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Lisa

Corona Del Mar, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Making Money: Discworld #36

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (447)

    The Ankh-Morpork Post Office is running like...well, not at all like a government office. The mail is delivered promptly. Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig, former arch-swindler and confidence man, has exceeded all expectations - including his own. So it's somewhat disconcerting when Lord Vetinari summons Moist to the palace and asks, "Tell me, Mr. Lipwig, would you like to make some real money?"

    Jason says: "Another gem."
    "Gold! Golems! Economic Theory! Oh my!"
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    After his overwhelming success at the Post Office, Moist von Lipwig is now encouraged (forced) by the Patrician into taking on the Royal Bank - well, he has to since he inherited the major shareholder and Chairman (Mr. Fusspot, a small dog). He (Moist) is also made the master of the mint by the Patrician. This is a fun look at the nature of money, the gold standard, paper money, economies and what money really represents in an economy. Plus there are more golems, another crazy family and an Igor. This book would probably stand on its own but I'd suggest you read Going Postal first as this is a tight continuation of the storylines started there and you'll get more of the jokes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joe Ledger: The Missing Files

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (509)

    In this collection of five short stories, Jonathan Maberry fills in the blanks in his action-thriller Joe Ledger novels.

    Lisa says: "READ BEFORE BUYING LEDGER SHORT STORIES"
    "A good collection"
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    Novellas and short stories are often a toss-up. Can the author make these characters work in a shorter form? For Mr. Maberry the answer is YES YES YES. Look around, some of these stories are also available as stand alone. Get the collection. You can read them almost anytime, except you want to read them after Dragon Factory if you can. I think having read them (one in particular) before King of Plagues made that one work better for me. KoP would have worked without the background but I had it from the novella and I liked that I did. Even when I read Assasins Code I was glad to have read these first, especially "that one". And Mr. Porter is excellent as usual with Joe and all the other characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1943)
    Performance
    (1689)
    Story
    (1695)

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    Amanda says: "Fantastical and Fun"
    "Loved every minute - even the parts I didn't like"
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    I'm hooked now. I'm going to have to have every one of this series. I love Joe Ledger and Ray Porter's narration. Porter gives great voice to the first person narratives and the third person narratives. His characterizations are great. Maberry just keeps you on your toes with a fast moving plot (or plots) and the supporting characters are getting fleshed out and we enjoy them almost as much as Joe.

    No zombies. I'm OK with that :) Plenty of other people and things to keep the DMS on their toes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grimoire of the Lamb: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1567)
    Performance
    (1460)
    Story
    (1454)

    When he’s not vanquishing villainous gods or dodging demons, 2,000-year-old Druid Atticus O’Sullivan can be found behind the counter of Third Eye Books and Herbs in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, literally minding his own business. But when an evil sorcerer - and amateur shoplifter - snatches an ancient Egyptian tome of black magic, The Grimoire of the Lamb, Atticus is not sheepish about pursuing him to the ends of the earth...or at least to the Land of the Pharaohs.

    breckoz says: "Novella, Side Adventures Before Book 1"
    "Hearne can do no wrong"
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    I'm a big fan of the Iron Druid series. Luke Daniels is a master with this material. Hearne's storytelling fits the novella mold just as well as it does the full length novel. Take the plunge - read this one!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sanctus: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Simon Toyne
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    A man climbs a cliff face in the oldest inhabited place on earth, a mountain known as the Citadel, a Vatican-like city-state that towers above the city of Ruin in modern-day Turkey. But this is no ordinary ascent. It is a dangerous, symbolic act. And thanks to the media, it is an event witnessed by the entire world.

    Sandra says: "Disappointing"
    "Better than I expected"
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    This one sat for awhile after I bought it. Once I started it, I was caught up in the story. I enjoyed it quite a bit but there were some parts that left me wondering how the author would deal with wrapping things up. Apparently, that is for the rest of the series. I've read reviews of the next installments and I'm not sure if I will pursue them or not - but there are loose ends that I'd like to explore so I might. That is not intended to detract from this 1st installment at all - it was a good ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Cry Chaos: The Henri Poincaré Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Leonard Rosen
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (330)

    All Cry Chaos is a masterful and gripping tale that literally reaches for the heavens. The action begins when mathematician James Fenster is assassinated on the eve of a long-scheduled speech at a World Trade Organization meeting. The hit is as elegant as it is bizarre. Fenster’s Amsterdam hotel room is incinerated, yet the rest of the building remains intact. The murder trail leads veteran Interpol agent Henri Poincaré on a high-stakes, world-crossing quest for answers.

    Sandy says: "Not bad."
    "An interesting start"
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    It has been awhile since I listened. I don't remember the narrator so had to listen to the sample to refresh my memory.
    It was a good story that I wanted to listen to until the very end. I guessed some of the twists but didn't mind at all. I was wrong about others and pleasantly surprised. I liked the main character, in all of his complexities, and I look forward to hearing more of his stories. To say more would be a spoiler.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Two Ravens and One Crow: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2332)
    Performance
    (2169)
    Story
    (2176)

    Two-thousand-year-old Atticus may have outwitted and outfought everyone from Odin to Bacchus, but in this eBook original, he’s about to discover what comes around when you go around messing with gods. Six years into the training of his beautiful apprentice, Granuaile, a large crow swoops down and transforms into none other than the Morrigan, a goddess who insists that Atticus come with her at once. He must leave his apprentice behind, along with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon - and he must also leave his sword.

    Jessica says: "Can't wait for November!"
    "Great Fun"
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    This story is great fun. Novellas and side-stories from a series are a tricky business, but Hearne hits it just right in this one. If you like the Iron Druid series, give this one a try. You won't be disappointed. Plus - it's Luke Daniels. What could be better?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alexander Cipher: Daniel Knox, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Will Adams
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (166)

    Egyptologist Daniel Knox's lifelong fascination with Alexander the Great and his tomb, a fabled wonder of the ancient world, could be the death of him. After construction workers excavating in Alexandria expose a catacomb dating back to ancient times, Knox eagerly sneaks in to scout the cavernous and dusty site. Among the relics he finds clues that may solve one of the world's greatest mysteries: the last resting place of Alexander the Great.

    C. Johnson says: "Very strong start to a (hopefully) lengthy series"
    "Intrigue and History - a pretty good mix"
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    I liked this one. History, suspense, but not a hard-core thriller. I liked the main character and some of the supporting cast and would like to see them in another story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3590)
    Performance
    (2952)
    Story
    (2942)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Wow. What a great surprise. A real page-turner"
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    I've never read zombie fiction but picked this up anyway. What a great story. Plenty of layers and twists. He does the ping pong between settings a little too much for my taste but it was effective in moving the story along. I'm not sure why the opening used 2 different timelines - one story line used dates and times, the other relative (e.g. 3 days ago). But, an author this compelling can be quirky. I enjoyed the characters immensely.

    I think I spent the last 2-3 hours of the book absolutely enthralled - if it was a paper book I might have said it slowed down because it seemed to take a while to get to the big confrontation scene. But in listening, it wasn't slow, it was just a good build-up - things kept happening to give more and more details.

    That said, I have even more praise for the narrator. Ray Porter does a bang up job with Joe Ledger and the supporting characters. His women are very good and his ethnic and regional accents are good and consistent. He's going on my list of favorite narrators, up there with Scott Brick, Luke Daniels and the Nigel Planer (alphabetical order :) ).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Postal: Discworld #29

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (543)

    Arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig never believed his crimes were hanging offenses, until he found himself with a noose around his neck, dropping through a trap door, and falling into...a government job? Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may be an impossible task. Worse, the new Postmaster could swear the mail is talking to him.

    Robert W says: "Finally on AUDIBLE!!!"
    "delightful"
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    This was fun;Pratchett takes on the post office. The protagonist (Moist) is a professional con man who is hanged for his crimes - or the crimes of his alias - but the Patrician arranges for him to not die (a talented hangman). As his punishment, he is on parole as the new Post Master General, charged with reviving the Post Office of Ank Morpork. Mix in a few golems, pin collectors, the idea of stamps as money and an evil business consortium who are running the Clacks (long-distance semiphore signalling) and you have another good yarn from Pratchett.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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