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  • Ruins: Pathfinder, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1395)
    Performance
    (1238)
    Story
    (1260)

    When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden.

    James says: "Story Stretching 101"
    "I'd wait for 3 before starting 2"
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    Performance
    Story
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I knew from the about half way through the book that I wasn't going to be happy with lack of resolution with this book, and considered stopping then to wait for book 3 to come out. I'm certainly going to recommend to my kids that they wait for book 3 to be available before starting the series, as there are just too many annoying open items and it is frustrating to wait a year or two to try to remember them and pick up and continue.


    Any additional comments?

    Read like a Young Adult novel, certainly appropriate for family listening if you don't mind poo jokes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight at Marble Arch: Charlotte and Thomas Pitt, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (119)

    In this superbly accomplished new Charlotte and Thomas Pitt adventure, Anne Perry takes us beneath the glittering surface of wealthy Victorian society into a nightmare world of fear and intimidation, where women are too often blamed for the violent attacks against them, and powerful men take what they want, leaving others to pay the price. The horrifying rape and apparent suicide of Catherine Quixwood, wife of a wealthy merchant banker, falls outside the new jurisdiction of Special Branch head Thomas Pitt, but so pervasively offensive are the rumors about the victim that Pitt quietly takes a hand in the investigation.

    Judith A. Weller says: "Anne Perry at the Top of her Game"
    "Preaching to the choir about rape"
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    Performance
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    What would have made Midnight at Marble Arch better?

    A single exposition on Victorian attitudes and practices regarding rape would have been sufficient. But it seemed that every character had to have a long explanation of how rape is handled, who it affects, the consequences, etc. And virtually no detecting


    Has Midnight at Marble Arch turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I will be careful with this author if there are other social issues mentioned as being part of the plot. Perhaps violence towards women is a particular hot button issue for her.


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

    She has a lovely way of capturing the social graces with her phrasing and tone of voice.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance. Really. I started with the expected anger at the treatment of women but the repetitive drumming on this theme just distracted from any plot advancement. The whole mystery solving part of the book happened almost as an afterthought in the last couple chapters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dreaming Void: Void Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2159)
    Performance
    (1321)
    Story
    (1341)

    AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

    Ethan M. says: "Solid Hamiltonian Space Opera"
    "Requires Concentration,"
    Overall

    which I obviously didn't have, since I listened to part 1, then part 3, completely skipping part 2, and didn't even notice until it ended. Except it didn't end, it just 'paused' until the next book is available. So I guess when Audible gets the next book, I'll go back and listen to this one, all 3 parts, in order, then maybe I'll enjoy it more!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    When the Council of 10 takes the seer Nostradamus into custody, suspecting him of poisoning a friend of the prince, his young apprentice must unravel a web of magic and murder if he is to have any future of his own.

    M Kruse says: "Excellent Book."
    "Nero Wolfe in a previous life"
    Overall

    Clever, fun little tale, with parallels to Nero Wolfe (Rex Stout) throughout. If you like Archie and Nero, you'll also very much enjoy this clever mystery in a historical setting. I'm looking forward to the next one, now that I'm more at home in ancient Venice.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (1828)
    Performance
    (1042)
    Story
    (1043)

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Amazon Customer says: "Sci-fi Comdey of Manners"
    "Sci-fi Comdey of Manners"
    Overall

    If you like sci-fi and you like 'The Importance of Being Earnest', then you'll love this fun blend of Victorian comedy with time travel. And a nice twisty ending.

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Magician's Gambit: The Belgariad, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (1113)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (601)

    Ce'Nedra, Imperial Princess of Tolnedra, is confused. Everyone knows the tales of the Orb protecting the West from the evil god Torak are just silly legends. But here she is, forced to join a quest to recover that stolen Orb. No one believes in sorcery, but Garion's aunt and grandfather seem to be the fabled sorcerers Polgara and Belgarath. Even young Garion is learning to do sorcery. He's just a farm boy, totally unsuitable for an Imperial Princess. Yet for some reason, she has the urge to comfort him.

    Bryan J. Peterson says: "I liked it."
    "Good, but still more??..."
    Overall

    Although I've enjoyed the story and listening to it, the fact that I need to fork out yet another credit, or two, or? to keep going with the narrative finally got to me. I bought and listened to the first three, but you know where the plot is headed, and it's just not worth the extra $'s to keep on with it.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3261)
    Performance
    (1477)
    Story
    (1485)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Not for family listening"
    Overall

    I personally enjoyed this book and the later two, but be warned that they are not for family listening - both the sex and the violence are very graphic. I like to listen to books on long family drives, but this series won't work for that!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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