I bought this book because of my love for the writings of Niven and Pournelle who introduced me to great science fiction years ago. It tells the story of Carpenter, a science fiction writer, who finds himself in Dante's hell and initially thinks it is something created not by God, who he doesn't believe in, but more as a science fiction world. Lessons are learner, companions are added during the journey and beliefs are questioned. I had trouble getting into the book as I had forgotten the review and was looking for a different style. Once I got into it I had trouble turning off my Ipod. The narration was great
OOPS wrong box but here are my thoughts. The world of Rachel Morgan who is a witch becomes complicated when she choses to leave the Inderland Security who police the nonhuman population. The problem is that people who leave the I.S. usually face swift elimination i. e. death. As Rachel tries to stay alive with the help of a living vampire (who she has difficulty trusting), a smart ass but loyal pixie and his family, a nice old man who lives across the street and appears to know more about Rachel than he should and Nick a human. She is attacked by witches, fairies and more. To further complicate things she is trying to prove that Trent Kalamack, a powerful councilman, is actually trafficing in brimstone and more. Trent is a formidable opponent and also not human. From the original premise of genetically altered tomatoes nearly wiping out mankind to Rachel's interactions with friends and foe there is humor, action, intrigue, mystery, possible romance and an great fear of tomatoes. Who could ask for more.
M Gavin' s performance was perfect for this story. I especially liked her portrayal of Jenks and the mink!
All comes together
This is the first of the Outlander series I've listened to and D. Porter' s delivery was spot on. I thought I would have difficulty remembering all the past characters and storylines but had no trouble once I became entwined in Gabaldon's wonderful story telling. She pulled in characters from early novels and we learned more about a lot of people's past. I loved meeting Brian Fraser. We meet important characters from the American Revolution. There is a new mystery for Roger and moral questions about the risk of changing the past. Our questions about Brianna and Roger' s son are answered but......... Gabaldon takes us from America during the Revolution to 20th century Scotland to Scotland prior to Jamie's first return from France, to America and the battles with Clair as a battle physician and more. There is Jamie confronting John and William dealing with his true parents. Ian courting a Quaker and the dangers of being a publisher during a revolution. The storyline flows well, although it is long, I never lost interest and had difficulty turning off my IPhone. Gabaldon weavers a complicated tale with intrigue, war, people who were lost are found, her wonderfully portrayal of family and love; and brought all of her 8 novels to a satisfying and peaceful ending. THANK YOU Diana G. The wait was worth it
I would highly recommend this book. Good plot development of life in a frontier that uses magic to tame animals ( some prehistoric) and land it is alternative history of the U.S. Eff is the 13th child of a seventh son , making her a potential for evil in some people's eyes making her fearful of using her magic. Her twin brother Lan is born after her making him a double seventh son and more powerful. The story tells of the family growing up on the frontier when her father moves west to as a professor of magic.
I loved the inclusion of different cultures of magic and how they worked. Creating spells vs observation and using actions based on observation. The concept of the animals having magic and the addition of the group that choses to try to open a settlement without magic.
Ranconi's performance enhanced my enjoyment of the story. It is a story that makes you want to lose to it in one setting.
I love reading Diane Mott Davidson, this was the first audio book I listened to of her stories about Goldie. I will return to reading. The narrator was too perky to the point of distraction from the plot. One other concern was Goldie' s police escort was in some situations that were a little inappropriate for a policeman.
Goldie' s friend Holly has a heart attack and dies after a duel 17th birthday party for Holly' s son Drew and Goldie' s son Arch. Goldie and Marla are devastated as is Julian who use to work for Holly years ago. Holly has been keeping big secrets from her friends. Was it really a heart attack that killed her. Goldie and Marla begin to investigate Holly.'s secrets but need a police escort because either Goldie is accident prone or someone is trying to get rid of her. I could relate to Goldie' s communication issues with her 17 yr old Arch. Teenager's parents usually say or do the wrong things in their teenager's eyes.
I think the story was fairly good. Time travel which I love. Perky self sufficient modern girl finds herself in 1400's Scottland, falls for handsome son of the laird. Liked the fact that she was a musician. She seemed to adapt fairly quickly and didn't have trouble with communicating which was surprising. Why was she carrying enough antibiotic ointment on her to treat all of the injured after a large battle?
The book was ruined by the narrator whose reading was without any emotion, was choppy with poor Scottish accent. Usually the narrator enhances the books I listen to but this narrator sounded so removed from the story that it distracted from the story. Would not purchase any other books read by her.
Yes because I love anything Spider Robinson writes. He draws you into his stories. Annie and Mike come to the world's greatest fantasy world because they didn't fit into the real world. Why, because they were intelligent and insightful. So we learn about their stories and why Annie is called Mother Elf. Then comes the mystery - who are the extra trolls coming in, what is their purpose? Losts of twists, lessons to be learned. And at the end you want to hear more of how everyone fared - Annie, Mike and the Trolls. Will there be a follow up novel? I hope so.
I didn't realize Spider was the narrator until the end - he did a great job. I think Annie was my favorite - always spot on and right to the point.
I want more!!!!!
We see the Easter Rebellion through the eyes of Ned Halleran. A survivor of the Titanic and a student of Padrig Pierce one of the founders of the Easter rebellion. Ned shows us how the rebellion grows and introduced us to the key players both real and fiction. He deals with the moral struggles of a good Catholic boy of that time does he choose the pretty, prim Irish girl whose loyalties appear more toward the English or the "fallen" sister of his friend from the Titanic who supports the Irish cause by actions and in her heart.. We learn through his sister the fate of the wife in an abusive marriage and of the fate that awaits the Catholic clergy if they fall in love. We hear some of the poetry of the poets of the revolution and learn about the push to have the Irish boys be fodder for the British during the "Great War" Morgan Llywelan doesn't disappoint as she weaves a tale of old that is hard to put down.
Fiacre did a wonderful job in giving life to all of the characters and complimented the weaving of the tale.
I enjoyed the audio version especially given the narrators
By their narration they bring their personalities and emotion giving the story life
l enjoyed the story especially about the journey in Spain. I also enjoyed the contrasting view of father and son. I was fascinated upon finding that Martin took his family on location with him. At times I found the text slow moving. As an avid West Wing fan I would have enjoyed some insight into that part of his life.
I think the narrator brought this story to life giving personalities to all of the players.
I love Brandon Sanderson, I have both read and listened to his stories and am glad I got this audio version. Even though it was a short story there was and indepth development of the culture, the conflicting mores and of the charaters. I had difficulty turing off my Iphone as I listed to the book. I loved the development of the relationship between Shai and Goatona. The explaination of how she uses her skill through the metamorphasis of her surroundings and using Goatona to test Shai's assessment of her reconstruction of Ashervan's soul reconstruction gave insight into the relationship between Goatona and Ashervan that added to the complexity of the story. Most of all I loved the truth as a manipulation. There were lots of twists in the story and the final twist at the end brough a smile. Thanks to Sanderson for writing this tale.
I thouroughly enjoyed this book. Having grown up during Kennedy's era I remember watching the TV during the Cuban Missle Crisis and waiting for the Soviets to react. I remember the glamor of the Kennedy White House and the saddness when they lost their son Patrick. Moyers and Dungard captured the emotion of that era and rekindled those memories when I read the book. As stated in another review, you knew what was going to happen, but you hoped the outcome would be different this time. I remember my mother crying when John Kennedy was elected a Catholic President of the United States but I also remember her crying at his dealth. I thank Moyers and Dungard for bringing back those memories the good, the taudry and the bad, but also highlighting the accomplishments of John F Kennedy and the ground breaking role Jackie gave to the role of the First Lady.
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