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Margit D. Morawietz

Albuquerque, NM United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 18 reviews
  • 185 ratings
  • 2158 titles in library
  • 40 purchased in 2014
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  • Full Exposure: Opening Up to Your Sexual Creativity and Erotic Expression

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Susie Bright
    • Narrated By Susie Bright
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    In this frank and intimate program, Susie Bright delves into the secrets of our true desire, providing an "erotic manifesto that is a call for everyone to reclaim sexuality, cast off sexual shame, and overcome repression."

    Amazon Customer says: "yes, that's my nipple"
    "Funny and Refreshing"
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    Susie Bright is an extraordinary woman activist and educator. In this semi memoir she expounds on anything from sex to sexual politics with wit and clarity. This woman is an important voice in the world today and you can't go wrong with this audio book for informative fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outpost

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ann Aguirre
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (284)

    Deuce’s whole world has changed. Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she’s a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn’t fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight. To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.

    Brooke says: "Narrator Bad // Book So-So"
    "A "Bodice Ripper" wrapped in a "Body Slasher""
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    This novel is fast paced and full of great imagery of the strong and courageous Deuce and her 2 beaus. Not too lengthy, just the right amount of gory, bloody fight scenes and intertwined with those, the somewhat victorian love story. If you think about it; In those days, they did have to often fight in hand-to-hand combat too, vs. today's WMDs.

    I am, at the moment, really into the current wave of post-apocalyptic drama. I just consume them as fast as they come out, mixing flavors, if they are any good... as many of them have turned out to be. I read Enclave, then Angelfall, then Outpost. For me it turned out to be the perfect complement of ernest dramedy and satire/comedy. That was great fun and entertainment; just what I needed.

    I am not giving 'Outpost' the full 5 stars, because I don't think it deserves the 5, due to the fact that I found several of the inner monologues too long, boring. I also did not find it as innovative as others of it's kind, even though it has the potential. There is a lot of basically phantasy stuff that the reader just has to accept.

    Overall recommended as enjoyable entertainment.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Embassytown

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (346)

    China Miéville doesn’t follow trends, he sets them. Relentlessly pushing his own boundaries as a writer—and in the process expanding the boundaries of the entire field—with Embassytown, Miéville has crafted an extraordinary novel that is not only a moving personal drama but a gripping adventure of alien contact and war. In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that only a few altered human ambassadors can speak....

    D says: "must hear to fully appreciate."
    "I tried"
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    Got to about 3/4 and gave up. Now that will say something; I'm normally feeling obligated to finish a book, if I can. I've really tried to like Mieville. The synopsis always sound so fascinating. I blamed part of my problems with 'Perdido Station' on Lee's narration [ I experience Lee as undigestible] This one was a different narrator, who did okay, a different story from 'Perdito Station', but so bleak, so confusing that I could not find it in me to finish this one. The aliens are just too mysterious and I did not get anywhere with their description and all the humans seemed to have been beamed over from '1984', they are depressed, scared furtive. Maybe I'm just not artistic enough to get it.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1495)
    Performance
    (782)
    Story
    (787)

    As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last 25 years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, while immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

    Annette says: "Enchanting"
    "Sweet Love story"
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    This book really captured my imagination and I enjoyed the ride. It also has a message, but it is so nicely wrapped that it does not offend at all. A good quality entertainment/ escapism with a credit well spent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Word for World Is Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    The planet Athshe was a paradise whose people were blessed with a mystical awareness of existence. Then the conquerors arrived and began to rape, enslave, and kill humans with a flicker of humanity. The athseans were unskilled in the ways of war, and without weapons. But the gentle tribesmen possessed strange powers over their dreams. And the alien conquerors had taught them how to hate....

    Archaon says: "She is talent incarnate"
    "Classic Tree Hugger Masterpiece"
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    Ursula LeGuin is so much head & shoulders above most other SciFi/Phantasy writers it's not even funny. This world is beautiful and a dream. Allegory with guns, but not a shoot 'em up. Not for every one,it's somewhat slow. This is not a long novel, but so dense I relisten to chapters just to get it all. And then on re -reading/listening get more. Here the author does not spell everything out but it implied in a masterful way, that it engages your own imaginative function.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Parable of the Talents

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Patricia R. Floyd, Peter Jay Fernandez, Sisi Aisha Johnson
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (132)

    Environmental devastation and economic chaos have turned America into a land of horrifying depravity. Assault, theft, sexual abuse, slavery, and murder are commonplace. And a zealous, bigoted tyrant has won his way into the White House. Directly opposed is Lauren Olamina, founder of Earthseed - a new faith that teaches "God Is Change". Persecuted for "heathen" beliefs as much as for having a black female leader, Earthseed's followers face a life-and-death struggle to preserve their vision.

    David says: "Powerful, dark sequel that stands on its own"
    "Visionary"
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    Now this is why I became a Sci Fi fan; here you have a fully formed idea, how our present trajectory could look like. This is set in a very plausible story, with fully formed, engaging characters. It is told suspensefully, entertaining and thought provoking. You might not agree with the author at all levels, but at least it is a serious contribution to the discussion. The prose serves the story, does not get in the way of the story, the narration also works.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3772)
    Performance
    (3299)
    Story
    (3333)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Empty Calories"
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    Could not put it down, NS is still able to create a panoply of characters that engage, tour de force of suspense, entertaining waste of time but ultimately not satisfying. I don't remember much of the characters, nor the story. Coming from the author who brought us some truly stupefyingly awesome masterpieces [my favorite is 'Anathem'], this is mediocre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seed

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Rob Ziegler
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    It's the dawn of the 22nd century, and the world has fallen apart. Decades of war and resource depletion have toppled governments. The ecosystem has collapsed. A new dust bowl sweeps the American West. The United States has become a nation of migrants - starving masses of nomads who seek out a living in desert wastelands and encampments outside government seed-distribution warehouses. In this new world, there is a new power.

    Margit D. Morawietz says: "What a mess, disappointing"
    "What a mess, disappointing"
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    This book is an incoherent mess. I had expectations for this book; it has all kinds of Sci-fi premises that I go for; such as bio engineering, cloning, our food supply. It also takes me to my neck of the woods, the west/ southwest, New Mexico. Main characters are women. Other main characters are local minorities.
    Unfortunately the story just is very indistinct, vague, in part maybe because too many different view points are vying for expression through a number of characters, that i am trying to care for but never can do. The author does not explore the characters deeper and I am left prying to piece it together, which feels here frustrating. In other authors I can appreciate missing back story, because it is somehow implied, but not here.
    It almost seems that Ziegler has gathered various themes of more successful writers and novels and mashed them together, but has not been able to create a coherent, engaging whole. That is too bad because some of his main ideas are interesting and would be worth exploring, describing. Maybe the author will write another book in this particular future and become a better writer with practice?
    The narrator herself is good, but miscast for this book. She is skillful at expressing various characters, but then it's not her fault that they are so wooden and uninteresting, un sympathetic. Her voice would be great for a more lyrical story, one with beautiful descriptions, but it is jarring even embarrassing to hear her read the more crude expressions sprinkled throughout this narration.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Drowned Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (373)

    In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man - a bioengineered war beast named Tool - who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses.

    Ryan says: "Another grim, gripping collapsed-world adventure"
    "Companion to 'Shipbreaker'"
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    In this story, set in the same future earth as P B's earlier novel 'Shipbreaker', the world economy has fractured, the global seat of power shifted to China, and the former US has descended into barbarism, where religious gangs, gathered around warlords, perpetuate unimaginable violence. P B has obviously taken many current events, from global warming to civil wars in Africa and crafted a plausible and intricate future. As in 'Shipbreaker this world is viewed from the eyes of young adults struggling to survive and make sense out of the chaos,brutality and remnants of former greatness. If you enjoy suspenseful journey novels & dystopian novels then you might enjoy this one. I admire the authors ability to project current realities into the future and his ability to create scenarios that are detailed, original and plausible.[ see Greer's 'Ecotechnic Future' where Greer names the next step to be a ' Scavenger society' ]
    I am not sure that this is a novel to let younger readers get into though. Again, as in previous novels, the author describes terrible violence in graphic detail. And, though I understand why it needs to be part of this story; I do not like it.
    There is something about that novel overall that is a real downer; but then again it is about dystopia. There is a glut of dystopian novels coming on the market right now, many very violent as del. I think that P B is a little ahead of the pack in some ways. He has the stomach, the diligence & the talent to re- package current trends, and current realities and present them to us in an imaginative, exciting and sometimes strangely beautiful way. He tricks us, so that we have to face an aspect of human nature as evidenced in current events. If we let the supporting structure of security and affluence erode through decisions we make , even our own civilized way of live can give way to a brutal, hellish, barbaric scrabbling for survival.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (7706)
    Performance
    (2428)
    Story
    (2423)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Liz says: "encore!"
    "Spend 3 minutes more & keep from getting sued"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Blink to be better than the print version?

    I like audiobooks now better than written books, because i can do things while listening. My iPod is small and I can keep it in my bra, while digging in the garden, sweeping the floor or doing dishes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blink?

    When I realized that this is a book that presents cutting edge research data in an interesting and approachable style and which I can use in my work and life to quote from and sound smart.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where they say that even if people listen to word salads of only seconds length, people can get the gist... hmm maybe I should get my PHD


    What???s the most interesting tidbit you???ve picked up from this book?

    I have to listen to the book again to tell you


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3193)
    Performance
    (2377)
    Story
    (2403)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "You can't just have one..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If the friend had a camp sense of humor and wanted to be entertained with a detective story set in an alternate victorian England, I would. Must want to laugh about vampires and werewolves.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The heroine is very unusual and the love story that develops is not predictable. Strong heroine in any era.


    Have you listened to any of Emily Gray???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She gives a great performance, very well suited to the tone of this satire, ernest where it needs to be, light in other parts, she gives Alexia the perfect voice. Often made me laugh out loud


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It often made me laugh or guffaw at some of the more camp passages. I got the book on a promo sale and did not know what to expect, what i was getting into. Now I want to get all the rest of the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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