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  • Divide and Rule

  • By: L. Sprague de Camp
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

On a future Earth, where invading aliens have forced humanity to revert to a feudal society and conducting scientific research is punishable by death, it's good to be the heir to a duchy. Unless your brother has been burnt as punishment for heresy. And unless you intended to do something about it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Silly little story

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-28-15

Silly little story

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

Reviewed: 04-28-15

What did you love best about Divide and Rule?

it's quirkiness. About America adapts to being ruled by aliens.

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

Updated some of the outdated, not very PC attitudes regarding women.

What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

Nothing in particular stands out.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It was more of a silly book than a "moving" book.

Any additional comments?

This is a story I read many years ago and wished I'd kept a copy of because it is so ... silly and simple.

  • One Corpse Too Many

  • The Second Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316

When the castle of Shrewsbury is taken during the war between Empress Maud and King Stephen, 94 prisoners are taken, 94 are hanged. When Brother Cadfael arrives to perform the burial rites, he finds one corpse too many among the bodies stacked about the fortress.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must-Listen!

  • By CatBookMom on 05-08-10

History made easy

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

Reviewed: 04-28-15

What made the experience of listening to One Corpse Too Many the most enjoyable?

The vividness of life hundreds of years ago. Not a student of English history. Interesting for that reason.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not that kind of story. I suppose the Cadfael mysteries are a species of cozy mystery.

Have you listened to any of Patrick Tull’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Listened to the previous Cadfael novel. Tull does okay.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Again, not that kind of book.

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to reading all the Cadfael mysteries.

  • Blue Galaxy

  • By: Diane Dooley
  • Narrated by: Gina Cedarwood
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 11

Falling in love is easy; staying alive long enough to enjoy it just might be impossible. Javan Rhodes, the hard-drinking, disreputable captain of space freighter The Kypris, took a mission to save himself from hitting the bottom of the food chain. Transporting Sola, a beautiful young aristocrat, from Earth to an unknown destination on the outer rim of the colonies is lucrative, but also highly illegal.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • umm ok

  • By Kindle Customer on 01-10-18

romantic silliness

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

Reviewed: 05-23-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

it's a good story of its kind, exposition speeches are probably a little too long. Maybe author should have tried to weave some of those into the story line.

Would you ever listen to anything by Diane Dooley again?

yeah, anybody who can this kind of dialog without giggling is a pretty good actor in my book

What does Gina Cedarwood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

this is the sort of story I probably would have put down if reading. Gina got me to the end

Could you see Blue Galaxy being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

no way!!!!! (thinks of some of the dialog and intimate moments, shudders)

Any additional comments?

this i not my usual cup of tea. Listened at one go while I was doing housework.

  • John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars'

  • Barsoom Series, Book 1
  • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,418

Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Princess of Mars, Swords & Planets HIGH Adventure!

  • By Robert L. Hicks on 03-26-12

great old story, easier to listen than read

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

Reviewed: 05-23-13

Where does John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

middle of the pack.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I listened to it on a long drive and it made the time pass without really making my brain think too hard

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

since it's a story about a man, a hero, written in first person, it made it seem smoother, more real

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I actually listened to it in two sittings, 4 hours driving there, 4 hours driving back.

Any additional comments?

old stories like this I find easier to listen to than read. Must be that it uses a different part of the brain. Not as hard to stay focused on the outdated writing style. I have a lot of classics in my library.

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  • The Madness Underneath

  • The Shades of London, Book 2
  • By: Maureen Johnson
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Deveaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance to get back to her friends. But Rory’s brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: She’s become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades - the city’s secret ghost-fighting police - are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I was excepting

  • By Melissa on 07-11-13

great sequel but feels like half the book

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

Reviewed: 05-23-13

What made the experience of listening to The Madness Underneath the most enjoyable?

book was realistic about after effects of attack and near death experience that ended previous book

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

mostly an entertaining story. I would have to include spoilers to discuss what was least interesting. Let's just say I'm a romantic and author threw in an unresolved plot twist that went in a direction I didn't like.

Which character – as performed by Nicola Barber – was your favorite?

Rory, the narrator. She gets all the best lines.

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

No, just entertaining

Any additional comments?

I don't mind cliffhangers on TV shows, and I don't mind loose ends that leave generous room for the next sequel, but this book ended with almost every plot aspect unresolved. And I mean all of them! I got the feeling that either the author missed her deadline and just turned in what she had or the editor cut the book in two to make more money. Or maybe that's just normal with this kind of series. Now I have to wait 6 to 12 months to find out what happens next.

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  • The Name of the Star

  • By: Maureen Johnson
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 247

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city - gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific work of Jack the Ripper in the autumn of 1888. Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Boarding school fiction with a paranormal twist.

  • By Noelle M. on 07-30-15

Great teen horror

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

Reviewed: 05-23-13

What made the experience of listening to The Name of the Star the most enjoyable?

variety of accents. Humorous writing that rang true

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rory the narrator and "Call Me" Claudia the "dorm mother" for her building

Which scene was your favorite?

they are on the boys dorm roof watching London wait for Jack the ripper to appear then sneaking back to girls dorm. The ripper appears to Rory

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

no, just enteraining

Any additional comments?

Great story that manages to blend "fish out of water" Louisianian teen narration, British boarding school place setting, Jack the ripper bad guy, and ghosts. Works well. Narrator managed a wide variety of accents with aplomb. Liked really well.

  • Star Trek: Into Darkness

  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Alice Eve
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

Pioneering director J. J. Abrams has delivered an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek into darkness. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narrator, great story

  • By Elizabeth on 05-26-13

female Brit narrator? what gives?

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

Reviewed: 05-22-13

the narrator is not the worst I've ever heard but she makes absolutely no sense narrating a story where the two main characters are male. It grated. Also she speaks in what I think Brits call a posh accent EXCEPT for dialog which is all done with American accents, other than for Scotty, of course. Huh? To quote Spock, "Highly illogical." Brit pronunciations of common words detract from story comprehension for this American. There are occasional missing words.

Foster has written Star Trek episode and movie novelizations for something like 40 or 50 years. Great writing. Loved movie. Slogged through listening just because it cost me a credit and I liked movie.

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  • Into the Storm

  • Destroyermen, Book 1
  • By: Taylor Anderson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,759
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,755

Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It just never grabbed me.

  • By Lore on 05-01-12

really great sf/war series

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

Reviewed: 12-24-12

Heroic WW2 sailors fighting inhuman monsters ... imagine the possibilities and Taylor Anderson has. Loved this concept from the first. I'm currently reading book 3 (borrowed from library), but this first book is still my favorite. I knocked the narrator down one star. He does a fine job, especially when half of the characters aren't human, but he does give pretty much everyone on the destroyer a southern accent.

  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,715

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!!!

  • By Alia on 12-11-09

Tim Curry is a hoot

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

Reviewed: 12-24-12

Curry takes one of the most lovable and best known stories in English literature and makes it better. Superb timing, voicing and expression. Loved every minute of it.

  • Rescue Party

  • When the World Ends Series, Volume I
  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Jim Gallant
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

A spaceship crew from an advanced alien civilization notices that Earth faces imminent destruction as its sun begins to explode. With time rapidly ticking down, the crew desperately searches a now-desolate planet for any possible human survivors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Leaves one wanting more, in a good way!

  • By Sally Ann Rival on 03-24-13

An old favorite

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

Reviewed: 12-24-12

This short story, while a little dated in some aspects (Bradbury wistfully predicted humans will soon abandon cities because we will all learn to fly helicopters) is still one of my all time favorite sf short stories, mostly because Bradbury manages to brag about humans without having a single one in the cast. I knocked it down one star because of the datedness.

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