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Christofer

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  • Foundling: Monster Blood Tattoo, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By D.M. Cornish
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    Set in the realm of the Half-Continent, a land of tri-corner hats and flintlock pistols, the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy presents a world of predatory monsters, chemical potions, and surgically altered people. Foundling begins the journey of Rossamund, a boy with a girl's name, who is about to begin a dangerous life in the service of the Emperor. What starts as a simple journey is threatened by encounters with monsters - and people, who may be worse.

    Heather says: "Foundling - an adventure tale"
    "So many made up words!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Foundling? What did you like least?

    Best: The world is interesting and some of the story, while predictable, was very fun.

    Worst: There are so many made up words that there is a definition in every chapter heading.


    What was most disappointing about D.M. Cornish’s story?

    He failed the XKCD test


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    Europe


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be looking for the reader, Humphrey Bower. He was delightful.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flashforward

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1156)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (613)

    A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than twenty years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "How would you digest the fruits of knowledge??"
    "Rather dull"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who enjoys


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Flashforward?

    Cut the over-thinking by the characters, especially as a cheap trick to lengthen a countdown.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Homunculus: Narbondo, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James P Blaylock
    • Narrated By Nigel Carrington
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    In 1870s London, a city of contradictions and improbabilities, a dead man pilots an airship and living men are willing to risk all to steal a carp. Here, a night of bangers and ale at the local pub can result in an eternity at the Blood Pudding with the rest of the reanimated dead.... A comic science-fiction novel first published in 1986. It took the Philip K Dick award that year, and was the second book in Blaylock's loose steampunk trilogy, following The Digging Leviathan (1984) and preceding Lord Kelvin's Machine (1992).

    Katherine says: "Over the top in the right kind of way"
    "Nice setting, but I couldn't get into the story."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A plot in whic I cared about any of the characters.
    The action was too often distracted with detailed world-descriptions.


    What was most disappointing about James P Blaylock’s story?

    I wanted the characters to just get on with it rather than spending so long on the rich descriptions.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Homunculus?

    Leave it as-is. It's just not my style.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully detailed world. I could easily see, smell and taste it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Something from the Nightside: Nightside, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1204)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (686)

    "Taylor is the name. John Taylor...My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding things. It's part of the Gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside - the hidden heart of London where it's always three a.m., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side in the endless darkness of the soul. Assignment: Joanna Barrett hires me to track down her teenage daughter, who decided to forgo the circus and run away to the Nightside."

    Angela says: "The Nightside"
    "Good story but too florid"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Simon R. Green and/or Marc Vietor?

    Simon R. Green? no
    Marc Vietor? YES


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not worth it


    Which character – as performed by Marc Vietor – was your favorite?

    John Taylor. His gritty portrayal was perfect.


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

    If he says "In the Nightside" one more time, I'm going to punch something.


    Any additional comments?

    We already know that the characters are "in the Nightside". You don't have to remind us every page. I mean that literally. The main character says or thinks "in the Nightside" once or twice a conversation.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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