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Michele

Golden, CO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (884)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (809)

    Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "We are finally allowed to see Ivan without Miles."
    "Ivan Alone"
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    It was fun to listen to a book starring Ivan alone. I wondered how
    Bujold would handle Ivan as the protaganist. She kept him in character but allowed his smarts to show. I recommend this book without reserrvation, especially to Bujold fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9384)
    Performance
    (8518)
    Story
    (8583)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Another Good One"
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    Dan Brown has produced another terrific read. The plot is twisty and well written. As with other books, he provides great historical background. So, you get a terrific read and education too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6617)
    Performance
    (2439)
    Story
    (2451)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Truly Terrific"
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    I'm a serious Bill Bryson fan. And, I love to hear him read his own works. He has the skill to make even a dry, historical event fascinating. I'm convinced that all text book authors should be required to read A Short History of Nearly Everything so they learn that it really is possible to write interesting books for students.

    After listening to this book at least 3 times, I had to own it so I could listen whenever I wanted to.

    Bryson didn't read this, but the reader does a fine job conveying the nuances of Bryson's words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryoburn: A Miles Vorkosigan Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1214)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (628)

    Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove—he’s been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp—an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future—attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter, Miles, to check it out

    Kevin says: "Its nice to come Home!"
    "Missing Old Friends"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Almost everyone of Miles' friends and compatriots are missing in this book. Even his wife gets only a little thought. I've not only enjoyed the Vorkasigan series for Miles' activities but the interaction among Miles and other characters, such as his clone brother, Mark, Ivan, and Gregor.


    Would you recommend Cryoburn to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but I'd explain that the events take place outside Barryar and the usual cast of characters are missing.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I find Gardner a terrific narrator. He brings great verv and intonation. His portrayal of the various characters is outstanding.


    Could you see Cryoburn being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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