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Madeleine

London, United Kingdom | Member Since 2018

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  • Assassin's Code: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4348)
    Performance
    (4056)
    Story
    (4043)

    When Joe Ledger and Echo Team rescue a group of American college kids held hostage in Iran, the Iranian government then asks them to help find six nuclear bombs planted in the Mideast oil fields. These stolen WMDs will lead Joe and Echo Team into hidden vaults of forbidden knowledge, mass-murder, betrayal, and a brotherhood of genetically-engineered killers with a thirst for blood.

    Mel says: "Hang On To Your Shorts!"
    "Mr. Ledger Gets More Complex"
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    I haven't reviewed any of the previous Joe Ledger novels, but I really enjoyed them all. Plot-wise, they're not incredibly deep, but they are fast-paced and very entertaining. Think of Vince Flynn meets Guillermo Del Toro. Sounds a little improbable, but it works. Best of all, Maberry's characters are surprisingly complex and compelling. Ledger is not your stereotypical gung-ho hero.

    I'm really looking forward to the next Joe Ledger book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 3: A Cleis Anthology

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rachel Kramer Bussel
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (119)

    Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 3 delivers the kind of sexy stories you want most: daring, bold, and surprising tales of women who pursue their boundless passions anywhere and everywhere....

    Long Island Reader says: "Still the Best Voice in the Genre!!"
    "Gorgeous Collection of Sexy Stories"
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    This is a delicious collection of beautifully written erotic short stories, read with a twinkle in the eye by the fabulous Rose Caraway. Outstanding. Well worth your credit!

    96 of 96 people found this review helpful
  • What Happened

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Narrated By Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9426)
    Performance
    (8577)
    Story
    (8535)

    For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

    Taylor Norrish says: "Dissapointed supporter"
    "Nothing I Didn't Already Know"
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    There weren't a lot of revelations or surprises in this book for me, but perhaps I shouldn't have expected any. Hillary Clinton shows herself to be a warm, funny, imperfect and very human person. She's an excellent reader and I appreciated the intimacy of hearing her voice read this. Bitter, wistful, incisive.

    11 of 75 people found this review helpful
  • Edinburgh Twilight: Ian Hamilton Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Carole Lawrence
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (319)

    Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh's darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park. With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind.

    Huckleberry says: "Unfortunate Narration"
    "I think this might have been engrossing but..."
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    The narrator was truly awful. He has a repetitive, predictable pattern to the tonality of his reading that began to drive me crazy. I couldn't finish the book even though I was intrigued by the plot and the characters.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Tanners Dell: A Darkly Disturbing Occult Horror Trilogy Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By S. E. England
    • Narrated By Henrietta Meire
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    Following the hypnosis of a violently disturbed psychiatric patient, Ruby Dean, an unholy dark force was unleashed on the medical staff who tried to help her. Now only one of the original team remains - Ward Sister, Becky. Despite her fiancé, D.I. Ross, being unconscious and many of her colleagues either dead or critically ill, Becky is determined to rescue Ruby's 12-year-old daughter from a similar fate to that of her mother.

    Madeleine says: "Really Horrific Plot, Mediocre Writing"
    "Really Horrific Plot, Mediocre Writing"
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    If you enjoy psychological horror, this book really fits the bill. The premise and plotting is superb and really chilling. The writing is what needs work. S.E. England would benefit greatly from a better editor.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Rising Man

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Abir Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Simon Bubb
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (212)

    Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. But with barely a moment to acclimatise to his new life or to deal with the ghosts which still haunt him, Wyndham is caught up in a murder investigation that will take him into the dark underbelly of the British Raj.

    prime shopper says: "Raj Revisited in fast-paced police procedural"
    "Compelling mystery in a rich setting"
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    Set in colonial Calcutta just after WWI, this is a very fertile setting for a creditably woven mystery. I found the detective character a little conveniently stupid for plotting purposes, but engaging nonetheless. I wouldn't say the actual mystery itself is all that surprising, but the setting and characters - especially the secondary characters - make up for it. If you like detective fiction in interesting and fresh historical settings, you'll really enjoy this.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • America's War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Andrew J. Bacevich
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro, Andrew J. Bacevich
    Overall
    (762)
    Performance
    (683)
    Story
    (681)

    From the end of World War II until 1980, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in the Greater Middle East. Since 1990, virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere else. What caused this shift? Andrew J. Bacevich, one of the country's most respected voices on foreign affairs, offers an incisive critical history of this ongoing military enterprise - now more than 30 years old and with no end in sight.

    Darwin8u says: "A Key to Understanding the US Need for Perp. War"
    "Outstanding history of US involvement"
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    Any presidential candidate who cares to make wise decisions in the Middle East should have this book on their nightstand.

    Sadly, none of them will.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, James Hynes
    • Narrated By Professor James Hynes University of Iowa Writers' Workshop
    Overall
    (2089)
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    (1869)
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    (1807)

    From evoking a scene to charting a plot to revising your drafts, Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques offers a master class in storytelling. Taught by award-winning novelist James Hynes, a former visiting professor at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, these 24 insightful lectures show you the ins and outs of the fiction writer's craft.

    Madeleine says: "Theory AND Practice"
    "Theory AND Practice"
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    This really is an outstanding course. I teach creative writing and I got interested to have a listen to this to get a glimpse of another approach.

    I'd say that if you are a complete beginner writer, then this is probably not helpful yet. But if you are a writing novice, with a little unpublished writing under your belt, this may be the single most helpful tool you ever buy.

    If you are an experienced writer who has gotten stuck in your process, this is a marvelous guide to alternate approaches.

    Well presented, very well illustrated through texts and super-practical.

    31 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Seveneves: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15120)
    Performance
    (14040)
    Story
    (14032)

    A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

    Kurt Schwoppe says: "So Much Potential"
    "Good hard sci-fi with a human touch"
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    Seveneves will rightly take its place in the sci-fi cannon as one of the best post-apocalyptic novels written. From the demolition of the moon, the abandonment of earth, settlement in space and the troubling re-claiming of earth, Stephenson's saga gives the hard sci-fi lover exactly what they crave in terms of exquisitely researched, cogently fictionalized detail of space-flight, orbital physics, and planetary geology while, at the same time, providing with fans of soft, social science-fiction with a nuanced glimpse into the personal, socio-political and even genetic and epigenetic ramifications of an apocalypse. Some may quibble about the science, or Stephenson's extrapolations, but no one can accuse him of not having expended serious levels of effort in gaming out all the possibilities.

    That being said, Seveneves does suffer slightly from some long, dry bits of character introspection and some divergences that could have benefitted from an editor's pen. Nor can anyone accuse Stephenson of attempting much in the way of artfulness when it comes to the prose. But on the whole, it is a competently told story. Structurally, it might have benefitted from some timeline insertions. The first two thirds of the novel chronicles the expanded space-station's survivors landing on a suitable chunk of the fractured moon and then jumps five thousand years into the future, when the ancestors of those early exiles return to a revitalized earth. Although an attempt is made to fill in the gulf with some rather telling flashbacks in the third part, it does suffer a little from some rather blatant info-dumps that occur a little too conveniently to hide their necessity.

    Seveneves provide the reader with some strong characters at both the beginning and in the later part of the story. One cannot accuse Stephenson of producing characters with great psychological depth, but neither can he be accused of producing altogether cardboard heroes or villains. Its fair to say that, sometimes, the choice of which characters he chooses to provide rounded portraits for are not always as narratively satisfying as they could be.

    Stephenson takes on some very interesting social themes, from the uses, abuses and limits of power to the consequences of directed genetic manipulation. He also does a good job of extrapolating on the evolution of connectivity, social media and the part narrative plays in shaping our expectations of the future as well as the way we look at our histories.

    If I had to put my finger on what prompted me to leave off a star from what, in all fairness, is a pretty magnificent book, it was the ending. It is an iconically satisfying hollywood ending in which all major threads are almost too neatly tied up. And, of course, we are left with the tease of a whole parallel survival saga to be satisfied in a sequel

    None of my criticisms should put you off reading this novel if you're a fan of hard sci-fi or post-apocalyptic fiction. Its structural and narrative flaws don't outweigh its merit as one of the very best treatments of the end of world scenario.

    Narration: the female narrator's attempt at regional and foreign accents poor and sometimes a little frustrating, but it wasn't enough to put me off listening.

    95 of 124 people found this review helpful
  • The Affinities

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (138)

    In our rapidly-changing world of "social media", everyday people are more and more able to sort themselves into social groups based on finer and finer criteria. In the near future of Robert Charles Wilson's The Affinities, this process is supercharged by new analytic technologies - genetic, brain-mapping, behavioral.

    Madeleine says: "Compelling Concepts"
    "Compelling Concepts"
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    This was the first R.C. Wilson novel I have read. I have a particular love of social science fiction of all types. The Affinities has a nice meaty premise; social personality matching taken to the extreme. It's a competently written book - not at all literary, style-wise, but good.

    The overall structure of the plot was solid and goes along at a pretty fast clip, but I found the character development a little lacking. Especially when it came to antagonistic characters. They felt very cardboardish to me.

    I'm also one of the few people who is not a massive Scott Brick fan. I find him over-dramatically emotive in his readings.

    But if you like this narrator, and enjoy a clever, fast-paced alternative fiction thriller, I think this might hit the spot.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Singularity of Being: Lacan and the Immortal Within

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mari Ruti
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    The Singularity of Being presents a Lacanian vision of what makes each of us an inimitable and irreplaceable creature. It argues that, unlike the "subject" (who comes into existence as a result of symbolic prohibition) or the "person" (who is aligned with the narcissistic conceits of the imaginary), the singular self emerges in response to a galvanizing directive arising from the real. This directive carries the force of an obligation that cannot be resisted and that summons the individual to a "character" beyond his or her social investments.

    Madeleine says: "Passionate and Accessible Lacanian Theory"
    "Passionate and Accessible Lacanian Theory"
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    Ruti's book offers a very interesting and compelling way of framing the way we view reality, others, ourselves, and our interactions. It's not an easy listen, but compared to all the other texts out their on Lacanian thought, it's almost a breeze.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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