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South San Francisco, CA | Member Since 2006

  • 23 reviews
  • 385 ratings
  • 853 titles in library
  • 77 purchased in 2014

  • 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"
    "Order of series"

    I hope someday Audible publishes the whole series (or at least numbers them), in the

    meanwhile, here is something that might be useful.

    The Vorkosigan Saga, in series order:

    - Dreamweaver's Dilemma
    - Falling Free
    - Shards of Honor
    - The Warrior's Apprentice
    - The Mountains of Mourning (included in Borders of Infinity)
    - The Vor Game
    - Cetaganda
    - Ethan of Athos
    - Labyrinth (included in Borders of Infinity)
    - The Borders of Infinity
    - Brothers in Arms
    - Mirror Dance (1994)
    - Memory (1996)
    - Komarr (1998)
    - A Civil Campaign
    - Winterfair Gifts
    - Diplomatic Immunity

    In truth you can skip around, but it's more fun if you kindof read these in order.

    37 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • Croak

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gina Damico
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Fed up with her wild behavior, 16-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach Lex the family business. She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next.

    Nick says: "Smarta** Reapers"
    "Meant for young adult but fun for all ages"
    Any additional comments?

    This book uses language that is probably more familiar to younger audiences, I thought that added to its appeal actually. Lots of sarcasm (the good kind) and wit (also the good kind) can be found here. It's worth picking up for a fun, quick read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. After a 36-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner. And before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar.

    Lehua says: "Took Me by Surprise"
    Could you see Medicus being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Good lord no, it's the literary equivalent of valium.

    Any additional comments?

    Medicus takes place in ancient Rome and gives you a mild feeling of ambiance during the first couple of pages. If you want strong ambiance, that is historically accurate, consider reading “SPQR I: the king’s gambit”.

    The fact of the story is, “nothing happens”. It’s pretty boring. The exceptional narration lends it enough ‘oomph’ for you to manage to finish listening to the book but honestly you could skip about 50% of this story and nothing would be missed.

    This book was clearly written by a woman which isn’t, of course, a bad thing but shows obvious bias. At least one of the main characters doesn’t act her class at all and is a large let down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "Reminiscent of Starship Troopers"
    What made the experience of listening to Steel World the most enjoyable?

    It's a book that you don't want to put down.

    What other book might you compare Steel World to and why?

    Starship Troopers

    Any additional comments?

    This book was very enjoyable and nonstop, although it did reach a patch where it was a little repetitive near the end it was still very good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The One-Eyed Man: A Fugue, with Winds and Accompaniment

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The colony world of Stittara is no ordinary planet. For the interstellar Unity of the Ceylesian Arm, Stittara is the primary source of anagathics: drugs that have more than doubled the human life span. But the ecological balance that makes anagathics possible on Stittara is fragile, and the Unity government has a vital interest in making sure the flow of longevity drugs remains uninterrupted, even if it means uprooting the human settlements.

    hhspitzer says: "Modesitt lover BUT"
    "Skip this one"
    What could L. E. Modesitt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have made it a short story.

    Any additional comments?

    I’m trying to spare you without including any spoilers:

    This book is slow, repetitive and boring. Nothing interesting happens, just the same boring routine over and over again. They could easily have taken out 10 hours from the middle of the book and it would only make the book better. Somewhere among the repetitive happenings there are elements that could make it a halfway passable story but for some reason, they never make it into the main storyline. If you listen to this all the way through get ready for some disappointment. I’m a fan of the author, but this time he totally missed his mark.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Girl Walks into a Bar...: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rachel Dratch
    • Narrated By Rachel Dratch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians." Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog- sitting, learning Spanish - and dating. After all, what did a forty-something single woman living in New York have to lose?

    Jeanine says: "Could not stop listening"
    Would you try another book from Rachel Dratch and/or Rachel Dratch?


    What could Rachel Dratch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not written it.

    What three words best describe Rachel Dratch’s performance?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    Any additional comments?

    This book is the narration about the life of an unsuccessful woman.

    Nothing of interest really happens, it’s not funny. She talks a lot about babies.
    That’s it.

    Do you really want to read something like this?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Better than the movie of the same name!"

    This book was amazingly hard to put down, one of the best I have listened to all year!

    There is a sequel called "Tandia"

    The movie is great, but it is so different from the book that you can enjoy them both as if they were separate works, plus it has great actors in it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Takeshi Kovacs Trilogy: Altered Carbon, Broken Angels & Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren, William Dufris

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan has woven a saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge. In this specially priced package, you'll get all three books in the Kovacs trilogy, complete and unabridged: Altered Carbon, Broken Angels, and Woken Furies.

    JSH says: "Good series, good scifi."
    "A quality Cyberpunk series"

    You can't go wrong with this series! Very hard to put down. One of the very few decent cyberpunk series out there. You really won't regret it!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Knight in Shining Armor

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jude Deveraux
    • Narrated By Stephanie Zimbalist

    Dougless Montgomery tried to be the ultimate American woman -- but somehow she always ended up the victim of family jokes. This time they would really laugh. On what was supposed to be a romantic vacation for herself and her lover, Dougless finds instead a journey of disappointment, heartbreak and abandonment. What Dougless needed now was a knight in shining armor. What she got was just exactly that!

    Kim-Marie says: "I LOVED this book"

    Even though it is a romance (can I say, chick novel?), I found it very enjoyable. Not having ever experienced the unabridged version, this version seems just fine to me. I’m sure it would be a lot better with more detail, but I liked it nonetheless. Sometimes you just need to take a break from heavy reading and this is just the thing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clean Jokes, Inspirational Stories and More

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ron Dykstra
    • Narrated By Stephen Rozzell

    Encounter jokes and anecdotes that are both surprisingly insightful as well as humorous in Clean Jokes, Inspirational Stories, and More. From touching stories that shed painful light on the ironies of life, to hilarious and unexpected endings of great quips, Ron Dykstra has put together nothing but the best. Each reader has probably encountered a few of these, maybe with a different spin, but Ron has put them all together so that anyone can share them with friends and family.

    Apun says: "Great laugh"
    "Preachy.. Rehashed.. Nothing new.."

    This book isn’t anything original; it’s just a transcript of jokes and stories that everyone in the world has already seen on the internet before at least a dozen times. The problem is that you are not only getting the rehashed jokes and stories, you are getting annoying chain letters and preachy emails in addition to home cure remedies that may or may not work, etc. Amazingly, they even tried to include in this audio version one of those letters where everything is written with numbers but is still possible to read. It comes as no surprise that that one makes little sense if you can’t see it printed in front of you. The most irritating part for me was the inclusion of those stories whose sole purpose is to make you feel bad about something.

    I think the author just got every pile of junk mail he received over the past 2 years and printed them out in this book without filtering them first.

    Some of these jokes were at least funny once in a far distant past so I’ll give the book a 3, but I’m going to have to take one star off for preachiness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unseen Academicals: Discworld #32

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old-fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else.

    goddess_of_pipework says: "Punch-in-the-arm fun"

    Is it my impression or is Terry P. not really trying anymore? I also get the feeling that they published the book without editing it.
    This is one of TP's worse books, sadly I have to admit that his worse book is still worth at least 4 stars compared to others. His stories always flow well and you really want to keep on reading, even the not-so-good ones.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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