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  • Murder and Layer Cake

  • Mysteries of Treasure Cove, Volume 1
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Carrie Burgess
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Amateur sleuth Sabrina Carlson has solved every case that she has ever investigated. Only this time, things are different. She's fresh out of leads. And the clock is ticking. It has been over a week since Mark Wilcox was murdered. Not only is the killer still at large, but a panic has taken hold of the idyllic small town of Treasure Cove. Will Sabrina find a way to catch Mark's killer, or will this case go cold?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • OKAY

  • By ScottishJay on 02-10-18

Not for me...

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

Reviewed: 24-09-18

So looking at the reviews it's obvious that there are readers who enjoyed this book. Unfortunately it wasn't for me. I actually struggled to finish it.
While I find the narrator ok, I find her very wrong for the book, contributing nothing to the atmosphere.
Although the core idea of the story is good, the plot doesn't seem to be going anywhere. It just goes on and on with tedious details about everyone in Treasure Cove. It feels like a report from a small town's biggest busybody.

  • Where a Spaceship Goes to Die

  • An Antigravel Short Story
  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: Luke Rounda
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

When a scavenger captain offers her an unusual job in the middle of nowhere, Delphine accepts and tags along. But will she manage to get the treasure they're looking for when she has to operate a seadrone all by herself? When the treasure is buried in a spaceship graveyard two miles under water? And when the challenges she faces go beyond her wildest fears? This story was inspired by Point Nemo, a place located as far away from land as possible where spaceships go to die. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love / Hate.

  • By Ostfeld on 31-08-18

A good short story

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

Reviewed: 31-08-18

A very promising start, grabs your interest instantly. I absolutely loved the narrator. Very engaging really immerses you into the story.
The premise of the story itself I found very interesting and no doubt this can be developed into a full novel(s). The only thing I found needs a bit more work, would be Delphine's character. I found her to be a bit flat compared to the other characters.

On the whole I enjoyed this short story very much and it would be great to see what happens next!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Sector 64: First Contact

  • A Sector 64 Prequel Novella
  • By: Dean M. Cole
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

As part of the Greatest Generation, Major Anthony Spinelli, a World War II fighter pilot, flew into combat to save his family and keep them free. Two years later, he lost them in the blink of an eye, leaving Tony rudderless and without purpose. Then, on a dark, moonless night, in the skies above 1947 New Mexico, he has an encounter that will change humanity forever. However, when an accident threatens to unleash unimaginable destruction, Tony must race against time and unwinding plots to save us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great starting point, what happens next?

  • By Peter on 16-08-17

Promising start, left me wanting more!

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

Reviewed: 26-07-17

This short prequel does a great job of whetting your appetite for the sector 64 series.

It starts packed with action and it carries on. Even in this short intro the characters are well written (both male and female) and even though as with all sci-fi you do have to suspend disbelief, they feel real.

Even though this book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review, I will be purchasing the rest of the series.

  • The Sahara Conspiracy

  • Ambassador, Book 1A
  • By: Patty Jansen
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Cory Wilson is woken in the middle of the night with a summons to appear in the president of Nations of Earth's office. An aid worker in Djibouti has discovered a shipment of alien guns. As ambassador to gamra, the extraterrestrial organization which controls the Exchange, the FTL wormhole network, Cory has often been critical of Earth's handling of extraterrestrial problems. This is his moment to shine, to apply his knowledge about alien customs, to, in the words of the president, "get those idiots out of there".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cori gets himself into a mess!

  • By *Angela* on 18-07-17

Cori gets himself into a mess!

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

Reviewed: 18-07-17

An enjoyable sequel to the first Ambassador novel, it builds on Cori's character, his relationship with Gamra and his new wife and her family/network. Navigating through political games, secrets and lies and the nuances of Indrahui, Gamra and Coldi make for an interesting and thought provoking second novel. It does feel like a prelude to the third book so I can't wait to find out what's next for Cori and Thayu and Nicha.

  • The Enigma Factor

  • The Enigma Series, Book 1
  • By: Charles V Breakfield, Roxanne E Burkey
  • Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Jacob has settled into a quiet routine of a techno geek after his mother dies. The plans he made are disrupted when he discovers his life is in danger. He sets off on a mission that takes him into new technology views and exposes to him the inner-workings of unknown global technologists. Jacob learns that safeguards for technology are always evolving and being exploited. His challenge becomes how to keep ahead of the criminals and identify who to trust.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Confusing

  • By Emily on 29-01-18

Intresting story brought down by the performance

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

The story follows Jacob as he tries to discover a mysterious benefactor, prevent cyber attacks and fall in love. The beginning is very promising as we start to come into the world of Jacob and cyber security. The pace is good and the suspense is there. The middle of the book is dragging on a bit but not enough to put me off and it does get faster near the end which I though was good and will leave you with a taste for more.

Unfortunately, I found the female characters to be written more as a male fantasy. No real complexity but a lot of long descriptions of how they look and how pretty they are. Male-Female romance is never my favourite part of the book as the tend to be invariably patriarchal clichés and thus quite boring. What made it even worse (and the worst part for me) was the performance. Those female voices, ugh! So sweet and sultry and utterly annoying. The accents borderline on insulting and very little differentiation between persons.

Saying that, I though overall the book was quite entertaining and i'm glad I read it. Being a woman, I could not identify with any of the female characters and I feel that books with badly written characters (especially female) are not worth my time, so I won't be reading the next one. But that's just me.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Ancillary Justice

  • The Imperial Radch series, Book 1
  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 765

The spectacular debut novel nominated for every major science fiction award in 2014, Ancillary Justice is the story of a warship trapped in a human body and her search for revenge. Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, a James Tiptree Jr. honour and a Kitschie. Currently shortlisted for the Hugo Awards. They made me kill thousands, but I only have one target now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interestingly feminist SciFi

  • By Jonathan on 16-11-14

An Introduction to Radch world

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

Reviewed: 04-10-15

At first it feels strange and disjointed but stick with it. It will start making sense. This is the introduction to Radch space and the Ancillary character. A fine, if a bit long introduction.
It really is so nice to see such a well written female (or is it male? gender pronouns are not
important in Radch) character. Near the end there is more action as it is revealed exactly how we got to where we are today.
Adjoa Andoh does a great job in narrating and playing characters. Very distinctive and enjoyable acting.
The second book is much more interesting as we know so much more about he character, but it wouldn't work as well if we didn't have the introduction of the first book. So I guess what I'm saying is if you feel it drags on a bit, stick with it!

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  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,159

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good one!

  • By Robyn on 23-11-16

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 04-10-15

Starts off very interesting. The structure is good, it's easy to follow and entertaining. The characters are not very well developed but it didn't matter much because it's not the kind of book that you expect to be a masterpiece anyway.
Near the end it got a bit more haphazard. It didn't help that it turned full on fantasy but, still, it could be better. It was like the author gave it his all to weave an intriguing back story and didn't quite know how to finish. The building blocks were there but it was a bit rushed and disorganised.
Overall I enjoyed it. It was fun.

  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,606

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By stucody on 22-03-15

Can't wait for the next one

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

Very well written story with well developed characters. Nice twists and turns leading to a crescendo of action in the final chapters making it very hard not to follow it up to the end in one sitting.
The performance really adds to the story reflecting the emotion and temperament of each character expertly. A real pleasure to hear!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Existence

  • By: David Brin
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Robin Miles, L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shame that the whole book is not on the download.

  • By Rod on 10-11-12

Good story though gaps are evident.

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

Yes, it does feel slightly disjointed, with a few gaps but the story is good so don't let that put you off. It kept my interest although it was long and if anything, I would say that this needed to be longer. It leaves you with the feeling that this was supposed to be a trilogy. We have at least four very interesting central characters that are much too underdeveloped. On top of that we have more peripheral characters that could be better developed within their stories.

  • Burning Paradise

  • By: Robert Charles Wilson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

Cassie Klyne, 19 years old, lives in the United States in the year 2015 - but it's not our United States, and it's not our 2015. Cassies world has been at peace since the Great Armistice of 1918. There was no World War II, no Great Depression. Poverty is declining, prosperity is increasing everywhere; social instability is rare. But Cassie knows the world isn't what it seems. Her parents were part of a group who gradually discovered the awful truth: That for decades - back to the dawn of radio communications - human progress has been interfered with, made more peaceful and benign, by an extraterrestrial entity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting plot

  • By *Angela* on 10-06-15

Interesting plot

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

I enjoyed listening to this. The plot is interesting and the characters are believable. Fairly short, it makes for a great light sci-fi read.