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Ruthann

Salt Lake City, UT, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Bellwether

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (800)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (499)

    Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennett O'Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. But a series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions - with the unintended help of the errant, forgetful, and careless office assistant Flip.

    Charles says: "The Lone Naysayer..."
    "Takes a bit, but turns out being great!"
    Overall

    This was a delightfully quirky novel, that starts slow but makes up for it in the second half. The humor and unique characters made this book. Flip (the office clerk) and other crazy characters in the office made this book more tangible too. The description of past fads spread throughout the book were interesting and added to the story. The geeky love story wraps this book up for a little bit of everything from science to fiction to fashion. It is very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Laundry: A Sofie Metropolis Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Tori Carrington
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Sofie Metropolis is the newest P.I. on the mean streets of Astoria, Queens. She's known for her trademark frappes and her itchy trigger finger. Uncle Tolly was acting odd right before he disappeared. The proof? The brand-new Mercedes Tolly just bought. And the business' books, which show that Uncle Tolly was laundering more than just clothes. Which is where the mob comes in, in the darkly handsome figure of Tony DiPiazza.

    Karen says: "If you want to know Greek Food"
    "Brainless Fun"
    Overall

    If you've read/listened to a Janet Evanovich book staring Stephanie Plum, this book will only give you flashbacks to one of those, but not as well done. I don't know enough about this series to knew if there is an end, but if there is, then this series might have a one up on the Evanovich books.

    This book was fun, but as I've read most of the Janet Evanovich books, many things in this book felt very much like a Stephanie Plum novel. The novel takes place in New York City, revolves around a Greek family and there is only one love interest in Sophie's life, which are a few of the things the differ from an Evanovich book. There were enough differences the for me to still make this book a light and fun listen. If you're looking for a no brainer without any complications, this book might fill the need.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1230)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (581)

    Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. But it can't help his fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

    Scott says: "Scicen Fiction Can Be Literature"
    "Awesome!"
    Overall

    This was a great science fiction book of parallel universes the meet. What would it be like if they developed differently though? Humans were only a weak race that once lived while neanderthals excelled. Mary, a women in today's earth has been asked to verify the genetics after a neanderthal accidentally passes through a temporary portal. Mary is a women torn between what she once was and recent events who is trying to cope with the world not being what she thought.

    This was a wonderful novel that made me think for hours after reading many sections. The largest downfall was an intensely boring section about 2/3rds into the book that I don't feel added to the story, luckily it wasn't very long but it did drop this book from a five to a four. Aside from the small part is was great.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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