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Vienna, VA, United States | Member Since 2008

  • 2 reviews
  • 60 ratings
  • 166 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014

  • The Cabinet of Curiosities

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois

    In lower Manhattan, a charnel pit of horror is uncovered: the remains of 36 people murdered and gruesomely dismembered over 130 years ago by an unknown serial killer. Just as a museum archaeologist and an enigmatic FBI agent begin to unravel the clues to the killings, a fresh spree of copy-cat murders and surgical mutilation erupts around them. Mixing science and terror in a way only they can, Preston and Child deliver a novel that's as gruesome as it is enthralling.

    Dianna says: "This Book is a True Curiosity!!"
    "Abridged version leaves too much out"
    Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and/or Rene Auberjonois?

    Absolutely - I have really liked all of their books and Rene Auberjonois is by far their best narrator. Pendergast is a fantastic character.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think the unabridged version would have been a lot more enjoyable. This version just made huge jumps from one scene to the next - you know you have missed a lot of important details which Preston and Childs do really well.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scenes when they figure out who the "villian" is - watching Pendergast's moves is a lot like watching a good chess game.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.

    Any additional comments?

    I don't think that Audible carries the unabridged version of this book, which, I am sure would be a far superior listen than this.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Magic and History"
    Would you listen to A Discovery of Witches again? Why?

    I can't wait for the next book in the series. It was like sitting in a collegiate history seminar and Hogwarts at the same time!

    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Discovery of Witches?

    The yoga class for magical creatures.

    What does Jennifer Ikeda bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ikeda's voices were convincing. She mastered accents from British to American to French and moved seamlessly from male to female.

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

    No laughing or crying - just an impatience to get to the next page!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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