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  • Old Man's War

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,741

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Witty Military Sci-Fi

  • By M. Spencer on 10-21-12

Science Fiction is Not Dead

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-08

I grew up in the 1950's in the hey day of Heinlein, Asimov, Norton, Dickson and other great hard Science Fiction writers. To a great extent the genre in trying to reinvent itself turned its back on the traditional Science Fiction Fan. John Scalzi's novels, like the juveniles of Charles Sheffield, have reinvigorated the old hard science fiction style. However, John Scalzi has gone Sheffield one better. Old Man's War, Ghost Brigade, etc have not only brought Heinleinian style Science Fiction back to life, but he has successfully put a modern spin on the style which gives a fresh perspective. Old Man's War is an amazing effort and like any good book it stands up to being read and re-read. The audio interpretation is very well done and the reader gets a 5 star rating to complement the story itself.

32 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • Starburst

  • By: Robin Pilcher
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Every summer, the Edinburgh International Festival attracts celebrated artists, musicians, comedians, and actors to the beloved Scottish city. This year, the annual Edinburgh festival draws six unique and vibrant individuals, who all come together to follow their dreams and seek success, love, fame, and happiness. Each of them is trying to discover what destiny holds in store, and during this one magnificent summer, paths cross and lives are forever changed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Winner

  • By john s larigan on 04-22-08

Another Winner

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-08

Robin Pilcher has written his best novel since An Ocean Apart. It is always fun to travel to where Mr. Pilcher wants to carry us and the where he takes us along the way provides all the fun. Well written and adept at bringing the six uniquely different individuals together at the Festival.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Prisoner of Birth

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,358

One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • boring

  • By K on 01-17-16

One of the Best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-08

The story captured me from the Prologue and carried me through to the end. Jeffrey Archer once again painted the story like an artist on canvas and it was well worth the visit. I have been a fan of his for years and this is one of his best novels to date.

2 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Christmas Star

  • By: Catherine Lanigan
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The celestial phenomenon of the Christmas Star occurs every 30 years. For Tommy and Susie Magli, who fall in love under this star on Christmas Eve 1965, it will carry special hope. Withstanding her family's disapproval, they make a vow to each other on that night. When Tommy enlists in the Marines, their love is tested to the limit, a test that lasts 30 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vietnam, Young Love and Miracles

  • By Debbie on 11-17-15

Good Story-Great Listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-05

This was a very uplifiting story. While some of the situations do stretch the reader's credulity if you wait some of the biggest stretches of logic are at least brought into the realm of possibility. It does take a certain suspension of disbelief, but it is worth it. On top of that the characters are ones that are likeable and you want to find out not only their ultimate ends but sit back and enjoy the journey along the way. The reader is gifted and adds not distracts from the story. A genuine good listen!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Bill Baldwin's The Helmsman

  • By: Bill Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Steve Cumming, full cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

One of the few survivors of a League sneak attack on his poor and miserable homeworld of Carescria, Wilf Brim sets out to settle the score. Were it not for the attrition from the war that followed, Wilf would never have escaped his lower-class status and been accepted into the Academy. Now, freshly graduated, young Sublieutenant Wilf Ansor Brim, Imperial Fleet, begins his first assignment, Helmsman of the I.F.S. Truculent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Helmsman

  • By David on 05-28-04

Bill Baldwin's The Helmsman

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-04

I am a long time reader of Bill Baldwin's work and am especially fond of The Helmsman. I throughlly enjoyed the audio presentation. It did nothing to diminish my view of the novel and that is often not the case. I can highly reccomend this audio presentation and look forward as do others to further Wilf episodes.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Kiss

  • By: Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by: Joseph Siravo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

In a novel that is as compelling as it is compassionate, Danielle Steel weaves a story of courage in the face of unimaginable loss. With the grace of a master storyteller, she explores the strength it takes to conquer our greatest fears, showing us how the toughest choices can yield the most unexpected rewards...and how the longest, most winding journeys can begin with a single kiss.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Kiss

  • By Lisa on 09-19-03

The Kiss

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-03

Not being a regular and devoted fan of Danielle Steel or the romance novel genre for that matter, I picked up The Kiss with some skepticism. While the story is not heavily ladden with action it was unique in portraying two dysfunctional marriages, two people who fortutiously found one another and their struggles to deal with adversity and find a new life together. The characters of Bill and Isabell were well drawn and were sympathetic charcters with whom you could relate. While the plot devices are broad, the characters are strong enough to overcome the unlikely nature of the devices. Finally the reader did an excellent job of carrying forward the story with good voice changes to reflect each character.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Vertical Run

  • By: Joseph R. Garber
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Dave Elliot is about to have a very bad day at the office. This morning, just as Dave has finished knotting his tie, his boss comes into the office with a gun in his hand, prepared to murder him. From this moment onward, everyone Dave Elliot runs into today will be trying to kill him. And he has no idea why...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vertical Run

  • By john s larigan on 07-09-03

Vertical Run

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-03

A non stop action thriller that will keep you guessing. It is well read and acted by Stephen Lang and rates as one of the best audio books I have ever heard, and is an excellent abridgement of the book.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful