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Rebecca

Rebecca

Soulsbyville, CA (USA) | Member Since 2004

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  • I Shall Wear Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1218)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (755)

    Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren't sparkly, aren't fun, don't involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy. But someone - or something - is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches.

    Rebecca says: "Another Treasured Pratchett"
    "Another Treasured Pratchett"
    Overall

    Every book Terry Pratchett writes is a treasure, and this book is no exception. In Pratchett's fourth book in the TIffany Aching series, he again produces an astutely clever and astounding narrative reflecting the basic natures of humanity, both the good and bad, the just and unjust, the altruistic and spiteful. The nearly 16-year-old Tiffany must navigate the superstitious hatred and violence that is targeting "witches" in general and Tiffany in particular and stop the Clever Man who is generating it. This book delves into the meaner side of humanity, including family-directed violence. Pratchett skillfully navigates these issues in this YA book in such a manner that while the material itself may be considered as for a mature audience, the presentation is ideal for both YA and mature readers alike. Stephen Brigg's performance, as usual, is brilliant and fabulously entertaining, especially his performance of the Nac Mac Feegles. If you enjoyed the other Tiffany Aching novels, i think you will thoroughly enjoy this one, too.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charles, HRH The Prince of Wales
    • Narrated By Charles, HRH The Prince of Wales
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    For the first time, HRH The Prince of Wales shares his views on how our most pressing modern challenges - from climate change to poverty - are rooted in mankind's disharmony with nature, presenting a compelling case that the solution lies in our ability to regain a balance with the world around us. With its holistic approach, this provocative and well-reasoned book takes the discussion of sustainability and climate change in a new direction.

    X says: "Needs more chapter breaks for my average intellect"
    "YES! YES! YES!"
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    The information presented here is not new material, but HRH Prince Charles eloquently discusses these topics seriously, respectfully, and with the assumption that we can, together, do something to fix these social-environmental problems, to restore harmony with earth and humanity. EVERYONE should listen to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1330)
    Performance
    (1219)
    Story
    (1224)

    Fourteen-year old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea - and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy - Mrs. Temminnick is desperate her daughter become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

    But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right - but it's a different kind of finishing.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Fans of the Parasol Protectorate, Rejoice!"
    "Light, Fun YA Steampunk Novel"
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    A light romp through Gail Carriger's Steampunk World, circa 1858, chronologically before her Parasol Protectorate series was delightful, suitable for younger readers and adults alike. Who ever thought of a finishing school for young ladies on a dirigible? Simple plot, but a world of fun.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27249)
    Performance
    (20991)
    Story
    (21073)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Persistent never-ending drudgery and negativity"
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    I listened to the sample, thought, "great narrator, it sounds promising, there's been all this hype, it's gotta be a good book." But, NO. The characters are not engaging, I don't feel any connection with any of the characters, the plot is all negativity, drudgery, and hate. Honestly, what's the point? I gave up after 3 hours (I tried, I really did). Unfortunately, I purchased this too long ago to return it. It would have been nice to get my credit back - it definitely wasn't worth it. If you're still in doubt, go to your local library or bookstore and read the first chapter of the book before you decide whether to get the audiobook. The narrator is fantastic, but he simply can't make up for the persistent negativity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michelle Moran
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (227)

    Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American ambassador Thomas Jefferson to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie's museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, and word even arrives that the royals themselves are coming to see their likenesses....

    Tim says: "Tales from a turbulent time"
    "Present-tense narration destroyed it for me"
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    Performance
    Story

    I don't know where authors got this idea that writing novels in the present tense would be a good idea; traditionally, publishers required a past-tense narration. This style simply grates on my nerves too much; it feels awkward, probably since I've spent 30-something years reading books in the past tense. And I was so looking forward to listening to this book (I thoroughly enjoyed Michelle Moran's novel, Nefertiti, so was looking forward to her novel about the French Revolution). So, now I'm about to return this book. Le-sigh.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2072)
    Performance
    (1839)
    Story
    (1830)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "Another Great Lady Georgie Mystery"
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    Lady Georgiana Rannoch escapes the horrid fate of spending Christmas with her step-sister's family at Castle Rannoch by attending a house party in a quaint English village instead as a Royal Family entertainer for the house guests. But as soon as she arrives, people start dying in strange accidents and she shortly begins to suspect that these accidents are really murders. Accompanied by the dashing Darcy O'Mara, Georgie sets out to solve these murders and uncovers the twelve clues to these murders. Clever and witty, with a dash of romance, Rhys Bowen weaves old English Christmas traditions and centuries-long superstitions with pre-WWII England and all of its social class upheaval to create a magical Christmas mystery that is sure to entertain. Fantastically performed by Katherine Kellgren, I quickly lost myself in the story. A Must-Listen Mystery for this Christmas season!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2221)
    Performance
    (1427)
    Story
    (1432)

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
    "The Stories Behind the Science"
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    What a great romp through the history of the discovery and application of the elemental table. Rather than teaching science and chemistry, this book tells the stories surrounding the scientists, their lives and discoveries of the elements, and other elemental-associated occurrences. If you're afraid of taking a chemistry class for fear that you won't understand the information, this is a book that opens up the history of chemistry in a way that can help you overcome your fears and potentially even enjoy taking a chemistry class. If you're a science professional, such as a teacher, this book can provide you with entertaining, informative, and humorous stories to make chemistry a much more interesting and approachable subject. And if you're simply generally interested in science (like me), this book is highly entertaining and educational. Note: After listening to this book, I purchased some gallium (the "disappearing spoon" element) as a Christmas present for a family member, and we had fantastic fun playing with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robopocalypse: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1496)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1117)

    In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans - a single mother, a lonely Japanese bachelor, and an isolated U.S. soldier....

    Raxxillion says: "OMG! The hyperbole is the GREATEST EVER!!!!!"
    "WARNING: Present tense writing style"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It would be so nice if books that were written in nonstandard styles came with warnings of this. This book was written in the present tense, which to my ears sounds awkward and distracts from my ability to enjoy the story (and I have over 300 audiobooks in my Audible library, all of them written in the past tense, except for this one). I couldn't get past an hour of this book before I gave up. If you find present tense writing styles a bit off-putting, you may wish to avoid this book.

    19 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (6092)
    Performance
    (5536)
    Story
    (5553)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "1920s Magically Enhanced Action Heroes"
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    Action, intrigue, suspense, good guys vs. bad guys, dirigibles, peace rays -- this comic book style action hero novel really delivers. In an alternate 1920's universe, some people have special powers: Heavies (gravity manipulators), brutes (strength), jumpers (space hopping, one moment here, next moment there), faders (can move through materials), torches (fire starters), cogs (inventors, brainiacs), healers, mind readers, and more. Two groups of magically enhanced humans battle for political control. Great story, lots of action, excellent character development, I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (342)

    In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers.

    Simone says: "Who The "BLEEP" is Nancy Wake??"
    "A truly amazing wartime hero!"
    Overall
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    WOW! This true story biography is what fiction aspires to be. During World War II, Nancy Wake (a.k.a. the White Mouse) became a courier for the French Resistance fighters, was trained as a British SOE agent, joined and led the French Maquis fighters against the Germans, and became the Gestapo's Most Wanted Person. Nancy parachuted out of planes, lived in the forest with the Maquis troops she was sent to coordinate, slept on pine needles, taught Maquis fighters how to use weapons, rode a bicycle 400 km over mountains and through enemy territory, blew up a bridge, led an attack on the Nazi headquarters (throwing grenades into offices and then running away), and even killed a German soldier with her bare hands, all while maintaining a superb sense of fashion, elegance, practicality, and humor, and managing to not lose her cosmetics bag throughout the entire war. This book is a must listen, and Stephanie Daniel does a superb job narrating this truly amazing story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8402)
    Performance
    (6412)
    Story
    (6391)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

    pterion says: "I'm liking Harry more and more"
    "With friends like Murphy, who needs enemies?"
    Overall

    I wasn't particularly hooked by the first Harry Dresden novel, Storm Front, but decided to give this second book a try anyway. Alas, it's more of the same predictable plot. Dresden cares deeply for his friend, Murphy, and always tries to be there for her. Alas, he is completely incompetent at effective communication, which inevitably results in Murphy becoming suspicious of him and cutting off any further opportunities resolve their communication problems. And despite Murphy supposedly being a smart cop, she continually behaves irrationally, persisting in her attempts to arrest Dresden at the worst possible times, and refusing to listen when important information is being presented. So, miscommunications abound, Dresden believes that all the problems are his fault, that he must fix everything, and Murphy continues to be suspicious of Dresden. Of course, if it weren't for all this, the action would be substantially minimized, the plot dissolved, and the book would end in about 4 chapters.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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