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Mike

Urbana, IL, United States

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  • The Drowning Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Caitlin R. Kiernan
    • Narrated By Suzy Jackson
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (200)

    India Morgan Phelps - Imp to her friends - is schizophrenic. Struggling with her perceptions of reality, Imp must uncover the truth about her encounters with creatures out of myth - or from something far, far stranger....

    Diane says: "A Modern Haunting"
    "Almost great"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This novel is nearly great. With a couple of exceptions, the writing throughout the book is superb. One of these exceptions involves an extended mad scene which went on to the point where I was on the verge of pushing the fast forward button. The other is an annoying and overlong example of siren's songs. The protagonist is crazily compelling and sympathetic. The plot is occasionally a trifle convoluted, but keeps you engaged. Unfortunately, the ending is weak and somewhat unsatisfying. Suzy Jackson's performance of the story is terrific. I will keep an eye out for other books which she narrates.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3278)
    Performance
    (1273)
    Story
    (1276)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "Not for everyone"
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    Where does Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is unusual enough that I don't want to compare it to others. I will say that I would recommend it only to my friends with a strong literary bent and a load of patience.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It took a long time to woo me, but by the end I loved it. Nonetheless, finishing it was a relief.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    The narrator doe an excellent job. Each character has his or her own voice. The insertion of the many footnotes does not detract from the overall flow of the story - perhaps because it flows so sluggishly.


    If you could rename Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, what would you call it?

    A Slow Boat to Britain


    Any additional comments?

    This is an ODD book. It develops very slowly. I was about a third of the way through the story before I really got into it. The pacing speeds up somewhat as the story progresses. I found that by listening in larger chunks than I usually do, I was able to immerse myself in the book, making it more engaging. The Jane Austen-like prose was pleasing, but I know it is not to everyone's taste. I can see where this would be a polarizing "love it" or "hate it" book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scorch

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gina Damico
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (233)

    Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby is a teenage grim reaper with the bizarre ability to Damn souls. That makes her pretty scary, even to fellow Grims. But after inadvertently transferring her ability to Zara, a murderous outlaw, Lex is a pariah in Croak, the little town she calls home. To escape the townspeople’s wrath, she and her friends embark on a wild road trip to DeMyse. Though this sparkling desert oasis is full of luxuries and amusements, it feels like a prison to Lex.

    jennifer says: "Look Alive"
    "Great characters, not so great story."
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    What did you like best about Scorch? What did you like least?

    The characters in the story are witty and likable. The book actually made me laugh out loud. Gina Damico's Grimsphere is a cleverly built world that provides an entertaining backdrop for the story.


    Would you recommend Scorch to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. There are way too many places where you want to shake someone and shout, "It's obvious! Why don't you do..." And I just want to say that it easier to grab a scythe out of someone's hand than any other item in the universe. It happens all the time in this book. The only thing that is easier take is the ability to damn. SPOILER - The revelation that Lex had been killing bad guys all along just dropped out of thin air. It's like chapters were left out of the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    SPOILER - I did get a certain satisfaction out of Lex strangling Zara.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I'd wait for the dvd.


    Any additional comments?

    Jessica Almasy does an incredible job of bringing the cast of characters to life.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anita

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Keith Roberts
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (358)

    Meet Anita Thompson: she's young, she's lovely, she's clever, and she's a witch. A real one. Anita lives in two worlds: the modern world of supermarkets and sports cars, radio and rock-and-roll, where she is a thoroughly modern girl with a thoroughly modern interest in boys and fast living and her own independence. But she also lives in the ancient and rustic world of traditions, cauldrons, and familiars.

    troy says: "I would buy you this book! (if i could afford too)"
    "Enjoyable, but a bit uneven"
    Overall
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    This collection of stories is a bit uneven. However, on the whole the stories are enjoyable and entertaining. Nicola Barbers narration is terrific and pushes the entire book up a notch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Days of Blood & Starlight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (990)
    Performance
    (905)
    Story
    (913)

    In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

    Katheryne says: "No Sophomore Slump here...Just wow!"
    "Bit of a let down"
    Overall
    Performance
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    First, let me say Khristine Hvam does another amazing job reading this book. Second, this book was a bit of a let down after the tour de force of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I found Karou's weakness through much of this story infuriating to the point that I almost stopped listening. Zuzana's charming presence helped me stick with it to the end, though. Speaking of the end, the epilogue felt like a shortcut through what should have been an interesting chapter or two in itself. Lastly, I feel like I gotta warn you this story ends with the words "to be continued".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Among Others

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (610)

    Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

    Eoin says: "Subtle Character Piece"
    "Love Song for Bibliophiles"
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    Katherine Kellgren gives us a wonderful performance of a book that is a love song for bibliophiles. In the course of the story Jo Walton references some 150 SF and Fantasy books. Each reference gave me a little thrill of recognition or made me want to go out and read that book. The main character of the story, Morwenna, is a strong, sympathetic, and compelling personality who made me want to keep reading even though the plot is somewhat sparse. Another strength of the book is the magic system which is unique and self-consistent. This was a magnificent use of a credit!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 - Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (252)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

    Lifelong Reader says: "Beyond disappointed"
    "not THAT bad, but I'll read the book"
    Overall

    John Glover is not a bad narrator, but he's not James Marsters. I'll forego listening to this one and read the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Small Favor: The Dresden Files, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4533)
    Performance
    (3371)
    Story
    (3376)

    No one's tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow.

    Carrie says: "I want more of Harry!"
    "a winner!"
    Overall

    The combination of Butcher's writing with Marster's narration is a winner! What would be the audiobook equivalent of a page turner? This is it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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