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Uber Femme

San Antonio, TX | Member Since 2014

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  • 32 reviews
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  • 408 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015
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  • Dark Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michelle Paver
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (198)

    January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

    Madeleine says: "Incredible!"
    "Meh."
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    Would you try another book from Michelle Paver and/or Jeremy Northam?

    The author writes well, and the voice talent is perfectly capable. Nothing in this work draws attention to itself as being sub-standard. I'd probably try to author again, and definitely try the narrator again.


    Would you recommend Dark Matter to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I wouldn't recommend it. I'd say,


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2986)
    Performance
    (2670)
    Story
    (2677)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "Was I The Only One?"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Was I the only one who didn't like this book? I kept trying to like it, but I just never really did. It never really captured my interest. I wanted it to, but it was a struggle all the way through. I found it quite dull, actually.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tower Lord: Raven's Shadow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2389)
    Performance
    (2239)
    Story
    (2245)

    Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

    Jack says: "The Great Swampy Middle!"
    "Love this New Series"
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    Finally, some stand-out new fantasy. It checks all the boxes for traditional epic fantasy without feeling formulaic. It's well-written, intelligent, and introduces its own flavor of the mystic. Highly recommended to the seasoned fantasy reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Crucible of Souls: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mitchell Hogan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (868)
    Performance
    (796)
    Story
    (796)

    When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.

    Isaac says: "Good, but... Something is missing"
    "Good YA Fantasy"
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    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to someone new to the genre. The writing is skilled and the story is engaging.

    However, I found it to be average and forgettable - literally. I had to reread the publisher's notes to remind myself about it before writing this review a scant couple of weeks after finishing the book. But that's probably because I've been reading this genre for decades. If you've read through Butcher, Sanderson, Martin, Brett, Rothfuss, and Abercrombie, and you're looking for more, this isn't it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Johannes Cabal the Detective

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jonathan L. Howard
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (213)

    In this genre-twisting novel, infamous necromancer Johannes Cabal, after beating the Devil and being reunited with his soul, leads us on another raucous journey in a little-known corner of the world. This time he’s on the run from the local government.

    Ambrose says: "A Decent Successor to the First"
    "Decent Steam Punk Detective Story"
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    Any additional comments?

    Decent Steam Punk Detective Story. Any necromancy in the story is incidental. I bought it based on the first, which I enjoyed well enough because of the supernatural angle. This book was a disappointment, because it was just a piece of fiction staring a character who happened to be a necromancer. Almost none of the subject matter which made its predecessor enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Johannes Cabal The Necromancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jonathan L. Howard
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (342)

    Johannes Cabal, a brilliant scientist and notorious snob, is single-mindedly obsessed in heart and soul with raising the dead. Well, perhaps not soul... He hastily sold his years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. But now, tormented by a dark secret, he travels to the fiery pits of Hell to retrieve it. Satan, who is incredibly bored these days, proposes a little wager: Johannes has one year to persuade 100 people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever.

    Jefferson says: "The Necromancer as Diabolic Showman"
    "Nice change of pace"
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    Just a solid piece of fiction, with clever and intelligent writing. I plan to purchase its sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragons of Dorcastle: The Pillars of Reality, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (1178)
    Performance
    (1085)
    Story
    (1085)

    The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a Storm approaches, one that could sweep away everything humans have built. Only one person has any chance of uniting enough of Dematr behind her to stop the Storm, but the Great Guilds and many others will stop at nothing to defeat her.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Yes this is YA, so what"
    "Good YA Fiction. Average Epic Fantasy."
    Overall
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    I should start by admitting that I'm sick of YA Fiction. I was jonesing for some great epic fantasy a la Abercrombie, Sanderson, etc. when I saw that this was rated well. Yes, I did see that it was YA, but I gave it a chance in the hopes that it would stand above its brethren. It didn't, but it wasn't bad, either. Just not memorable or noteworthy. I'd say, it was solidly mediocre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5595)
    Performance
    (4954)
    Story
    (4950)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Sandy C. Jourdain says: "Not interesting"
    "Not My Usual, And I *Loved* It!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I usually go for swash-buckling adventure, fantasy, espionage, or zombie fiction. You know - fun violence. I have little tolerance for "chick lit," which I know is terribly uncouth of me to say, but there you have it. I did really like _The Help_, which has nothing to do with this novel, and yet it does, for the following reasons: it was well-written (no cloying language), has characters who are flawed and interesting, and has a plot with just enough twists and turns to keep you interested.

    If you asked me whether I'd enjoy a novel about elementary school parents, I'd say , "um, no thanks." But this book isn't *about* parents of school-aged kids per se. It's about everyone you know, and their complex yet simple motivations.

    I enjoyed it, and I'm going to check out more of this author's work. Right now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3883)
    Performance
    (3635)
    Story
    (3636)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    Ron says: "Great Epic Fantacy"
    "Yep. Get it."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I agree with what everyone is saying: this is a complex (but not overly so) novel that scratches all of my Epic Fantasy itches, and then some. Upon completing it, I immediately restarted it to see if the seeds of the ending were present. Of course they were. Nothing in this book is extraneous. It is multi-layered and accessible. I loved our hero almost from the word 'go.'

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (456)

    "My name is Mike Ross. I'm a Ferryman. I help people with ghost problems, or ghosts with people problems. Funny thing, no one ever helps me with my problems. Civil War ghosts bent on killing me, Skinwalkers who just want my body, and a vindictive spirit linked both to my bloodline and my destiny... It turns out the dead still hold a good deal of influence over the world, and they don't want to give it up. I'm in way over my head. Fortunately, I'm too stubborn to quit."

    Teresa says: "Keep your iron tools handy."
    "Should've been better"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The story is a very interesting one, and there were a lot of directions the author could have gone. But the book never really got there. I stopped listening about 3/4 of the way through, bored. That's not a good sign for a book about ghosts.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Daylight War: The Demon Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (1684)
    Performance
    (1540)
    Story
    (1549)

    In this heart-stopping installment of the Demon Cycle, humanity continues to struggle against the demon plague - even as survivors hold out hope that the Deliverer will save them all. On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men, both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.

    Joe says: "Can't Believe Audible Didn't Announce The Release."
    "What in The Core happened?"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    What happened, Mr. Brett???
    First, I must say that I have been counting the days (and weeks, and months) until this release. The other two books, I’ve read and listened to MANY times each. I love the characters, the action, the whole concept of the demons and wards. I was even so starved for the story that I listened intently to the Krasian’s stories, rather than just tolerating them as a means to an end (namely, getting back to Cutter’s Hollow).

    I’ve sung the praises of these books to anyone who’ll listen.

    So when I saw that Audible had The Daylight War nearly two weeks early, I thought either Christmas came late, or there was some mistake.

    And then I WISHED it’d been a mistake. Thank God they used Pete Bradbury again, because that’s the only thing that got me through the **tedium** of the first half of the book. The interactions between Arlon and Rena were especially painful. Not only did I feel like I was back in junior high, but Mr. Brett made sure I REALLY understood the point he was trying to convey about Arlon’s new aww shucks, Regular Joe demeanor (another huge disappointment) and Rena’s neediness. Even Leesha’s parts felt weak. There were many things he glossed over (Leesha and the duke), while belaboring the broader points of Arlon’s and Rena’s insipid interactions.

    Finally, around the half-way mark, we get some action, and things progress. We have battles, thank the creator. And then, after all that, the book ends with a cliffhanger?! Ugh.

    In summary: yes, you should get the book. It’s got some good content, even if it takes its sweet time getting there. But PLEASE don’t judge the series by this book. And, Mr. Brett, PLEASE write the fourth book as well as you wrote the first two.

    25 of 29 people found this review helpful

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