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Kate

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  • Wizard's Holiday: Young Wizard Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diane Duane
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    Rest and relaxation: that's what Nita thinks she's going to get when her little sister, Dairine, signs her up for a wizardly "cultural exchange" program, sending Nita and her partner-wizard Kit halfway across the galaxy over spring break. But nothing about wizardry, not even vacation, is ever quite that simple. Back home, Dairine and her dad have to cope with their side of the exchange.

    Justy says: "A Great Book"
    "great"
    Overall

    OK, so the series started over 20 years ago, somehow I managed to miss it. We only have two books available to us here, numbers 5 & 7. Since 5 sounds based around the central character's mom's death I decided to start with this one. The story is great, and the reader is great. Youthful wizards which may sound a little like Harry Potter, but it isn't. And there is a lot of humor. I really love the characters, both the central and new to volume characters. So much that I've gone back and bought the first 3 books. I'm hoping 4 & 6 will become available here before I have to do something drastic like buying them also. Even my 14 (almost 15) year old non reader loves these.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Bergdorf Blondes

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Plum Sykes
    • Narrated By Sonya Walger
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Plum Sykes' beguiling debut welcomes readers to the glamorous world of Park Avenue Princesses, the girls who careen through Manhattan in search of the perfect Fake Bake (tan acquired from Portofino Tanning Salon), a ride on a PJ (private jet) with the ATM (rich boyfriend), and the ever-elusive fiance.

    Akiko says: "Fun, Fun, Fun!"
    "princess diaries grown up"
    Overall

    I wouldn't say that this is my type of book, I tend towards mysteries and sci-fi/fantasy. Well, maybe it fits under fantasy, since New York is another world. I haven't a clue about what life there is really like. So I can't explain why I really loved this story. The character is loveable. The story isn't believable though it could be true word for word as far as I know. It would be an excellent story to listen too when you're feeling low. Some of the men are jerks: the too-good-to-be-true men. Some of the men are just nice. And of course there's her mother, always going on about how she should just fall in love with "the Little Earl". "Mum" is in love with all things British, married an Englishman who turned out not to be rich or titled but she loved him anyway. Still, for her daughter, starting at the age of 6, she has wanted the son of the Earl Next Door ("He's just your age." "But I'm only 5 and a half"). Our heroine has never even met him, but whenever she mentions a man she's interested in to her mother it's alway "I think Little Earl is coming home this weekend, why don't you come back and meet him." Just for fun reading at it's best.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    Overall
    (814)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (126)

    Great Britain, circa 1985: time travel is routine, and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte's novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career.

    Susan says: "What a gem!"
    "helps if you're an english lit or history major"
    Overall

    This is really funny, but I expect I'll have to listen to it several times to get even half the jokes. If would help to have a forum where people could tell about the jokes they got. For instance, one of her superiors is a phoney. His name is Braxton Hicks. Her father was in the chrono-guard, he can bop around inside time and is making changes, and/or trying to fix changes that the French have made. A standard question when he drops in on his daughter (time stops for everyone around her) is "How did Wellington die?" Based on her answer he does off to do whatever it is that he does. The Chrimean war is continuing, Russia is ruled by a Czar... Perhaps most important, people are more concerned about who wrote Shakespeare's plays than who won the World Cup. I give it lots of points for strange.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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