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  • The God of the Hive: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King enjoys immense popularity and a resounding chorus of critical acclaim for her exquisite mysteries. The God of the Hive continues the thread King began in The Language of Bees, in which Mary Russell and her famous husband, Sherlock Holmes, face trouble with Scotland Yard and the deadliest of adversaries.

    connie says: "Imaginative and engrossing listen"
    "Interesting take on Holmes/Russell"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend. It was really enjoyable and the narration was very pleasant.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the focus on Mary Russell and, though it is definitely a departure from the Sherlock Holmes world because I would not really consider it a mystery. I am not sure if I would enjoy reading 5 of these non-mystery Sherlock Holmes books, but I think one or two is a interesting experiment. I'd like to see whether there is room for a couple of "storytelling" books and if that could be woven into a series that will hopefully contain actual mysteries in future.

    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is perfect for this book and the pace makes it a fun, casual listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold ""human error"" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Smartass in Space - perfect!"
    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

    I actually listened right up until the last chapter where you find out what happens, stopped and started over so I could listen to it again before I knew the ending. I have never done that before, but I didn't want a "spoiler" for my second listen. It's completely silly, but I loved it both times through.

    What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

    Without giving any spoilers, I don't think I could make a comparison.

    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    He was able to show that the character is a smartass without making him sound like a jerk. Sometimes his foreign accents are not that good, but I didn't find it distracting from the story.

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

    Earth or bust

    Any additional comments?

    I really loved this book. It has a fair amount of swearing and is not targeted at young adults, but I think young adults would love it. It has enough science to make you feel smart and enough plot to keep you interested if science isn't your thing.

    I was totally engrossed in this story and have recommended it to several people already and I only finished the book yesterday. I wasn't able to find anything else by this author. If this is his first book, I will be on the lookout for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "Disturbing, but worth the ride"
    What made the experience of listening to Lolita the most enjoyable?

    Jeremy Irons' narration really brought the story to life.

    What other book might you compare Lolita to and why?

    I can't think of a comparison, this book is well written and so disturbing.

    What does Jeremy Irons bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jeremy Irons makes Humbert Humbert human, but doesn't stop him from being culpable.

    Any additional comments?

    If you start this book and can't imagine why it is a "classic" and are tempted to quit listening, don't. Get through to the end you'll be glad you did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "I really loved this book"
    What did you love best about Mockingjay?

    I got my audible account and bought this book to go on a road trip with my kids - son is 13, daughter, 15. This was a compromise over trying to agree on music. In the past, we've listened to Harry Potter and Gregor the Overlander series on road tripsand enjoyed them, but this was by far my favorite.I didn't even realize when I bought it that this was the same author as the Gregor series, which I also highly recommend, especially for kids between 7 and 11ish.

    I am not usually this excited about books targeted at teens. I am not a fan of Twilight or any of the other teen books, so I was surprised at how much I was looking forward to each book. My son had already read the series and really enjoyed the narration.

    I listened to all three books within a week. I paid for the last two books without any credits because it was still a few days to the end of the month. I cannot recommend it enough.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I thought Katniss Everdeen was a very complex character, not a spineless whiner or an unnaturally sophisticated teen. She was written as a real girl of her age, sometimes childish, sometimes wise, and very thoughtful.

    What does Carolyn McCormick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    While her voices are not perfect- I am sure it is difficult to create so many vocally distinct characters- she really does a great job. I don't know what more I would be looking for in the narration, considering this is not an audio play, it is one person.

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

    I really don't tend to have extreme reactions. I was very involved in the story and bought all three books in one week, so I guess for me, that is extreme.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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