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cheribob

cheribob

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  • Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress - Pax Britannica, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jan Morris
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (139)

    The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris’s epic story of the British Empire from the accession of Queen Victoria to the death of Winston Churchill. It is a towering achievement: informative, accessible, entertaining and written with all her usual bravura. Heaven’s Command, the first volume, takes us from the crowning of Queen Victoria in 1837 to the Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The story moves effortlessly across the world, from the English shores to Fiji, Zululand, the Canadian prairies and beyond.

    Cookie says: "Review for all three in the series"
    "wonderful history book"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It gave a good overview of the beginning of the British Empire. I especially enjoyed the section on Sir Richard Burton & John Speke's search for the source of the Nike & Stanley's search for Dr Livingston. I also enjoyed the history of the Transvaal. The amazing story of Elphinstone's British army being massacured outside Kabul. Civilazations that don't know history are condemned to repeat it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Space Merchants

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl, C. M. Kornbluth
    • Narrated By Dan Bittner
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    In a vastly overpopulated near-future world, businesses have taken the place of governments and now hold all political power. States exist merely to ensure the survival of huge transnational corporations. Advertising has become hugely aggressive and boasts some of the world’s most powerful executives. Through advertising, the public is constantly deluded into thinking that all the products on the market improve the quality of life.

    John Laudun says: "a SciFic classic done really well"
    "old sci-fi"
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    What did you like best about The Space Merchants? What did you like least?

    In my opinion there is nothing worse than old, out dated Sci-Fi. This book was written in the 50's or 60's. No science is involved in the story. I am sure it was very ground breaking when first published.


    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2481)
    Performance
    (2062)
    Story
    (2074)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "Complex story"
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    What did you love best about Catch Me?

    I love, love, love the D, D, Warren detective stories from Lisa Gardner. The stories are engaging & complex. The story is told from detective & suspect point of view. There is a story arc for DD's personal life so it does help to read the books in order. But it is not required. I read the second book first & I enjoyed it completely.



    Who was your favorite character and why?

    D.D. Warren was my favorite character. She is a real woman, crabby, hungry, good at her job.


    Which character – as performed by Kirsten Potter – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was the suspect.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the climax of the book was particularly moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Countess

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (395)

    The fairy tale courtship did not turn into a happily-ever-after. Not until her husband dropped dead, that is. He had been horrible enough to Christiana during their short marriage, and she was not going to allow the traditional period of mourning to ruin her sisters' debuts as well. So she decides to put him on ice and go on as if nothing's happened.... Until the real earl appears.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Entertaining!"
    "Too much sex"
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    What was most disappointing about Lynsay Sands’s story?

    There was no story without the sex scenes. Terrible book, ridiculous story. If I would have had the actual book I could have just skipped all the sex scenes.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Betrayer of Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (154)

    Since fleeing the supernova chain reaction at the galactic core, the cowardly Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds have - just barely - survived one crisis after another: the rebellion of their human slaves, the relentless questing of the species of Known Space, the spectacular rise of the starfishlike Gw'oth, the onslaught of the genocidal Pak. Now fresh disaster looms, as though past crises have returned and converged. Who can possibly save the Fleet this time?

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "When will Worlds end?"
    "Not that great"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have read some other Larry Niven books that I really enjoyed. So I was expecting a lot from this book. I was very disappointed. It seems to be part of a serial. It chronologically happens sometime after the Puppeteers leave Earth. I have not read any of the Puppeteer books so that is probably why I did not really care for the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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