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Beth

Northern California | Member Since 2004

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  • Brown Girl in the Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nalo Hopkinson
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    It is the late 21st century, and due to the economic breakdown and rising crime rate, nearly every citizen has fled Toronto. The city is a slum, populated by the homeless, the poor, and criminals like Rudy, who uses the power of voodoo to help him control the booming drug market. But also left behind are people like Ti-Jeanne, who hope to use voodoo to help rebuild the city, even as Canada's privileged population turns to Toronto to begin harvesting human organs.

    Stef says: "Fascinating, unique story deftly narrated"
    "Island In The Donut Hole"
    Overall

    Very interesting book full of creepy voodoo, magic and healing. This is a good tale of a girl transitioning to womanhood, going through some tough changes, and stepping into her grandmother's shoes to become the neighborhood healer.
    A little political commentary, a little sex, a little abuse and torture - and a lot of peculiar characters, human and otherwise. Something for everyone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Foreigner: Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (415)

    The first book in C.J.Cherryh's eponymous series, Foreigner begins an epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft who crash-land on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient alien race. From its beginnings as a human-alien story of first contact, the Foreigner series has become a true science fiction odyssey, following a civilization from the age of steam through early space flight to confrontations with other alien species in distant sectors of space. It is the masterwork of a truly remarkable author.

    Tango says: "A Sci-Fi Neville Chamberlain"
    "180+ hours! I am reviewing All The Books"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have recommended this series and will again. I am on book # 11 out of 15.
    I get aggravated with the author at the beginning of each book and then she ropes me in and I HAVE to get the next one. C.J. Cherryh is a fabulous story teller, and the narrator is a marvel. Great voices for the characters. He's as amazing as the stories.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably the Dowager and her great grandson, Cajeiri. I loved hearing Cajeiri learn how to think and reason politically. It was a wonderful example of how people maneuver through the minefields of politics. I've always HATED politics, and now I'm rethinking that. I'm not kidding.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Thomas May – was your favorite?

    All of them. Especially the Dowager.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Atevi ... they are hardwired to handle emotions very differently than humans. Can the PeaceMaker adjust to the strange ways and bring the alien races together?


    Any additional comments?

    C.J. Cherryh writes the most engaging action sequences of anyone I've ever read. And she does it consistently. Very impressive. The only series I have ever enjoyed more was Dune.
    And possibly the Tales Of The Otori series by Lian Hearn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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