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Reading Tyme

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  • The Art of War: The Strategy of Sun Tzu

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Mike Borris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (304)

    This timeless text is required listening for any business person or athlete interested in strategy. It includes a soundtrack entitled "The Mysterious Sound of Wind In the Bamboo", a 43-minute collection of Zen-inspired Japanese music by the Matsu Take Ensemble.

    Kwinsee says: "Surprise change"
    "Didn't need the music"
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    Any additional comments?

    a nice reading of the Art of War, but fully half the download is just music. Which seems like a waste of time/space/effort to me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappeared: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (274)

    Retrieval Artists help the lost find their way back home, whether they like it or not. Specialized private detectives, they investigate the most unusual crimes in the galaxy. But Miles Flint isn't a Retrieval Artist. He's just a cop, trying to do his job.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "Sprint finish.."
    "Enjoyed this book"
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    A surprisingly good novel, The Retrieval Artist is a fairly well written meditation on law v custom extrapolated to truly alien cultures (and that the aliens are truly "alien" is something I appreciate).

    What happens when Humanity has to co-exist with creatures whose laws are alien who insist that while humanity is on their territory they obey them? And of course to "human" eyes most of the laws (a first born child to be surrendered to the Aliens is the judgement of choice for one species, a kind of execution by torture another's) aew extreme overreactions. How do human law enforcement officials follow these directives, what if any options do the "criminals" have? To disappear is one.

    The book is well written and plotted and I enjoyed it overall. The one thing I could have wished would be a little more from the aliens perspective, trying to deal with people who (pretty much universally of the cases presented in the book) seem to think that ignorance of the law should be a valid excuse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Element of Fire: Ile-Rien Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    The kingdom of Ile-Rien lies in peril, menaced by sorcerous threats and devious court intrigues. As the weak King Roland, flattered and misled by treacherous companions, rules the country, only his ruthless mother, the Dowager Queen Ravenna, guards the safety of the realm. But now rumors arise that Urbain Grandier, the dark master of scientific sorcery, has arrived to plot against the throne. And Kade, bastard sister of King Roland, appears unexpectedly at court. The illegitimate daughter of the old king and the Queen of Air and Darkness herself, Kade's true desires are cloaked in mystery.

    Reading Tyme says: "A long time coming to audio."
    "A long time coming to audio."
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    I read this book when it first came out about 20 years ago, It has been my go to long trip book since then. A detailed and fascinating world built around the golden age of France, filled with political intrigues of the human and fairy worlds and engaging characters. It never fails to hold my interest.

    Highly Recomended

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Night Train to Memphis: The Fifth Vicky Bliss Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (100)

    While on an all-expenses-paid cruise down the Nile, Vicky takes on a new case involving a plot to rob the Egyptian museum. With Sir John Smythe, reformed jewel thief and Vicky's lover, the prime suspect, she prepares for shipboard romance and a dash of intrigue.

    Judith says: "Vicky's Egypt trip is fun for Amelia fans"
    "Vicky Bliss in Egypt"
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    This is a nice reading of Night Train to Memphis by Elizabeth Peters, The story is a potboiler of archaeological intrigue that is witty and comes with some entertaining and attractive characters, I do prefer the version read by Kathleen Turner (not available on Audible) but Rosenblat does a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Penguin Pool Murder: Hildegarde Withers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Palmer
    • Narrated By Julie McKay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    Although the Stock Market had crashed recently, it was too early for most people to predict that the Great Depression was about to get underway. For 39-year-old spinster schoolteacher Hildegarde Withers, it’s business as usual. And part of her usual business is taking her class for an outing to the aquarium to see the penguins. Instead, she spots the floating corpse of Wall Street broker Gerald Lester and quickly realizes that Inspector Oscar Piper of NYPD Homicide isn’t up to solving this tricky case.

    Kathi says: "Absolutely delightful!"
    "Hildegarde Withers first adventure!"
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    If you could sum up The Penguin Pool Murder in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful Vintage Mystery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Penguin Pool Murder?

    A proposal to end all marriage proposals.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Julie McKay?

    Yes, (she reads all the other books in this series) but I wish she'd work on her male voices, she's got the main male character in this book sounding like a teenager who is recovering from laryngitis. not pleasant.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Something fishy is going on at the New York Aquarium


    Any additional comments?

    I've loved this book since I first read it in my teens. I never dreamed it would be available on audible, I almost didn't think to search for it. The story is the same as it was in 1930, Hildegarde and Oscar Piper are together in their first mystery, where something awfully fishy is going on at the New York Aquarium. Where there are love triangles, puns, fish, hatpins, penguins, Piper's (pied and otherwise) and a marriage proposal to end all marriage proposals. My only gripe is that the narrator, who does a good job with most of the characters does NOT do what I consider to be a good interpretation of Oscar Piper, who sounds like a disgruntled 13 year old, not an inspector of police. In my head he always sounded like Gene Hackman (Or James Gleason once I got to see the movies).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2042)
    Performance
    (1399)
    Story
    (1415)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    MJP_MD says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "A change in tone halfway through"
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    Would you try another book from John Ringo and/or Mark Boyett?

    No


    What was most disappointing about John Ringo’s story?

    There is a change in tone halfway through that is disconcerting it goes from being a very nicely worked out and funny story to a a tedious and long winded description of orbital physics.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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