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  • Allies and Enemies: Fallen

  • Allies and Enemies Series, Book 1
  • By: Amy J. Murphy
  • Narrated by: Erin Bateman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Born into service of the Regime, Commander Sela Tyron is about as subtle as a hammer. To hammers, any problem can look like a nail, but things aren't always that easy. When Sela is abandoned with her team on a planet full of insurrectionists, things get complicated. A daredevil rescue by her commanding officer reaps deadly consequences, forcing Sela to choose between the only life she's ever known and the fate of the man she's duty-bound to protect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I lost time listening to this story.

  • By KTW on 05-23-18

I lost time listening to this story.

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

Great story, really interesting and flawed characters. Hard Sci fi! The story moves fast and look forward to the following books. The performance was a bit inconsistent at the beginning but ended strong. Overall well worth the 11 hours frankly it went fast felt more like 2 hours listening. That's a very good sign.

  • Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son

  • By: Dean Koontz, Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Every city has secrets. But none as terrible as this. His name is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist who's traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. He arrives as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating New Twist

  • By Chuck on 02-05-05

OK no one was more suprised then me.

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

Reviewed: 12-03-15

What would have made Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son better?

Better writing and Narrator

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

Nope couldn't get through the book and had to stop...

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Bedford Lloyd?

No

What character would you cut from Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son?

All of them I mean it was really bad not what I expect from the author. Needless to say I wont be reading the rest of the series. Sad really I have enjoyed his other series so much I thought I would give this one a try.

Any additional comments?

Read Odd Thomas skip this one...

  • The World of Ice & Fire

  • The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
  • By: George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia, Linda Antonsson
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice, Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 21 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,529

If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin's masterwork - the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time - warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice & Fire. This volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO's Game of Thrones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece, as expected

  • By Lucie on 07-03-15

Wow what a great addition to the Universe of GOT

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

Reviewed: 12-03-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The World of Ice & Fire to be better than the print version?

This is a must compendium for any GOT fan. It has amazing detail and helps explain all the lands that can be found in the series and some lands barely touched upon in the books.

What does Roy Dotrice and Nicholas Guy Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This one two punch was amazing to listen two they are both wonderful in their roles.

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

No

Any additional comments?

I am getting it for a number of friends this Christmas.

  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,056
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,050

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

Loved it BUT...

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

Reviewed: 07-25-15

If you could sum up Seveneves in three words, what would they be?

Minimum Two Books

What was one of the most memorable moments of Seveneves?

Seeing the evolution of the Sol system in the future

What does Mary Robinette Kowal and Will Damron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I really liked the differences between them to help tell a pre and post storyline.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Space Cannibals

Any additional comments?

I felt the second half of the book was rushed it really could have been expanded upon. Too bad they didn't make it two books.

  • How to Clone a Mammoth

  • The Science of De-Extinction
  • By: Beth Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. In How to Clone a Mammoth, Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in "ancient DNA" research, walks listeners through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Readable Take on a Complex Subject

  • By John on 04-26-15

Long and winding road that really doesnt go anywhe

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

Reviewed: 07-25-15

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

No not what I was expecting.

Would you ever listen to anything by Beth Shapiro again?

Probably not

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

No

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

Nope

Any additional comments?

Yawn and I have to say the conclusion is a bit of a bait and switch...

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,759
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,724

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

Its very different from the first book

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

Reviewed: 07-25-15

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

Yes I really enjoy it and put this up there with Enders Shadow.

What did you like best about this story?

Naration was great.

Which scene was your favorite?

The Uncle slapping Scout. Fantastic!

Who was the most memorable character of Go Set a Watchman and why?

Scout as an adult

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Death Cure

  • Maze Runner, Book 3
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,970
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,980

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends — the Gladers. But it's finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test. What WICKED doesn't know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it's enough to prove that he can't believe a word of what they say. Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He'll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all. The time for lies is over.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The big let down

  • By John on 09-10-15

so so

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

Reviewed: 07-25-15

What did you like best about The Death Cure? What did you like least?

I liked nothing in this one they seem to be getting worse and worse...

Did The Death Cure inspire you to do anything?

yes give up on the series...

Any additional comments?

Couldn't get through it... Will never know the ending and really don't care.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Wool

  • Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5
  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Amanda Sayle
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,424
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,877
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,902

In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, ridiculous narration

  • By virginia on 10-26-14

The story was better tha the Performance

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Wool to be better than the print version?

No

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wool?

The head of IT was so poorly performed I found it hard to listen to those sections of the story. It really detracted from the story.

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

Nothing! see comments above

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Inside you may die, outside its a certainty.

Any additional comments?

Hated the narrator...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blackout

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
  • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,434
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,439

In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Double review - Blackout and All Clear

  • By Monica on 06-03-12

Not as good as the second book

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

Reviewed: 05-05-13

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

It was OK just as I didn't think Dog as good as Doomsday. Blackout was a step down from Dog.

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

The Blitz of London. I am not looking for audio books on the Blitz as I am writing.

Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren and Connie Willis – was your favorite?

None again they all where quite whiny. I missed not having Doneworthy in it.

Do you think Blackout needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It has one. I will listen to it because I am this deep into the stories I can hope it gets better.

Any additional comments?

I really liked the time travelers universe she has created. I would love to see a story backing in 2064 where a divergence did happen and the repair/alteration to the time line dealt with.