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  • Sugar Daddy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Jeannie Stith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Liberty Jones has dreams that will take her far away from Welcome, Texas, if she can keep her wild heart from ruling her mind. Hardy Cates sees Liberty as completely off-limits. His own ambitions are bigger than Welcome, and Liberty Jones is a complication he doesn't need. When Hardy leaves town to pursue his plans, Liberty soon finds herself under the spell of a billionaire tycoon.

    bluebelle says: "A Terrific Read!"
    "Superb read!"

    I recently fell head-over-heels in love with this auther's historical romances, but few of these have been available on audible, so I decided to give "Sugar Daddy" a try. This book is AWESOME. This auther captures her characters with such a natural and authentic light--I feel like I'm there, and I don't want to leave! I haven't even finished listening to this book for the first time and I'm already looking forward to another go-around.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Patrick Fraley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The idealized childhood of this fictional hero, based on Mark Twain's own early life, is filled with robust good humor and high-spirited adventures. Yet there is also an in-depth experience of the central South of the 1840s. While romping through fun-filled fantasy, Tom Sawyer shows how morally complicated real life can be.

    Andrea says: "Well worth a listen"
    "A delight"

    "Tom Sawyer" is one of those books that almost everyone in America is forced to read growing up. Somehow I avoided that assignment, but managed to stumble across it years later. I'm glad that I read it on my own instead of being assigned it. Reading it for my own pleasure was a delight. Some of the plot lines and gags are cliche, but in listening to the various sections I got the impression that the masterful implementation of those plot lines and gags in books like "Tom Sawyer" are why the same plot lines and gags are continually mined for comedic gold.

    A delightful and quick read. I was disappointed when it ended.

    As for the reader, I cannot compare him to the other readers of "Tom Sawyer," but I thought that he had a solid blend of folksy-ism and enthusiasm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
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    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "A Bawdy Tale"

    The intro warned that it would be a bawdy tale, and boy was it right! "Fool" was at times uproariously funny, but constantly vulgar. Probably the British-ness of the setting makes me equate it to a hard "R" rated Terry Pratchett. Your enjoyment of this book will probably depend on your tolerance/appreciation for lewd humor. A familiarity with King Lear would also aid in following the plot and characters.

    Personally, I admit that the book had me laughing out loud numerous times. However the shear... um... "colorfulness" (or should I say "colourfulness?") of the book makes me want to take a breather before listening to anymore of Christopher Moore's books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Good, but hyped"

    The praise surrounding "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" convinced me to listen. It was good, some parts were exciting, but I think the hype oversold it. It was not "the BESTEST book of all time and space!" but was a solid mystery. The actual "whodunnit" portion of the book was inventive, but not too complicated to not be traceable. On the other hand, the plot took some time to get going, the book relied heavily on the "young hacker" cliche, and some of the Swedish cultural elements, though interesting and colorful, required extra effort to follow.

    All in all a solid book if you like mysteries, but not something I would recommend immediately promoting to the top of your wish list. I will likely eventually listen to the sequel, but I'm not in a hurry.

    Also, as I think some other reviews have noted, there are some graphic scenes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: From Here to Infinity: An Exploration of Science Fiction Literature

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael D. C. Drout

    The best science fiction asks essential questions: What does it mean to be human? Are we alone in the universe, and what does it mean if we're not? Esteemed professor Michael D. C. Drout traces the history of science fiction in this series of stimulating lectures. From Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to today's cutting- edge authors, Drout offers a compelling analysis of the genre, including a look at the golden age of science fiction, New Wave writers, and contemporary trends in the field.

    Timothy says: "Nerdy? Probably... Enjoyable? Yes"
    "Nerdy? Probably... Enjoyable? Yes"

    I sometimes listen to audiobooks as I try to fall asleep. The books drown out other noises, and are something I can use to relax at night without leaving lights on. Lectures often work well for this since they are calm, studious rather than enrapturing, and since there is no plot, I can nod off and wake up later without spoiling the story. However, "From Here to Eternity" is a terrible nighttime book. It was so interesting, and Prof Drout was so enthusiastic that it significantly disrupted my sleep over the course of a several (actually very few; I went through it pretty quickly) days.

    I am a casual science fiction fan, but "From Here to Eternity" raised my opinion of the genre. It also provided numerous book suggestions; aiding in my continuing quest to use my Audible credits efficiently.

    "From Here to Eternity" probably will not appeal to everyone, but if you enjoy science fiction and wouldn't mind a little litterary education, I highly recommend "From Here to Eternity."

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, David Farland, Tim Pratt, and others
    • Narrated By J. Paul Boehmer, Cassandra Campbell, Emily Janice Card, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Best-selling writer Orson Scott Card founded the online magazine Intergalactic Medicine Show in 2006. It has been a big success, drawing submissions from well-known science fiction and fantasy writers, as well as fostering some amazing new talents. This collection contains some of the best of those stories.

    Timothy says: "Varied collection, but overall enjoyable"
    "Varied collection, but overall enjoyable"

    As to be expected with a collection of short stories by numerous authors, the quality of the stories varied. The stories by Orson Scott Card, especially "Pretty Boy" and "Cheater" were standouts. However be warned that the last two Card stories, "A Young Man with Prospects" and "Ender's Homecoming," are essentially excerpts from "Ender in Exile." Among the non-Card stories, "Respite" and "To Know All Things That are in the Earth" were standouts that made me look for excuses to get more listening time. "Taint of Treason" was interesting, but felt more like a literary exercise than a full story. I'm mixed on "Tabloid Reporter to the Stars," and can imagine it polarizing audiences depending on their reactions to the twist.
    The remaining stories ranged from "good" to "so-so." None stood out as "bad," but some, such as "Beats of Seven" did not fit my taste, and made me glad that it was a short story instead of a 20 hour novel.
    Overall though I enjoyed having a compilation of short stories. The risk threshold with a short story is low, but the potential payoff is high. As noted above, some did not work out for me, but others were outstanding. Compilations like this are an excellent way to branch out your listening.

    An added note: each story featured a short essay by the author describing the creative process for that story. Regardless of my assessment of the story, I found each essay enlightening.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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