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  • The Hunt for Red October

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: J. Charles
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,763

Somewhere under the freezing Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision. The Red October is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. The chase for the highly advanced nuclear submarine is on—and there’s only one man who can find her. Brilliant CIA analyst Jack Ryan has little interest in fieldwork, but when covert photographs of Red October land on his desk, Ryan soon finds himself in the middle of a high-stakes game of hide-and-seek played by two world powers—a game that could end in all-out war.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Audio quality quite poor

  • By Christian on 01-13-10

Very good story - well written, well told

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

Reviewed: 03-18-17

Where does The Hunt for Red October rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was the third time I've read/listened to this story. It was really well written I liked it again.

What about J. Charles’s performance did you like?

I don't have any idea about the reader except that I just heard the book and never noticed the reader. The reader was so good he expressed the story and never got between me and the story. The performance was GOOD.

  • The Origin and Evolution of Earth

  • From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence
  • By: Robert M. Hazen, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert M. Hazen
  • Length: 25 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658

This course chronicles the history of Earth and life on Earth from the point of view of the minerals that made it all happen. A major theme is how minerals and life coevolved, leading to the unprecedented mineral diversity on our world compared to the other planets in the solar system. Professor Hazen tells this epic story in 48 action-packed lectures that take you from the big bang to the formation of the solar system to the major milestones that marked the evolution of Earth and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly Fantastic

  • By Blokoe_Geo on 05-01-14

This is a VERY good course!

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

Where does The Origin and Evolution of Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This course starts with the big bang and goes on from there. It explains how the parts of the Earth were created. I REALLY liked this lecture series and WILL listen to it again. So far, it's the best course I've ever had, including about 200 semester hours of college!

What did you like best about this story?

Step by step, this course explains where the universe came from.

What about Professor Robert M. Hazen’s performance did you like?

This professor gave an entertaining presentation. It held my attention well.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh? Cry? No. But it led me to UNDERSTAND a lot.

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  • Under a Graveyard Sky

  • Black Tide Rising, Book 1
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,382

Zombies are real. And we made them. Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? The Smith family is, with the help of a few marines. When an airborne "zombie" plague is released, bringing civilization to a grinding halt, the Smith family, Steven, Stacey, Sophia, and Faith, take to the Atlantic to avoid the chaos. The plan is to find a safe haven from the anarchy of infected humanity. What they discover, instead, is a sea composed of the tears of survivors and a passion for bringing hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Zombie Apocalypse Tale

  • By Sara Marie Dalke on 07-03-14

Theyt're NOT zombies!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-15

If you could sum up Under a Graveyard Sky in three words, what would they be?

Theyt're NOT zombies!!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Under a Graveyard Sky?

The science-based fuondation which does lead to several action books.

Which scene was your favorite?

Starting the clearing of the cruise liner. (You may have to read a couple books in the series, but they're all good stories.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Zombies? Phooey! It's a VIRUS that affects living, breathing people - a BAD virus!

Any additional comments?

I didn't read these for several years because of the "zombie" label. It's not so and I'm glad I read them.

  • Calculating God

  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,806
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,825

In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting book, very enjoyable narration

  • By Ione on 05-07-10

VERY good!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-15

What did you love best about Calculating God?

Thoughtfulness!

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I seek out and listen to ALL of Sawyer's books! He's a GOOD writer!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Maybe

Any additional comments?

This book went a long way toward making me think about whether there is a "God" or not. It's written as a good SF book, but, it has given pause to think. I started this as a firm agnostic. Now, I'm even more inclined to think there Might be a god. I still don;t know, but, I'm wondering.

I've listened to this twice and I expect to, again.

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  • The Day of the Triffids

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621

Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen. Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere 24 hours before is gone forever.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • NOT unabridged.

  • By Dave Cole on 05-12-14

One of the best BOOKS I've ever read - repeatedly

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

Reviewed: 07-27-14

Where does The Day of the Triffids rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

There's no doubt that this book should be "read" by everyone. Heck, it a good book. Besides, it gives, as a background, some serious philosophical thought. I've read it on paper, now on audio, at least half a dozen times over the last 50 years.

It is timeless. I don't think there's anything in it that isn't really appropriate for today. It's really well written.

What did you like best about this story?

It's a story with which I could really identify, especially with the lead characters. They could have been me.

Which scene was your favorite?

Waking up in the hospital - the beginning. But, it kept up the pace.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Be careful! Two or three times, movies have been made from this book. One is terrible and shares little more than the title! Get the one with John Duttine as the lead star. It's a BBC adaption if the book and quite faithful to it - which is good). The tag line would be, I think, "How subtle can an invasion be? (Though the book is not at all about an invasion.)"

Any additional comments?

Worth re-reading.

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  • Starship Troopers

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,834
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,199

Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Science Fiction Classic

  • By Cather on 11-18-05

First or early narration - not well done

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

Reviewed: 01-29-14

What did you like best about Starship Troopers? What did you like least?

The story mixed action with philosophy well. It's one my favorite Heinlein books. I wish Lloyd James would re-record it with the skills he has now. It's the reason I joined the Army instead of another branch - and I stayed for 3 years active and 18 years in the reserves. I guess you could say that this book was an important influence in my life.

BUT, this was one of Lloyd James' first audio books (I think and hope). He LATER became a very good reader. With this book he was stilted and artificial. Later, when he read "The Curse of Chalion" (a VERY good book, by the way) he read so well that I looked a couple of times to assure myself it was the same reader.

What did you like best about this story?

The realistic action (which hasn't deteriorated at all over 50 years) and the philosophy, mixed in, that I wish we could adopt now.

Would you be willing to try another one of Lloyd James’s performances?

YES, BUT, look carefully at the performance reviews of Lloys James. He started off poor but became very good.

Was Starship Troopers worth the listening time?

YES! But don't let Lloyd James reading put you off Heinlein. He was the king of SF from 70+ to 40 years ago. His books have aged remarkably well.

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  • Laddertop

  • By: Orson Scott Card, Emily Janice Card
  • Narrated by: Emily Janice Card, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 73

Twenty five years ago, the alien Givers came to Earth and bestowed upon the human race the greatest technology ever seen—four giant towers known as Ladders that rise 36,000 miles and culminate in space stations that power the entire planet. Then, for reasons unknown, the Givers disappeared.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • For immature readers (no offense intended).

  • By Brad on 04-27-12

Not bad for a chapter or short story

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

Reviewed: 04-24-13

Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and Emily Janice Card and/or Emily Janice Card and Stefan Rudnicki ?

I wish for the rest of this story. As a short story, it's not bad. But, considering cost per minute, it's not so good. Where is the rest of the book?

Would you recommend Laddertop to your friends? Why or why not?

There was only the beginning here. I want some assurance that the story will be complete before I recommend this author.

What three words best describe Emily Janice Card and Stefan Rudnicki ’s voice?

Fairly well done.

Any additional comments?

Keep writing.

  • Masters of the Air

  • America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany
  • By: Donald L. Miller
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 25 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188

This is the dramatic story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. With the narrative power of fiction, this is a harrowing ride through the fire-filled skies over Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden. Fighting at twenty-five thousand feet in thin, freezing air no warriors had encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Facts and Emotions Masterfully Combined

  • By Olaf on 01-05-12

Masters of the Air

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

Reviewed: 01-30-13

What did you like best about Masters of the Air? What did you like least?

This book follow the formula - tales of daring-do at first followed by actual history then tales of the prison camps. I wish he'd put section one last (but, I guess, how many would stay to hear it if the history came first')

I had high expectations for this book but it did not live up to them. However, I think it is worth listening to because it does tell the story and the story is worth the time spent reading/listening.

Would you ever listen to anything by Donald L. Miller again?

Maybe

What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

The performance was good enough that it "disappeared" from my attention.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes

  • The Curse of Chalion

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,920

Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What makes a hero... LMB knows

  • By Terri on 04-12-12

Fantastic fantasy - original, involved, exciting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-11

This is really original fantasy. Lois Bujold writes great stories, characters you want to have for friends (except the enemies who, themselves, are drawn believably) and worlds of imagination.

Lois doesn't just rehash the same old ogres, elves, etc., that are the staples of so many fantasy writers - she creates something new and fascinating.

The Curse of Chalion won the Hugo Award for the the Best SF/Fantasy of its year as voted by the fans - and it was well deserved.

Lloyd James did a REALLY GOOD job of narrating this. He has developed greatly as a narrator and his voices, emotion, pacing, . . . everything, were really appropriate to the content of the story.

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  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,502

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic story to be read by all!

  • By Gina on 07-25-09

Really good story telling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-11

This is a kind of fiction I generally don't like, yet, I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK and it's sequel, "World Without End."

The characters are many but they are well and thoroughly filled out in this epic. I've listened to this book two or three times and certainly will again. The times are drawn in a way to bring them alive.

This led me on to several of Ken Follet's other books - also good.

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