After listening to the forward by the author saying the main character was as despicable a person as he could create, I started questioning whether I would like this book. 1 1/2 hours into the book I stopped: Mary is beaten and gang raped by the men who were waiting for the clerk job she got, then they crushed both of her hands with their boots so that she spent the rest of her life crippled with blackened claws. I could not take anymore and quit the book. I do not recommend anyone that does not appreciate a book with the grimmest picture of life and the worst kind of people who inhabit it. The writer is very good. His graphic descriptions of depravity are very compelling. Not my cup of tea.
Mcbride's pleasant voice and American accent are a nice change from the typical British accent narrators for Sherlock stories. Wonderful pacing and good phrasing are an enjoyable variation for this set of Sherlock Holmes stories. This easy listening collection contains the same set of 12 stories as the audible book by same title narrated by Edward Raleigh. A Scandal in Bohemia", "The Red-Headed League", "A Case of Identity", "The Boscombe Valley Mystery", "The Five Orange Pips", "The Man with the Twisted Lip", "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle", "The Adventure of the Speckled Band", "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb", "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor", "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet", and "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches".
We both enjoy all of Molly's books especially with snarking reading by Amanda. I found her werewolf books more likely to send what I am drinking up my nose from laughter, but these are wonderful too. K
For those of you who know H short stories by their titles this compilation contains 8: 1) Year of the Jackpot (excellent) 2) By his Bootstraps (poor) 3) Columbus was a Dope (good) 4) Menace from Earth (excellent) 5) Skylift (very good) 6) GoldFishbowl (very good) 7) Project Nightmare (excellent) 8) Water is for washing (very good).
Crisp writing. Interesting world. Excellent characters. Great narration. I agree completely with the review by Diana of Norfolk 5-30-11. Both Dave and I really enjoyed this book. We downloaded this book during a sale in which the entire series is on sale. The series has 11 books on sale - we enjoyed them enough to buy them all now. We have audio books from 436 authors (over 800 books) and are always looking for new favorite authors so we are adding Singh to our daily watch list and will be trying out her other audible series - Guild Hunter.
Per my reviews for the first 2 books in this series I find this series a bit too grim for children. This 3rd part is not as gruesome but has several wonderful characters killed. For readers that found the death of Dumbledore in Harry Potter as disturbing as I did, this book has similar situations. This 3rd book contains the result of the time traveling in the series causing "Time Quakes" in which the world is being ripped apart. The narrator for the series is excellent. The historical details regarding Washington crossing the Delaware are well handled and add an interesting twist to the storyline. One discrepancy I found annoying was that one of the bad guys is able to jump back and forth between London and NY without any explanation. This major plot problem caused my rating to drop from 3 to 2 stars.
The main character in this book is a 12 girl but as the story takes place primarily in 1792 the grim reality of the time period is inappropriate for children. This book contains very realistic descriptions of the French Revolution. Avoid this book for children but enjoy it if you are an adult.
The main characters in this book are a 12 year old boy and girl but as the story takes place primarily in 1763 the grim reality of the time period is inappropriate for children. This book contains very realistic descriptions of poverty, cruelty and other gruesome descriptions of life in this primitive century. Avoid this book this book for children but enjoy it if you read it as an adult. Interesting real characters such as Queen Charlotte and children with deadly diseases such as scrofula (TB) add gruesome reality.
As I have a weak stomach I tend to avoid thrillers but I am glad I read this one. Great action without gruesome violence. Storyline : 18 years ago, a group of men killed Regan's boyfriend and tried to kidnap her baby daughter, Kelsey. Regan made sure they were trained to defend themselves as well as prepared to drop everything and flee at a moments notice. Kelsey goes away to college and has her first semblance of a normal life. She bonds with her roommate Van and gets her first boyfriend Tom. Being away from her mom she starts to think her mom may be a little nuts until she gets phone call from her to RUN. Kelsey flees with roommate Van and boyfriend Tom barely escaping the man she spots getting into her dorm. Excellent chase scenarios. She finally meets up with mom and neighbor Tyler who helped Regan escape from the hospital. Regan is not sure if she can trust Tyler as he admits to knowing why men are trying to kill her and kidnap her daughter but refuses to tell her how he knows. Is he involved with her enemies? Can she trust him? Is he the reason the bad guys keep finding them? Kathy
Scalzi took an old favorite and made it better. With the blessing of the family of H. Beam Piper, a re-imagined version of "Little Fuzzy" is even better. More story about the Fuzzies and less time in the courtroom. Wonderful narration by Will Wheaton. Part 2 of this download is the unabridged "Little Fuzzy" book. Both books contain the story of Jack, a prospector on a mining planet who befriends a small furry creature who is very smart. When Jack tells his friends that the creature is sentient the trouble starts. The mining contract "the company" has for the planet is only valid if the planet does not have a sentient native species. The company works to wipe them out before it can be proved in court that they are sentient. The new version is funnier and sadder than the original.
Very Funny - Great Narration by Will Wheaton. An agent to the stars finds himself with a very unusual client. An alien wants to meet humans without having them freakout when they meet his stinky jelly form. Agent must think out of the box to create an image that will smooth way.
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