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Irene

Thornleigh, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • 19 reviews
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  • 52 purchased in 2014
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  • Is It Just Me?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Miranda Hart
    • Narrated By Miranda Hart
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (213)

    Well hello to you dear audiobook browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence? I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you, too, dear listener) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path.

    Lily says: "Cackle Worthy"
    "DELIGHTFUL"
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    What made the experience of listening to Is It Just Me? the most enjoyable?

    Slow start, you think Miranda Hart is just waffling on at first but the book has a solid core and a really good point to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    18 year old Miranda is a joy.


    What about Miranda Hart’s performance did you like?

    The conversational style. This is one of those books that is best listened to rather than read.


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

    If I told you it would be a spoiler alert, but I'm smiling as I write this.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Didymus Contingency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (232)

    If you could go back in time...and witness any event...where would you go? When Dr. Tom Greenbaum faces that question after successfully discovering the secret to time travel, he knows the time, place, and event he will witness: the death and failed resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dr. David Goodman, Tom's colleague and closest friend follows Tom into the past, attempting to avert a time-space catastrophe, but forces beyond their control toss them into a dangerous end game.

    Wesley says: "Not what I expected at all."
    "Lazy plotting."
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a retelling of the last 3 years of the life of Jesus with a vague nod in the direction of sci-fi. Read the Bible. It will be quicker. By the way, why was this not tagged as a religious work? I am feeling quite resentful at how badly the book was misrepresented by the short summary.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Claw of the Conciliator: The Book of the New Sun, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (182)

    The Claw of the Conciliator continues the saga of Severian, banished from his home, as he undertakes a mythic quest to discover the awesome power of an ancient relic, and learn the truth about his hidden destiny.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Riley A. Vann says: "fascinating world"
    "At least spell the title correctly."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book could have been one chapter of the next one. Just goes on and on and on and . . . .


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gene Wolfe again?

    I'll try the next book in the series before I give up. The first one was very good.


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

    Ennui.


    Any additional comments?

    Every time I opened the book the misspelling of the title on the "cover" was annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wayward: Wayward Pines, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (291)

    Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amid picture-perfect mountains, the idyllic town is a modern-day Eden - except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture. None of the residents know how they got here. They are told where to work, how to live, and who to marry. Some believe they are dead. Others think they're trapped in an unfathomable experiment. Everyone secretly dreams of leaving, but those who dare face a terrifying surprise.

    Anthony Moore says: "I'm Hooked!!!"
    "As Good as Pines"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, never lets up.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wayward?

    The ending . . . what a cliff-hanger, quite chilling in its possibilities . . . is there another book?


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

    Yes, and lost sleep over it.


    Any additional comments?

    Read Pines first, the two books are really one. Worth the credits, though.
    I'm glad I listened to the audiobook rather than read the print version. I so badly wanted to know how things work out that I am sure I would have flipped to the ending and scanned backwards (I know, no self-discipline). This way I enjoyed both the journey and the arrival at destination.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3466)
    Performance
    (3154)
    Story
    (3152)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Ducky says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "Another vampire - human romance"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I shouldn't have bought this. Thought it might be a little more than a background for a budding romance.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Molly Harper again?

    Sorry, no, just not my genre.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Amanda Ronconi?

    Depends on the book.


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

    Interest at first, ennui by the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't be put off by this review if you like light listening with quite likeable characters. This book had rave reviews so my reaction reflects my listening tastes rather than the quality of the writing and narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drowned Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (323)

    In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man - a bioengineered war beast named Tool - who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses.

    Ryan says: "Another grim, gripping collapsed-world adventure"
    "Logical storyline, great story."
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Drowned Cities?

    The descriptions of the physical world, especially the drowned cities.


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

    There were many moments and they usually centred around characters being caught up by events and forced into doing things that went against their natures to survive. Sounds sad, and it was, but the book on the whole is uplifting.


    Any additional comments?

    Many futuristic books require huge leaps of imagination and acceptance of unexplained plotlines. This book's narrative was consistent and believable throughout. This made it very powerful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1464)
    Performance
    (1338)
    Story
    (1330)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Great twist"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, but they need to like speculative sci-fi/fiction.


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

    Couldn't wait to get back to it. Spent a lot of time in the car listening at the end of a trip. Wanted more and the sequel did not disappoint.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4453)
    Performance
    (3936)
    Story
    (3953)

    Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.

    Jason says: "Exciting story, well told, with a great villain"
    "Action, death, destruction"
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    What did you like best about Monster Hunter Vendetta? What did you like least?

    The main characters were quite engaging and it was nice to meet more family members (this is book 2 after all) but every time a real problem occurred more improbable powers appeared and it just got silly.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Correia again?

    2 books have been fun, mostly, but enough is enough.


    Any additional comments?

    This is such a boys annual for adults book. Lots of shooting, slashing, car crashes and a hero who is totally indestructible to the point where he survives what no human being before him has survived. Oh, and he is the only hope for the future of the human race. I usually don't have too much trouble suspending belief in fantasy novels but this tested me. However, if you love pure action and impossible heroes, you'll love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life - mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore.The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.

    Irene says: "Delightful"
    "Delightful"
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    What made the experience of listening to Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore the most enjoyable?

    A mystery was set up, the process was engaging and the ending was as it should be.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main characters were well fleshed out and likeable.


    What about Ari Fliakos’s performance did you like?

    It was appropriate - not too gaudy.


    If you could rename Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, what would you call it?

    Why rename it?


    Any additional comments?

    Recommend this. If you want fast action you will be disappointed but if you want to be intelligently entertained this is for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: The Skinwalker Conspiracies

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (210)

    "My name is Mike Ross and I'm a Ferryman - like in the Greek myth. I didn't ask for, or really want, the job, but I'm trying to make the best of it. Most ghosts are okay and just need a little help to get where they need to go. Unfortunately, there are lots of exceptions, like power-mad psychopaths, spirits still trying to fight battles long since lost, and the worst of the lot - the Skinwalkers. They live vicariously by possessing people and controlling them like puppet masters. Then they toss them aside when they've outlived their usefulness."

    A. Hogue says: "I really like this series"
    "This is a sequel and doesn't stand alone."
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    What would have made Dead Eye: The Skinwalker Conspiracies better?

    More back story from the start. It wasn't until quite a way into the book that I realised it was a sequel, especially as you are expected to know the characters.


    What was most disappointing about Jim Bernheimer’s story?

    Nothing much really happened. No surprises, it was pretty easy to see where it was going. Lots of action with little result.


    What three words best describe Jeffrey Kafer’s voice?

    Let's go with one: OK


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Torturer: The Book of the New Sun, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (734)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (446)

    The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume in the four-volume epic, the tale of a young Severian, an apprentice to the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession - showing mercy towards his victim.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Darwin8u says: "Original, Difficult and Well-Crafted."
    "Not too fast, not too slow, just right"
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    Would you listen to The Shadow of the Torturer again? Why?

    Only to bits of it to review before the next book, but that said, I always want a new book as there are so many waiting to be read/listened to.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gene Wolfe? Why or why not?

    Yes. Am already into book 2. There are some signalling of what is about to happen but there are enough surprises to keep interest and he draws sympathetic characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    That would be a spoiler alert.


    Any additional comments?

    Nicely paced reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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