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  • Star Wars: Outbound Flight

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338

Six Jedi Masters, 12 Jedi Knights, and 50,000 men, women, and children, will embark - aboard a gargantuan vessel, equipped for years of travel - on a mission to contact intelligent life and colonize undiscovered worlds beyond the known galaxy. The government bureaucracy threatens to scuttle the expedition before it can even start - until Master C’baoth foils a murderous conspiracy plot, winning him the political capital he needs to set in motion the dream of Outbound Flight. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too many missing parts....

  • By David on 12-28-09

Needs a remake.

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

This needs to be redone. Not just an unabridged version, but with another narrator. I'm biased as Davis is NOT my favourite narrator, but with the Thrawn novels, his narration is dated, and while he's great at differentiating male characters, his women all sound the same. This version cuts out important parts that give insight to both the events with Thrawn and Jorj, and Jorus and Outbound Flight, and importantly, Doriana and Sheev. This story is a great place to start in learning more about Thrawn, just not in audiobook form, as it's missing too much. DelRey needs to redo this with Thompson narrating it.

  • How to Marry a Werewolf

  • A Claw & Courtship Novella, Book 1
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

The monsters left Faith ruined in the eyes of society, so now they're her only option. Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge. But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be. Americans: Backward heathens with no culture, Major Channing has never had time for any of them. But there's something special about Faith. Channing finds himself fighting to prove himself and defend his species. But this werewolf has good reason not to trust human women.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A miss

  • By Dark Siren on 08-23-18

Witty, funny and delightful

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

If you like Carriger's work you'll like this. Same funny wit, hilarious banter and great characters. You don't need to read the other novels in her series, but previous knowledge makes the enjoyment all the richer. Narrator is good, but there's some timing issues with the inner dialogue effects towards the end, hence the three stars. Otherwise, a highly enjoyable book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A God in the Shed

  • By: J-F. Dubeau
  • Narrated by: David Marantz
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 233

The village of Saint-Ferdinand has all the trappings of a quiet life. Though if an out-of-towner stopped in, they would notice one unusual thing - a cemetery far too large and much too full for such a small town, lined with the victims of the Saint-Ferdinand Killer, who has eluded police for nearly two decades. It's not until after Inspector Stephen Crowley finally catches the killer that the town discovers even darker forces are at play.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Starts off great, but ends rather flat.

  • By Ben on 11-08-17

INCREDIBLE.

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

Perfect mix of true crime, small town Gothic, horror and plain old blood and gore. Great characters and a deeply entwined plot. I can't WAIT for the sequel!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thrawn (Star Wars)

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19,477
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,200

In this definitive novel, listeners will follow Thrawn's rise to power - uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice To Have Thrawn Back, But...

  • By Michael Hicks on 09-06-17

Phenomenal Comeback

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

I was beside myself when I heard Thrawn was canon again, and even more so when I heard Zahn was writing him again in a new novel. The wait for this was agonising, but worth it.

Thompson did a memorable job in the original Thrawn Trilogy, and I loved the original take on Thrawn's voice, but here, he went with Lars Mikkelsen's rendition and it was jarring at first, but if you've only ever seen Thrawn in Rebels, it's not an issue. Still a great portrayal.

This novel answered many questions, like how the new canon would handle Thrawn's entry into the Empire, and his rise to power, and finally claiming those famous whites and the infamous Chimaera.

It also shed a lot of light on Pryce and my respect for her as a character grew, even if my respect for her choices and morals were called into question. She's definitely not one dimensional in this novel.

However, I was slightly disappointed that there was no mention of Jorj Car'das and the Bargain Hunter, or Outbound Flight, and the ending is very open ended. It left me wanting so much more, but given the timeline, Season Four will likely fill that gap.

Overall, this was fantastic, and I'll be listening to it again!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fireman

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,968
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,952

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it's Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies - before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • THIS BOOK IS HORRIBLE!!!

  • By Brent Nelson on 04-04-18

Incredible

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

Found this book in my recommendations on goodreads and gave it a shot, as I love stories about pathogens causing the end of the world and their effects on society.

I am so glad I did. The characters are brilliant, three dimensional and flawed- perfectly human in their humanity, or increasing lack of it as the story goes on.

The chemistry between all the characters is wonderful, natural, never forced or unbelievable, and how said chemistry changes is just as well written- like a niece still loving her aunt as family even if she grows to loathe her as a person.

The pacing was fantastic, and the tension, humour or sorrow of each scene was phenomenal. Many times, I found myself tense with anxiety, my heart racing; other times, I laughed out loud or felt my heart twist.

These characters stick with you, you love them, cheer for them, cheer for them, and grieve with them. All the while, you just want things to go well and for there to be a happy ending for them.

Definitely in my top ten, and will definitely be looking at more of Hill's writing!

0 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Gods

  • A Novel
  • By: Brom
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,796
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,704

Fresh out of jail and eager to start a new life, Chet Moran and his pregnant wife, Trish, leave town to begin again. But an ancient evil is looming, and what seems like a safe haven may not be all it appears. Snared and murdered by a vile, arcane horror, Chet quickly learns that pain and death are not unique to the living. Now the lives and very souls of his wife and unborn child are at stake. To save them, he must journey into the bowels of purgatory in search of a sacred key promised to restore the natural order of life and death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Gruesome

  • By workerbee777 on 09-14-18

Incredible

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

Wonderful characters, world building, and fantastic plot layering with vibrant narrative.

Best way to describe this story is if Michael McDowell and Neil Gaiman got together to write a combination of American Gods, Dante's Inferno, and set it in the South with the experience and knowledge that only McDowell could have possessed.

As usual, R C Bray brings it all together with incredible narration and voice acting that reminds me of why he's one of my favourites.

Absolutely fantastic.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Catalyst (Star Wars)

  • A Rogue One Novel
  • By: James Luceno
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,385
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,364

The must-have prequel novel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - the upcoming film, set before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, that reveals the untold story of the rebel effort to steal the plans to the Death Star!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing prequel to Rogue One.

  • By M.S. Valdez on 12-27-16

Good story, lackluster performance.

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

Reviewed: 11-17-16

Great story, as per the norm for Luceno. Krennic was delightfully written, and the tension between him and Tarkin was wonderful. Also loved the continuity with his novel Tarkin.

Was disappointed with Davis being chosen as narrator, as he hardly does women justice and they all sound the same- like 80+ year old Scottish women with smoking habits who have lost most of their accent. Would have much preferred Marc Thompson for this.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful