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Lyn

charlotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • A Perfect Blood: The Hollows, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1482)
    Performance
    (1326)
    Story
    (1324)

    Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood. She's faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.

    Bonnie says: "Hello Rachel, get some smarts"
    "overpriced and overdone"
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    Not worth 2 credits! The melodrama is off the chart. A shark jumping event. This series use to be clever, witty, and snarky but now has devolved into a sanctimonious melodrama, characters are 2 dimensional except for the obligatory descriptions of how hot someone is. Charging 2 credits for this crap is insult to injury.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Amy Stewart
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (111)

    Every great drink starts with a plant. Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley. Gin was born from a conifer shrub when medieval physicians boiled juniper berries with wine to treat stomach pain. The Drunken Botanist uncovers the surprising botanical history and fascinating science and chemistry of over 150 plants, flowers, trees, and fruits (and even a few fungi).

    Cynthia says: "No more cheap tequila!"
    "Fun and informitive"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Drunken Botanist the most enjoyable?

    Amy Stewarts writing style of mixing history, chemistry and trivia makes this book a rare gem that both entertains and educates.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Drunken Botanist?

    The history of angastora bitters.


    What about Coleen Marlo’s performance did you like?

    She has a silky voice that is a pleasure to listen to as well as her tongue twisting annunciations of the the plants scientific names without a stumble.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, there was a few giggles to some of the light hearted trivia.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy science and history you you'll enjoy this book.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3035)
    Performance
    (2691)
    Story
    (2697)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Interesting as well as exciting"
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    Where does Ghost in the Wires rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't usually listen to biographies but Mitnik was worth the exception. This was well crafted and insightful as well as humorous.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Mitnik came across as a basically good guy with some exceptional skills and a wicked sense of humor.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    a sense of timing that added to the irony and humor.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Jennifer Morgue: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (263)

    Bob Howard is a special operative for the British agency called The Laundry, and his task is to stop a rogue billionaire from using an artifact, known as Gravedust, with the power to reanimate the dead. The U.S. Black Agency sends the lethal Ramona Random to aid Bob’s mission, but she seems to have a different agenda.

    Torah Cottrill says: "Fabulous"
    "good, but not his best"
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    Stress has an excellent turn of Phrase and an excellent sense of snark. I enjoyed this tho He really gets up to speed with The Fuller Memorandum and The Apocolypse Codex.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ship Breaker

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (730)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (524)

    In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota - and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life.

    Rusty says: "Very good"
    "Rollercoaster of excitement"
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    The story picks you up and carries you along, I found myself cheering and cringing at the fight scenes. The plot has the perfect blend detail and timing, the narration is excellent, the reader is fully immersed in his characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fuller Memorandum: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (213)

    Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross is renowned for his cutting-edge science fiction. This third entry in his “edgy … spoof of Cold War spy thrillers” (Booklist) finds covert agent Bob Howard learning about a top-secret dossier that vanishes with his boss. Determined to discover the contents of this memorandum, Howard runs afoul of Russian spies, ancient demons, and apostles of a hideous cult planning to raise the Eater of Souls from the undead.

    Maggie says: "Top notch!"
    "fantasy written as hard science fiction"
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    Stross finally hits his stride in this story. This is not a Dresden files wannabe. Steeped in occult history, philosophy and technology this is not a god botherer friendly book, if your faith is so fragile that reading a story where god doesn't exist, and what we think are gods are actually extra dimensional aliens upsets you, do yourself a favor and go read the left behind series instead. The interlacing of tech, history and occult is done very creatively, the narrator does a great job with accents and his tone and timing is top notch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walter M. Miller
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (549)

    Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

    Joel says: "A Classic"
    "classic"
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    This is one of my favorite all time stories, performed by a great narrator. Well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (1637)
    Performance
    (1493)
    Story
    (1504)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    D. S. Smith says: "How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!"
    "who knew taxidermy and vaginas could be so fun"
    Overall
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    Offbeat and funny in a twisted neurotic way, think of a feminist David Sedaris with more taxidermy and your halfway there.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole: Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Books One, Two, and Three

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kathryn Lasky
    • Narrated By Pamela Garelick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (179)

    This box set contains the first three books by Kathryn Lasky, which are the basis of the animated movie, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.... Soren is born in the forest of Tyto, a tranquil kingdom where the Barn Owls dwell. But evil lurks in the owl world, and Soren is captured and imprisoned in a dark canyon where there is a mysterious school. It’s called an orphanage, but Soren believes it’s something far worse. He and his new friend, the clever and scrappy Gylfie, know that the only way out is up.

    Nancy says: "please don't sing"
    "A great story for kids and adults"
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    Having seen the animated film I picked up this book and wasn't disappointed by how rich the character and story are. From cringing at twilights battle songs to cheering on sorens band battling the evil pure ones this book is well worth the ride.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (919)
    Story
    (932)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    Melinda says: "Is Nothing is Sacre'?"
    "Fun, clever and original"
    Overall
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    This is a rare gem, an original concept with a sense of humor and well developed characters, while avoiding the standard tropes. I will never look at Whistlers mother without snickering.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Oath of Swords: War God, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (579)

    Bahzell is no knight in shining armor, and besides he has too many problems of his own to be messing with anybody else's problems - let alone the War God's. Unfortunately, the War God has other ideas for him.

    breckoz says: "Almost Returned This One"
    "An Enjoyable Romp"
    Overall
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    An exciting story combined with a great narrative performance creates a rollicking tale. Weber uses his talent for detailing battles to good effect.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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