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  • Bitter Seeds: The Milkweed Triptych, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
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    Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of World War II, haunted by something strange he saw on a mission during the Spanish Civil War: a German woman with wires going into her head who looked at him as if she knew him. It wasn’t his imagination; the wired woman can see into the future and use her knowledge to twist the present. In fact, Marsh soon discovers that the Nazis are running missions with people who have special powers....

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "WW II alternate history: X-men vs Warlocks"
    "Accents really matter!"

    This was my first experience with Ian Tregillis, and I enjoyed the plot, pacing and action of the novel. What bothered me and almost made me abandon the book was the reader.

    Although Pariseau is versatile in applying various accents to enliven the dialogue, I kept being ripped from the plot by fatal flaws in his versions of upper-class English, Cockney, Scottish, or, most horrifyingly, a variety of "Schweinhund"accents he uses for dialogue among the German characters. Colonel Klink was restrained in comparison. The book is set in World War ll Europe, and I would have preferred either a British reader or a reading without any attempts to portray various accents. As it is, I kept feeling that the characters were being played for laughs or for mockery, which I don't believe the author intended.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Memory: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner

    Dying is easy. Coming back to life is hard. Miles Vorkosigan should know - having done both once already. Thanks to his quick-thinking staff and the artistry of a medical specialist, Miles' first death wasn't his last. But it does take some recovery, a fact he has been reluctant to admit. When he makes the mistake of returning too soon to duty, he finds himself summoned to face the security chief, Simon Illyan. But Miles' worst nightmares about Illyan are nothing compared to Illyan's own nightmares.

    Louis says: "Order of series"
    "Miles never disappoints!"

    Simply one of the best series of books written in the past 50 years, the Vorkosigan saga repays re-reading and re-listening every time. Bujold has the real writer's imagination along with a deft ability to weave speculative technology into fast-paced plots featuring deeply-felt characters. Although the series is set far away and far in the future, the human-ness of the stories keeps the reader's connection to the story line, no matter which of the characters' point of view is being offered.

    Grover Gardner's reading of these stories is pitch-perfect, and he captures the essence of different personalities and even cultures without resorting to put-on accents.

    For those who have been enchanted by Tolkein, The Sword in the Stone, and even Stephen King, the Vorkosigan books could be the next adventure!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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