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  • The Book of Air and Shadows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Gruber
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    Jake Mishkin's seemingly innocent job as an intellectual property lawyer has put him at the center of a deadly conspiracy and a chase to find a priceless treasure involving William Shakespeare. As he awaits a killer (or killers) unknown, Jake writes an account of the events that led to this deadly endgame, a frantic chase that began when a fire in an antiquarian bookstore revealed the hiding place of letters containing a shocking secret, concealed for 400 years.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Not your average story."
    "excellent characters, storytelling"
    Overall

    I loved "The Forgery of Venus" and this book is just as good but with a different flavor. "Shadows..." has multi-faceted characters who laugh at the obviousness of the plot they're in, which is not very obvious at all. Think "DaVinci Code" with MUCH better writing and character development, slyly referential to all of our favorite movies. Excellent narrative performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3136)
    Performance
    (938)
    Story
    (943)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Excellent, worth a listen"
    Overall

    After reading it in print, was so happy to listen to the audio version. The story is dense with details and concepts, some passages merit a second listen. Excellent narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemaster's Apprentice: A Culinary Tale from Zamonia by Optimus Yarnspinner

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Walter Moers, John Brownjohn (translator)
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Malaisea, the unhealthiest town in the whole of Zamonia, is home to Echo the Crat, a multitalented creature resembling a cat in appearance but capable of speaking any language under the sun, human or animal. When his mistress dies, Echo finds himself out on the street. Dying of starvation, he is compelled to sign a contract with Ghoolion the Alchemaster, Malaisea’s evil alchemist-in-chief.

    Joan says: "What a ride!"
    "vocal characterizations go from cute to grating"
    Overall

    I'm only partway through this book, which has an interesting premise and likeable characters. However, the narrator's voice for certain characters is so annoying it is difficult to continue the book. Perhaps it's meant to be geared toward the juvenile.

    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
    (2800)
    Performance
    (2390)
    Story
    (2393)

    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"
    "Witty, intelligent sci-fi"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well written, moves at a brisk pace, great observations of human behavior and earthly culture, and very similar to the way I would handle things if I were put in charge of the e.t.'s debut at the earthly ball.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Entangled

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Graham Hancock
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam, Graham Hancock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (99)

    Graham Hancock has spent decades researching and writing some of the most ambitious and successful nonfiction investigations into ancient civilizations and wisdom. Entangled uses all of Hancock's skills and knowledge to propel a fantasy adventure like nothing else preceding it. This is a time-slip novel, alternating between present-day California, Brazil, and prehistoric Spain, with two teenage female protagonists who must come together to avert an incredibly bloodthirsty takeover of the human race.

    Kyle says: "Great Story"
    "extremely graphic rape and torture ruined story"
    Overall

    I enjoy the non-fiction writings of Graham Hancock, and the ideas explored in this work of fiction are similarly interesting: time entanglement, targeted genetic mutation in the distant past giving rise to current humans, and the use of psychedelics to contact extra-dimensional life. Unfortunately, this book contained not one but many extended and detailed rape scenes, as well as graphic descriptions of torture and violence, which made this audiobook more something to be endured than to be enjoyed. Leaves it hanging at the end for a sequel, but I won't be listening.

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Edenborn

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nick Sagan
    • Narrated By Holter Graham, Clayton Barclay Jones, Jenna Lamia, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    A microbial apocalypse has wiped humankind from the globe, with the exception of six survivors. Edenborn continues what Neil Gaiman called a "roller-coaster ride of fusion fiction".

    Mary Ann says: "Listen to the WHOLE book"
    "Along with Idlewild, excellent books"
    Overall

    I highly recommend "Edenborn" but first read it's excellent predecessor "Idlewild". Involving ideas of virtual reality and artificial people, these books do an excellent job of painting very heartfelt pictures of humans and their very real frailties. Great cast reading. Worth it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Perdido Street Station

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (233)

    Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores.

    James says: "Brilliant, wonderful book -- horrible recording"
    "hallucinogenic pacing"
    Overall

    This book was an enjoyable listen once I allowed myself to relax into its nonlinear mentality, however, the pacing of the novel needs work. The book is too long, and feels like it should have ended when the killer moth is killed, but instead, three new (and presumably disposable) characters are introduced and the hunt drags on. Lynn, the lover introduced early in the book, with much care and description, languishes the whole book and only appears briefly (and unsatisfyingly) in the end. Another character, wingless and morose throughout, starts to narrate and describe his own sudden inner change into an active and expressive person and it feels as if this is a tacked-on explanation because otherwise the story would become totally unclear. I enjoyed "The City and The City" better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6240)
    Performance
    (2104)
    Story
    (2111)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "good if you can't sleep"
    Overall

    I listen to this book for a few minutes as a natural soporific. It should be titled "A Short History of the People Who Invented Science", as opposed to "A Short History of The Concepts Involved in Science."

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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