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Charles Hill

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  • Liberation

  • The Frontiers Saga, Book 10
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851

Heartfelt reunions with friends... Desperate plans to gain advantage... Opportunities that cannot be ignored... Discovery of family once thought lost... The time has come for Captain Scott to fight for that which was taken...the very freedom of the world he was sworn to protect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jean on 12-15-16

The Hits keep coming! !!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

10 books in and the beat goes on. Awesome
each books lives up to entertainment

  • Freedom's Dawn

  • Frontiers Saga, Book 4
  • By: Ryk Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906

A ship under siege. A world on the brink of civil war. A distraught people seeking a new beginning. A battle weary crew that can barely hold it together. Even a legend can use a little help from time to time. The crew of the Aurora, the Karuzari, and the Corinairans must find a way to work together, or else they may all perish.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Jean on 05-09-16

Another Awaome Chapter.

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

The balance of action & self reflection is perfect, no boring places. Must read listen.

  • Broken Angels

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,198

Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet's government put down a bloody revolution.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty, hard-boiled space action

  • By Ryan on 08-23-14

Summary is better than the book

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

Too much introspection not enough action, slow pace. Easy to get bored or lost uninspired

  • Weight of the Heart

  • Bruna Husky, Book 2
  • By: Rosa Montero, Lilit Žekulin Thwaites - translator
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Part human and part robot, private investigator Bruna Husky has been hired to locate a stolen diamond. But as Bruna's leads start to drop dead, her case becomes about much more than a stolen gem - and much more dangerous. Traversing the galaxy, Bruna races against the clock to uncover a nuclear power conspiracy that threatens all sentient beings.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • interesting not earth shattering

  • By Charles Hill on 02-02-17

interesting not earth shattering

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

The technology was interesting & creative.
The story dragged needed more pace & intensity action.

  • Kill Process

  • By: William Hertling
  • Narrated by: Jane Cramer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 709

By day, Angie, a 20-year veteran of the tech industry, is a data analyst at Tomo, the world's largest social networking company; by night, she exploits her database access to profile domestic abusers and kill the worst of them. She can't change her own traumatic past, but she can save other women. When Tomo introduces a deceptive new product that preys on users' fears to drive up its own revenue, Angie sees Tomo for what it really is - another evil abuser.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great on Many Levels

  • By Carl on 07-20-16

Almost A Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, have Angie kill more rat bastards that abuse women. There was a big imbalance in the story telling for my taste. When you have a summary that "Touts" killing men who abuse women, give me more than 3/4 Retributions. Retributions, payback , JUSTICE was the main factor in me buying this book. Many abusers just need killing, period, many abusers get away with their heinous crimes. I was drawn to this book because I thought it was going to be a great read for a women's Vengeance!! Not quite, my dreams were dashed. If Hertling would have had more killings, exploring different ways to torture an abuser the listen would have been more enjoyable. Since we can't kill or torture abusers in a real life democratic society, listening in a fantasy would have been really, really cool.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Not impressed!!! A real bummer, a complete let down.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was great no issues with it.

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

No, probably not....

Any additional comments?

Justice and punishment was not adequately served in this book....

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Windup Girl

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,420
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,634
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,657

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner.

  • By Marius on 01-13-10

Awful Book

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

Would you try another book from Paolo Bacigalupi and/or Jonathan Davis?

I would not try another book by Paolo Bacigalupi and/or Jonathan Davis

What do you think your next listen will be?

No Idea

What didn’t you like about Jonathan Davis’s performance?

Pain staking slow pace

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Any additional comments?

I would not recommend this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Gunslinger

  • The Dark Tower I
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,236

Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Dark Tower Review - Part One

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-23-03

This Book Was Absolutely Awful

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

Reviewed: 09-28-15

What disappointed you about The Gunslinger?

Everything!!!

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

Yes I'd give another King book a try

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Guidall?

N/A - No Comment

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

I don't like being preached to, this book was like a long church sermon.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • MILA 2.0

  • By: Debra Driza
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Mila was living with her mother in a small Minnesota town when she discovered she was also living a lie. She was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was never supposed to remember the past - that she was built in a computer-science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do. Now she has no choice but to run - from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much, and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Quick fun read

  • By M. Herbert on 07-15-13

A Disappointing Read - Too Much Hype

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

Reviewed: 09-28-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A teenager might enjoy it.

Has MILA 2.0 turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

N/A No Comment

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from MILA 2.0?

N/A No comment

Any additional comments?

Another book that didn't live up to the summary hype!!!!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Up Against It

  • By: M. J. Locke
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

Geoff and his friends live in Phocaea, a distant asteroid colony on the Solar System's frontier. They're your basic high-spirited young adults, enjoying such pastimes as hacking matter compilers to produce dancing skeletons that prance through the low-gee communal areas, using their rocket-bikes to salvage methane ice shrapnel that flies away when the colony brings in a big (and vital) rock of the stuff, and figuring out how to avoid the ubiquitous surveillance motes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid Baroque Space-Opera

  • By Alex Levine on 09-09-11

I Had High hopes For This Book - They Where Dashed

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

Reviewed: 08-27-15

Would you try another book from M. J. Locke and/or Cassandra Campbell?

Great concept bad delivery.

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

I sound like a broken record here, more passion, more action, etc

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cassandra Campbell?

No clue?

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Up Against It?

Over all the story lacked "Depth, it was not compelling"

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dawn

  • Xenogenesis, Book 1
  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Aldrich Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,531
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,532

In a world devastated by nuclear war with humanity on the edge of extinction, aliens finally make contact. They rescue those humans they can, keeping most survivors in suspended animation while the aliens begin the slow process of rehabilitating the planet. When Lilith Iyapo is "awakened", she finds that she has been chosen to revive her fellow humans in small groups by first preparing them to meet the utterly terrifying aliens, then training them to survive on the wilderness that the planet has become. But the aliens cannot help humanity without altering it forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't tell if I loved it or hated it.

  • By Lindsay on 01-31-16

Frustration - I Had Great Hopes But They Crashed

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

Reviewed: 08-10-15

What disappointed you about Dawn?

Pace was very slow, lacked passion, lacked intensity.

What could Octavia E. Butler have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Create a sense of urgency, have Intrigue have a driving force, make the reader be on the edge of their seat.

How could the performance have been better?

Step up the pace, create "Action"

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I liked to concept of years of suspended sleeping animation, gene manipulation and the concept that a space ship looks like a living breathing world.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful