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S. Weller

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 226 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • Dragon Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (331)

    After many years, dragons have hatched again outside the ancient city of Cassarick. But something is wrong with the creatures; each is inferior or weak in some way, and many die. Tending these stunted dragons has left the people of the surrounding area weary. The Traders Council, the city's leadership, fears that if the Rain Wilders stop providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampage and destroy Cassarick.

    Deborah says: "Read Live Ships first!"
    "I love more from Robin Hobb"
    Overall

    Robin Hobb is an author I can never get enough of. I love how her adventure tales are character driven and always tinged with bittersweet. This one is no different and I look forward to part 2. I really like how she gently reminds the readers of details in books past without turning it into an obvious summary. I haven't read Liveship Traders in years, but her hints refreshed the plots instantly. I do suggest you read the Liveship tales first before starting on this book.

    My main issue with the book is how abruptly it ended! I realize Hobb always writes in series and expected this to be continued, but this wasn't even a cliffhanger. It just seemed to skid to a halt in mid-scene. I was so confused I made sure I didn't have a chapter in my Library left to download. Very unsatisfying not to have some little mini wrap-up so the reader knows that yes, this section of tale is coming to an end.

    The reader was mostly good. She has an odd vocal habit of drawing out the last syllables of words in the end of paragraphs. For example: "...we have been richer, that's for surrrreee". or "...the final killing shalloooows." The city name Kelsingra often sounds like "Kelsingraaaaa", especially when she is voicing the dragons. Perhaps it has to do with her English accent, but I found it rather distracting in an otherwise excellent reading.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11610)
    Performance
    (9008)
    Story
    (9066)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Excellent story!"
    Overall

    Fantastic story, good read. Lots of plot twists I did not predict.

    The reading was good until near the end of the story. The female reader did not pronounce a character's name in the same way that the male reader had throughout the tale. It took me several listens to understand who she was talking about due to the inconsistency. Surprising for such a otherwise professional read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13137)
    Performance
    (10741)
    Story
    (10863)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Good!"
    Overall

    The first half of the book was stellar. I was completely engrossed. I love the practical magic angle. Things were not predictable. Then the plot wanders around a bit and I found things near end a little unsatisfying. I look forward tot he next book, however.

    Nick Podehl's narration was spot on. I have no idea why some reviewers disliked him, I'm going to look for other books read by him.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Junot Diaz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2307)
    Performance
    (1020)
    Story
    (1029)

    Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

    Kathleen says: "Fabulous listen"
    "What was the point?"
    Overall

    For one, I think you should be able to speak Spanish to get the full effect of the book. The print copy may have subtitles. You can figure most of it by context, but not all.
    The history of Dominicans and some of the racial backgrounds and interactions are great. However, the characters and their histories are miserable, without hope and really depressing. You know its not going to end well by the title, but the dump of suffering and torture is endless, and sometimes pointless.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Atonement

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    On the hottest day of the summer of 1935, 13-year-old Briony Tallis sees her older sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching Cecilia is their housekeeper's son Robbie Turner, a childhood friend who, along with Briony's sister, has recently graduated from Cambridge.

    S. Weller says: "Hard to suspend belief"
    "Hard to suspend belief"
    Overall

    I still don't understand why Briony did what she did. It makes the whole thing hard to believe that her actions where just from a petulant child. While people make up versions of the truth all the time that they sincerely thing is true, usually there is more of a motivation behind it then being over-imaginative. The tired, 'war is hell' chapter could have been better spent detailing this further, in my opinion.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3440)
    Performance
    (1425)
    Story
    (1428)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "Slow going, but worth the end"
    Overall

    Sadly, this is indeed the Charles Dickens of wizardry novels. I feel the story needed a heavy handed editor. I often found myself wishing I could have spent more time with some of the minor characters then hours wasted on sleepy, lengthy details on interior decor, for example. Some chapters just seemed to be pointless filler, like the Spanish war chapters. It's almost like the author has 5 or 6 dissimilar novels in her, and stuffed it into one instead.

    I loved how the end finally formed out, loved how the characters stay true to their imperfect natures in the end. I just wish we could have traveled there a little faster.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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