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Lyn

Carmel Valley, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Gypsy Morph: The Genesis of Shannara, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (302)

    Eighty years into the future, the United States is a no-man's-land: its landscape blighted by chemical warfare, pollution, and plague; its government collapsed, its citizens adrift, desperate, and fighting to stay alive. Survivors in fortified compounds hold the line against wandering predators, rogue militias, and hideous mutations spawned by the toxic atmosphere. But from around the country, allies of good have been summoned to challenge the rampaging evil.

    Tim says: "Almost..."
    "Would prefer abridged version..."
    Overall

    Would prefer abridged version...especially if read by Charles Keating (as several of the previous Brooks' series have been). Terry Brooks has some wonderful stories. I enjoy reading and listening to them, but audio versions are improved by abridging and editing repetitive prose. As well, this narrator reads every syllable with a tad too much emphasis not allowing for more modulation.

    So why am I listening? I like the series well enough to eagerly follow these characters to conclusion using my audible credits thereby not buying the recently released hardback. (The previous 2 books in the series I read in paperback.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1863)
    Performance
    (867)
    Story
    (875)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Richard says: "Tour de force"
    "Great for napping."
    Overall

    As noted elsewhere, read this book first; then decide if it is worth 2 credits to listen. Very much enjoyed Stephenson's Snow Crash...it seems Stephenson delivers alternate worlds for quite different audiences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madame Mirabou's School of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Barbara Samuel
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Nicole Bridges still can't believe she's taken up residence in a Colorado apartment complex nicknamed "Splitsville". She's still reeling from her husband's affair, a divorce she never saw coming, and having to leave the upscale, comfortable world she helped make for her ex and their teenage daughter. With little money, even less work experience, and no idea what to do next, she takes tentative steps, if only to keep her head above water.

    Jamie says: "Beautiful . . ."
    "pinpoints the ache of divorce"
    Overall

    Nothing literary here, this story reminds me of the audio books that I used to share with my adolescent teenage granddaughter while driving. (Her latest request was 'The Kite Runner'; she's growing up.)

    Still, having been recently left by my (adolescent) husband of 31 years (for that proverbial 'younger woman'), Ms. Samuel's novel rings true in many phrases describing the heartache of loss and betrayal that follows in the wake of infidelity. Bravo! For that there is value, a certain comfort, reminders that our difficult feelings are understood and unfortunately shared by many others.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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