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  • Touch of Frost: Mythos Academy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (320)

    My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy - a school of myths, magic, and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things.

    Hassan says: "I'm Shocked!! It Was Really Good"
    "dated attitude towards gender and sexuality"
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    In terms of basic story telling, I found the background information dumps a bit awkward. But what really got to me was the attitude towards sexual activity among teenagers. I actually would have been fine with a "wait until you're adults/married" attitude. But instead it was an attitude that teenage boys engaging in sexual with a number of partners are to be admired/become the romantic lead; teenage girls who "give up their v-card" (yes a phrase from the book) to long term boyfriends are frowned upon; girls with multiple partners are "sluts." It is causally thrown in throughout the book (e.g. the main character's skill is finding lost items, such as "lost bras that girls should have known better than to take off in the first place."). It is books like this that lead to unhealthy, misogynistic attitudes in society. By coincidence, I read the same day about a community's response to a statutory rape case. One fellow student tweeted “Young girls acting like whores there’s no punishment for that, young men acting like boys is a sentence.” This real-life, sad little tweet could have come from our protagonist's mouth. Confession: I haven't finished it and not sure I will be able to make myself do so.

    21 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1406)
    Performance
    (1282)
    Story
    (1302)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    amyrex2 says: "I really HATE it when narrators are switched"
    "Bad narrator"
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    I must admit, I am not that in, but not sure how far I am going to make it with this narrator. The emotionless, stultifying reading is bad enough, but if you are going to narrate a book about Greek mythology, check pronunciations! His pronunciation of Epirus just made me wince.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5219)
    Performance
    (4803)
    Story
    (4800)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Serious fantasy w/ tongue firmly planted in cheek"
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    This has a lighter tone than many fantasy series, yet avoids being merely farce. The characters grow and develop. It does at times take them to dark and difficult places (psychological, in addition to actual adventures). In dealing with the in- world prejudice, I think the author gets that element of self-hatred in the most raging bigots dead-on, along with the casual acceptance of bigotry and indifference of many in society. The author deals well with issues of race, class, gender, and other social identifiers.

    The review I read that got me started said strong female characters but that it would take time to be evident. I would say that was accurate. There was at least one who was evidentially strong from the get go and she continued to grow throughout. Others' mettle only became clear through time and struggle.

    But back to my initial point: while I love series like Game of Thrones, I sometimes am left feeling grim reading/ listening to them. There is a lot of pure joy in these books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2917)
    Performance
    (2562)
    Story
    (2584)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Well written, bleak"
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    I give the story only 2 stars not because it is not well-crafted (it is) and well-written (it is), but simply because it is not my cup of tea. I have rarely read a bleaker view of human nature. Rowling is playing out an extension of British concern with appearances vs. what is hidden underneath, a theme present in her HP books but really developed here. But, in this book, rarely is what lies underneath pretty. Or joyful. Moreover, parts of the language and explicit scenes feel like she is trying to prove she is now an adult author and not just a YA author. Or it could be a bluntness that is an extension of her search for the truth buried under social niceties. Again, well written, well narrated, but a real bummer of a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1941)
    Performance
    (1306)
    Story
    (1316)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "Wow! Beautiful character development"
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    I fell in love with Louise Penny's writing very quickly. Her descriptions of human nature and her characters are fabulous. You care about them all. You can envision and even feel the settings. The mystery is a good one. And, as the title might indicate, there is a strong interest in art (and literature) throughout the book. A clear backstory to the main characters exists but Penny avoids the compulsion to just tell you everything. Instead the backstory is revealed slowly (and not all in this book but over the course of sequels) and naturally. The narrator does a marvelous job. I recommend highly and without reservation -- even for those for whom mysteries are not the first choice of genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1224)
    Performance
    (956)
    Story
    (958)

    It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

    Ryan says: "entertaining"
    "Accent hard, especially for young listeners"
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    Wonderful alternate history of preWW I. Positive male and feme protagonists for kids to relate to. But Alan Cumming's accent proved too difficult for the middle school children with whom I tried to listen to this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4301)
    Performance
    (2766)
    Story
    (2795)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Consistently funny"
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    The story is very anecdotal and thus works well even listening to short chunks. Each little bit stands on its own as a comic bit but yet the overall story arc works well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stainless Steel Rat

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Harry Harrison
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (988)
    Performance
    (772)
    Story
    (771)

    DiGriz is caught during one of his crimes and recruited into the Special Corps. Boring, routine desk work during his probationary period results in his discovering that someone is building a battleship, thinly disguised as an industrial vessel. In the peaceful League no one has battleships anymore, so the builder of this one would be unstoppable. DiGriz' hunt for the guilty becomes a personal battle between himself and the beautiful but deadly Angelina, who his planning a coup on one of the feudal worlds.

    SFF11C says: "Awesome"
    "did not age well"
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    The attitudes in this book are a little dated. When a big reveal comes part way through, it will only be a surprise to listeners stuck back in the 1950's. Dialogue is clunky.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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