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Rosey Waters

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  • Cold Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kate Elliott
    • Narrated By Charlotte Parry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    The Industrial Revolution has begun, factories are springing up across the country, and new technologies are transforming the cities. But the old ways do not die easy. Cat and Bee are part of this revolution. Young women at college, learning of the science that will shape their future and ignorant of the magics that rule their families. But all of that will change when the Cold Mages come for Cat. New dangers lurk around every corner and hidden threats menace her every move. If blood can't be trusted, who can you trust?

    Robin in Vermont says: "Absolutely Brilliant Fantasy!"
    "Excellent, non-typical fantasy"
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    Would you listen to Cold Magic again? Why?

    Cold Magic has a fascinating alternative/side history to earth. Instead of Rome falling, it continued on for another 1000 years. The result is a very different Europe and world. Of course, and there's magic, which was a very interesting system that helped tell the story.

    All the main characters are characters of color, which was very refreshing to read. Kate Elliot had done extensive history to make a believable world, but also to bring to light the kind of history we would not normally see. She does a wonderful job of world building that is extensive and brilliant.


    Any additional comments?

    The cover is white-washed sooooo badly. Most of the characters in this book are mixed/black due to the alternative history presented. Kate Elliot does a fantastic job of looking into other cultures and pointing out that history is written by the victors, so don't judge this book by its cover. I promise its better than that!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kolbert
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (457)

    A major audiobook about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes. Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on Earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs.

    Male Perspective says: "Better than expected! Great Book!"
    "narration made this book unbearable"
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    I know it's science fiction and that it's about dead species, but this is a popular science book that was severely detracted from by the reader who spoke as if she was just learning to read English and in a dead monotone that made me want to claw my own skin off.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20549)
    Performance
    (18463)
    Story
    (18624)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Jennifer says: "Rated for 1st book, reviewed for trilogy"
    "another dystopia, lacks characterization"
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    At least this book doesn't spout anti-femmist views and display a poor role model for girls, but that's the best that can be said for it. The characterisation is so flimsy it was hard to tell. The world building was based on a flawed logic, that would not have stood up over time. The antagonist was paper thin, without nuance and therefore boring to go up against. The protagonist was unbelievable, and just "too cool" to really feel connected to. The main love interest was painfully obvious. The details of this book were all over the place, and basic logic was lacking, which made it unenjoyable and hard to follow with any emotion.

    Basically, the book was poorly crafted.

    The narrator did an all right job with the material though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Goliath

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (583)

    Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek’s throne as Prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the Leviathan, continues to detour farther away from the heart of the war (and crown). And the love thing would be a lot easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl. (She has to pose as a boy in order to serve in the British Airforce.) And if they weren’t technically enemies.

    The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic on board....

    Eileen says: "Wow!"
    "Excellent"
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    Any additional comments?

    This series is one of the best series I've read since the Hunger Games (though not at all alike in exception to the fact that both were hard to put down and were very captivating). Alan Cumming does an excellent job at bringing the voices out of the characters, managing to do accents quite well and keeping the story moving in an engaging manner.

    Goliath has a strong female and male lead, likable and wonderful side characters, and a very interesting plot line. Alternate history at its best, with significant changes to the world in a way that makes it interesting and certainly thought provoking.

    Its spy-thriller-action-with-kickass-ladies-and-men. For people who know the Tortall series, I had it described to me as "Its like Jon and Alanna only they get together... and Alanna is George."

    Seriously.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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