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Petaluma, Ca, United States | Member Since 2015

  • 5 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 1309 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2015

  • The Last Hawk: Saga of the Skolian Empire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields

    When Kelric, a scion of the imperial family of Skolia, crash-lands his fighter on the off-limits planet of Coba, he figures it will be only a short time before he makes his way home. But he fails to account for the powerful matriarchy of Coba, the mistresses of the great estates who do not want the Empire to know about their recent cultural advances. First they take him prisoner. Then, one by one, the most powerful women on the planet fall in love with him!

    Stuart says: "Reader in a bit of a hurry"
    "Not sure what the otheres are thinking"

    I very much enjoyed this book, I can't understaqnd why most of the other reviews are so critical. This book like most of Catherine Asaro books are complex. She develops the Characters and no not every book has to be full of blood and guts to be interesting. I think this book like almost all of her books may not be as easy of a read as some but it is worth the investment. Excellent Job Catherine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Spirit Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Fiametta Beneforte dreamed of making beautiful and enchanted objets d'art, but alas her magician-goldsmith father was more likely to have her scrub the kiln than study magic. After all, it was a waste to train a mere daughter beyond the needs of the moment.... Thur Ochs dreamed of escaping the icy mines of Bruinwald. But the letter from his brother Uri arranging his apprenticeship to Master Beneforte was not the only force that drew him over the mountains to the Duchy of Montefoglia.

    Becca says: "On the whole, a disappointment"
    "Not her best work"

    My favorite author missed the mark here. I have read all that Lois McMaster Bujold has written and wonder why she went so far a stream here. A major disappointment based on her other books.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Harsh Cry of the Heron: The Last Tale of the Otori

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Julia Fletcher, Henri Lubatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    16 years of peace and prosperity have passed since Lord Otori Takeo united the Three Countries. Takeo and his beloved consort, Kaede, have three daughters and a happy family life. Their success has attracted the attention of the distant Emperor and his general, the warlord Saga Hideki, who covet the wealth of the Countries. Meanwhile, the violent acts and betrayals of the past will not lie buried, and other secrets will not stay hidden. Everything that Takeo and Kaede have achieved is threatened.

    Bruce says: "Fourth Book falls short"
    "Not worth it"

    I really enjoyed the first 3 books and this one was not in the same mold. It starts very slow gets better for a while and the ending is a bust. Save yourself the trouble.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crime Beat: A Decade of Covering Cops and Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Howard Samuel

    Before he became a novelist, Michael Connelly was a crime reporter, covering the detectives who worked the homicide beat in Florida and Los Angeles. In vivid, hard-hitting articles, Connelly leads the reader past the yellow police tape as he follows the investigators, the victims, their families and friends, and, of course, the killers, to tell the real stories of murder and its aftermath.

    William says: "Don't confuse with his fiction"

    I should have read the reviews first, it is not worth the trouble to lisen to even if someone gives it to you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Amazon Customer says: "Is this a joke?"
    "Audio is painful"

    The story starts slow and the sound quality is at times very poor. Not worth the $.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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