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April

Everett, WA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (284)

    Herriot continues the rich and rewarding day-to-day life of a small-town veterinarian, and we journey with him across the dales, meeting a whole new cast of unforgettable characters - humans, dogs, horses, lambs, parakeets - all of them drawn with the same infinite fascination, affection and insight that made James Herriot one of the most beloved authors of our time. And all the stories are warmly, evocatively told by the world-renowned "voice" of Dr. Herriot: Christopher Timothy.

    meredith says: "Marred by background noise"
    "Great Memoir"
    Overall

    The wonder of Herriot's world is fascinating and at times heartbreaking. The confluence of people relating to their animals depending on personality and world view turns what could have been a book about animals and farmers of the early 20th century into a study of the psychology of people relating to animals and how sometimes poverty and ignorance inflict avoidable harm as well as helpless destruction. The vet's job is hard not only in terms of the hands on nature of dealing sometimes with a creature weighing half a ton but also with owners who may either be too careless, cruel or poor to deal adequately with an animal's basic needs. James Herriot is a sensitive man, but he is realistic about the animals and people he has chosen to work among. He does not make the animals into proto humans, and he tries not to teach people about themselves but only basic animal husbandry. However, the story he relates clearly teaches us how the way people relate to the world is more important to animals' health than nature.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pyramids: Discworld #7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (928)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (407)

    It isn't easy, being a teenage pharaoh. You're not allowed to carry money, uninhibited young women peel your grapes for you, everyone thinks you're responsible for making the sun rise and the corn grow, you keep dreaming about seven thin cows and seven fat cows (one of them playing the trombone), and on top of everything else, the Great Pyramid has just exploded because of paracosmic instability.

    Pam says: "Almost perfect"
    "Fun funnier funnest"
    Overall

    Simply brilliant. The jokes, puns, word play, and intelligent idea skirmishes were so fast and furious I could barely keep up. I loved it. I think it's one of the best. I really loved the camels and the names they have by custom. Hilarious. Forget the arguing about whether it's four stars or five, or if the fabulous irony is post modern, sit back and have fun listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil in a Blue Dress: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By G. C. Simms
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Los Angeles, 1948: Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job. Now he's drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage. That's when DeWitt Albright, a quietly vicious white man, walks in, and offers Easy good money if he'll just do a little job for him: find Miss Daphne Monet, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs. It seems simple enough, but Easy soon discovers that Albright isn't the only one looking for the lovely Miss Monet.

    Izzy says: "Very Nostalgic feeling"
    "Perfect."
    Overall

    Perfect noir. Simply perfect. In addition, the audio recording voice was so good I listened the entire day until the story was done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5240)
    Performance
    (2125)
    Story
    (2140)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Brilliant."
    Overall

    A genius synthesis of hundreds of ideas about story telling, culture, religion and violence. It is glorious to savor, and a highly literary, literate book. Be prepared to listen slowly and carefully. The story is multi layered like Victorian house, several stories (pun intended) high and basement too. There are also plenty of closets, which may not seem part of the integrity of the structure until you consider the basic theme of myth and society is what its all about. Myth is a mirror into ourselves as well as a lesson of culture and self management. It is a complicated book and a challenging read, but worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Defense: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    Barbara Holloway is a trial lawyer who tends to take on difficult cases, but this time it seems there's no defense at all. It appears that Vinny Jessup died when his car rolled over on a bad curve on Lookout Mountain. Then the sheriff finds the gunshot wound. With a large insurance policy as her motive, could his much younger wife have staged the death?

    Kay M says: "Terrific Plot"
    "Excellent."
    Overall

    Not as pleasant and light as a tea cozy but not as dark as the destroyed detective in a big city stories. Moves fast, with intricate plotting that makes it difficult to pause even at chapter ends. Wilhelm's character lawyer Barbara Holloway uses her genius ability to shuffle clues and facts and use courtroom tactics to find out the truths about people outside the courtroom which she uses to pick the right legal cards to literally game the legal system. Holloway is not Superman, but Batman. She is on the side of the her client and she uses whatever legal strategy it takes to win. Kate Wilhelm makes courtroom theatre obvious and understandable. Whether you approve of the means, the insider's look into how law is applied is an eye opener.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1276)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (539)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "i want another one!"
    Overall

    Richard Morgan CAN'T stop here. Although it is part of a trilogy, Woken Furies left a number of loose ends and i want the rest of it. PLEASE? Yes, you can read the series (it is so worth it), and leave it there, since nothing is left on the table that is illogical or fatal to reading pleasure, but Morgan certainly leaves you wanting more. The universe that exists in these books is certainly dark, but nothing we are unfamiliar with in current human society. What clone technology does to human institutions and society on top of the usual human ills is marvelous brain candy. A few authors have taken on the ideas of what cloning tech could mean to humanity and rarely is it done with this kind of verve and intelligence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vor Game: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1577)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (691)

    Miles Vorkosigan graduates from the Barrayaran Military Academy with high expectations of ship command, but is disappointed with an assignment as meteorologist to Lazkowski Base, an arctic training camp. His tenure in the windy, snow-covered north is cut short when Miles narrowly averts a massacre between the trigger-happy base commander and mutinous recruits. After a brief stay under 'house arrest', Miles is re-assigned to investigate a suspicious military build-up near a wormhole nexus.

    David says: "Finally!"
    "I want Mile's mind"
    Overall

    Omg I'm gushing. Ahem. I listened to this one first not expecting much because the lead is not the usual fantasy figure and it's about soldiering - I thought - in the vein of the usual tight knit unit fighting enemy insects on a moon, NOT! Instead I'm laughing out loud at the wit, the clever set ups, the smart Marx Brothers cons and all in good (mostly) cause! It's Ocean's Thirteen but way cooler faster funnier tense page turner and Big Screen. Who knew a genius politician with a labyrinth brain in the disguise of an aristocratic officer soldiering for his world and honor could be such fun! Mile's short legs caused by his not genetic bone condition surprised me in arousing sympathy and longing for his character to be healed that made me realize I had connected to this character in a real way. The other characters are also handled in similar fashion. Excellent book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2690)
    Performance
    (907)
    Story
    (919)

    Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect gentleman. He is handsome and polite, and has been in a relationship for nearly a year and a half. Yet appearances can be deceiving, for Dexter is a serial killer who has slain many people. But in this tale, he's the good guy, for there is one little twist: Dexter only snuffs out other murderers. When another serial killer, with an eerily similar style, starts grabbing headlines, Dexter has a fairly morbid thought. Am I being challenged?

    V. Sharol says: "Compelling but unsettling"
    "Perfect literary confection"
    Overall

    I actually avoided this book for two years because I was thinking another Hannibal the cannibal clone, but no. This is the kind of writing intelligence and emotional coherence found in more literary novels, full of wry understated humor yet scary and tense and icky as only hell could be. Go, Dexter! Wait - he's a bad guy, wait, good guy, wait....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3330)
    Performance
    (1544)
    Story
    (1553)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Dark dark dark but....."
    Overall

    It shimmers with 80's glamour, sexuality and rocknroll violence so it's hard to look away. At the same time it rings with the truth about men and the nature of the society they create when there are barely any restraints on our monkey brains as is the case with soldiering or criminality. The darkness of the story is solidly backed with an intelligent projection of how it could work if digitalizing minds were possible. But the story would be only interesting if it were not told in a biting crunch of word flow in very fine noir styling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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