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Cecilia

Montreal, Quebec, Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • The Devil You Know

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1143)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (584)

    Felix Castor used to cast out demons for a living, and London was his stomping ground. But in a time when the supernatural realm is in upheaval and spilling over into the mundane world of the living, his skills are in renewed demand. With old debts to pay, Castor is left with no choice but to accept one final, well-paying assignment: a seemingly simple exorcism.

    Jessica says: "wonderful story"
    "Smashing"
    Overall

    I loved this book. Perhaps it isn't the most engrossing plot, but it was engrossing enough. It's the quick wit and humour that make this book and have me wishing for more from Mike Carey like his second work, Vicious Circle and his third, Dead Men's Boots.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Darkness Forged in Fire: Book One of the Iron Elves

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Chris Evans
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    Konowa Swift Dragon, former commander of the Empire's elite Iron Elves, is looked upon as anything but ordinary. He has murdered a Viceroy, been court-martialed, seen his beloved regiment disbanded, and been banished in disgrace to the one place he despises the most---the forest.

    Chrystal says: "Pleasantly surprised..."
    "A Book Forged in Skill"
    Overall

    There is no doubt that Chris Evans is not only a masterful storyteller, but also a really good writer; one who is able to weave magic with his words.
    It is also very clear that upon starting A Darkness Forged in Fire the reader is making a commitment to what I believe will be one of the greatest fantasy sagas ever written. This first book of the Iron Elves fulfills its role of introducing us beautifully to the premise, the characters, the setting and the exposition of what will be an intricate storyline, while leaving us with a hankering for more.
    I cannot wait for the second book, promised, I believe, for July of 2009. In itself, this first book is entertaining and moving, the language filled with moments of poetry, humour and raw emotion.
    Do yourself a favour, read this A Darkness Forged in Fire and embark upon a magical adventure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rhett Butler's People

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Donald McCaig
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (144)

    Rhett Butler's People is the long-awaited novel that parallels the great American novel Gone with the Wind. Twelve years in the making, Rhett Butler's People marks a major and historic cultural event for millions of Gone with the Wind readers, complementing and adding new dimensions to its timeless story.

    Marie says: "Fiddle-dee-dee, this was fun!"
    "Closure"
    Overall

    <i>Gone with the Wind</i> it is not, but it is fitting that we be invited into Rhett Butler's world and his side of the story, as it were. <i>Rhett Butler's People</i> provides us with a better understanding of who Rhett was, his relationships with others, including Belle Wattling and the life he had,independently of Scarlett.
    I am sure I am not the only one who, after reading <i>Gone with the Wind</i>, hoped that Rhett and Scarlett would settle their differences. What Donald McCaig did is not easy, but he did it skillfully since Mitchell's plot was often communicated indirectly in epistolary fashion. McCaig touched upon former events, but told his own story. In fact, he is often more acerbic than Mitchell ever was.
    It is true that the characters could have been fleshed out a little more had we been allowed to share in their innermost thoughts and feelings, butI do believe McCaig aquitted himself quite well, if for no other reason than the fact that he was able to continue where Mitchell left off and bring Scarlett's and Rhett's story full circle. If you loved <i>Gone with the Wind</i>, <i>Rhett Butler's People</i> should not be overlooked.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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