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Deliah the Space Rigger

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  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18333)
    Performance
    (14153)
    Story
    (14097)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "A real autobiography!"
    Overall

    I was expecting a funny, superficial book where Tina Fey takes some nice safe vignettes from her life and does little routines. Instead I got a very witty, self-deprecating look at the life of the incredibly talented and nice girl next door who made good. There's not a lot of dirt or snarkiness, the Palin section was fascinating and Tina memorably is all about how she (Tina) was the condescending one, but at the same time it reads as an honest description of her life by a person who appreciates that it's a lot like our life but now way better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Among Others

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (648)

    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"
    "A Paen to a SciFi Childhood, Hugo, Nebula Winner"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Among Others is a book made alive by audio- reading the book could never bring alive the various accents.

    The book won both the Hugo and Nebula, though it is much different in style than previous winners. The ambiguity of the book title reflects the central question(s) for the teenaged protagonist: are the Others that she should live among other human beings or fairies? Do you live among or with others? How do you live among either or both set of others without going insane or even dying? And the real question that she cannot know she is exploring is: how to do this at that very tricky time of life of being a teenager when just living with yourself is pretty tough?

    The one weakness to me of the book is that in the middle it becomes more of laundry list of science books that the protagonist is reading at the time at school. While it was a delight to see that Jo Walton liked the books I did and to make a mental list of what I should add to my reading list, at some point I was wondering if we've ever get to back to the intriguing plot line started in the opening.

    Power through- Walton does get back that to it in a compelling and emotionally satisfying way.

    Great read and share with your teenagers.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11676)
    Performance
    (10112)
    Story
    (10088)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "A history of computing along the way"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Being the same age as Jobs and a computer scientist who was on the consumer side of Apple, it was fascinating to see what he was really like. But it also was fascinating to see how the technology developed and how Apple came back from the dead- it was living history. The biography is fearless and while Jobs was not someone I'd care to have over for dinner, warts and all, he lived a remarkable life on his terms.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Immortal

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (133)

    Conrad Nomikos has a long, rich personal history that he'd rather not talk about. And as arts commissioner, he's been given a job he'd rather not do. Escorting an alien grandee on a guided tour of the shattered remains of Earth is not something he relishes - especially since it is apparent that this places him at the center of high-level intrigue that has some bearing on the future of Earth itself.

    phelixdakat says: "Master of Sci-Fi"
    "the original mash up: a classic that holds up well"
    Overall

    I've been going through the Hugo and Nebula winners and was gratified to finally find This Immortal at last. The book is excellent. Some of the older winners don't hold up well but this does.

    This was the first "mash up" book, bringing together nuclear war with Greek mythology. The post-nuclear holocast setting raises questions of were myths real-- with gods and demigods just mutations, if the Earth was mostly destroyed and you lived on a space colony would you come back to it, and what is it like for an entire race (us) to be an underclass of a well-meaning, benign alien society, and how do you manage a rebellion over a hundred years. Nice flashbacks and letting the reading make the connections. Excellent ending.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Flawed Dogs: The Shocking Raid on Westminster

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Berkeley Breathed
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Best-selling author Berkeley Breathed is the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the Bloom County and Opus comics. His unmistakable sense of humor colors every moment of Flawed Dogs. Sam the dachshund is a show dog and Heidy’s best friend, until Heidy’s uncle kicks him out of the house. Befriending other strays, Sam plots his revenge for the Westminster Dog Show.

    Deliah the Space Rigger says: "Perfect for family with teenagers; brilliant"
    "Perfect for family with teenagers; brilliant"
    Overall

    Brilliant, funny, intense, heartbreaking (but not in the Old Yeller way, there is a happy ending). Our 14 year old loved listening to it with us-- the combination of humor, commentary on us humans, and outrageousness with a strong message. You'll never look at a dog the same again...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2273)
    Performance
    (1080)
    Story
    (1095)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "Brilliant mash up, Moore's best"
    Overall

    Moore has been steadily improving as a comic writer and catapults into brilliance with this one. With Abby Normal, he really began to focus on the secondary characters. And now Lear's Fool, a secondary character in someone's work, is his main character.

    Shakespeare meet Tropic Thunder. Cadfael meet Austin Powers. If Shakespeare in Love sailed through clever anachronisms, Fool is an America's Cup contender.

    The narration was perfect and I was grateful that I had not bought the hardcopy-- the accents, the timing, the general demeanor would have been somewhat lost by reading.

    Christopher Moore talking about writing Fool at the end is well worth the price alone!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Wizard of Earthsea

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Harlan Ellison, Ursula K. Le Guin
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (120)

    This first volume of the Earthsea Cycle is an adventure story, a Quest, a tale of a proud, incautious boy who meddles too early with the Dark. It is a pure fantasy telling about a real thing: a boy coming into his power and his manhood...coming of age.

    Wyonia says: "Great Book...Frantic Narrator"
    "Perfect for family drive, narration works for kids"
    Overall

    LeGuin's book and Ellison's narration is perfect for the road with kids-- the lively "performance" and opening music seems to work for the kids and the story is strong and short, with lots of opportunities for discussions.

    I was desperate for something for a family listen while driving, fortunately the narration complaints were unfounded. As a kid, I read A Wizard of Earthsea at least a dozen times and loved its mythic approach, so I love this book and was worried about the Horrors Inflicted by the Outrageous Narration reviews. My family listened to a "traditional" audiotape presentation 10 years ago and our oldest at 12 got bored (my husband loved it, though- suggesting that having gravitas in the narration works for adults but not for kids). My youngest (now 12) and I just listened to the Ellison version and he loved it. The pacing was good and the ~6 hours made an 8 hour trip go by fast. I found Ellison's interpretation of some of the voices a bit different than what I had imagined and because of the classic, formal organization of the story I mentally expected it to be narrated with a refined British accent and pregnant pauses, but the vocal variety and change in volume helped me stay awake. And did I mention, the kid loved it and would have surely been bored with a more "respectful" reading?

    The complaints that this isn't Harry Potter or such are also a red herring. The Earthsea trilogy (technically there are 4 books) is Joseph Campbell myth style of story set for short reading by tweens. This is a classic and has been since its publication many decades ago. It is not Lord of the Rings action epic or Harry Potter public school serial. But with its "we are our own worst enemy" theme it is more "Luke, I am your father" than Star Wars and in a way more likely to add to the character development of your son or daughter than Star Wars or Harry Potter.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Losing It - and Gaining My Life Back, One Pound at a Time

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Valerie Bertinelli
    • Narrated By Valerie Bertinelli
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Losing It is Valerie Bertinelli's frank, motivational look inside the life of one of TV's most adored actresses. It tells the inspiring story of her young stardom as the girl next door - cutie Barbara Cooper on the hit show One Day at a Time - her complicated family life, her struggles to maintain a healthy self-esteem while coping with celebrity, her tumultuous 20-year marriage to rock star Eddie Van Halen, her struggle with depression, and her life-long battle with weight.

    Eileen says: "Not Just Weight Loss"
    "The girl next door"
    Overall

    Great autobiography, insights into being an actress and wife of a rock star, and about how weight often reflects inner issues. I disagree with the negative reviews that a) thought this wasn't about weight loss or b) had nothing to say. I would have liked more about her journey with Jenny Craig, but overall it was helpful to hear about sorting it out. Her narration was great and unflinching and added to the sense that even if she was the wife of Eddie Van Halen, the nice girl next door charm that she perfected on "One Day at Time" is really true. The only downside is that this abridged and some of the details are lost.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Miracle at Speedy Motors: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (279)

    Mma Ramotswe is busy investigating her latest case: a woman who is looking for her family. The problem is, the woman doesn't know her real name of whether any members of her family are now living. Meanwhile, Phuti Radiphuti has bought Mma Makutsi a glorious new bed. Unfortunately, it will inadvertently cause her several sleepless nights.

    glamazon says: "Not one word too long"
    "Gentle miracles"
    Overall

    While not the most memorable book in the series, the rhythms of life with these gentle characters remains a tonic to the hectic pace of life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek: Spock vs. Q (Adapted)

    • ORIGINAL (54 mins)
    • By Leonard Nimoy
    • Narrated By Leonard Nimoy, John de Lancie
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (118)

    Ambassador Spock travels back in time to subtly warn Earth's inhabitants of impending doom while calling into question humanity's priorities. However, before the truth is told, the all-powerful being, Q, appears and reminds Spock that he is prohibited from interfering in Earth's history. Besides, Q doesn't see mankind as something worth saving.

    David says: "Very different Star Trek"
    "Ear Candy"
    Overall

    A delightful hour of banter and inside jokes taped in front of a live audience. Nimoy and de Lancie are clearly relishing attempting to out do the other. If you watched The Old Show and Next Generation, it's a welcome return to those series. Sure, it got a bit long, but the overall spirit and the gentle acknowledgment of the fans is like comfort food.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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