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Tom Josey

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  • Boy Gone

  • Boy Gone, Book 1
  • By: Mark Wayne McGinnis
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

Mere minutes after arriving at their Nantucket family beach home, nine-year-old Scotty Sullivan was out the back door, scrambling toward the shore with Larry, the family dog, fast on his heels. Late in the afternoon in mid-spring, the typical summer beach crowd visitors were still weeks away. Suddenly, Scotty became aware of an odd-looking object, hovering just above the crashing surf. In an age of hobbyist’s drones and all sorts of flying gadgets, he wasn’t overly concerned until the large flying object moved much, much, closer. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great viewpoint of first contact with our galactic neighbors

  • By Merv on 11-13-18

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I look forward to listening to more of the story. It’s been a while since I have enjoyed an audio book as much as this one.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • What Are You Made Of?

  • By: Gary Starta
  • Narrated by: Charles Geddes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Preparing a planet for colonization can be a deadly business. Scientists and engineers working on the Ceres project have all been poisoned from radiation. But there may still be a way to save the mission. Dr. Adrian McElroy has proposed a radical and illegal solution - the transfer of his colleagues’ intelligence into android bodies. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sparse Character Development

  • By Tom Josey on 10-30-18

Sparse Character Development

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

I think characters should be detailed enough to develop interest in the story line. About the only character developed was the ludicrous asshole Russian that hates everybody and everything and is willing to destroy the mission because his daddy treated him badly. The story concept is good but somehow I never actually cared for the central characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,312
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,164

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Amy Snider on 06-13-18

Good solid entertainment

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

The premise of the book is similar to his Boboverse, but still entertaining. The Narrator is excellent, same as Bob. Hopefully another is in the works.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Area X

  • The Southern Reach Trilogy - Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance
  • By: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick, Bronson Pinchot, Xe Sands
  • Length: 26 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,307
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,093
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,108

Dive into the mysteries of Area X, a remote and lush terrain that has inexplicably sequestered itself from civilization. Twelve expeditions have gone in, and not a single member of any of them has remained unchanged by the experience - for better or worse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Great

  • By clifford on 12-26-15

Ennui to the max

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

Would you try another book from Jeff VanderMeer and/or the narrators?

I tried to like it but could not get by the listless characters that seemed to have no will to live. The book doled out a slow plot development with no real substance. I would not try another book from Jeff VanderMeer.

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Narrators were fine, material was not.

What character would you cut from Area X?

All of them.

  • Dying Games

  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 404

Washington, DC: Twin brothers are found drowned in a Perspex box, one gagged and strapped to a chair. It's the latest in a series of cruel and elaborate murders with two things in common: the killer has left a family history chart at each crime scene, and the victims all have a connection to genealogical sleuth Jefferson Tayte. Hoping his insight and expertise will help solve the case, the FBI summon Tayte back to the capital. But as he struggles to crack the clues, the killer strikes again - and again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Wonderful Suspense Mystery Surprise!!

  • By Wayne on 11-06-17

Not believable

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

I think the plot was trite and rediculous. I could not finish it. Don’t bother with trying to read.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Legacy

  • By: David L. Golemon
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 20 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

The United States is ready to make a triumphant return to the moon, striking out boldly into the solar system in an attempt to regain the confidence of the heady days of the Apollo program. But a shocking discovery at Shackleton Crater brings the first Prometheus mission to an abrupt halt. Remote robots have uncovered human skeletal remains - and forensic analysis at NASA reveals the corpse to be over 700 million years old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked

  • By Al Foster by wife on 01-06-15

Alternate reality

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

Entertaining but not attached to current true science fiction. Alternate reality seems to be the theme. Glaring impossibilities. Still enjoyed the narrative. I like science fiction not science fantasy. Performance is excellent.

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,041
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,897
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,912

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

As good as it gets

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-09

This was narrated perfedtly and the story is captivating. One of the best I have ever listened to.