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Rene

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  • Memory: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1045)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (475)

    Dying is easy. Coming back to life is hard. Miles Vorkosigan should know - having done both once already. Thanks to his quick-thinking staff and the artistry of a medical specialist, Miles' first death wasn't his last. But it does take some recovery, a fact he has been reluctant to admit. When he makes the mistake of returning too soon to duty, he finds himself summoned to face the security chief, Simon Illyan. But Miles' worst nightmares about Illyan are nothing compared to Illyan's own nightmares.

    Louis says: "Order of series"
    "Don't listen to this one first"
    Overall

    'Memory' is easily my favorite of Lois Bujold's Vorkosigan series. It is very intense--in some parts I was laughing and crying at the same time--and is a huge character builder for Miles. One huge caveat, though--DON'T read/listen to this book first. In order to get the full impact of the main conflict, you have to know the personalities and issues of the characters that have been explored and developed over the last five or whatever books. Without that background I think the book would fall a bit flat. Don't get me wrong, it's a well written book on its own and the conflict is explored within the book--but that can't take the place of reading the development of characters over five or six full length novels.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Wee Free Men: Discworld Childrens, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1238)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (410)

    Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnapped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk's local Nac Mac Feegle, aka the Wee Free Men, a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny.

    Richard says: "First Sight and Second Thoughts"
    "Fun!!"
    Overall

    Usually, I find audiobooks to be a slightly lesser way to enjoy books I've already read. With 'Wee Free Men' and the sequels, though, the way the narrator uses the proper accents and dialect for the various characters improves the book enormously. Just reading the dialogue myself doesn't do it justice!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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