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Spiracles

NY, Rockland | Member Since 2005

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  • 5 reviews
  • 63 ratings
  • 357 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (1878)
    Performance
    (1084)
    Story
    (1086)

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Carol says: "Wonderful"
    "Puzzling, Humerous and odd. Kind of delicious."
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    I loved this quirky odd book with it's timeline complexities and strange character encounters. At times it is slow, but still really funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34854)
    Performance
    (25933)
    Story
    (26301)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Great first book rest of trilogy terrible."
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    I highly recommend the first book as an audio book. If you absolutely must read the other two to find out what happens, read the actual words of a paperbook of an ebook so that you can get it over with faster and skim a lot.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Carrie Ryan
    • Narrated By Vane Millon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (99)

    In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.

    Jennifer says: "Meh."
    "Great beginning then really annoying."
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    I don't think I have ever wanted to slap a protagonist or an author until this book. It had a lot of promise. I love post-apocalyptic tales and zombies. It begins with some great mysteries and then just gets really annoying. Check out the Passage by Justin Cronin instead.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Johannes Cabal The Necromancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jonathan L. Howard
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (251)

    Johannes Cabal, a brilliant scientist and notorious snob, is single-mindedly obsessed in heart and soul with raising the dead. Well, perhaps not soul... He hastily sold his years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. But now, tormented by a dark secret, he travels to the fiery pits of Hell to retrieve it. Satan, who is incredibly bored these days, proposes a little wager: Johannes has one year to persuade 100 people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever.

    Stuart says: "Methadone your Gaiman or Pratchett fix"
    "Delightful and funny. Well done all around."
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    This was a well done production of a well crafted engrossing and humorous story. The second book , Detective something or other story was ho-hum. I will give JLH another chance if he writes another book about Johannes, I love him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6357)
    Performance
    (5652)
    Story
    (5648)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Lackluster, essentially a waste of time!"
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    Lackluster, essentially a waste of time! I think that the people who gave this book good reviews haven't read or listened to many books. Should have been a short story, or a PG-13 film. The kind of film where the screenwriter intensifies the love story and casts really intense actors to liven up the drab narrative. Ugh waste of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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