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  • The City of Devi: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Manil Suri
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam, Priya Ayyar

    As Mumbai empties under the threat of imminent nuclear annihilation, statistician Sarita can only think of being reunited with her physicist husband. To find him, she must journey across the surreal landscape of a near-abandoned city, braving gangs of competing Hindu and Muslim hoodlums. Joining her is Jaz - a Muslim whose true religion has always been sex. Danger lurks around every corner, but so does the absurd: the patron goddess Devi Mahas even materialized on a beach to save her city....

    Book Worm says: "Not What I Expected"
    "A bad risk"
    What disappointed you about The City of Devi?

    There's an inherent risk in trading your credits for stories. This story was failed risk.

    Normally, with a printed book, I give the author three chapters. I listened to this story for four plotless was naught but of a description of a woman wandering around war torn Mumbai, searching for her husband with flashbacks about how they met.

    I became impatient to hear the author wander somewhere near a plot, so I skipped ahead to the second part of the Audible book. I found the material there uncompelling as well.

    I fail to see how this story could be put in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category. It seemed to me to be a project from a Creative Writing class that lived too long. There was lots of sensual description, but little story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Omen Machine: A Richard and Kahlan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    An accident leads to the discovery of a mysterious machine that has rested hidden deep underground for countless millennia. The machine awakens to begin issuing a series of increasingly alarming, if minor, omens. The omens turn out to be astonishingly accurate, and ever more ominous. As Zedd tries to figure out how to destroy the sinister device, the machine issues a cataclysmic omen involving Richard and Kahlan, foretelling an impending event beyond anyone’s ability to stop. As catastrophe approaches, the machine then reveals that it is within its power to withdraw the omen....

    Alan says: "Different"
    "Ploddy, ploddy forward"
    What disappointed you about The Omen Machine?

    I tend to buy stories that are over 10 hours in performance, but The Omen Machine was a mistake. One indication is that if I fall asleep during the story and wake up 90 minutes later and I can still understand what's going on, I think the story is moving too slowly.

    What was most disappointing about Terry Goodkind’s story?

    I couldn't finish it. In good conscience I did due diligence to listening to the story - but it failed to keep the human mind alive, which is what I am equipped with. The overuse of the word 'prophesy' was another one of the author's tics. Perhaps when the editors read it silently, the word didn't irk. But when read aloud, it's obviously irritating.

    How could the performance have been better?

    Curious phrasing and emphasis by the narrator and a bit overplayed. Of course, the length and plodding pace could have overtaxed his talent.

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

    The premise of the story was interesting, which is why I bought it. In the beginning, the characters were quickly established, the plot and premise were set in motion -- it appeared as though it was going to be an interesting fantasy, but eight hours later, I was crawling out of my skin waiting for something to happen.

    Any additional comments?

    I dislike writing negative reviews. Perhaps it will be a warning sign for another from wasting a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diverse Dowsing Beyond Boundaries: Practical Dowsing Techniques for Expanding Human Consciousness

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Hamish Miller
    • Narrated By Hamish Miller

    In this unique book, Hamish Miller gives an earthy, honest, practical demonstration and instruction to using basic dowsing tools and techniques as well as a fascinating historical overview. Dowsing is a sacred practice that has been used by ancient cultures for millennia to find not only water sources but sacred places of energy and much more. This book takes you on a journey revealing that there is much more to dowsing than the popular perception of it being "just a way of finding water.

    Paul says: "Sound track from a video"
    "Sound track from a video"
    Where does Diverse Dowsing Beyond Boundaries rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among all the audio books I've listened to so far, this Diverse Dowsing Beyond Boundaries was meh.

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

    I was listening for instructions on how to dowse. I suppose the various dowsers did supply the information and it was up to me to go out and try, but it appears to me that the book is simply the audio track ripped from a video about the author.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Hamish Miller?

    Not unless there was more compelling material.

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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Prince of Chaos: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton

    Treacheries, trickeries, assassination attempts and bloody family intrigues have finally maneuvered Merlin, aka Merle Corey, into the Courts of Chaos. Thanks to a series of conventionally fatal "accidents" engineered by his mother Dara and uncle Mandor, Merlin third in line to occupy the throne.

    shirley says: "great series"
    "Zelazny - A favorite author"
    Would you listen to Prince of Chaos again? Why?

    I would listen to this again. Since the Amber series was originally written, I've probably read all the books every couple of years. I like the voices of Corwin and his son, Merlin -- just the right amount of anti-authority and wiseass. Zelazny constructed a world that was fun to explore as a reader. I've been a fan since the '70's. I wish I could have met him before he died.

    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Wil Wheaton did a good job with Merlin and the other characters in the book. If I had been his director, I would have had him read some of the passages differently. But that's because their voices are so deeply embedded after reading the series so many times.

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

    I was merely gratified to find Zelazny's Amber series selected as audiobooks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    All good things must come to an end, Constant Listener, and not even Stephen King can write a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

    Dawn says: "Unbelieveable"
    "Pacing, pacing, pacing"
    What did you like best about The Dark Tower? What did you like least?

    Finally, after all those dollars and all those hours I made it to the end of the Dark Tower/Gunslinger series. It was long, which is why I bought them. The pacing really sagged occasionally. King can be passive/aggressive, when he's trying to create suspense. . .just frustrating. . .move it along, Steve. He also takes a particular perverse joy in beating up his characters which I found gratuitous most of the time.

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

    I guess Steven King wanted to depress me. He did. I won't be buying any other Steven King offerings, even if they're a long audiobook series.

    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    George was very listenable and talented.

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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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