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Susan

COLUMBIA, MO, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Leviathan Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (1726)
    Performance
    (1538)
    Story
    (1536)

    James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

    Ethan M. says: "Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent"
    "A Credit Well Spent"
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    A sci fi noir, seasoned with a dash of Lovecraft and a whiff of Lonesome Dove.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strong Witch Society: The Diary of Mary Bliss Parsons, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By D.H. Parsons
    • Narrated By Jodi Bricker
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    After her death in 1712, it became Mary's purpose to somehow awaken in the mind and spirit of one of her future descendants in order to reinstitute The Strong Witch Society. The author is that grandchild. What unfolds on the pages of this book is a rollercoaster of supernatural events and 'lessons' designed with the express purpose of calling together the remaining strong witches in order to divert an impending world disaster.

    Susan says: "A Curious Awakening"
    "A Curious Awakening"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Strong Witch Society to be better than the print version?

    The author has written many scenes of a fantastical nature. Being able to listen to the narrative without the distraction of the printed page allows these sequences to develop fully in the mind's eye. By contrast, there are also many "teaching moments" that are best absorbed from the printed page. In my opinion, the audio version compliments the printed version.


    What other book might you compare The Strong Witch Society to and why?

    While the book starts with verifiable history — the story of Mary Bliss Parsons — and moves to contemporary reality — a moment in the life of the author — the story progresses more along the lines of The Chronicles of Narnia as Mary introduces herself to Din. He is presented with a series of events and encounters that provide lessons and insight into the true nature of the universe, the fate of humanity, and what can be done to change that fate. In that sense, The Strong Witch Society is somewhat like The Celestine Prophecy except that the lessons and directions are more tangible and practical.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scene where the garden came alive. I will leave it to the reader to find out exactly what that means, but it was delightful.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I don't think I would call my reaction extreme, but I was left with a renewed appreciation for the depth and complexity of this planet we live on, and an increased resolution to pay attention to what lies beyond our vision.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure what the previous reviewer, Rob, found to be so viscerally objectionable in this book. The existence of Mary Bliss Parsons is a fact, as is the author's connection to her. What follows is a series of observations, lessons, and insights that, while one may not like them or may disagree with them, cannot be simply dismissed. Indeed, the pages are filled with practical advice for a better life.

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