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Becky

Saratoga, CA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 405 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7230)
    Performance
    (3625)
    Story
    (3680)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "what is all the hype about?"
    Overall

    I bought this audiobook because my teenaged son enjoys action/fantasy/science fiction books. We couldn't enjoy this one, though. It stinks - with a putrid, rotty stench that makes your stomach turn and cramp until you wish you were dead ... That's just my imitation of the style of writing found in this book. We turned it off after about 40 minutes, when the subject being described in agonizing detail was urine.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A Working Theory of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Scott Hutchins
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Settled back into the San Francisco singles scene following the implosion of his young marriage just months after the honeymoon, Neill Bassett is going through the motions. His carefully modulated routine, however, is soon disrupted in ways he can't dismiss with his usual nonchalance. When Neill's father committed suicide 10 years ago, he left behind thousands of pages of secret journals, journals that are stunning in their detail, and, it must be said, their complete banality. But their spectacularly quotidian details, were exactly what artificial intelligence company Amiante Systems was looking for,

    Becky says: "meh"
    "meh"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I read it for a book club, turns out it had been recommended by the author. Better options for the credit in my opinion.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent on the Crown: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (236)

    New York Times best-selling master of suspense, Elizabeth Peters, brings an exotic world of adventure, intrigue, and danger to vivid life, in a tale as powerful as ancient Egypt.

    Donna says: "The Serpent on the Crown"
    "the weakest in the series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoy the Amelia Peabody Series, but this book was not as good as the others. The ending, in fact the whole book, seemed too cobbled together (rather than following a well thought out story arc).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Rats. They're everywhere: in the breadbins, dancing across tabletops, stealing pies from under the cooks' noses. So what does every town need? A good Piper to lure them away.

    David says: "The best of Prachett!!"
    "disappointed"
    Overall

    I read the rave reviews and couldn't wait to get this book to enjoy on a long car trip. It wasn't worth a book credit - the characters and plot are silly. Even my children didn't want to finish it. Not a good selection for anyone over the age of 11.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3376)
    Performance
    (1364)
    Story
    (1368)

    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!"
    "Couldn't wait to listen again!"
    Overall

    Truly enjoyable! This is the first audiobook that I've listened to twice in quick succession. The story is wonderful, and the narration is superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow in the North: Sally Lockhart Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (103)

    The year is 1878, and Sally Lockhart has started her own financial consulting business. When a client loses a fortune in the unexpected collapse of a British shipping firm, Sally is determined to find out why. But as she comes closer to learning the identity of the firm's elusive owner, she discovers that her questions are far from simple...and that the answers could cost her her life.

    Jody says: "A great story, but part of the plot is missing!"
    "too dark"
    Overall

    We greatly enjoyed the first Sally Lockhart novel. This one however, is too dark.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang!, 1-Month Subscription

    • NONE (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The Children's AudioMagazine about Big Ideas

    Designed for ages 6-12, BOOMERANG!is the award-winning audio magazine that introduces kids to the world of big ideas - science, current events, economics, history, poetry, geography. jokes, mysteries, music, and interviews combine to make this monthly program a child's own personal window to the world at large.

    Cherie says: "Boomerang"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    My children found this BORING. It is a program for parents who like to think they are listening to something for the kids. The program itself is too cute with little kid voices. We listened to one with a "time-travel" interview of an historical figure - it was so painfully slow we had to turn it off.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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