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Waltham, MA, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 2 reviews
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  • 629 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • A Civil Campaign: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lord Miles Vorkosigan has a problem that all his new power can't solve: unrequited love for the beautiful Vor widow Ekaterin Vorsoisson. Ekaterin is violently allergic to marriage as a result of her first exposure. But, as Miles learned from his late career in galactic covert ops, if a frontal assault won't do, go to subterfuge.

    Ethan M. says: "Comedy and a Romp with Characters You Love"

    Every time I start a book from this series, I hear myself thinking something like, "okay, I've just got to get through the buildup part of the book to the good stuff." Then after listening to the whole thing, I am amazed that I even considered the buildup something to 'get through'. You'd think I'd learn after reading the rest of this series. Lots of humor, great political intrigue, just a lot of fun to read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Great Noir Fantasy"

    I love this whole series!

    The style is essentially pulp fiction - not the movie, I'm talking about the 30's and 40's detective novels - and it really works well. The story itself is good - nothing that hasn't been done before, but solid. Correia does a good job of starting narrow and opening up a world with complex problems. The characters are great, and while he generally starts out painting them as a typical representation of their respective powers, he then layers on more and more as the series goes on. Fictional quotes from famous personalities (Rosevelt, John Ford, Churchill) at the beginning of each chapter are another little treat. They give you a kind of mashup glimpse of how some real life events would be viewed in the context of the world Correia's created. They're not necessarily related to the chapter, but are just fun little bits.
    For those that like new and different magic systems, this series has a wealth of goodies. Very creative system and the battles are a lot of fun to go through.

    Bronson Pinchot is AMAZING. I thought Jim Dale had the market cornered on number of unique characterizations in a single book, but Pinchot does at least as many without resorting to any cartoony voices. I've started picking up other books he narrates just because it's him doing it. The way he reads Fay evolves throughout the series to match her development. It's subtle, but there, and is very impressive.

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