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  • Metal Boxes

  • By: Alan Black
  • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408

Coming of age can be hard for anyone. But for Blackmon Perry Stone it is life threatening. At 15, he barely manages to graduate from the empire's cadet training by a talent for unusual problem solving. He has trouble settling into navy life, but life becomes harder when he uncovers a ring of thieves aboard the huge ship. Life becomes difficult when they killed him.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Juvenile

  • By shirley on 07-30-16

Terrible narrator, poor language, decent plot and characters.

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

Terrible narrator, poor language, decent plot and characters. Would not buy it again. Tough to get through.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hell's Gate

  • Multiverse, Book 1
  • By: David Weber, Linda Evans
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 37 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 325

Arcana has never encountered another intelligent species while exploring scores of other worlds. No cities, no vast empires, no civilizations, and no equivalent of their own dragons, gryphons, spells, and wizards. But all of that is about to change. It seems there is intelligent life elsewhere in the multiverse. Other human intelligent life, with terrifying new weapons and powers of the mind...and wizards who go by the strange title of ''scientist''.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • we'll get there...eventually.

  • By Erin Newlin on 04-12-16

So much narrative. Show, don't tell. Balance.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-16

The authors live to hear themselves write. Hell's Gate overflows with narrative, with little dialog and action. Whole chapters ooze by with exhaustive narrative, telling us everything that happens and everything that is thought. There's long, long passages telling us about the exhausting multiple worlds. There's little dialog to let us connect with the characters.

This flood of words leaves me drowning in details about the multiple worlds, confused by the made up words and never-ending details that add facts, not information.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Volumes of the Vemreaux Complete Collection

  • A Dystopian Adventure Trilogy
  • By: Mary E. Twomey
  • Narrated by: Madeline Mrozek
  • Length: 45 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 133

This is the complete set of the Vemreaux Trilogy, including The Way, The Truth, and The Lie. In a world not divided by race, creed, or color but by blood type, Blue Anders finds herself on the wrong end of fortune's mercy. Born with a lesser blood type, Blue is raised in The Way, a work camp for A-bloods.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Religious overtones and emotionalally damaged protagonist

  • By Lea on 05-16-16

Great Value: Hours per Credit

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

Reviewed: 01-24-16

This is an acceptable buy, providing a lot of listening for the single credit. You'll want that, because by the third book you will have the speed cranked up. By the end, I was listening at 2x speed.

Why? Because "Blue" is so darn whiny. The second and third books lose a lot of action, focusing more and more on the family dynamic. Problem is, the hero ("Blue") just keeps doing the same thing over and over. There's lots of whining and crying, with little character development.

Worth buying, but be ready to turn up the listening speed.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Will of the Empress

  • By: Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by: Tamora Pierce
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

For years, the Empress of Namorn has pressed her young cousin, Lady Sandrilene fa Toren, to visit her vast lands within the Empire's borders. Sandry has avoided the invitation for as long as it was possible. Now, Sandry has agreed to pay that overdue visit. Sandry's uncle promises guards to accompany her. But they're hardly a group of warriors! They're her old friends from Winding Circle: Daja, Tris, and Briar. Sandry hardly knows them now. They've grown up and grown apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A treat for any fan!

  • By Morgan on 04-21-12

Narrator Sounds Like She's Learning to Read

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

Reviewed: 08-15-14

The book seemed interesting at the start, but I had to give up after about 15 minutes. Narrator Tamora Pierce enunciates so carefully and reads so slowly that she sucks the life out of the story. It sounds a bit like my ten year old reading a difficult book out loud.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • These Broken Stars

  • By: Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Holloway, Johnathan McClain, Sarge Anton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 595

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they're worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mesmerizing!

  • By Katherine on 07-23-14

Good for adults too

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

Reviewed: 08-03-14

These Broken Stars is categorized as a teen novel, but it is also a good read for adults. The main teen elements are that the main characters never have sex and swear words are referenced, but not said.

The plot and characters are solid and the premise is interesting. This is a typical journey of self discovery, but uses interesting elements that make for a refreshing read.

It is obvious that this science fiction novel is one of the few written by women. The authors have the hard core military "major" express feelings in a way that male writers do not.

Elements that didn't work:

-- Making the 18-year-old male protagonist be a major after two years in the military. The authors say he earned this through field promotions, but that would mean going from recruit to O-4 rank in two years. That would mean overseeing about a thousand soldiers at 18 years old. That's the kind of thing that doesn't happen, unless it is an honorary rank for royalty.

-- Having the two characters never have sex, despite falling in love while shipwrecked and alone. There's lots of sleeping cuddled together and making out, but it never goes further. The authors omit any element explaining this, instead it is just something required for a "teen" novel.

Overall, this is a good read and worth a credit.

  • Aurora: CV-01

  • Frontiers Saga, Book 1
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,673

A world recovering from a devastating plague. A brutal enemy threatening invasion. A young man seeking to escape the shadow of his father. A ship manned by a crew of fresh academy graduates. A top-secret experimental propulsion system. A questionable alliance with a mysterious green-eyed woman. What destiny has in store for the crew of the UES Aurora is far greater than any of them could ever imagine. And this is only the beginning....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 90% SciFi, 10% Cheese

  • By John C. on 06-16-14

Acceptable, not great

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

Reviewed: 04-01-14

Aurora: CV-01 is an acceptable book, a science fiction beach read. The characters are shallow. The writing is mostly tell, not much show. The plot and concept are good.

Narrator Jeffrey Kafer does a passable job on this book, with the exception of his horrible Russian accent. He plows through the content like a bull dog. His narration does little to enhance the characters, but is acceptable.

If you don't listen to a lot of audiobooks, you can probably find something better. With that said, this book is fine if you have an extra credit and some extra time.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Selection

  • The Selection, Book 1
  • By: Kiera Cass
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,436
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,682

For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-27-12

Narrator's style ruins the book

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

Reviewed: 03-05-14

Narrator Amy Rubinate has a style that ruins the book for me. I'd suggest listening closely to the sample to decide if it will bother you.

Instead of a natural speaking style, Rubinate falls into a narration pattern that stresses vowels too much, most especially on words at the end of sentences. You get something like this:

"When we got the letter in the pOOst, my mOOther was ecstAAtic. She had already decided that all our problems were sOOlved, gone forEEver."

Rubinate's narration pattern is worse in some areas than in others, but is strong enough to suck the meaning out of the writing and destroy the characters.

The over-stressed vowels are like speed bumps, bouncing the mind out of the narrative. Instead of flowing prose revealing the characters' thoughts and motivations, the over-stressed vowels stop the flow. When so many words are stressed, the sentences lose their meaning.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Aristeia

  • Revolutionary Right
  • By: Wayne Basta
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

A former naval starfighter pilot, Maarkean Ocaitchi once fought to protect the Alliance and its principles of freedom and democracy, but his sister's rebellious past forced them both into a life of smuggling. He nevertheless refuses to believe her assertions that the whole system is corrupt...until she is arrested and condemned to death as a traitor. Now, Maarkean must decide where his loyalty lies, and will either spark a rebellion or help crush the spirit of democracy once and for all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By Jake on 03-05-14

Narrator Chris Andrew Ciulla, Odd Reading Pattern

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

Reviewed: 02-23-14

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Andrew Ciulla?

Narrator Chris Andrew Ciulla throws off the enjoyment of this book. He'll read a few sentences fine, then suddenly DECIDE that EVERY two or three WORDS in A sentence need to be STRESSED to MAKE the reading MORE DRAMATIC.

Listen to the sample and you'll probably see what I mean. When Ciulla does this, the sentence becomes very difficult to understand. The odd sentence stress destroys the flow and loses the meaning. Instead of staying immersed in the story, Ciulla's narration pulls attention back out.

Not recommended, based on the narrator.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen

  • Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,774

This program includes a preface read by the author. In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulous new take on Sherlock Holmes

  • By Steph on 04-14-14

Need denture adhesive

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

Reviewed: 02-23-14

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jenny Sterlin?

A problem with modern recording equipment: you hear every detail. In this case, Jenny Sterlin needs a better denture adhesive. Throughout the recording, you hear the clicks and pops of what seem to be dentures not quite glued tight.

It might be something else... some unusual saliva buildup or something I don't know. It is enough that it is difficult to ignore.

You want to ignore it, because Sterlin's performance is very good and so is the book. I'm not sure I'll get further books in the series, unless I listen to the previews and find this problem corrected.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • The Prefect

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,107

Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multifaceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds. His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the habitats that left 900 people dead, a crime that appalls even a hardened cop like Dreyfus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best yet of the Revelation Space series

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 04-03-11

Only John Lee...

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

Reviewed: 08-02-12

Narrator John Lee is remarkable: He can suck the life out of any good story. Lee has a deep voice and a fine accent, but those cannot make up for his random inflections, uneven reading style, and complete lack of voice characterization.

I would suggest buying the print copy of this book. Avoid John Lee's narration at all costs.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful