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laurel, MD, United States | Member Since 2006

  • 2 reviews
  • 54 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014

  • Lord of Mountains: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Rudi Mackenize, now Artos the First, High King of Montival, and his allies have won several key battles against the Church Universal and Triumphant. But still the war rages on, taking countless lives, ravaging the land once known as the United States of America. Artos and his Queen, Mathilda, must unite the realms into a single kingdom to ensure a lasting peace. If the leaders of the Changed world are to accept Artos as their ruler, he will need to undertake a quest to the Lake at the Heart of the Mountains....

    Matthew says: "Same Great Story, One too Many Books..."
    "Lazy, repetitive, and preachy"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you enjoyed the previous books with no complaint, then this is for you.

    Would you ever listen to anything by S. M. Stirling again?

    The books that followed 'The Protector's War' turned me off from S. M. Sterling books. I only finished the series out of my foolish need to finish what I start. His descriptive writing style gripped me in the first three books of this series because it was used to describe the world as it changed. Once that change was complete I got tired of hearing the same descriptions. By the fifth book it was clear that Matilda wasn't attractive, that Rudy was, that 'changlings' got tired of hearing about the pre-change world, what each and every battle cry is durring a fight, what the smell of battle was like, what the callouses are like on the hands of a fighter, and how deft everyone who was raised by a ruler is at making strategic decisions.

    I was also frustrated by how much time Sterling used to set up the next few books in the series. I didn't care about the children that would be the adventurers in the next series. It felt like he was just writing to sell more books.

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

    Todd McLaren was an effective narrator for the series. I don't want to detract from his reading at all. I put all of the blame on this series to S. M. Sterling

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Other books in the series perhaps, but this book was a frustrating read with little closure.

    Any additional comments?

    If you have gotten to this book then you've dedicated some serious time to these characters. Like me, you'll probably read it anyway. Just don't be disappointed if it doesn't provide any of the closure you were hoping for. I really enjoyed the first three books in this series, but the magic of the founding leaders was lost by this time. Even the final battle was disappointing. I'd say more, but details would be too filled with spoilers.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "Great book"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    I would absolutely listen to this book again. It was one of the few books my husband and I both fell in love with. Enzo, the dog, is so wise and empathetic. Writing the book from his perspective added much needed whimsy and optimism to an otherwise tragic story.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    This book had many. The ending was really special.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Enzo's last night with Eve was amazing.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "That which you manifest is before you."

    Any additional comments?

    This book managed to fill me with more joy than the usual "Old Yeller" syndrome that other dog books have. Because the book starts at the end I wasn't as devastated as usual when I finished the book. It was also wonderful hearing Enzo's logical explanations for regular dog behavior. Of course my dog suffered because I'd say "Enzo wouldn't do that!" every time he misbehaved.

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