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D. Sidwell

River Heights, UT USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 9 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 290 titles in library
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  • God Emperor of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (969)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (529)

    More than 3,000 years have passed since the first events recorded in Dune. Only one link survives with those tumultuous times: the grotesque figure of Leto Atreides, son of the prophet Paul Muad'Dib, and now the virtually immortal God Emperor of Dune. He alone understands the future, and he knows with a terrible certainty that the evolution of his race is at an end unless he can breed new qualities into his species.

    Joel says: "Almost as good as the original"
    "Frank Herbert Likes Meetings"
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    An excellent performance by Simon Vance, whose narrations I seek after no matter the book, now, this fourth installment of the Dune series continues the Dune saga several thousand years into the future.

    Frank Herbert, the author, has a habit of getting his exposition across through the use of meetings and discussions, and this book is not only replete with them; it is bogged down with them. The entire book seems like a series of connected meetings, with Emperor Leto constantly and annoyingly trying to be as shocking as possible with his statements. After a while, it just gets old.

    I enjoyed the book, however, but found it tedious at times and wishing some action would occur.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3289)
    Performance
    (2249)
    Story
    (2262)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Jefferson says: "Violent, Ironic, and Absorbing Epic Fantasy Noir"
    "Gritty and Original"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was enjoying this book, until the author suddenly decided he wanted as many f-bombs as possible in the dialogue, then I had to stop. I admit to being somewhat of a prude, but the book was moving along so nicely until then.

    The story is original and has a grittiness to it that I enjoyed. The characters seemed well fleshed out and engaging.

    Rated 'R' for language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2956)
    Performance
    (1018)
    Story
    (1034)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "Engaging Ideas"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really was enjoying this book, but I'm a bit of a prude, so when about 2/3 of the way in, the author seemed to want to throw as many f-bombs as possible into the dialogue, I stopped reading it. Pity, because the book largely is about children, and I think my kids would have really enjoyed it. I turned it off despite the very fascinating story and delightfully original ideas about the future and the use of nano-technology.

    Rated 'R' for language.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chris Guillebeau
    • Narrated By Chris Guillebeau, Thomas Vincent Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (495)

    Still in his early 30s, Chris is on the verge of completing a tour of every country on earth – he’s already visited more than 175 nations - and yet he’s never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck. Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back. In The $100 Startup, he tells you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose - and earn a good living.

    Tina M. Hilton says: "Great Content, Robotic Narration"
    "Excellent Startup Companion"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Both practical and engaging, with well researched ideas and plenty of stories, I found this book to be very helpful. The author has collected excellent stories from folks across the world who have started up businesses of their own. Each gives more light to the process, and in the end, the book becomes not only inspiring but practical as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Bloody Jack #2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (339)

    Jacky Faber, Bloody Jack, is back, and this time, she's facing a situation far worse than a ship full of murderous pirates. Curse of the Blue Tattoo, L. A. Meyer's sequel to the enormous popular Bloody Jack, is just as bawdy and entertaining as the original.

    William says: "Nice story, extremely well read!"
    "Jackie Moves to Boston"
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    In this second installment, Jackie moves from ship to girls boarding school, but still manages to get into all kinds of sailor's scrapes. The book is fun to listen to with Katherine Kellgren at the performance helm. I can't even begin to explain how amazing her performance of this book is!

    I imagine that this is a book for young adults, but the content, at times, seems a bit beyond that at times; I'd feel just a bit squeamish, as I would have in the previous book, about some of the parts of this book, but they are handled sensitively by the author and peformer.

    Overall, it's a fun romp, and the more Jackie Fabre the better in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2434)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1634)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "Fun book and well told"
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    What did you love best about Warbreaker?

    As always, Sanderson comes up with a very interesting world with its own very interesting types of magic and power. The result is engaging and creative and fun.


    What other book might you compare Warbreaker to and why?

    Mistborn by the same author, because of the well-developed use of unique magic.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader grew on me, and now I like him. One of the characters, especially, has kind of a surfer-type speech quality that is difficult, once started, to grow complex and deep as it needs to, but I liked his portrayal of the characters and the narration. He is also just a bit slow in his reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cajun Ghost Stories

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By J.J. Reneaux
    • Narrated By J.J. Reneaux
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In the land of moss, magnolias, and bayous, ghost stories suffuse the landscape like mist on a moonlit swamp. Swamp ghosts, hot-tempered villains and tricksters once lived there, and live on today in such blood-chilling stories as the six in this collection.

    D. Sidwell says: "Brilliant and Scary"
    "Brilliant and Scary"
    Overall

    The description says ages 8 to adult, but I'm glad I waited until my daughter was 11 before listening to these stories. Some are quite scary and leave lasting impressions. Wonderful stuff, though! She's a real treasure!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wacka Wacka Woo and Other Stuff

    • ORIGINAL (50 mins)
    • By Bill Harley
    • Narrated By Bill Harley
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Everybody knows an Aunt Edith - picky, disagreeable, animal-hating, who couldn't possibly ever have been a kid herself. Well, if you know that Tricky is Jack's escape-artist hamster, you can just imagine the fun in the story "Aunt Edith Meets Tricky." This is just one example of the potential for silliness loaded in this engaging collection, in which master storyteller and songster Bill Harley presents originals, as well as his own, unique takes on old favorites. Others include "Wacka Wacka Woo," "Soap Soap," "Is Not, Is Too," "Tara and the Magic Sack," and "Aiken Drum."

    D. Sidwell says: "One of our Favorites"
    "One of our Favorites"
    Overall

    We've heard this book so many times my kids almost have it memorized. The stories are endearing and the characters funny. Bill Harley keeps us interested and laughing at the same time. I highly recommend this to anyone with children, or anyone who enjoys a good story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Boone's Lick

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    Boone's Lick is high adventure, a perfect Western tale and a moving love story - it is vintage Larry McMurtry, combining his brilliant character portraits, his unerring sense of the West and his unrivalled eye for the telling detail.

    D. Sidwell says: "Enjoyable and Absorbing"
    "Enjoyable and Absorbing"
    Overall

    Larry McMurtry is one of my favorite authors, and this book doesn't disappoint. The characters were endearing and the story absorbing and in a true McMurtry way, sometimes shocking. I highly recommend it.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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