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Diane

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  • I Shall Wear Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1175)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (715)

    Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren't sparkly, aren't fun, don't involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy. But someone - or something - is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches.

    Rebecca says: "Another Treasured Pratchett"
    "Great but not enough Feegles!"
    Overall

    As always, I loved this Tiffany book, but I want more Feegles! Frankly, I could listen to a book that is all about the Feegles with Tiffany as a minor character, but this is the next best thing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1176)
    Performance
    (1026)
    Story
    (1036)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    John says: "Not Moore at his funniest, but Moore completely"
    "Just a Good Book from a Great Writer"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I dislike the way Audible wants me to review books. I don't want to answer questions, I simply want to tell you what I think of a book - in this case Sacre Bleu.

    This is a good book with excellent narration. It is strange and mysterious and has wonderful characters. There are moments when I laughed out loud and moments when I merely savored the weirdness. I would recommend this book to anyone.

    So why only five stars for the story? Because this is Christopher Moore and I am afraid he has spoiled me with "The Stupidest Angel" and "Lamb". "The Stupidest Angel" is my very favorite Audible book and I want all of Christopher Moore's books to make me laugh like "The Stupidest Angel" does!

    I suspect that most fans of Mr. Moore do not think "The Stupidest Angel" is his best - it is not as rich as some of his books, but there's me liking silly much more than meaningful, so take that into consideration when you decide to buy this book - which you really should decide to do.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1964)
    Performance
    (1801)
    Story
    (1804)

    "Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

    Acacia says: "WHY WHY WHY"
    "What can I say - it's Neil Gaiman"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A nicely creepy little story. Neil Gaimen is so good at presently soothingly eerie stories. His voice just carries me into soft, calm, place filled with sudden fear.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wyrd Sisters: Discworld #6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Celia Imrie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1052)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (445)

    Chris says: "Which Discworld?"
    "Good book, mostly well read but ..."
    Overall

    I love Terry Pratchett, (though I will confess to having gotten spoiled by starting with "The Wee Free Men" and nothing I have heard since, has been as funny as the feegles are.) Still, I am working my way through all the Disc World books and trying to listen to them in some sort of order. I recently finished the Death books and started on the Witch books. I enjoyed "Equal Rites" very much - including the way Celia Imrie read it.

    I also enjoyed "Wyrd Sisters", so I would recommend it, but, I do have to say, while I generally like the way Ms. Imrie reads, I really, and I mean really, hated some of the voices in this book. I never quite accepted Nanny Ogg as being such a shakey old woman voice and one of the characters talked with a stuffed up nose - very annoying. I imagine it is hard to come up with distintive voices for each character and I like the way Ms. Imrie reads men's voices better than many women readers, but I am thinking of moving on to the Wizard books for awhile rather than continue with the witches.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Smart Pills

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Tony Teora
    • Narrated By Mark Douglas Nelson
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    The mayhem starts when two bumbling Jersey mobsters, Nick and Squeaky, decide that their only way to get rich is to insure and burn down an old apartment building. Unfortunately their complex is above ancient alien beacon for communicating with their galactic space brothers. First contact by the aliens sets in motion a destructive course for mankind and the aliens. The fate of the galaxy depends on the decisions of Markus, a mobster named Squeaky, and a dog named "Snoop".

    Donald says: "Loved it"
    "You have to like farts"
    Overall

    To be fair, I didn't listen to very much of this book. The book might be wonderful. I just could not get past the almost loving description of one character's numerous farts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9019)
    Performance
    (3246)
    Story
    (3323)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Classic or Typical"
    Overall

    Depending upon your view, this was either "classic" Dan Brown or "Typical" Dan Brown. Being a fan, I will say "classic", but definately not the best of Brown.

    Robert Langdon was once again, after an early morning call, running around a large city with a beautiful, very smart, scientist; being chased by the authorities, and a scary, extremely creepy bad guy. Of course Robert has to decode something to save a life and once again it all has religious overtones. (Okay, overtones is an understatement.)

    There were plot twists that I saw coming and a couple that caught me off guard. All in all, I did enjoyed the ride. But, as others have said, once the ride was over, it just kept going! Not only did the ending go on too long, but the behavior was not believable. All the people involved had just been through a harrowing, intense experience - The emotions or lack of, did not ring true.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Practical Demonkeeping

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (472)

    In Christopher Moore's ingenious debut novel, we meet one of the most memorably mismatched pairs in the annals of literature. The good-looking one is one-hundred-year-old ex-seminarian and "roads" scholar Travis O'Hearn. The green one is Catch, a demon with a nasty habit of eating most of the people he meets.

    colleen says: "I named my cat after the demon Catch"
    "Pretty Good though not Moore's best"
    Overall

    It comes down, as it so often does, to the narrator. And actually, this narrator wasn't bad. If I had heard him before I listened to "The Stupidest Angel" I would not have minded him at all - except that he didn't find out how to pronounce the place names correctly! San Jue-neh-pair-oh??????

    That being said, this was a fine book. It is, if I am correct, Christopher Moore's first book, so I made a few allowences because it is not as funny as "The Stupidest Angel" or "Lamb" but it is pretty good and "San Jue-neh-pair-oh" aside, I will listen to it again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Start Late, Finish Rich: A No-Fail Plan for Achieving Financial Freedom at Any Age

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Bach
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    Start Late, Finish Rich applies David Bach's financial wisdom to all those who forgot to save (or just plain procrastinated) and are worried that it is too late to achieve financial freedom. For those who worry that they'll never be able to retire on their current savings, hope and help have arrived. David's message is that it is never too late to finish rich.

    James says: "Sound advice, but..."
    "I hate to agree but ARGH!"
    Overall

    The lists! List, after list, after list!

    Nothing against the narrator, he's actually fine as far as I am concerned. Also, nothing against the book - I plan to go buy a paper copy. BUT, I just could not keep listening to the lists of information! They went on and on, well past the time when the point had been made!

    If the lists were printed in a pdf to go with the book, the book would be fine, since the rest of the info is great.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The City, Not Long After

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pat Murphy
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    The city is San Francisco. The not long after refers to a devastating worldwide plague that has wiped out most of the planet's population. The people who survive in San Francisco are mostly artists, hippies, and misfits who pull together a viable community and transform the city.

    Julie says: "Reminded me why I love sci-fi!"
    "Almost"
    Overall

    This book almost works for me - almost, but not quite. First let me say that I did enjoy the book enough to finish listening to it, but I doubt I would listen to it again. I have listened to other books by Pat Murphy and I like her writing style. That may be one of the reasons this book did not really work - I expected better things.

    I loved the surreal sense evoked by wandering through an almost empty San Francisco. I loved the colorful images in the book.

    Some of my problems with the book are nit-picky; I hated the name of one of the characters - "Danny-boy". It was just too cutsey for me. But the real reasons I did not like the book went deeper.

    I never connected with the lead character. She left me as empty of emotions as she seemed to be.

    Other characters were better. Infact other characters were introduced and fleshed out so that I wanted to spend more time with them, then they were dropped into the background as props.

    Subplots worked the same way. Interesting twists or directions came up, then just went away.

    And finally the ending - It lost me. I confess I didn't understand the point of it. Just as I didn't understand the point of the book. I don't really think books need a point if they are entertaining, but this one seemed to be trying to tell me something - a moral perhaps - but I never quite got it.

    Pat Murphy is a good writer and this book had some very good moments. As I said, the images she draws are wonderful, but I was left wanting something I never quite got.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3312)
    Performance
    (1303)
    Story
    (1307)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "Appeallingly Odd"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book very much. It was an odd one though. It was extremely long, yet I didn't feel that it dragged on. I always found the story compelling. I really wanted to know what was going on. The tone of the book is staid and old fashion, almost quaint. The story, though is unlike anything I have read before. A very different look at magic.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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