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Heather

San Francisco, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Half-Made World

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Felix Gilman
    • Narrated By Tamara Marston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    The world is only half made. What exists has been carved out amidst a war between two rival factions: the Line, paving the world with industry and claiming its residents as slaves; and the Gun, a cult of terror and violence that cripples the population with fear. The only hope at stopping them has seemingly disappeared - the Red Republic that once battled the Gun and the Line, and almost won. Now they're just a myth, a bedtime story parents tell their children, of hope.

    John says: "best of the subgenre"
    "Intriguing blend of Steampunk and Western."
    Overall

    I was quite intrigued to listen to The Half-Made World after reading io9's review that begins with:

    "Sick of predictable books that fill your subgenre bingo card with the same subgenre elements over and over? With The Half-Made World, Felix Gilman has blended elements from alternate history, Steampunk, Westerns, and epic fantasy to create something truly original."

    It does take a few chapters to get this new world storted out, but once hooked, I found myself quite loathe to stop listening. I hope to read more of the Half-Made World.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Welcome to Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (976)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (540)

    Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in Temptation.

    Diana says: "Crusie at the top of her game"
    "A great listen"
    Overall

    Welcome to Temptation is on my list of top listens for 2009. It was laugh out loud funny (which was somewhat problematic during a crowded commute).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Look Down

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor, Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (73)

    Lucy Armstrong is a director of television commercials who's just been recruited to finish a four-day action-movie shoot. But she arrives on the set to discover that the directing staff has quit, the makeup artist is suicidal, the stars are egomaniacs, the stunt director is her ex-husband, and the lead actor has just acquired as an adviser a Green Beret who has the aggravating habit of always being right.

    S says: "Recommend for Cruisie fans"
    "big crusie fan, but the narration is horrible."
    Overall

    I've a strong stomach for most things, but if you're interested in this book, please listen to the sample first. The two voices don't bridge to one another at all and it's very hard to follow the plot. I've given up.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Areas of My Expertise

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Hodgman
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1081)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (327)

    In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas of My Expertise is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Although best sellers such as Poor Richard's Almanack and The Book of Lists were certainly valuable, they also were largely true.

    Margot says: "Wow!"
    "Laugh out loud funny!"
    Overall

    Mr. Hodgman has brilliantly adapted his book into an audio version, that in my mind, suprasses the original. His reading and interaction with musician Jonathan Coulton, who performs all of the state theme songs, is not to be missed. If I could give this book more stars, I would.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2048)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (478)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "please feed the narrator!"
    Overall

    i found the rumbling stomach noises to be very distracting. otherwise, i wanted to like this book as i've enjoyed previous, but if felt very preachy and unbalanced.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5024)
    Performance
    (1540)
    Story
    (1561)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "absolutely brilliant"
    Overall

    the entire trilogy is amazing and the dramatization by such a varied cast brings the book to life. blows harry potter off his broom!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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