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Portland, OR, USA | Member Since 2014

  • 6 reviews
  • 40 ratings
  • 262 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • Brisingr: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle

    Oaths sworn . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

    Edmund says: "Good but not complete."
    "It didn't end?!"

    This book plays well to those that love the details of dwarf and elf culture as much time is spent detailing the activities over a period of time with each. Somehow though, the pages ran out and the story didn't conclude. Disappointing given book 4 isn't out and Paolini released a different story instead.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hominids: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. But it can't help his fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

    Scott says: "Scicen Fiction Can Be Literature"
    "Needs Expert Reviewers"

    This book is amazingly reminiscient of other stories which is as the author admits to in the preface. In particular, Angels and Demons is very similar. But this book leaves too many questions about why the technology used didn't include certain obvious capabilities that would completely change the story. For science-based science fiction, it required much suspension of disbelief. I recommend a little expert-review of the material before publishing next time. read Angels and Demons for a better representation of this class of story.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Heartfire: Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Peggy is a Torch, able to see the fire burning in each person's heart. She can follow the paths of each person's future, and know each person's most intimate secrets. From the moment of Alvin Maker's birth, when the Unmaker first strove to kill him, she has protected him. Now they are married, and Peggy is a part of Alvin's heart as well as his life. But Alvin's destiny has taken them on separate journeys.

    Jeff says: "Trilogies are great. More's a crowd."
    "Trilogies are great. More's a crowd."

    Love Orson Scott Card. This series however seems to go on and on and on. And the religious undertones get more and more thick. I can't stop though. I've already started Crystal City.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Customer Bob says: "Great Book, With an Amazing Narrator"
    "Well narrated classic about torture"

    Well narrated classic that did a fair job of predicting what 1984 would be like while adding the twist of the technology in the hands of a group with a clear goal of simply maintaining power and increasing it. Surprising part of the book (for someone who didn't read reviews) is the amount of time spent on detailed description of torture and the impact on the human body and mind. Very depressing.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Bertha Bantam Learns a Lesson

    • ORIGINAL (39 mins)
    • By Rosetta Kelley
    • Narrated By GiGi, Full Cast

    Is biggest always best? Bertha learned the answer! Cluck along with Bertha as she becomes frustrated with her place in the hen house and decides to strike out on her own. A wonderful story that appeals to the younger siblings as they learn that big or small, young or old, we are all important.

    Jeff says: "Perfect for the car ride with a 3 year old"
    "Perfect for the car ride with a 3 year old"

    Our 3-yr old (and ourselves) listened to this about 40 times over a week long trip in the car. The more we (adults) listened to it the cuter the story became. Comes with a great song that retells the story. Cation though. The audio is 40 minutes long but the story is retold with "page-turning prompts" despite there being no book with a download. The story is really about 15 minutes with some nice music at the end of each telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Screwtape Letters

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By John Cleese

    John Cleese's performance brings The Screwtape Letters to life, conveying all the irony, comedy, and terror of this modern spiritual masterpiece.

    Linda says: "The Screwtape Letters"
    "Sermons from the view of the devil"

    Clearly designed for those losing their faith and looking for support. The Christian sermon-like letters of the devil are poorly disguised as such and hideously boring.

    3 of 21 people found this review helpful

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