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  • Voices: Annals of the Western Shore, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Melanie Martinez
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Voices stars the people of Ansul, a town of scholars and traders conquered by the marauding Alds 17 years ago. When poet Orrec arrives in town, however, the people begin to garner the courage to rebel against their overlords.

    Mark says: "A bit disapointed"
    "Haunting, melodic"
    Overall

    "Voices" is a coming of age story, a young adult novel, an owner's manual for the democratic process, and a metaphysical journey. Also, an extremely entertaining listen you'll want to continue to the end, and play again and again to catch the nuances. Superbly narrated by Melanie Martinez.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (120)

    We last saw Easy in 2007’s Blonde Faith, fighting for his life after his car plunges over a cliff. True to form, the tough WWII veteran survives, and soon his murderous sidekick Mouse has him back cruising the mean streets of L.A., in all their psychedelic 1967 glory, to look for a young black man, Evander "Little Green" Noon, who disappeared during an acid trip. Fueled by an elixir called Gator’s Blood, brewed by the conjure woman Mama Jo, Easy experiences a physical, spiritual, and emotional resurrection, but peace and love soon give way to murder and mayhem.

    Kim says: "Mosley and EZ - Older, wiser, better than ever."
    "Mosley and EZ - Older, wiser, better than ever."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Walter Mosley's sweet, streetwise Easy Rawlins detective was last seen drunkenly plummeting from Highway 1 into presumed oblivion. Readers have waited six years to find out that Easy survived, weakened in body, but with the same universal wisdom.

    He emerges into a California summer just beginning to feel the sexual and political and moral changes that would form a chain reaction of protest movements and liberal thought, and conservative reaction. Easy, of course, has a mission, which also naturally involves beautiful women, narrow escapes, corpses,slugfests, mystery and musings.

    Walter Mosley writes like an angel, effortlessly mixing political commentary with wry humanist observations, and a fast moving storyline.

    Michael Boatman narrates the story flawlessly, bringing to life Mosley's diverse cast of characters of all ages, races, and both genders.

    A very worthwhile and entertaining read, and much more than "just a murder mystery".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon and the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Vonda N. McIntyre
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In 17th-century France, Louis XIV rules with flamboyant ambition, yet the Sun King's appetite for glory knows no bounds. In a bold stroke, he sends his natural philosopher on an expedition to seek the source of immortality, a rare, perhaps mythical, sea monster.

    Kim says: "Compelling historical romantic fantasy"
    "Compelling historical romantic fantasy"
    Overall

    Vonda McIntyre has long been known for her detailed, believable settings, and her strong, human characters. She doesn't disappoint in this narrative set in the court of Louis XIV of France, involving Vatican intrigue, the collision of superstition and science, a vanishing race of merpeople, and a grand romance. The hero, Marie-Josef (sp?) will rock your socks as she struggles against religious and political mysogyny. Five stars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (3881)
    Performance
    (2959)
    Story
    (2982)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "Plot twists and atmosphere"
    Overall

    Brandon Sanderson knows how to do epic fantasy. I thoroughly enjoyed his "Mistborn" series. "Warbreaker" has the same theme of humans dealing with obtaining godlike powers, and the ethical and political complications which ensue. His characters are fully drawn and likable, with moments of hilarity. The plot twists and turns, keeping the reader in suspense and guessing. Sanderson's descriptions create a realistic atmosphere.

    So why didn't I enjoy this novel as much as the "Mistborn" series? I don't know. Perhaps the characters are not as compelling when condensed into "merely" a long novel, instead of one spread out across 3 or 4 volumes. A good, perhaps not a great, read. Four stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5659)
    Performance
    (3384)
    Story
    (3409)

    Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

    D. Ramirez says: "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    "Brandon nails it!"
    Overall

    I downloaded "The Gathering Storm" with some trepidation, as well as anticipation. Would Brandon Sanderson really be able to bring Robert Jordan's characters to life? Would he be able to help readers navigate Jordan's ultra-complex web of interrelated plotlines?

    The answers: Yes, and yes. Sanderson nailed the characters. The plotlines were actually less confusing than Jordan's. And Sanderson did not exhibit much of Jordan's sexism and fixation with female characters...body parts.

    A very enjoyable listen. Having the former narrators continue on with book 12 helped the continuity of characters, as well. This was well worth the wait, and I look forward to the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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