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  • The Drowned Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (326)

    In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man - a bioengineered war beast named Tool - who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses.

    Ryan says: "Another grim, gripping collapsed-world adventure"
    "Diverse POVs Captured to a T"
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    While technically a follow-up to "Shipbreaker," this book stood on its own (which I love!). The viewpoint characters in each case were so well-done that I felt sympathy for each, even though many were on "opposite" sides for much of the book. The narration was stunning, keeping even side characters in distinct voices. My only gripe is that sometimes the narrative kept harping on Mahlia's emotions and feelings (especially annoying because she was the only female as well, making me wonder if the author subtly reinforced that even tough girls are by nature whinier?) and sense of powerlessness. If I'd been reading, honestly I'd have skipped over a few paragraphs of this. Still, the book is marketed as YA, so maybe that's a YA kinda thing that I'm not appreciating. Overall, a well-done book, and one that I can fully recommend.

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  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3788)
    Performance
    (3322)
    Story
    (3322)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Wow."
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    I didn't expect to like the book as much as I did. I mean, it was amazingly well-done. Remakes of older works often seem kind of "queasy" to me, but I fell into this story very simply and fast. The narrator did a wonderful job, taking on numerous voices, genders and emotions will a dexterity that was awesome--when you remembered it was being done by one person, that is. I don't often give 5 stars, but I felt this deserved it!

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  • Clementine: A Novel of the Clockwork Century

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman, Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (189)

    Maria Isabella Boyd's success as a Confederate spy has made her too famous for further espionage work, and now her employment options are slim. Exiled, widowed, and on the brink of poverty, she reluctantly goes to work for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Chicago. Adding insult to injury, her first big assignment is commissioned by the Union Army. In short, a federally sponsored transport dirigible is being violently pursued across the Rockies, and Uncle Sam isn't pleased.

    Matthew says: "Fun!"
    "OK story spoiled for me by Mr Bevine's narration"
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    Would you try another book from Cherie Priest and/or Dina Pearlman and Victor Bevine ?

    Victor Bevine's narration ruined this for me. His voice was too forceful, like he was reading a monster truck rally ad most of the time. And the one character who was supposed to sound Jamaican came off, to my ear at least, sometimes as Irish, sometimes even slipping into German, with only a tinge of Jamaican.I didn't find the story terribly interesting, either. Combine these two things and I doubt I'll try other of Cherie Priest's works.


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