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Becky

Laguna Hills, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • My Royal Pain Quest: The Lakeland Knight, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Laura Lond
    • Narrated By A. T. Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    How far would a villain go to help a friend? Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle thinks doing three heroic deeds is a bit too far. Not only is it plain detestable, it could ruin his reputation and get him in trouble with the Villains League. On the other hand, it's not like he's got friends to spare. And losing the League's membership isn't the end of the world, one can always work independently.

    Becky says: "Highly enjoyable children's fantasy"
    "Highly enjoyable children's fantasy"
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    As an adult, sometimes I like to listen to children's audio books when I’m in a more easygoing mood or need a mental break from more complex plots. With that said, I’m still surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. This book is a playful version of all the serious fantasy novels out there. I love the fantasy genre and have listened/read so many that some of the plots have become predictable. While this one’s happy ending is just as predictable, the humor and hilarious characters make this one really worth a go.

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  • The Cabinet of Curiosities

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (1382)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (454)

    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!!"
    "Enjoyable thriller with some confusing parts"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to fans of the Pendergast series. I listened to this book before any of the others, so some of the character's quirks that were taken for granted fell flat for me. The thriller has some of the fantastic elements I love, taking thrillers to the edges of science fiction and fantasy, adding a mysterious element that sparks my imagination. If you like those elements as well, I would definitely recommend it.


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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
    (10508)
    Performance
    (5753)
    Story
    (5796)

    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"
    "An eloquent agrgument for faith & the love of God"
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    Book: 5, Narration: 5. This book is by far the most eloquent argument on behalf of faith I have ever run across. Not just for the Christian God, but any God. This book also includes Allah and the Indian pantheon and the arguments will hold true, for me, for any belief. I am personally agnostic, but enjoy learning about religions. One thing not often taught in books of mythology or comparative religion is faith itself. The book itself if well written and entertaining. The audiobook is more so because the reader is really able to capture a lot of the subtle emotions felt by the character. I typically like to listen to audio books while doing chores around the house, but found myself so enchanted that I just stopped dead, engrossed in the images the reader conjured up in my mind. This book is a deep exploration of faith and finding one's self and humanity and God despite the name of the God you choose to worship. It will give you a deeper appreciation of this book if you have some knowledge of multiple religions, but is not a deal breaker. By the way, the publisher's summary sucks. It's like they didn't even finish the CliffsNotes version of this book. How can they expect their readers to anticipate the subtleties, religious allegories or profound trial of faith the character, Pi, is put through with, "Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle". I'm sorry, but that's like saying the Bible has some good stories about ancient cities and interesting people. The most important thing about this book and the reason I recommend it in this day and age is because it also gives a unique argument for religious tolerance. Pi is a character full of faith and dutifully practices 3 forms of religion. On a chance meeting of his 3 religious instructors all at once, an indignant argument ensues. When asked directly which faith he believes in, Pi simply answers, "I just want to love God."

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