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  • gilwilson 5:27 PM on March 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Matilda By: Roald Dahl 

    By: Roald Dahl
    Narrated by: Kate Winslet
    Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
    Release date: 06-13-13
    Language: English
    Publisher: Listening Library

    I think I may have become addicted to Roald Dahl. Listening library has released most if not all of Dahl’s stories in audiobook form that just makes the books so much fun. On top of that it brought to my attention that he wrote more than “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory” and “James & the Giant Peach.” Those were the only two I had known, but now I have been introduced to a world of other great writings by Roald Dahl.

    This book I had heard of and actually saw the movie before I read this. I’m glad I saw the movie first because I would have been let down. As in all movies from books there is so much more to the story. The big difference that I loved in the book is that Matilda reads a lot of books. It’s always great when you can have a character that likes to read in a children/young adult book. This will help push them into reading more. The movie had a lot of things wrong, but that was the one thing I would have liked to have seen in the movie.

    Kate Winslet narrates this hilarious adventure and does so without error. Kate made you feel as if you were an eavesdropper in Matilda’s life. Great delivery with a humor where needed.

    Explore Roald Dahl, he’s got lots of fun stuff.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Audie Award Winner, Children’s Titles for Ages 8-12, 2014

    “The Trunchbull” is no match for Matilda!

    Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

    ©1988 Roald Dahl (P)2013 Penguin Audio

  • gilwilson 5:56 PM on March 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Loot of the Shanung By: L. Ron Hubbard 

    19084267Loot of the Shanung
    By: L. Ron Hubbard
    Narrated by: R. F. Daley, Jim Meskimen, Robert Wu, Christina Huntington, Tadao Tomomatsu
    Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
    Release date: 08-12-14
    Publisher: Galaxy Audio

    Once again it’s time for some fun from
    the Golden Age of Stories. It’s another pulp fiction story from L.Ron Hubbard, who I think was the king of the pulps, he at least was one of the busiest. This time we have the story “Loot of the Shanung,” which was originally published in 1936 in “Smashing Novels” pulp magazine. Here we have an American reporter in China, and the heiress daughter of a missing American oil magnate, combining forces to find her father.

    Hubbard wrote several stories that take place in the mysterious “Far East.” Asian countries prettsmashing_novels_193605y much were the thing of mystery, imagination and mysticism to us in the Western Hemisphere. Hubbard was well experienced in that portion of the world having spent a few years there. His stories that take place there always relay the social, economic, and political struggles of the area. These super action stories always featured a hero who was there to save a damsel in distress. Hey it was the ’30s, misogyny was a way of life.

    Billionaire George Harley Rockham appears to have been abducted from the Shanung, a coastal steamer, when that ship comes up missing. Rockham has his hands in oil throughout China, and if he doesn’t show within four days his stock will fall, and his oil rights will be up for the taking. Jimmy Vance, a reporter who goes after any story till it’s been solved, has been working on the story since the ship went missing. Rockham’s daughter walks in his office offering a big reward if Vance will find her father. Vance refuses the award, but smells a good story and joined the girl in her search. She’s abducted by crooks, but Vance turns the table on them, then they had for Kowloon, an island near Hong Kong, where he suspects pirates may have boarded the Shanung. The hero being a writer is a common occurrence in Hubbard’s adventure stories. Write what you best know about.

    Pirates, Gangsters and Military all create an adventurous atmosphere that will allow you to get lost in a pulp fiction story. The best part is if you were to get the audiobook version, like I did, you get a full production. Galaxy Audio puts these together as if they were old fashioned radio dramas. The actors all create fun, believable character that are worth rooting for or hating.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Stop the presses! One hundred thousand dollar reward offered for the return of George Harley Rockham! That’s more than enough to turn Shanghai newspaperman Jimmy Vance’s head. Throw in the gorgeous dame who’s offering the reward – Rockham’s daughter Virginia – and he might lose his head altogether. As fast-talking as Jimmy Stewart in The Philadelphia Story, Vance jumps at the chance…the money…and the girl. But as Jimmy quickly discovers, there are several billion reasons to watch his back. Because that’s how much Rockham is worth, and there are some very hard cases out there willing to kill to separate the old man from his money. Next thing Jimmy knows, Virginia’s tied to a chair, and he’s got a couple of guns pointed at his head. But it’ll take more than a little rope and a couple of firearms to keep this reporter down. The truth is tied to the mysterious fate of a steamship named Shanung – and what Jimmy finds could be the biggest story of his life…if he lives to tell it.

    In the issue of Smashing Novels where this story first appeared the editor wrote: “‘Loot of the Shanung’ is a soul-stirring tale of the China Sea, a story of modern piracy set in the Far East. L. Ron Hubbard wrote it. He knows China. He has been there. He traveled through the country and met the people and observed their customs. Smashing Novels will have other stories from him – stories of far-off places and little known people. He knows of what he writes.”

    ©2014 Galaxy Audio (P)2014 Galaxy Audio

  • gilwilson 5:16 PM on March 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Think and Grow Rich ‘Stickability’ The Power of Perseverance By: Greg S. Reid, The Napoleon Hill Foundation 

    Think and Grow Rich ‘Stickability’41WjYMcZNhL
    The Power of Perseverance
    By: Greg S. Reid, The Napoleon Hill Foundation
    Narrated by: Joel Fotinos
    Length: 4 hrs
    Release date: 10-10-13
    Publisher: Penguin Audio

    Who doesn’t want to Grow Rich? Hey I think. Wait, what is Stickability? Well once again the Napoleon Hill Foundation has answers and more ways to better yourself. The gist of this book is take the principles of Think & Grow rich and make them stick.

    Combining author Greg S. Reid’s modern business wisdom, interviews with numerous business celebrities like Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple), Frank Shankwitz (founder of the Make a Wish foundation), and Martin Cooper (inventor of the cell phone), and valuable information from the secret files previously available only to the Napoleon Hill Foundation and its members, this book reveals:

    • The “Three Causes of Failure” from Napoleon Hill’s hidden vault of wisdom
    • The importance of flexibility
    • The principle of relaxed intensity in action
    • How to define and conquer your “cul-de-sac” moments
    • How to overcome the ghost of fear
    • The importance of insight through necessity
    • And so much more!

    If ever a discouraging moment arrives and the temptation to stop becomes greater than the dream, to keep one simple observation from Dr. Hill in mind: “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step BEYOND their greatest setback and failure.”

    I haven’t grown rich but I have definitely found ways to make this information stick with me and how to use it in my work environment and better myself in many ways.

    Publisher’s Summary
    You’ve learned the principles in Napoleon Hill’s classic Think and Grow Rich—now give them STICKABILITY!
    The path to personal and professional success is not a one-way street. Most people encounter setbacks and obstacles that threaten to derail them from their chosen route. The most successful people, however, adhere to their principles and goals, capitalizing on hidden opportunities, even in the face of what many would consider unconquerable obstacles. To coin a new word – these people have STICKABILITY!
    This thought-provoking book shows readers of all ages and backgrounds how they, too, can not only apply the self-motivation principles of Napoleon Hill’s timeless and groundbreaking self-help volume Think and Grow Rich, but make them stick. Combining author Greg S. Reid’s modern business wisdom, interviews with numerous business celebrities like Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple), Frank Shankwitz (founder of the Make a Wish foundation), and Martin Cooper (inventor of the cell phone), and valuable information from the secret files previously available only to the Napoleon Hill Foundation and its members.

    ©2013 Greg S. Reid and the Napoleon Hill Foundation (P)2013 Penguin Group

  • gilwilson 5:35 PM on March 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    George’s Marvelous Medicine By: Roald Dahl 

    George’s Marvelous Medicine17707580
    By: Roald Dahl
    Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
    Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
    Release date: 09-26-13
    Publisher: Listening Library

    Back to some more fun. It’s another Roald Dahl audiobook release. These are great short books that will keep you entertained, oh and maybe your kids as well. Dahl has a way with playful events and characters and this time is no different. This time an 8 year old gets revenge on his cranky grandmother. I do have one gripe with this book, but will save that for the end of this review.

    First I have to start with the book’s narrator, Derek Jacobi. It was a surprise to get such a high caliber British classical actor to read the books. He must have had fun narrating this book, because it was so much fun listening to him. Great delivery on this. I’m not sure why, but I got a real kick hearing the British pronunciation of medicine. It is pronounced as a 2 syllable word – Med-sin.

    So what’s going on in the book? While 8-year-old George’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kranky, are out running errands, George’s grandmother bosses him around and bullies him. So to get back at her he creates a medicine out of household (and garage) chemicals then when he gives it to her she grows so tall she bursts through the roof. She can’t believe George did this, so to prove it to her he gives the concoction to a chicken which grows 10 times its size. Having possibly discover a solution to solve world hunger the family has George repeat the process.

    Here’s where the fun begins. George cannot remember exactly what he did before and experiments with all the chemicals to re-create the Medicine. His experiments turn out pretty funny. And eventually things come back to somewhat normality.

    Now for my gripe. The book needs to come with a disclaimer stating kids should not drink household or garage chemicals. Other than worrying about the kids wanting to create George’s medicine, the book is a lot of fun.

    Publisher’s Summary

    A taste of her own medicine. George is alone in the house with Grandma. The most horrid, grizzly old grunion of a grandma ever. She needs something stronger than her usual medicine to cure her grouchiness. A special grandma medicine, a remedy for everything. And George knows just what to put into it. Grandma’s in for the surprise of her life – and so is George, when he sees the results of his mixture!

    ©2007 Roald Dahl (P)2007 Penguin Audio

  • gilwilson 5:30 PM on March 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Storm Front (Virgil Flowers, Book 7) By: John Sandford 

    Storm Front (Virgil Flowers, Book 7)51zfwgxB1TL._SL500_
    By: John Sandford
    Narrated by: Eric Conger
    Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    Release date: 10-08-13
    Publisher: Penguin Audio

    It’s amazing how many fun stories you can read when you branch out from your norm. For the longest time I was a pure Horror/SciFi only reader. Those two genres pack the punch needed to escape the real world, and that’s what I do when I read. Sure there are some classics that I’ve read but only until recently have I been branching out. It’s funny, it all started with the L. Ron Hubbard pulp fiction re-releases by Galaxy Press that started me on this road.

    Back in 2013 I received on of John Sandford’s novels from Penguin Audio, and for the longest time it sat on my “not-sure-whether-or-not-it-is-my-cup-of-tea” shelf. This is a shelf of audiobooks that sound intriguing but I’m not yet familiar with the author or whether I will like the story. I go to this shelf when I’m not sure what I want to hear. Many times I have started a book from this shelf and have been let down and not able to finish the book. Since then all Sandford novels are in my to be read shelf.

    Sandford first intrigued me with his Lucas Davenport series “_____ Prey” all the books are 2 word titles and the second word is Prey. Lucas Davenport is an investigator with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. So basically, he catches criminals. After Sandford’s Prey novels became hugely popular, he launched these Virgil Flowers stories back in 2007. Virgil helped Lucas on a few of his criminal pursuits and became a fun character.

    Before I get into a summary of the book, I have to send out all the adulations to the narrator, Eric Conger. Conger narrates all of the Sandford audiobooks I’ve listened to and he has me hooked. Conger seems to take on the persona of either Virgil Flowers or Lucas Davenport. His voice is a perfect match and whenever I pick up a hard copy of the book to read, in my head I hear Conger’s voice. I’m hoping to discover some other readings by Conger soon.

    In this book Minnesota state investigator Virgil Flowers is working on a case involving Florence ‘Ma’ Nobles and her sons selling counterfeit antique lumber. Part of the reason that Virgil is working so hard is that Ma is very attractive and flirting with him. Sure enough, just before the fun happens Lucas Davenport calls with a new case.

    A Lutheran minister named Elijah Jones who is dying of cancer stole an ancient inscribed stone called a stele from an archaeological dig in Israel and smuggled it home to Minnesota. The Israelis want it back and have dispatched an antiquities expert to bring it back. Simple all Virgil has to do is be the tour guide, pick up the terminally ill minister, and locate the stele. Davenport assures Flowers that he’ll back on his counterfeit lumber case in to time at all. In cop stories no time at all usually means after a couple of weeks of investigation and a few hours of risking your life.

    The plan is to auction the stele off to the highest bidder to get the money needed to care for Jones’ wife suffering from Alzheimer’s after he dies. The stele’s inscription has historic implications that could be very damaging to Israel so Hezbollah has sent a representative to try and obtain it for propaganda purposes. Also coming into the hunt are a couple of Turks that would kill you just as soon as look at you.

    After lots of double crossing and misleading clues and some public media spotlight Virgil solves the case, but not easily.

    Publisher’s Summary

    The thrilling new novel in the number one New York Times – bestselling series.

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You’re about to get a visitor. It’s an Israeli cop, and she’s tailing a man who’s smuggled out an extraordinary relic – a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon.

    Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses?

    He looks at the cop. She’s not laughing. As it turns out, there are very bad men chasing the relic, and they don’t care who’s in the way or what they have to do to get it. Maybe Virgil should start praying.

    ©2013 John Sandford (P)2013 Penguin Audio

  • gilwilson 5:53 PM on March 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts By: Roald Dahl 

    Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts By: Roald Dahl17707729
    Narrated by: Stephen Mangan, Tamsin Greig, Miriam Margolyes
    Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
    Release date: 09-26-13
    Publisher: Listening Library

    I have a collection of Roald Dahl audiobooks to get through and so I’ll continue with this one. From the man who brought you Willy Wonka, James & the Giant Peach, and so many more, this short collection is a great side from the longer writings by Dahl. Each one of these books and collections of stories seem to have something different to say and show another side of Roald Dahl.

    If you’ve ever read the books “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” or “James and the Giant Peach” then you pretty well know the magical worlds Roald Dahl has created. I loved the books the movies and everything associated with the two books mentioned and when my son was learning to read I made sure to read him the books and watch the movies as he got older. I was aware of other titles by Dahl but just never took the time, that is until recently. The recent excursion into the writings of Roald Dahl is all thanks to Penguin Audio. Penguin has recently released all of Dahl’s stories in excellent audiobook form. Each book is rather short and perfect company for my commutes to work and any other trip I need to make.

    In the first section of this audiobook you have Revolting Rhymes where Dahl takes a turn at re-telling classic fairy tales. The one that seems to draw a lot of attention is the Cinderella story. This one has a section where the prince beheads Cinderella’s step-sisters and then turns to Cinderella and asks “who’s this dirty slut? off with her nut, off with her nut!” Hmmmm, slut in a kids story? Maybe more of an adult aimed story. Just be careful with it, and be aware.

    The readers all have something to contribute and make each story fun, but to be completely honest, there were times where their reading nearly put me to sleep.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Revolting Rhymes

    Did you think Cinderella married the prince and lived happily ever after, or that the three little pigs outsmarted the wolf? Think again! Master storyteller Roald Dahl adds his own darkly comic twists to six favorite tales, complete with rambunctious rhymes and hilarious surprise endings.

    Dirty Beasts

    Roald Dahl’s inimitable style and humor shine in this collection of poems about mischievous and mysterious animals. From Stingaling the scorpion to Crocky-Wock the crocodile, Dahl’s animals are nothing short of ridiculous. A clever pig with an unmentionable plan to save his own bacon and an anteater with an unusually large appetite are among the characters created by Dahl in these timeless rhymes. This new, larger edition is perfect for listening.

    ©2009 Roald Dahl (P)2009 Penguin Audio

  • gilwilson 5:57 PM on March 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The Green God (Stories from the Golden Age)By: L. Ron Hubbard 

    The Green God (Stories from the Golden Age)19084269By: L. Ron Hubbard
    Narrated by: Christina Huntington, R. F. Daley, Michael Yurchak, Jim Meskimen
    Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
    Release date: 08-12-14
    Publisher: Galaxy Audio

    I nearly forgot what it was like to listen to one of these Galaxy Audio productions of the pulp fiction stories by L. Ron Hubbard. Galaxy Audio’s productions are pure theatre of the mind. With some of the greatest voice actors, original music and sound effects these audio productions will put you right in the middle of the action and in this book dodging bullets.

    This release has the main story, “The Green God,” and a bonus story, “Five Mex for a Million.” Both of these are about Americans in China, during the 1930’s. And both of these protagonists know how to get into trouble and with wit and action hero attitude know how to get out of it. Yeah sure there’s a little sexism, but those were the days of the Damsel in Distress.

    “The Green God”
    Bill Mahone, a Naval Intelligence officer in China, has undertaken a dangerous mission. To stop the looting, rioting, and death that wracks the port of Tientsin, he must go undercover into the Chinese underworld to recover the priceless Green God whose theft from a local temple triggered the riots. Standing in his way: thieves, corrupt Army officers, a mob of rioting fanatics wielding long knives, and numerous other near-death experiences.

    “Five Mex for a Million”
    Captain Royal F. Sterling stands falsely accused of murder. It’s not that he didn’t kill a man, but he did so in self-defense, though he’s facing the firing squad if caught. Looking for clothes to disguise himself at the Thieves’ Market, he instead is attracted to a large, locked chest, with an inscription offering him long life and happiness. Compelled by its secret, he finds inside the beautiful daughter of a powerful White Russian general who owns a profitable chunk of Upper Mongolia dragging him into a web of conspiracy and renegade Chinese officers.


    In the days of the pulps different magazines covered different genres and Hubbard wrote for many of them. “The Green God”story was originally published in the Thrilling Adventures, Vol. 8, No. 3, Feb. 1934. While “Five Mex for a Million” was originally published in Top-Notch, Vol. 97, No. 5, Nov. 1935. Hubbard’s pulp writings may have been his most productive writings. He wrote so many stories for so many pulp magazines. I am so happy that Galaxy Audio is republishing these stories. The audio versions are full cast productions that sound a lot like old time radio, and the print versions are printed on a simulated pulp paper and in pulp magazine size. Hubbard’s pulp writings are always fast-paced and dynamic.



    Publisher’s Summary

    Private detective Sam Spade nearly died, several times over, chasing The Maltese Falcon. But what Spade faced in pursuit of the black bird was child’s play compared to what Lieutenant Bill Mahone of Naval Intelligence endures when he sets out to find The Green God. He’s tortured with knives, threatened with a slow, painful death, and buried alive. And then things get really nasty. The entire Chinese city of Tientsin is under siege from within – the streets filled with rioting, arson, mass looting, and murder. And all because the city’s sacred idol, The Green God, has gone missing. Mahone’s convinced he knows who stole the deity of jade, diamonds, and pearls. To retrieve it, though, he’ll have to go undercover and underground. But he’s walking a razor’s edge – between worship and warfare, between a touch of heaven and a taste of bloody hell.

    As a young man, Hubbard visited Manchuria, where his closest friend headed up British intelligence in northern China. Hubbard gained a unique insight into the intelligence operations and spy-craft in the region, as well as the criminal trade in sacred objects. It was on this experience that he based “The Green God”, which was his first professional sale, published in February, 1934 – the beginning of a very remarkable and prolific writing career. Also includes the adventure “Five Mex for a Million”, in which an American Army captain, falsely accused of murder, finds himself taking on the Chinese government, a powerful Russian general, and a mysterious, unexpected passenger.

    ©2014 Galaxy Audio (P)2014 Galaxy Audio

  • gilwilson 5:47 PM on March 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    “Our Mathematical Universe:My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality” By: Max Tegmark 

    19395553Our Mathematical Universe:My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
    By: Max Tegmark
    Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
    Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
    Release date: 01-07-14
    Publisher: Random House Audio

    What does it all mean? This book doesn’t really try to answer that question, but rather leads the listener/reader in the direction of where that answer may be found. Math. The book also demonstrates how mathematicians, physicists and scientists are looking for that answer. I have always been somewhat fond of math, however it gets boring for me after a while, this book however kept all the information interesting. So much so that I would hate when I had to stop listening.

    Rob Shapiro delivered the audiobook narration without a flaw. His delivery could have easily drifted in to the boring side of education, but he kept it lively.

    Along with the narration by Rob Shapiro the writing by Max Tegmark keeps this book interesting. Just when you start to get lost in theories and such. For the most part Tegmark discusses the Multiverse theory and other bits of Quantam Weirdness, and makes it fun to think about. Now if you are not a math person this may not be for you, but you don’t have to be a physicist or Stephen Hawking to understand let alone have fun with physics. If you are even remotely curious, then jump on this book and enjoy the ride. You will find that many of the theories and ideas discussed may just change your view of reality.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy, and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs and disappointments that have shaped his life as a scientist. Fascinating from first to last – this is a book that has already prompted the attention and admiration of some of the most prominent scientists and mathematicians.

    ©2014 Max Tegmark (P)2013 Random House Audio

  • gilwilson 5:35 PM on March 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Mirage- The Oregon Files, Book 9 By: Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul 

    Mirage- The Oregon Files, Book 9 17707498
    By: Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
    Narrated by: Scott Brick
    Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
    Release date: 11-05-13
    Publisher: Penguin Audio

    Once again I am exploring the action that is a Clive Cussler novel. I’m not sure if it is that my experience in the Navy keeps my interest piqued when it comes to ocean bound adventures that dominate Cussler’s books or just that I’m a sucker for a good action story. No matter what the reason I ventured into the world of the Oregon Files once again.

    The Oregon Files are just one of several series of books Cussler writes, they all seem to be tied together in some way or another, you’ve got the Dirk Pitt stories, the Fargo Adventures and the NUMA files which all create action and adventure. Sometimes the stories are an adventure like an Indiana Jones story, sometimes they have some great espionage like a Tom Clancy novel, and sometimes both. No matter what your preference if you ever need a respite from your everyday life, Clive can help. You’ll be on the edge of your seat and biting your nails (that’s the beauty of audiobooks, hands are free for the nail biting) and getting your adrenaline pumping. They are always an exciting adventure.

    This book is one of the tales of the ship the Oregon. The Oregon stories feature a ship named the Oregon which Cussler introduced in the Dirk Pitt Adventure “Flood Tide.” While appearing to be a rus-bucket freighter, it’s actually a high-tech advanced ship used by an unnamed and mysterious “Corporation” under the leadership of Juan Cabrillo. The ship is run like a business, with its crew being shareholders, taking jobs for the CIA and other agencies to help stop crime and terrorism. The crew is adept at disguises, combat, computer hacking, and more, to aid their missions.

    This time out The Oregon is on the trail of a super weapon developed by Nikola Tesla developed out of the hoax of the Philadelphia Experiment. Or was it a Hoax? The Russians don’t think so. Traveling from Russia to Shanghai to Uzbekistan, the crew of the Oregon know how to follow leads. Throughout all of this creating more and more mystery the story will have you involved and helping to solve the clues yourself. From the beginning of the book to the last page you will be on the run with the crew. In fact the beginning is a breakout from a maximum security Russian prison, and the book starts right in the middle of the breakout.

    One of the things I like about Cussler’s novels is that all the team members seem to be best of friends. They rib each other, brag on themselves but at the end of the day they always have each other’s backs. The friendships make these books so real.

    Scott Brick as usual gives the listener a reading that will draw pictures in your mind as you listen to the excitement. This makes the experience of the audiobook feel as though the listener is part of the story. Again, I’m a huge fan of Scott Brick, so I’ll never turn down a book read by him.

    Publisher’s Summary

    In October 1943, a U.S. destroyer sailed out of Philadelphia and supposedly vanished, the result of a Navy experiment with electromagnetic radiation. The story was considered a hoax – but now Juan Cabrillo and his Oregon colleagues aren’t so sure. There is talk of a new weapon soon to be auctioned, something very dangerous to America’s interests, and the rumors link it to the great inventor Nikola Tesla, who was working with the Navy when he died in 1943. Was he responsible for the experiment? Are his notes in the hands of enemies? As Cabrillo races to find the truth, he discovers there is even more at stake than he could have imagined – but by the time he realizes it, he may already be too late.

    ©2013 Clive Cussler (P)2013 Penguin Audio

  • gilwilson 5:46 PM on March 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Xenocide By: Orson Scott Card 

    Xenocide51nF7Dakg6L._SL500_By: Orson Scott Card
    Narrated by: Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, John Rubinstein, Stefan Rudnicki
    Series: Ender’s Game, Book 3, The Enderverse, Book 12
    Length: 20 hrs and 15 mins
    Release date: 06-03-04
    Publisher: Macmillan Audio

    So you may have seen the “Ender’s Game” movie, but the story didn’t end there (actually it didn’t start there either). Ender has left solar system for committing xenocide on the buggers. Now on Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and Pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. But things are never that easy. Now Starways Congress has found something that could threaten humanity.

    Lusitania also plays host to the Descolada, a virus that kills all humans it infects, but which the Pequeninos require in order to become adults. The Starways Congress ordered the destruction of the entire planet, and all who live there because of the threat. The Fleet is on its way, a Second Xenocide seems inevitable.

    There is a lot going on in this addition to the Ender Universe. The end will feel as though it just ends in the middle of everything. It is but the series and this book continues in “Children of the Mind.” But the really nice thing is that you want the story to never end. Orson Scott Card has definitely developed a universe where the reader would feel comfortable.

    In this audiobook version there are different narrators. Each Narrator comes in when the perspective changes to another character. I have recently begun to enjoy the work of Stefan Rudnicki. He can sound so smooth. I did like that my other favorite audiobook voice, Scott Brick, also narrated. This audiobook just completely entranced me.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults. The Starways Congress so fears the effect of the descolada, should it escape from Lusitania, that they have ordered the destruction of the entire planet and all who live there. The Fleet is on its way and a second Xenocide seems inevitable, until the Fleet vanishes.

    ©1991 Orson Scott Card (P)2000 Audio Renaissance

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