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Shelby

Terrace, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (1390)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (567)

    Lawyers. Accountants. Software Engineers. That what Mom and Dad encouraged us to become. They were wrong. Gone is the age of "left-brain" dominance. The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers - creative and emphatic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

    Frank says: "On the precipice of genius (not quite)..."
    "Interesting, but repetitive."
    Overall

    The remainder of the book basically restated the original premise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gates of Sleep: Elemental Masters

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Kayla Fell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (138)

    In the tradition of her acclaimed fairy-tale-inspired novel, The Serpent's Shadow, best-selling author Mercedes Lackey re-imagines Sleeping Beauty-as a dark and enchanting Edwardian fantasy.Marina is the cherished daughter of the wealthy Roeswood family, practioners of Elemental Magic. But evil portents have warned her parents that Marina will be killed before her 18th birthday-by the hand of her own aunt.

    Kaylon says: "Fantastic and compelling!"
    "mediocre"
    Overall

    This is the only title in the series I really didn't enjoy. The others kept me interested. Yes, they are all a bit formulaic, but they are fun and lighthearted reads. I can't pinpoint why this one seemed to be lacking, but it just didn't keep my interest, which is rare for me because I love to get lost in these stories.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10163)
    Performance
    (5075)
    Story
    (5109)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "not the best...but good enough"
    Overall

    The narrator does a good job, except for the "French" accent. He wasn't even close to French, but for everyone else he nailed it. The story itself is good, not King's best and about 3 chapters too long. By the fourth installment, I was thinking he really dragged it out for too long. He closed off all of the story lines, but it took FOREVER and the conclusion was too tidy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of the Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (1129)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (670)

    The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life.

    Melinda says: "thought-provoking, engaging dystopic fiction"
    "awesome! awesome! awesome!"
    Overall

    I can't imagine reading this book and not having the actual music to bring the songs in it alive. Not only is the story perfection, but the production and narration are exactly right!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2594)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (365)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "awesome narrator and a cool story"
    Overall

    The narrator for this story did a great job! The story was great and this narrator helped me picture the story. It was awesome!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Summer's Path

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Scott Blum
    • Narrated By Diane Ray
    Overall
    (869)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (257)

    Summer's Path is the remarkable story of Don Newport, an engineer that comes face to face with his personal destiny under extraordinary circumstances. After losing his job and his health insurance, Don learns he has a terminal disease with only a few months left to live. On his death bed, he meets Robert, a brazen angel of death that promises to help Don with a graceful exit.

    ArtC says: "A bad new-age after-school special"
    "good story - bad narrator"
    Overall

    The story is good, but this narrator is the worst I've heard! Instead of a different voice for some, she shouts and it's hard for me to pinpoint exactly what it is, but the emphasis, the emotion behind the words is wrong. Bad timing? Inappropriate tone...not exactly sure, but I felt irritated through the whole book and, if the story weren't so good, I would have quit listening by the second chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Dawn: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin, Matt Walters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6616)
    Performance
    (3035)
    Story
    (3087)

    To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare, woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point.

    Angie says: "I couldn't wait for the audio book"
    "A bit melodramatic"
    Overall

    I suppose, being a 40-something woman, this book isn't exactly written for me as an audience. I adored the characters in the Twilight film and had to find out what happened to them in the end. I skipped over sections, where the author droned on and on, basically repeating herself and building the melodrama. A good story, though I would suggest it is not worth the full price, not by a longshot.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1353)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (605)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Karen says: "Fascinating stories"
    "Pretty good"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the worlds created by the authors. I would have enjoyed it more if the author doing the narrating hadn't yakked about himself and the process so much in between the stories. That could have come at the end of the "book", after the stories, as a "how this book was made" commentary. Otherwise cool stories with some memorable characters and concepts.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Valor's Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (151)

    In the distant future, humans and several other races have been granted membership in the Confederation - at a price. They must act as soldier/protectors of the far more civilized races who have long since turned away from war.

    Shelby says: "Surprisingly Good!"
    "Surprisingly Good!"
    Overall

    I had never read anything by this author before, so I was a wee bit skeptical. In the end I was rewarded with a fun book, albeit a wee bit formulaic, that had me laughing out loud and fully engaged throughout. The main character is a fully-developed female officer and she didn't fit the stereotypical female sci-fi character. She was strong and capable and intelligent. Definitely a great listen! I'm going to scour this site for more books by this author.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3295)
    Performance
    (1076)
    Story
    (1080)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "excellent"
    Overall

    This was my first audio book and though a nice complex story, the narrator gave it a fullness I didn't expect. Great story with memorable characters!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Darwin's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (82)

    Eleven years have passed since SHEVA was discovered in human DNA, a retrovirus that caused mutations in the human genome and heralded the arrival of a new wave of genetically enhanced humans. Now these changed children have reached adolescence...and face a world that is outraged about their very existence. For these special youths are also ticking time bombs that could exterminate the "old" human race...

    Jim says: "Serious Science Fiction"
    "Unique story & well told!"
    Overall

    I loved this book. The story was plausible, as good science fiction should be. The characters are three-dimensional and, a rarity in SF, the female characters are fully realized, and believable. The narrator did such a good job that I got completely lost in the story. That's rare, I usually get occasionally distracted by the narrator but this one let the story shine and did an impeccable job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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