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  • Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars)

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,306
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,959

On Batuu, at the edges of the Unknown Regions, a threat to the Empire is taking root - its existence little more than a glimmer, its consequences as yet unknowable. But it is troubling enough to the Imperial leader to warrant investigation by his most powerful agents: ruthless enforcer Lord Darth Vader and brilliant strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn. Fierce rivals for the emperor’s favor, and outspoken adversaries on Imperial affairs - including the Death Star project - the formidable pair seem unlikely partners for such a crucial mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He Knows

  • By Richard D. McGehee on 08-01-18

Disapointing

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I personally found this particular book to be quite disjointed. I think it was because he was trying to juxtapose two timelines. For me, it didn't quite work; it was just confusing.

Zahn had Thrawn in two separate stories, one with the young Anakin Skywalker, and the other with Darth Vader. Thrawn, of course, did not know Vader was Skywalker. But half the time was spent with the young Skywalker in an adventure different than what was going on some years later with Darth Vader. Maybe I'm just getting old, but again, I found it disjointed and also hard to follow each story line. I normally really like Timothy Zahn, but this felt like a story he had contracted to do. He did it but without his usual attention to detail and great story-telling.

  • Daughters of the Night Sky

  • By: Aimie K. Runyan
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734

Russia, 1941. Katya Ivanova is a young pilot in a far-flung military academy in the Ural Mountains. From childhood, she's dreamed of taking to the skies to escape her bleak mountain life. With the Nazis on the march across Europe, she is called on to use her wings to serve her country in its darkest hour. Not even the entreaties of her new husband—a sensitive artist who fears for her safety—can dissuade her from doing her part as a proud daughter of Russia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator sets the scene

  • By Jake's Handler on 02-16-18

A Little Slow, But Good.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

I can't give this book five stars because it really did drag in places. I suppose I lost interest in the love story about the third time the star crossed lovers found a reason no to be together because of their "duty" or because of circumstances beyond their control;. I just had a hard time reconciling the scope of their emotional immaturity.

I also don't think the author knows a lot about flying, especially the "stick and throttle" flying of the planes they described. That was just my impression as a "some time" pilot myself.

Over all, not my favorite historical fiction, but not bad. Not bad at all.

  • Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection

  • By: Alexander C. Kane
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,848
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,842

Andrea Vernon always thought she would spend her life living in Paris writing thought-provoking historical novels all day and sipping wine on the Seine all night. But the reality is she's drowning in debt, has no prospects, and is forced to move back to Queens, where her parents remind her daily that they are very interested in grandchildren. Then, one morning, she is kidnapped, interviewed, and hired as an administrative assistant by the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection. Superheroes for hire, using their powers for good. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Normal Life in an Abnormal World

  • By Arthur D. Rich on 08-26-17

Madcap romp through an alternate universe

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

This book was often laugh out loud funny to me. It was a little bit disjointed and a little bit goofy and a little bit insane, but it held together and was extremely enjoyable to me. Perhaps I'm all of those things myself, a little bit.

This was about an executive assistant for a superhero company who provided superheros to save the day, or the world, or whatever was required. Only things was, they got paid. And, there were a lot of them each unique in his or her own way. The story is set in the five boroughs of NYC, so if you're not familiar with how the city is constructed and politically managed, you might be a little confused. .

Get the book. You'll enjoy it, even if you don't know New York city that well.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Walk

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,944
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,943

In the near future, when America has become a police state, 100 boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Among them is 16-year-old Ray Garraty, and he knows the rules - keep a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and you're out - permanently.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, but....

  • By Tanner A. on 09-22-17

Don't expect Stephen King

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

This book was very unlike King. He states in his forward that Richard Bachman is a distinctly different writer. He uses the pseudonym when he wants to write something that's completely different from what he normally writes, and this book is nothing else if it's not that.
The story has to do with some alternative universe where every year kids in Vermont and from around the country are either drafted or ask to participate in this "long walk". He then tells us in excruciating detail what it would be like to walk for four or five days straight. The rules are; if you fall off the pace, you get warned, if you get three warnings the next time you mess up you die by gunfire; you can also die by gunfire for any one of a number of offences.
The book was about coping with a march like that. It's a very dark, very difficult novel due to all the references to pain, dysfunction, group dynamics under extreme duress and I don't know what all. It just seemed to me to be dark, without the normal "light at the end of the tunnel" that King normally serves up.
But then, this was Bachman that wrote this, wasn't it?
The narration was good without being extraordinary. Mr. Heyborne did a very good job of providing distinct voices for all the young men who are "walking".
If you're into books all about pain, endurance, group dynamics under stress... stuff like that, then you will like this book.

  • Star Wars: Most Wanted

  • By: Rae Carson
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754

Set before the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story! Han and Qi'ra don't have a lot in common other than not having a lot. They're street kids on the industrial planet Corellia, doing whatever it takes to get by, dreaming of something more. They each jump at a chance to prove themselves in the perilous world of Corellia's criminal underbelly, only to discover they are on the same mission for the same unscrupulous boss. When the job goes disastrously wrong, Han and Qi'ra are on the run.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A solid if uninspired Star Wars adventure

  • By Joseph Born on 05-25-18

A bit disappointed.

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

For me, this story was disjointed, difficult to follow and hard to get a handle on. The timeline seemed to jump all over the place, and the characters weren't fleshed out and didn't seem real, even for a Star Wars story.

Perhaps I brought too much of my preconceptions into this novel. I thought I would be getting a story about Han Solo in his early years, and I suppose it was that... sort of. I didn't really recognize Han though, as the rogue and scoundrel with the heart of gold as pictured first in "A New Hope". I just couldn't see that this Han Solo would grow into that one. So maybe it's my problem and not the author's, but I didn't like it as much as I thought I would.

  • The Honest Spy

  • By: Andreas Kollender, Steve Anderson - translator
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 619

In the tradition of Schindler's List comes a thrilling novel based on the heroic true story of Fritz Kolbe, a widowed civil servant in Adolf Hitler's foreign ministry. Recognizing that millions of lives are at stake, Kolbe uses his position to pass information to the Americans - risking himself and the people he holds most dear - and embarks on a dangerous double life as the Allies' most important spy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written and narrated WWII story of...

  • By Wayne on 01-18-18

True spy...

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I think this is the real deal when it comes to spy novels. I thought at times it was a real story, just researched and written as a story. I don't' know a thing about spycraft But I think this must have been written by someone who does.

I enjoyed it thoroughly and recommend it heartily.

  • Beartown

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,711

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semifinals, and they actually have a shot at winning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Barrel To The Head, A Slug To The Gut--

  • By Gillian on 04-28-17

Hockey?

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

Who would have thought a story about hockey would be so riveting. Of course, it's not all about hockey. It's about people, their relationships, their foibles and failures and maybe a little redemption.

I found I enjoyed this as much as "A Man Called Ove". These Scandinavian writers... surprising...

  • Twisted Prey

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,618

Lucas Davenport had crossed paths with her before. A rich psychopath, Taryn Grant had run successfully for the US Senate, where Lucas had predicted she'd fit right in. He was also convinced that she'd been responsible for three murders, though he'd never been able to prove it. Once a psychopath had gotten that kind of rush, though, he or she often needed another fix, so he figured he might be seeing her again. He was right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece!

  • By Steven Allgood on 04-27-18

He does it again

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

How exactly John Sandford continues to keep his Lucas Davenport "Prey" series fresh and relevant book after book is a mystery in itself. Even the format of how they are written is a little off the beaten path, so to speak. That is, we pretty much always know who the killers are. We know how the murders are done. What we don't know is how in the world Lucas is going to catch the culprits. He always does though.

I suppose it is how he does it, with perseverance, insight, and a sort of perspicacity that transcends the perceptions of most people. He also gets a lot of help from his friends. He also doesn't always play by the rules.

Richard Ferrone does a wonderful job narrating as usual. I think I will always recommend these books to those who like fast-paced police procedurals with a lot of action.

  • Garden of Beasts

  • A Novel of Berlin 1936
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353

Paul Schumann, a German American living in New York City in 1936, is a mobster hitman known as much for his brilliant tactics as for taking only "righteous" assignments. But then Paul gets caught. And the arresting officer offers him a stark choice: prison or covert government service. Paul is asked to pose as a journalist covering the summer Olympics taking place in Berlin. He's to hunt down and kill Reinhard Ernst - the ruthless architect of Hitler's clandestine rearmament.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favs

  • By nicholas on 11-02-17

"Noir" Historical Fiction

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

In this book, Jeffrey Deever has crafted an historical novel "noir". That is to say, he's written a book that takes us back to the summer Olympics of 1944. Our intrepid hero is NOT a detective though. He is instead a German-speaking American who makes his living as a "button man", or a man who kills for the mob. He is a little unusual though. He will only kill bad men: those with their own murders on their souls; and those are murders of innocents.

He is tasked with killing a high-level German official. This story kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put it down. It was so craftily constructed; so devilishly devised; so wickedly written I was pretty much spellbound from start to finish.

Jefferson Mays did a great job on the narration. If you like historical fiction and old style "detective" books, get this book. You will love it. It is a wonderful blend of both genres.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Last Shot

  • Star Wars
  • By: Daniel José Older
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson, Daniel José Older, January LaVoy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,951
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,841
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,838

It's one of the galaxy's most dangerous secrets: a mysterious transmitter with unknown power and a reward for its discovery that most could only dream of claiming. But those who fly the Millennium Falcon throughout its infamous history aren't your average scoundrels. Not once, but twice, the crew of the Falcon tries to claim the elusive prize - first, Lando Calrissian and the droid L3-37 at the dawn of an ambitious career, and later, a young and hungry Han Solo with the help of his copilot, Chewbacca.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's a letdown and boring

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-19-18

A little disjointed

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

I should probably listen to this again. I was struggling with some health issues while listening to it and so it could have been my fault that it seemed so disorganized. The jumps back and forth in time were confusing to me, but again, my attention was not on the book the way it normally would be; so it could have been my fault and not the fault of the author or narrator that it seemed so out of kilter.

Still, that's my first impression. It was just hard to follow the story the way the storyline jumped around in time and space.