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Dana

Purcellville, VA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 275 titles in library
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  • One of Our Thursdays is Missing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (318)

    Deftly blending such genres as mystery, science fiction, and classic literature, Jasper Fforde’s gleefully irreverent New York Times best-selling Thursday Next novels defy categorization. In this sixth installment, the threat of all-out Genre war looms over BookWorld. But with the real Thursday Next retired in the real world, the Council of Genres has no other choice than to tap the fictional Thursday to save the day. Her mission as emissary is to prevent the brewing war—but her task is made more difficult by a hidden foe manipulating events.

    Kevin says: "Not really a Thursday Next book"
    "Can't get enough"
    Overall

    I love this series and I love everything by Fforde! It makes me laugh and it's honestly too bad the rest of my family just doesn't get it :) Great read - good twists and I can't wait for more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Catherynne M. Valente
    • Narrated By Catherynne M. Valente
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (195)

    September is a girl who longs for adventure. When she is invited to Fairyland by a Green Wind and a Leopard, well, of course she accepts. (Mightn’t you?) But Fairyland is in turmoil, and it will take one 12-year-old girl, a book-loving dragon, and a strange and almost human boy named Saturday to vanquish an evil Marquess and restore order.

    Michael says: "Nurturing your child within"
    "Loved it for a car ride!"
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    I needed something in the car for camping road trips I take with my kids - ages 7, 14, 17, & 18... see the problem? My 7 year old loved it - even though I don't think she was actively listening she picked up on stuff (the shadow - we now check to make sure we have ours) and she wants to know what happens in the next book. The rest of the kids listened on and off - yet when they came back they would feel left out and like they "missed" something and bummed! So I will be getting the 2nd book to continue as we go camping a lot! As an adult, I loved it... I listen to audio books constantly and was happy that this "fairy-tale" captured my attention to the point I wanted to drive again.

    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
    (1570)
    Performance
    (1440)
    Story
    (1441)

    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.

    Steph says: "Fabulous but mismarketed - its not Harry Potter"
    "Slow to get into"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    but once you get into it - you need to know what's going to happen next. I think my main problem was with the narration as it she sounded bored to be doing this reading which in turn made it SOUND boring. I wouldn't say mono-tone but close - so serious inflection changes.

    As far as the story line goes - I liked it. I liked the world she described and could "understand" it.

    Will I jump for the second one? No, honestly I won't - but I may listen but it's not on my must-have list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stainless Steel Rat

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Harry Harrison
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1086)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (856)

    DiGriz is caught during one of his crimes and recruited into the Special Corps. Boring, routine desk work during his probationary period results in his discovering that someone is building a battleship, thinly disguised as an industrial vessel. In the peaceful League no one has battleships anymore, so the builder of this one would be unstoppable. DiGriz' hunt for the guilty becomes a personal battle between himself and the beautiful but deadly Angelina, who his planning a coup on one of the feudal worlds.

    SFF11C says: "Awesome"
    "Perfect entertainment!"
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    I got this book during one of the sales thinking "What the heck". I now love the series and will be sad when I am finished with it. I also figure it will be perfect for my boys (ages 14 & 15) as well - still action/adventure without the bad language that seems to permeate so many books and movies today. The narrator is perfect for the book and I am glad he is continuous in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (1402)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (472)

    In lower Manhattan, a charnel pit of horror is uncovered: the remains of 36 people murdered and gruesomely dismembered over 130 years ago by an unknown serial killer. Just as a museum archaeologist and an enigmatic FBI agent begin to unravel the clues to the killings, a fresh spree of copy-cat murders and surgical mutilation erupts around them. Mixing science and terror in a way only they can, Preston and Child deliver a novel that's as gruesome as it is enthralling.

    Dianna says: "This Book is a True Curiosity!!"
    "Enjoyed it!"
    Overall

    However, I wasn't paying attention and saw it was abridged and I really wish it wasn't. It made me stop downloading the audiobooks in this series because 1/2 of them are abridged! I plan on reading the rest traditionally vs. listening which is too bad as I listen constantly to books while I work and don't have as much time to read as I would like.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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