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Windsor, Australia | Listener Since 2007

  • 9 reviews
  • 39 ratings
  • 257 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Among Others

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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"
    "Huge red ballon that fizzes out"
    If you could sum up Among Others in three words, what would they be?

    Book on books

    Would you be willing to try another book from Jo Walton? Why or why not?

    Possibly, but the reviews would have to be rave worthy

    Any additional comments?

    Picture a book as a balloon. It gets blown up as the story progresses. Some are those long, narrow balloons that take a lot of lung power to get going. Some are normal balloons that fill with air, get tied off and stuck on a poster. Some get filled with helium and float you away. This could have been the later, but instead it was a great big balloon that someone let go of at the last moment and it just blew all over the room making an obnoxious sound.

    Characters were personable. Felt like you could have a cup of tea (or water!) with them. Plot seemed to be leading up to something big, and then blah. Can't even say the balloon was popped, because that would at least imply a surprise or shock. This was just a let down. My only hope is that Ms Walton tries again, she'll remember to use helium and let the sucker float us away.

    Narration was lovely. Could listen to Katherine Kellgren's voice anytime!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Glitter Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Fleur Savagar is the most beautiful woman in the world . . . to everyone but herself. With her oversized hands and paddle-boat feet, her streaky blond hair and funny green eyes, she lives a life filled with secrets that began before she was born. That was when her bewitching mother left home to find James Dean and met Errol Flynn instead. Now Fleur has to grow up quickly, and life won't make that easy.

    Theresa says: "Another SEP Winner"
    "Love SEP, but this one is a dud"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No problems with the narrator, but the story....

    Dialogue was unrealistic - cringe-creating at it's best; throw the ipod across the room at it's worst. Characters were boring! There were several times I wanted to just listen to the news and give up on the book, but I struggled through. The ending - not worth it.

    This is NOT indicative of SEP's other books. This one was a 3 on a scale of 10; the others were all 8+.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ethan of Athos

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner

    With the future of Athos at stake, Ethan is chosen on behalf of his cloistered fellows for a unique mission: to brave the wider universe in quest of new ovarian tissue cultures to replenish Athos' dwindling stocks. Along the way, he must tangle with covert operatives, killers, telepathy, interplanetary politics, and - perhaps most disturbingly - an indomitable female mercenary named Elli Quinn.

    D says: "No Miles- but still great!"
    "No Miles, BUT..."

    For all you Miles fans - he's not in here. But get it anyway! It was a great story, great narration by Grover Gardner, and Elli Quinn in a pretty good character. I enjoyed it and hope she does some more (after doing another book in the Miles series).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Bound: Mercy Thompson, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places - and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind. But this new vampire is hardly ordinary - and neither is the demon inside of him.

    Deborah says: "Blood Bound"
    "Tamed coyote"

    Enjoyed the premise of the story, enjoyed the narration, but didn't like the tame / lame nature of the sexual tension between the characters. About as much tension as in a dry-rotted rubberband. There are better series out there that offer the whole she-bang and I think I'll stick with those from now on...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    Robert says: "Six stars if I could"
    "Drawn out...."

    I wasn't expecting a face-paced novel, but I didn't really want a long, drawn out boring tale either. And the later is what I got. Didn't care to finish it, but didn't want to waste my credit either. Finished it, ended as expected, no great reveal at the end - boring!

    Narration was good, but music at the beginning of each chapter was overdoing it.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "A Must Read!"

    Books like this make it easy to enjoy science-fiction. Great characters, great plot, great storytelling. I'm not sure how he did it, but describing the tactics and 'game' of the battle school, Card made it come to life in my head.

    Narration was excellent!

    Author interview at the end is pretty good. Will have to read the Foundation series by Asimov next, based on Card's review of it. I like it when the author seems like a down-to-earth kind of guy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead and Gone: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker

    In her ninth adventure, Sookie has just tied on her cocktail waitress apron for a night's work when a special report comes on the television. The time has come. The wereanimals have revealed themselves.

    Anne Hoag says: "High expectations not met"
    "Why did I bother?"

    I enjoyed the first couple in the Sookie series, but these later ones are dragging. This most recent book jumped all over the place, left sub-plots dangling in the wind, and at the end of the book, covered, oh, about a week in Sookie's life, if that. And her nephew, that the previous book introduces at the end - well, there's a small mention of him, but he's as good as glossed over. Can we just stick with vamps and shifters, please? This faery war stuff reminds me of the Laurell K Hamilton books, but at least with her books, you get more sex.

    This will be the last Sookie book I will have listened to...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Empress

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Laura Joh Rowland
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi

    Chosen by Publishers Weekly as a Best Book of 2007, The Snow Empress showcases author Laura Joh Rowland's deep understanding of 17th-century Japan and her impeccable gift of storytelling. This thrilling novel finds samurai detective Sano Ichirõ working to gain freedom for his son by investigating the murder of a lord's beloved mistress.

    Lee says: "Japanophile delight"
    "Childish and boring"

    Well, I guess it had to happen. After one year of listening to audible titles, I finally found one that I couldn't stand. The characters and dialogue were basic beyond belief. The action could have been plotted better by a pre-schooler. Being a ready who enjoys fantasy and crime, I didn't mind the mix of spells and possession, but what really got to me was how the action / dialogue seemed jumpy, wooden and just totally unbelievable. No one talks like that!

    Narrator was okay, although he really said the Japanese names fast. It took me about an hour to learn who was who. Imagine the chef on Iron Chef - Masahiro Morimo - well, the narrator would have pronouced that out in about a 1/2 second. Nice male voices, although his women's voices were just annoying and made me cringe.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Urban Shaman: The Walker Papers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By C.E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Christine Carroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Joanne Walker has three days to learn to use her shamanic powers and save the world from the unleashed Wild Hunt.

    Melissa says: "Urban Shaman - Light Fantasy"
    "Overly descriptive..."

    I love chick fantasy, but this book was a waste of time. Author got lost in the descriptions of just about everything. With one had on the keyboard, and one hand in the thesaurus, the author spend literally pages describing dream sequences that didn't make sense. Ever had a friend tell you about her "weird dream last night" and then go and on and nothing made any sense to you (let alone to her) - this was it!! Want to know 15 other words for "purple," then read this book.

    Narator was a little annoying with her "bloke" voice, but otherwise good naration.

    6 of 14 people found this review helpful

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