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Janet

Concord, NH, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1648)
    Performance
    (902)
    Story
    (894)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "The Every Day Mundane Details of Space Travel"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book and it's unique look at the mundane aspects of space travel. However, the title is a tad misleading as the book deals primarily with previous space missions and really speaks very little about aspect particular to a manned mars mission. While still enjoyable I would have like to hear more specifics about future mars missions.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Brian D. Anderson
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (281)

    Darkness comes as a new power rises in Angrääl. The Dark Knight has betrayed the Gods and stolen The Sword of Truth, trapping them in heaven. With the power of the Sword he can reshape the world and bring death to all who oppose him. Only one thing stands between the darkness and the light. Gewey Stedding. Only he has the power to stand against the oncoming storm. Only he can mend the world. But only if he can discover his power....

    Bob-o says: "This is a great series!"
    "extremely slow cookie cutter fantasy novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I think the title of my review says it all. There tends to be a basic formula for fantasy novels and this one follows that formula to a T. Young unwitting hero who is untrained but nobel at heart, wise older man who takes the hero on a journey and instructs him in combat along the way, elves (there are alway elves), quest for a magic sword, you get the picture - no surprises here.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Once Burned: A Night Prince Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (2388)
    Performance
    (2211)
    Story
    (2202)

    After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: a terrifying ability to channel electricity and to see a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude ... until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire. Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all - but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula.

    Hassan says: "LOVED it from the beginning"
    "Should be listed under Erotica not Sci-Fi/Fantasy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Just because a book has a vampire or any other creature of fiction does not necessarily make it a true Sci-fi/fantasy book. The primary theme throughout this book is the erotic relationship between the two main characters in a "Harliquine-esc" type romance. I guess I should have figured that out from the cover picture so part of the blame for wasting my credit on this book lands at my feet. However, I wish Audible would do a little better job labeling the genre of the books. For instance I would label this "romance/erotica with fantasy overtones". I would not have minded so much if the characters had of been better. The vampire was very stereotype and predictable. The main female character has the emotional maturity of 12 year old. Just irritating!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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