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RKR

Drama teacher and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan

Georgia | Member Since 2007

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  • 33 reviews
  • 47 ratings
  • 304 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12340)
    Performance
    (9154)
    Story
    (9156)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Harry Dresden - as played by James Marsters"
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    At first I was a little leery about Marsters playing Dresden, but after a few minutes, I was pleased. In fact, I can't read Dresden without hearing Marsters' interpretation of his voice. Jim Butcher's novel is fast paced and an interesting read. The only complaint I have about this particular production is that there were times when I felt that the audio was lacking. But Marsters reads almost like he's speaking directly to the listener without the "reader" quality some audiobooks can have. Listen to the preview clip to make sure that you like his delivery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Mitosis: A Reckoners Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (1398)
    Performance
    (1289)
    Story
    (1302)

    Epics still plague Newcago, but David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

    Thomas says: "He is back!"
    "A snack before Book 2"
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    Sanderson is quickly becoming an excellent author for readers of all ages. STEELHEART is action packed and perfect for YA readers. This FREE story from Audible occurs AFTER Steelheart and before Firestorm (Book 2 of the Reckoners). MacLeod Andrews reads well and embodies the protagonist's character. And as always with Sanderson, there's a twist to the superpowers that makes it even more enjoyable to read. If you enjoyed STEELHEART, get this before FIRESTORM comes out. It will whet your appetite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interview with the Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1156)
    Performance
    (952)
    Story
    (963)

    Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force - a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write. From the Paperback edition.

    James says: "Compelling, Simon Vance does it again!"
    "Almost a modern classic"
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    INTERVIEW is probably the best of the Vampire Chronicles, and this unabridged recording captures the gothic drama well. Simon Vance is an exceptional narrator, and here he gives Louis a believable and distinct accent. As with most of Rice's novels, the middle gets a little bogged down, and the prose is wordy, but somehow it works for this piece of literature. A lot could have gone wrong with this novel and recording, but overall, it's one for the collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2209)
    Performance
    (1510)
    Story
    (1532)

    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.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"
    "Frustrating and Fantastic"
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    After listening to Michael Drout's lecture on Science Fiction (From Here to Infinity), I picked up Connie Willis' novel. The premise is beautiful. A section of a future Oxford devotes itself to historical study via time travel. These students study a particular time in order to experience it first hand. Willis' research is evident through Kivrin, the novel's protagonist. And Jenny Sterlin's handle of Middle English is impressive!

    Where Willis falls short is in some of the technology in the future. In a world where time travel is possible, you would think that some of the other types of tech would be more impressive. However, I don't think that was Willis' focus, and it doesn't take the reader away from the novel too much. I found myself preferring to listen to Kivrin's story in 14th century England instead of what was going on with her colleagues.

    Essentially, the novel has two parallel stories. And yes, the novel is predictable in the sense that you know the twist before it happens. But again, I don't think this was Willis' intent. She was not writing a suspense novel, although this could have easily have become one. Read Michael Crichton's TIMELINE if that's what you want. Instead, her narrative is much more literary and thought provoking -- having as much to say about people and human nature as futuristic time travel and scholarly research.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9649)
    Performance
    (5682)
    Story
    (5729)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Kept me occupied in middle school"
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    I was thankfully introduced to Robert Jordan's WHEEL OF TIME series while in middle school. These books helped me through many classes as I read and re-read them. The narrative is extremely detailed, full of colorful characters, cinematic dialogue, and squirm-inducing action.

    My criticisms are that every character seems to have a "special ability." I just wanted to meet someone who was an interesting character rather than their ability to this or that. This particular novel introduces readers to a world where a young man discovers he's one of the few men who can wield The One Source and the toll it takes on those around him. It's an epic fantasy that spans more books than I think were necessary, but this is still one of the most accessible 1000+ page books for people who "don't read fantasy." During the 90's, it was easy to find people who read these books despite their length and genre.

    Michael Kramer reads the majority of the novel since most of the books focus on the boys. For the moments that the female characters are in the limelight, Kate Reading picks up. I'm not sure this is the best choice for the production, but it didn't bother me to much. The dialogue is so good, however, that a full cast recording would be really interesting.

    These books are a good gateway to larger (and richer) works like THE SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. Whereas those books are for adults, I would recommend this book -- and hence the entire series -- to mature young readers willing to jump into a fantasy world full of adventure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crooked Little Vein: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Warren Ellis
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Michael McGill is a burned-out private detective who suddenly becomes enlisted by an army of presidential goons to retrieve the Constitution of the United States, but not the one we all know about. This would be the real Constitution (the one with invisible amendments), created by some of the Founding Fathers as a fall back for their great experiment.

    A User says: "Ignore the prude"
    "Interesting and appalling at the same time"
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    I am more familiar with Warren Ellis through his comics, so this novel seemed like a good idea. I can't say that I didn't enjoy it. I listened to it in about three days, but I felt "dirty" for listening to it -- which I suppose is the point.

    Warren Ellis has a knack for forcing his audience to look at the seedy underbelly of society. Arkham Asylum was nothing if not a great look into a crazed mind in Gotham's history. But this sometimes read as if he googled unseemly activities -- some which I am convinced don't really exist -- and he puts them in the plot for shock value. However, I can see this book being compared to George Lippard's QUAKER CITY in a less political way.

    Todd McLaren was unexceptional with the narration -- not bad but not phenomenal either. If I had it to do over, I might pass this one up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3947)
    Performance
    (3421)
    Story
    (3458)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Word Nerd says: "Great Book"
    "Lord of the Flies meets dystopian literature"
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    I'm always looking for good books to teach my students. Every now and then I come across a book that I just KNOW my kids are going to enjoy. THE HUNGER GAMES was one of those several years back. This one, I predict, will also be a successful franchise.

    Dashner tackles his story line focusing on action rather than relationships. The characters are well developed with dialogue peppered with their own slang. What you won't get is a sappy love triangle that predominates YA literature so much right now. You also won't be beaten over the head with symbols or metaphors. The plot is well crafted, and he keeps you guessing up to the end with a satisfying conclusion that makes you want to pick up book two. If an author can make some of my students get excited about reading, then it's a book worth checking out.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (119)

    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"
    "Get your reading list ready!"
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    My go-to genre for literature as a teen was fantasy. Escaping into fantastical worlds was my way of coping with middle school and high school life. It wasn't until high school, however, that I began to get into science fiction as well. I've always enjoyed sci-fi as a genre for movies and television. Star Trek and Doctor Who were my usual entertainment. But it wasn't until I realized that some science fiction could not only transport me into other realms, but it could make me THINK as well. Science fiction so many more questions other than "What if..." that I believe it is the richest genre of literature on bookshelves. I started with some of the classics like ENDER'S GAME and STARSHIP TROOPERS. But had I not listened to this lecture, I might have missed several incredible novels.

    Listening to Dr. Drout is an easy task. His lectures are well researched, his delivery is conversational, and the content is full of great suggestions for reading. I discovered so many authors from this lecture that I am still working through the stack next to my bed. I even teach a couple of the short stories mentioned in my literature classes because of this lecture. He breaks science fiction down into sub-genres, focuses on the early days, and even throws some new names into the pot.

    Available along with the download is the .pdf file for the course. This is a great way to keep a checklist of books to find after listening.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Shada: Doctor Who: The Lost Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams, Gareth Roberts
    • Narrated By Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (218)

    The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University - where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana, and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs - most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous. The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey isn't a book for Time Tots.It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.

    Robert says: "Like uncovering a lost treasure"
    "Nicely produced audio drama from "lost" script"
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    I still consider myself "New to Who," since I only started becoming obsessed with the modern series. However, I have watched 8 seasons of the original DOCTOR WHO and I continue to enjoy the older series as well. This novel, as I'm sure you're aware, is based on a script written by the immortal Douglas Adams. Although impeccably plotted and enjoyable, do not expect much of the Adams' HITCHHIKER wit. It's THERE, but it's subtle.

    I applaud Gareth Roberts for bringing this to a mainstream audience. He's done a great job puzzling out the pieces and putting it together. This is an accessible Fourth Doctor adventure, but you don't necessarily have to be a veteran of Doctor Who to enjoy it. You will meet old friends if you are familiar with the original series, or you will meet new ones if you are not.

    Read by Lalla Ward, the original series' Romana II, the audio is produced in a way to resemble a BIG FINISH audio production. Full of sound effects, musical score, and even a cameo from K-9. Ward does a great job immitating Tom Baker, and her other voices are fine without being cartoonish. This has more of a "radio drama" feel to it rather than an audio book. I enjoyed it packaged the way it is, but I understand that some listeners may want a more straight forward audio book.

    This was an enjoyably fun audio adventure.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
    Overall
    (1570)
    Performance
    (1265)
    Story
    (1271)

    A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll. Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.

    Thomas says: "Difficult to listen to in the car!"
    "The best of the series!"
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    This is a fun way to revisit the book in an abbreviated amount of time. Nothing compares to the book, but many of the most memorable comical scenes are here in the original radio show. A must for the die-hard Douglas Adams fan!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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