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Elizabeth Cunningham

Roswell, NM USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 848 titles in library
  • 41 purchased in 2014
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  • House of Many Ways

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (204)

    A girl named Charmain must inhabit her ailing great-uncle's time-traveling home full of magical belongings. As Charmain begins a journey of amazing discoveries, she comes to the attention of the powerful sorceress Sophie and an elusive wizard named Howl.

    Kelly says: "Great Companion Book"
    "Absolutely delightful!"
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    If you could sum up House of Many Ways in three words, what would they be?

    Enchanting, amusing and imaginative!


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was a book written for, and appropriate for, young readers but equally to be enjoyed by adults, like the Harry Potter books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with Twinkle.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, this book is for lighthearted entertainment.


    Any additional comments?

    You should read or listen to the first book in the series, Howl's Moving Castle, and the second, Castle in the Air, before this one. This series is appropriate for preteen readers (except those unfortunate readers whose parents object to witches and wizards).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2052)
    Performance
    (1862)
    Story
    (1864)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Interesting concept, flawed narration"
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    Would you try another book from Daniel O'Malley and/or Susan Duerden?

    I might try another book by O'Malley but I would avoid another narration by Duerden.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I liked the concept of the book but the author worked too hard on humor and not enough on suspense. The main character is amusing, which is why I might try another book, but I believe I would try it in print so I could skim some parts if I needed to.


    What didn’t you like about Susan Duerden’s performance?

    Duerden has a very annoying way of reading everything in a breathless whisper. The dialogue wasn't too bad but the general narration was hard to take.


    Was The Rook worth the listening time?

    Well, I finished it, which is why I gave it a three but I was looking forward to the end so I could start something better.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7480)
    Performance
    (6618)
    Story
    (6611)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Mariya says: "Killin’s my business and business is fine"
    "Fantasy for right-wing gun nuts"
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    There's nothing wrong with this title if you love guns and hate the government. Since I don't fit into either of those categories I couldn't get very far with it. Expect lots of talk about guns and shooting.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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