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Jack

Seattle, WA, United States

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  • 5 reviews
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  • 62 titles in library
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  • Leviathan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1213)
    Performance
    (946)
    Story
    (948)

    It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

    Ryan says: "entertaining"
    "Fantastic adventure"
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    This was my first Scott Westerfeld book. I was a bit worried about getting into a kids book, even though all the reviews said it was a good adult book as well.

    And, indeed - it's funny & intelligent, and although the characters are young they don't act like bratty little kids.

    I loved the world that is invented with the beasties and cray walking machines. The adult characters are a little flat in comparison to Deryn and Alek, and sometimes seem to behave in crazy ways just to drive the plot, but those are are minor complaints. You will be drawn into the story and barely notice.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3392)
    Performance
    (2807)
    Story
    (2813)

    Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

    Melinda says: ""All Aboard!""
    "Winning Reacher story"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes! I loved this plot. One of the best Reacher mysteries in a while.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh in a few places. Loved the narration.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Boneshaker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, Kate Reading
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (676)

    In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

    Tracey says: "Doesn't live up to potential"
    "Good listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this. It's a highly original story with great characters.


    What other book might you compare Boneshaker to and why?

    This fits in with the other 2 books of the Clockwork Century trilogy. Love that there are 3 great books with strong women lead characters who can care for themselves & kick some butt.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes in King Station were creepy but so well brought to life! I will never go through that station again without thinking of the big fight there.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Goliath

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (528)

    Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek’s throne as Prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the Leviathan, continues to detour farther away from the heart of the war (and crown). And the love thing would be a lot easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl. (She has to pose as a boy in order to serve in the British Airforce.) And if they weren’t technically enemies.

    The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic on board....

    Eileen says: "Wow!"
    "Outstanding finale!"
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    What did you love best about Goliath?

    I loved their visit to Japan the best. Deryn and Aleks eat noodles at a roving noodle cart, and that scene has stuck in my mind!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Well, the ending is left open so that there could be a sequel. Please, Mr Westerfeld, we'd like more Deryn and Alek!


    What about Alan Cumming’s performance did you like?

    He's hilarious and does such a funny job with the German accents.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have listened to the earlier two, you are already downloading this one! If you haven't, go download Leviathan and you'll soon be downloading this one as well. ;)

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Behemoth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (557)
    Story
    (554)

    The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers. Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan's peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.

    James says: "More complications. More adventure. Well worth it!"
    "A nice follow up to Leviathan"
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    What made the experience of listening to Behemoth the most enjoyable?

    The incredible characters were the best part of Behemoth. All the folks in Instanbul who Deryn and Alek meet are pretty cool, and the rebellion which they ferment is well brought off.


    What other book might you compare Behemoth to and why?

    It fits right into the rest of the trilogy. Since each ends on a bit of a cliff hanger, you will want to listen to each one!


    Which character – as performed by Alan Cumming – was your favorite?

    i rather liked Volger - he's rascally & pretty cool as narrated here.


    Any additional comments?

    On to book 3!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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