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  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (968)
    Performance
    (831)
    Story
    (849)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Allan Cumming says: "Sometimes you need to have a book read to you"
    "Maybe shouldn't be an audio book - too long"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A shorter book with fewer characters and stories. Sorry, I just found that after 6 hours of listening I was lost and quit. This book requires a concentrated listening time and I hope to restart it in the summer when I can give it the attention I am sure it deserves.


    What could Eleanor Catton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I will decide on this when I finish the book.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, it does have promise (I have only listened to 6 hours but do plan on restarting 2014 summer). I might end up reading it as opposed to listening to it. The story line is interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate to criticize a book that fails based on my listening preferences. I rarely listen to anything over 15 hours. I listen to 2 books and read an ebook at the same time, so loooong books with complex/multiple character story lines just don't seem to work for me as an audio book. When I take up this audio book again, I will appropriately revise my review. I wonder if I will have to try out Audibles return policy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2463)
    Performance
    (1871)
    Story
    (1876)

    When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

    Sam says: "Fantastic book!!"
    "enjoyed it"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Clockwork Angel to be better than the print version?

    no, about the same


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tessa


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

    She did have a nice inflection to her voice, and it had a nice easy listening pitch.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • vN: The First Machine Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Madeline Ashby
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    For the past five years, she has been grown slowly as part of a mixed organic/synthetic family. She knows very little about her android mother’s past, so when her grandmother arrives and attacks them, young Amy wastes no time: she eats her alive. Now she’s on the run, carrying her malfunctioning granny as a partition on her memory drive. She’s growing quickly, and learning too. Like the fact that in her, and her alone, the failsafe that stops all robots from harming humans has stopped working….

    Joe Frazier says: "An Imaginative Novel of Robots, Control & Chaos"
    "A strange book"
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    Would you try another book from Madeline Ashby and/or Christina Traister?

    Maybe


    Would you ever listen to anything by Madeline Ashby again?

    Maybe


    Which character – as performed by Christina Traister – was your favorite?

    Didn't have one


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I was initially intrigued by the uniqueness, strangeness, quirkyness of this book. Because of this, I stuck with it to the end. But I am a bit of a sci-fi/fantasy geek, so I am sure that most people would bail before the end.


    Any additional comments?

    The weirdness was just ok. But the ending, the last 2 chapters, was just tooo strange and annoyed me - I felt that I had wasted my time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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