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  • Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue

  • The Bern Saga, Book 1
  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Jennette Selig
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 347

It wasn't easy for Molly being the only girl in Flight Academy, but getting expelled was even worse. Abandoned by her family when she was young and now tossed from the only home she's ever known, her future looks bleak.

But then Molly hears that her father's old starship has turned up halfway across the galaxy. Setting off to retrieve the old craft, she hopes it will hold clues to his disappearance. Accompanying her as a chaperone is Cole, her old flight partner from the Academy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Forced Was With Them

  • By Dubi on 05-19-14

If you failed physicis you might like this book.

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

Reviewed: 01-03-15

What disappointed you about Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue?

First, the author really needs to take some science classes. This is science fiction so I don't care if you can manipulate gravity, jump into hyperspace.
The problems in this book however destroy the suspension of disbelief on a regular basis. The main character has 'just enough time' to maneuver to 'dodge laser fire'. The author also appears to frequently confuse acceleration and velocity. And many of the descriptions of combat make it sound like aircraft in an atmosphere.
At one point a bomb starts a fire that burns down an entire planet, because apparently there has never been a forest fire there before (inhabited world).

You should also be warned that this is much more young adult than scifi

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

First off fix the science.
Then the story needs to be yanked out of it's young adult roots.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I admit I am a bit curious as to what happens next, but that happens with all but the worst books for me.

Any additional comments?

If you did not fail every science class you have ever taken please do not purchase this book. You will be going along listening to the story and suddenly want to bludgeon yourself to death because of the stupid emanating from your audio player.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • At All Costs

  • Honor Harrington, Book 11
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 32 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209

What price victory? The war with the Republic of Haven has resumed . . . disastrously for the Star Kingdom of Manticore. Admiral Lady Dame Honor Harrington, Steadholder and Duchess Harrington, the single victorious Allied commander of the opening phase of the new war, has been recalled from the Sidemore System to command Eighth Fleet. Everyone knows Eighth Fleet is the Alliance's primary offensive command, which makes it the natural assignment for the woman the media calls "the Salamander."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Avid Harrington Readers...

  • By Sijia Huang on 05-20-12

A step back for the series.

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

Reviewed: 07-25-13

The story is mostly ok but there is about 20min of strait up religious ceremony in the middle that serves no purpose except extending the book.
Also I think too much time was spent trying to convey specific signs the tree cats were making rather than something like 'made the two handed sign for x'
These factors make the book seem boated.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Dexter by Design
    
    
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        Nick Landrum
    
    


    
    Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    1,451 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • Dexter by Design

  • By: Jeff Lindsay
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 810

After a joyous honeymoon in Paris, Dexter is feeling pretty normal. But when a corpse is found displayed on a Miami beach, Dexter realizes another killer is on the loose.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Is there a such thing as 'too graphic'?

  • By SRuss on 10-07-09

Dexter Jumps the Shark

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-10

Many parts of this book are wonderful. There are some great scenes. Unfortunately, the author destroyed the entire concept of Dexter as an exploration of humanity by introducing supernatural forces.

If I could give this book a negative score I would.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Gigi Bermingham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,284
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2,424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,427

To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Narration Take 2

  • By Carol on 02-27-08

Unlistenable

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-09

I thought I could deal with the change in narators but it is worse than expected. I would give this zero stars and return it if I could. 5 min in I had to stop. I will have to buy the paperback.

Why oh why switch narrators. I would have paid double for the same voice again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events #1
  • By: Lemony Snicket
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry, Full Cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,925

Like a car alarm, bagpipe music, or a doorbell ringing in the middle of the night, hearing this all-new audio edition of The Bad Beginning will only upset you. This unique multi-voice recording brings the first book in Lemony Snicket's alarming A Series of Unfortunate Events to such terrible life that no one should really have to experience it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly miserable

  • By Lindsey on 06-05-05

Fun book withy Beautiful multivoice recording

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-09

This was a simple fun book with a beautiful performance. The multiple readers make single reader books pale in comparison.
For those who have trouble believing the author he is not kidding that there is no happy ending. Much the same as a Harry Potter book has no happy ending. Events within the book are wrapped up but evil still lurks and is not ultimately defeated. However, I would not classify the ending as a downer.

  • Bare Bones

  • By: Kathy Reichs
  • Narrated by: Michele Pawk
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

Dr. Temperance Brennan looks forward to her first vacation in years. She's almost out the door when the bones start appearing. Most puzzling of all are the bones discovered at a remote farm outside Charlotte. The remains seem to be of animal origin, but Tempe is shocked when she gets them to her lab. Why are the X rays and DNA so perplexing? Who is trying to keep Tempe from the answers? Someone is following her, and must be stopped before it's too late.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good

  • By Sara Gallinger on 08-22-03

Another great Brennan book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-09

I have been enjoying the Brennan series and this is exactly what you would expect if you have listened to any of the others.
For new listeners to the series, the forensics are accurate but are not overblown, they take a second seat to plot and character. The books are classic detective tales with a fully fleshed out female lead. Internal dialog adds depth to the character.
All in all very much worth listening to.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hit Man

  • By: Lawrence Block
  • Narrated by: Robert Forster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 768

Keller possesses all the qualities of a professional killer. He's cool, confident, reclusive, icy, and ruthlessly efficient. But this seasoned hit man is also prone to self-doubt as he finds himself caught in the clutches of a mid-life crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Terrific

  • By Sunshine on 02-15-03

Didn't even warrant finishing.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-09

I have only put down a couple of books in my life before finishing. This was one of them. I gave it a good shot, kept listening to see if it would improve and it just didn't. I was hoping for some interesting or inventive kills, a plot, something to warrant further listening. But it just wasn't there. Honestly one of the worst books I have every tried. I would recommend skipping this book.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Grave Secrets

  • By: Kathy Reichs
  • Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 433

Powerful entertainment from the crime fiction superstar who combines riveting authenticity with witty, elegant prose. Best selling author Kathy Reichs "keeps the twists coming, and by the novel's climax, she has skillfully interwoven her many subplots and red herrings into a satisfying puddle of sex, sleaze, greed and gore," says Publishers Weekly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Don on 06-24-03

Excellent book.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-09

I am disappointed only that the first few books in the series are not available in audio form.
The book is well written. I enjoyed the internal monolog that adds depth to tempi.
The reader is not perfect but IMO is not actually bad. I did not have problems following transitions between characters etc.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful