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SkyTigress

SkyTigress

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  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4069)
    Performance
    (2616)
    Story
    (2643)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "How Science can be both evil and wonderful at once"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I would say this should be a required reading for all high school students.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story of Deborah Lack's search and discovery of what happened to her mother and sister is heart-wrenching, at times bittersweet, astonishing or grotesque. It is made all the more amazing as Deborah tries to understand the advanced science behind an eternal cell line and tries to reconcile this with her Christian believe in resurrection and heaven. As you read, you experience not only current medical knowledge and high tech labs, but also the struggles of African Americans as second class citizens after slavery ended. The story of how Henrietta's life, morals and family were treated so brusquely (ignorantly?) by scientists while they used her cancer cells to protect millions of people from polio and begin the entire field of cell biology research is the sort of real life story that you only read about as fiction.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divine Misfortune

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (347)

    Teri and Phil had never needed their own personal god. But when Phil is passed up for a promotion - again - it's time to take matters into their own hands. And look online. Choosing a god isn't as simple as you would think. There are too many choices; and they often have very hefty prices for their eternal devotion: blood, money, sacrifices, and vows of chastity. But then they find Luka, raccoon god of prosperity. All he wants is a small cut of their good fortune. Oh - and to crash on their couch for a few days.

    Amazon Customer says: "Office Space rewritten by Disney"
    "A delightful, fun read"
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    Performance
    Story

    This is a wonderfully fun read for a rainy afternoon. Martinez throws you into a story where old world gods can be "signed up for" via the internet, and can end up crashing on your couch like uninvited college friends.

    This is definitely a comedy. Don't be put off by the Goddess of Heart-Break. Her melancholy quickly becomes the funniest part of the story, in my opinion. :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Among Others

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (725)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (625)

    Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

    Eoin says: "Subtle Character Piece"
    "Book Reviews + Fairies"
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    This book is, to be frank, a bit slow. I like this in an audiobook, so it didn't bother me.

    It is written in first person: the diary of a young 15 year old girl in the late 70s in England. Mostly, we hear of her day to day problems at school, finding friends, and what books she is currently reading.

    Interspersed with this are her stories of fairies, strange creatures that only a few people can see, and her battles with her mother, who is an evil witch, while our main protagonist in a good witch.

    I'm not sure if I would have loved this book when I was 15 or not. The protagonist resonates with my idea of my childhood bookworm days, but at that age, I would not have been able to catch many of her references to famous scifi ("SF") and fantasy writers. As it stands, I still didn't catch many of the references. I personally often felt as if these references were overwhelming the story.

    That being said, it's an enjoyable read, even if it is extremely sad at times, as our protagonist talks about her experiences with her dead twin sister in a matter of fact tone. I certainly finished the book with a long list of additional books that I want to read.

    The voice actor, Kellgren, is a great deal of fun, and while at times the way she says "actually" and other words becomes a bit much, it's too much in a fun way, with her wonderful accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paladin of Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1396)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (574)

    Three years have passed since the widowed Dowager Royina Ista found release from the curse of madness that kept her imprisoned in her family's castle of Valenda. Her newfound freedom is costly, bittersweet with memories, regrets, and guilty secrets, for she knows the truth of what brought her land to the brink of destruction. And now the road, escape, beckons...A simple pilgrimage, perhaps. Quite fitting for the Dowager Royina of Chalion.

    Madeleine says: "Superb"
    "To be honest I preferred "The Curse of the Chalion"
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    This book is very enjoyable, our main character is fantastic, the gods return with a joyful vengeance and all around this is a delightful read. To be honest, the plot was a bit transparent and left me a wanting a little more mystery in comparison to "The Curse of the Chalion". Pick this up for the character and world development, not the plot. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hallowed Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (251)

    The half-mad Prince Boleso has been slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile. It falls to Lord Ingrey kin Wilfcliff to transport the prince to his burial place and to bring the accused killer, Lady Ijada, to judgment. The road he travels with his burden and his prisoner is fraught with danger. But in the midst of political chaos, magic has the fiercer hold on Ingrey's destiny, and Ijada herself may turn out to be the only one he dares trust.

    Rose says: "Magic and Kingship in the Land of the Five Gods"
    "Prepare to get a little weirder"
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    I really enjoy this author. The fickle gods are fantastic. This particular book is disconnected from the previous two, but you are dealing with your strongest protagonist of the three. In a way, this is very enjoyable. The story ambles a bit, but don't worry, it finishes with a flourish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ambassador's Mission: Traitor Spy Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (246)

    Sonea, former street urchin, now a Black Magician, is horrified when her son, Lorkin, volunteers to assist Dannyl in his new role as Guild Ambassador to Sachaka, a land still ruled by cruel black magicians. When word comes that Lorkin has gone missing Sonea is desperate to find him, but if she leaves the city she will be exiled forever, and besides, her old friend Cery needs her help.

    breckoz says: "Been a While"
    "Not sure if its stories or me..."
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    This trilogy starts out very weak, although the next book gets a little better. The characters are difficult to believe, being very transparent and untroubled with 'darker' thoughts. It's also a bit of a 'journey' story, which I love, but this one is not particularly engaging.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Paul J. Zak
    • Narrated By Paul J. Zak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Human beings can be so compassionate - and yet they can also be shockingly cruel. What if there was a hidden master control for human behavior? Switch it on and people are loving and generous. Switch it off and they revert to violence and greed. Pioneering neuroeconomist Paul J. Zak has discovered just such a master switch, a molecule in the human brain. The Moral Molecule is a firsthand account of this discovery, revealing how evolution built the Golden Rule into our biology.

    Douglas says: "A Codicil Is Necessary..."
    "Absolutely Facinating"
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    The title about sums it up. It will change the way you think about love, sex and the way other people treat you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rogue: The Traitor Spy Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (180)

    Living among the Sachakan rebels, Lorkin does his best to learn about them and their unique magic. But the Traitors are reluctant to trade their knowledge for the Healing they so desperately want, and while he assumes they fear revealing their existence to the world, there are hints they have bigger plans. Sonea searches for the rogue, knowing that Cery cannot avoid assassination forever, but the rouge's influence over the city's underworld is far greater than she feared. His only weakness is the loss of his mother, now locked away in the Lookout.

    Joe says: "Good addition, but not extra-ordinary"
    "Better than The Ambassador's Mission"
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    While this is better than The Ambassador's Mission, it's still a read for a day that you REALLY don't want to think. The plot is blatantly obvious, with the only twists and turns being "When is this thing that is obviously going to happen, going to happen?" That being said, I will probably get the next book, because I am addicted to the characters, and the ending on this book left me wanting to know who is going to die. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2054)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (881)

    Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.

    Randy says: "Terrific Trilogy"
    "Comedy to serious discussions on understanding"
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    Any additional comments?

    This trilogy is fantastic. My colleague insisted that I read it, since she loved it so much when she was younger. Her recommendation held true. We are introduced into a world where three characters firmly hold on to their independence and arrogance until they discover that they must work together to save their worlds. Jonathon Stroud spins a delightful tale, where we laugh at the follies of arrogance, consider the cyclic nature of the underclass rebelling against a domineering masterclass and see three very different people shed their own prejudices to work together.

    All wrapped into a delightfully funny tell about a snotty young boy who summons a demon in an alternate timeline in early 1900 London. Good fun even for the advanced reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wizard of Mars: The Ninth Book in the Young Wizards Series

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Diane Duane
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    While young wizards Kit and Nita investigate the mystery of the Red Planet’s long-lost inhabitants, life suddenly emerges again to shake Mars with its own perilous and baffling brand of magic. Kit’s long-standing Martian fascination ensnares him in a terrible, age-old conflict—making him a key to its solution or a tool for destroying humans. As Nita searches for Kit, she soon finds herself battling an implacable foe.

    SkyTigress says: "Everything my nerdy brain wants in a fantasy book."
    "Everything my nerdy brain wants in a fantasy book."
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    If you could sum up A Wizard of Mars in three words, what would they be?

    Mars, Mars, MARS!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Kit and Nita from her previous books. This story expands Kit's character, and as always, I love his geeky nature. In this book, be becomes obsessed with Mars (as Diane Duane obviously has) and we are delighted throughout his adventures with true facts about current Mars discoveries and references to past classics about Mars integrated nearly seamlessly into Duane's fantastic Wizardly world.


    Any additional comments?

    Diane Duane always gives me everything I imagine would be true if two young geeky kids from a normal high school were suddenly thrown into wizard world similar to and yet delightfully different from Harry Potter. While J.K. Rowling expands the fantastical and ironical in "real world" scenes, Diane Duane emphasizes the realistic.

    For instance, the opening scene introduces Kit, sitting in a high school history class a week before school lets out for the summer with the air conditioning broken. Having sat in a few classes high school classes as a student teacher this past semester where this was just the case, I completely commiseration with him, and his sneaky use of wizardry to fix the problem when he thinks the teacher isn't looking.

    In addition, Diane Duane gives us a delightful ride in her classic world where wizards are real people, hiding their abilities from their non-wizard friends, dealing with day-to-day problems while fighting "The Lone Power". If you have not read her other books in this series first, I highly recommend that you do. In "A Wizard of Mars," we are thrown into a scenario that emphasizes the similarity of her story premise to that of C.S. Lewis' "The Space Trilogy," without the heavy Christian overtones in Lewis' books. And his books are not the only Mars books that she references in delightful and comic ways!

    Diane Duane never seems to fail at making me laugh, cry and think, even when these stories are directed at a high school audience and I am much older than this! :) I just wish Audible provided more than just her Young Adult books, I'm dying to read some of her newer work!

    Oh, and one last thing about Christina Moore's performance: Don't worry, the wizard dinosaur's speaking parts are over soon. You can make it through them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (303)

    After many years, dragons have hatched again outside the ancient city of Cassarick. But something is wrong with the creatures; each is inferior or weak in some way, and many die. Tending these stunted dragons has left the people of the surrounding area weary. The Traders Council, the city's leadership, fears that if the Rain Wilders stop providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures will rampage and destroy Cassarick.

    Deborah says: "Read Live Ships first!"
    "An intriguing story devolves into matchmaking"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dragon Keeper the most enjoyable?

    I still love Ann Flosnik. Her melodramatic reading makes me giggle at points. Of course, she's not for everyone. My co-worker listens to her readings at 2x speed to reduce the melodrama. XD


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story starts out with a great premise: The serpents that were led to the cocooning ground hatched... but they are deformed (From Robin Hobb's delightful Liveship Trader's Triolgy). This story starts with the "leftovers"... this is the story of people and dragons that the cities no longer want.


    Any additional comments?

    This is book one of what I suppose will become a 4 part series. I have just finished "City of Dragons" and I must say I'm very disappointed in this story. Perhaps my standards were too high after The Liveship Traders trilogy, but the suspense is just not present for these books, and the plot line is simultaneously too direct and straightforward for our main characters while not giving enough information about some of the subplots that suddenly appear in the third book. We also do not have the delightful tension of our characters walking the knife's edge of good and evil that made The Liveship Traders trilogy so enjoyable. Also, Robin Hobb's editor has not caught all of her repetition. She repeats story lines and conversations to an exasperating degree in these books so far.

    All that being said, if you are looking for a very simple, direct, feel good sort of book, this one is for you. Also, if you love her other books and want to know what happened, these books have some key updates on the lives of the main characters in The Liveship Traders.

    For myself, I will probably listen to the next installment of the story on a rainy day when it comes out, but I will not eagerly await its publishing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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