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ohtochooseaname

Optical Engineer from San Jose, CA.

SAN JOSE, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Shades of Milk and Honey

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (166)

    The fantasy novel you’ve always wished Jane Austen had written. When Jane realizes that one of Melody’s suitors is set on taking advantage of her sister for the sake of her dowry, she pushes her skills to the limit of what her body can withstand in order to set things right—and, in the process, accidentally wanders into a love story of her own.

    Fionna says: "Jane Austen with magic"
    "A Mingling of Fantasy and Jane Austen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend because it is an excellent, well-researched recreation of literature for the time period with a strong fantastical twist. I very much enjoyed the story, the characters, and the twists and turns.


    What other book might you compare Shades of Milk and Honey to and why?

    I don't think there is really much it can be compared to. It has a similar plot to any Jane Austen story, but has a fantastical element thrown in, making the world much more interesting.


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

    There wasn't any particularly moving scene: the book is mostly fluff, but entertaining fluff nonetheless.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Daylight War: The Demon Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (1179)
    Performance
    (1080)
    Story
    (1085)

    In this heart-stopping installment of the Demon Cycle, humanity continues to struggle against the demon plague - even as survivors hold out hope that the Deliverer will save them all. On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men, both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.

    Mike Naka says: "awesome! left me wanting more, more, more!"
    "Awesome 3rd installment of the Demon Cycle!"
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    This series just keeps getting better and better! This is one of the best fantasy series currently being written: it is action-packed, with a compelling storyline, and strong character development. My only complaint is that this book had some much more racy scenes than the previous ones.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3362)
    Performance
    (1766)
    Story
    (1776)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Intrigue"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Windup Girl to be better than the print version?

    Most definitely. Jonathan Davis is a fantastic reader, and he is particularly good at portraying the darker side of life, which this book is full of. For a male reader, I think he is amazingly good at portraying the emotions of the female characters.


    What other book might you compare The Windup Girl to and why?

    It is very similar to Ship Breaker in its post-apocalyptic themes. On the intrigue side of things, I would say that it is similar to Alastair Reynolds books, but with a much less fantastic setting.


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

    Jonathan Davis really brings the characters to life: their pain, their conniving spirits, their confusion, and especially their insanity.


    Any additional comments?

    I have come to realize that I don't personally enjoy this type of book as much as others. It isn't a very "fun" story, but this type of book never is. It has some very serious themes, and of course, lots of sexual content and a rape scene. It is a story of very complex motivations and conflicting goals.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gwenhwyfar: The White Spirit (A Novel of King Arthur)

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Gwenhwyfar moves in a world where gods walk among their pagan worshipers, where nebulous visions warn of future perils, and where there are two paths for a woman: the path of the Blessing or the rarer path of the Warrior. Gwenhwyfar chooses the latter, giving up the power that she is born into. Yet the daughter of a king is never truly free to follow her own calling.

    Paige says: "Good Book, Distracting Narrator"
    "Different take on King Arthur, Standalone Book"
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    Mercedes Lackey, as always, creates a very engrossing story. It is a very different take on the King Arthur story line, and certainly has its own merits just for that. As with most of her books, it has a little bit of romance and is written from the female perspective. It is a story of sibling rivalry, arranged marriage, gender conflicts, and deciding on what role to take instead of the one given by others.

    Certain scenes in this book were very moving, and the sibling rivalry portrayed very frustrating at times. It was very good in the beginning and middle, but fell a little flat in the end. Overall, I would rank it somewhere in the range of a 7 out of 10 in comparison with other audiobooks.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (5193)
    Performance
    (4702)
    Story
    (4713)

    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."
    "Fun Pre WW2 Superhero Story"
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    Hard Magic is probably an 8 out of 10 in comparison of other audiobooks I have listened to: very entertaining, but doesn't quite make you laugh out loud, and it *is* possible to stop listening when it is 3 am and you have to get up for work in the morning...but only barely. The scenes are very suspensful, and it is, overall, a fun ride. Some of the characters are endearing, and the world itself is intriguing. I will certainly be buying the follow-on books in the series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Rising Thunder: Honor Harrington, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (850)
    Performance
    (762)
    Story
    (765)

    Peril and strife strike on a double front for Honor Harrington and company. After a brutal attack on the Manticoran home system, Honor Harrington and the Star Kingdom she serves battle back against a new, technologically powerful, and utterly nefarious enemy. And as if that weren’t task enough, Honor must also face down a centuries-old nemesis in the crumbling, but still mighty, Solarian League.

    Share Faerber says: "love this series, but less politics. more battles"
    "Entertaining story, but more of a recap."
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    I have really enjoyed this series so far. This book is basically a bridge between the main Honor plot line, the Torch plot line, and the Saganami plot line. It is a necessary recap of all of the plots as well as evolves the story forward. It is really a staging book for the next one in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2945)
    Performance
    (2257)
    Story
    (2265)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Very entertaining. A real page-turner."
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    Where does The Lies of Locke Lamora rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is probably a 9 out of 10. There are few books, which have been both as entertaining and had as strong of characters. Often, books are either fun or deep, and this one is a good mix of both.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the fact that Locke is a bit of an anti-hero. This is a very good heist-type book.


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

    Michael Page is always an excellent reader, and he was certainly at the top of his game for this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat Who Walks through Walls

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (734)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (432)

    When a stranger attempting to deliver a cryptic message is shot dead at his dinner table, Richard Ames is thrown headfirst into danger, intrigue, and other dimensions where Lazarus Long still thrives, where Jubal Harshaw lives surrounded by beautiful women, and where a daring plot to rescue the sentient computer called Mike can change the direction of all human history.

    Christopher says: "Great book, presentation was disappointing"
    "Incomplete end, but worth the listen"
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    I like the Heinlein isms thrown throughout the book, and I did enjoy listening to this book, however, it doesn't have a very good ending to it...a bit anticlimactic, really.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (1535)
    Performance
    (1364)
    Story
    (1361)

    James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

    Ethan M. says: "Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent"
    "Good space opera, with a Parasite Eve twist"
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    I enjoyed listening to this book. It had some well-developed characters, and made for an entertaining story. It was however, unremarkable. I would, however, listen to the next book in the series when it comes out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Resurrection

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Arwen Elys Dayton
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (147)

    Five thousand years ago, the Kinley built a ship capable of traveling faster than light. It carried a group of scientists to a small, distant planet - a primitive place called Earth. Its mission was peaceful observation. But when the ship was destroyed, the Kinley crew found themselves stranded in ancient Egypt, participants in the pageant of life in the time of the Pharaohs. They buried remnants of their technology deep beneath the desert and sent a last desperate message home…. Five thousand years later, the Kinley homeworld hovers on the brink of extinction.

    Cody says: "Fast Paced Adventure in an Expertly Crafted World"
    "Good, not great. Entertaining, not captivating"
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    This book was worth the listen, but is, in the end, forgettable. It was entertaining, and I wouldn't say that I was ever bored while listening to it, but there are much better books out there. It was, however, an interesting take on the pyramids and the Egyptian mythology.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3491)
    Performance
    (3254)
    Story
    (3249)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Strong second book, with further world building"
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    I really enjoyed the first book, and this one continues in the same vein with a bit more character and world development. It does not focus as much on Jake, but much more on the Grimnoire as a whole. I really enjoyed listening to this book, and I can't wait for the next one in the series to come out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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