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Nancy

Selma, AL, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 106 titles in library
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  • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole: Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Books One, Two, and Three

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kathryn Lasky
    • Narrated By Pamela Garelick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (209)

    This box set contains the first three books by Kathryn Lasky, which are the basis of the animated movie, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.... Soren is born in the forest of Tyto, a tranquil kingdom where the Barn Owls dwell. But evil lurks in the owl world, and Soren is captured and imprisoned in a dark canyon where there is a mysterious school. It’s called an orphanage, but Soren believes it’s something far worse. He and his new friend, the clever and scrappy Gylfie, know that the only way out is up.

    Nancy says: "please don't sing"
    "please don't sing"
    Overall

    Exceptionally nice reading, but, whoever advised the reader to sing at all, let alone impovise tunes should never work again. It is cringe-making and made me wish I had one of those things that skips commercials on tv to skip the perfectly awful "singing." I would have given this another star if somebody had had the good taste to just RECITE the songs.

    9 of 9 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
    Overall
    (9538)
    Performance
    (7043)
    Story
    (7083)

    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"
    "total fun!"
    Overall

    Great, fun read from a good tale-teller! I am looking forward to the next part of this story! I loved the characters and the situations and got a few nice laugh-out-loud moments.
    I am kind of burned-out on vampires as characters, but this one is good. Not great literature, but worth your time and $$$$! If you enjoyed Harry Potter, you will like this!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1977)
    Performance
    (1242)
    Story
    (1247)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "another waste of time and money"
    Overall

    see my reveiw or the sequel, "All Clear."
    note to author 'Write what you know" tends to apply.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All Clear

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1556)
    Performance
    (1013)
    Story
    (1035)

    Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rescued by the second half"
    "waste of time"
    Overall

    I kept going with this one and it's prequel, "Blackout' just to see how she resolved her hopelessly-snarled plot. Sloppy history (she attributes a VERY famous comment by Queen Elizabeth (the present queen's mother) to Queen Mary and there are numerous other "huh?" moments. Sloppy writing and sloppy plot-crafting. I want my money back...not to mention those hours of my life! Fortunately, I usually have audiobooks going while I work, so, not a complete loss.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dry Smoke and Whispers: The Shadowman Saga 1

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sam A. Mowry, David Loftus, Suzan Zeitlin, and others
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Here's an otherworldly science-fiction adventure from Transdimensional Media. Combining the humor and imagination of Ruby, with the pacing of Firesign Theatre, and an imagined world all its own, Dry Smoke and Whispers is a techno-noir drama with a sense of humor, and a memorable cast of characters. Emile Song, an eccentric, intelligent, and telepathic detective is given the task of catching the East End Reaper, a techno-fiend terrorizing the people of Quaymet.

    Nancy says: "another goodie"
    "another goodie"
    Overall

    these productions either grab you right off the bat or leave you wondering, "What the .....?" I love them. Strange, surreal and fun! well-acted, nice sound fx.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cross Bones

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Michele Pawk
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (39)

    When an Orthodox Jew is found shot to death in Montreal, Temperance Brennan is called in to examine the body and to figure out the puzzling damage to the corpse. Unexpectedly, a stranger slips her a photograph of a skeleton and assures her the picture is the key to the victim's death. Before she knows it, Tempe is involved in an international mystery as old as Jesus, a mystery that could rewrite 2000 years of religious history.

    A User says: "Cross Bones"
    "excruciatingly bad French"
    Overall

    why get somebody who cannot pronounce anything French correctly to save her life to read this?
    She does a good job otherwise, but the French terms and names are just excruciating to listen to. Actually set me teeth on edge.
    The book is, of course, the usually great story.
    Pity about the reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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