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Coral

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2004

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  • Germinal

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    A father and three of his seven children work brutal hours in a mine, facing hazards such as landslides, fire, and poisoned air, to scrape together enough money for food. When their lodger, √Čtienne, shares ideas about a workers' revolt, the family gradually embraces his plans. Soon the settlement is aflame with resolve to strike for better wages and working conditions. Savage and horrifying events ensue as miners clash with management and with each other.

    Ben Miller says: "Amazing imagery"
    "Harsh, Depressing, Historical Novel"
    Overall

    I bought this book as it was required reading for a course I'm taking in History. If you are looking for a cheery novel to read on a trip I suggest you try something else. Sex without love or for that matter romance, starvation, children having sex with each other, and proverity due to poor market and inablity to link sex with having babies are just in first half of what this novel has to ofter. I really do not understand why this novel has a high rating on amazon. However if you what to know what life was like in the 1880 in France for coal miners this book will tell you.

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Search for Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kaza Kingsley
    • Narrated By Simon Jones, Kaza Kingsley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Erec is faced with even more daunting tasks, choices, and dangers. Not only does the latest contest to become king appear to be a suicide mission, but it means more than just winning the crown of Alypium; if Erec doesn't succeed, then Upper Earth could disappear forever. So Erec must set out to retrieve the five Awen from their mystical hiding places and unite them, a herculean undertaking that has laid waste to all those who have attempted it.

    Ruth says: "Awesome Fun"
    "Enjoyable cont. of Eric Rex"
    Overall

    I really enjoy this book. As an adult the plot is a bit thin in places and the storyline is easy to guess but it is a worth adventurer story and not everything is quiet how you might think. I my option the books are getting better as Kaza seems to be finding her own magic. ;)

    I very much hope audible will get the 4th book and in fact the rest of them as they are published.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ring of Solomon: A Bartimaeus Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (808)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (480)

    Bartimaeus, everyones favorite (wise-cracking) djinni, is back in book four of this best-selling series. As alluded to in the footnotes throughout the series, Bartimaeus has served hundreds of magicians during his 5,010 year career. Now, for the first time, fans will go back in time with the djinni, to Jerusalem and the court of King Solomon in 950s BC. Only in this adventure, it seems the great Bartimaeus has finally met his match.

    Alia says: "Quirky and Fun"
    "Wonderful return and get start too"
    Overall

    This is a fun return of Bartimaeus and his adventures. The book stands alone and in many ways makes more sense as a first read before the the other 3 books. If you enjoy a light heart story with one liners and plenty of magic this is great. I'm betting the kids will enjoy too.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of Chalion

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2077)
    Performance
    (889)
    Story
    (897)

    Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

    Pete says: "Excellent Fantasy... Epic in feel, finite in pace"
    "Keep you glued to your earphones"
    Overall

    This is a very enjoyable Fantasy/Action novel. It's got well written and developing characters who really interact with each other and are not purely good or evil. This is one of those rare stories where you can really believe in the rules of the world and the people within in it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Faerie Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Herbie Brennan
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (71)

    Henry doesn't think he'll ever be able to get his mind off his parents' divorce. That is, until he meets Pyrgus Malvae, prince of the faerie world. Now Henry must help Pyrgus return home to fight the evil Faeries of the Night.

    Gurmukh says: "One of the best books I've listened to!"
    "Coming of Teenhood"
    Overall

    If you where scary off by the review about the Faeries killing kittens I feel this needs clearing up a bit. There is VERY clear stated 2 "types/races" of Faeries in this story: Faeries of the Light and Faeries of the Night. If you have read older Fantasy Titles you might be familiar with the idea that sometimes Faeries are not nice, this is true in some cases in this story.

    There is quiet open talk that 1) Some people are attracted to there own sex 2) Just because you've have kids doesn't mean that you aren't attracted to you own sex. 3) Not Everyone is law abiding as they might seem.

    This is a story for older kids and teens if you feel that stories with Gay people in them are bad or wrong for your kids at this point stand clear but this is a very well written, enjoyable paced book. Personally I would guess that the Grade 6-7+ would really enjoy this but is also fun for adults looking for light story about coming into teenagehood.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Cup of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Dickinson
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Author John Dickinson's debut novel is a welcome addition to the flourishing genre of medieval fantasy. Phaedra, a young noble, has reached the age of marriage, and is waiting for the man who appears in her dreams. When he finally arrives, she leaves her home and family to join him. But Phaedra is unprepared for the consequences her new union brings.

    Sue Schreiber says: "The cup of the World"
    "Undercraft...hrm"
    Overall

    This is a very enjoyable title, if at the outset the action does drop a bit more then one could wish it makes up for it in later chapters. If your looking for the main character to become a wizard then your out of luck on this book but there is tons of magic in the story. It is a must read for the second book The Window and the King which is even more exciting. The main characters in this story felt a little distanced from the events around them but the author brings it off reasonable well.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Rats. They're everywhere: in the breadbins, dancing across tabletops, stealing pies from under the cooks' noses. So what does every town need? A good Piper to lure them away.

    David says: "The best of Prachett!!"
    "Rats and Cats"
    Overall

    This story deals with Rats. Both in the white/brown furry nature and in non-furry human type. It is a story abouts Cons and understanding self.

    This is a wonderful book for someone who just getting started with the Terry P as it doesn't depend on understand the rest of Discworld to enjoy. The characters are enjoyable, well deveopled and a light refection of the world.

    The reader has a good clear understand English voice as does a lovely job of give each charater there own voice in the story.

    DL and Share with the family for a very enjoy afternoon(s). :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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