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BOOKS - Portal of the Imagination

Member Since 2002

  • 4 reviews
  • 355 ratings
  • 830 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2015

  • The Defection of A.J. Lewinter: A Novel of Duplicity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    Before The Company, Robert Littell made a name for himself with The Defection of A.J. Lewinter. Hailed as "a perfect little gem" and a "concise, smart, and funny [novel that] turns Cold War spy cliches on their head," A.J. Lewinter tells the story of an insignificant American scientist whose defection to the Soviet Union becomes a terrifying political chess match of deceit and treachery. Not to be missed!

    Michael Koscielski says: "The Defection of A.J. Lewinter"
    "Brick Makes the Story"

    A good story with interesting quirks which Scott Brick brings alive. Not in the same class as "The Company" and has some areas which are only salvaged by Brick's talent as a narrator. This is a book you must pay attention to in order to "get" lots of the nuances. If you enjoy Littell or Brick this one is worth your time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Crazy Rich Asians

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kevin Kwan
    • Narrated By Lynn Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

    Teresa says: "Narration is horrible"
    "A Fun Beach Read"

    Although this book gets a little close to being Chick-lit I found it a lot of fun and had a difficult time putting it down. I have spent a fair amount of time traveling in Singapore and Malaysia and very much enjoyed the author's descriptions of different areas, food and the over all sense of place.

    I have had no experience with the variety of "crazy rich" Asians described in the book, the "regular" people who live in Singapore and Malaysia are indeed delightful.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Megan Hilty

    The sequel you’ve been waiting for: the follow-up to the sensational number-one best seller The Devil Wears Prada. Andrea "Andy" Sachs is on top of the world, running her own very successful high-fashion bridal magazine. But she got there with the help of her rolodex - actually, the rolodex of Miranda Priestly, her former nightmare of a boss. As Andy's success grows, she realizes she'll soon have to face Miranda. Still, Andy can hardly anticipate the horrifying reality that’s approaching - a reversal so profound that she will be squarely in Miranda’s crosshairs once more.

    Ana says: "Very Disappointed!"
    "Silly and Tedious"

    What a mistake this book was. If you are looking for another Devil Wears Prada this IS NOT it. I was so looking forward to this sequel. In fact, I listened to The Devil Wears Prada again to provide more context and really enjoy this book. I was entranced and very much enjoyed TDWP yet again. It really highlighted how dreary and boring this book is.

    If you want endless descriptions of Andy's baby, pregnancy, baby, delivery, baby routine, baby crying, baby, baby, baby mommy hood, baby Clementine, having to go to work and missing baby, and constantly thinking about baby then you will love it. I found it terribly tedious and I really wanted to like it. When you are not hearing about the baby Andy spends an inordinate amount of time being sick, being sad, whining and being totally unreasonable about the opportunity to sell the magazine she starts with Emily (from the first book).

    Do yourself a favor and skip this one. It is not worth the credit and it is hours of my life I could have spent doing something more enjoyable, like washing the dishes.

    6 of 6 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

    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"
    "Really? Only 2 stars for a Jim Butcher book?"

    I couldn't believe it when I saw the herd of people - dare I say sheeple- giving this a 2 star review. If you will look at Marsters own website he apologizes for being unavailable due to schedule conflicts. Actually listen to the first chapter with Glover as narrator and compare it to Marsters' reading of Storm Warning, Fool Moon and even Grave Peril. They sound much different from his later readings in the series. The frequent sound of his taking a breath made it sound as if Harry was either smoking or had COPD.

    Ghost Story may not be read by Marsters but it IS written by JIM BUTCHER. I for one am thrilled the audio is finally out. I have been a member of Audible long enough to have over 400 audio books in my library. I KNOW a bad narrator, or even a mediocre narrator, and avoid them like the plague - no matter how much I love the author or book or series. Glover does an excellent job for his first turn with the character, while not James Marsters reading the later books in the series, certainly as good or better than Marsters in the first 3.

    Those who are giving the book only 2 stars because of a change in narrator, dictated by the favored narrator must be of the same ilk as the so-called reviewers on Amazon who don't read the book and give it only 1 star because they think the Kindle price is too high. Very misleading and a sophomoric attempt to skew the ratings of a work they have not even read.

    If the faux reviewers cannot deal with a reader change or don't want to be held hostage by the price demanded for the Kindle version they can and should vote with their feet and wallet. Start an appropriate forum to bitch about these issues. But downgrading what is supposed to be a review of the actual work because of these separate issues, totally unrelated to the author's work, is both unfair and misleading.

    Don't spoil it for others who are new to the series or who are willing to see where a change might take them. Marsters will be back - CHILL

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful

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