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Pamela

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5241)
    Performance
    (4725)
    Story
    (4814)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
    "Thank You Audible!"
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    I first read the LOTR Trilogy as a young teen, while I was home with a bad cold. My mother was in the middle of The Fellowship and wouldn't give it up (and who could blame her?), so I started with The Two Towers. Talk about confusion!! I highly recommend listening to them in order. The Trilogy is one of the top books on my Desert Island Reading List.
    Many years later, I got this version of the audiobook on CD and played it to death. I loved the books and the movies, but hearing the stories really enhances the experience. I always felt these books were written to be read aloud. I have waited YEARS for Audible to add both the unabridged Trilogy and the Hobbit. Thank you Audible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (7644)
    Performance
    (4163)
    Story
    (4196)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Very disappointed..."
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    I expected to like this book based on previous reviews, but the characters were one-dimensional, the love interest was completely improbable, there was way too much sex and leering, and it was a real slog to get to the end. I enjoy the Ilona Andrews series and the Patricia Briggs series, and I hoped these would be similar. They're not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3624)
    Performance
    (3139)
    Story
    (3142)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Sharp and snarky with a Hollywood ending!"
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    What if the first alien contact consisted of gelatinous smelly blobs who had watched The Blob? What if their knowledge of Earth was based on TV sitcoms and movies? What if they came quoting Yoda ("away put your weapons ...")?

    This is my favorite John Scalzi story to date - so funny that I had to be careful where and when I listened so I wouldn't startle other people with unexpected bursts of laughter. There is also pathos and much food for thought. Scalzi packs a lot into the story - clueless actors demanding starring roles, the ecosystem that preys on them (agents, press, public), director/producers desperately scheming to fund a worthy project, Holocaust survivors, euthanasia, and how to introduce an alien race to the world without causing global panic.

    The narrator Wil Wheaton does a superb job - the characters each have individual voices and temperaments. I first heard him narrate Ready Player One, and he was wonderful on that one too.
    All in all, highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (6081)
    Performance
    (5529)
    Story
    (5546)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Dark and Imaginative, Correia's best"
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    I loved this book. I listened to it again in anticipation of the third sequel (Warbound), and I raved about it so often that my husband agreed to start listening to it. He rarely goes for science fiction but he is hooked on this one.

    The story is a truly creative alternative history of the early thirties, and I liked the chapter prefaces that featured quotes from real historical figures, tweaked to mirror the storyline. The characters are well-developed, and it was impossible not to care about them. My favorite is the teenaged Faye, who turns out to be tougher than all the others combined. There are plenty of weapons and fights, building to a spectacular finale. The ending is very satisfying, and this story stands nicely on its own. But wait, there's more! The adventures continue with Spellbound...

    This would have been a great read, but the audiobook is catapulted into the realm of fantastic by the narrator. Mr. Pinchot creates a unique and perfect voice for every character, from Jake's slow deep-gravel drawl to Dan's measured enunciations, to Faye's 'Oakie' accent, to the skin-crawling misplaced syllables of the Pale Horse.

    I got Monster Hunter International after I finished this book, but for me it doesn't compare.
    Hard Magic made it onto my desert island list.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (980)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (894)

    Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "We are finally allowed to see Ivan without Miles."
    "Ivan's point of view (and he has one!)"
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    Ivan is on his own in this book, out of Miles's shadow and forced to play a highly political hand. Now we learn the motivation behind the "Ivan, you idiot" remarks - Ivan never was an idiot, he just played one quite skillfully. It served him well and kept him alive until now ...

    This book doesn't quite stand up to the best Bujold ("A Civil Campaign", "Mirror Dance", "Memory", "Barrayar", some of my favorite books of all time), and it has the feeling of a series finale because all the loose ends not tied up in "Cryoburn" (which chronologically follows this one) seem to be addressed here. On the other hand, any time spent in the Vor universe is golden. I hope we haven't seen the last of Miles and Ivan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Privilege of the Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ellen Kushner
    • Narrated By Ellen Kushner, Barbara Rosenblat, Felicia Day, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (445)

    Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrators and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents. In this exciting new "illuminated production", the author herself reads her own work, supported by a full cast.

    Ann says: "Austen-es​que tale (with swordfight​s!)"
    "Delightful!"
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    I didn't know anything about the book or the author when I selected this, just took a chance based on the reviews. What a wonderful surprise - this is one of my new favorite audiobooks! I loved Katherine, her unorthodox 'education' (courtesy of her uncle), the way she adapts to her new circumstances, in fact everything. The narration is terrific. I look forward to listening again ...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (1855)
    Performance
    (1186)
    Story
    (1175)

    Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change—in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

    Igor N. says: "Are you looking for an attachement for the book?"
    "It's worth listening to it and then taking action"
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    Here is a compelling argument for eliminating sugars and processed starches from our diet. The correlation between eating sugars/starches, the development of insulin resistance, obesity, and subsequent heart disease, is frightening. This book does go into the biochemistry of glucose and fructose metabolism, but it really isn't necessary to understand each step of that process. Focus on the end result, and be very, very afraid.

    The real shock is in the author's explanation of the disconnect between the scientific research and the established medical advice that we are given every day. "Calories in, calories out" has been the mantra for as long as I can remember, and it is still being touted in the recent HBO series "The Weight of the Nation" (May 2012). I had read the author's essay on this series in Newsweek and decided to listen to his book. I was simply amazed... and when I cut out sugars/grains (just to see what would happen) I lost eight pounds in four weeks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11628)
    Performance
    (10843)
    Story
    (10851)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Great Fun!"
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    This was just a blast to listen to! I'm not a gamer or a Rush fan, but I didn't have to become either to enjoy the audiobook. I loved the story and the characters. There were many hilarious scenes - one of my favorites involved the main character reciting the dialogue from 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail', receiving extra credit for his accurate use of inflection/accent. The final hunt for the egg was so compelling I had to stop listening so that I could pick it back up later without interruption. Wil Wheaton's narration was perfect. I can't wait to listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6690)
    Performance
    (5954)
    Story
    (5953)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "The circus of your dreams"
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    This was one of the most wonderful books I've ever heard. A feast for the ears. The story is fantastically imaginative, the prose is richly visual, I could see all the details of the circus and smell the popcorn and caramel. I wanted to visit the circus myself! The narrator does a wonderful job bringing everything to life. I didn’t want it to end. Once it was over, I couldn’t wait to listen again. This is everything an audiobook should be - try it, you won't be sorry.

    98 of 103 people found this review helpful
  • Cryoburn: A Miles Vorkosigan Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1286)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (698)

    Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove—he’s been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp—an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future—attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter, Miles, to check it out

    Kevin says: "Its nice to come Home!"
    "Miles is back - fasten your seat belts"
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    Miles is back in full manic mode, with Armsman Roic and Dr. Raven Durona in tow. It will take all of them plus a resourceful local boy to get to the bottom of an shady pyramid scheme based on life after cryopreservation. Make sure there's a box of tissue at hand before getting to the end. Various loose ends are tied up for other characters in passing (Sgt Taura, the Koudelka sisters, Mark). This book deals with a lot of issues and is far deeper than it appears on first listen, I had to go through it twice and it does merit 5 stars. Don't start the series with this one, pick up Shards of Honor or Barrayar (one of LMB's very best).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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