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  • When Love Wins

  • WeHo, Book 0
  • By: Sherryl D Hancock
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rich
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Best friends Shenin and Tyler didn't mean to fall in love. A friendship-turned love affair is hard enough to navigate through; throw in IEDs and gun battles, along with the separation that inevitably comes with life in the military, and you're asking for trouble. This is uncharted territory for both of them. Tyler has been openly gay for years, while Shenin has always dated men. With the government's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, it's a path that could endanger their careers but realizing they cannot live without each other, they take it all on to prove that love really can win. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • no sex

  • By vondee on 07-17-18

Beautiful love story

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

Reviewed: 03-29-19

The author does an amazing job at creating characters whose connection you can really feel. Their love is deep and poignant, and the story will warm your heart. It's a great story about someone falling in love and realizing she's gay when she thought she was straight.

That said, it would have benefited from an editor. The constant use of dialogue tags when not needed was sometimes aggravating. In a story with less chemistry and magic between the characters, it might have been enough to lower this from a 5 to 4 or 3 star rating. But...the characters really come alive so well, it's a minor nuisance at worst.

Narration is great.

  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,902

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't Expecting to Like It- BOY! was I wrong!!

  • By susan on 06-11-14

The child’s perspective/memories are ridiculous

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

This starts from the perspective of a child, and the memories he has are just not what a kid would notice/remember. Glad I got this on sale because it was just too lame to continue

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,782
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,551
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,471

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-30-17

Mixed feelings

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

This seemed to do what it meant to do well. But the story was far from conclusive - in fact, nothing really wrapped up. It all led to more to happen down the road. Just recycling formerly buried plot points, resurrecting them, and only half laying them to rest - so they could come up again as needed. It was fun to hear but also kind of felt like a waste of time since nothing actually got accomplished

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  • Gate Crashers

  • By: Patrick S. Tomlinson
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

On humanity's first extra-solar mission, the exploration vessel Magellan, or, as she prefers, "Maggie", discovers an alien artifact. Deciding that finding advanced alien life is too important to ignore, Captain Allison Ridgeway chooses to return to Earth while ordering her crew to reverse engineer technology far beyond anything back home. Meanwhile, at mission control, the governments struggle to maintain the existence of aliens a secret while also combating bureaucracy, the military industrial complex, and everyone else who wants a piece of what could skyrocket humanity into a new technological age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully entertaining!

  • By Vicki L. Smith on 09-25-18

Very fun

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Approach with the right mindset and you’ll love it. This book is more The Orville than Star Trek - which suits me just fine, since I love both. The audio performance was great, and Alyssa’s timing was on point.

This book ranges from comic absurdity to really solid sci fi. It’s a treat to read (or hear). Patrick has a great imagination, and spins up some wild characters. There’s some definite Trek tributes here too. Imagine (slight spoilers) Janeway (in this case “Ridgeway”) stuck with an even more obnoxious Kirk (literally, “Tiberius”). Get the book - it’s definitely worth it!

  • Awakening

  • The Ydron Saga, Book 1
  • By: Raymond Bolton
  • Narrated by: Matt Standley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

How does a world equipped with bows, arrows and catapults, where steam power is just beginning to replace horses and sailing ships, avert a conquest from beyond the stars? Prince Regilius has been engineered to combat the Dalthin, a predatory alien species that enslaves worlds telepathically, and to do so he must unite his people. But when his mother murders his father, the land descends into chaos and his task may prove impossible. Faced with slaying the one who gave him life in order to protect his world, he seeks a better way. Set in a vast and varied land where telepaths and those with unusual mental abilities tip the course of events, Awakening goes to the heart of family, friendship and betrayal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story is great

  • By All Things Book - Review on 09-27-18

Fascinating story, but the narrator is not for me

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

I got this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
I really like this story. Creative characters and brilliant world building. It's like a cross between the sci fi of Babylon 5 and the fantasy of LotR: really, truly brilliant work.
My only complaint is the narrator. I genuinely had a hard time getting into the book with this reader. I think Siri could probably narrate with more life than he does.
But the book itself is really first rate, and I would recommend it.