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Danville, NH, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 4 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 183 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2014

  • Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kelly Link (author and editor), Julia Whelan, Gavin J. Grant (editor), and others
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes, Nico Evers-Swindell, Shannon McManus, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Imagine an alternate universe where romance and technology reign. Where tinkerers and dreamers craft and recraft a world of automatons, ornate clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that. Where scientists and schoolgirls, fair folk and Romans, intergalactic bandits, and intrepid orphans - decked out in corsets, clockwerk suits, and tall black boots - solve dastardly crimes, escape from monstrous predicaments, consult oracles, and hover over volcanoes in steam-powered airships.

    Amazon Customer says: "Just Fun"
    "Good collection"

    A few of the stories just didn't grab me, and that's to be expected as the editors need to appeal to a wide variety of listeners.

    The stories I liked, I truly loved and continue to think about.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Douglas Adams

    Kate Schechter would like to know why everyone she meets knows her name - and why Thor, the Norse god of thunder, keeps showing up on her doorstep. Dirk Gently, detective and refrigerator wrestler, can uncover the mystery, and only the absurdist wit of Douglas Adams can recount them with such relentless humor.

    Jackson says: "An Amazingly Perfect Story"
    "One of my all-time favorites"

    I have loved this audio book since I bought it on tape in 1988 (1989 maybe?). I purchased the CDs when I wore out the tape. Now I have the electronic version. I own two copies of the book.

    It is crazy how much I love this story, and how much I love Adams's narration.

    Do yourself a favor and listen to it. You will thank me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Two books slammed together, and both suck"

    I bought the Audible version of this book without listening to the sample narration first. That was my first mistake, because the narration was not done well. Technically, I suppose it was fine, although in some chapters the narrator's voice sounded like he'd had a rough night. The accents were painful and cliche and when the narrator put emotion in his voice he just sounded corny and inauthentic.

    My second mistake was continuing on after the prologue. An entire prologue of "I am not a man who cries" should have been a warning to me, but it was recommended by a friend as "King's best work ever", so I soldiered on. For 30 hours and 44 minutes I soldiered on, with only the briefest moments of being transported into the story, but hours of wondering when it was going to pick up already.

    This book is really two books: an early-sixties romance set in Texas and a (not well done) thriller about the murder of JFK. If King had stuck to the time-travel romance angle, it would have been OK (and definitely better than The Time Traveler's Wife), not my cup of tea, but OK. If he had written a thriller about the assassination of JFK, and had ramped up the tension and uncertainty, well, I would have liked to read that book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "Bad narration"

    I wish the book used the same narrator as the other 4 books in the series, or at least that this narrator had taken the time to make sure he followed the pronunciation in the previous 3 books. It's frustrating to realize after listening for 5 mins to a new character to realize it's just a different pronunciation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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