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Laura Beegle

Pittsburgh, PA United States

  • 4 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 56 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee

    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.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Interesting ideas, so-so story telling"

    There was a lot of potential for this book, and parts were amazing, but overall it was so-so. It felt like the author got lost part-way through before he found the thread of the story again. There was also a long section of "he said, she said" between two factions that were both plausible, so the bickering was tedious. The author also seemed more interested in getting the story out there, rather than telling it. I never got a feel for what things looked like or personal mannerisms of the characters. It was about half-way in before we knew the color of one of the main character's hair, for example. Overall, the book had interesting ideas, but so-so conveyance of those ideas.

    The narration was okay in most places, but horrible in others. There are not significant pauses between sections of the story, so completely different characters were doing things before I realized we'd switched scenes. Early on, this completely threw me, but I grew accustomed to it. The accents were also iffy, many so close to each other that I couldn't tell who was speaking until the "Jim said" or "Craig said".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The B-Team: The Human Division, Episode 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.

    Michael says: "Whole Series – Just OK"
    "Fun story, hints of larger plot"

    I enjoyed Old Man's War and was glad to see other stories set in that universe. I think the format of linked short stories will be fun. This story sets the stage for some intrigue and mystery well without making it feel like the story was unfinished. I'm looking forward to the next one!

    It's the same narrator as Old Man's War that I thought did a wonderful job of portraying the kind of thoughtful and circumspect view of older adults in the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "Starts terrible, gets much better"

    The first half of this story is slow, full of two-dimensional characters and tedious detail. The second half makes up for it. The origins of the beast are intriguing, the characters fill out, and the adventure is fun. The second half was good enough that I bought the follow-up book, Reliquary.

    While the story improved, the reader did not. The accents are awful and distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Stephenie says: "Great series. Worth every credit."
    "A romance in disguise"

    This story is a romance in the disguise of an urban fantasy story. If I had been expecting a romance, my rating would have been a little higher. The story was compelling enough to finish and the idea is interesting. I especially liked the ghost and Bones is well written.

    For a romance, the sex scenes were very good and the cold and hot between the main characters was fairly good, but it got a little old half-way through the book when I thought she should be warming up to him. For an urban fantasy, I expected much more badass from Cat and much less angst and second-guessing of herself.

    The mythology of these vampires is interesting and I thought Cat's backstory was an interesting twist, but so much was lost in the seeming randomness of the plot. There was no direction, no hint at larger forces at work until the big fight scene. The government agents appeared like deus ex machina to solve some problems and create others. It was disappointing.

    Cat was also written very inconsistently. One minute, she has great instincts. The next, she doesn't see connections or the intentions of others that are extremely obvious. In one scene in her college apartment, she chides another character for not noticing something and then completely misses something equally obvious herself. She's just such a frustrating character that I nearly stopped listening on that alone.

    The narration was okay, but nothing to write home about. The accents were iffy, but Cat's mother was voiced very well.

    I think the author has potential, but this book didn't win me over into a fan.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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