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Sara P.

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  • The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Susan Duerdan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (545)

    In Jasper Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection.

    Rosemary says: "A Worthy Read"
    "Flair in the Eyre"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Eyre Affair to be better than the print version?


    Any additional comments?

    The Eyre Affair
    Jasper Fforde
    ****.5

    I have to say, I had a rollicking good time listening to The Eyre Affair.
    I note that some reviews suggest that the names were hard to follow, I don’t agree. I found the names funny and individual enough to follow easily.
    The story was a bibliophile’s delight. The allusions were terrific and showed a solid knowledge of some of my favorite books. The alternative universe was a delight. The main character was believable and interesting. I did think her romance with her ex was a ‘bit’ heavy handed, but it was not the center of the story.

    The idea that a society exists that loves books as much as they do in Fforde’s novel was very appealing. His ideas and writing show a very original mind and voice. Fforde built enough tweaks in the system to make it interesting and yet it stayed believable.
    I look forward to more Tuesday Next novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aftershock

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    After a life in various war zones, Dell and Dolly have settled in this town, fulfilling Dolly's lifelong dream. Though she has given up her nursing career and moved smoothly into civilian life, Dell had been a mercenary, so they both have to sacrifice their prior identities. When the star of the girls' softball team shoots and kills the most popular boy in school, Dolly asks Dell to uncover the motive behind this inexplicable crime. It doesn't take him long to uncover a horrifying rite of passage.

    Michele Rae White says: "Aftershock By Vachss Rocks!"
    "Vachss hits a solid triple"
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    What made the experience of listening to Aftershock the most enjoyable?

    The story was well developed and had a very tantalizing back story.


    What other book might you compare Aftershock to and why?

    I don't think anyone else writes like Vachss. There were some parallels to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series, but only because the subject matter covered some similar ground; built in system of violence against women.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The flash backs to when the protagonist and his partner met.


    Any additional comments?

    A very well done story. The characters were interesting and the timeline flowed very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1300)
    Performance
    (1188)
    Story
    (1186)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Absolutely smashing, figuratively and literally"
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    Where does Midnight Riot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A rollicking good time. Well written but keeping that element of fun that make you want to keep listening.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was well conceived and told very well. The details about the folly and other places visited were a treat to read. Fantasy can be to fluffy or the 180 to chiseled and edgy. This book struck a good balance with humanity, real police work and credulity.


    What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having never been to London, the reader added to the story with inflections that helped flesh out the 'feeling' for the area they were working in.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Ladies and Gentlemen, The Lords and Ladies of the Rivers of London.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to the 4th Peter Grant book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Royal Pain: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (2397)
    Performance
    (2074)
    Story
    (2059)

    The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry.

    But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise.

    Coffee Lover says: "More Royal Fun!"
    "Fun way to while away the time on the treadmill"
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    Would you try another book from Rhys Bowen and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    This was the first Rhys Bowen book I tried. I have tried another as well. I enjoyed both.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It felt a tad cut off, as if the author/editor wanted to make 'sure' I knew there would be more to the series.


    Did A Royal Pain inspire you to do anything?

    It kept me on the treadmill!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1661)
    Performance
    (1395)
    Story
    (1404)

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    "Terrific way to spend some time."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Certain of my friends, absolutely. Friends who enjoy sci-fiction or urban paranormal, I have suggested it to that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably Vidocq. He has a large capacity for putting up with Stark and has a rich and interesting past.


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to him in The Lock Artist, by Hamilton. MacLeod Andrews' performance was better in this story I believe.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely, but one does need sleep sometimes and work. Work can get in the way, but paves the path for American Express so I can keep buying books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4521)
    Performance
    (1980)
    Story
    (1993)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Interesting, Inventive"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Odd Thomas the most enjoyable?

    The characters were well developed which made the unusual parts of the story more believable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The imagination.


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't recall specifically, but it was a well done narration.


    If you could take any character from Odd Thomas out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I think I would enjoy taking the chief and his wife out to dinner. They seemed like a terrific couple. Caring, smart and very accepting of Odd Thomas.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Paul Ingrassia
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (85)

    America was made manifest by its cars. From the assembly lines of Henry Ford to the open roads of Route 66 and Jack Kerouac, America's history is a vehicular history-an idea brought brilliantly to life in this major work by the acclaimed author of Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry's Road from Glory to Disaster.

    Geoffrey says: "My Best listen in a while"
    "Not just for car lovers"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Much like Six Glasses that Changed the World and other historical specific books, this one is a fun cruize through history in 15 cars.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The background story on how cars are developed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    spoiler - but it was good :)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it was fine to listen to back and forth to work. I enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    Design, Engineering, Speed, Safety, Fuel and the Presidency of the United States all in one well read package.

    2 of 2 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
    Overall
    (1735)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1019)

    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"
    "Well done history of disease in the early 1900's"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Demon Under The Microscope?

    The understanding of how French law views patents and how section on how the FDA got their fangs.


    What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

    He sounded engaged.


    Any additional comments?

    Well researched and interesting. Very 'readable'.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fight Club

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Jim Colby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1300)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (931)

    When a listless office employee (the narrator) meets Tyler Durden, his life begins to take on a strange new dimension. Together they form Fight Club - a secretive underground group sponsoring bloody bare-knuckle boxing matches staged in seedy alleys, vacant warehouses, and dive-bar basements. Fight Club lets ordinary men vent their suppressed rage, and it quickly develops a fanatical following.

    Ilana says: "The first rule about Fight Club is..."
    "Social commentary or a fight to reverse evolution?"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Chuck Palahniuk and/or Jim Colby?

    Jim Colby's reading was fine. I would listen to another book he read. As for Chuck Palahniuk I am not sure I would read another of his books.


    Would you recommend Fight Club to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to certain friends, it has some interesting questions to pose.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Colby’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    Could you see Fight Club being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I believe it has been. I have not seen it.


    Any additional comments?

    The writing was well done. The crudity, debasement and psychosis were abundant. The characters were interesting, the story had some original elements.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (692)

    It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, they create the Escapist.

    Darwin8u says: "A World I DON'T Ever Want to Escape From."
    "Pow, Bam, Thwap! Read the Amazing Adventures!"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay to be better than the print version?

    Equally good. The narrator does a fine job and the book takes to its audio form very nicely.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay?

    The weekend of development. An idea, a group of young men and an amalgam of dreams come to life.


    Which character ??? as performed by David Colacci ??? was your favorite?

    Joseph Kavalier


    If you could rename The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, what would you call it?

    Can't see a change for this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Well done story, excellent characters and very well researched. It felt very real, very lifelike and was very well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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