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Elizabeth

Roanoke, VA, United States

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  • Fire Study

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1286)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (516)

    When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder - able to capture and release souls - spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart.

    DKay says: "More please"
    "Another great Study book!"
    Overall

    If you loved Poison Study and Magic Study, you'll be happy to know Fire Study lives up to the first two! I inhaled this in two long sessions over the weekend. The characters I loved in the first books are still engrossing, their world is still fascinating, and Valek is still delectable.

    This book is a little more like MS than PS, since it takes place mostly in Sitia. Yelena learns more about magic and her abilities while continuing to grow into herself. I don't want to give anything away-- but all my favourite characters were back (including ones I love to hate, like Roze).

    I strongly recommend this series, especially if you like fantasy. If you liked the others, you'll like this one, too.

    Did I mention Valek was still delectable? :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spy Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (149)

    Opal Cowan has lost her powers. She can no longer create glass magic. More, she's immune to the effects of magic. Opal is now an outsider looking in, spying through the glass on those with the powers she once had, powers that make a difference in the world. Until spying through the glass becomes her new power. Suddenly, the beautiful pieces she makes flash in the presence of magic. And then she discovers that someone has stolen some of her blood--and that finding it might let her regain her powers.

    Elizabeth says: "Satisfying conclusion to the Glass trilogy"
    "Satisfying conclusion to the Glass trilogy"
    Overall

    I know I love a book when minor quibbles with it drive me crazy. I love the world of Sitia and Ixia, and revisiting these characters is like catching up with dear friends. Familiar characters return and a few new ones made me fall in love with them, too. The large cast (but not Dune large) is juggled with finesse. I was worried about not remembering enough of book 2, but the author does a fine job of seeding reminders in the early chapters. My quibbles are with the final 1/4 of the book, which I found disturbing, even though I don't think of myself as squeamish. This section strained a bit under a number of plot complications, but to my relief everything seemed to be wrapped up with a satisfying conclusion. I thought the narration was fine.



    Overall, after the first few hours, I couldn't bear to put Spy Glass down. I found the Glass trilogy to be time well spent. Especially recommended to lovers of fantasies with complex characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate of Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Penelope Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    It is 1912, and at Cambridge University the modern age is knocking at the gate. In lecture halls and laboratories, the model of a universe governed by the Mind of God is at last giving way to something wholly rational, a universe governed by the Laws of Physics. To Fred Fairly, a junior fellow at the College of St. Angelicus, this comes as a great comfort. Science, he is certain, will soon explain everything.

    Will says: "quiet brilliance"
    "Disjointed"
    Overall

    I really wanted to like this. Fred's story, in Cambridge, is full of charm, sensitivity, and an appreciation of the sheer intellectual excitement of early 20th C. physics-- frustratingly just beyond the reach of a very junior don. Fred is earnest, hopeful, and eager to embrace life, which he finds full of unexpected challenges.

    Daisy's story, on the other hand, falls flat. She's an unappealing character with a predictable life, and she faces her own challenges (poverty, class and gender inequality, no education) with absolutely nothing that surprised, informed, or enriched my own life. Bah! What a dud.

    Fred's charming (and better-written) half of the story rates a 4, but wasn't enough to salvage the other half for me. I'll average them out to a 3. The narration was good. Don't expect too much of or be initmidated by the references to physics-- they're all fairly vague and innocuous, more of an atmospheric touch than anything else. Chaos theory, of course, is anachronistic for early 20th C. :-)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Cop

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William P. McGivern
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    From the station-houses to the joy-houses, they knew about Mike Carmody. He was the best cop money could buy. And when the Syndicate boys said jump, Carmody knew just how high. But they couldn't buy Carmody's kid brother Eddie. And when Eddie turned against them, the Mob snuffed him out like a nickel cigar.

    Elizabeth says: "Hard-boiled Fun"
    "Hard-boiled Fun"
    Overall

    This is by the author of _The Big Heat_ (also recommended), which will give you an idea what to expect.

    This hard-boiled detective story is a fun example of the type. The 15-second sax intro sets the mood. It has all the ingredients: post-prohibition crime bosses, an Irish immigrant cop back from WWII, and hard-edged fight scenes. A handful of minor but clearly-delineated characters help the action move along.

    This book, unlike the Big Heat, has an element of philosophical soul-searching as the crooked cop searches for an alternate path. It's sort of a Frank Capra Noir, if you can imagine that, but our protagonist is no Jack Friday. The noir elements predominate, and this was a fun ride down a dark Philadelphia street circa 1950.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Player

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Rhonda Nelson
    • Narrated By Ian August
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (51)

    There's nothing like a man in uniform...or out of it! Especially when he's as hot as former Ranger Jamie Flanagan. After their last assignment went horribly wrong, he and his buddies needed to get out of the military for good. There was only one catch, that he and his pals promise their commanding officer one favor. Any favor.

    Elizabeth says: "Those vexing arrows"
    "Those vexing arrows"
    Overall

    On the plus side, the reader was fun. There were few grammatical mistakes and the plot was coherent.

    However, the story was absurd, and the book seems to have been written by a tag team. I suggest you give this one a pass if you believe that no book needs the sentence, "An arrow of heat landed in his groin," once, let alone twice. :)

    I suggest instead the Linda Howard _Mackenzie_ books.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Mosse
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (151)

    July 2005. In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery: two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth; between the skeletons, a stone ring, and a small leather bag.

    Thom Dodd says: "One of my Audible favorites"
    "Uneven, but worthwhile in the end"
    Overall

    I'd give this 3.5 stars. The reader is very good, 4 stars.

    The trouble with this book is the unevenness between the past and the present storylines. If you stick with it, eventually you learn to care about Alice (the central character in the present). The book has a pretty slow pace, but the last four hours are engrossing! I feel the end makes up for the problems of the beginning (and, yes, middle). If you are on the fence like I was about this one, I urge you to give it a try.

    The historical period covered is one I knew nothing about (a crusade in the 13th C. against the south of France!). The inclusion of some French and some Occitan words was not a distraction for me. Now that I've finished the book, I've learned there are websites with extra materials (maps and further reading). D-oh! Maybe that info will be useful to other readers.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Chakra Healing: Exercises and Meditations to Use and Balance Chakra Energies for Greater Health

    • ORIGINAL (58 mins)
    • By Rosalyn L. Bruyere, Jeanne Farrens
    • Narrated By Rosalyn L. Bruyere
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Rosalyn L. Bruyere spent seven years collaborating with Dr. Valerie Hunt on a project to find scientific documentation of human energy fields. This study provided evidence that not only do charka energies exist, but that they are connected to our sensations, feelings, and thoughts. Discover how to interpret the ebb and flow of the Chakra energies, and you will come to a new understanding of how the body functions and how you can participate in your own healing.

    Max says: "Short & very informative"
    "New Age at its worst"
    Overall

    Well . . . this is well-read and the author uses complete sentences.

    Otherwise, this was very disappointing. After the intro (which you can hear in the sample), the author goes on to describe how all ancient cultures perceived something which can be described as an aura. She talks about how western culture has lost this knowledge. She claims that if you don't balance your chakras, you will develop cancer and/or heart disease.

    Then she discusses each chakra very briefly, spending a little extra time on the first and fourth. The "meditation," if that is what it is meant to be, consists of saying, "Visualize the red energy centered at the base of the spine. Feel that red energy in every cell of your body. Once you have, let it go. Now visualize the orange energy at your waist," and so on.

    Finally the author suggests that you imagine seven distinct personalities, each with the viewpoint of one of the chakras, and consult each of the seven whenever you have a problem.

    If you are interested in meditation, I recommend instead Ken Cohen's _The Power of Qi_ available at Audible. It is not chakra-oriented, but it has three distinct meditations.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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