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R. Belanger

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  • Summerland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By Michael Chabon
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    It's summer, and the Clam Island fairies, or "ferishers," as the North American Fair Folk call themselves, are in grave peril. War is coming, another battle in an ancient conflict, a struggle against the Fell Smith and his power of Anti-life. He and his host of demon engineers, kobolds, and warriors have sought to destroy the fairies since time began. When the Clam Island band sends for a champion, they get an 11-year-old boy named Ethan Feld.

    A Reader says: "Unforgettable characters!"
    "Designated Hitter: Unintended Consequences"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I know a many people who would like this very much--some of them children!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Summerland?

    When Jennifer T and Ethan find that the old hotel and much of the foliage have been torn down by the builders. We often mourn nice, new things that are torn down for progress--but there is a comfort in old things, old memories, old ways that can be tragically torn by progress for progress' sake.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Chabon – was your favorite?

    Jennifer T was my favorite character. If I had read this as a child--my life would have been very different because of her!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many instances of unconditional love--people doing things for others--not for themselves. Not much literature has selflessness in it.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a delight to hear the characters as Chabon imagined them as he wrote the book. A gem, a fine summer read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18349)
    Performance
    (14168)
    Story
    (14113)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Never Really a Frump at All!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it to everyone. Even if you are conservative (my hustband), you will find a reason to laugh out loud as Tina shares a life that we all can applaud! We listened to it together over Christmas and wanted to be in the car so we could laugh together! We even sat outside IHOP to finish a segment before breakfast!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    I loved when she discussed how her mom dealt with menstration! Yikes--I'm 15 years older that Tina and my mom did the same thing! Then when she wanted to use the "belts" on SNL, my husband remembered skit and still didn't get it!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The hike with the un-boyfriend. Oh, have we all done that!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    30 Rock's Bossy Mom


    Any additional comments?

    I can't say enough that this book reaches all ages and socio-economic groups. My daughter (in her 30s) has been quoting parts and suggested it to me. I've suggested it to others--I may even buy a hardcopy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Coldest War: The Milkweed Triptych, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (299)

    Twenty-two years after the Second World War, a precarious balance of power maintains the peace between Great Britain and the USSR. For decades, the warlocks have been all that stand between the British Empire and the Soviet Union-- a vast domain stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the English Channel. But now each death is another blow to Britain's security.

    A User says: "Phenomenal sequel"
    "Middle Child"
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    Where does The Coldest War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Really in the top third of my library, this story reveals a cold war on many fronts--political as well as personal.


    What other book might you compare The Coldest War to and why?

    While I don't have a book in mind that compares to it in tone or storyline, the Larry Correia, Grimnoir Chronicles explores some of the various "powers" as well.


    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    Kevin Pariseau has all the accents and foreign languages down. It is a joy to hear him pronounce the French words!


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

    I really had approach and avoidance on this book. Some of the scenes were so painful! However, I have already listened to it twice!


    Any additional comments?

    "The Coldest War" is a grown-up book. It delves into relationships that are struggling and painful. It was real and wrenching. I was holding out for a different story line, and hope Agnus has a role in the next book. Tregillis is a rare writer who gives the reader a character that they can love a charater like a brother--and want to give him advice!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Prince: The Infernal Devices, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Heather Lind
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1704)
    Performance
    (1524)
    Story
    (1536)

    In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street - and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends. The special Collector’s First Edition will include a never-before-seen letter from Will to his family!

    Aimee says: "Beautifully Written."
    "Teenage Angst"
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    Would you listen to The Clockwork Prince again? Why?

    Yes, I enjoy the worlds of magic that Clare creates and would like to hear the details again.


    Would you recommend The Clockwork Prince to your friends? Why or why not?

    It depends on how old they are. Teenage girls would like it (as two great boys vie for the same girl), but the "love" story was tiresome for me.


    What about Ed Westwick and Heather Lind ’s performance did you like?

    I was glad that they actually didn't only narrate all male or all female characters. Sometimes it can be choppy to have male and female performers trade off.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, extreme reaction. I liked how it ended and want to read the next book.


    Any additional comments?

    I only read one of the Twilight books and found them too tiresome. I hope that Clare doesn't perceive her universe as competing with that one--it is way better--more believable and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paris in Love: Free Excerpt

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Eloisa James
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (60)

    In 2009 Eloisa James took a leap that many people dream about: She sold her house, took a sabbatical from her job, and moved her family to Paris. Paris in Love: A Memoir chronicles her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With no classes to teach, no committee meetings to attend, no lawn to mow, Eloisa revels in the ordinary pleasures of life - discovering corner museums that tourists overlook, chronicling Frenchwomen’s sartorial triumphs, walking from one end of Paris to another.

    Clare says: "Solopsistic & Jerky"
    "What if Compiled all your Blogs?"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. It was an except and I was glad it was free.


    What could Eloisa James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I needed to hear more of the back story. Just a string of blogs made me think I was reading someone's Facebook-I can do that without spending money and I already know the people. James needs to help me care about the people more than just the C-word.


    Did Eloisa James do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The characterizations were all by the narrator and totally from her point of view. There are ways that an author can contrive to let us know more about characters, but James doesn't use them.


    Do you think Paris in Love: Free Excerpt needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Maybe a book that actually ties the story together.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I'm just old and this is the wave of the future. If James wants to write a memoir, then there is a format for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5831)
    Performance
    (5293)
    Story
    (5309)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "The Reality String Where Magic is Real"
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    What did you love best about Hard Magic?

    I loved the world where dirigibles were the dominant technology rather than airplanes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Magic?

    Without spoiling, I love the sacrifice some of the Grimnoir make for each other and the world. That's what heroism is all about--selflessness.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    I really loved how he characterized Faye. She was smart, yet self-effacing. The accent/drawl never wavered--he was always right on.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What if magic were genetic?


    Any additional comments?

    My nephew turned me on to Correia as an author--and I'm very pleased with this first book. A reasonable system of magic, interesting twists on how history might have been, and heroes that could be in my family. I look forward to the next installation!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Collectors

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By LJ Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1734)
    Performance
    (641)
    Story
    (646)

    The U.S. Speaker of the House is assassinated in a terrifyingly precise execution in the heart of Washington, D.C. In a quieter corner of the nation's capital, the rare book room of the Library of Congress, a reclusive, wealthy scholar drops dead under mysterious circumstances that leave no clues. Following on the heels of the natural death of the Speaker of the House, the city and the nation begin to tremble.

    Esra says: "The story's OK if you can survive the narration"
    "Camel Club: Part 2"
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    If you could sum up The Collectors in three words, what would they be?

    Cons, books, revenge


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interweaving of disparate stories into a compelling tale.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved when Oliver taunts Reuben with the telescope in Jonathon's attic.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Annabelle talks about her mom looking down on her successful con.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Baldacci and haven't read the Camel Club first, start there. The characters are believable and lovable. This recording is nice to have a male and female narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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