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Sam

I am a Youth Services Librarian at a public library and I love my job. I am also a runner and I love listening to great books while staying healthy. That's Elsie in the picture...she is my favorite running partner and typically perks her ears up during the tense portions of the books :)

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  • 138 titles in library
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  • Ship of Magic: The Liveship Traders, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (752)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (527)

    Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships---rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia. For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her---a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim.

    Lorena says: "Something altogether new"
    "Marathon not a sprint."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This one took me a little bit to get going. I was listening to it and the reader has such a great soothing lilt that I kept getting caught up more in her voice than the story. Once things got rolling I enjoyed the characters and really liked the honesty that comes through each one in different situations. I won't read/listen to the rest right away but I will eventually. Great if you are looking for a marathon read not a sprint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2555)
    Performance
    (1702)
    Story
    (1704)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Lot of information."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    This is packed with a ton of information about cancer and the history of the search for the cure. I wish the author would have spent more time on the naturalistic methods of treating cancer that have been tried, but he stuck solely to the medicines and surgeries that are preformed in traditional hospitals. All that to say, it was very informative overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2525)
    Performance
    (1232)
    Story
    (1210)

    There's an old saying: if you eat a live frog first thing each morning, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. Using "eat that frog" as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also the one that might have the greatest positive impact on your life, Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day.

    Trish says: "one new idea"
    "Could for a business savvy person."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    It was author read, and he did ok just read way to fast.


    What did you learn from Eat That Frog! that you would use in your daily life?

    Lots of tips and tricks like do that biggest and baddest thing on your list first instead of wasting time with the little things.


    Any additional comments?

    Better suited to a person in a business situation, but ok for someone who is just flat out busy and needs help prioritizing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liesl & Po

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver, Kei Acedera
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (251)

    Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice - until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone. That same night, an alchemist's apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable. Will's mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po....

    RaisinNut says: "Magical."
    "I'd listen to anything Jim Dale reads."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was most disappointing about Lauren Oliver and Kei Acedera ’s story?

    Too simplistic. I realize that it was for kids, but even so it was a bit surface level.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Dale – was your favorite?

    I liked Po.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Jim Dale could read from a microwave manual and I would listen to it. That being said, the story itself was a bit bland.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27298)
    Performance
    (21036)
    Story
    (21119)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Love hearing the story from all angles."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I hate to be the person who jumps on a band-wagon and obviously this series is a huge one right now, but I really enjoyed this novel. I see this series as a cross between Lord of the Rings and Pillars of the Earth, which just makes it fantastic. The reader is not my favorite, but he's not the worst either so it's ok. It took me a bit to get used to the cadence of his voice, but once I adapted I enjoy his gravelly tones. Highly recommend this series and I have already downloaded book two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6495)
    Performance
    (5846)
    Story
    (5849)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "So worth the wait!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    As soon as I finished A Discovery of Witches, I immediately went online to find out when I should expect the sequel. It was a long wait, but completely worth it. Harkness' view of Elizabethan London and Europe is just awesome, and the trip to Prague was an added bonus that I had not expected. Not only did the plot line get more compelling, but Harkness was also able to weave in the difficulties of the newly wed. I savored every minute of this novel.

    0 of 0 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
    (10295)
    Performance
    (7738)
    Story
    (7783)

    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?"
    "Twilight for Adults!"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Discovery of Witches to be better than the print version?

    I so enjoyed listening to this book. The reader was just amazing and suited Diana perfectly. She also did some pretty convincing accents for the various characters throughout the story. This really is like Twilight for adults, but there is an actual plot line that makes it that much more enticing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I relate to Diana in more ways than one and think she is a wonderfully fleshed out character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to choose from :)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Their love was forbidden, but too deep to be ignored.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a great book and the audio makes it even better. One I will listen to again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eating Animals

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (308)

    Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between omnivore and vegetarian. But on the brink of fatherhood - facing the prospect of having to make dietary choices on a child's behalf - his casual questioning took on an urgency His quest for answers ultimately required him to visit factory farms in the middle of the night, dissect the emotional ingredients of meals from his childhood, and probe some of his most primal instincts about right and wrong.

    Natalie says: "Surprisingly Even-Handed"
    "Can't Ignore the Facts"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Where does Eating Animals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first non-fiction book that I have listened to, and I thought the reader was average. He made strange pauses and there was too much wait time inbetween chapters.


    What three words best describe Jonathan Todd Ross’s performance?

    Average.
    Somewhat lacking.


    Any additional comments?

    The book itself is amazing overall with the amount of facts that it holds. Foer makes some philosophical leaps that I can't hang with, but on the whole this is a book that you can't ignore and forces you to look at your moral code and decisions on a daily basis.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkfever: Fever, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2165)
    Performance
    (1174)
    Story
    (1181)

    MacKayla Lane's life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she's your perfectly ordinary 21st-century woman. Or so she thinks...until something extraordinary happens.

    Dana says: "Stick with it!"
    "Different than I thought it would be."
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Karen Marie Moning and/or Joyce Bean?

    For the most part, I did like the reader. The story was a little different than I thought it was going to be and there was just too much world building in this first one and not really enough story. I was really frustrated with Mac's inability to accept the Fae world that she is now a part of.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Karen Marie Moning? Why or why not?

    I will eventually finish the series, because I think I will like the others better.


    Which character – as performed by Joyce Bean – was your favorite?

    Mac was a good character with her Southern drawl.


    Was Darkfever worth the listening time?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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