Wonderful Vintage Mystery.
A proposal to end all marriage proposals.
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.
Something fishy is going on at the New York Aquarium
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).
The "Watch" verse, where those who champion the forces of light "The Night Watch" and the darkness "The Day Watch" and the balance "The Inquisition" are as always, drawn into conflict in an eternal struggle for power that results, as always in balance of a kind. And perhaps in this case forgiveness?
And Merlin. Who is very cool.
A beautiful tight series of the three interconnected stories where the Dark Ones and the Light Ones once again prove that most the differences between them are semantics. The real barriers are the ones between the Others and the rest of us.
I highly recommend the whole series, but this book in particular is top notch.
This story rejoins our characters a few days after the end of book one.
Once again Moon, is found trying to findhis place within Raksura society as the troubled colony of Indigo Cloud moves to it's new home, also it's old home, in the reaches. Once again Moon, and the Indigo Cloud Colony find that things are not going to be easy.
Another great story as Moon tries to work out what it means to be a Consort as well as a Raksura. The narrator does a good job of keeping the diverse characters straight and the wit of the characters comes through well.
Second books are often a disappointment. This one wasn't. Martha Wells builds on book one, deepening our understanding of the world and the characters, along with a great adventure and exploration tale in a world still full of wonders.
A wildly imaginative world (or three worlds, sky, ground and sea) is introduced in this first book the Raksura. We meet Moon a shape-shifter in hiding who is just trying to get along with the humanoids he's hiding among just as things are about to go wrong for him, again.
I really enjoyed this book, the characters are well drawn and interesting, the world is an extremely vivid one that seems to be truly alien and the story of a young man finding himself and his people is well told.
The first book of a great series.
I enjoyed this book. It's a good in-between story of Han and Leia between A New Hope and Empire strikes back, The characters we know are in character and the new ones are engaging a well told adventure story.
My Quibble and why "narration" was only two stars, Apologies to January LaVoy, who did a good job, but the audio version comes complete with blaster fire (and other special effect sounds). I don't need blaster fire sounds, that's what my imagination is for.
Very enjoyable children's book well read by David Tennant.
two minor quibbles,
Quibble the first, somehow I never imagined vikings with Scottish accents (this is a quibble the reading of the book shares with the movie)
Quibble the second, I wish there were some shield maidens, surprisingly few (human) girls in this.(Although flamingwyrm and horrorcow do OK).
On the whole though the book is fun and funny balancing both witty and silly and gross humor well. Looking forward to the next book
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.
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.
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.
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.
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