Schmidt takes leave to visit his home planet during the holidays. If this was a sitcom this would be the Christmas episode that inevitably comes around once a year, but Scalzi injects it with enough sarcasm and dysfunctional family dynamics to make Rosanne proud. William Dufris does a great job as usual.
This story is part of a collection of stories commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the tv series. There is one new short story for each of the Doctors. I was excited that two of my favorite authors Eoin Colfer and Derek Landry contributed to the series and they did not disappoint. Eoin Colfer wrote an adventure for the first Doctor that of course captured the feel of the original show but also added several twists of his own. The Doctor's interactions with the other characters are filled with Colfer's trademark humor, but he serves up some particularly satisfying plot twists at the end.
For fans of Colfer's Artemis Fowl series, there's also a moment when the Doctor says something that made me believe that the Doctor may have visited Artemis' universe in the past. It's a blink and you'll miss it moment that made me happy the app has a "replay" button since I had to listen again to make sure (grin.)
The story is about a Dad who goes out to get milk for the kids breakfast. He comes back without the milk, but he has a very good excuse. Dad starts to tell his kids the story of what happened to the milk and a lot of wonderful silliness ensues.
This was the most light hearted story I've ever read from Gaiman and he did a darn good job reading it. Five stars.
This was the perfect storm of a great story read by the perfect narrator. The story involves an examination of a small upper middle class neighborhood in Seattle and a Los Angeles couple who moved there years ago to raise their daughter. The Los Angeles couple is well known in the neighborhood due to the husband's high position at Microsoft and the wife's eccentric behavior. While trying to deal with their own long-brewing marital problems, they become a catalyst for other people's obsessive behaviors. The first half of the book was like a hilarious modern take on Peyton Place, but then the story goes off in a completely surprising direction following the disappearance of Bernadette, half of the Los Angeles couple.
Kathleen Wilhoite did a masterful job of creating unique voices for each of the crazy characters in the book. This was the first book I read which was narrated by Ms. Wilhoite, but I will be looking for other books read by her in the future.
Barbara Rosenblat is FANTASTIC. Yes, I'm using caps because she deserves them. The book was only okay for me. It had some good parts mostly to do with Goldy emotionally hitting rock bottom in her on-going divorce, but I did not like Goldy as a character. In the book, she came across as too stupid to live. But, when Barbara read the book she made me believe in Goldy. Instead of being a failed detective wanna-be, she came across as a real woman with all of her pain and confusion and imperfections.
A story of the first Doctor read by the Doctor's original sidekick, Carol Ann Ford. Carol played the Doctor's granddaughter Susan Foreman in the very first season of the show and here she reprises the character. These stories are straight forward adventure stories where the Doctor (almost) always saves the day. The straight forward nature of the story can make for a boring read, but having Carol narrate the story with all the drama of the tv series kicked this one up several notches. I'm glad I bought this and I plan to listen to it again.
This is not a book, but a recording of Jim Gaffigan preforming some of his best bits. Hid act is laid back, like he is, but go with it. Once he has you in going at his pace you won't be able to stop laughing. He hits all of the (sort of) high points of his life like Eating and Sleeping.
Tai, just as sassy as ever, gets herself in to another mystery involving an ex-boyfriend, white supremacists and Civil War re-enactments. Along the way, she ends up having to deal with several skeletons in her closet: her mixed feelings about a white supremacist uncle (she has a black best friend) and her past history as a Southern debutante. Tai and Trey were funny and sweet as usual, but this book had a more serious edge than the previous two due to Tai's issues with her family. But, that only made the ending more meaningful. The final chapter had some beautiful passages that had me teary by the end.
This is the fourth book in the series but the first that I listened to on Audible. I read the first 3 books and had a different "voice" in my head of what Flavia sounded like, which made it hard for me to listen to the narrator at first. However, she won me over completely with her reading.
The weakest part of the book for me was the story. I felt the mystery was not as well constructed as the previous 3 books. At the same time, I appreciated that the book managed to tie up some loose story lines from the previous books and gave further insights in to Flavia's family dynamics. The back and forth between Flavia's father and her sister's new boyfriend was hilarious.
5 stars for the narrator, 4 stars for the story.
Enzo and his family are targeted by a killer and he must go on the run with his entire family while trying to solve the identity of the hidden mastermind. They proceed to play an international game of cat and mouse across Europe and England with the killer always at their heels.
This was an exciting adventure in the mold of The Bourne Identity or The Da Vinci Code, where the hero must go on the run while trying to figure out hidden clues and motives. Each chapter brought another revelation while at the same time increasing the danger to Enzo and his family. The close proximity of his family also forced Enzo to deal with the conflicts in his own family, between himself and the oldest daughter that he abandoned and between the two sisters who grew up not knowing each other.
Simon Vance is back as the narrator in this story after having been absent for book 2 of the series and he does another outstanding job. He made it easy to follow the story despite the frequent changes in viewpoints.
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