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Louise Tremblay Cole

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  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1868)
    Performance
    (1206)
    Story
    (1227)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Owl says: "Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting"
    "One of the Absolute Great Books"
    Overall

    The interplay between the events in future Oxford and 14th century Oxford is beguiling and dizzying. The theme of the ringing of bell changes is a metaphor for this intricate counterpoint of events. The historical details of the past are solid and convincing, and so are the characters of both periods. Agnes, presented with all the exasperating traits that five-year-olds try adults with, is probably the most convincing and lovable portrayal of a young child I have ever encountered in literature. The account of the Black Death and all its horror and grief is not easy reading, but it shouldn't be. It is a real reminder of what life can be like for human beings in any age. The tale is, in the end, consoling and hopeful.
    Oh, and in parts, it is very funny.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate of Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Penelope Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    It is 1912, and at Cambridge University the modern age is knocking at the gate. In lecture halls and laboratories, the model of a universe governed by the Mind of God is at last giving way to something wholly rational, a universe governed by the Laws of Physics. To Fred Fairly, a junior fellow at the College of St. Angelicus, this comes as a great comfort. Science, he is certain, will soon explain everything.

    Will says: "quiet brilliance"
    "Defies Expectations"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book takes surprising turns; at the start, it seems to be a comfortable, Masterpiece Theatre kind of story; then it jolts into something very different. It isn't the romance it later seems to be developing into either - and the ending leaves you puzzling. I am now searching for more books by this author; I am amazed I have have been unaware of her until now. The reading is so well done you barely notice it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flying Too High: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (253)

    Danger, excitement and love - this is how the glamorous Phryne Fisher is determined to live her life in her second enticing adventure. Walking the wings of a Tiger Moth plane in full flight ought to be enough excitement for most people, but not Phryne Fisher, amateur detective, woman of mystery, as delectable as the finest chocolate and as sharp as razor blades.

    Christy says: "Much better than the first one..."
    "Not Bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The place and period make this mystery series stand out, but it is very light reading, and the protagonist's enlightened attitudes seem a little too easily achieved for the times. A pleasant enough wish fulfillment fantasy, but the explicit casual sex scenes avoid any mention of prophylaxis or contraception, even though there is a plot that involves backstreet abortions in the first book and discussions of the poor resources for women's health problems.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To the Nines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1076)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (388)

    Stephanie Plum may not be the best bounty hunter in beautiful downtown Trenton, but she's pretty darn good at turning bad situations her way...and she always gets her man. Her cousin Vinnie (who's also her boss) has posted bail on Samuel Singh, an illegal immigrant. When the elusive Mr. Singh goes missing, Stephanie is on the case. In a race against time that takes her from the Jersey Turnpike to the Vegas Strip, Stephanie Plum is on the chase of her life.

    Maxine says: "hilarious"
    "Perfect Fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Stephanie Plum is better than chocolate. Audio is the perfect medium for this series, as long as the narrator is Lorelei King.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House of Many Ways

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (163)

    A girl named Charmain must inhabit her ailing great-uncle's time-traveling home full of magical belongings. As Charmain begins a journey of amazing discoveries, she comes to the attention of the powerful sorceress Sophie and an elusive wizard named Howl.

    Kelly says: "Great Companion Book"
    "An ageless fantasy series."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have come very late to discovering Diana Wynne Jones, and I am stunned by the felicities of her imagination. There are not enough of her books in this world.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jennifer Homans
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    For more than 400 years, the art of ballet has stood at the center of Western civilization. Its traditions serve as a record of our past. A ballerina dancing The Sleeping Beauty today is a link in a long chain of dancers stretching back to 16th-century Italy and France: Her graceful movements recall a lost world of courts, kings, and aristocracy, but her steps and gestures are also marked by the dramatic changes in dance and culture that followed.

    Paul Krasner says: "Was sad when it ended"
    "Great - except"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book is fascinating and well-written. The narrator reads well, except for her inability to pronounce proper names and foreign phrases. Her many errors are jarring.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    Through Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace. Here is an altogether new, refreshing, alternative history of math revealing how simple questions anyone might ask about space -- in the living room or in some other galaxy -- have been the hidden engine of the highest achievements in science and technology.

    Eric says: "Wow!"
    "Hard to Judge"
    Overall

    Although the author discusses some interesting material, the narrator's voice makes it had for me to judge the style. He sounds pompous and arrogant, and what might has been good-natured humor as written by the author sounds snide and ill-natured. It is also true that geometry is not the best subject for an audio book. But I did choose it.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Alexandria: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    In first century A.D. Rome, Marcus Didius Falco works as a private "informer," ferreting out hidden truths and bringing villains to ground. But even informers take vacations, so in A.D. 77, Falco and his wife Helena Justina travel to Alexandria, Egypt. Before long the Librarian of the great library is found dead and Falco quickly finds himself on the trail of dodgy doings, malfeasance, and the lowest of the low - book thieves! As the bodies pile up, it's up to Falco to untangle this horrible mess and restore order.

    Eva Gannon says: "A Bit Disappointing"
    "One of the best of a great series"
    Overall

    This installment has wonderful historical research, a lively plot and subtle character relations. The narrator does it all justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sizzling Sixteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1513)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (510)

    Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a “lucky” bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn’t specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck..

    Mo says: "16... is a fizzle not a sizzle!"
    "Still Sizzles"
    Overall

    With each new title, I imagine THIS time, Stephanie will have to make her choice between Joe and Ranger. She's still juggling. This book is stronger than the last, with genuinely surprizing plot twists and good pacing.

    My only quibble is that there are too many scatological jokes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolf in the Parlor: The Eternal Connection Between Humans and Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jon Franklin
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Of all the things hidden in plain sight, dogs are one of the most enigmatic. They are everywhere, but how much do we really know about where they came from and what the implications are of their place in our world? Jon Franklin set out to find out and ended up spending a decade studying the origins and significance of the dog and its peculiar attachment to humans.

    Jay Marie says: "More Science than Story"
    "The Poodle in The Parlor"
    Overall

    The proposal to the publishers must have been impressive: cutting edge research on dog-wolf and human paleo-history correlated by a science journalist, alongside musings on his personal relationship with his dog. The formula didn't quite crystallize. The author's theories on the co-development of the human and canine brains were not very convincing, and while his praise for his wife's dog and all other standard poodles rang true, it seemed too generic.

    His denigration of mixed-breed dogs rankled. I didn't let my shelter-rescued mutts listen.

    On the whole, the book was informative and interesting, but did not meet my expectations.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By William Rosen
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    The emperor Justinian reunified Rome's fractured empire by defeating the Goths and Vandals. At his capital in Constantinople, he built the world's most beautiful building, married the most powerful empress, and wrote the empire's most enduring legal code, seemingly restoring Rome's fortunes for the next five hundred years. Then, in the summer of 542, he encountered a flea. The ensuing outbreak of bubonic plague killed 5,000 people a day in Constantinople and nearly killed Justinian himself.

    joan says: "More history than Disease"
    "Solid and Interesting History"
    Overall

    Popular history should combine scholarly detail and diverting anecdote while making it clear which is which. The book accomplishes this very well. My only quibble is that, while the author deals with the plague in historical and biological depth, it is not the major focus of the book - which is really an overview of Justinian's reign and accomplishments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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