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  • The Sculpted Ship

  • Silver Queen Series, Book 1
  • By: K. M. O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Starship engineer Anailu Xindar dreamed of owning her own ship, but she didn't find the courage to actually go for it until she was forced out of her safe, comfortable job. She goes shopping for a cheap, practical freighter, but she ends up buying a rare, beautiful, but crippled luxury ship. Getting it into space will take more than her technical skills. She'll have to go way outside her comfort zone to brave the dangers of safaris, formal dinners, a rude professor, and, worst of all, a fashion designer. She may even have to make some friends...and enemies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story line poor execution.

  • By Robin on 12-10-17

Good story line poor execution.

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

While the narrator has a pleasant voice and does accents, she sounds the same in very calm scenes or action packed scenes. Had trouble staying awake. That being said, I really can’t tell if this is a good book or not. I really like the story line but sometimes felt I was in a fashion magazine nightmare. Very much considering putting it back on the shelf. It’s a shame.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gathering Edge

  • Liaden Universe: Theo Waitley, Book 5
  • By: Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

The luck runs rough around Theo Waitley. Not only are people trying to kill her and capture the self-aware intelligent ship, Bechimo, to whom Theo is bonded, they're also trying to arrest her crew membersand throw the dignity of an important passenger, the duly constituted norbear ambassador Hevelin, into question. No wonder Theo and her crew felt the need for a break and retired to what Bechimo refers to as "safe space". Unfortunately, safe space may not be so safe anymore.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Continuation of on going story

  • By Avid reader on 05-06-17

Theo Waitley sections of this series not my favorite.

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

While I like being filled in on events I find the Theo Waitley books tedious and have difficulty telling discussions of Ship emotion from events. I miss a lot because I feel like I'm drowning in so much space seaweed I can't tell when something is actually happening. Plus it plays the ploy of merely being an episode rather than a book. So wait til it becomes a trilogy to call it a book.

  • Close Your Eyes

  • By: Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 995
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 867
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 869

A music therapist who thrives on helping others, Kendra Michaels cherishes the ordinary life she has achieved after stem cell surgery restored her sight. The skills she perfected during those sightless years - the ability to pick up the most subtle audio, olfactory, and tactile cues in the world around her - coupled with her laser-sharp mind - have made her a uniquely potent observer and problem solver. Kendra’s uncanny way of connecting the dots is as baffling to law enforcement as it is legendary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a good one!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-26-13

An OK story about details leaves a few out.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-16

I purchased this book because of the Narrator. I am enchanted with the voice of Elizabeth Rogers and her ability with NE USA accents. Waiting for another Archer's Beach book to show up. The is about observing details to solve crime. So, one scene in the book really bothered me and clued me to more places where the writers really needed to pay attention. The protagonists went out into a 110 degree desert without water, had a gun fight then stood in the heat an hour and a half more answering questions to authorities. No mention of discomfort or need for water. Ummm, Not! The book pays close attention to visual, auditory and even aural clues but almost none to the senses of the skin and environment. Still, it was an OK story If I were an editor, I would have sent the manuscript back for re-working before publishing. I may read next in series because it has a higher customer rating. Perhaps they have worked out such issues. I'll have to read some to find out.

  • Magonia

  • By: Maria Dahvana Headley
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Michael Crouch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 327

Aza Ray is drowning in thin air. Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak - to live. All the doctors can do is give her drugs and hope they keep her alive. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of the medication. But Aza doesn't think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish there were more stars to give!

  • By Jen on 05-11-15

Wonderful writing style

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

Maria Dahvana Headley has a wonderful writing style and the first several chapters of her book were a joy to listen to. However as it moved into fantasy I had a great deal of trouble suspending belief in order to join her world above the clouds. The world building did not convince me. Still, I listened to the whole book and enjoyed her style if not her world building.

  • We

  • By: Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 797
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 721
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 721

Set in the 26th century A.D., Yevgeny Zamyatin's masterpiece describes life under the regimented totalitarian society of OneState, ruled over by the all-powerful "Benefactor." Recognized as the inspiration for George Orwell's 1984, We is the archetype of the modern dystopia, or anti-Utopia: a great prose poem detailing the fate that might befall us all if we surrender our individual selves to some collective dream of technology and fail in the vigilance that is the price of freedom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting history, prose a little outdated

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 11-30-11

WE are not impressed

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

Reviewed: 09-25-16

Yevgeny Zamyatin may have been the first to write a story like this but I don't buy that robot to lust and jealousy constitutes a soul. It was more like complete control to complete (emotional at least) loss of control.

  • Life After Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,530
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,540

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating, breathtaking book

  • By Kareol on 08-13-15

Reincarnation? or Alternate Universes? Maybe Both

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

Reviewed: 09-23-16

Well I sure got a small idea how her brand of re-incarnation can be. While I have had enough of the first reading, this is probably a book I will read again when I want to feel my head spinning. I can't really rate it the way I want because the author deserves more stars just for putting it together. It cover's every mother's nightmares over accidents that might happen to their children then goes on to what coulda, woulda, will be. Enjoy if you like a mental roller coaster.

  • My Year of Meats

  • By: Ruth Ozeki
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

Jane, a struggling filmmaker in New York, is given her big break, a chance to travel through the United States to produce a Japanese television program sponsored by American meat exporters. Meanwhile, Akiko, a painfully thin Japanese woman struggling with bulimia, is being pressured by her child-craving husband to put some meat on her bones, literally.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entrancing story, unbelievable narration

  • By Emily on 04-04-04

Complex and Simple. Sometimes horrifying.

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

A story that will keep me thinking for awhile about how we survive by denial. Very interesting take on things. Also was glad to hear Anna Fields again. One of my favorite narrators lost to us.

  • Calling Me Home

  • A Novel
  • By: Julie Kibler
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,960

Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie. She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle’s past, agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives. Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope they make a movie!!

  • By Christina6marie on 08-17-15

A story that needs to be told.

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

I know something about the issues in this story, so I continually wanted to beat the young protagonist over the head for her stupidity. Still I was glad there was no cliche ending.

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,765

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader

  • By Sires on 04-13-14

A very good story

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

I like the series. Very entertaining. It is a good story. Sometimes I wish the narration was a bit slower.

  • Alliance of Equals

  • Liaden Universe: Arc of the Covenants, Book 2
  • By: Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Beset by the angry remnants of the Department of the Interior, challenged at every turn by opportunists on their new homeworld of Surebleak, and somewhat low on funds, Clan Korval desperately needs to reestablish its position as one of the top trading clans in known space. To this end, Master Trader Shan yos'Galan, aboard Korval's premier trade ship, Dutiful Passage, is on a mission to establish new business associations and to build a strong primary route that links well with existing Loops and secondary routes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Story Progresses, but the narrator...

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-23-16

Good Story, narration still painful

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

I have greatly enjoyed all of the Liaden series books. However the Arc of the Covenants series read by Kevin T Collins are painful to listen to since all the Liaden characters have all been given BAD British accents, where they didn't exist before. Don't now if it was reader's choice or director's choice but it was a bad decision. It was and still is, actually painful to have the characters qualities slaughtered by the narration. That being said, I am buying the written editions where I don't have to fight the narration to get to the story.

However, narration has improved somewhat in that the accents are toned down somewhat from the last Kevin T Collins narration but still, to me, very irritating. I have to work too hard to get to the very good story.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful