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Julie

Niles, IL, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 584 titles in library
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  • Taliesin: The Pendragon Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (118)

    It was a time of legend, the last shadows of the mighty Roman conqueror faded from the captured Isle of Britain. While, across a vast sea, bloody war shattered a peace that had flourished for 2,000 years in the doomed kingdom of Atlantis. This is the remarkable adventure of Charis, the courageous princess from Atlantis who escapes the terrible devastation of her land, and of the fabled seer and druid prince Taliesin, singer at the dawn of the age. It is a story of an incomparable love that joins two astonishing worlds....

    John says: "A Classic interpretation of a Classic tale"
    "I really didn't think the narrator was bad-"
    Overall

    much better sounding/ less pretentious than the guy they got to read the next couple. Not being Christian, I found the series annoyingly skewed. It might have been the author?s intent, but occasionally it kinda beats you over the head with the Jesus theme. All the books in this series do. I?m sure there had to be a more subtle way to get the job done. It's a very well written fantasy series though; it's worth all of the 5 stars- even with its cultural biases.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pawn of Prophecy: The Belgariad, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (1573)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (831)

    Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years.

    Michael says: "My literary "comfort food""
    "I love this series-"
    Overall

    This was the Wheel of Time/Lord of the Rings series for my generation :) If you like the Hero's Journey myth, or any sort of epic fantasy this book will be for you. I agree with the others- horrible reader- he's got a pleasing enough voice but doesn't know how to use it. Hopefully, he's just new and will get better through the series, because I'm buying them all anyway.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Prince: Dark Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Juanita Parker
    Overall
    (961)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (285)

    Mikhail Dubrinsky is the prince of his people, the Carpathians. But they are dying out, falling prey to vampires or are choosing the soulless life. Mikhail is no longer sure he can bear the bleak future laid before him. The only thing that can add light to his life, can relieve his terrible loneliness, is to find a life mate. But he has given up believing one exists. He vents his centuries-old despair in an anguished cry that fills the waning night. And then, incredibly, a life-saving voice answers him.

    Maria says: "A complete waste of time!"
    "Misshelved"
    Overall

    Whoever picked the designation of SFF for this book had a wicked sense of humor. That doesn't make the book bad though, just odd. This is a soft porn/romance novel if ever there was one. Rich, European vampire prince touches minds with a sexy, telepathic, American chic and forcibly carries her away for nights of pleasurable abandon at his lair; because they are soul mates, no less. ;>

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Traitor's Moon: Nightrunner, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (95)

    Master spies Seregil and Alec are no strangers to peril. Their assignments, night running for wizards and nobles, have led them into many deadly situations. But sometimes the greatest danger can lurk beneath a traitor's moon.

    Julie says: "Wonderful writer!"
    "Wonderful writer!"
    Overall

    If you like reading fantasy like Kevin J. Anderson's Saga of the Seven Suns, or the Dune epic, or Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time Series, or Orson Scott Card's Ender Series, or Stephen King's The Dark Tower Serial you will most likely enjoy this author. Her characters are charming and personal, occasionally annoying, but mostly just very life like. Her motives for people are realistic. In this book especially (not to ruin it) her end game was very true to life. Most people are not bad, it amazes me that in fantasy books they make the dark side so twisted and evil, it usually just comes down to a lack of choices. She makes her villains likable and real, and that is good writing.
    Oh, and yeah, the main characters are gay...what series were you reading that this, the third book, surprised you with that?

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Alvin Journeyman: The Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 4

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Nana Visitor
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Julie says: "Unfortunately"
    "Unfortunately"
    Overall

    I will not be reading any more Orson Scott Card books. I?ve really enjoyed him in the past, but his making a mockery of a rape charge is more than I can take. His lead female roles have always been either as a mother (caretaker), breeder, or failure. It didn?t bother me before, because I love my role as a caretaker and wife in my own life. That doesn?t mean I think it?s the only valuable role a woman can choose, and shouldn?t be represented as such in respectful popular literature. I?ve stopped this book now and won?t buy any more (not that there are many more left that I haven?t read). It?s sad though, that someone who writes so well, has such a limited view of half of our species.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Anil's Ghost

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Ondaatje
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Anil Tissera is a forensic anthropologist sent by an international human rights group to work with local Sri Lankan officials to discover the source of the organized campaigns of murder engulfing the island. Bodies are discovered. Skeletons. And particularly one, nicknamed "Sailor." What follows is a story about love, family, and identity, about the unknown enemy and the quest to unlock the hidden past - all propelled by a riveting mystery.

    Julie says: "nope, not a good book- an excellent book!"
    "nope, not a good book- an excellent book!"
    Overall

    "Any reviewer who would refer to this novel as good is lying, and kidding the reader." Well that's just stupid, sorry, my opinion, but there it is. I love this audio, and am pretty confident that I?m not the only person on the planet who feels this way. It?s true his writing has more in common with poetry, instead of this week's blockbuster hit. That doesn't play well with some people, but others like it just fine. If you read The English Patient and liked that one, you will like this one too.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (151)

    Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, with high hopes. But Step's new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and 8-year-old Stevie's school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers' concern turns to terror.

    Dave says: "A knockout"
    "Ok, technically it's a ghost story, but....."
    Overall

    there is nothing spooky about it. I never once got scared, and I'm fairly susceptible that way. It's a story about the everyday, the Mormon faith, and being a parent. I thought it was a great story, depressing, but great. If you read it, go into it with an open mind. I?m gay, an atheist and married to a shrink, but still found myself identifying with the characters and caught up in the flow of their lives. They are very easy to love. He really gets the details right.
    (well, except one detail, and i'll try to be as indirect as possible here- the pregnant woman's not noticing sensory aspects of the ending...uh, she'd notice- especially being the personality type she was) but that's just being picky and only stands out because he nailed everything else

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rising From the Plains: Annals of the Former World, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John McPhee
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Rising From the Plains takes McPhee to the high country of Utah along the Continental Divide. His guide is David Love, "the grand old man of Rocky Mountain geology". Helping McPhee see the physical changes that have shaped this region over millions of years, Love also traces his own family's history in this oil-rich, windswept land.

    Nancy says: "Terrific Read"
    "Wow."
    Overall

    McPhee is an amazing writer. I love geology, but he makes it positively lush and compelling to listen to. I am so glad Audible added this to their collection. Thanks!!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • In Suspect Terrain: Annals of the Former World, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John McPhee
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    John McPhee's Pulitzer Prize-winning Annals of the Former World takes readers on mind-expanding adventures in geology. In the first book, Basin and Range, McPhee traveled to Nevada with a proponent of plate techtonics. Now, an engaging sceptic working for the United States Geological Survey is his guide to some of eastern America's most fascinating geologic formations.

    Julie says: "Wow."
    "Wow."
    Overall

    McPhee is an amazing writer. I love geology, but he makes it positively lush and compelling to listen to. I am so glad Audible added this to their collection. Thanks!!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Basin and Range: Annals of the Former World, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John McPhee
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    To geologists, rocks are beautiful, roadcuts are windowpanes, and the earth is alive, a work in progress. The cataclysmic movement that gives birth to mountains and oceans is ongoing and can still be seen at certain places on our planet. One of these is the Basin and Range region centered in Nevada and Utah.

    Julie says: "Wow."
    "Wow."
    Overall

    McPhee is an amazing writer. I love geology, but he makes it positively lush and compelling to listen to. I am so glad Audible added this to their collection. Thanks!!

    32 of 35 people found this review helpful

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