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Emily

The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity. --Robert Anthony Contentment is, after all, simply refined indolence. --Thomas C.

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  • The Skinner: The Spatterjay Series: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Neal Asher
    • Narrated By William Gaminara
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (118)

    To the remote planet Spatterjay come three travellers with very different missions. Janer is directed there by the hornet Hive-mind; Erlin comes to find the sea captain who can teach her to live; and Keech - dead for seven hundred years - has unfinished business with a notorious criminal.Spatterjay is a watery world where the human population inhabits the safety of the Dome and only the quasi-immortal hoopers are safe outside amidst a fearful range of voracious life-forms.

    Andrew says: "A good story and reader; spacing needs edit"
    "Great Asher story"
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    This is not a space opera like many of Asher's works, instead it's largely confined to one planet. And there is no Cormac, although it takes place in the same universe. If you're a fan of his other Cormac works, why listen to this one? Well, for one, the droids are among the best ones he's written in any of his stories.

    And despite being largely planet bound there is tons of action & great characters. Good listen & a great intro to the rest of the spatterjay trilogy!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ian W. Toll
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (270)

    On the first Sunday in December 1941, an armada of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Six months later, in a sea fight north of the tiny atoll of Midway, four Japanese aircraft carriers were sent into the abyss. Pacific Crucible tells the epic tale of these first searing months of the Pacific war, when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history and seized the strategic initiative.

    BB says: "Superb narrative history"
    "One of the best books on the beginning of WWII"
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    What did you love best about Pacific Crucible?


    I downloaded it because it had Grover Gardener as the narrator & it was a WWII history book – two of my favorite things! Turns out it was so engrossing, it was very hard to put down and hit the pause button. It gave some great new insight into the period from Pearl Harbor to Midway, and I was pretty bummed out when it ended.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The background given to each of the Admirals (King, Nimitz, and the others) really brings them to life. In addition, I found the narrative he weaves of the events leading up the Midway and the days of the battle very well done. As usual, Gardener does an extraordinary job of making you feel like he is sitting right there, bringing a story to life and illuminating the text for you. It's very hard to listen to an audiobook by any other narrator once you've just finished a Gardener book.


    Any additional comments?

    WWII histories are among my favorites, but this one really brought everything to life in a way that not many actually do.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Interview with Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler)

    • ORIGINAL (24 mins)
    • By Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated By Beth Anderson
    Overall
    (773)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (186)

    Best-selling author Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler) recently spoke with Beth Anderson, Audible's publisher, about A Series of Unfortunate Events. He talked about his experience narrating audiobooks, as well as his participation in the movie. You'll hear about his favorite authors and musicians and learn more about the Baudelaire orphans. Whether you are a die-hard fan or new to this fantastically grim and gripping series, this dire dialogue will make you marvelously miserable.

    Emily says: "Very enjoyable!"
    "Very enjoyable!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Interview with Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler) the most enjoyable?

    I like the series of unfortunate event books, so it was nice to get this extra bonus.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was laughing very hard. It's free, so it's rather short, but I enjoyed this.


    Any additional comments?

    thank you audible for this very nice bonus for us listeners!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1197)
    Performance
    (931)
    Story
    (934)

    It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

    Ryan says: "entertaining"
    "Barking crickets!"
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    What other book might you compare Leviathan to and why?

    It fits in great with the other books in this series. LOVE the characters, Westerfield brings wonderful characters to life.


    What about Alan Cumming’s performance did you like?

    The accent he affected for the Clankers was a bit distracting but grew on me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, definitely!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Behemoth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (545)

    The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers. Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan's peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.

    James says: "More complications. More adventure. Well worth it!"
    "Fabulous!"
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    Would you listen to Behemoth again? Why?

    Oh yes, I would happily listen again. This is a great sequel to Leviathon, which ended on a bit of a cliffhanger. Here we get introduced to Instanbul & Deryn and Alek's adventures in formenting revolution in the city and how they help the British Darwinists.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3603)
    Performance
    (3150)
    Story
    (3185)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "reminds me of Snow Crash"
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    I've enjoyed most of Neal Stephenson's books, but this one was my favorite of his recent ones. Anathem was good but dragged quite a bit and I never really got drawn into the characters. Crytonomicon was the last book of his that I really, really enjoyed, so I am happy to see a return to form here.

    The story is sprawling and relentless and deeply enjoyable! I ended up staying up all night to finish it once I was nearing the last fourth. The characters pull you in and you can't help but grow to love them as they take off on their crazy adventure. Super enjoyable crazy adventure that seems just like the last half of Snow Crash but even more over the top.

    One of my favorite scenes is when a few of the characters hit up a Cabelas to stock up on gear- their take on the store, and what they purchased and why is really funny.

    A criticism you could easily make here is that coincidences pile on coincidences. Yes - this happens. Go with it. Stephenson ties it all up at the end, and it does work out.

    Unlike many of his books, this is not a deep meditation on LIFE or CODE or LANGUAGE -at the same time, this book is not really shallow. He's moved from deep themes explorartion to character driven stories & this one is a fine novel that you will really enjoy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Llama, Llama Red Pajama

    • UNABRIDGED (3 mins)
    • By Anna Dewdney
    • Narrated By Bryan Kennedy
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (97)

    In this infectious rhyming read-aloud, Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama! Tucked into bed by his mama, Baby Llama immediately starts worrying when she goes downstairs, and his soft whimpers turn to hollers when she doesn't come right back. But just in time, Mama returns to set things right. Children will relate to Baby Llama's need for comfort, as much as parents will appreciate Mama Llama's reassuring message.

    Emily says: "Adorable!"
    "Adorable!"
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    This is a very cute little story. Good for car rides with kids - et them up with an ipod with a few stories on it and they can entertain themselves on the ride.

    It was sweet & funny & very well narrated!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Jefferson Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1173)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (709)

    Four United States presidents have been assassinated - in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963 - each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time. But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution - contained within Article 1, Section 8 - that would shock Americans? This question is what faces former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone in his latest adventure. When a bold assassination attempt is made against President Danny Daniels in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the killing....

    Eric says: "Great listen; great narration, worth the credit"
    "Another fine story by Steve Berry"
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    Would you listen to The Jefferson Key again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this again. It's a great story and I did enjoy it. A lot of Steve Berry books are great mysteries and fun to follow along with.


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

    Steve Berry books always keep me on the edge of my seat - I find that his stories are very gripping!


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

    A film would be awesome! Definitely.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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