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Laura Medley


NYC, NY United States | Member Since 2005

  • 2 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 440 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2015

  • Libriomancer: Magic ex Libris, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jim C. Hines
    • Narrated By David DeVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.

    Simon says: "A reasonable start"
    "UGH with the voice!!!!"
    What did you love best about Libriomancer?

    I could tell from the words (although not remotely from the way the words were spoken), that this was a good solid book. Interesting premise (although I usually find stories about "authors" and other "books" a bit lazy in a 'write what you know" category, I could live with this one) and I would have loved to have been more into the characters if at times I could even tell who was talking to whom!

    When the voice acting is all you can think about in a book and you have to listen so carefully just to figure out who and what is speaking at the time, then there is an issue. I KNOW the story is good... I can tell that I could really enjoy this book... but I cant get passed the voice, which reminds me of a really tired John Hodgman. The voice cadence and natural sleepy tonal quality and lilt take you away from any action and there are technical issues that actually change the loudness of the words in mid sentence at times. Not only that, but the constant odd pronunciations are also an incredible distraction.

    The book starts off with some interesting characters and action that should have been riveting, but the voice killed the momentum. There is a lot of action and backstory that I am interested in and that really takes you into the main characters life without feeling like you are starting from scratch - he has a rich history and is quite fleshed out from the start, which is a nice change from so many books.

    I LOVE the sci-fi and fantasy nods and references throughout the story. Call it the big geek in me that loves all the Dr Who and HGttG that slips in and out, but it really adds to the character of the book itself as much as the actual protagonist in the book.

    Im not sure the plot in the book all ties together yet (as I could not help but write this review in advance since the voice acting HAD to be addressed before I lost my mind), but I will edit the review after I get to the end to let you guys know.

    I am working my way through the book, but am really hoping that the next book in the series will have a different voice... otherwise Ill just get the paper version. Yes, it makes that much of a difference.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Smudge :)

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David DeVries?

    Anyone! No, really... Im sorry, I hate to trash him, but it was not good.

    How about the all incredible Jim Marsters or Bronson Pinchot... perhaps Oliver Wyman. Somebody who can do multiple voices and who doesn't use the same lilt in every single sentence.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Im sure i would have been more moved by many parts.

    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to actually reading the book so I can really get the full effect of it.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • WWW: Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Jennifer Van Dyck, A. C. Fellner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes.

    'Nathan says: "Fantastic."
    "Sooooooo slow"
    What did you like best about WWW? What did you like least?

    I really do find it interesting that I am a dissenting voice here, compared to most of the other reviews. The voice acting was good. It often can detract for me from a story to hear multiple real voices in and out of the book, but this one worked well. Unfortunately, it didn't help the very long dragged out parts in the story that really just seemed to go on forever without any cohesion in sight (seriously no pun intended, as opposed to the ones in the book).

    I started to think/hope that would end up being like "cloud atlas" and there would be a whole "oooooooohhhhhh, clever" at the end... there wasn't. Another thing that really bothered me was the constant Interactive brands mentioned. I work in Interactive and already those things are crazy outdated for the most part (well, not Google of course ;)) so that lost a lot for me.

    Don't get me wrong, I liked how the author put in technical information about how the web works, but at times it was too much and it didnt further the story even though it made me want to write it down to hand to people who ask me those questions day to day ;)

    The story - it had promise, but I just cant bring myself to slog through 3 more hours of the online being's self awareness transformation or all the subplots that are so fleshed out and then just dropped unresolved. Maybe they will be in the next books, but I really cant bring myself to find out.

    Can somebody just tell me how it all ends?

    Would you recommend WWW to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend this unless they really have a lot of patience.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The gorilla painting... what does that say?

    Do you think WWW needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has a follow-up book, but I just cant see myself reading it. It needs one for sure as there were lots and lots of loose ends. Personally, I will just create my own ending in my head. That way I can save the 10 hours.

    Any additional comments?

    Good premise...

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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