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Ethan

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Cambridge, MA, United States | Member Since 2000

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  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6907)
    Performance
    (6267)
    Story
    (6271)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "The point in the series where reach exceeds grasp"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Kevin Hearne and/or Luke Daniels?

    The first couple of books were a shallower, fun version of the Harry Dresden books. Here, Kevin Hearne decides that it is time to get serious, and his attempts to make his universe logically coherent, and, on occasion, to write poetically, are much less fun. The fact is, his universe doesn't really make a lot of logical sense, so trying to explain the delicate interactions of vampires, or werewolves, or Norse goods, is just annoying and feels tacked-on. Leave it to Neil Gaiman.


    Would you recommend Hammered to your friends? Why or why not?

    The first book - yes. The second - maybe. This one - no.

    Kevin Hearne can do fun pop references and monster slaying. He is not great at flowery writing and coherent world building. This book has far too much of the latter, and, as a result that makes all the weird choices made by the main character seem that much more jarring.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Great reading, great voices. The best thing about the book.


    Did Hammered inspire you to do anything?

    Become a 2,000 druid?


    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3092)
    Performance
    (2288)
    Story
    (2314)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "A dissenting opinion"
    Overall

    I just didn't love this book the way everyone else did, it was merely fine. I realize that, as a male, I am probably not the key demographic for this work, which contains hefty doses of romance, like any novel with vampires these days. However, the comedy-of-manners and romance subplots, played lightly as near-parody, actually ended up the best part of the book. The main plotline, for me, was pretty mediocre, and seemed to often spin out of Ms. Carriger's control.

    For example: there are a large number of gaping plotholes, many of which have the characters acting in odd ways; random characters appear and disappear frequently; and every chapter seems to have a deus ex machina. Again, the banter among characters is often charming, and Ms. Tarraboti is a winning creation, but, for me, the book's main action-oriented plot was way too awkward to make this a true winner, though I never felt that the (very well-read) audiobook was wasting my time, I am not eager to buy the next.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Planets

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dava Sobel
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    The sun's family of planets become a familiar place in this personal account of the lives of other worlds. Sobel explores the planets' origins and oddities through the lens of popular culture, from astrology, mythology, and science fiction to art, music, poetry, biography, and history. This intimate account is filled with fascination, beauty, and surprise.

    Ethan says: "Superb story of our changing views of the planets"
    "Superb story of our changing views of the planets"
    Overall

    This book is a tour of the nine planets that is equal parts mythology, history, and science. Ms. Sobel goes through each planet in order, discussing how it is has been seen throughout history, and what the latest scientific discoveries and theories about its origins and future might be. The stories she tells about the planets range from personal tales to historical or mythological incidents, and they are often highly lyrical. Mars is described from the perspective of a martian meteorite found in the Antarctic, while the tale of the discovery of Uranus is given through the letters of the sister of its discoverer. If you are looking for a hardcore science volume, you may want to look elsewhere, for though scientific facts abound, so does history and fables. If you liked Dava Sobel's other works (Longitude, etc.) or appreciate slightly more quirky non-fiction, you will like this. Wonderfully read and highly reccommended.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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