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Barry Owens

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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,553

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HHTGH - Lightly Fried

  • By J. Medany on 05-08-05

One of my favorite books from my teenage years

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I remember loving this book when I was an adolescent in the 9th grade at Gresham Junior High School. I remember how it made me laugh back then so I was delighted when I saw it in the recent SciFi & Fantasy Sale on Audible. I had never listened to anything narrated by Stephen Fry but had heard great things about him. I jumped at the chance to listen to this book hoping that I would find it just as humorous as I did when I read it in print back in the 1970’s.

I was not disappointed! This book not only held up well over the almost 40 years since I read it but I think I enjoyed it even more because this time I understood the subtle humor as well as the blatant stabs at society and things such as religion, politics, and evolution. There are just so many nuances that I cannot remember getting the first time I read it and Stephen Fry just brings a whole new dimension to the story.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough and I will be buying Douglas Adams other books that are available on Audible, especially if Fry is the narrator.

  • Mechcraft

  • By: Brian Fitzpatrick
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Los Angeles - Jake London's ideal teen life is thrown into chaos when he discovers the ability to control a swarm of shape-shifting nanotechnology that has, until recently, lain dormant in his DNA. Mechcraft is the skill of controlling the nanotech and summoning and creating tools, weapons, and even machines. Being the first ever born with the nanotech, warring factions desire to use him for their own sinister ends. Now, with two Mechcraft agents at his side and a horde of enemies chasing them down, Jake finds himself in a desperate race to safety.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narrator makes this a good listen

  • By cosmitron on 07-19-18

Good story and good narration

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I enjoyed this audiobook. The story was well written and the narration was adequately performed by Meghan Kelly. If I had one criticism of each is that the story is about a teenage kid coming into puberty and into his powers at the same time, yet there is some mild cursing in it that would keep me from letting my own children and grandchildren listen to it. The narration was generally well done but I would like to have heard more of a sense of urgency when the battle scenes were taking place. Aside from these two things I found the book quite satisfying and easily worth the four stars for both author and narrator. I do indeed recommend this book.

I received this book from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

  • The Diary of an Expectant Father

  • The Diary of a Father Book 1
  • By: Pete Sortwell
  • Narrated by: Will M Watt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Not only is Graham Peterson unlucky in his choice of careers, he's also been terrible with women throughout his adult life. That changes when he meets Alison on a work night out. Unfortunately for Graham, however, things change so drastically that within a month of dating Alison he gets the news that he's about to become a father for the first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Daddy Diary

  • By Teresa on 04-11-15

Okay, but mostly jus meh!

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

Not a bad book, but not what l expected either. I thought there would be more humor in the book but really it was just what the title said it was; the diary of an expectant father. Being a father myself I was able to relate to just about everything in the book. Of course living in the USA I never had to deal with the NHS, the British Healthcare system, but most of what the writer said is pretty common experience for most men.

The narration was good. Being that this was written like a memoir there were no character voices to do so it was pretty much just a straight reading. Fortunately, even the narrator is British he was easily understood to these Yankee ears.

I only gave the book three stars because, frankly, it doesn’t take a seasoned author to write a diary. It just takes one to make it interesting, and I didn’t find this one all that interesting. I am glad that I got this book and it’s sequel free from Audible because I would hate to think that I paid good money for it. Maybe I will listen to the followup sometime. Won’t be tomorrow though.

  • Warrior King

  • Star Legions: The Terran Wars, Book 1
  • By: Michael G. Thomas
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

An apocalyptic war looms, and few believe it is a war that can be won. As Terran colonies evacuate, the mighty Laconians stand alone against the merciless Median Empire. They will never surrender, and their new King, Agesilaus, has a scheme that could transform the fortunes of all Terrans. As leader of the most powerful of the Terran states, he plans the unthinkable. Inspired by the valor and adventures of the infamous Ten Thousand mercenaries, he launches a pre-emptive strike against the Empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Average Sci-Fi Story

  • By cosmitron on 07-19-18

Great story! Well written and performed!

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

I really enjoyed this book and Scott Bennett’s narration just made the whole book for me. His character voices were varied and distinctive for each character. No way to mistake who was speaking or what they were saying. One or two voices might have been a little hokey, but that just made listening more fun.

I appreciate the author bringing this book to a definitive conclusion as it could have easily ended on a major cliffhanger. My personal opinion is that even books in a series should have definite conclusions in each book so that there is some sense of closure.

I can most definitely recommend this book, and I will be listening to more by this author and narrator!

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  • B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration

  • By: Jerome J McLaughlin
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

Through engaging narrative and first-person accounts, B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration captures the painstaking restoration of a World War II-vintage Boeing B-17 bomber by more than 100 volunteers in Pooler, GA. Airplane restoration and military aviation enthusiasts alike can follow the airplane's journey from the storage hangers of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum to the Combat Gallery of the Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book with only one drawback

  • By Barry Owens on 07-02-18

Excellent book with only one drawback

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I received this book from Bill Nevitt in return for an honest review.

I very much enjoyed this book as it details the restoration of the B-17 Flying Fortress The City of Savanna. Much detail regarding the history of the B-17 in general and this aircraft in particular. Jerome McLaughlin does an excellent job of telling the story. Bill Nevitt does an equally excellent job of narration. My only complaint about this book is that McLaughlin frequently takes the reader out of the story and onto rabbit trails in sidebars that are informative but distracts from the unfolding story. I would have preferred them to be put into an appendix in the back of the book and just let the story unfold naturally.

This is the only audiobook that I have finished so far this year.

  • Last Days on Earth

  • Are We in Them? See for Yourself
  • By: Randy Nelson
  • Narrated by: Gary L. Willprecht
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

To many of us, this is a scary time to be alive. It seems that every newscast raises more questions about where we are headed. When God's messenger angels appeared to people in scripture, they always said, "Fear not." Fear is based on uncertainty. However, everything about God's plan is certain. This audiobook is like a spiritual GPS! In it, author Randy Nelson takes us on a guided tour through the days and events to come. He unveils God's exciting end-time plan and our place in it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don’t waste your money

  • By Barry Owens on 06-02-18

Don’t waste your money

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

I was completely unimpressed with this book. I wanted to listen to it because I usually enjoy reading books on eschatology and thought that this one would be interesting . I was wrong. It contained nothing new that I haven’t read or heard in the past thirty years. Nelson loves to make lists and this book is full of them. They add little to the narrative and make it difficult to follow a thought. Lots of scripture is quoted but most of it is out of context. A sequel to this book is referred to towards the end, but I cannot see me torturing my with more of the same.

As for Gary Willprecht’s narration there is not much to say. I had to speed it up. The narrator speaks so slowly as to quickly become boring. A faster pace was needed just to keep my attention from wandering.

I was really looking forward to this book, but I was disappointed in it all the way around. I cannot recommend this book.

  • NYPD Red

  • By: James Patterson, Marshall Karp
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Jay Snyder
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,938
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,940

It's the start of Hollywood on Hudson, and New York City is swept up in the glamour. Every night, the red carpet rolls out for movie stars arriving at premieres in limos; the most exclusive restaurants close for private parties for wealthy producers and preeminent directors; and thousands of fans gather with the paparazzi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful faces in the world. With this many celebrities in town, special task force NYPD Red is on high alert - and they can't afford to make a single mistake.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Narration, formuliac and predictable story

  • By Christine on 12-03-12

The pacing of a Hollywood film!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

The first third of this book is pretty slow; marked mainly by people dying and the police baffled as to who is doing the killing and how to stop them (so pretty much a typical police procedural novel ).

About halfway in, though, the pace really picks up, and the pacing changes to that of a fast action thriller. There are almost a hundred chapters and each one moves quickly to the next like the scenes of a movie. So Kudos to Patterson and Karp on an excellent novel.

Edoardo Ballerini and Jay Snyder are perfect for this book. Five stars for the narration. I listened to the last 4.5 hours of the book in one sitting and could not tear myself away from it.

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  • Defending Your Faith

  • By: R. C. Sproul
  • Narrated by: R. C. Sproul
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 279

Dr. Sproul surveys the history of apologetics and demonstrates that reason and science are your allies in defending the existence of God and the historical truth claims of Jesus Christ.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a bit too theoretical than practical.

  • By Richard on 08-03-15

Love it, but....

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

I love this teaching series by Dr. Sproul. However, there’s a ton of teaching on philosophy before he ever gets around to teaching on apologetics. I really wish that could have been shortened so that more teaching on scripture could have been taught.

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  • Don't Touch the Blue Stuff!

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?, Book 2
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604

Something called the “Blue Juice" is coming. For all of us. Luckily, me (Chip Collins), Pete, Nikola Tesla, Bobo, and FBI Agent Gina Phillips are here to kick its ass, and send it back to last Tuesday. Maybe. Or maybe we'll fail, and everyone in the multiverse is doomed. (Seriously, you might want to get that underground bunker ready.) Either way, I've got to get home to Julie and find out – woah, I'm not about to tell you that right here in the book description! TMI, dude.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun roller coaster ride through the multiverse!

  • By Fascinatingbooks on 09-21-17

Great Story but too much language for me!

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

A great followup to “Where the Hell is Tesla?” Loved the story, but there was a bit too much bad language in it for my taste. The F Bomb gets dropped every couple of minutes, and there were also a few GDs in there. That is why I gave it three stars instead of four. I have developed a thicker skin when it comes to general cursing, but taking the Lord’s name in vain is a huge NO NO for me.

The narration was good. I just wish that Mr. Dircks could do female voices since there are so many of them in his books. Still, there was no problem telling who was doing the talking so I went ahead and gave the Performance 4 stars.

If you are hyper sensitive to the use of foul language then this book is most definitely not for you. Otherwise I can recommend it as a worthy follow up to “Where the Hell is Tesla?”

  • Lines of Departure

  • Frontlines, Book 2
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,240

Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species. Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos. Political unrest, militaristic police forces, dire threats to the solar system. Humanity is on the ropes, and after years of fighting a two-front war with losing odds, so is Commonwealth Defense Corps officer Andrew Grayson.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the first book

  • By David on 03-14-15

Love this series!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

Marlo Koloa has a hit military sci-go series on his hands, and Luke Daniels is the perfect narrator for it!!! I will binge-listen to the entire series, or at least as much of it is available.