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Liana

Ballston Lake, NY, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Something Rotten: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (242)

    After spending her time chasing a stray Minotaur into pulp Westerns, filling in for Joan of Arc, and raising her infant son, Friday, Thursday needs a break in the real world. But her return to Swindon is far from relaxing. Rogue fictioneer Yorrick Kaine and the evil multinational Goliath Corporation are trying to rule the world, and a deadly assassin called the Windowmaker is tracking Thursday's every move.

    Karen says: "Re: the different narrator"
    "Thursday Next: a hero for intellectuals"
    Overall

    In this last installment to the Thursday Next series, our heroine is desparately trying to retrieve her eradicated husband. She spends her time embroiled in real world politics with a few bookworld characters popping in and out. While not as immersed in literary reference, it certainly takes a shot at the politics of today. Be prepared for a shocking conclusion!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Nephew: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1767)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (531)

    Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory's Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends them hurtling to...somewhere else. They find their way to Narnia, newborn from the Lion's song, and encounter the evil sorceress Jadis, before they finally return home.

    Jason says: "An incredible children's series"
    "Full of symbolism, but not much else"
    Overall

    In this prequel to the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, we learn the origin of Narnia and the Professor. However, Lewis becomes so wrapped up in symbolism and Biblical reference, that he misses the adventure. The book is dull, lacking in colorful characters and plot. The Magician's Nephew could have easily been shortened appeared as a single chapter in the Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe and have been just as informative. It is not a necissity to even read this book to truly appreciate the the rest of the Narnian series.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Horse and His Boy: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1319)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (426)

    On a desperate journey, two runaways meet and join forces. Though they are only looking to escape their harsh and narrow lives, they soon find themselves at the center of a terrible battle. It is a battle that will decide their fate and the fate of Narnia itself.

    Bryan J. Peterson says: "Couldn't turn it off."
    "Not Lewis' Best"
    Overall

    While C.S. Lewis has definately written better Narnian adventures, this does not fall into the category of the worst. It is entertaining and full of action and adventure. The down-side is that we never see these two characters again as the series jumps 100 years into the future with the next book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Prince Caspian: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (1587)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (483)

    Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are returning to boarding school when they are summoned from the dreary train station (by Susan's own magic horn) to return to the land of Narnia, the land where they had ruled as kings and queens and where their help is desperately needed.

    A User says: "A hidden jewel"
    "Narnia Rises"
    Overall

    An amazing adventure that introduces the reader to the next generation of Narnia rulers. This is a very welcome addition to the Narnian series. Peter, Susan, Edmond, and Lucy are drawn back into Narnia by the summoning of Susan's magic horn. However, over one hundred years have passed since their last adventure, and the new human rulers have tried to wipe up "Old Narnia" and all of it's magical creatures--including Aslan! The four children must come to the aid of the deposed child, Prince Caspian so that he may rule over a free Narnia in Aslan's name.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4351)
    Performance
    (1827)
    Story
    (1844)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "A must read, even if you're not a Koontz fan"
    Overall

    Not a Dean Koontz fan, or suspense reader in general, I was drawn into his world by the awe-inspiring, never-set-down Life Expectancy. Afterwards, it was a quick decision in the affirmative to read Odd Thomas. Koontz provides an amazing array of characters centered around Odd Thomas, a 20-year-old man whose name, yes, really is Odd, and can see and somewhat communicate with the deceased. Coming from a home life one has to read to believe, Odd emancipated himself and has become the town's favorite fry-cook who looks to three adults--his boss, the sheriff, and a mystery writer as surrogate parents. While sounding quite comical, this book is beautifully written, heart-wrenching, suspenseful and love story. It has all aspects of every genre on literature. It even got this hard-core "chic lit" fan to shed some tears and pick up the sequel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Odd: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3369)
    Performance
    (1042)
    Story
    (1061)

    He's the most unlikely hero you'll ever meet, an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice. But there's so much more to any of us than meets the eye, and that goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead, it's something that just happened.

    Sittingduck says: "Detailed Koontz"
    "A sequel worth reading"
    Overall

    After Odd Thomas, I wasn't sure if Koontz could really take the character any further. However, in this suspenseful trek to find his kidnapped friend, Koontz gives the reader even more depth to Odd as well as creating a true villain, Datura (the meaning of that name, you'll have to read to find out). And as always, Koontz is prepared to shock and break hearts.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3530)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (952)

    Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch.

    Caitlin says: "Great audiobook!"
    "A must for children of all ages"
    Overall

    If you haven't read the Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe, you have missed one of the most entertaining books of last century. Reading it at 7 or 31, I was fascinated and moved to tears both times. This is C.S. Lewis first Narnian adventure and the introduction of the world to Peter, Susan, Edmond, Lucy, Aslan, and many other truly unforgettable creatures. As the four children are magically drawn into the world of Narnia, the discover in themselves a yearn for adventure, justice, and a bravery and faith in good they had not yet discovered.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Chair: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (372)

    Narnia is in peril, and only Eustace and Jill can help. Along with Puddlegum, a gloomy but valiant Marsh-wiggle, they are sent by the mighty lion Aslan to find Prince Rilian, heir to the throne. Their quest leads them past hungry people-eating Giants, and deep into the dark underground. But the true test for this noble band of friends comes when they face an evil witch and her deadly enchantments.

    book buyer says: "wonderful!!"
    "Eustace's Return"
    Overall

    A true Narnian adventure featuring the much-changed cousin Eustace and a new adventurer, Jill. This story features giants, witches, princes, marshwiggles, and an underground city. It is slightly reminiscent of the Wizard of Oz in the end, but fun with entertaining adventures and creatures.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Very Good, Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The sunny world of Bertie Wooster is always fresh and alluring, notwithstanding Bertie's redoubtable Aunt Dahlia or the pickles that complicate the lifestyles of the upper-crust-British-daft. Very Good, Jeeves! is written with infinite Wodehousean cunning, so that it is equally comprehensible, interesting, and riotously merry, both to the old gang who know Wodehouse characters and situations well, and to the new arrivals who never encountered a P.G. Wodehouse novel before.

    Russell says: "Hilarious and well-read."
    "Laughing Out Loud In My Car"
    Overall

    Generally people look at me askew when I listen to a Jeeves book in my car, because I am usually laughing out loud. Every Jeeves book I have read has managed at some point or another to put me in histerics or go running to find someone else to enjoy the book as well. Wodehouse is British farce at its best!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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