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Judith Grimes

Zuni VA | Member Since 2011

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  • The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You: Stainless Steel Rat, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Harry Harrison
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (102)

    After saving the world, diGriz is called on to save the universe. Liberating his two, now teenage, twin' sons from a military boarding school and penitentiary, diGriz sets out to free his wife, who has been arrested by the tax men. But the family is soon fighting an enemy of a different sort, when the humans-only galaxy of the League is invaded by all manner of hideous aliens.

    Cliff says: "Ok, but not as good as the previous novels."
    "It takes a crook!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The Stainless Steel Rat, "Slippery" Jim DeGris is one of my all-time favorite characters. This book is later in the series. The first book Harrison wrote was "The Stainless Steel Rat". Then, in the course of writing the series, Harrison wrote several "pre-quels" to the first book. So, the first book in Jim DeGris' time line is "A Stainless Steel Rat is Born".


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    Inskipp is my favorite character he plays. I always thought Inskipp should have a gravelly voice. He does the female characters very well also, they sound real.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Adept: Apprentice Adept Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (258)

    In Book 2 of the epic adventure that began in Split Infinity, Stile discovers life on Proton and Phaze is getting more difficult. On Proton he's a serf trying to prove his right to exist by competing in the Great Games. And on Phaze, where only magic worked, he was the Blue Adept trying to master the powers of sorcery.

    Cliff says: "Not as good as the first book, but still not bad."
    "I like the Game concept."
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    What other book might you compare Blue Adept to and why?

    This is book 2 of the Apprentice Adept series. The others are: "Split Infinity" and "Juxaposition". This trilogy is the stronger story line ing the series.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. In fact, I listened to "Juxaposition" in one setting.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful trilogy! I first read it as a Science Fiction Book Club offering, in college. I was fastinated with the Game Computer Annex. I loved hearing it again on Audible.com. It is a good choice for listening because the point-of-view is first person narrative. It is like the main character is telling you the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of Sorcery: The Belgariad, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (1329)
    Performance
    (740)
    Story
    (761)

    Legends tell of the evil god Torak coveting the power of the Orb of Aldur. Prophecy also speaks of a time when he will again awaken to seek dominance over all the world. Now the Orb has been stolen by a priest of Torak, and that time is at hand. Belgarath the Sorcerer and his daughter, Polgara the arch-Sorceress, are on the trail of the Orb, seeking to regain it before the final disaster. With them goes Garion, a simple farm boy only months before, but now the focus of the struggle.

    Gamaliel says: "Great story, bad narrator"
    "Great Saga"
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    What did you love best about Queen of Sorcery?

    The epic style of the Belgeriad story lends itself to be read aloud. Stories are meant to be told.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a great saga in the old style, like Lord of the Rings.


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

    He has a great vocal range and apparently researches the characters to determine their vocal style. He moves seamlessly between styles when reading dialog. His insight into the characters brings them to life, like a great actor would in a film.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sign of the Unicorn: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (510)
    Story
    (516)

    Accepting the responsibilities as ruler to the world of Amber, Corwin finds himself the target of sibling treachery, and must seek guidance in a land of visions, where a sinister prediction foretells his doom.

    Katherine says: "Corwin's fast moving adventure continues"
    "The Magic of Amber is there!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sign of the Unicorn the most enjoyable?

    The book is made to be listened to. Zelazny's books are narratives, told by the main character. It's like sitting with Corwyn as he is telling his story.


    What other book might you compare Sign of the Unicorn to and why?

    Off the top of my head, I would say Tolkien's Ring saga. Those books also set an atmosphere where magic is natural and characters are larger than life.


    Which character – as performed by Alessandro Juliani – was your favorite?

    As in all of the first five books, the voice of the book is Corwyn's. He is my favorite, although I am kind of partial to Fiona, as well.She is one of the strongest female characters in the books.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, the plot is intricate, full of twists and surprises. It is hard to break off the story.th


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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