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Carly

Environmental engineer with a SciFi/fantasy addiction. I occasionally branch out to keep myself from overdosing on the unreal.

Centreville, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Leviathan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1072)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (816)

    It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

    Ryan says: "entertaining"
    "Wild fun!"
    Overall

    This is my first time writing a review since becoming a member a year ago. While I've thoroughly enjoyed many of these audio books, this is one of the first that completely pulled me in. I'd been trying to multi-task and take care of the dishes as I listened to the book, but gave up after the third time I found myself standing there with a dish suspended over the sink for 5 minutes. I've really enjoyed the other two Scott Westerfeld series I've read (Uglies, Peeps), but this is by far my favorite!
    It takes a highly engaging story to keep me still for more than a few minutes ~ and even more so to keep me up well past the witching hour.
    I really loved hearing Alan Cumming's deliberate and enchanting character voices. Daryn's personality came across so crisply, even while switching between "he/she" references as a girl airman. And Dr. Barlow - what fun!
    For those who've enjoyed other books by Westerfeld - you won't be disappointed. For anyone who enjoys a good steampunk and/or alternate history genre - I'd highly recommend this as well. Heck, if you have even a squig of interest in concepts pertaining to biomechanics or fabricated animals - read up!
    Cheers!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob: Nightwalkers Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1086)
    Performance
    (951)
    Story
    (951)

    Since time began, there have been Nightwalkers - the races of the night who live in the shadows of the moonlight. Love with humans is absolutely forbidden, and one man makes certain to uphold this ancient law: Jacob, the Enforcer. For 700 years, he has resisted temptation. But not tonight... Jacob knows the excuses his people give when the madness overtakes them and they fall prey to their lust for humans. He's heard every one and still brought the trespassers to justice. Immune to forbidden desires, uncontrollable hungers....

    Dorothea says: "Awesome!"
    "oh, d*mn! I might need a cold shower."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was not expecting a really detailed story-line or even really well-developed characters - but I got at least part of a good package from this book. It was more than steamy in several parts and while I was skeptical about the narrator initially (due to her almost whispery/sultry tones), it added a lot to the chemistry between the main characters. I also thought the main characters were decently filled out, but was somewhat disappointed with some of the secondary characters' development and motivation - and felt let down by the 2-D quality of the villains.
    If you're just looking for something light and yummy - it's definitely worth the listen. And maybe a re-listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (1997)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (873)

    A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

    SHEILA says: "Bloodsucking FUN!"
    "surprisingly good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After reading the reviews and listening to the sample I thought this would be a decent light read. The story was fairly entertaining, and the ending was very funny - but I really enjoyed the character development. Jody is not your typical vampire and Flood is hard to pin down, but very silly and endearing. I had a little trouble with the reader - a few times not using the right character voice - but she was decent.
    This is not one of my most favorite listens, but definitely near the top and worth listening to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (15854)
    Performance
    (11833)
    Story
    (11765)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Crazy funny"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have listened to this book several times and I still find most of the material hilarious. I laughed so hard the first read through that I had to pull over on the shoulder and wipe my eyes. I will say that some of the stuff that particularly tickled me would not necessarily be as funny to some guys (since it's "girl stuff"). Even so, anytime I had someone new in the car with me during a roadtrip, I would play part of the book and got equally positive reactions from them. Tina is such an excellent writer and her performance is perfectly timed. This audio book saved the sanity of myself and three friends when we suddenly got stuck in traffic from 3-lane closures for over an hour. Thank you, Tina!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (1934)
    Performance
    (947)
    Story
    (951)

    "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.

    Katelyn says: "One word - Awesome!"
    "Didn't see that one coming!"
    Overall

    I think a friend had recommended this story to me a year ago, but I never got the chance to pick it up at the library. When I saw it listed on Audible, I had to give it a shot. I'm not usually a big fan of zombie stories, and while I enjoy Jane Austen - I typically don't have the patience to stay completely interested in the story to make it through in one sitting. In this case, I LOVED the zombie aspect and was impressed at how Seth managed to thread it into every aspect of the original story. What a strange, but entertaining concept. Seth also managed to keep the characters true to their original imagining - but with the addition of zombie slaying skills mixed in. The narrator was highly entertaining - making me laugh out loud in several places.
    Thanks to Seth and Katherine for making such a wonderful piece of audio entertainment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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