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Pembroke Pines, FL, USA | Member Since 2001

  • 5 reviews
  • 90 ratings
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  • 20 purchased in 2014

  • Wizards at War: Young Wizard Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Diane Duane
    • Narrated By Christina Moore

    Nita and Kit return from their wizardly holiday and are looking forward to getting back to their everyday routine. But there's trouble brewing. A strange darkness of the mind and heart is about to befall the older wizards of the world, stealing away their power. Soon the young wizards of Earth and many other planets find themselves forced to defend wizards and nonwizards alike against an invasion of a kind they've never imagined. But mere defense won't be enough to combat the evil afoot.

    Chris says: "The Young Wizards are growing up"
    "The Young Wizards are growing up"

    I ‘ve been a fan of Diane Duane for many years, and was thrilled when Audible finally offered the latest of the Young Wizards series. The trend over the last few books has been to move away from the innocence and joy of first discovering magic, to a more gritty reality where their powers are needed to fight and defend all their homes.

    The action and pace are consistent throughout, and I was sucked in form the very beginning. The Lone Power sets a plan in motion that, if it succeeds, will greatly increase the rate of entropy (death of the universe). Nita, Kit and the rest of the gang are put through a series of challenges that normally would only fall on the senior wizards. We also learn more about the history of Ponch and the dogs, and many of the other more minor characters.

    I would recommend reading the other book in the Young Wizard series first, as many old characters are reintroduced here, as is the classic situation with the battle against The Lone Power. Something which always amuses me is the incredible leaps of technology from the perspective if the story’s timelines. The first novel is now almost twenty years old, and yet only about three years have passed subjectively, so all the new computers are a bit amusing.

    I’d recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a different take on magic; far different than Harry Potter, yet with the same sense of wonder. As with all good YA novels, this easily appeals to both children and adults.

    Oh, and yeah, I too want a WizPod.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lessons from the Animal People

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Dovie Thomason
    • Narrated By Dovie Thomason

    Storyteller Dovie Thomason shares a collection of Native American stories "dedicated to our grandmothers, those strong women who committed themselves to preserving an identity and values for the coming generations." These grandmothers would tell animal stories that taught their grandchildren to respect themselves and Mother Earth and also served as a guide to life without punishment or embarrassing confrontation.

    Chris says: "A fun listen"
    "A fun listen"

    Anyone who enjoys Native American legends and folklore will like this production. It offers a nice overview of several regions and tribes, and comes across as very authentic. People who are not accustomed to this style of story telling may be put off at first, as the narrator does follow the traditional style, but it is fitting for this style of storytelling.

    A great listen for both adults and children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strata

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs

    Kin Arad is a high-ranking official of the Company. After twenty-one decades of living, and with the help of memory surgery, she is at the top of her profession. Discovering two of her employees have placed a fossilized plesiosaur in the wrong stratum, not to mention the fact it is holding a placard which reads "End Nuclear Testing Now," doesn't dismay the woman who built a mountain range in the shape of her initials during her own high-spirited youth.

    Robert W says: "Even his worst is pretty spectacular"
    "Not quite his usual standard"

    I am a huge fan of Terry Pratchett’s discworld and other novels, but this novel, unfortunately, isn’t up to his usual standard. It is fascinating to listen to, as it clearly shows the origin of the discworld within Pratchett’s mind, but much of the dry wit usually associated with his work is lacking. Much of the narration simply plods along, with a plot that never quite lives up to its potential. The characters felt cardboard and I never really developed an empathy for them. Most unusual for a Pratchett novel, I was glad when this one finished.

    I would recommend this novel only to those interested in the evolution of Discword within an author’s mind, or those who are curious about how the Discworld would have fared in a Sci-Fi setting instead of fantasy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it, and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.

    Alison says: "David Weber always good"
    "Classic David Weber"

    If you are familiar with Honor Harrington and David Weber’s other writings, you’ll likely enjoy this novel. In an unusual future-history, Weber exchanges his classic deep space battles for 17th century navel battles, but the level of detail remains.

    I quite enjoyed his take on how humankind would intentionally abandon technology and revert to a theology. But as could be predicted, after time, the people didn’t all react as the ‘angels’ had wanted. The level of political intrigue and plotting felt very though out, and contrived to a rich new world. My only complaint would be the lack of action toward the middle of the book slowed it down some – something the several of Weber’s books suffer from, and I would have given it four and a half stars if I could. Overall though, it was a good read.

    People expecting a book full of space ships and aliens will be disappointed, but if you’re looking for a different twist on future history, consider ‘Off Armageddon Reef.’

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch.

    Caitlin says: "Great audiobook!"
    "Not bad, not great"

    This book is a classic, which I loved from my childhood, and I do recommend it as a wonderful children’s story. The land of Narnia is a fantastic place all children should explore. This production, however, is not perfect. I was greatly looking forward to listening to the audible version, as I am also a fan of Michael York, and love his voice. Unfortunately, Mr York’s pacing was quite slow and flat, and combined with the style of writing sounded rather condescending toward the listener. Children will still love this presentation, but as an adult I was somewhat disappointed. Perhaps the other narrators will do better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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