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Lisa

Birmingham, AL, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Turn Coat: The Dresden Files, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (4189)
    Performance
    (2920)
    Story
    (2927)

    The Warden Morgan has been accused of treason against the Wizards of the White Council - and there's only one, final punishment for that crime. He's on the run, wants his name cleared, and needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog. Someone like Harry Dresden....

    Lisa says: "Worthy Addition To The Series"
    "Worthy Addition To The Series"
    Overall

    Fast paced. Excellent narration. And Harry Dresden is, as always, an appealing protagonist.

    It's possible to appreciate the book as a paranormal mystery stand-alone without a great deal of knowledge of what has gone on before. However, I think it helps to be familiar with the series as a whole since almost all of the characters in the novel were introduced in previous installments of the series.



    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    John S. Atherton says: "I give the book a five but I won't buy it..."
    "Ugh!"
    Overall

    One of the best summaries I've ever seen of this book was provided by a friend of mine: Who remembers what they had for dinner ten years ago? Every character in The Historian!

    The reader is presented with an endless list of extraneous detail, lots of travelogue, and very little plot. Dracula isn't remotely scary. The people investigating him are imbeciles. And in the end the thing that bothered me most was that they didn't all die! (Did I mention that Dracula was useless?) And I'd mention how Dracula's grand plan is laughably ridiculous but I wouldn't want to spoil what it is (just that it's laughably ridiculous).

    This one isn't worth the credits. Not even a little bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pompeii: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1169)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (253)

    All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared.

    Marty-Seattle says: "Brought my visit to Pompeii back to life"
    "Fun journey, ridiculous ending"
    Overall

    The climax of the novel veres into ludicrous territory, but the journey toward that climax is interesting and fast paced. On the whole I ended up as liking the story because most of it was involving. The climax is still ludicrous though.

    Good narration, however.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (935)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (207)

    Friedman brings a fresh outlook to the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy - both of which could poison our world if we do not act quickly and collectively. His argument speaks to all of us who are concerned about the state of America in the global future.

    Sean says: "Long, Flat, and Boring"
    "Informative but..."
    Overall

    Informative but a bit preachy. I appreciate much of the information provided, but something in the narration makes it seem a bit like the author standing on a soap box. Still, an informative listen if perhaps overly long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead in the Family: Advance First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (86)

    Charlaine Harris delivers the 10th novel in her number-one New York Times best-selling Sookie Stackhouse series, which has been adapted into the smash hit TV series True Blood. Finally settled with Viking vampire Eric, Sookie finds normalcy just as chaos surrounds her. Sookie’s former lover, Bill, her boss Sam, and even Eric are struggling with family problems. Then things get really interesting when the werewolves tell Sookie an ominous presence is lurking.

    Daniel says: "Why no pre-order ?"
    "Uh... yeah. Where do I get off?"
    Overall

    I know that this line of books has become incredibly popular due to the HBO Series True Blood. And I know that this is the signature book of Eric/Sookie fans. But I have to be honest and say that I just don't get it.

    By the time I reached the climax of the novel I forgot what the characters were even struggling over. That's not a good sign, is it? I'm not sure what the plot even was. I think maybe it was supposed to be Jason's disappearance, but that actually wasn't given much time in the novel. Was revenge for Eric being mindwiped? Was that it? I'm not sure. It involves a bunch of witches we barely meet whose motivations we hardly know.

    And it seemed to me that the whole point of the mindwipe was just to hook up Eric and Sookie in a way that demanded no actual investment in the pairing and no need to explain why the characters would get together other than "he/she is hot," so the 'romance' --such as it is-- fell really flat for me.

    Ultimately, it seemed like there was no 'there' there. People run around doing various things and it's over. I didn't find it to be involving. The plot is 'eh' to absent, the 'romance' is vapid and unromantic, and the point of all of it is mostly missing.

    Narration-wise, the overthetop southern drawl the narrator adopts makes this a fairly excruciating listen (an I'm actually from the South!)

    In the end, if I want a Sookie Stackhouse story, I'll stick to HBO where the writing seems to be aware that this is ridiculous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (1707)
    Performance
    (944)
    Story
    (946)

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Amazon Customer says: "Sci-fi Comdey of Manners"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    One of the best audio books that I've run across in quite some time.

    The story is a lighthearted romp with a time-travelling hero suffering 'time lag' (which bears striking resemblance to inebriation) sent back to do something somewhere... but, due to his time lag, he's not entirly sure that he knows what that is and only belatedly realizes that it involves a misplaced housecat, an absent-minded professor, a lost piece of hideous Victorian art, and a few romantic entanglements gone awry. With a hommages to Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Jerome K. Jerome along the way, the story is historical, comedy, time travel sci-fi, romance, and a mystery... with a bright heroine, an adorable dog, and a disappearing cat along for the ride.

    The narration is good throughout and the plot is lighthearted fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist and the Executioness

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi, Tobias S. Buckell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (321)

    It is a world where magic is forbidden – yet practiced in secret every day. But each small act of magic exacts a dreadful price – for it brings the bramble, which chokes farmland, destroys villages, and kills with its deadly thorns. In this world an alchemist believes he’s found a solution to the curse. But will the cure be worse than the disease? And a woman is forced to take up the mantle of her father, the Executioner. But it will not be the only death that she faces.

    Rand says: "Not What I Expected..."
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    One of the better audio books that I've listened to in quite some time. Both stories are fast-paced and interesting and both narrators do a great job with the material. Definitely worth the download.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Insatiable

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Meg Cabot
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    Sick of hearing about vampires? So is Meena Harper. But her bosses are making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn't believe in them. Not that Meena isn't familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you're going to die. (Not that you're going to believe her. No one ever does.)

    Lisa says: "Not As Amusing As I Had Expected"
    "Not As Amusing As I Had Expected"
    Overall

    It begins as an amusing satire of "Twilight" and of soap operas. And it ends on a fairly emphatic rejection of the "Twilight" phenomenon. Unfortunately, what's between the beginning and the end is a heroine being astonishingly stupid and both male romantic leads being obnoxiously sexist (in entirely different ways).

    The narrator is also a bit chirpy in her narration.

    There are better contemporary urban fantasy novels out there.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1732)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (730)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "Very Interesting!"
    Overall

    It's almost cliche to say 'this non-fiction reads like fiction', but this non-fiction is as fast-paced as fiction.

    It's interesting throughout, exploring not only Teddy Roosevelt, but also Roosevelt's son Kermit, and Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon.

    The narrator is unobtrusive and pleasant voiced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Archaeology and the Iliad: The Trojan War in Homer and History

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric H. Cline
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (45)

    The Trojan War, captured forever in Homer's epic poem the Iliad, resonates to the present day in the popular imagination. But did Troy actually exist? And if so, where is it located? Was the Trojan War actually fought? And why? In this course, professor Eric H. Cline examines the history of Troy and delves into the archaeological discoveries that help to answer the questions above. Through an incisive analysis of known data, Professor Cline provides a fuller, richer understanding of this historic clash.

    Nathan says: "I can see the windy plains of Troy"
    "A Wonderful Listen"
    Overall

    Cline covers a lot of ground, not only the history of the Iliad but also the questions surrounding Homer, the histories of the archeologists and archeological digs that have searched for Troy, and the questions that archeology and study have yet to answer.

    Cline is a pleasant, interesting lecturer that makes the subject matter both intriguing and accessible to the listener.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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