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Kirsten M. Crippen

Kennewick, WA, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (414)

    At the heart of these stories, as with all the best of Lovecraft’s work, is the belief that the Earth was once inhabited by powerful and evil gods, just waiting for the chance to recolonise their planet. Cthulhu is one such god, lurking deep beneath the sea until called into being by cult followers who – like all humans – know not what they do.

    Katherine says: "Required reading"
    "Very atmospheric and creepy"
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    For some reason, I had never read Lovecraft before - even though my mother had read all of his stories. This collection is incredible. The stories are creepy. But even so the performance really makes the stories. The music and the dramatic reading by Mr Roberts makes this a keeper. Something I will make a point of listening to again and again - especially for Halloween!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret of the Old Clock: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Carolyn Keene
    • Narrated By Laura Linney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (64)

    Nancy Drew's keen mind is tested when she searches for a missing will.

    Deena says: "I love Nancy Drew!"
    "Laura Linney IS Nancy Drew!"
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    I loved Nancy Drew as a girl and was so excited when I saw that there were audiobooks narrated by one of my favorite actresses, Laura Linney. The finished product was wonderful. The incidental music and Laura's performance of the different characters was a joy. I can't wait to listen to the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2572)
    Performance
    (2350)
    Story
    (2381)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "Bravura!"
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    What an incredible performance! Alan Cumming and Tim Curry! Not to mention Katy Kellgren. Just incredible.

    Also, I have always loved the story. Never could understand why Hollywood has never tried to get it right. There's a lot of tension there. Could it be because "darling Miss Mina" is too strong a female character?

    This performance is incredible the way it just grabs you and doesn't let go. Thank you Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cetaganda: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1214)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (587)

    When the Cetagandan empress dies, Miles Vorkosigan and his cousin Ivan are sent to Cetaganda for her funeral as diplomatic representatives of Barrayar. Upon arrival, the two men are inexplicably attacked by a servant of the late empress. When the same servant turns up dead the next day, Miles and Ivan find themselves in the middle of a mystery.

    Bronwyn Soell says: "Miles and Ivan on a mission!"
    "Miles is at it again!"
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    I've read this once before. But as I had recently been going through the Vorkosigan books on audiobook, I thought I'd get this one too. Reading (or listening) after I've gone through the previous 4 really made it stand out even more.

    Not the best of the series that I've read so far, but still it stands out as a fun read. I continually really enjoy how there can be such varied cultures all from the same source. But of course humanity has such varied cultures on Earth, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vor Game: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1585)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (700)

    Miles Vorkosigan graduates from the Barrayaran Military Academy with high expectations of ship command, but is disappointed with an assignment as meteorologist to Lazkowski Base, an arctic training camp. His tenure in the windy, snow-covered north is cut short when Miles narrowly averts a massacre between the trigger-happy base commander and mutinous recruits. After a brief stay under 'house arrest', Miles is re-assigned to investigate a suspicious military build-up near a wormhole nexus.

    David says: "Finally!"
    "Go, Miles, Go!!!"
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    So far, the best of the Vorkosigan books! This one had humor and great action and adventure. It made me laugh, it made me sit up and rub my hands with glee. This would make a great movie. (Most of them would.)

    The last third of the book was wonderful. In many ways it reminded me of some of the best James T Kirk episodes: A Balance of Terror or the movie Wrath of Khan.

    Such fun! I'll have to re-read this the next time I get the flu!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warrior's Apprentice: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1641)
    Performance
    (777)
    Story
    (787)

    Miles Vorkosigan makes his debut in this frenetic coming-of-age tale. At age 17, Miles is allowed to take the entrance exams to the elite military academy; he passes the written but manages, through miscalculation in a moment of anger, to break both his legs on the obstacle course, washing out before he begins. His aged grandfather dies in his sleep shortly after, for which Miles blames himself.

    Readalot says: "What a great character!"
    "Great forward momentum!"
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    The first Miles Vorkosigan book. It's hard to believe that a 17 year old could get in as much trouble as this kid without getting killed. Living on Barrayar must make you mature fast. Or maybe he just is that much of genius.

    I really love Miles, but I do wish I'd seen more of his mother, Cordelia.

    This book just throws you into it. Intrigue, machinations, actions scenes. What fun! Miles is a great character. But an incredibly unique one. 4 foot 9, a twisted spine, hunchback in a society that hates mutants. Of course, Miles is not a genetic mutant - and is more than happy tell you that! He is arrogant and proud but not so much to make him unlikable. His arrogance and pride are great strengths and great weaknesses.

    In some ways, Miles reminds me of Peter Parker (except Peter has a lot more trouble paying his rent). Miles also questions himself constantly. He is also very endearing because of how he wants to experience love.

    Another great part of this book is the humor. I would get the giggles at several points in this book. Miles is just such a manipulator and is always several moves ahead of his opponents (and allies for that matter).

    As a side note, this book also has a scene that is still disturbing me. I'm sure there are worse torture scenes in other books. But this one is still making my stomach turn. (Of course, that could be the flu.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Barrayar: A Vorkosigan Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1173)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (686)

    In the wake of interplanetary war, former commander Cordelia Naismith has deserted her own planet to marry the leader of the defeated enemy, Aral Vorkosigan. On his home planet of Barrayar, two rival factions are eyeing the recently vacated throne, and Aral, recently appointed Regent of Barrayar by the Emperor on his deathbed, must stand between them. Lord and Lady Vorkosigan, Aral and Cordelia struggle to establish stability in a fragile government thrown into confusion by the transition of power.

    Karen S. Coyle says: "Lois Bujold always delivers!"
    "Is Machiavelli required reading on this planet??"
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    The second book in the Vorkosigan saga, Barrayar picks up almost instantly after Shards of Honor. This book is chock full of political intrigue, machinations - honestly, is Machiavelli required reading on this planet? - and murder.

    Bujold throws a little romance, social commentary, and ethics into the mix. Also, it's just a great adventure.

    The worlds and culture of Barrayar and Beta are wonderfully sketched out. Beta a truly egalitarian society - where access to information is a constitutional right - and Barrayar a more rigid, warrior-centric, and imperial society are good case studies.

    I also think this idea that making all the different worlds as direct descendants of Earth, instead of including actual alien civilizations is interesting. All the different civilizations are distinct and different, while all are human.

    The characters are wonderful. Not only do you care for them, but you really want to know more about them. A sign of a great storyteller. On to the next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shards of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1343)
    Performance
    (823)
    Story
    (837)

    I>Shards of Honor is the novel in which Lois McMaster Bujold introduced the science-fiction world to Barrayar and Aral Vorkosigan, Beta Colony and Cordelia Naismith. From this beginning the author has created a multigenerational saga spanning time as well as space. Bujold is generally recognized as the current exemplar of the character-based science-fiction adventure story.

    Lifelong Reader says: "First story in the Miles Vorkosigan series"
    "Great adventure!"
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    I was originally introduced to this universe by my sci-fi book club when I read Cetaganda. While sick with the flu, I decided to start listening to the series from the beginning.

    Most of the Vorkosigan saga deals with Miles Vorkosigan. This book and its follow-up, Barrayar, revolve around around Miles' parents.

    The worlds the author creates are wonderfully sketched out. The historical and cultural backgrounds, the people, the intrigue. Throw in some romance and a little mystery, and you've got a cracking good adventure!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1375)
    Performance
    (766)
    Story
    (773)

    The study of sexual physiology has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic.

    Mary Roach, "The funniest science writer in the country", devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

    Gurmukh says: "Absolutely Wonderful!"
    "Laughed so hard I wet my pants!"
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    This is my third Mary Roach and the second as an audiobook. Sandra Burr is wonderful narrating Mary Roach. And Mary Roach is just such a hoot!

    Space travel, life after death, and now I'm learning about science and sex. Just hilarious. (I just love the idea of a scientist dressing mice up in polyester or cotton pants to see how it affects their sex life.)

    Mary Roach really brings science alive. She presents science in an entertaining and educational way. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2817)
    Performance
    (1911)
    Story
    (1917)

    Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

    She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

    Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

    Sherry Pitcock says: "Love that Reacher"
    "A Disappointment"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The victim. Very annoying. I kept on hoping Reacher would kill *her*.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

    Yes! Love the Jack Reacher novels!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene with Ellie in the hotel


    Could you see Echo Burning being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. Just not sure how you could do it where you didn't hate the victim so much.


    Any additional comments?

    The first 1/3 to 1/2 of the book was terrible. Once Carmen was put in jail it started to flow much better. The villains didn't seem nearly as threatening in previous books. Also, as I've said previously, I really could care less about Carmen, Ellie was much more likeable - and Alice was a breath of fresh air except for at the end where she got a little whiny. I don't know if that is the way Lee Child wrote it. But unfortunately the reading seemed to make the women get a little whiny at times.

    Another issue I had: in previous Reacher novels, he was a large black man - yet in this one he's a large white man. I haven't read all the novels, so I'm not sure if this is a continuity error. Still, black or white, there is no way in hell that Tom Cruise could portray him. Get a clue, Hollywood!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trojan Odyssey: A Dirk Pitt Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (256)

    Long hailed as the grand master of adventure fiction, Clive Cussler has continued to astound with the intricate plotting and astonishing set pieces of his novels. Now, with a surprising twist, he gives us his most audacious work yet.

    cwdunn says: "Thanks for updating the Cussler files on Audible!"
    "I HAD SOME QUESTIONS"
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    I love Dirk Pitt! There are very few novels I will read over and over. I read all of Clive Cussler's novels (and J. D. Robb's In Death series) over and over. This was my first reading of Trojan Odyssey and I did really like it.

    However, I felt that he left many questions unanswered.
    * Was the hurricane at the start artificially created and, if so, why did the bad guys do it?
    * The floating hotel at the start - why did it have to be destroyed? Was it just for the insurance? Or were they trying to kill someone?
    * What about the tomb? Was it connected at all to the bad guys? Or were they just a bit mad?

    I just felt there was quite a bit left out. I know this was just a glitch for Clive. And nothing - but nothing - will stop me reading and re-reading his stuff!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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