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Carolyn F

Carmichael, CA | Member Since 2011

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  • Gabriel’s Ghost: The Dock Five Universe Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Linnea Sinclair
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (124)

    After a decade of piloting interstellar patrol ships, former captain Chasidah Bergren, onetime pride of the Sixth Fleet, finds herself court-martialed for a crime she didn't commit and shipped off to a remote prison planet from which no one ever escapes. But when she kills a brutal guard in an act of self-defense, someone even more dangerous emerges from the shadows. Gabriel Sullivan alpha mercenary, smuggler, and rogue is supposed to be dead.

    Paul says: "Gray Fuzzy Soft Laser Pulse Rifle"
    "Audiobook better than actual book"
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    Would you listen to Gabriel’s Ghost again? Why?

    I would listen to it again if I were doing a re-read of the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The love scenes.


    What about Dina Pearlman’s performance did you like?

    I wasn't planning on re-reading any of her books, but this was on sale at Audible and from the sample it sounded pretty good. Another example of an audiobook making me enjoy the book more. Dina Pearlman is the narrator of this book. When I read it initially I didn't know what all the hoopla was about this book. It was just okay to me. But the narration was so wonderful that I ended up really liking the book and have upped my rating from 3 stars to 4 stars. I just wish that Games of Command was an audiobook because I'm struggling through that one right now.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shards of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1397)
    Performance
    (874)
    Story
    (888)

    I>Shards of Honor is the novel in which Lois McMaster Bujold introduced the science-fiction world to Barrayar and Aral Vorkosigan, Beta Colony and Cordelia Naismith. From this beginning the author has created a multigenerational saga spanning time as well as space. Bujold is generally recognized as the current exemplar of the character-based science-fiction adventure story.

    Lifelong Reader says: "First story in the Miles Vorkosigan series"
    "My favorite book of the series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Shards of Honor to be better than the print version?

    I don't think the audio edition is better than the print version but it's close.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shards of Honor?

    When Aral asks Cordelia to marry him when they've never even kissed.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful, even the women's voices were great.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I reacted mostly to the romantic sections of the book which made me go, "Awww."


    Any additional comments?

    I'm doing a re-read by audiobook.

    Love this series. I am crazy about how these two disparate people find enough in common to fall in love. My favorite book of the series. Grover Gardner does a fantastic job with the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alone: The Girl in the Box, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert J. Crane
    • Narrated By Annie Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    Sienna Nealon was a 17 year-old girl who had been held prisoner in her own house by her mother for twelve years. Then one day her mother vanished, and Sienna woke up to find two strange men in her home. On the run, unsure of who to turn to and discovering she possesses mysterious powers, Sienna finds herself pursued by a shadowy agency known as the Directorate and hunted by a vicious, bloodthirsty psychopath named Wolfe, each of which is determined to capture her for their own purposes...

    RedMozi says: "Best story I've listened to/read in a long time!"
    "I would recommend this book for a true Young Adult"
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    What made the experience of listening to Alone the most enjoyable?

    The most enjoyable experience of listening to Alone is that it is fast-paced.


    What other book might you compare Alone to and why?

    Rogue from X-Men (and you'd understand that if you read the comics and the book) and Paranormalcy because of the way Sienna was raised.


    Which character – as performed by Annie Sullivan – was your favorite?

    Wolf.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I have no idea.


    Any additional comments?

    Sienna reminds me a lot of Rogue from the X-Men in some ways and Paranormalcy in others. Wolf is one of the worst (and by this I mean horribly good) characters I have ever read and I loved his Karma.

    All that said, I'm feel too old for this book and don't think I'll continue with the series. Although I'm sure my 17 year old daughter would love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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