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Boppie

There's always something to read in my purse

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  • The Incrementalists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Brust, Skyler White
    • Narrated By Ray Porter, Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (161)

    The Incrementalists - a secret society of 200 people with an unbroken lineage reaching back 40,000 years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations, races, and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, just a little bit at a time. Their ongoing argument about how to do this is older than most of their individual memories. Phil, whose personality has stayed stable through more incarnations than anyone else’s, has loved Celeste - and argued with her - for most of the last 400 years.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Almost Speechless"
    "WARNING: NOT SCi-Fi. Love Story In Disguise. Meh."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book is being sold as a secret society molding human history through the mists of time/sort-of time travel story, when in fact it's just another 'we were meant for each other' sappy love story with a thin veneer of 'we have this amazing way of transferring memories from one human consciousness to another over the last 40,000 years, but that's just a plot device.' SOOOO disappointing. I kept listening waiting for the good stuff to kick in, and it never does. I don't know who decided on this bait and switch marketing approach but it's really lame.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration isn't awful.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No way.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Skippy Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Murray
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
    Overall
    (1483)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (889)

    This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

    Laura says: "Funny, touching, entertaining"
    "I love accents!"
    Overall

    I love good value for my credit, but at 3 parts and umpteen hours, this was just a little bit long. I liked the structure - we already know Skippy dies - and I liked the alternating POV between 2nd and 3rd person - a nice change of pace - but some parts were just a little verbose. All in all, a very touching story about 14 year olds and former 14 year olds. [And the Bethany song is so funny - better lyrics than some you hear on the radio!]

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2322)
    Performance
    (1126)
    Story
    (1142)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "WOW!"
    Overall

    I loved this book, even more than I have enjoyed others he's written. The narrator is great, the story is witty and funny, and I wanted it to be longer!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Side of the Moon: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (261)

    Susan Michaels was once the hottest reporter on the Beltway Beat until a major scandal ruined her life and left her writing stories about alien babies and Elvis sightings. Life as she once knew it is over, or so she thinks until she gets a lead on the biggest story in town: The Seattle Slayer. She heads to the local animal shelter, expecting a tip on the latest rash of killings. Instead, she gets a story about the mayor feeding citizens to a ring of vampires. Yeah, just another day in her life.

    Amazon Customer says: "Abridged? Butchered!"
    "Great! Sexy! Exciting! And on audio!"
    Overall

    I am soooo excited to see that Sherrilyn's books are now on Audible! I love them, but know that I will only get to read them when I have 3 hours at a time - because I can't put them down. Now I can listen - and my only complaint is that it 'listened' as fast as they usually read. I wanted it to last longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Trade

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Jo Anderson, Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    From the best selling author of the Song of Ice and Fire series, comes this chilling story of a werewolf. A string of grotesque killings strikes a small town, and private detective Randi Wade is reminded of her father's death over 20 years ago...

    Tom says: "Well done Werewolf tale"
    "It's not Song of Ice & Fire, but still good"
    Overall

    If you are looking for something similar to the A Song of Ice and Fire series, you will not be happy. But, if you like the werewolf/vampire/supernatural and also hard-boiled mystery stories, then you will enjoy this.
    I wouldn't say that the narration enhanced the book, but it didn't detract either, which can happen in many disappointing instances here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Artifact

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patrick Astre
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (105)

    Deep within a heavily guarded compound of the Brookhaven National Laboratory lies the nation's most protected secret: an active alien artifact. Estimated at several millions of years old, impervious to all efforts to penetrate its secrets, the artifact taunts researchers with bursts of mysterious radiation that may be efforts at communication.

    Richard A. Bamberg says: "Mystery of the Year?"
    "I wish I had read these reviews before..."
    Overall

    wasting a credit on this book. I guess it could have been worse, but it would take a while to decide exactly how.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stonehenge Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jack Williamson
    • Narrated By Harlan Ellison
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    A dark mystery has been buried beneath the sands of the Sahara for eons. In a basement in New Mexico, four poker buddies find reason to believe that a startling secret is out there, and these four amateur adventurers are about to uncover it.

    Matthew says: "Can you say useless wonder?"
    "This book is appallingly awful"
    Overall

    Do not buy this book - the narrator is painfully and ridiculously melodramatic, and that doesn't help - but the story itself is just rancid. I guess if you were looking for an example of poor narrative, characterization, and repetitive exposition, you have found a gem.
    I wouldn't have given it any stars, but I guess you can't do that here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Jester

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Neil Dickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (120)

    Hugh De Luc, a poor innkeeper, returns home from the First Crusade wearied from battle and disillusioned by carnage. After journeying from the Holy Land back to his own small village, he finds his nightmare is just beginning.

    Sheridan Race says: "Spellbound and engaged"
    "Ouch"
    Overall

    This is literally painful to listen to - do not waste a dollar or minute.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Moving Pictures: Discworld #10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (412)

    Cameras roll - which means the imps inside have to paint really fast - on the fantastic Discworld when the alchemists discover the magic of the silver screen. But what is the dark secret of Holy Wood hill? As the alien cliches of Tinsel Town pour into the world, it's up to the Disc's first film stars to find out...

    Timothy says: "Funny and smart. Escapism at its best."
    "Great as usual"
    Overall

    Nigel Planer adds a whole layer to this book that I didn't do while reading it. I am usually reading so fast that I miss some of the smaller details, such as the accent that Rock and Morrie have. It's the same as Fat Bastard from Austin Powers, and I would never have 'read' it that way from the printed text.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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