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Carl

Blaine, WA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5128)
    Performance
    (4598)
    Story
    (4591)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Not a Chick book"
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    What did you love best about Shadow of Night?

    The story and the characters. At first, I thought this book to be more of a romantic than I was expecting. Eventually and quite quickly my interest picked up and then I couldn't put it down. It is a book that will draw you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Phillip, he was strong and wise. His witness to the past is first hand knowledge.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ikeda – was your favorite?

    Jennifer Ikeda is a wonderful performer. I have enjoyed all of her characters.


    If you could rename Shadow of Night, what would you call it?

    I would not change it.


    Any additional comments?

    This would appear to be a chick book, no offense, but more of a romance novel at first. But it is not. The story is very good, the characters are memorable and I am looking forward to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (1236)
    Performance
    (1098)
    Story
    (1121)

    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"
    "Disapointed"
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    What would have made Ruins better?

    Listening to this book put me on edge. All of the bickering was just to much. I enjoy OSC very much and have all of his books. This is the first to be such a let down.


    Has Ruins turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes the Narrator has always been top notch and will always be.


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

    Anger, disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I will look forward to the Gate Keeper books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amped: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Robbie Daymond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (355)

    In Amped, people are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts the abilities - and rights - of "amplified" humans. On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, 29-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as "amps." Owen is forced to go on the run, desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where, it is rumored, a group of the most enhanced amps may be about to change the world - or destroy it.

    D says: "No Michael Crighton but still worth a listen"
    "Disapointed"
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    Would you try another book from Daniel H. Wilson and/or Robbie Daymond?

    The idea has a lot going for it, but I felt overall it was rushed and not a lot of thought went into the process.


    What could Daniel H. Wilson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More research and editing.


    How could the performance have been better?

    With what he had to work with, not much.


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

    To many to list.


    Any additional comments?

    This book could be a winner with more polish and research.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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