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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
    
    
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        Becky Chambers
    
    


    
    
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        Rachel Dulude
    
    


    
    Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
    3,216 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,999
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,000

Rosemary Harper doesn't expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and, most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman, she's never met anyone remotely like the ship's diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot; chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks, who keep the ship running; and Ashby, their noble captain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkably Boring

  • By A Tye on 08-02-17

Space Cozy

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

Reviewed: 04-21-19

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is a kinder, gentler space story about a mixed species crew aboard a tunneling spaceship. The plot centers on their relationships and the challenges / joys of living and working with other sentient species. I found this low-key romp through space quite enjoyable and have already returned for a second listen.

The narrator does a good job of capturing the essence of the book and some of the characters were well done. Others sounded too much alike to be sure who was talking at times.

  • Secondhand Souls

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,042
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,036

Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone - or something - is stealing them. No one knows where they are going or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • a snarky slapstick sequel to A Dirty Job

  • By withherownwings on 09-24-15

Funnier than the first book!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

Judging by the number of times I laughed out loud, this book was funnier than the first book which was also funny. The characters grow on you, so of course I had to read this sequel to see what they were up to. Charlie, the lovable beta male, is hilarious as a 14" meat puppet with an oversized appendage. The squirrel people were likewise more interesting and scary in Second Hand Souls. Lots of silly, fun nonsense as the Death Merchants fight evil.

Fisher Stevens does a masterful job. I especially enjoyed his portrayal of Lemon Fresh and Minty Fresh. Laughter is good for the soul, so I keep a collection of books that make me smile and laugh around for when I need a pick me up. If you are not offended by sex based humor, give these books a listen.

  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,963
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,628

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator?!

  • By D. Hawkins on 07-24-17

Enjoyable Fairy Tale

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

This was a fun read and I will definitely listen to it again. Unlike some other listeners, I thought Julia's accent and reading style was perfect for this Russian-ish tale. You will have to decided for yourself.

  • Dragon's Claw

  • A Dorina Basarab Novella
  • By: Karen Chance
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Everyone knows that vampires are hard to kill. But when Dory Basarab is called to a crime scene in a smelly basement in Queens, she discovers that that may no longer be the case. Somebody has developed a new weapon, a vamp killer, and left her plenty of clues to follow. One of them leads her to the other side of the world, and to a city like no other, where the paranormal is normal and where death stalks the streets. Can she defeat a clever killer before he kills again, and on an unprecedented scale?   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you for this audible version!!!

  • By Life's A Beach on 02-07-19

Thank you for this audible version!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

Karen Chance does many things well, but I really love her sense of humor! The characters are wonderful in both this series and in the Cassandra Palmer series. With Dorina and Dory turning out to be 2 separate entities inhabiting a single body, the possibilities for entertaining situations are endless! Can't wait to watch that unfold! Was happy to see more of Ray in this novella. The one small criticism I have for both series is that some action scenes become so long and chaotic they are hard to visualize.

Joyce Bean does an outstanding job of creating each character's persona. She does accents and both male and female voices very well. She also makes the funny scenes even funnier with impeccable timing and funny voices. If you like the print version of these books, you will love the audible versions! So much better with a good voice actress!

Finally, thank you Ms. Chance for publishing this audible version of Dragon's Claw! Please put all your novellas on Audible, maybe an anthology?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wrong Unit

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,303

I don't know what the humans are so cranky about. Their enclosures are large, they ingest over 1,000 calories per day, and they're allowed to mate. Plus, they have me: an Autonomous Servile Unit, housed in a mobile/bipedal chassis. I do my job well: keep the humans healthy and happy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The kind of science fiction book I search for!

  • By Fascinatingbooks on 07-31-16

There should be more HeyYou's in the world!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Although The Wrong Unit is a short listen, it is delightful, entertaining and heartwarming! It is also vey well narrated. Guaranteed to make you smile and even laugh out loud a few times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sacrifice

  • By: Elicia Hyder
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

"Hello, Praea." There's only one being on Earth who calls Sloan Jordan by that name - her biological mother, a demon named Kasyade. So why did she answer Sloan’s best friend’s phone? When Sloan reaches Adrianne Marx’s apartment to investigate, she finds evidence of abduction. The reason? Ransom. The price? Sloan’s unborn daughter, the most powerful angel in all of history. But hell can’t rival the fury of an angry mother protecting her child, and until the baby is born, her incredible power is Sloan’s to wield.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Story

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-17-19

Bad ending ruined a good series for me

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

Not sure if this is the final book in the series but it sure felt like it. Overall, this has been a good series... until now.

****SPOILER ALERT*****
There is a strong love triangle throughout this series. That is a theme I am not fond of, but it was so persistent that it was clear that it was central to the plot so I stuck with it. Unfortunately, it did not end well for several of my favorite characters and much was left unresolved. I would have given this book more stars as I really liked the series and the narrator, but the ending soured me to the whole series.

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,112
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,088

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing, but somehow still worth a listen.

  • By Bradford on 03-06-13

Entertaining and humorous read

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

Redshirts is an enjoyable but short read. The main story is quite good but I ended up skipping most of the codas. Wheaton is the perfect pairing with Scalzi's style of humor. I would give him 5 stars but he doesn't give each character their own individual voice so it is sometimes hard to tell who is speaking. Narrators who successfully perform both male and female voices as well as a range of dialects and speech patterns can take an audio book to a whole new level!

  • The Wind in His Heart

  • By: Charles de Lint
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 110

Young Thomas Corn Eyes sees into the otherworld, but all he wants to do is get off the rez. Steve Cole escaped from his rock star life to disappear into the desert and mountains. Fifteen-year-old barrio kid Sadie Higgins has been discarded once too often. Blogger Leah Hardin needs to leave Newford, come to terms with the loss of her best friend, and actually engage with her life. When these lives collide in the Hierro Maderas Mountains, they must struggle to escape their messy pasts and find a way to carve a future for themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful and Heartening

  • By Anna on 09-22-17

Heartwarming and Kind

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

The Wind in His Heart is a beautifully written story full of gentle wisdom and friendship. It is the first book I have read by Charles de Lint and makes me want to explore what else he has written. Tom Stechschulte does a great job as narrator, capturing the essence of each character.

  • Lake Silence

  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347

Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others - vampires, shape-shifters, and paranormal beings even more deadly. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget.... After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence - in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns like Vicki's have no distance from the Others, the dominant predators that rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what's out there watching you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific stand-alone Others novel

  • By Laura on 03-24-18

Urban Fantasy Cozy

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

This is a really fun story that feels like an urban fantasy cozy mystery. It has a solid plot but the best part is the character interaction between the Others and the humans. Lake Silence feels like a slice of life in the 'new frontier'. Our brave but damaged humans can get a fresh start with a whole new set of rules - not of their own making. I especially enjoyed the scene where Vicky is passing the time during a storm by playing a board game, called Murder, with Aggie and The Boys. It turns out the Others have their own version of the game. I also liked the Sproingers.

Ms Bishop nicely balances humor and whimsy with action and violence in this series so it never becomes too dark. It took me a while to warm up to the new cast of characters but I now hope there will be future books set in Sproing as well as other new settings. There is so much potential for this brave new world following the thinning of the human herd and of course I can't wait to hear more about Lakeside!

Alexandra Harris does an outstanding job narrating this series! She is becoming one of my favorite voice actors for her ability to capture and enhance the essence of each character and give them unique voices and accents.

Ms Bishop, can you please write faster? Oh, and please don't change narrators or split the narration for future books. You've got the perfect narrator already!

  • Pack Challenge

  • Magnus Pack Series # 1
  • By: Shelly Laurenston
  • Narrated by: Kasha Kensington
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713

All Zach Sheridan ever wanted was to become alpha male of his Pack and be left alone. What he definitely didn't need in his life was some needy female demanding his attention. What he never saw coming was the vicious, scarred female who not only demanded his attention but knew exactly how to get it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By ReadingFool on 04-05-16

YA romance - short on plot

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

This is a light urban fantasy romance long on romance and short on plot. Basically nothing else going on except the romance. I loved the Dragon Kin series by GA Aiken (Shelly Laurenston's other pen name) so I thought I'd try some of the Laurenston books. This one, at least, is more of a YA book with shallow plot, no world building, minimal action and little character development. In other words, nothing like the Dragon Kin series!