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Houston, TX, USA | Member Since 2008

  • 3 reviews
  • 34 ratings
  • 211 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • Something Rotten: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray

    After spending her time chasing a stray Minotaur into pulp Westerns, filling in for Joan of Arc, and raising her infant son, Friday, Thursday needs a break in the real world. But her return to Swindon is far from relaxing. Rogue fictioneer Yorrick Kaine and the evil multinational Goliath Corporation are trying to rule the world, and a deadly assassin called the Windowmaker is tracking Thursday's every move.

    Karen says: "Re: the different narrator"
    "Highly Original"

    Jasper Fforde is a very unique writer, you really have to like this sort of thing. I only recommend him to certain people, but if you love the odd and unusual and have a good imagination you will love his writing. I would never recommend him to someone who doesn't like sci-fi, Monty Python or Douglas Adams. If you like any of the above, Fforde is for you.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of the Discontinued Man: Burton & Swinburne, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It's 9 p.m. on February 15, 1860, and Charles Babbage, the British Empire's most brilliant scientist, performs an experiment. Within moments, blood red snow falls from the sky and Spring Heeled Jack pops out of thin air in London's Leicester Square. Though utterly disoriented and apparently insane, the strange creature is intent on one thing: hunting Sir Richard Francis Burton!

    Andrea says: "More Fun Than a Barrel of Time Suits"
    "More Fun Than a Barrel of Time Suits"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of time travel, steampunk or sci-fi especially if they like Sherlock Holmes or Victoriana. Lots and lots of all these genres.

    What did you like best about this story?

    You never know where it's going to go, which sometimes made it hard to follow especially when listening to a little bit at a time.

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

    Miss Miller! I don't think I could picture the personalities of the characters as well without Gerard Doyle. He brings them all to life.

    Any additional comments?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shroud of Sorrow: Doctor Who: New Series Adventures, Book 51

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tommy Donbavand
    • Narrated By Frances Barber

    23 November, 1963. It is the day after John F. Kennedy's assassination - and the faces of the dead are everywhere. PC Reg Cranfield sees his late father in the mists along Totter's Lane. Reporter Mae Callon sees her grandmother in a coffee stain on her desk. FBI Special Agent Warren Skeet finds his long-dead partner staring back at him from raindrops on a window pane. Then the faces begin to talk, and scream... and push through into our world.

    Andrea says: "Too corny, even for the Doctor."
    "Too corny, even for the Doctor."
    What disappointed you about Shroud of Sorrow?

    Frances Barber is a great actress, but she can't do a Texas accent. It was very distracting listening to her try.

    What was most disappointing about Tommy Donbavand’s story?

    The story was not very well developed. The premise of the JFK assassination was flimsy, not much about it in the story. Not sure I can explain without spoilers sweetie; but clowns on another planet?

    What didn’t you like about Frances Barber’s performance?

    She does all the British accented characters very well, she just needs to stay away from Texas accents.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Overall I was disappointed in the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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