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Lily C. Baker

toddler mom

San Jose, CA USA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Modern Scholar: The Anglo-Saxon World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michael D. C. Drout
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (195)

    Had the Angles and Saxons not purposefully migrated to the isles of the Britons and brought with them their already-well-developed use of language, Angelina Jolie may never have appeared in the movie Beowulf. Professor Michael D.C. Drout is at his best when lecturing on the fascinating history, language, and societal adaptations of the Anglo-Saxons.

    Matthew says: "Amazingly good"
    "So superb, it made me want to go back to school!"
    Overall

    (For some reason, my paragraph breaks aren't showing up on the Audible site, so I've put a slashmark at the end of each paragraph to hopefully mimic a paragraph break and make this easier to follow)/
    I have enjoyed these lectures so tremendously that after listening to all 8 hours, I went right back to the beginning to re-listen and as I suspected I would, pick up a lot of fascinating information I'd missed the first listen./

    Drout gives an in depth overview to a dead culture and he not only brings these ancient people to life and their most interesting characters, works, and historical events to life, but he also makes them relevant by explaining their influences to our modern cultures and language and ideas. /

    I purchased this on some whim but thanks to these wonderful lectures, I have developed such a fascination and interest in the Anglo-Saxon world, I'm toying with the idea of returning to school and majoring in A-S studies! And I'm old! /

    Also, I can see myself using every one of my credits for the next couple of years ONLY on the Modern Scholar series. In fact, I grit my teeth when I think of every credit wasted on crap vamp lit!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Jane On Her Own

    • UNABRIDGED (24 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin's Catwings books are beloved by younger readers. In the final book of the series, youngest catwings kitten Jane is fed up with life on the farm, and decides to strike out on her own. She soon finds that people will take advantage of her for their own gain, and tries to find someone who loves her not just because she is a cat with wings.

    Lily C. Baker says: "I Want More Catwings!!!"
    "I Want More Catwings!!!"
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    I'm going to cut and paste a large portion of my reviews of Catwings here.

    My 8 year-old daughter has a type of auditory processing disorder. She's multiple grade levels ahead in reading and reading comp, but when she takes in auditory information, her mind's a blank.

    I bought this short and all the other catwings titles Audible has available because I love Ursula Le Guin's adult stories, and because these are so short, which may be a turn-off for some. But though they're short, they are rich in imagery, vocabulary, and interest. I didn't want anything infantile for my daughter, because she is such a strong reader.

    Jane is the youngest, and perhaps most foolish of the catwings family. Her adventures and misadventures are largely as a result of her foolhardiness which makes for great conversations with a child about the virtues of common sense and wisdom.

    Ursula Le Guin has a grandmotherly quality to her voice which is pleasant. It almost feels as though you're sitting at the feet of Grams while she spins a wonderful yarn.

    My daughter was captivated. As were we all. As a sidenote, I found that her school performance was better after having listening to one of these stories. Now that we've blown thru these three stories in a week, I'm on a desperate hunt for a similar listening adventure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catwings Return

    • UNABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Ursula K. Le Guin
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    In the second Catwings story, the kittens decide to visit their mother in the city. But before finding Mother, they find a very special kitten who needs their help.

    Lily C. Baker says: "The Second in the Catwings Adventures"
    "The Second in the Catwings Adventures"
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    I'm going to cut and paste a large portion of my review from Catwings. My 8 year-old daughter has a type of auditory processing disorder. She's multiple grade levels ahead in reading and reading comp, but when she takes in auditory information, her mind's a blank.

    I bought this short and all the other catwings titles Audible has available because I love Ursula Le Guin's adult stories, and because these are so short, which may be a turn-off for some. But though they're short, they are rich in imagery, vocabulary, and interest. I didn't want anything infantile for my daughter, because she is such a strong reader.

    In this story, the catwings have decided to return to the city to check on their beloved mother and what they find terrifies and delights them. The story is intriguing and we were just as captivated by it as we were by the first of the stories.

    The catwings are charming creatures. They're exploring their unusual gifts the same as the reader is and they do it with courage, and loyalty to each other. They face challenges, adventures, perils, and it makes for exciting listening.

    Ursula Le Guin has a grandmotherly quality to her voice which is pleasant. It almost feels as though you're sitting at the feet of Grams while she spins a wonderful yarn.

    As a sidenote, I found that her school performance was better after having listening to one of these stories. Now that we've blown thru these three stories in a week, I'm on a desperate hunt for a similar listening adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings

    • UNABRIDGED (32 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Ursula K. Le Guin
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Kitten Alexander Furby's parents think he is just wonderful. But when he goes exploring on his own one day, he gets stuck in a tree. Soon a black kitten with wings helps him and brings him home to a whole family of winged cats. How can Alexander repay her kindness?

    Kathryn says: "Wrong Title and Description for this book."
    "Wonderful short story written and read by a Master"
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    My 8 year-old daughter has a type of auditory processing disorder. She's multiple grade levels ahead in reading and reading comp, but when she takes in auditory information, her mind's a blank.

    I bought this short and all the other catwings titles Audible has available because I love Ursula Le Guin's adult stories, and because these are so short, which may be a turn-off for some. But though they're short, they are rich in imagery, vocabulary, and interest. I didn't want anything infantile for my daughter, because she is such a strong reader.

    The catwings are charming creatures. They're exploring their unusual gifts the same as the reader is and they do it with courage, and loyalty to each other. They face challenges, adventures, perils, and it makes for exciting listening.

    Ursula Le Guin has a grandmotherly quality to her voice which is pleasant. It almost feels as though you're sitting at the feet of Grams while she spins a wonderful yarn.

    My daughter was captivated. As were we all. As a sidenote, I found that her school performance was better after having listening to one of these stories. Now that we've blown thru these three stories in a week, I'm on a desperate hunt for a similar listening adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1221)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (632)

    The study of sexual physiology has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic.

    Mary Roach, "The funniest science writer in the country", devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

    Gurmukh says: "Absolutely Wonderful!"
    "What a Happy Find!"
    Overall

    This book was on promo so I was intrigued by it's titillating premise. It's actually a really fun ramble thru some of the more interesting historical and recent sex research. And some of it is really good to know, such as, Penile Erection Dysfunction is really a misfiring of nerve impulses. So guys and gals of PED, it's not your fault!

    The author narrates well, and her asides or footnotes are a hoot.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1891)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (730)

    Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.

    Randy says: "Terrific Trilogy"
    "Narrator Prebble truly is a Golden Voice"
    Overall

    Simon Prebble has won the Golden Voice award for his narrations and this book showcases his talent nicely.

    The book itself has a wonderful protagonist in Bartimaeus, but all other characters were a little one-dimensional (evil, good, cowardly, etc.) and the other main character, the child Nathaniel is not just flawed, but downright unlikeable. Because of these weaknesses of the book, I found myself slogging thru it when Bartimaeus wasn't around to keep up my waning attention.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First Comes Marriage: Huxtable Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (316)

    Against the scandal and seduction of Regency England, New York Times best-selling author Mary Balogh introduces an extraordinary family - the fiery, sensual Huxtables. Vanessa is the second daughter, proud and daring, a young widow who has her own reason for pursuing the most eligible bachelor in London. One that has nothing to do with love. Or does it?

    Kristin says: "I can't believe this book was rated so highly"
    "See Karen of Issaquah's review"
    Overall

    I couldn't have said it better: slow, pedantic narration, plodding, pedantic writing. ick.

    And this from a master of Regency! I would say this is her rare slip up and anything from her is worth reading or listening to, except by this narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death Masks: The Dresden Files, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4662)
    Performance
    (3361)
    Story
    (3338)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But he also knows that whenever things are going good, the only way left for them to go is bad. Way bad. Recent examples: A duel with the lethal champion of the Red Court, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards...Hit men using Harry for target practice...The missing Shroud of Turin - and the possible involvement of Chicago's most feared mob boss.

    James says: "Pick up the coin?"
    "An inventive and compelling world"
    Overall

    I love Jim Butcher. I think he must be the most optimistic person on the planet. Although he writes of ghastly things that go bump in the night in some pretty graphically violent scenes, there isn't a character in his book that isn't above redemption. That and friendship and true love are themes in this absolutely delightful series. And Marsters embodies all of the many characters of this series with distinct voices and personalities until you're lost in the experience and forget that you're listening, not watching the action happen.

    I started this series with book 8 and have been jumping all over although based on reviews, I've avoided the first 4 books. I've enjoyed every book since Butcher takes pains to bring a reader up to date with backstory details when needed. And, I can tell that Butcher's matured as an author. All of his books have been great, but this was weaker in terms of a natural feel to the dialogue and the plot felt a little convenient at times. In the following books, the stories are tighter and the dialogue is snappy, but doesn't feel as contrived.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Diary of Cozette

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Amanda McIntyre
    • Narrated By Ashford MacNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    "While I am indeed of lowly rank, I am also a young woman who allowed herself to sample life's greatest pleasures in the hands of these titled men. My tales overflow in this journal, penning my journey to becoming a woman of power of the most base, yet stimulating, breed."

    Holly says: "Amazing!"
    "Disturbing beginning"
    Overall

    I thought this might be a sensual romp like Fanny Hill, but it's more of a character study of a liberally minded female in a very stringently male dominated 19th century England.

    What I found disturbing and probably accurate to the period was the wholly unappealing realities of the day for a woman with no protectors or prospects. The first quarter of the book the protagonist finds herself at the mercy of greedy, perfidous orphanage managers who deal in the trade of child slavery to lecherous pedophiles, cadaver-robbing, the inside view of prostitution and the licentious privileged who simply saw the underprivileged as outlets for whatever their needs. It's bleak and disturbing.

    Cozette is resourceful and rises above her situation to lead a relatively happy existence though the ending where she confronts her ex-lover was really confusing to me. She seemed to be mildly intrigued by the man until he became wealthy? So in the end I stopped rooting for her and found her unlikable. Also, I found myself wondering all the time about the fate of the other unfortunates she meets in her situations.

    I liked the reader's very much and she kept me engaged and NOT annoyed in the way a bad reader voice can. I also liked the intelligent writing and ironically was able to appreciate that she would include the darker realities of the day in her writing to add weight and authenticity.

    Cozette is an intriguing character with pluck and a powerful sexual obsession with a couple of men, but the read was unpleasant in the beginning and dissatisfying at the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • White Night: The Dresden Files, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4066)
    Performance
    (2885)
    Story
    (2905)

    In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden's half brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling's name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too.

    Donna says: "Intrigue in The White Court"
    "A Living, Breathing Dresden Universe in Marster"
    Overall

    I love the Dresden world, I love the Chicago of his dreams and nightmares, the people and creatures who inhabit it, and I love Harry and his flaws and foibles and victories.

    Jim Butcher must be one of the most positive writers on the planet. He's forever finding something interesting and worthwhile in underworld lords, demons, succubi, and anyone else who has blown it bigtime. His stories have an undercurrent of redemption and hope and I find myself smiling whenever I think of these novels with their graphic violence, murder, and mayhem as being feel-good!

    But the books take moments to ponder philosophical ideas and complicated problems of pain and suffering and true love and beauty and elevate the standard noir material to something deeper and thoughtful. I love that.

    I very occasionally get tired of Harry's drollery when it's in an improbably precarious predicament, and I personally get tired of the drawn out battle scenes, in the same way I do when I watch LOTR or any action film. But those are minor quibbles to a series of characters and events I find appealing and compelling.

    This book in particular was one of the best of six books I've read so far. And I've read them out of order which while probably not ideal, hasn't diminished my enjoyment of the series and only vary rarely do I find myself confused by plot because Butcher does a good job of keeping readers up to speed on important history and backdrops.

    I've never been much interested in Chicago until I picked up this series!







    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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