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Veneda

Wilder, VT, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (174)

    Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

    Carolyn says: "Book Lovers Nirvana"
    "Absolutely wonderful book!"
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    This is a wonderful book - I loved every minute of it. So much so, that I slowed my intake of it to prolong the experience. As soon as I finish writing this, I'm getting the next "Chronicle" just because it is exquisitely fun. I laughed, I cried,I trembled in fear and anxiety; emotionally this was a carnival.

    I "read" this book on Audible, and I heartily recommend for everyone to "read" it this way. Why? Because this is a particularly British book, complete with all those Britishy turns of phrases that we Yanks love so much; so to have the book read to you by someone with that accent is positively yummy - just took the book over the top. I will restrain from telling you what the story is about, the plot is too wonderfully twisty - turny for that.

    Just get it, read it and enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Order: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (258)

    High in Nepal, a monastery erupts with savagery and madness. Deep in a German mine, abomination wears the innocent face of a child. Hidden in the jungles of Africa, experiments rooted in a dark past have found fertile ground again.

    Barry says: "Absorbing and Intense"
    "Vampire's - Really?"
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    Started off okay - and then, Vampire's and Werewolves! I usually stay away from Vampire stories, so I was taken by surprise.Dress them up with religious overtones... still Vampires.
    I put the book down..... oy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. T. Brannan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    The fate of the whole human race is at stake in the stunning new action thriller from the author of Origin. An extraordinary discovery in the Sahara desert will turn history on its head.... A series of unexplained phenomena create shockwaves across the globe - a huge religious statue moves its arm, and there's a spate of floods and earthquakes. Many think it's the end of the world.... Investigative journalist Alyssa Durham receives a call from an old friend claiming that these phenomena may not be entirely natural, but when he is assassinated in front of her, she finds herself on the run for her life.

    Matthew says: "Man, sometimes things just go wrong!"
    "Book's just average, Narration is superb."
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    This is an average book. The story, while a good idea, becomes contrived and unbelievable; I almost gave up and stopped listening several times. However, the narrator/reader was so superb that I stuck with it. I'm glad that I did, the twist at the end was brilliant! Brought the grade up from a C to a B-.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6156)
    Performance
    (5469)
    Story
    (5467)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Literally, Spell-Binging."
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    I am usually quite wary of books that "everyone" says a fantastic. I've had too many disappointments with books that the world-at-large thinks are magnificent (Shades of Gray); But Night Circus-well Night Circus is actually as they say,"Magic". Surprise - this time the world was right!

    This book weaves a spell around you - by the time that the story is over, the only thing that you want to do is to find this circus and run to it, fast, far and true.

    Ah, but timing is everything. . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beneath the Dark Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Greig Beck
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (302)

    When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice, exposing a massive cave beneath, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost. Captain Alex Hunter and his highly trained squad of commandos are fast tracked to the hot zone to find out what went wrong - and to follow up the detection of a vast underground reservoir.

    Bob says: "A fun and interesting read."
    "Above Average for Beneath the Dark Ice"
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    Would you try another book from Greig Beck and/or Sean Mangan?

    Yes - I'd like to see how he matures as a writer.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is an exciting adventure-thriller; plenty of action. Plausible scientific and archaeological theories help the story along as well. Like an action movie with brains.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the insufferably annoying Dr. was killed. I know it's wrong - but he was such an annoying character.


    Was Beneath the Dark Ice worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    The story is good, pacing is good - sometimes the dialog seems stilted and simplistic or transitions are sometimes halting. All in all, an above average read. C+ - B-

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tyrannosaur Canyon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (263)

    What fire bolt from the galactic dark shattered the Earth eons ago, and now hides in that remote cleft in the southwest U.S. known as Tyrannosaur Canyon?

    Peggy says: "A pleasure to listen to"
    "I give it a 3 out 5 stars = C"
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    Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and/or Scott Sowers?

    I usually love Douglas Preston and will continue to seek out his books, however this was not one of his best in my opinion. Tyrannosaur Canyon was an average read - I enjoyed parts of it very much - but I had to make myself finish the book.


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

    the ending seemed ruched and trite. very normal, not what I expect from Mr. Preston.


    What about Scott Sowers’s performance did you like?

    I think Scott Sowers did a good enough job - again, just good enough. I think the problem may have been the story.


    Did Tyrannosaur Canyon inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Average book - Douglas Preston has written better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Boyd Morrison
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (133)

    When brilliant archaeologist Dilara Kenner is contacted by Sam Watson, an old family friend who says that he has crucial information about her missing father, Dilara abandons her Peruvian dig and rushes to Los Angeles to meet him. But at the airport, Sam speaks instead of Noah’s Ark—the artifact her father had long been searching for—and the possible death of billions. Before Sam can explain, he collapses. With his dying breath, he urges Dilara to find Tyler Locke—a man she’s never heard of.

    Veneda says: "great summer read"
    "great summer read"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book, as did my two daughters. The story was taut and exciting - the characters engaging; Tyler Locke reminded me a lot of Cussler"s Dirk Pitt, but since I love Pitt I don't mind the resemblance if Clive doesn't.
    I also enjoyed the twist on Noah's Ark and the flood, strange, yet as plausible as any of the current theories out there.
    I found this a perfect summer read - not too light,not too heavy - just right.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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