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Anne Cutrell

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  • The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2435)
    Performance
    (1749)
    Story
    (1773)

    With unforgettable characters, a sweeping backdrop, and passionate storytelling, this is a fantasy debut to rival that of Robert Jordan. Filled with adventure and bloodshed, pageantry and piracy, mystery and menace, Assassin's Apprentice is the story of a royal house and the young man who is destined to chart its course through tempests of change.

    Jake says: "Great book"
    "Well written, but can be tiresome"
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    I really wanted to like this book better than I did. It's well written, great descriptions and interesting characters and situations.
    However, the denseness of the main character sometimes drove me nuts. I understood where that denseness came from (you'll know what I mean if you've read the book) and intellectually, it made sense, but I just couldn't get over the damage that was done. I don't want a Mary Sue, but I do want a main character who can accomplish SOMETHING, for goodness' sake!
    In a way, it was very realistically done (which is why, even though I got frustrated, I gave it 4 stars). I'd like to know what happens, but I don't know if I can do it.
    As an aside, I found Boehmer's voice to be a little high-brow sounding for a narrator who, in the beginning of the book comes from humble origins, but I got used to it by the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Razor's Edge: Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (141)

    Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal. But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into territory controlled by pirates, Leia makes a shocking discovery: The fierce marauders come from Leia's homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star.

    Rup says: "Good book, but wrong choice of narrator"
    "Good Attempt at Similar Voices"
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    One of the few books I wish I'd read via the text version. They did a great job of trying to match the voices of the main characters with those in the movies, but I could hear an echo in my head in the proper voices. Reading the text would have given me the experience of hearing it with the real (if imagined) voices.
    Still, a fun book and well done. Loved the sound effects. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Craig Ferguson
    • Narrated By Craig Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1666)
    Performance
    (1052)
    Story
    (1050)

    In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

    Diane says: "Unabashedly Honest"
    "Loved it"
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    Simply put, an honest, funny, and interesting story, well performed. I loved it and will definitely have it on hand for rereads.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3981)
    Performance
    (3497)
    Story
    (3497)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Both books, for comparison. A writer's delight."
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    I am a writer, not a professional one, more of a student of the art.
    I find Scalzi's writing to be funny, extremely accessible, and probably as a result, sometimes a little simplistic. It's the time worn argument of style over function. His plot, in this case, is a little simple, probably to allow the character study of the anti-hero to be center stage. As with many first contact stories, I found the accessibility of the alien creatures to be a little suspect, but if they weren't a little bit human, how would we relate, right?
    As soon as I was done this nicely done bit of escapist sci-fi, I immediately wanted to read the original Little Fuzzy again. It's been at least 25 years since I'd read it. And presto! The lovely folks at Audible had appended that to the end of Fuzzy Nation.
    The original is a similar level of fun and accessibility. Interestingly, I found it to be the inverse in some respects, of Fuzzy Nation. The plot was more complex but relied a tad too much on coincidence and the characters more flat, less nuanced (with one tragic exception).
    Thank you, Audible, John Scalzi, Wil Wheaton, H. Beam. Piper, and his narrator, for bringing this writer a fun experiment in comparing narratives. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Midshipman Hornblower

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (575)

    The year is 1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Horatio Hornblower, a 17-year-old boy unschooled in seafaring and the ways of seamen, is ordered to board a French merchant ship and take command of crew and cargo for the glory of England. Though not an unqualified success, this first naval adventure teaches the young midshipman enough to launch him on a series of increasingly glorious exploits.

    Emrys says: "Superb narration of a great story"
    "Enjoyable Sea Romp"
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    I love the technical language and the likeable hero. Comfort reading of the highest order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6509)
    Performance
    (3285)
    Story
    (3307)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Dark Fairytale with Heart and Beauty"
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    Simply put, I loved this book.
    Firstly, I love when Neil Gaiman reads aloud. He is as skilled a performer as he is a writer, and that's saying something.
    But even without the performance, this book is touching and has a macabre beauty that is unlike any other book I've ever read. I want to read it to my nephews, if they ever sit still long enough to listen. The little boy in the book grows up realistically and learns about love and loss and all the things you learn about when you're growing up. He just happens to live with people who are already dead. Their love for him transcends death, and that is simply beautiful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1778)
    Performance
    (1107)
    Story
    (1109)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Marie-Elizabeth Finamore says: "Best of British restraint"
    "No bromance here"
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    In some respects, this book is very well written. I particularly liked that I could not predict the arc of the story. The characterizations were good, if a little ham-handed. Others have complained the protagonist is a Mary Sue, to which I riposte that she is a match to one of the greatest Gary Stus there are, Sherlock Holmes.

    My reason for merely liking the book? Holmes by himself (and in this case, doubled) can be tedious. I have always enjoyed the camaraderie and "bromance" of the Holmes-Watson team. This has been intensified by the recent British series "Sherlock" where Watson's humanity leavens the impersonal severity of Holmes. If you like this too, you'll be disappointed in this book, where Watson is reduced to a fool-hardy relic of canine loyalty.

    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
    (5737)
    Performance
    (5350)
    Story
    (5349)

    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.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Funny and fast moving. Love the Codas"
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    I really enjoyed this, most particularly, the 3 codas.
    The pacing of the the main body of the book really works with the expected pacing for a ST episode or movie. It worked very well as a comedy.
    The codas, on the other hand, really worked wonderfully, not only looking at the themes more seriously, but also as a writing exercise.
    I listened to Coda 1 more than once, partly because I loved the part about authors who kill people off for no reason. A pet peeve of mine.

    Wheaton's reading was well done too and having him in particular worked with the premise very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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