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Carleton

Torrance, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4022)
    Performance
    (2350)
    Story
    (2388)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Great ideas in search of a plot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Pandora's Star better?

    This book and its sequel (really the second half of the story) are 2000 pages or 80 hours of setting and character sketches in search of a plot. I don't wont to spoil the story for those that want to slog through this, Hamilton had some great ideas for settings, technologies and characters and tried to string them together with a plot that was a variation on the


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Relief that I'd finally finished it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (907)
    Performance
    (658)
    Story
    (663)

    Lanik Mueller is a "rad" - radical regenerative - a freak who can regenerate injured flesh...and trade extra body parts to the Offworld oppressors for iron. On a planet without hard metals, or the means of escape, iron offers the promise of freedom through the chance to build a spacecraft. But it is a promise which may never be fulfilled, as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination.

    Barry says: "Entirely enjoyable"
    "I can see why this one sat on the shelf so long."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Treason? What did you like least?

    The story was pretty clunky. The characters were flat. This reads like what it was, an early effort that Card tried to fix up and publish. There's a good idea for a book in there somewhere, but this one would have fared better with a complete re-write.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3490)
    Performance
    (3253)
    Story
    (3248)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Great fun, again!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Lots of good sf/fantasy action here in an alternative history setting. The noir detective style lingo lends a good period touch, too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7361)
    Performance
    (6594)
    Story
    (6605)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "No sophomore slump here!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Hearne comes through again on this second installment. Great plot planning with good pacing and just the right blend of action and humor. This is a fun series if you're a fan of the genre.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Daniels does a great job with the narration and gets the accents and voices just right. Listens more like a dramatization than a pure audiobook. Lots of fun!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bearers of the Black Staff

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (465)

    Five hundred years have passed since the devastating demon-led war that tore apart the United States, leaving nothing but scorched and poisoned ruins, and nearly exterminating humankind. Those who escaped the carnage and blight were led to sanctuary by the boy savior known as the Hawk - the gypsy morph. In an idyllic valley, its borders warded by powerful magic against the horrors beyond, humans, Elves, and mutants alike found a place they believed would be their home forever.

    gardener97 says: "hard time finishing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    The story is a decent one for fans of the series and part of a bridge between Shannara eras. The narration is overdone. The female voices are particularly painful. The reader would bring my grade lower, except I enjoy the series. If you want to have the bridge story, borrow the dead tree version from your local library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orc King: Forgotten Realms: Transitions, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (266)

    An uneasy peace between the dwarves of Mithral Hall and the orcs of the newly established Kingdom of Many-Arrows can't last long. The orc tribes united under Obould begin to fight each other, and Bruenor is determined to finish the war that nearly killed him and almost destroyed everything he's worked to build. But it will take more than swords and axes to bring a lasting peace to the Spine of the World.

    Charles says: "More Drizzzt"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    Good reader. Don't buy this if you're new to the series though. I made this mistake and could not make it through the first segment.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Harsh Cry of the Heron: The Last Tale of the Otori

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Julia Fletcher, Henri Lubatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1231)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (418)

    16 years of peace and prosperity have passed since Lord Otori Takeo united the Three Countries. Takeo and his beloved consort, Kaede, have three daughters and a happy family life. Their success has attracted the attention of the distant Emperor and his general, the warlord Saga Hideki, who covet the wealth of the Countries. Meanwhile, the violent acts and betrayals of the past will not lie buried, and other secrets will not stay hidden. Everything that Takeo and Kaede have achieved is threatened.

    Bruce says: "Fourth Book falls short"
    "Uneven"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the readers in this one, though I did not think they were as strong as those who previously handled the series.

    Hearn once again shows an ability to create a wonderful setting and story premise. However, she once again shows an inability to conclude a plot line consistently with either the characters or the plot lines she has developed. There are many equally fine places for a story to end and Hearn chose one of them. She just did not get us there in a way that was true to the characters (one in particular) or a logical plot line. I am reluctant to use more detail for fear of spoiling the story.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6815)
    Performance
    (1577)
    Story
    (1615)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Huh?"
    Overall

    I am grateful to Audible for releasing this book. I thought it was well read and well produced.
    Also, because I "read" it while driving, I was actually accomplishing something. Had I read it the old fashion way the time would have been irretrievably lost, stolen from me by Dan Brown and this truly awful book.
    Brown violates every rule of suspense writing. He alternately makes the characters more knowledgeable than the reader. (They spend pages and pages--- hours----just spouting off on varioius inane theories and leaps of logic designed to do, who knows what!) Then, they miss clues that are so painfully obvious as to cast doubt on whether they are truly worth caring about. Plot twists without prior support abound. He also can't stop indulging in a cliff hanger at the end of every (almost every) chapter like he was writing a treatment for a made for TV movie.
    Finally, he seems to come from the school of writing that any point worth making, any metaphor worth making, is worth beating again and again until it's nothing but a pile of dust. Did someone run a word count on how many times the phrase "sacred feminine" was used?
    Obviously, some people liked it. I didn't. If you take my advice, you won't waste your money, and more importantly, won't waste 15 precious hours of your life on this book. That much of my life is gone and my only consolation is that at least I got to work and back several times in the process.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Charlotte Simmons

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Dupont University: the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition....Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina, who has come here on full scholarship. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.

    Leslie says: "I Am Charlotte Simmons"
    "I am Charlotte Simmons"
    Overall

    Don't read this one unless you are a die hard Tom Wolfe fan. It is Wolfe at his worst (or best if you're a fan).

    The reader was good. He's the only reason this one gets even a single star in my book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3568)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (905)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I was really disappointed in the substance of this book. If you set it some place other than in mid 20th century Japan, it would not have drawn any sort of notice.

    I also thought the reader was a very poor choice for this. She might have done a good job on some other material, someone who could at least come close to pronouncing a Japanese word would have been better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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