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Lindsay Jeffers

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  • On Target

  • A Gray Man Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,166

Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second Gray Man

  • By A. L. DeWitt on 01-10-12

Another gore-soaked adventure from Mark Greaney

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

Reviewed: 12-22-12

What made the experience of listening to On Target the most enjoyable?

There was never a letup in the action and the excitement level remained high. It kept this listener's adrenaline flowing.

  • Swordspoint

  • A Melodrama of Manners
  • By: Ellen Kushner
  • Narrated by: Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, Katherine Kellgren, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,070

On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless--until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Witty, Deadly, Sexy Sword Fights and Manners

  • By Jefferson on 01-01-12

A Detailed Swashbuckler

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

Reviewed: 12-22-12

What did you love best about Swordspoint?

The well-described locations and complex relationships among the many characters gave this story a solidity that I appreciated.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghosts of Belfast

  • By: Stuart Neville
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,484
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,490

Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in Northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders. As he's working his way down the list, he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an unexpected good read!

  • By David P. McGivern on 08-24-10

Striking look at post-Troubles Northern Ireland

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

Reviewed: 06-03-12

I spent four years at Queens University before and during the most recent Troubles in Belfast. This novel is gritty and descriptive. It rings true, at least to me. And it is excellently performed in a voice that captures the accents of Belfast while remaining understandable to an American ear. It also captures the violence and ugliness of the dialect, but this adds to the verisimilitude of the work. Neville tells a powerful story that is hard to put down.

  • Second Star

  • Star Svensdotter, Book 1
  • By: Dana Stabenow
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 105

"When the Betelgeuse message was detected, it changed a lot of things on Earth. We began to look seriously outward, not with the heady optimism of the early days, but with deliberate calculation. We knew that Someone was out there, and that eventually, they’d be coming. If Earth didn’t occupy the High Frontier, it could be ours to lose."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Space Opera

  • By Lindsay Jeffers on 04-02-12

Interesting Space Opera

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

Reviewed: 04-02-12

Any additional comments?

Stabenow worked hard to get some good science into her fiction. The influence of Heinlein on both plot device and characterization is strong, but the females in the story are given a more satisfactory personality than Heinlein usually did. It seems clear that the succeeding novels are being prepared for in this tale, although it is good in itself. I ended up listening to three quarters and reading the last quarter in e-text, since it was free. Both media compelled my interest.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Crying of Lot 49

  • By: Thomas Pynchon
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 319

Quite unexpectedly, Mrs. Oedipa Maas finds herself the executor of the estate of Pierce Inverarity, a man she used to know in a more-or-less intimate fashion. When Oedipa heads off to Southern California to sort through Pierce's affairs, she becomes ensnared in a hilarious and puzzling worldwide conspiracy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, Average recording

  • By James on 08-12-07

Audio version very comprehensible

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

Reviewed: 01-30-12

If you could sum up The Crying of Lot 49 in three words, what would they be?

I have read this book twice; this audio version was more comprehensible than either of my previous readings.

What other book might you compare The Crying of Lot 49 to and why?

Inherent Vice covers much the same physical territory, if Crying can be considered to cover any real geographic location, but the newer book is more playful and less determined to take itself seriously.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful