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Cathy

El Cajon, CA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Thunderstruck

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Bob Balaban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (224)

    In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men: Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication. Their lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

    Michael Jones says: "Marconi, murder, mix well"
    "Good book, bad reader"
    Overall

    The story is interesting -- if you liked Devil in the White City, you'll like this one, too -- but the reader's intonation and pacing are just odd. Clear enough, but declarative sentences are read as though they're questions, and pauses and emphasis come at odd moments.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Soul Mirror: A Novel of the Collegia Magica

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Carol Berg
    • Narrated By Angele Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (128)

    With no magic talent of her own, Anne de Vernase must take on her sister's magical legacy to unravel the secrets behind the dark sorcery besieging the royal city of Merona-and to uncover the truth behind her sister's death. For Portier de Savin-Duplais, failed student of magic, sorcery's decline into ambiguity and cheap illusion is but a culmination of life's bitter disappointments.

    Karen says: "Excellent Story!"
    "Good story, bad narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator consistently mispronounces several words -- "demonish" does not normally rhyme with "demolish", "tarry" meaning "delay" and "tarry" meaning "tar-like" are not pronounced the same, and I'm not sure, since I don't have a hardcopy to hand, but I suspect the word she keeps pronouncing "carry" is "chérie".

    It would also be nice if she had kept the pronunciations the narrator of book 1 in the series used for some of the family names, such as "Mondragon".


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Despite the flawed narration, yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wanderer

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Fritz Leiber
    • Narrated By Norman Deitz
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    In the future, men and women have colonized the moon, and dazzling technological advances have created a better life for those on Earth. But the arrival of "the Wanderer" may change all that. A sphere of immense size, it appears suddenly one night during a lunar eclipse, causing crushing quakes on the Moon and catastrophes on Earth. Now, Lt. Don Merriam must find a way to reach the Wanderer and discover its purpose.

    finhead says: "dated scifi"
    "Dated and dull"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Fritz Leiber and/or Norman Deitz?

    The narrator was fine, and I've enjoyed other works by Lieber, but I'll be cautious.


    Any additional comments?

    There's a scene in the middle that almost made me throw my ipod out the car window. It's more-or-less a military rape, given the power dynamic between the two characters involved, with bonus mutual asphyxiation, while the waters rise, leading to their inevitable death by drowning. Yes, it's as horrid as that sounds, if not worse.

    Before that, there are obnoxious potheads who don't die nearly fast enough, and the token Vietnamese character, whose sole purpose in this book is to show that the events are affecting the whole world.

    And don't get me started on the alien catwoman...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Briar King: The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Greg Keyes
    • Narrated By Patrick Michael
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (120)

    Two thousand years ago, the Born Queen defeated the Skasloi lords, freeing humans from the bitter yoke of slavery. But now monstrous creatures roam the land and destinies become inextricably entangled in a drama of power and seduction. The kings woodsman, a rebellious girl, a young priest, a roguish adventurer, and a young man made suddenly into a knight all face malevolent forces that shake the foundations of the kingdom, even as the Briar King, legendary harbinger of death, awakens from his slumber.

    Jake says: "Good stuff"
    "Good story, bad reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Different reader.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Patrick Michael?

    Someone who can pronounce English. "Fete" is not pronounced "feet"; the emphasis in "hegemony" is on the second syllable, not the third, etc.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe, the the movies always cut out a lot of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PhiLOLZophy: Critical Thinking in Digestible Doses

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Chrissy Stockton, Sarah Heuer
    • Narrated By Theresa McCarthy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (386)

    A popular question in philosophy is "How do I know I exist?" That seems really boring, though. How about, "How can I use logic to get over my ex?" If you really love wisdom, you love it in all situations - you don't need to be spoon fed unsolved problems in philosophy, because you're already analyzing the US Weekly you’re reading or your kinda significant other. Sarah Heuer and Chrissy Stockton are writers living in Minneapolis who are determined to do something more interesting with their philosophy degrees than talk about dead white guys.

    John B. Hayes says: "The Worst Example of Critical Thinking I've Seen"
    "Did not meet expectations"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Chrissy Stockton and Sarah Heuer and/or Theresa McCarthy?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Chrissy Stockton and Sarah Heuer ’s story?

    Just wasn't at all what I expected from the description. It's a rambling memoir, with more booze that philosophy.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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