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Langley, WA, United States | Member Since 2004

  • 9 reviews
  • 270 ratings
  • 459 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014

  • Never Let Me Go

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

    Christopher says: "Moving, haunting, but slow developing"
    "Leaves you thinking"

    Ishiguro at his very best and most accessible. This is a big departure for Ishiguro -- the narrator is completely reliable, and the story falls into the realm of speculative fiction. It gets one thinking about ethics and what it means to be human along the way, but the focus is the characters. Above all, it's a story about personal experiences and point of view, which is somthing this author conveys well.

    I found the reader very effective. I'm quite glad I knew nothing about the setting ahead of time and got to make my own guesses, so I won't give anything away here. This is a novel that will stick with you and keep you thinking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Prince: The Infernal Devices, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Heather Lind
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street - and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends. The special Collector’s First Edition will include a never-before-seen letter from Will to his family!

    Aimee says: "Beautifully Written."
    "Still Interesting"
    Would you listen to The Clockwork Prince again? Why?


    What about Ed Westwick and Heather Lind ’s performance did you like?

    I liked both narrators, even though I don't think having two was necessary.

    Any additional comments?

    The romantic stuff is getting a bit trite. Clare is slips into cliché when anyone touches anyone. The earlier stuff suffered less from this problem.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Boneshaker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, Kate Reading

    In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

    Tracey says: "Doesn't live up to potential"
    "Movie Zombies not my Cuppa Joe"

    This story has so many great ingredients - mad scientists, airships, a walled-off Seattle to prevent the spread of contagion. My only problem with it is the zombies. They aren't the mindless slaves of a mad priest or persisting in animation for more Starbuck's lattes, they just roam around wanting human flesh, even though they're dead from poison gas. I know this is standard movie zombie behavior, but I prefer my mythological beasts to make a tiny bit of sense in books. Still, it's well told.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Can't wait for All Clear"

    Avoid this title if you can't stand not knowing how everything turns out. There really isn't any closure. You have to wait for the sequel for that.
    I liked the narrator a lot - I prefer audio books read by actors. She's a bit like Jenny Sterlin, who read Doomsday Book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Flinx's Folly: A Pip and Flinx Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki

    New York Times best-selling author Alan Dean Foster delivers the eagerly awaited new Pip and Flinx novel featuring a certain twenty-four-year-old with red hair, growing powers, and a loyal sidekick who just happens to be a flying mini-dragon. Sure to delight longtime fans and win new ones, Flinx's Folly follows Flinx on a thrilling quest to unravel the mysteries of his mind and body. It is a quest that forces him to confront a horror almost beyond human comprehension.

    Jade says: "More Pip & Flinx please!!!"
    "Run of the Mill"

    A run of the mill character in a run of the mill sci-fi setting read by a run of the mill reader with a too-deep, lacklustre voice. It lacked wit and sparkle in my opinion. I was also pretty irked by hearing the non-word "irregardless" twice.

    The story just seemed to go from event A to B to C without any point to it all. It's like a comic book story. Nothing is really resolved, the story just stops. I'm disappointed, because it sounded like something I'd like more.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "Great story, great reader"

    This reader is truly inspired. He must a New Zealander, at least that's his narrator accent, but his Carribean, African, English, and American accents are completely convincing. Suitable for everyone.

    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem's Eye: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones

    Two years have passed since young apprentice magician Nathaniel became famous by foiling the ruthless Simon Lovelace. Now 14, Nathaniel is ambitiously climbing the ranks of the magicians' government. The Prime Minister himself has placed Nathaniel in charge of capturing the Resistance, a group of unruly commoners working to undermine the magicians' empire. But after several failed attempts, Nathaniel is forced to admit he can't do it alone.

    Richard says: "great fun"
    "The Plot Thickens"

    If you liked The Amulet of Samarkand, you'll like this one. We get some of the story from Kitty's point of view and find out why she's part of the Resistance. Nathaniel isn't any better than he needs to be, and Bartimaeus offers copious sarcasm. Read by the fantastic Simon Jones.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lionboy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Zizou Corder
    • Narrated By Simon Jones

    What do you do when you come home one day and discover that your parents have been kidnapped? Well, if you're a brave young guy named Charlie Ashanti, you go off in search of them. And since you happen to know how to speak Cat, your feline friends (the stray cats of the city and the caged lions on a magnificent, astounding floating circus) rally around you, bringing help, advice, and occasional special deliveries. Little do you know that in this search of yours, the fate of the world is at stake.

    Lanakila says: "Excellent!"
    "First half was great..."

    This book ends after the first half of the story, which is especially disappointing, because it's so well-written and well-read. The second one isn't out in audio yet, so my only bit of advice might be to wait till they're both out to dive in if you can't stand waiting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.

    Randy says: "Terrific Trilogy"
    "Great story, great reading"

    This is a really terrific reading. The story is funny and quite suitable for adults. I can't wait for the rest of the trilogy, and I hope Simon Jones will read the rest of them for us.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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