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  • The Woman Who Died a Lot: A Thursday Next Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (283)

    Jasper Fforde's delightfully zany Thursday Next series shows no signs of slowing down with its seventh entry, The Woman Who Died a Lot. Despite being semihappily semi-retired from SpecOps, Thursday accepts the head librarian position at the Swindon library. But soon threats from a supreme Deity, a mnemonomorph, and the nefarious Goliath corporation press Thursday back into active duty.

    Lenny says: "Great continuation of the Thursday Next series"
    "Great continuation of the Thursday Next series"
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    I wish I could rate this at 4.5 stars. It falls a bit short of 5 stars, but deserves better than a 4 star rating.

    A must read for anyone following the series. But if you're following the series, you know you'll read this book eventually.

    While the book before this (One Of Our Thursdays Is Missing) occurs almost completely in the book world, this one occurs almost completely in the real Thursday's world. The story was interesting throughout, and narration was perfect. I don't usually listen to an audiobook again immediately after finishing it, but this one was interesting enough that I did so, and managed to pick up some nuances I missed the first time around.

    I would not recommend this book to anyone who hasn't read the Thursday Next series before, however. I started with one of the books in the middle and it took a while figuring out what was going on. Start with the first book for maximum enjoyment.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sisterhood of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (338)

    It is 83 years after the last of the thinking machines were destroyed in the Battle of Corrin, after Faykan Butler took the name of Corrino and established himself as the first Emperor of a new Imperium. Great changes are brewing that will shape and twist all of humankind.

    Clydene says: "This is the First Need to Listen for 2012"
    "Worst thing about the book : the characters"
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    The books are obviously set in the same universe, but the similarities end there. The main difference is in the characters.

    In Frank Herbert's books, the characters are complicated, different, intelligent, has motives that only become clear over time. I've read all the books of the new series up to Battle of Corrin, skipped over a few, then came to this one. The characters are simple, they don't think through what they do, their motives are blatant, and the things they do seem to be only to add drama to the book. There is not a single character I like. I had hoped that the character development has improved between Battle of Corrin and this book, but I was disappointed.

    The story itself is not bad, entertaining, and the narration performance is good. I bought this audiobook because I had hoped for more interesting stories in the Dune universe, but halfway through the book, I really want to go back and re-read Dune to remind myself why I like it so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1935)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1211)

    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"
    "Good story, first of two parts"
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    Be aware that you absolutely need the second part (All Clear) as just about nothing is revealed in this book. This review applies to both books.

    I've read the first two books, and one thing that struck me was that the two of them are very different. These two books have a bit of each of those two. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes keep me at the edge of my seat. The storytelling is compelling and the characters very likeable. Being a time travel story, the storyline is not necessarily in chronological order, and occasionally it takes a while for me to see how it fits together, but fit it does.

    If I have one criticism, it is that the story tries too hard to mislead the reader. We're being led to a conclusion, a cliffhanger, then the story switches to another character's viewpoint. It's a style, some like it, it just happens that I'm not overly fond of it.

    There are several very touching moments, and while I don't know how accurate is the description of life in London during the Blitz, it fills me with admiration for those who lived during that time. And I want so bad now to see London to see some of the places described, especially St Paul's Cathedral. Google Maps Street View just doesn't cut it :)

    One final observation, the autiobook played back at 1.5x gives the narration a bit of sense of urgency, and did not make it harder to follow along for me.

    Definitely an enjoyable book and a great performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5406)
    Performance
    (5038)
    Story
    (5034)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Hilarious story, yet touching at parts"
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    Great story! It may not be entirely original, but it is very well written, with a good dose of humor thrown in. The only weakness is that the characters share a bit too much characteristics between them. The narration is also great, and adds a lot to the enjoyment. I didn't realize that Wil Wheaton was the narrator when I listened to it the first time. It's funny that he's the one narrating this book - I can't think of someone more appropriate to perform this than the actor who used to play a character in Star Trek.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22948)
    Performance
    (9588)
    Story
    (9661)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Great story, fantastic narration"
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    It's a very gripping story, but I felt the best part was the narration by Simon Vance that really goes very well with the feel of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snuff

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1669)
    Performance
    (1478)
    Story
    (1488)

    Sam Vimes is on a well-deserved holiday. But for the commander of the City Watch, a vacation in the country is anything but relaxing. The balls, the teas, the muck - not to mention all that fresh air and birdsong - are more than a bit taxing on a cynical city-born and -bred copper. Yet a policeman will find a crime anywhere if he decides to look hard enough, and it’s not long before a body is discovered, and Sam - out of his jurisdiction, out of his element, and out of bacon sandwiches (thanks to his well-meaning wife) - must rely on his instincts, guile, and street smarts to see justice done.

    Tim says: "Perfect Pratchett"
    "Another great Discworld novel. However..."
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    There's two things that I didn't particularly care for. It reminds me too much of Unseen Academicals, and there are unnatural pauses (probably from recording from different sessions) in Stephen Briggs' otherwise excellent narration - and that is a problem with the production rather than the narration. Despite that, I found it very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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