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J. Huebert

I have been a voracious reader since I was a child.

San Francisco, CA United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Modern Scholar: Ecological Planet: An Introduction to Earth's Major Ecosystems

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Kricher
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Renowned ornithologist John Kricher presents an absorbing analysis of the diverse ecosystems that exist on Planet Earth. He provides a factual study of the many fragile and threatened portions of our biosphere while describing the interaction between each system and the effect of man's presence in these ecosystems. Professor Kricher also explains the amazing variety of flora and fauna that inhabit the individual ecosystems and addresses current ecological issues facing mankind.

    Kimberly says: "Author is a True Ecologist"
    "Great introduction or supplement to coursework"
    Overall

    I selected this as a crash course in ecology to supplement my graduate studies in a related field. The content is just what I'd expect in an introductory course, the lecture style is quite nice and his voice is pleasant to listen to. Wish there were more lecture series like this available!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6523)
    Performance
    (6198)
    Story
    (6216)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Maybe a bit too epic for me..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved the first novel in the series so much I pre-ordered this one (both as audiobooks). About halfway through this book, I started to lose interest in all but the main characters as that familiar, droning Jordan-esque tone set in... I realised the author was trying to ensnare me in a looooong tale that iterated through minutiae. I got very sad, as I really wanted to like this book, and somewhere in the last few chapters, I gave up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Camouflage

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (256)

    The artifact is found seven miles below the surface of the sea and beneath 40 more feet of sand. The Navy's efforts to raise a wrecked submarine uncover it - and set in motion a scientific race to retrieve it, to discover just what it is and where it came from. Denser than any substance known to man, it has broken every drill bit they've tried on it and will not budge an inch. It resists every effort to breach it - or communicate with it.

    Deborah Thompson says: "Grows on you"
    "Interesting story - narrator needs a Samoan lesson"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Camouflage?

    I love sci-fi, especially stories about aliens among us. This book did not disappoint on that front.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character was well developed, and I was intrigued by its progression through different 20th century situations.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator had a pleasant voice, but clearly needed a Samoan language lesson. I've spent time in both Samoas, and am sorry to say almost every word and phrase was mispronounced. It became annoying to the point of distraction.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, no extreme reactions to the book. In places, the writing seemed forced and some scenes were predictable. There were also some racy scenes that I just couldn't engage with.


    Any additional comments?

    The story took some very interesting turns, but overall fell kind of flat. My guess, without looking at the details, is that this is an early book for a new author - it has that rough-around-the-edges feeling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4028)
    Performance
    (2889)
    Story
    (2926)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Watch the movie instead"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made City of Bones better?

    The writing was rather poor; as I got more and more bored with the story I started to count the number of times the author used textbook adjectives to try to make it more interesting.


    What was most disappointing about Cassandra Clare’s story?

    She was a reactionary, seldom moved the story forward of her own volition.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ari Graynor?

    Anyone. The narrator had a whiny voice that eventually drove me to stop listening.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story line had some promise. I would like to view the movie to see if it was improved by screen adaptation.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ptolemy's Gate: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1317)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (550)

    Three years after the events of The Golem's Eye, the young magician Nathaniel is an established member of the British Government. But he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly and Britain's enemies are mounting attacks close to London.

    Derek B. says: "Loved it 3 times over!"
    "The narrator makes this awesome!"
    Overall

    I enjoyed every one of the Bartimaeus trilogy, and listened to them all in rapid succession. The narrator (Simon Jones) really makes this series shine. He does a perfect 'sardonic jinni'! This might be classed as junior fiction, but it appeals to adults as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Summer Tree: The Fionavar Tapestry, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (224)

    The Summer Tree is the first novel of Guy Gavriel Kay's critically acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry. Five university students embark on a journey of self-discovery when they enter a realm of wizards and warriors, gods and mythical creatures - and good and evil...

    Nissa says: "Obviously the first book of three"
    "Can't get into it"
    Overall

    I have read many, many fantasy books over the years. I generally love books in the genre, but this one is proving to be a challenge. Just can't seem to get engaged with the story. Maybe it is the reader or the pacing. About to try again from the beginning, if it doesn't stick with me this time... on to the next book!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Stephen Jay Gould
    • Narrated By Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    J. Huebert says: "Wonderful book, terrible audio quality"
    "Wonderful book, terrible audio quality"
    Overall

    I'm a big fan of Gould, and wanted so much to enjoy listening to this book. However, the audio is not good quality - to the point of giving me a headache. Please consider posting a better version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2759)
    Performance
    (1110)
    Story
    (1122)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Vampire chasing through the cold war"
    Overall

    I like unabridged books, so I'm always ready to sit through 20+ hours of narration. And I was pleasantly surprised that this was a vampire story; I actually didn't read the description too closely. I love the story's slow unfolding through europe in the cold war era, the woman narrating had a beautiful voice. And the account later in the novel of dracula describing his library was exquisite. It did drag at times, and the constant retelling of Vlad's real life atrocities was a bit much at times. Also, I didn't quite buy the mother's reason to abandon her family for more than a decade. But I did enjoy the journey, and the tale was enjoyable to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Hunt: Book Two of The Wheel Of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6329)
    Performance
    (3573)
    Story
    (3597)

    The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth returns again. For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of. Now, the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.

    Tony Deleeuw says: "Great Series, Great Readers"
    "Guilty pleasure"
    Overall

    I've been reading fantasy novels since I was a kid. Someone handed me the first novel in the Wheel of Time series last year, and I had a hard time reading the paperback version with all the made up words, names, and places the author has invented. I thought "why not listen to an audio book, and see how to pronounce this stuff?" I totally got hooked to it in audio form. This installment is well read and a pleasure to listen to, and now I know how to pronounce Aes Sedai =)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Highest Tide: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jim Lynch
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (37)

    One moonlit night, 13-year-old Miles O'Malley slips out of his house, packs up his kayak, and goes exploring on the flats of Puget Sound. But what begins as an ordinary hunt for starfish, snails, and clams is soon transformed by an astonishing sight: a beached giant squid. As the first person to ever see a giant squid alive, the speed-reading, Rachel Carson-obsessed insomniac instantly becomes a local curiosity.

    J. Huebert says: "13 going on 30"
    "13 going on 30"
    Overall

    Pros:
    Coming-of-age books can be great and moving reads. This book was loaded with emotion, and chock full of beautiful descriptions of life on the ocean (or bay, as it were) by one who obviously loves it and is well versed in the subject.

    Cons:
    There is plenty of what I'd expect a young teen to be thinking of and doing in this novel. But, about one-third the way into the book, I started to doubt a 13 year old could ever know as much as Miles O'Malley did. The story started to flatten for me as more and more very detailed facts about marine life, elegant quotes from Rachel Carson's writings, and very adult emotions came tumbling out of Miles. As Miles drones on about clams and the reproductive habits of obscure squid, I found my attention drifting more than once.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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