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  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10543)
    Performance
    (5784)
    Story
    (5829)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "A Story Worth Hearing"
    Overall

    I can understand why this book won the Booker prize. The story is at times grotesque and yet is always oddly compelling. It is improbable yet realistic, horrific yet uplifting. The book also inspires reflection, which I suppose is the hallmark of "literature". There were points in this book that I almost stopped listening, it was too gory, too improbable, and yet I had to know what happened next, where will this story take me? The first part is, as many other reviewers have noted, somewhat slow. Furthermore I was wondering where is this lifeboat with a tiger that I was promised by the story blurb? However, once I got to that lifeboat I found that the prestory was quite helpful, filling out the character and making some of the earlier remarks that seemed out of place, meaningful.

    The narration of this book was quite good, capturing well the matter of fact yet hallucinatory tone of the story. At first the story was difficult to follow and I had to back to the book to ensure that I hadn't somehow skipped a section. My brother in law said it was cheating to listen to this book, but I disagree. I think that the act of listening slowed down the experience and made it more poignant and forceful than reading it on paper. It is easy to skip or skim sections while reading when they first make you uncomfortble but more difficult to do while listening and so I at least absorbed the story more fully hearing it rather than reading it.

    If you are looking for literature this is it. It has a well developed theme, well employed literary devices and plenty of meat for analysis. If you are looking for an easy to follow story for entertainment you may be disappointed.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses: Half Moon Hollow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2072)
    Performance
    (1918)
    Story
    (1911)

    Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times....

    Diana Turmenne says: "One of the best spin offs I have read!"
    "Enjoyable fluff"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a pretty formulaic romance story with magic. It makes an enjoyable listen if you are in the mood for harlequin style fluff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3379)
    Performance
    (2733)
    Story
    (2720)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    Maggie says: "Loved this audiobook!"
    "A good story made into a fantastic audiobook"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed the fast paced snarky style of this story and it had some decent plot points and character development. The best part however, was the narration by Lorelei King - she makes the characters come to life and makes it possible to overlook the weaker parts of the story. I would recommend this book for a good fast paced romp of a listen. I would not recommend this book if you want a particularly strong heroine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6857)
    Performance
    (6051)
    Story
    (6045)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "A gun-nut swashbuckler"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really wanted to enjoy this book, I really enjoyed the 2 books of the Grimnoir chronicles that I had listened to before this one, but I just couldn't get into it. Owen (the protagonist) annoyed me - he made too many stupid moves and was too instantly obsessed with Julie. I also found the gun obsession to be a bit much for me. I also found the narrator to be a bit slow so found listening at 1.5X to be much better. Overall it was okay but disappointing. I recommend looking up Ilona Andrews' review on good reads, I found it quite accurate.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5455)
    Performance
    (4635)
    Story
    (4634)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Great story, miss Marsters"
    Overall

    Jim Butcher delivers another excellently written, fast paced story featuring Harry Dresden our lovably smart-assed wizard. The best thing about this book is that Harry finally starts to stop and think before acting which makes the ensuing chaos all the more entertaining. John Glover does an adequate job of reading Harry but I missed James Marsters take on the character so found the listen a bit off at first. That said fans of Dresden will not be disappointed by the latest in his saga... the only problem is that it begs the question will be: When is the next book out!?

    41 of 47 people found this review helpful
  • Guards! Guards!: Discworld #8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1355)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (480)

    "Where have all the dragons gone?" Explore the crazy, creepy land called Discworld, where you'll discover that the dragons aren't asleep or dead - they're dormant, packed in like huge, scaly sardines.

    Chris says: "More Fun than a Mind Full of Dragons!"
    "Hooray for the Night Watch."
    Overall

    I must confess I am a devoted Terry Pratchett fan so this review is probably somewhat biased. Guards! Guards! is on one of the first Discworld novels I read and it is still one of my favourites. The story is about what happens when an earnest young man who has been taught about the law comes to a city where thieves and assassins are pillars of the community and the city watch is a running joke. It also about the power of mediocrity. And of course the power of a book.


    Highlights include quotes such as:

    "People who are rather more than six feet tall and nearly as broad across the shoulders often have uneventful journeys. People jump out at them from behind rocks then say things like, "Oh. Sorry. I thought you were someone else."

    "A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read."

    and

    "There was a thoughtful pause in the conversation as the assembled Brethren mentally divided the universe into he deserving and the undeserving, and put themselves on the appropriate side.


    Every time I read (or in this case listen) to it I am struck anew by the wit and insight dripping from each line. If you want a good fantasy novel and appreciate satire and a dry British wit, this book is for you.

    Note- this is an excellent book to start with if you are thinking of trying Terry Pratchett, it introduces one of the best groups of characters in the Discworld but it also stands on its own.

    P.S. This is a must read for any body who works in a Library.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7807)
    Performance
    (2985)
    Story
    (3040)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Standard Sci-Fi"
    Overall

    This is a standard Sci-Fi fantasy story. It has a tragic beginning, epic cross country escape, a damsel in distress and of course an obligatory big battle at the end. There are moments were the characters and story line are quite good and engaging. Unfortunately there are also moments where the hero is so blindingly stupid you want to shake him by the scruff of the neck. It's a good listen, but it is no Harry Potter.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6041)
    Performance
    (2192)
    Story
    (2200)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "A solid story."
    Overall

    This is a good story. I fully enjoyed listening to it and was compelled enough to buy and listen to the next two books in the series. However I wouldn't say it is a great story. I was initially intrigued by the thought of a story set in Japan, and while this book did provide some sense of the culture I felt somewhat disappointed by the lack of cultural depth in the book. I found the narrators to be good, but not great, and at times rather monotone. The story is occasionally graphic - genocide at the beginning, assasinations throughout but it has many heartwarming moments as well. I would recommend listening to this book, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend buying it, buy on sale or find it at your public library.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eleven on Top

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Trouble seems to find Stephanie Plum no matter where she goes, and once again she's struggling with her tangled love life, her chaotic family, and her God-given gift for destroying every car she drives. This time, Stephanie has decided to quit her job as a bounty hunter. She wants something safe. She wants something normal. She's tired of creeps, weirdos, and stalkers. But just when she thinks she's out, they pull her back in!

    Maxine says: "Great story! Read like you're watching a movie!"
    "Fantastic narration"
    Overall

    This series gripped me not for the story - which while fun is all fluff, car explosions and sexual tension - but for the narration which is brilliant. Lorelei King makes each character spring to life so well that you know instantly who is talking, in fact the characterization is better than some full cast dramatizations that I have listened to. If you want a truly entertaining listen this is a good choice. Like the rest of the Stephanie Plum novels Eleven On Top has moments of suspense, slapstick, and desire, however, if you want something with true suspense I suggest you look elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Picking up where her blockbuster best-selling Bridget Jones's Diary left off, The Edge of Reason finds Bridget in an up and down relationship with Mark Darcy. It's four weeks later, and already the honeymoon is over: the man of her dreams votes conservative and folds his clothes at night, making Bridget feel pressured to do so as well.

    Andrea says: "fun story, excellent narrator"
    "Delightful but not as good as the original"
    Overall

    This was a fun novel to listen to. The narrator did a good job of conveying the different characters as well as Bridget's state of mine. However I didn't enjoy this book as much as the original Bridget Jone's Diary, I felt that the plot twists were a bit forced and the incidents not quite as true to life as the original. Overal it was a good listen and if you are looking for something light to listen to this is a good choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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