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  • The Man Who Loved China

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    In sumptuous and illuminating detail Simon Winchester chronicles the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who turned his eccentric genius on the study of China.

    David Ewing says: "Great for Winchester Fans"
    "Why did I waste my credit on this?"
    Overall

    I love all types of books but just couldn't get into this one. The author couldn't decide if he wanted to write a good story or deliver a really boring lecture at a conference. I really wanted to like this because the topic is interesting but the delivery was disjointed and I found myself tuning out the book and thinking about other things. Don't spend your money; if you're curious, get it from the public library, rip it and be disappointed for free.

    3 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Supernaturally

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kiersten White
    • Narrated By Emily Eiden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (153)

    Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be... kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees. But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts....

    Arwen says: "A Definite Winner!"
    "Probably 5 Stars, but lacks background for reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I read this author's last book, Paranormalcy, and thought it was an amazing book (I still do!)

    This book started out as though it was a chapter continuing from the last book. It's been awhile since I've read Paranormalcy and I don't remember all of the players, etc. so having the author just continue the last book so abruptly left me lost. I am rating the story with three stars because of this.

    The reader is good, not great. I wish that someone who was savvy enough to catch mispronunciations would listen to some of these "teen" books prior to release (an edit to correct for grammar and proper word usage would be good, too- general annoyance, not just this book!)

    Bottom Line: Probably a GREAT book if Paranormalcy was any indicator but I'm going to have to re-read that one and immediately go into this one so I have the continuity not given to the reader by the author.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9950)
    Performance
    (7426)
    Story
    (7466)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Love the History, Like the Characters"
    Overall

    I was torn because of the reviews but am very glad I got this book. I am 1/2 way through it and am enjoying it greatly. It has a lot of different facets to it and I'm enjoying the different story lines. I love historical fiction and really like the paranormal twist. This isn't "another vampire book." I find those knock-off vampire books annoying... This has depth and you should garner some new knowledge about many different things. The only thing I'd like to have seen is more detail in explaining things such as the house system at Oxford, etc. I get the main idea but don't know how the whole thing works and would have found that interesting. That said, if you like historical fiction mixed with the paranormal, try this one...you'll like it! :)

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Window: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (948)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (212)

    When Lincoln's estranged cousin Arthur Rhyme is arrested on murder charges, the case is perfect - too perfect. Forensic evidence from Arthur's home is found all over the scene of the crime, and it looks like the fate of Lincoln's relative is sealed.

    Audiophile says: "Long, Complex, and Good."
    "One of the best I've read lately"
    Overall

    GREAT book! Somewhat repetitive in places but that is his style to summarize things in the investigations Lincoln Rhyme does. EVERYONE should read this book as the topic is fascinating, well written, well read, and should scare the hell out of you. The implications of the technology discussed are real and scary. The storyline may be fiction but everything else (scarily enough) is real-life governmental terrorism.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goose Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Shannon Hale
    • Narrated By Cynthia Bishop, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (97)

    Follow the adventures of Princess Anidori Kiladra of Kildenree as she struggles to regain not merely her crown, but her very name. Sweeping in its vision and enlivened by a huge cast of vivid characters, The Goose Girl has earned both rave reviews and an intensely loyal fan following.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Magical Listen"
    "Good for all ages..."
    Overall

    This audio book is a "full cast" audio book that is pretty well done. Sometimes, the voice of the Princess seemed a bit overdone but it was good overall. I loved the story line but was frustrated by a few things during the reading. Actions of the characters were sometimes implausible and unnatural reactions/actions of a person. Then again, this is a fairy tale so the actions of people are not normal human actions and reactions. A few of the characters were pretty flat but since they were minor characters, it didn't matter a whole lot. Overall, I would download it again knowing what I know and would still enjoy it. :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jesse Kellerman
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Young, idealistic, and overworked, Jonah is living the lonely life of a medical student in New York City when he accidentally stumbles across a murder in progress: a woman, being stabbed to death in the middle of the sidewalk. Without thinking, he rushes in to protect her, inadvertently killing her attacker in the process. Thrust into the media spotlight, crushed by guilt, Jonah quickly learns that heroism isn't all it's cracked up to be.

    Susan L. Rubendall says: "Narrator not to my taste"
    "Too realistic for me."
    Overall

    This whole thing was too possible and too disturbing for me. It was not a good follow-up to "Me & Emma." After reading the first half, I was getting in such a bad mood that I finally skipped to the end. I guess that the fact that it disturbed me so much means that it was well done. BTW, this should be classified as "horror" and not as "psych suspense."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Me & Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Flock
    • Narrated By Lauren Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (78)

    In many ways, Carrie Parker is like any other eight-year-old: playing make-believe, dreading school, dreaming of faraway places. But even her imaginative mind can't shut out the realities of her impoverished North Carolina home or help her protect her younger sister, Emma.

    glamazon says: "Brilliant but Disturbing"
    "I'm still crying..."
    Overall

    I got so attached to the characters. I just finished the book and never expected the ending; I was sure that the "right thing" would happen. It is too real and touches too deeply. Then again, I guess that is the sign of an amazing writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Study

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2207)
    Performance
    (954)
    Story
    (959)

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

    A says: "Fantasy, with a touch of romance."
    "Don't Judge a Book by its Publisher!"
    Overall

    As the book opened, the name of the publisher, "Harlequin" made me inwardly groan and think I'd wasted a book selection. Fortunately, I tried to keep a somewhat open mind and kept listening; lucky me!

    What an AMAZING book! I couldn't stop listening to it. I am so very involved with the characters and the story line. I thought I knew what was going to happen each time but (at best) was only half right. I could not figure out the 'world' in which the story was set because she kept throwing me off each time I'd make try to put it in a "box".

    I do not particularly like fantasy books and will usually stop reading the description when I see this word. This book's summary and reviews intrigued me enough to get it and I'm glad I didn't let my typical biases stop me from trying it. I already have "Magic Study" and am going to listen to that starting today. I want to find out what happens!

    If this book doesn't sound like it's really your type of selection, give it a try anyway. I have a feeling that you'll become hooked like the rest of us seem to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4518)
    Performance
    (2208)
    Story
    (2234)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Excellent book full of unexpected facts!"
    Overall

    Do you know how and why the Ferris Wheel was made? That is just one of the interesting questions this book will answer for you. The book almost sounded like a work of fiction. The author was quite adept with the story by keeping multiple plots in the air while having them all make sense and keeping congruity intact. Great book if you want to learn a lot and have a few good plots included!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2600)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (371)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "I wasn't sure about it to start with..."
    Overall

    I am sure now; I didn't like it. I did listen to it in total, but didn't really enjoy it. The time shifts were irritating and I didn't feel that I got to know the characters well enough. I waffled on getting this book because so very many people have given it high regards. I'm solidly in the 'no' camp after reading it. Well, at least I know that I won't get the other book I've been on the edge about, "The Life of Pi."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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