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Diana

Saline, MI, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Ramon De Ocampo
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (307)

    The author of the Mistborn trilogy and Elantris, Brandon Sanderson is winning abundant praise for this rollicking - and unusual - tale. Alcatraz Smedry can’t exactly be described as someone who doesn’t break things. In fact, he breaks lots of things. The truth is, he’s a major klutz. Breaking things, however, might just be the ace in the hole he needs when he goes up against a cabal of nefarious (gasp!) librarians.

    Joe says: "Incredibly good!"
    "A surprise"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians?

    This had a whiney juvenile tone that none of his other books do.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'll listen to more BSanderson, but not the Alcatraz series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Toward the end there was some subtlety - comparative subtlety.


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

    Annoyance.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5471)
    Performance
    (4963)
    Story
    (5027)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "Thank you"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Memory of Light to be better than the print version?

    I've not read the print for some years. The audible rendition is so satisfying.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Brandon Sanderson carried the characters forward seamlessly. I'm so impressed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are so many it is hard to comment. I love Egwene's adventures - very relevant to women of today


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    WHAT? Individuality meets commonality


    Any additional comments?

    I've enjoyed this series for almost 20 years! A generation. Congratulations to all. Hope there is something to take it's place. Sanderson has given so much to the project, but others could carry the stories of Elaine, Perryn, Min, Rand, etc. forward. RIPE!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (226)

    Orson Scott Card is a master storyteller, who has earned millions of fans and reams of praise for his previous science-fiction and fantasy works. Now he steps a little closer to the present day with this chilling look at a near-future scenario: a new American Civil War. The American Empire has grown too fast, the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point, and the war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war.

    Andrea says: "Good pace, weak premise"
    "disappointing"
    Overall

    Possibly the worst book ever. Card's essay at the end has some good things to say, but the plot, characters etc. are overblown, unbelievable and annoying at best. The humor is embarrassing.
    I think I've read almost everything Card has written and enjoyed it - I can't believe this is the same person. I listened to the whole thing because I kept thinking it would get better - after a while I realized I was only listening to it because I was angry enough to write a review.

    10 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4985)
    Performance
    (1859)
    Story
    (1871)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Pleasantly convoluted"
    Overall

    It was an engrossing listen on a very long car trip. Moments of true brilliance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tibetan Wisdom for Living and Dying

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sogyal Rinpoche
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Aaron says: "Practical Advice For The Western Mind"
    "Touch stone"
    Overall

    This is one of the best books written. I never re-read a book, except this one. I've read the hard copy twice and have listened to the spoken version twice. I got it for my sister when she was dying.
    Learn it. Imbibe it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kim Edwards
    • Narrated By Martha Plimpton
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret.

    Amy says: "The worst book yet!"
    "Maudlin"
    Overall

    Looks like I should have read the reader reviews before getting this book. The premise is interesting but the underlying philosophy is self-involved and irresponsible.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, Updated and Expanded

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (93)

    Friedman brilliantly demystifies the new flat world for listeners, allowing them to make sense of the advances in technology and communications that are creating an explosion of wealth in India and China, and challenging the rest of us to run even faster just to stay in place. For this updated and expanded edition, Friedman has provided more than five hours of new reporting and commentary, bringing fresh stories and insights to help us understand the flattening of the world.

    Gene says: "Great research, good insights, interesting read"
    "Pros and cons"
    Overall

    Interesting content with original thought. It provides a great overview of the present economic situation and I'm glad someone is putting so much thought and research into the topic. However, the writing style is very redundant and surprisingly immature - the abridged version may be preferable.
    Though I understand why it is done, the use of accents by the narrator is annoying at best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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