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  • To Sail Beyond the Sunset

  • The Life and Loves of Maureen Johnson (Being the Memoirs of a Somewhat Irregular Lady)
  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529

Maureen Johnson, the somewhat irregular mother of Lazarus Long, wakes up in bed with a man and a cat. The cat is Pixel, well-known to fans of the New York Times best seller The Cat Who Walks through Walls. The man is a stranger to her, and besides that, he is dead.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Do not make this your first Heinlein!

  • By W. Seligman on 02-11-12

Very mixed reaction

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

Reviewed: 04-23-17

On the one hand, I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the lead character and her sexual libertarianism. But every time I was starting to feel respect & affection for Maureen and her free thinking ways, she'd launch into a sophomoric right wing, objectivist rant that bespoke an appalling shallowness of her Weltanschauung and uncritical acceptance of (Ayn) Randian principles. .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Three Hearts and Three Lions

  • By: Poul Anderson
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 210

The gathering forces of the Dark Powers threaten the world of man. The legions of Faery, aided by trolls, demons, and the Wild Hunt itself, are poised to overthrow the Realms of Light. Holger Carlsen, a bemused and puzzled twentieth-century man mysteriously snatched out of time, finds himself the key figure in the conflict. Arrayed against him are the dragons, giants, and elfin warriors of the armies of Chaos and the beautiful sorceress Morgan le Fay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best. Narrator. EVER!

  • By Easy Reader on 07-10-12

How was it bad? Let me count the ways

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

I got through chapter 9 and just couldn't listen any more. The story was derivative. (Man wakes up from a trauma in a strange, magical land. How many times have you seen that one?) Snore. Narration was difficult to understand. The narrator has a fine brogue but in some of the characters it was so thick as to be barely intelligible. I listen to audiobooks while driving but the story was so weak & the accents so difficut to understand that I just gave up. It wasn't worth the effort. I have been a solid Poul Anderson fan in the past but if this was the only thing of his I'd ever read, I'd never read/listen to another of his books.

  • The End of All Things

  • Old Man's War, Book 6
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, John Scalzi
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,923

Humans expanded into space...only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement...for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • why a lower rating on performance?

  • By D. Kassiday on 09-06-15

A Very Pleasant Surprise

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

Reviewed: 05-31-16

I put off reading this for several months after purchasing it because I couldn't imagine Scalzi having anything to add to the series and the blurb describing the plot seemed to reinforce that fear. I was pleasantly surprised. This was as good as any other book in the series. In one way it was much better. While I love Scalzi's stories, I've always hated his dialogues. After reading "he said.... she said.... he said.... she said...." ad nauseum, I'd find myself screaming, "find another verb or just delete the "'he said' altogether!!!!!" Scalzi apparently heard me. The stilted dialogues were virtually gone. For that reason alone, I hereby pronounce this book to be one of Scalzi's best.

  • Willful Child

  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 514

These are the voyages of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the... And so we join the not-terribly-bright but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley crew on board the Starship Willful Child for a series of devil-may-care, near-calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through "the infinite vastness of interstellar space".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If Zap Brannigan were as intelligent as Picard.

  • By Ohtochooseaname on 11-13-14

I cannot believe that people actually liked this

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

Reviewed: 05-31-16

To call the humor "sophomoric" would be an insult to sophomores everywhere. Perhaps twice I found myself with a small smile but I cannot understand people who report laughing out loud on numerous occasions. This book was pure drivel. That being said, I must give kudos to the narrator. Too bad his talents were wasted on this project. Now I need to research how to get a refund for this book.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • On Silver Wings

  • By: Evan Currie
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 926
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 852
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 855

When the Colony on Hayden's world went black, a team was sent to investigate. It was supposed to be a training mission: skip in, find out the Casimir Transmitter had gone dead, report back and wait for resupply from the Fleet. By the time the only surviving member of the team made landfall, it was spectacularly clear that this wasn't a training mission.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best, but better than many on audible

  • By Desmond on 10-27-15

Appalling Absence of Character Development

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

The narrator was good but after that, things go downhill. I found the science/military tactics naive and unbelievable. e.g., people can successfully avoid an incoming tactical nuke by running away on foot? Really? But the worst part was the complete absence of character development. I like action in my military scifi as much as the next person but it took this author to ram home the importance of character development by its complete and utter absence. Suffice it to say that I'll not be wasting my time or money on the rest of the books in this series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Anne of Avonlea

  • Anne of Green Gables Part 2
  • By: Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288

The second chapter in the life of Anne Shirley. This book follows Anne from the age of 16 to 18, during the two years that she teaches at Avonlea school. It includes many of the characters from Anne of Green Gables, as well as new ones like Mr. Harrison, Miss Lavendar Lewis, Paul Irving, and the twins Dora and Davy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish Mary Sarah would read more of the Anne series

  • By Rhonda on 03-19-15

OK but not as good as the first

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

Reviewed: 08-04-15

The story just wasn't as good as the first book but Mary Sarah's narration is still wonderful. My primary complaint is that she has apparently not narrated any more of this series so I'll have to flip a coin to see which of the several different editions of the next books I'll be buying. But putting my annoyances aside, I'm still enjoying this series in spite of (or perhaps because of) it's archaic language and culture.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Anne of Green Gables

  • By: Lucy Maude Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,953
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,957

When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island, send for a boy orphan to help them out at the farm, they are in no way prepared for the error that will change their lives. The mistake takes the shape of Anne Shirley, a redheaded 11-year-old girl who can talk anyone under the table. Fortunately, her sunny nature and quirky imagination quickly win over her reluctant foster parents. Anne's feisty spirit soon draws many friends - and much trouble - her way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even this old man love Anne

  • By Karen on 07-20-15

Even this old man love Anne

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

Reviewed: 07-20-15

I see that virtually all of the reviews of this book are (understandably) from women. I, on the other hand, am a 68 year old, male, retired academic & scientist who typically reads sci fi & fantasy these days. I bought this audiobook because a) we'll soon be going on a cruise to Prince Edward Island (the setting of the story) and b) Audiobooks was offering it for 95 cents. I expected to hate it. The language, particularly of the heroine, is flowery & archaic and the character of Anne is loquacious to the point being manic. I fully expected to want to strangle her by chapter 3. Much to my surprise, I loved this book. The author & narrator are equally responsible for my enjoyment. I can't imagine anyone doing Anne better than Mary Sarah. I'm still not certain why I loved it so much but I did. Maybe it's the fact that the writing is so much better & more interesting than in most of the sci fi & fantasy I've been reading. Maybe it's the use of words with which I was unfamiliar (or which I hear only infrequently) because I love words & pride myself on my vocabulary. Maybe it's the simple coming of age story set in a quaint past in a culture that may or may not have ever really existed. Whatever the reason, I loved it and have already bought volume 2. For another 95 cents, how could I not?

39 of 40 people found this review helpful

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  • The First Confessor

  • The Legend of Magda Searus
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Kellie Fitzgerald
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,422
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,313

In the time before the Confessors, when the world is a dark and dangerous place, where treason and treachery are the rule of the day, comes one heroic woman, Magda Searus, who has just lost her husband and her way in life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but....

  • By Dianne on 01-19-13

I can't take it anymore!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

I began this book with high hopes but, 10 hours into it, I just can't go on. It is stiflingly boring. The editor must have been as bored as I & fallen asleep during his job because none of the endlessly repetitive dialogue seems to have been cut from the story. I have edited many scientific manuscripts in my day. I understand that scientific manuscripts are best when the style is telegraphic & the use of words is economical. I also understand that novels are different and require more latitude in editing but there are limits. Without the least bit of difficulty I could have cut the length in half........with a little more effort, by 2/3rds with virtually no loss of content. I appreciate a well turned phrase as much as the next person and would never think of cutting a well crafted phrase solely in the name of brevity but I found very few, if any, such phrases. t's just not that well written. As others have noted, conversations go on well after the points have been made and on to the point where I found myself muttering, "please, Lord, make them stop!" I don't think the narrator was as bad as others have suggested but her style is not exactly exciting and this book required a narrator who could inject some kind emotion that might help disguise the fact that the ratio of action to dialogue is so incredibly low. I'm not sure any narrator could pull that off but this one certainly could not.

  • Pushing Ice

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,203

2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy

  • By Jesse on 01-14-12

Never really got into it

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

Interesting story, decent narrator, but I just couldn't get into it. You know that feeling when you look forward to your next long drive so you can listen to your audiobook? It just never happened for me. There are two possible reasons that come to mind. 1) I had just gotten a new car with lots of fancy electronics & was too distracted by them to really become absorbed in the book. 2) As others have pointed out, the author's failure to flesh out the characters led to my tepid response. Most likely, my disinterest was a joint function of points1 & 2.

  • American Gods [TV Tie-In]

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,833

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming mystery, romance and epic

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 11-26-03

Didn't Live Up to the Hype

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

Reviewed: 05-10-15

I must say that I was a bit disappointed. Perhaps I was expecting too much because of the rave reviews. It was certainly an unusual premise and it was done in the now familiar dark Gaiman style. Perhaps I was put off by the lack of humor.. The narration was adequate but nothing special. Was it worth the time spent listening? Probably. Was it one of my favourite Audiobooks? Nope.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful