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Foxydot

foxydot

Cincinnati, OH, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Dodger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (716)

    A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl - not even if her fate impacts the most powerful people in England.

    Snoodely says: "Finally Revealed: Where Dickens Got His Ideas!"
    "Not Pratchett's best, but worth a listen."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If that friend was "into" classic fiction, yes. The creative use of Victorian characters is entertaining, at least.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Stephen Briggs marvelous as always.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodshot

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (223)

    Raylene Pendle (AKA Cheshire Red), a vampire and world-renowned thief, doesn’t usually hang with her own kind. She’s too busy stealing priceless art and rare jewels. But when the infuriatingly charming Ian Stott asks for help, Raylene finds him impossible to resist - even though Ian doesn’t want precious artifacts. He wants her to retrieve missing government files: documents that deal with the secret biological experiments that left Ian blind. What Raylene doesn’t bargain for is a case that takes her from the frozen outskirts of Minneapolis to the mean streets of Atlanta.

    Eivind says: "A notch above"
    "Really fun, multi-layered characters. I want more."
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    What did you love best about Bloodshot?

    The characters. The story was engaging, but the characters made it much more interesting. An OCD vampire thief. A blind vamp. A homeless urchin who can hide like anything and seems braver than any eight year old has a right to be. And a post-service special forces soldier who works as a drag queen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    While I do really like Cheshire Red, I gotta give this one to Sister Rose/Adrian DeJesus. I know drag queens, and not one of them is a simple person. Adrian/Sister Rose is a great combo of machismo and grace.


    What does Natalie Ross bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent reading and characterization. It's a first person narration and her voice has become "Cheshire Red" to me. She gets the snark in her voice just right. It's lovely.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The climax, of course. But there are several "tense" moments.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy Dresden, you'll like Cheshire Red.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1381)
    Performance
    (1272)
    Story
    (1270)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    linda says: "Engaging, Room for Improvement"
    "Monotone and confusing"
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    What did you like best about The Bone Season? What did you like least?

    The story was interesting, once I got a grasp on what what going on, but the accent and made up terms made it confusing. (What is a molisher? It's clearly some kind of slang, but...)


    Would you be willing to try another book from Samantha Shannon? Why or why not?

    Maybe. It seemed a bit of a rehash of Hunger Games and Divergent, with a bit of spiritual mysticism thrown in to make it "interesting"


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alana Kerr?

    Wow. Anyone? The narration was monotone, monotonous and not "acted" at all. During dialogue I was constantly losing track of who was meant to be speaking, and even during the action sequences I felt like the narrator was delivering a police report in court. I may have actually liked the story better with a different narrator.


    Do you think The Bone Season needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, the story wraps up pretty well. It did feel like there was a sequel setup, but I can't imagine how that could happen without it feeling like every other teen girl warrior series out there right now.


    Any additional comments?

    It's ok. I see why it was recommended for me. But it was a mediocre addition to the genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10617)
    Performance
    (9637)
    Story
    (9657)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Couldn't stop listening"
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    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    mystery gone chthulu


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The protagonist Nate is easy to identify with. He's really an everyman who gets thrown into a world of mystery and danger and rises to the role of hero.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    That's hard to decide. The discovery of the sub sub basement. The entry into room 14. The mysterious writing on the walls. The discovery of the control room....There are so many good scenes.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the elderly neighbor goes into room 14.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are at all into Lovecraft, great fun. The mystery side is very good, but the outcome might disappoint someone who is a fan of Occam.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Albert Brooks
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (137)

    Is this what's in store? June 12, 2030, started out like any other day in memory---and by then, memories were long. Since cancer had been cured fifteen years before, America's population was aging rapidly. That sounds like good news, but consider this: millions of baby boomers, with a big natural predator picked off, were sucking dry benefits and resources that were never meant to hold them into their eighties and beyond.

    Robert says: "A strange story, and possibly some validity to it."
    "Eerily predictive"
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    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The ending was a bit....sudden.


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

    Definitely made me laugh AND cry a bit. The major motivating factor for the plot of the book is a natural disaster in one of America's largest cities, and the day after I started listening, superstorm Sandy hit New York. I kept waiting for Obama to call China to bail the subways out.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3221)
    Performance
    (2771)
    Story
    (2773)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Very Fun!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Unique story...scifi comedy. Of course the whole premise is absolutely absurd, but I always prefer sci-fi where the aliens aren't humanoid in the least, and this delivers. I bought it as an unrepentant fan of the King Geek, Wil Wheaton, and was not in the least disappointed by his performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Agent to the Stars?

    Probably the dog. The idea that an alien would become best friends with a dog faster than any other lifeform on this planet is delightful.


    What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emphasis, humorous reading. You can kind of hear how much he's enjoying the story, which is a good thing.


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

    I laughed quite a bit. Very fun book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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