The title caught my attention, “The THINKING Woman’s Guide to Real Magic”. Alright I thought a story line with a strong woman who uses her brains and whit… perhaps a different take on magic, one from an analytical perspective. Wrong. Watered down and glossed over. Don't judge this book by its title.
The book pretty much follows a parallel to Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice and references the story line SEVERAL times throughout. Instead of a strong intelligent and moxy lead character, we get a woman who follows the same idle plot line of “I like him, does he like me? Oh he’s mean I don’t like him anymore. Oh I’ll just go marry someone else” (disclosure, I hate Jane Austen books and frankly want to slap many of the characters).
Getting to the magic. Weak. Takes forever to get to the magic and when it does there lacks any real thought or depth. In fact it’s when the book gets to the magic that the whole Mr. Darcy complex gets started. At the end of the audio there’s a plug for “A Discovery of Witches” and the publisher would love to compare this book to Discovery… however the only two things that this book has in common with A Discovery of Witches are that the title character is a grad student and that they share the same publisher. I wish for my credit back.
Wow. I loved this book, thought about it for weeks and many books later. The story just stayed with me (in a good way). Characters are well developed and Patton's narration is perfect. I had this book in my library for several months before I got around to it, wish I hadn't waited so long. The story detailed life after an apocalyptic event without getting bogged down in the details (nor was it lacking any depth). Many, many books and months later I still think to my self Alaaaas Babylon. Recommend.
I was blown away by this book. Narration by Juliani is excellent. The journey and imagery that Lem created was to me profound. After listening to this book I rented the movie version. Didn't hold a candle to this book (don’t judge a book by it’s movie really applies here). The planet is a character in and of itself, fascinating. This book made me wish I lived in a universe with Solaris so I could see the amazing transformations created by the planet. Highly recommend.
This is one is like The Stand meets On the Beach. McCammon has a new fan, I'm amazed it took me this long to find this author. Since I have exhausted King I was looking for something that took me on a journey, Swan Song did just that. The book is lengthy but it never dragged for me, McCammon's writing and Stechschulte's narration was a great combo which has left me looking for more from both. The end of the world as it was known came from every enemy state nuking each other; the story starts there and what follows is an epic battle of good and evil.
This story has a great depth. I wanted to read more McCammon after listening to Swan Song (which I also loved), even though the Corbett series is vastly different from Swan Song and maybe not exactly what I was expecting I nonetheless found it rich and entertaining. The main character Michael Corbett is like an early American version of Sherlock Holmes. Edoardo Ballerini is an excellent match for Corbett's character; Corbett has a quiet confidence which is masterfully relayed by Ballerini. I have also listened to the next in the series The Queen of Bedlam and can say Corbett's character continues to grow, his logic and curiosity takes him on a fateful adventure which will lead me to the third soon.
This was the first book of Bently Little that I have either read or listened to, I will certainly look up this author in the future. Bently was able to give extra depth to the story by allowing the reader a look into the crumbling psyche of the characters as their new home scares them to the brink of insanity. Butler's narration is pretty spot on for the book. I had been craving some good haunted house stories lately, this was a pretty good fix.
The book should be called "The Secrets of Crickley Hall" as there is much to find out about this depressing and creepy vacation home. Herbert's dark and stormy night tale of tragedy and suspense is narrated perfectly by Rintoul. I found Rintoul's narration in some parts bordering on theatrical, I would score it as 4.5 if we could give half stars. The story has many layers which made it a "page turner" for me. Overall a great ghost story.
I almost never read or listen to books again but this is one I will come back to. I am a total Tesla nerd so I really loved the surprising twist of the building.
It's interesting what happens when these neighbors start to talk... and when one curious soul sparks another into an adventure I certainly didn't expect but thoroughly loved. Porter's narration was spot on in bringing the characters fully to life. The book is a mystery, a thriller, adventure and sci fi all rolled into one.
I have enjoyed all of the MHI (Monster Hunter's International) books on audible. Wyman is solid in narration, it's like listening to old friends when he voices the characters. Of course these are completely far fetched and all out monster fun fest but somehow Correia and Wyman make it so matter of fact in this story world. I think you could fully enjoy this book even if you haven't read/heard the others in the series. I think all of the MHI books could stand alone, although it has been fun listening in order and keeping up with their adventures. I hope for many more in this series.
This is one of the best books I have read or listened to in a long time. I was not a big fan of the heroine Libby Day in the beginning of the book, however her character continues to evolve and grow into a more capable personality. Libby Day starts her journey by continuing to exploit her family tragedy to scrape by, only she starts to uncover answers she had long closed her mind to. The twists and turns that lead up to "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee Kansas" kept me guessing. The narration was seamless and natural. Lowman, Campbell, Deakins and Dean were all masterful in building the full story. The strong story line kept me engaged from start to finish. So happy I finally dug this out of my wish list!
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