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  • Prince of Thorns

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated By James Clamp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Author Mark Lawrence has won over audiences everywhere with Prince of Thorns, his exciting debut novel. Nine-year-old Prince Jorg is forced to watch as his mother and brother are slaughtered. Fleeing the palace, Jorg joins a bloodthirsty band of thugs. But he’s determined to take back what’s rightfully his, so he returns to the castle a few years later - unaware of the dark and powerful magic that awaits.

    Door says: "It sticks in your head."
    "A game of Thorns and Power"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a rich smooth syrup of poetic prose. Words so thick you can not see through them. Not a watercolor but an oil painting with texture, depth and color, mostly red. This is also a study of madness as seen from the inside and a how-to on making a monster.

    All the characters are Jorg. It is his vision that is your window to his world. You only see through his eyes. All others are what he tells you they are. Reality is what he wants to believe. His values, that all can be sacrificed and all is a means to an end, is what drives this book. That all must bend to his will. That one or two well placed corpse will make others more compliant. He is assured that men will fallow him because they will! Things will happen as he wants, because it will! Because he is Jorg.

    Do I like Jorg? No. Would I ever want to meet him? Hell no! Do I want to read the next book, as well as anything else by this author? Yes please. Because fellow readers this man can write!

    One way to judge a book is by the echoes it leaves in your mind. Do you think about it? Where you changed by it? Did it disturb you? This one will be lurking in the dark corners of my mind for a long time.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker & Holmes Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Colleen Gleason
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you're the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And so, when two society girls go missing, there's no one more qualified to investigate. Now, the fierce Evaline and the logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, in order to navigate the advances of not just one, but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve a murder with only one clue: the strange Egyptian scarab.

    W. Jones says: "I need Book 2 NOW!"
    "A book for a teenage girl, period."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator. Faster pace. More believable dialog. Characters that took actions in character.

    Would you recommend The Clockwork Scarab to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. My friends are all adults.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jayne Entwhistle?

    No. Nor would I read a book by this author again.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Clockwork Scarab?

    I would eliminate a character. The boy from the future. Not needed. Not utilized. He didn't belong there. Anything he added could be gotten by other means.

    Any additional comments?

    This was not marked as a juvenile book. The idea was intriguing. For a reader with less of an idea of how the world/people/emotions works, in other words what reality is, this would be a good book. A book for teens. This might be a good choice for a pre to early teen. But the dialog is period true and there for stilted. I felt the action was slow at times the story crawled. I have reviewed this book as an adult. This is not on the level of Harry Potter, which an adult can appreciate.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of Physics: A Journey to Earth's Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Anil Ananthaswamy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this deeply original book, science writer Anil Ananthaswamy sets out in search of the telescopes and detectors that promise to answer the biggest questions in modern cosmology. Why is the universe expanding at an ever faster rate? What is the nature of the "dark matter" that makes up almost a quarter of the universe? Why does the universe appear fine-tuned for life? Are there others besides our own?

    Michael says: "Physics ain't for wussies!"
    "Travel Log"
    What would have made The Edge of Physics better?

    More physics. Less of the author traveling around hobnobbing, visiting, pestering, scientists.

    What was most disappointing about Anil Ananthaswamy’s story?

    What this book has to say about physics would take 3 hours. I did not need to know what the author had to drink, or that the local sheep have a different flavor. (cooked)

    This EDGE of physics was so 3 years ago. This made the book confusing. I keep going and trying to figure out when this happened. Longer ago then when the book was published.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    All this being said, Anil Ananthaswamy can write. He can write dialogue, very well in fact. His ability to write a believable dialogue is better than most novelists.

    Any additional comments?

    This book isn't bad it is just is not what it says it is. It is a little history, some personality study and a refutation of Einstein' s assertion that there is no special place to do physics. Apparently it is done best in the most G-d forsaken places. Oh, and ones that you can't get there from here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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