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Macomb, MI, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 3 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 215 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Foundling: Monster Blood Tattoo, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By D.M. Cornish
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Set in the realm of the Half-Continent, a land of tri-corner hats and flintlock pistols, the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy presents a world of predatory monsters, chemical potions, and surgically altered people. Foundling begins the journey of Rossamund, a boy with a girl's name, who is about to begin a dangerous life in the service of the Emperor. What starts as a simple journey is threatened by encounters with monsters - and people, who may be worse.

    Heather says: "Foundling - an adventure tale"
    "Boy's Adventure Tale on Steriods"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book combines elements of Treasure Island, Oliver Twist and Frankenstein. A boy cursed with a girl's name, Rosamund has had a difficult life in the orphanage. It was made bearable by three adult staff members who have taken care of him since the day he was left on the doorstep. He longs for a life at sea, like his hero Master Fransitart, but instead is selected to become an apprentice lamplighter. Foundling tells the story of his travels through an amazing world called the Half Continent, and the many terrifying, bizarre and interesting people he meets along the way. D.M. Cornish has invented whole new languages that sound really familiar. One of my favorite things about this book is the masterful foreshadowing. All the clues are there, if only you pay attention.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Foundling?

    Rosamund meets a glammergorn, a small monster, called Freckle, who seems to know all about Rosamund. They have a long conversation, but Rosamund ends up with more questions than answers.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Rosamund meets Mr. Fouracres, a postman. Fouracres is the first person Rosamund has ever met who not only has conversations with monsters, but admits to having them as friends.

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

    Foundling - A Tale of the Half Continent

    Any additional comments?

    Humphrey Bower does an amazing job narrating this story. He has to create a wide variety of voices for non-humans.

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  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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 Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Suzn F says: "Dreamlike Experience to Savor"
    "The Circus of Dreams"
    Where does The Night Circus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the very best audiobooks ever. It was designed to be read aloud, and I love Jim Dale's voices. I don't understand why he made the twins Irish, but it worked for me.

    What other book might you compare The Night Circus to and why?

    The story reminds me of the work of Isak Dinesen, because it's so imaginitive and the descriptions make everything come alive.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I didn't want to listen to it all in one sitting. I had to ration my self to a few minutes at a time because I didn't want it to end. It's the kind of book you can listen to over and over and hear something new every time.

    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

    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.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Twilight for grownups"

    Deborah Harkness has taken the vampire genre to a whole new level. The settings are described in rich detail, evoking locations from Oxford, England to Medieval France to upstate New York. Meticulously researched, it combines history and science to explain the supernatural. Modern science is woven seemlessly into the plot contrasting with the rich alchemical symbolism. As a love story, it is compelling. Two strong characters who slowly come to acknowledge their feelings for each other. Bring on volume two!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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