Keeper

  • Dismas Hardy, Book 15
  • By: John Lescroart
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 363

On the evening before Thanksgiving, Hal Chase, a guard in the San Francisco County Jail, drives to the airport to pick up his step-brother for the weekend. When they return, Hal’s wife, Katie, has disappeared without a clue. By the time Dismas Hardy hears about this, Katie has been missing for five days. The case strikes close to home because Katie had been seeing Hardy’s wife, a marriage counselor. By this time, the original Missing Persons case has become a suspected homicide, and Hal is the prime suspect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not his best? Still very entertaining.

  • By Richard Delman on 02-13-18

One of slower stories of the Dismas Hardy series

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

Reviewed: 05-26-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The first 7 hours of this story are quite slow. A 2 or 3 paragraph synopsis/summary would have been adequate for that length of the story.

The plot finally picked up around hour 8 and got interesting. Lescroart is a favorite author but I feel he should have abbreviated or added better pacing to the majority of this 12 hour ( audio length) story

Would you ever listen to anything by John Lescroart again?

Yes. I have listened to all the Hardy stories over the years and some of Lescroarts other work

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

Collacci is excellent. Hi 'voicing ' is superb.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The end had a good plot twist. Just not quite worth the time to get there.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Tell No Lies

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,032
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,815

The scion of an old-money San Francisco family, Daniel Brasher left his well-paying, respectable money-manager position to marry his community organizer wife and work at a job he loves, leading group counseling sessions with recently paroled violent offenders. One night he finds an envelope - one intended for someone else that was placed in his office mailbox by accident. Inside is an unsigned piece of paper, a handwritten note that says, "Admit what you've done or you will bleed for it."

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The purgatory of group therapy

  • By karen on 03-07-14

Too dark. Gave up after 2 hours

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

Reviewed: 11-16-13

What would have made Tell No Lies better?

author needs to make the characters more likeable/interesting. The crime story simply kept on grinding on.

Has Tell No Lies turned you off from other books in this genre?

not at all.

How could the performance have been better?

scott brick was ok. His inflections and histrionics tend to detract

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I like books based in SF.

Any additional comments?

this was my 1st book by this author. Possible I do not like his style

4 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • You're Next

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,094

Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This guy is really cheesy

  • By Randall on 08-03-16

Too dark. Overemphasis on character angst

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

Reviewed: 03-15-13

What disappointed you about You're Next?

Difficult to listen of 12 hours of the main character's suffering and obstacles. Author should have altered it or employed some type of pacing or relief.

Would you ever listen to anything by Gregg Hurwitz again?

No, if this is his standard writing style

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Scott Brick is usually excellent. I don't think he should have sung nursery rhymes as 1 of the characters. It sounded like a difficult story for him to maintain.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

ending was acceptable and somewhat predictable. The plot finally turned and made sense with the visit to the casino.

Any additional comments?

Should have been a shorter book, as 85% of the story was about the main characters suffering and angst

24 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31,382
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26,586
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,215

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fifty Shades of Bad Writing

  • By Susan on 05-04-12

Complete Waste of Time

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

Reviewed: 01-25-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is so horribly written and the narrator is just awful. Total waste of time. I could barely make it through the first eight chapters before I had to throw in the towel. Thank goodness it was free but I shouldn't have wasted a credit on this piece of trash.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Robber Bride

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 20 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 388

Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride is inspired by "The Robber Bridegroom", a wonderfully grisly tale from the Brothers Grimm in which an evil groom lures three maidens into his lair and devours them, one by one. But in her version, Atwood brilliantly recasts the monster as Zenia, a villainess of demonic proportions, and sets her loose in the lives of three friends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating Story with Great Narration

  • By Mariah on 05-21-13

if you Like Margaret Atwood, this is a must listen

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

Reviewed: 06-22-12

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

great story and fascinating characters

Who was your favorite character and why?

Xenia, who was mysterious and impacted the lives of all in this story

What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

convincing depiction of different characters

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Motive

  • A Dismas Hardy Novel
  • By: John Lescroart
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

It starts with a double homicide. Because of the high profiles of the victims - a politically connected socialite and his glamorous fiancée - the mayor of San Francisco herself demands that a high-ranking detective be put on the case. And so Abe Glitsky is thrust into the controversial investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best of the great Hardy-Glitsky series.

  • By MidwestGeek on 11-15-14

Outstanding legal/crime drama.1 of the series best

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

Reviewed: 02-11-12

Where does The Motive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

its in my top 5 , maybe top 3 for the Dismas Hardy/Abe Glitzky series

What did you like best about this story?

The court room scenes are terrific. I enjoyed the corrupt police angle. Excellent pacing and it held my interest.

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

Another great job by Colacci

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nothing but the Truth

  • By: John Lescroart
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 360

When San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy gets a call saying his wife never picked the kids up from school, he's worried. Frannie's a great mother. Turns out there's a good explanation: She's in jail. Unbeknownst to her husband, Frannie has just appeared before a grand jury - and refused to share a crucial piece of information about her friend Ron, who's accused of killing his wife.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A thoroughly convoluted mystery.

  • By Charles Atkinson on 09-20-13

Not the best from author

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

Reviewed: 01-20-12

What would have made Nothing but the Truth better?

the main theme of marital difficulties revolved around 4 main characters. There was too much focus and content on marital issues. The pacing was also slow, IMO. Franny Hardy was in jail for 4 days which made this a somewhat depressing listen.

Did David Colacci do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Colacci is excellent.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Nothing but the Truth?

franny should have been released on day 2, and the other sub plots could have been better developed, esp the killers in this story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Second Chair

  • A Dismas Hardy Novel
  • By: John Lescroart
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

Dismas Hardy is finally on top: as a managing partner at his thriving, newly reorganized law firm, he's a rainmaker and fix-it guy for clients leery of taking their chances in a courtroom. Now Hardy's up-and-coming associate, Amy Wu, brings him a high-profile case: Andrew Bartlett, the 17-year-old son of a prominent San Francisco family, has been arrested for the double slaying of his girlfriend and his English teacher.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An insider's view of law-enforcement

  • By Snoodely on 03-05-10

My Favorite Dismas/Abe Legal Drama

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

Reviewed: 01-12-12

Where does The Second Chair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

See my title. I greatly enjoyed this audiobook

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Suggest you listen to First Oath , then Second Chair, for continuity.

This audio book was so good, I did not want it to end !

Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

Dismas has evolved and matured in this book. His character is the lead in this legal drama.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I don't think thats possible with a 16 hour audio book. However, the last 2 hours will hold you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful