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Paula

San Jose, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3777)
    Performance
    (3312)
    Story
    (3311)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Made me smile!"
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    Where does Fuzzy Nation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The is one of the best - up in the top 10%


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fuzzy Nation?

    When Papa was testifying, it brought tears to my eyes


    What about Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    The back story about the inception of the book was interesting. Wil brought the right amount of indignation and disrepect for authority...


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

    see above


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5243)
    Performance
    (4745)
    Story
    (4758)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "A Magical rewrite of the early 20th century"
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    Correia adds another level (Magic) to the history we all know and then twists the outcome accordingly. "Actives" with basic powers of differing intensities group together to save and/or destroy the world. A couple great plot twists, a little bit of love interest and a pretty completely developed new world of powers. The pace of the story moves right along. I found that I liked the good guys and enjoyed disliking the bad guys. Not that everyone really was black and white...plenty of mistrust, vain ambition and misguided loyalty...

    A very entertaining listen. If you liked his Monster Hunter series, you'll like this series even more for it's freshness and humor.

    Looking forward to book two...

    Oh, and Bronson Pinchot does a stellar job of dialects, including the regional "pace" of various characters. Very fun to listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All Clear

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1529)
    Performance
    (990)
    Story
    (1011)

    Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rescued by the second half"
    "Very much worth listening to both...."
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    Yes, it was long...I concur with past reviewers. However, what a treat to get into the world of WWII England. The characters keeping secrets from each other was a bit tedious, unbelievable and felt like a device used to further prolong the plot. Carefully, so as not to publish any spoilers, I really liked how the characters' beliefs about what was going on changed. Liked the world view that everyone has an effect, we are all connected in one way or another...the System is expanding for Good...very New Thought.

    I really enjoyed most of it. Kate Kellgren does a great job with the accents, especially personifying the kids....what a crack up!

    You get to enter in and vicariously experience the "home front". Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5384)
    Performance
    (5019)
    Story
    (5014)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Fun with surprising depth..."
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    At first it's just silly - the premise is somewhat mind-bending but there is a bit of substance there, too. Wil Wheaton does a skilled job. I do agree with other reviewers that the "he said" "she said" can get distracting.... Sounds like the book wasn't created to be read aloud. Still, it was not such a big deal and didn't detract (much) from the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spider's Bite: Elemental Assassin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2545)
    Performance
    (1928)
    Story
    (1939)

    They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South -- when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

    Alex says: "Only because..."
    "Simplistic and a bit tedious..."
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    Another heroine filled with angst believing she is responsible for her family and friend's death? Really? It's all her fault? I just didn't buy it. It's a fun idea with the "elementals" and their different levels of ability living in a corrupt city - very dark. But the main character repeats herself regularly - rehashing her own and others' motivation - blah! It gets old and a bit sappy - kind of adolescent. Maybe the characters are supposed to be cartoonish? Good guy - oh, so good and naive. Bad guys - unconscionable and stupid? I will say the narrator used wonderful accents and played with the pace nicely - really set the atmosphere.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2797)
    Performance
    (2377)
    Story
    (2377)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "Native American twist on the supernatural"
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    Very entertaining! What a great main character - a strong, intelligent woman who has depth of character - a well developed protagonist that I really liked and could cheer for... The storyline moved along at a great pace with action, flashbacks and transformations - educating the reader on the culture/world of these characters. Narrator was flawless - meaning she didn't draw attention to herself rather had excellent distinctive voices for each character....love, love, love!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guilty Pleasures: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1188)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (695)

    Published almost 10 years ago, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a writer who was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major bestselling author. Now, for long-time Anita Blake aficionados and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its debut in downloadable audio

    Jeanette says: "In the beginning"
    "Ugh! written by a middle schooler?"
    Overall
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    Where do I begin? When the author needs to give the reader information, her character just vomits it over everyone...has to spell everything out - sometimes repeatedly - with no subtly at all. Dialogue - half the time makes no sense...non sequiturs abound, awkward descriptors, and our lead character hates so many things.... I can only assume that this series gets better since it has such a following but this book was really not good! Two stars are for her idea, it's the execution that is lacking

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2352)
    Performance
    (2038)
    Story
    (2044)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "What fun...gonna miss these characters...."
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    Complex plot with layers of treachery, likeable characters, believable villains - the dialogue was witty without being over the top. Filled with action and just enough futuristic gadgetry. Highly entertaining and I'm going to be really challenged to find my next read....love to see this as a movie...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paragon Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (111)

    In the posh London street of Paragon Walk, a young woman is brutally raped and murdered. Once again the incomparable team of sleuths, Inspector Thomas Pitt and his young wife, Charlotte, peer beneath the elegant masks of the well-born suspects and reveal that something ugly lurks behind the handsome facades of Paragon Walk, something that could lead to more scandal, and more murder.

    Chuck says: "Complex and Enthralling Mystery"
    "what a sleazy group of people...."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, interesting characters and complex, unpredictible plot line...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the great Aunt-in-law - Vespesia(?) - because she spoke matter-of-factly and consequently was unpredictible relative to the other characters


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    she can communicate subtle emotion so well


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

    got a bit tedious with the petty, vindictive dialogue...


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Callander Square

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (162)

    Callander Square is the second of Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries. Full of well-drawn and convincing characters, Callander Square offers a finely crafted recreation of Victorian England. The bodies of two newborn babies have been found in a park in the fashionable London neighborhood of Callander Square.

    Chuck says: "The Pitt Family at their best!"
    "Complex characters, plot; Flawless narration"
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    What did you love best about Callander Square?

    the believable portrayal of humanity with all it's beauty and warts


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Callander Square?

    the bumbling, internal dialogue of the foolish Mr. Southeron


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She so subtly communicates the emotion of the characters...


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

    oh, yes...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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