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  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "A gem -- like all of Connie Willis's work"

    I imagine that if you don't know Connie Willis Historians and their particular form of time travel you may have something of a hard time with this book and it's second part "All Clear". I enjoy CW's time travel books as historical novels just as much as I enjoy them as science fiction books. Her portrayals of whichever periods her Historians are visiting are magnificent. But if you want to really enjoy her time-travel books I'd say read "To Say Nothing of the Dog" first because that one will help you better understand her whole time travel concept --it is also a great book, of course and laugh-out-loud funny-- I don't think she explains time travel much in "Blackout" and "All Clear". I read a review where someone is puzzled by Polly's desperate search for a black skirt and someone else wonders about the frequent mention of the drop and I can see how those things don't quite seem important if you don't know CW's approach to time travel and history. But if you do, oh if you do, how very much sense it all makes, how very important those things are and how well you enjoy it all. When you are done with "All Clear", make sure to read "Firewatch" a short story where we meet Mr. Bartholomew in the flesh! and we re-encounter Kivrin! She's doing well. I love this woman's work, she's given me many hours of happiness. I am sure there is a special place reserved for her in Cori Celesti.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows in Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, Scott Brick, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

    Brittani says: "Great Build Up, and then Just Ends"
    "It's not Ender, but it is good"

    So, I first I thought Scott Card had run out of characters, Bean's kids seem to be Ender, Peter and Valentina all over again, but in the end they developed personalities of their own and then it was interesting.

    Other than that, it is good to know what happened to Bean, because we love Bean, right? And like all Scott Card books this one is very worth reading.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Don't miss it."

    If you like historical fiction at all, do not miss this book. It is absolutely amazing. No body disputes the historical accuracy of the book, so there is that and the way Cornwell brings it to life is fanttastic.

    The book is engaging from the first sentence. The characters are likeable (I like a main character I can root for =), the descriptions are amazing (beware of listening to the battles while driving, you might find yourself speeding way, way too much, oh, and don't, listen, do not chopped vegetables while listening to the battles!) and the reader is great!

    To help you decide whether you will like what I like, here's other authors I like: Connie Willis, Terry Pratchett, Ruth Downie, Patrick O'Brian, plus the usual suspects: Dickens, Steinbeck, Hemingway and them =]

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "Save your money -"

    I cannot get over how bad this book is. I love The Clan of the Cave Bear and The Valley of the Horses and I really liked the next two, number 5 wasn't all that good, but this one is a tremendous dissappointment.

    I have listened to over 8 hours of the book and let me tell you what has happened so far: NOTHING! The book is full of the most boring dialogue, we get to listen to people having the most inane conversations you can imagine, the smallest of small talk. These conversations don't add anything whatsoever to the narrative, the only thing they do is highlight how underdeveloped the characters are.

    On top of that, Jean Auel seems to have no faith whatsoever in her readership and spends a long time repeating stuff about Ayla's life that we all know quite well and describing Ayla and everyone else doing things like setting up camp, making tea, gathering plants, skinning a kill, things that were interesting the first time around, but that we really do not need to hear about in all detail again and again and again!

    It feels as if Jean Auel, decided to write for mentally challenged people. You know when you are trying to help someone with learning disabilities understand something and you speak slowly and carefully and elaborate and repeat to make sure they get it? That's how she writes. It's unbearable.

    I am very, very sorry. I was looking forward to this book --with some trepidation because I didn't love the last one but still, looking forward to it, and I am sure there is a good three hours book somewhere in there, but I don't think I am going to have the patience to wade through the hours of fluff to find it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Anita says: "Must be me..."
    "Great book, beautifully read."

    This is a beautiful book. I am an immigrant and came to this country with my baby son and it was only six years later that his father could join us, so I know what's it's like to be a single mother and one struggling to survive in a foreign country to boot.

    Maybe that's why I enjoyed this book so, because I know what it's like to do everything you can to make your surroundings a happy place for your child regardless of actual circumstances.

    How beautifully Emma Donoghue has written about it and how very credible her characters are and how well developed! And I loved the reading. The readers are all great, I particularly liked Jack. The person who reads Jack must have much experience listening to children's peculiar cadences and intonations.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Under The Microscope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

    Sara says: "A fantastic book"
    "History at its best, and very well read"

    On first approach you wouldn't think that the history of the discovery of sulfa could be fascinating, but this book is absorbing, it is history at its best. You know how history has to be felt? How history should not be something we think about only at an intellectual level, but, something we experience at an emotional level? That's what this book allows us to do. And the great thing is it is not melodramatic, it is wonderfully done. I warmly recommend it.
    The reader is also great, he is now up there with Simon Vance and Stephen Briggs in my list.
    I have to say that I don't usually read non-fiction, but the book was on sale and the reviews were good and I was not disappointed one bit. Way to go Audible! =)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. After a 36-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner. And before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar.

    Lehua says: "Took Me by Surprise"
    "Highly recommended"

    This is a great book, the characters are very likable, it is interesting, humorous and credible.
    It is read by Simon Vance, who is, as always, an absolute pleasure to listen.
    To give you an idea of what I like, I spent 6 moths reading Patrick O'Brian (the audio books are also read by Simon Vance, by the way) and a year reading Terry Pratchett.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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