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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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