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mary

Minneapolis, MN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Midnight Robber

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nalo Hopkinson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    It's Carnival time and the Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint is celebrating with music, dance, and pageantry. Masked "Midnight Robbers" waylay revelers with brandished weapons and spellbinding words. To young Tan-Tan, the Robber Queen is simply a favorite costume to wear at the festival - until her power-corrupted father commits an unforgiveable crime. Suddenly, both father and daughter are thrust into the brutal world of New Half-Way Tree....

    mary says: "Even Through the Dimensions, Girls Are Not Safe"
    "Even Through the Dimensions, Girls Are Not Safe"
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    Robin Miles narrates Midnight Robber with a strong patois that was initially a turnoff for me. It was like listening to narration in a foreign language. The story itself is an unusual mix of old and sci-fi, there are 'aware' buildings with artificial intelligence the characters interact with and devices like toilets that measure one's physical health. There are also 'duels' with machetes and a lot of rank poverty. It reminds me of Firefly, with its combination of space ships and people riding horses. I believe the narrator's patois is of Haitian derivation, lots of 'oui's' and I definitely learned to love it. I found it musical and mesmerizing when all was said and done, DoDo. I listened to the novel at least three times and found things I missed in each subsequent listening. I grew to love Tan Tan, the main character in the novel. We meet Tan Tan when she is about 7, and lord, does this child have trials and tribulations to endure! In the end endure she does. I felt the story was also a reflection of the treatment of native, indigenous peoples. I find Nalo Hopkinson an engaging artist, introducing characters of locales of interest. I found the primary story line sad, however. Even into the future, across dimensions, girls are not safe. Despite that, I gave the novel top ratings across the board. I will read Nalo Hopkinson again. I actually think there is a good possibility of a sequel to Midnight Robber. I want to know what happened to Iony, Melon Head, Chichibaud, Tifa and other characters it would be a spoiler to mention here. I recommend the book, it is very good and I'll probably listen to it a fourth time. That's one of the things I love about audio books, you can always invest in another reading!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walter M. Miller
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (671)

    Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

    Joel says: "A Classic"
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    I remember this book being on the bestseller list when I was in school. So when it was available on an Audible two-for-one offer I got it. Boy was I disappointed! It was difficult to follow, lacked interesting characters and just is not a good book, IMHO. I would not recommend this book and am surprised to continue to see it on various lists of best sci-fi compilations. I listened to the novel several times because it was so hard to follow but in the end found it a waste of my time. The authors I really like include Octavia Butler, Stephen King, Walter Mosley and Dean Koontz. I like real page turners (metaphorically) and am glad I didn't buy this book in hardcover or paperback form. The only redeeming quality was the reader and that's only because I'm trying to find something good to say about A Canticle for Leibowitz. Not sure why this is considered such a good book. Definitely not my cup of tea!

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Gift of Fire & On the Head of a Pin: Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Dominic Hoffman, Beresford Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
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    (14)

    In ancient mythology, the Titan Prometheus was punished by the gods for bringing man the gift of fire - an event that set humankind on its course of knowledge. As punishment, Prometheus was bound to a rock. But in The Gift of Fire, those chains cease to be, and the great champion of man walks from that immortal prison into present-day South Central Los Angeles. Disheveled and lost, he is thrown in jail, where he meets lifelong criminal Nosome Blane....

    mary says: "Love Mosley's take on science fiction and fantasy!"
    "Love Mosley's take on science fiction and fantasy!"
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    I've been a long time fan of this author. He has such a wonderful way of interpreting life. The first of these two short novels reflect his reinterpretation of Greek mythology in a wonderfully creative way. The second represents his take on the future. I listened to both stories multiple times and it was my introduction to both readers who I found to be highly competent. I especially liked Beresford Bennet. Of the two novellas, I found The Gift of Fire to be the most engaging. They were both too short and I hope sometime in the near future the author uses these as a basis for a full-length novel. I love Mr. Mosley's science fiction and fantasy work, even more than the Easy Rawlins series! Bravo!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18133)
    Performance
    (8032)
    Story
    (8060)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Excellent follow up to the author's first novel"
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    Very interesting read, despite the fact it was a translated novel. Love the character Lisbeth Solander, she is a gem. Every time I thought I knew where the story line was going and what to expect I was surprised -- pleasantly. I had not downloaded the third book in the trilogy depending on how enjoyable this book was. I am downloading it now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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