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James

Long Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • One of Our Thursdays is Missing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (290)

    Deftly blending such genres as mystery, science fiction, and classic literature, Jasper Fforde’s gleefully irreverent New York Times best-selling Thursday Next novels defy categorization. In this sixth installment, the threat of all-out Genre war looms over BookWorld. But with the real Thursday Next retired in the real world, the Council of Genres has no other choice than to tap the fictional Thursday to save the day. Her mission as emissary is to prevent the brewing war—but her task is made more difficult by a hidden foe manipulating events.

    Kevin says: "Not really a Thursday Next book"
    "Not all that I hoped for"
    Overall

    I downloaded this book without even reading the description, because I have enjoyed all of the other Thursday books. Sadly aside from a few cameo appearances by Spike, Landon and Commander Bradshaw, NONE of my favorite characters appear - no Cheshire Cat, no Stigg, no anybody! After I got over the lack of all I have come to love and expect of this series, I was able to enjoy the book, though Thursday 5 is such a ditherer at the start tnat I nearly put the book down! Overall, not a bad read, but I was hopeful of so much more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Born in Fire: Born In Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Fiacre Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1386)
    Performance
    (904)
    Story
    (900)

    Maggie Concannon is a glassmaker whose exquisite works are more than mere objects of beauty: they are reflections of her own true nature. One man has seen the soul in her art, and vows to help this complex woman build a lucrative career.

    Robbie says: "Ho hum"
    "Loved both book and reader"
    Overall

    I have read and reread this entire series several times in print along with some of Roberts' books set in Ireland and, since discovering the convenience of audio books, have tried to listen to them all again. I love these books because they do take me back to village life in the west of Ireland and the endless inspiration I found there as an artist. Roberts writes artists extremely well, understanding the process as well as the way artists feel about their work. I love how she writes Maggie and Shannon, their feelings about their work and how it fits into their lives. It feels true, and that is a great compliment for me. This narrator actually carries off both the American and Irish voices well, unlike the reader of "Jewels of the Sun" who makes every Irish person sound like a cross between the Lucky Charms Leprechaun and an Irish Spring commercial. Having lived in the west of Ireland in the village of Ballyvaughan in County Clare, his voice "feels" like the Ireland I knew, and I savor these books whenever I want to take a mental trip back there. I'm sad to see that others under appreciate Fiacre Douglas' skill as a reader, because I think the other books ought to be redone with him reading them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graceling

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kristin Cashore
    • Narrated By David Baker, Chelsea Mixon, Zachary Exton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (452)

    Set in a world where some people are born with a Grace - a unique, sometimes uncanny, gift - this is the story of Katsa, whose Grace, demonstrated at an uncomfortably early age, is for killing. This makes her a perfect tool for her uncle, King Randa But Katsa chafes at the way she is being used - and even more at the injustices she sees around her.Then she meets Prince Po, who has a Grace to match hers...

    Kari says: "Outstanding first novel!"
    "Great every time"
    Overall

    First a disclaimer - This review is actually written by James' wife.

    Now, down to business! I love this book! I liked Katsa, Po, Raffin and the rest, liked the readers for all of the parts, too, which I haven't often found to be the case. I'm really looking forward to "Fire" which may tell about where King Lec came from, and "Bitterblue" and I really hope they will also use the full cast audio crew who did such an excellent job on this book.
    I'm on my 4th "read" and I don't think it will ever get old for me. Buy it and enjoy!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Up Till Now: The Autobiography

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By William Shatner, David Fisher
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (96)

    After almost 60 years as an actor, William Shatner has become one of the most beloved entertainers in the world. It seems that Shatner is everywhere, and he was recently elected to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. In this touching and funny autobiography, he reveals the man behind his career, and explains how he's become the worldwide star and experienced actor he is today.

    William says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Just what the doctor ordered"
    Overall

    I bought this today to while away the hours focusing on anything but the pain in my side (food poisoning). It was exactly what I needed.

    Shatner is a wonderful storyteller, whether the tale be funny, self-deprecating, embarrassing, or heartrending (the death of his third wife). He pulls you into the moment, as though speaking to you and you alone...which frankly, I don't think he could have done before Boston Legal. Unlike previous memoirs - good as they were - this one feels like a deep conversation with a dear friend, rather than broadcast to a convention hall full of Trekkies. Which I as a Trekkie confess is also good, but this book - which covers far more biographical ground - benefits from the years of balcony epilogues with James Spader.
    I agree that at times the audio was hard to hear. His voice goes low and fast and if you're not careful you can miss much. But in those moments, it seems the appropriate delivery.

    I recommend this book highly to anyone who wonders what makes Shatner "tick". Rather than answer the question, it underscores how complex that question really is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4413)
    Performance
    (1714)
    Story
    (1715)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "What a ride!"
    Overall

    The character of John Cory is a riot, and Scott Brick brings him to life beautifully. It's not often I laugh out loud reading a terrorist thriller, but this book manages--repeatedly. I was reminded of Die Hard, with Cory as a sort of square-peg raw-meat John McClain rattling around the round hole of a Clinton-era federal agency, at once irked and amused by the ill fit. It's also a great thriller. Highly recommended.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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