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Laura

WINCHESTER, MA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Mythology 101: Mythology, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jody Lynn Nye
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Meet Keith Doyle - weirdo, business major, nerd, and believer in myths. To his joy - and horror - Keith has just discovered a village of elves in the university library. And when the library is threatened with demolition, Keith and the elves join forces to save it.

    Amazon Customer says: "Bureaucracy: The Fairy Tale? Seriously?"
    "Bureaucracy: The Fairy Tale? Seriously?"
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    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book couldn't quite decide what it was. A fantasy about fairy-tale elves come to life? A satire of bureaucracy in government, education and labor unions? A lighthearted romance? As a result, none of it worked for me. The magic was mired in details of -- I kid you not -- trying to file estimated taxes and secure mortgages given the challenge of elves having no social security numbers. If that bureaucracy had been played for laughs it might have made for a good satire, but alas, it was all tiresomely serious.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most: the details of creating a scavenger-elf civilization: Least: a tie between the unconvincing romances and the endless bureaucracy.


    What three words best describe Kevin Free’s performance?

    Well-meaning; bouncy; makes every female character high-pitched and breathy.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to more than three-quarters of this book, thinking all the while that surely things were finally about to get interesting. Unfortunately, it never happened for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Angel: Toch Island Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kat Heckenbach
    • Narrated By Jeanne Whitehouse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Angel lives with a loving foster family, but dreams of a land that exists only in the pages of a fantasy novel. Until she meets Gregor, whose magic Talent saves her life and revives lost memories. She follows Gregor to her homeland...a world unlike any she has imagined, where she travels a path of self-discovery that leads directly to her role in an ancient Prophecy...and to the madman who set her fate in motion.

    Wildrose Woman says: ""Delightful YA Fantasy""
    "An appealing tale, but emotions don't ring true"
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    Performance
    Story

    A foster child with no memory of her origins learns she's from another magical world. That's always an irresistible premise, and I did get caught up in the story. But the characters' relationships and emotional reactions to each other kept ringing false. Close bonds of trust and affection would seemingly pop up in an instant, while genuine tragedies seemed to only merit an "oh no, what a shame!" I just didn't believe in the characters, and so I found it hard to really care about the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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