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zandperl

USA | Member Since 2008

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  • 5 reviews
  • 81 ratings
  • 355 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • The Word for World Is Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    The planet Athshe was a paradise whose people were blessed with a mystical awareness of existence. Then the conquerors arrived and began to rape, enslave, and kill humans with a flicker of humanity. The athseans were unskilled in the ways of war, and without weapons. But the gentle tribesmen possessed strange powers over their dreams. And the alien conquerors had taught them how to hate....

    Archaon says: "She is talent incarnate"
    "Dissapointing"
    Overall

    This book was enough of a dud that I was prompted to write this review. Firstly, the book is short and is more of relating a series of events than an actual story with a plot that crescendos and comes to a climax and is then resolved. Only one character truly has any character development, and that is the one that you're supposed to view as the antagonist.

    I am also disappointed to learn that Audible did not bother to mention that this is not the first book in the series (or the universe) of the Hainish Cycle. Had I known, I would not have bought it, as I prefer not to start in the middle of a series, and this book is not particularly interesting as a stand-alone.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Heart: Wheel of Time, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1940)
    Performance
    (1696)
    Story
    (1721)

    Millions of Robert Jordan fans will rejoice at the release of the ninth book in the phenomenally best-selling series The Wheel of Time. The sequel to the number-one New York Times best seller The Path of Daggers, which swept the nation like a firestorm, Winter's Heart continues a remarkable tale that is mesmerizing an entire generation of readers.

    Benjamin says: "Good book, bad audio"
    "Lots of repeat phrases"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There's lots of sentences that are repeated. I've seen this happen sometimes before when going from one part to another, or occasionally there's a "please turn over cassette" and a sentence repeated after, but I'm only around 2 hours in and I've already heard three sentence repeats! This needs to be re-edited and re-released.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Areas of My Expertise

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Hodgman
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1105)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (350)

    In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas of My Expertise is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Although best sellers such as Poor Richard's Almanack and The Book of Lists were certainly valuable, they also were largely true.

    Margot says: "Wow!"
    "Enhanced, not abridged!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Note that this version of the book is read by the author John Hodgman with help from Jonathan Coulton. JH and JC banter throughout the book, for example instead of reading the tables on omens and portents cell by cell, JH asks JC what he saw the previous day, and JC attempts to bargain away Ragnarok by changing his story. Even if some of the content is removed from this version (while reading the Table of Contents JH says that he couldn't get the rights to discussing squirrel foot deformities), it is more than made up for by their interaction and JC's musical interludes.

    I'm really curious to read the print version as well to compare them better; I expect it will be a very different experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2053)
    Performance
    (1712)
    Story
    (1727)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Reader's gender doesn't match characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What aspect of John Lee’s performance would you have changed?

    Although I am only 1 hour into this book, I wanted to point out that it is strange to me that a book featuring primarily female characters (at least so far) has a male reader/narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (164)

    What would happen if millions of people around the world suddenly disappeared one day? In this fascinating apocalyptic thriller, best-selling Christian inspirational authors LaHaye and Jenkins pool their considerable talents to answer that question. Narrator Richard Ferrone's unusually deep and hypnotic voice will keep you right in the middle of this not-unimaginable end of the world nightmare.

    Shannon L Hendon says: "Great series!"
    "Unimaginative speculative fiction"
    Overall

    In the grand tradition of speculative fiction, "Left Behind" takes a concept and carries it out to ridiculous extremes. For a sci-fi and fantasy reader such as myself, the premise of the Rapture taking place is no more ridiculous than assumptions such as there being a parallel world filled with magic (such as Piers Anthony's "Split Infinity"), or that organ transplants will extend human life infinitely (as in Larry Niven's "The Jigsaw Man").

    Unfortunately the religious fervor of the author overwhelms what could have been a great novel, displaying itself either as naivete or ignorance as to why those exposed to the Gosepel and Christianity would ever *not* be instantly converted. It provided little insight to the point of view of born again Christians, instead displaying them post-conversion as one-dimensional characters remaining willfully ignorant to alternate opinions. Pre-conversion characters have much more depth to them, but are portrayed as being stupid, having low willpower, being extremely credulous of ridiculous explanations, or stuck up. The treatment of one of the main characters pre-conversion is a sad case of anti-intellectualism as she slowly descends from a lofty condescending intellectual position to a college dropout and convert meekly taking on her father's mantle of evangelism.

    I expect born again / evangelical Christians will enjoy this novel for apparently showing how everyone can be converted with the right impetus, but for the rest of us, you can take it or leave it.

    13 of 32 people found this review helpful

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