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Monica

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  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1937)
    Performance
    (1211)
    Story
    (1213)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It was Sunday morning, and I was standing over my cup of coffee in the kitchen, tears streaming down my cheeks, hoping none of my family would walk in just then. But this is time travel. What came first was 42 hours of audiobook, sometimes tedious, sometimes gripping. Even though the author could have edited out some of the characters' more repetitive thought-loops, I still give this book a wall of stars. If I could give the narrator 10 out of 5 stars I would - her performance was phenomenal.

    I read other reviews on Audible before I bought these books. A number of people complained that Blackout didn't stand on its own as a book because of the abrupt ending. They felt that the author had just taken one book and chopped it in two. It is true that the two books must be read as a whole, but honestly, if the two books had been published as one it would have been too heavy to read comfortably! In audio format, I have absolutely no problem using two credits for this 42 1/2 hour read.

    I loved these books, would read them again, and highly recommend them. As an added bonus, for anyone wasn't there, this book will give you a real appreciation for how difficult life was during WW2 and how easy we have it today.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Darkfever: Fever, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2050)
    Performance
    (1078)
    Story
    (1086)

    MacKayla Lane's life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she's your perfectly ordinary 21st-century woman. Or so she thinks...until something extraordinary happens.

    Dana says: "Stick with it!"
    "Addictive Reading"
    Overall

    When I first started listening to this book I was fairly sure I would stop listening at the first book. The writing was overly flowery and irritated me. But by the time I reached the end of the first book I was additcted. On finishing each book I raced to the computer to get the next one! The writing improves over the course of the series. Audible has a different narrator for the fourth book. I liked both narrators - they did a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3246)
    Performance
    (1037)
    Story
    (1042)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Interesting, but not a joy to read."
    Overall

    My expectations were high for this book, based on the Hugo Award and the audible listener reviews. I was a little disappointed. I found the story a bit dreary. The main character seemed flat and passionless. However, the science concepts in the book were very interesting. I enjoyed the way the author played with our perception of time. I'd say this book was worth reading, but it was not a joy to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sacred Book of the Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Victor Pelevin
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    A. Huli, beautiful and curiously foxlike, works as a classy prostitute in Moscow's premier hotels, until one client goes inexplicably and fatally berserk at the sight of her and she has to leave in a hurry. Forced to advertise on the Internet, she comes to the attention of an intelligence officer who also happens to be a werewolf.

    Paul says: "okokok people"
    "Nonsense!"
    Overall

    This book is filled with insufferable nonsense.
    Unless you are prepared to listen to hours of droning about metaphysical mysticism and far-fetched allegorical stories, I wouldn't recommend it.

    It's not often I abandon a book before finishing it, but in this case I couldn't bear to listen anymore.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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