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  • Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1119)
    Performance
    (1043)
    Story
    (1044)

    Emperor Mollusk. Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth. Not bad for a guy without a spine. But what's a villain to do after he's done... everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel aliens invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course. Retirement isn't easy though.

    Kat Hooper says: "Hilariously wacky!"
    "Just couldn't get into this"
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    I really liked the Automatic Detective by Martinez, so I thought I'd try another book by the same author. I just couldn't get into this one. The dialogue was very witty, and those laughs carried me about halfway through the book, but I felt no connection with the main character. I gave up on the book because I just had no emotion for any characters in the story. The witty dialogue couldn't make up for a lack of character development.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Outside In

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (111)

    "Me? A leader? Okay, I did prove that there's more to Inside than we knew. That a whole world exists beyond this cube we live in. And finding that led to a major rebellion—between worker scrubs like me and the snobby uppers who rule our world. Make that ruled. Because of me, we're free. I thought that meant I was off the hook, and could go off on my own again—while still touching base with Riley, of course. He's the one upper I think I can trust. But then we learned that there's outside and then there is Outside...."

    Christina says: "Boring in the beginning and then picks up"
    "Even better than Inside Out!"
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    A few reviewers have said that they found the beginning of this slow. I am not certain why that would be-- I found it moved along nicely. Trella is experiencing a period of self-doubt, and she goes back and forth in her mind about her role in the new society. However, there is a lot of action with bombs going off in Inside, vital systems at risk, and people dying. It's a great follow-up to Inside Out, so if you liked that,you'll love this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1349)
    Performance
    (1196)
    Story
    (1198)

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    Katherine says: "excruciatingly vivid, marvelously written and read"
    "Amazing!"
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    Fantastic book. The author is a true craftsman. The story is rich and compelling, and the narrator is an outsanding performer. I usually don't read this sort of "outdoor adventure turns wrong" book, but I loved it. You cannot go wrong with this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Ramon De Ocampo
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (260)

    The author of the Mistborn trilogy and Elantris, Brandon Sanderson is winning abundant praise for this rollicking - and unusual - tale. Alcatraz Smedry can’t exactly be described as someone who doesn’t break things. In fact, he breaks lots of things. The truth is, he’s a major klutz. Breaking things, however, might just be the ace in the hole he needs when he goes up against a cabal of nefarious (gasp!) librarians.

    Ryan says: "Really bad title, really good book."
    "So much fun!"
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    I'm a fan of Brandon Sanderson from Mistborn, Warbreaker, Alloy of Law, and Elantris. Hoping to get a little more of my fix, I tried out these "teen" books. I laughed and laughed my way through the whole set of 4, and I dearly hope he will finish it out with book 5 as he has promised. The humor is snarky and certainly some of it is above the level of many pre-teen kids. They won't miss what they don't get, but you'll laugh yourself silly. The narration is superb, truly top-notch. The plot is ridiculous, but is *supposed* to be. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy, snarky humor, and poking fun at oneself, other authors, the genre, and book-writing in general.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4156)
    Performance
    (2660)
    Story
    (2703)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Fantasy at it's best!"
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    This was just a delightful read! I fell in love with Sanderson with the Mistborn series, then went looking for more. Sure nothing could top Mistborn, I was a little nervous that this earlier novel wouldn't satisfy, but I had nothing to fear. I loved this novel. The main characters are well developed, the plot has twists and turns that kept me guessing, the magic system is interesting and new, and the writing was good. The only tiny gripe is that, as in Mistborn, occasionally Sanderson gets into a trap of going on and on about what a main character is thinking or feeling, repeating himself quite a bit before moving on. I'm okay with it--it's not too often--and it does add to character development. It's just obvious when you listen rather than read (where you might skim). Otherwise, a great read, and I gave it 5 stars because I couldn't put my ipod down. Also, the narrator is superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Thing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff, Stephanie Wolfe
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (250)

    It's hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. So hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers-not to mention the occasional lake monster-are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.

    Edward says: "Disappointing."
    "A big let down after Beat The Reaper"
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    I loved Beat the Reaper, with it's sarcastic, dark humor and fast-paced thriller plot. When Audible emailed me to say that a sequel had come out, I immediately clicked over and used a credit. Now I rather wish I had not.

    The good: Dr. Peter Brown (or Lionel Azemuth is he is known in this book) still has all the dark, cutting, dry humor that we know and love. So I still got many laugh-out-loud moments in this book.

    The bad: The plot is boring and implausible in a bad way. Beat The Reaper was implausible in a funny, satisfying way, but this plot is just lame. A sea monster? Really? Bleh. Also, somehow Josh Bazell decided to use book #2 for his own little political/economic soap box. We get an entire chapter about the oil crisis and climate change, delivered by the supporting female character. Yawn. We get snide, snippy remarks about conservatives and Christians, and ludicris, stereotyped characters to illustrate the snide, snippy remarks. Really? Bleh again. Also not funny. Last, the supporting female character is not well done. I hated her by the end, even though Peter Brown is in heat about her for most of the book. The guy I liked, the teenage kid who nearly gets killed at the beginning of the book but is rescued by Peter Brown, is not in the book enough and gets whacked in the end, by accident.

    Sorry, but don't waste your credit. It'll taint the happiness you felt from Beat the Reaper.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Birth of Venus: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family's Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter's abilities.

    Giovanna says: "Excellent"
    "Beautiful novel with excellent characterization"
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    In the Birth of Venus, we nestle inside the mind of Alessandra, a girl on the verge of womanhood, and follow her path through marriage and betrayal. Set in Florence in the late 1400s, this book is a fascinating historical fiction novel as well as being a bit of a love story. It is most definitely not a romance novel, however. It is a more a story of a woman who doesn't fit her time/place/class deciding to rebel, and then learning to live with the consequences that follow her. All of the characters are wonderfully drawn, and the plot moves nicely forward throughout. I enjoyed the narrator's voice--light with no vocal weirdness that you sometimes come upon in audiobooks (mouth sounds, drawn out words, over-drama, no distiniction between voices, etc).

    Worth the credit for sure. I even teared up at the ending because I had grown so attached to Alessandra. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6445)
    Performance
    (4415)
    Story
    (4448)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "A second great book in the Mistborn trilogy!"
    Overall

    The second Mistborn book moves slower than the first, but it really allows for a ton of character development and a deeper understanding of the Mistborn world. You see the characters struggle; these books do not have clear cut "good" and "bad" but rather show the characters as real people struggling with conflicting emotions, duties, wants, etc. Excellent read! Couldn't put my iPod down. Kramer is outstanding as with the first book. Can't wait to "read" the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Bee: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chris Cleave
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1485)
    Performance
    (769)
    Story
    (769)

    British couple Andrew and Sarah O'Rourke, vacationing on a Nigerian beach in a last-ditch effort to save their faltering marriage, come across Little Bee and her sister, Nigerian refugees fleeing from machete-wielding soldiers intent on clearing the beach. The horrific confrontation that follows changes the lives of everyone involved in unimaginable ways.

    Katerina says: "Good book, well told"
    "Too dark"
    Overall

    I made it through 4 chapters. This book is exceptionally well-written, but be warned that the subject of the book is very very dark, distressing, depressing, etc. If you don't like that type of literature, skip this one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Teaglass

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Emily Arsenault
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens, Oliver Wyman, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (196)

    The dusty files of a venerable dictionary publisher, a hidden cache of coded clues, a story written by a phantom author, an unsolved murder in a gritty urban park: all collide memorably in Emily Arsenault's magnificent debut, at once a teasing literary puzzle, an ingenious suspense novel, and an exploration of definitions: of words, of who we are, and of the stories we choose to define us.

    Ed says: "Enjoyable Book with Great Characters"
    "Started out so good....then fell flat"
    Overall

    This novel started out wonderfully. I was captivated by the slowly unfolding mystery and the excellent character development. About halfway through the story, things began to slow down and become dreary, dull, drawn-out, and melancholy. The mystery took a back seat to the navel-gazing of the two slueths. The ending was hugely dissapointing. This really should have been a short story, not a novel. Most of it was depressing filler. Skip this one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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