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Rebecca

Highland, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • METAtropolis: Cascadia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois, Kate Mulgrew, Wil Wheaton, and others
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (454)

    This sequel to the Hugo and Audie Award nominated METAtropolis features interconnected stories by today’s top writers of speculative fiction – performed by a galaxy of Star Trek stars. As the mid-20th century approaches, the Pacific Northwest has been transformed - politically, economically, and ecologically - into the new reality of Cascadia. Conspiracies and secrets threaten the tenuous threads of society. And the End of Days seems nearer than ever.

    Stephen says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Great compilation and follow up!"
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    Where does METAtropolis: Cascadia rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've enjoyed mostly all of my audiobooks, but this one is near the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The authors came back and followed up on loose ends from the last book that made me so happy. I like how they all can focus on the events going on in the Cascadia area and have linked everything. I can't wait until the next book comes out later this month!


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I was also pleasantly surprised by the cast of readers being I listen to books on my commute to work. LeVar Burton brought be back to my childhood sitting in front of the tv watching Reading Rainbow. I loved watching him read to me! But I also recognized Jonathan Flakes which brought me back to Star Trek when my parents watched it. And I investigated and realized all of the readers for these 6 short stories were from that show. Great choices.


    Any additional comments?

    All I have to say is WOW! I was drawn to the first METAtropolis because I am a writer and I appreciate several writers coming together to create the world and then branch off to create the characters. I was a bit skeptical and not sure about how I felt about some of those stories. But they are doing a great job at keeping consistency with quality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All You Could Ask For: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mike Greenberg
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Happily married Brooke discovers her loving husband has led a separate life with…another wife. Newlywed Samantha learns of her husband's cheating heart when she finds the goods on his computer. High-powered career woman Katherine works with heartbreaker Phillip, the man who hurt her early on in her career. Brooke, Samantha, and Katherine don't know one another, but their stories are about to intertwine in ways no one could have imagined. And all three are about to discover the power of friendship to conquer adversity.

    Marethyu says: "Great story and great performance!"
    "A great read"
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    Would you listen to All You Could Ask For again? Why?

    I don't usually re-listen to books, but it was pleasant.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was looking for a story to relate to about how three women come together because they have had horrible relationships. But the plot twist took me to a place that while unpleasant, is somewhere that is real and I did enjoy the story.


    Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed all of her voice overs particularly her Brooklyn accent, but I really enjoyed Samantha.


    If you could rename All You Could Ask For, what would you call it?

    BFF


    Any additional comments?

    This book started out as one thing, three women having male issues, and turned into something completely different. I am like Samantha in the fact that I am a crier. This story is definitely something that put tears in my eyes as well as choked me up. The women came together in unlikely circumstances. They lean on each other for moral support and it was not the kind I thought they would be looking for. I applaud Mike for writing Brooke because she will not be understood my most, but there are definitely people out there who can relate to her. And I mean that in two ways, how she has found the perfect love of her life as well as how she could keep such a secret from him. I do appreciate Katherine but I have more to say about Samantha. She is inspirational in her driven spirit. I wish to attain the focus that she finds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6205)
    Performance
    (2338)
    Story
    (2346)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "A very well written story on the Japanese feudal"
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    Where does Across the Nightingale Floor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I put it story near the top. The story was great and the reader's did really nicely!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Across the Nightingale Floor?

    I have been to Kyoto and have seen the nightingale floors, shrines, and various customs of the Japanese people. It was very enjoyable to read a story about the feudal era. I had been looking for something a bit more historical, but this was very enjoyable. The descriptions about the floors were pretty accurate and being that I also lived in Okinawa, I really enjoyed the author making it a point to note the earthquakes. She did not go overboard but they are definitely a part of the terrain.


    Any additional comments?

    This story was surprisingly fresh and well written! Being that I lived in Japan, I can attest to how the earthquakes do happen quite often and how one does take note of it. The descriptions of the various Japanese etiquette such as bowing low and the tea and deference all seem well written. The feeling was very Japanese and I was surprised to learn that the author was not Japanese herself. Their culture, while different to Westerners, is very pleasant and I would definitely recommend this book to others! I can't wait to read the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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