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  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,362

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

What would have made The Dispatcher better?

This is a typical sixties "Analog" short story extended into a short novella. The initial concept, returning from a violent death 999 out of a 1000 times, while interesting, could use more substance, more plot, more input from "The Dispatcher."

Altered Carbon (Richard K. Morgan) takes a similar -but not the same- concept and succeeds in the first 6 chapters in exploring the pros and cons of "reanimation" in a manner that grabs the reader immediately. Perhaps, because the story is told from the point of view of one who is reanimated or re-sleeved in this case.

Scalzi is and will remain a favorite author--but full length novels only. He deserves the space to develop his characters and themes.

  • Minerva

  • The Six Sisters, Book 1
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Anne Dore
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 166

Minerva marks the delightful debut of The Six Sisters, a family saga in six volumes that will recount the romantic adventures of the six marriageable daughters of a country vicar, the Reverend Charles Armitage, in Regency England. The eldest, Minerva, is enchantingly beautiful - but a prude. She lives in the country looking after her siblings while her mother reclines on a chaise longue happily inventing new malaises.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Emma, you'll like this one

  • By Kim on 11-29-12

For those who haven't read Georgette Heyer

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

Reviewed: 12-19-12

This is a typical regency romance. A good way to wile away a rainy day, or a workout on the treadmill.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Bad Miss Bennet

  • A Novel
  • By: Jean Burnett
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

Lydia was never the most upstanding of the Bennet sisters, but who ever said that moral rectitude was fun? At least she bested her elder sisters and was the first to get married. She never could understand what all the fuss was about after she left Brighton with her gallant. It is a shame, though, that Mr. Wickham turned out to be a disappointing husband in so many aspects, the most notable being his early demise on the battlefields of Waterloo. And so Lydia, still not yet twenty and full of enterprising spirit, is in urgent need of a wealthy replacement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun

  • By MMRudy on 12-19-12

Great fun

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

Reviewed: 12-19-12

Jane Austin is responsible for a lot of popular literature. I've read several versions of "what happened" after the wedding bells ring in Pride and Prejudice. And, I've read at least three takes on the fate of Lydia. This is, in my humble opinion, the best.

It is a joy watching Lydia maneuvering through country life, London life, and life abroad to her advantage. She brushes through adventures with history, repeats her mistakes with aplomb, finds love (or, at least, lust) with the typical wrong man. Her enthusiasm for life remains undiminished and her friends agree.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,553

Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are finally allowed to see Ivan without Miles.

  • By Barbara on 11-06-12

Great segue to a new series (I hope)

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

Reviewed: 12-19-12

I admit it, I'm a Bujold fan. So, I was extremely happy to find this title. At first, the reader put me off. He uses the whangy twang of the privileged few. Soon it seems absolutely appropriate.

The story line is not only interesting but also amusing. It reveals the inner and outer life of a minor actor in the Vorkosigan saga that shows him as more than a side kick. Of course, with friends like his, you don't need enemies and complications will ensue. But, for a plot outline, see the blurb above.

Know that you need not have read any of the Vorkosigan books to enjoy this one.

  • Started Early, Took My Dog

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 674

Waterhouse leads a quiet, ordered life as a retired police detective - a life that takes a surprising turn when she encounters Kelly Cross, a habitual offender, dragging a young child through town. Both appear miserable and better off without each other-or so decides Tracy, in a snap decision that surprises herself as much as Kelly. Suddenly burdened with a small child, Tracy soon learns her parental inexperience is actually the least of her problems, as much larger ones loom for her and her young charge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED, LOVED, LOVED IT.

  • By Patricia on 08-28-11

Enjoyable listen. Stands up to a second 'reading'

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

Reviewed: 10-10-12

An interesting tale, well told. It is part mystery, part romance in the classical sense, part sheer entertainment. Note that it is part of a continuing series by Kate Atkinson. Something I wished I knew before starting this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Seven Wonders

  • A Novel of the Ancient World
  • By: Steven Saylor
  • Narrated by: Stephen Plunkett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

USA Today hails Steven Saylor as a “modern master of historical fiction.” Rich in intrigue and period detail, his novels set in ancient Rome have garnered acclaim the world over. A prequel to his epic Roma Sub Rosa series, The Seven Wonders follows series star Gordianus the Finder as an 18-year-old traveling the Mediterranean to witness the wonders of that fabled age. At each stop, the young investigator finds a beguiling mystery that pushes his powers of deduction to the limit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting History, Not much of a story

  • By Mark on 08-10-12

Learning about the past

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

Reviewed: 07-30-12

I've always enjoyed the political backdrop of Saylor's Finder books. Like them, "The Seven Wonders" is a not so subtle lesson in history. As our young protagonist, Gordianus, the Finder to be, visits the marvels of his age, he solves a mystery at each location. In addition, the listener is given a lecture about the Wonder in question. It's a fun way to absorb ancient history.

If you enjoyed the series and like history in small, not too dry, doses this listen will entertain you.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

  • By: Sara Gran
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 482

Claire DeWitt is not your average private investigator. She has brilliant skills of deduction and is an ace at discovering evidence. But Claire also uses her dreams, omens, and mind-expanding herbs to help her solve mysteries, and relies on Détection—the only book published by the great and mysterious French detective Jacques Silette before his death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery with a soul

  • By MMRudy on 05-28-12

Mystery with a soul

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

Reviewed: 05-28-12

The tale is simple enough. A well-known ADA goes missing in New Orleans after Katrina. What happened? Why? (The who is less important.) The answers are straight forward; the reader will pick up most of the solution about half way through the book. It's the character development that kept me listening. The characters, in this case, include the city, the victims, the detective, her mentor, and many others. I liked that the author followed through to some extent on what happened after the case was solved.

The narrator is excellent. She conveys the story (told in the first person) with conviction.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

  • The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 12
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801

This 12th entry from Alexander McCall Smith’s New York Times best-selling series showcases the humanity and matchless wit that define Precious Ramotswe. While both Precious and Grace Makutsi are puzzled by prophetic dreams, life goes on at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Precious finds herself investigating a case of rural jealousy, while Grace inches closer to her wedding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The End?

  • By Johnnie Walker on 03-29-11

A nice read

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

Reviewed: 03-26-12

This is an enjoyable, albeit, predictable continuation of the McCall Smiths series about Botswana. And, it is an excellent conclusion to all that has gone before. Well worth my one credit.

  • Divergent

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,358

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's not for me. Loved it anyway.

  • By Grant on 05-24-12

Approach with caution

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

Reviewed: 01-30-12

The initial concept of dividing people by their primary personality trait is riveting. After that, the story falls apart and goes down hill. There is a little bit of Harry Potter. There is a larger bit of The Hunger Games. There is an even larger dollop of teenage sex and a whole lot of angst.

The story involves a sixteen yr old girl who chooses to leave her family's life style for one that is almost diametrically opposite. Much of the book is devoted to the training involved, her attempts to fit into the new group, and to her burgeoning love life. Believe me, it isn't as interesting as that sounds. Plot is largely limited to the last couple of chapters. The ending that neatly eliminates her parents, is telegraphed and rushed.

The author has an easy way with words and some good ideas that are not fulfilled in this work. The reader has a little girl voice that suits the protagonist.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • With Morning Comes Mistfall: Free Story

  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Claudia Black
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,165
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 991
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 991

Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, A Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature and one of the most exciting storytellers of our time. Now he delivers a rare treat for listeners: a free story, “With Morning Comes Mistfall”, from his compendium of shorter works. Collected into three stunning volumes, his Dreamsongs collection offers fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For Fans of Game of Thrones

  • By Kristi R. on 12-21-11

It is a short story, after all

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

Reviewed: 01-29-12

If I had read this before Game of Thrones, I would not have undertaken that series. This is an average Analog ss.