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Peter

San Rafael, CA, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Warrior's Apprentice: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1665)
    Performance
    (799)
    Story
    (808)

    Miles Vorkosigan makes his debut in this frenetic coming-of-age tale. At age 17, Miles is allowed to take the entrance exams to the elite military academy; he passes the written but manages, through miscalculation in a moment of anger, to break both his legs on the obstacle course, washing out before he begins. His aged grandfather dies in his sleep shortly after, for which Miles blames himself.

    Readalot says: "What a great character!"
    "Fantastic Series"
    Overall

    The Miles Vorkosikan (sp?) series is one of the most delightful listening (reading?) experiences I have had in years. Bujold delivers an incredible balance of light-hearted humor, exploration of the soul, and self-discovery. I have listened to the entire series and only wish there were 10 more volumes. Miles is an amazingly accessible character, flawed to his brittle bones. Yet, Bujold creates a sense of hope for even the most "challenged." Yes, it is science-fiction/fantasy, but it is a story that a reader of any genre can relate to.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1308)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (565)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "Great Conlusion to Trilogy"
    Overall

    This is one of those books you can't wait to finish but don't want to end. I find the writing very well done. While I could pass on the extra detai of the intimate relations - in the end they don't detract and add a depth to understanding the characters. The author has created an incredibly detailed description of his created world. The consistency across the multiple books is very well done and the characters, while not all likeable, provide vehicles for his treatise. I cannot recommend this book to everyone, but I found it a great listen and one of my favorite books. Great Job Richard K. Morgan. My regret is that he has done such a good job of tying up the loose ends there isn't really a reason for a sequel to a triology that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Up

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (587)

    All New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has to do is bring in semi-retired bail jumper Eddie DeChooch. For an old man he's still got a knack for slipping out of sight...and raising hell. How else can Stephanie explain the bullet-riddled corpse in Eddie's garden? Who else would have a clue as to why two of Stephanie's friends suddenly vanished? For answers Stephanie has the devil to pay: her mentor, Ranger. The deal? He'll give Stephanie all the help she needs...if she gives him everything he wants.

    Sharee Sorenson says: "Love Stephanie Plum"
    "Surpisingly Entertaining"
    Overall

    While I typically like the more serious mysteries, I was surpised how much fun this tongue-in-cheek story could be. It has all the elements that keep you sitting in your car or findings a longer way home so that you can hear a little bit more of the story, that you, of course, don't want to end; plus it has one more element. I found myself laughing out loud while listening. I will certainly look for more Janet Evanovich and the fantastic narrator, Lorelei King. This is certainly one of those stories that would be hard to imagine without the nuance this narrator brings to the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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