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Sarah

BLOOMINGTON, IN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Kraken

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (268)

    With this outrageous new novel, China Miéville has written one of the strangest, funniest, and flat-out scariest books you will read this—or any other—year. The London that comes to life in Kraken is a weird metropolis awash in secret currents of myth and magic, where criminals, police, cultists, and wizards are locked in a war to bring about—or prevent—the End of All Things.

    Caveat Emptor says: "A New Favorite Author"
    "Couldn't stop lisitening"
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    Once this book got started I couldn't stop listening. I found myself offering to do yard work and things around the house that would mean I could listen to a little more. The plot is excellent. The characters are both complex and incredibly creepy. Mieville creates this world that is just a tiny bit strange and those little things make all the difference. It's believable enough that it's even scarier. Fascinating, fast paced, and keeps you guessing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dimension of Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (427)

    Dimension of Miracles is a satirical science fiction novel first published by Dell in 1968. It's about Tom Carmody, a New Yorker who, thanks to a computer error, wins the main prize in the Intergalactic Sweepstakes. Tom claims his prize before the error is discovered and is allowed to keep it. However, since Tom is a human from Earth without galactic status and no space traveling experience, he has no homing instinct that can guide him back to Earth once his odyssey begins - and the galactic lottery organizers cannot transport him home.

    Ronda Del Boccio, The Story Lady says: "Hilarious! - Could have been written this year"
    "Douglas Adams' predecessor"
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    It's hard to believe that this was written before Hitchhiker's Guide. All of the tropes that we ascribe to Adams are here. The weary time traveler, the morose robot, the finicky planet builder (Oh Slartybartfast!), and the cynical humor that leaves you chuckling after the book is over. It's a gem and I'm glad that Gaiman added it to his collection. Hodgman's narration is the icing on the cake.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mogworld

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Yahtzee Croshaw
    • Narrated By Yahtzee Croshaw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (510)

    In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about 60 years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all. On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds....

    Alyssa says: "Yahtzee learns to enunciate"
    "Funny and smart. If you like Pratchett..."
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    If you can get past the audio sounding like Croshaw recorded the book in his living room (I swear I heard a siren in the background a couple of times) you'll enjoy the book. It's witty, funny, touching, and has a plot that is worth unwinding to the end. Croshaw's narration is great and adds to the humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3611)
    Performance
    (1488)
    Story
    (1498)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "A great book even better by fantastic narration!"
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    Gaiman is an incredible writer and I've loved everything he's written. I didn't think he could get better than narrating his own books but Lenny Henry does an AMAZING job with this book. He does the accents perfectly, times the jokes just right, and conveys Gaiman's sense of myth and reality in a way that makes the audio version even more compelling than the print version.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Victoria Vanishes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated By Tim Goodman
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    One night, Arthur Bryant witnesses a drunken lady coming out of a pub. The next morning, she is found dead at the exact spot where their paths crossed. Even more disturbingly, the pub has vanished and the street has changed. Bryant is convinced that he saw them as they looked over a century before - is elderly detective losing his mind? Then it becomes clear that a number of women have met their ends in London pubs and the likeliest suspect seems to be a mental patient.

    Sarah says: "Another great Bryant and May"
    "Another great Bryant and May"
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    What did you love best about The Victoria Vanishes?

    As always, the story kept me guessing to the end without witholding clues or information


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bryant - he's sherlock but older and grumpier


    Which character – as performed by Tim Goodman – was your favorite?

    Bryant - Tim Goodman really makes the old man pop


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I looked for opportunities to listen to just a few more minutes, just a few more!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (616)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (547)

    Evil is most assuredly afoot - and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade... and a librarian. These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling - will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest...

    Suzanna says: "Great Steampunk - worth a listen"
    "A fun romp if a little predictable"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's a great beach or vacation book. It's fun, easy, and amusing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Phoenix Rising?

    The initial meeting between the two main characters.


    Which character – as performed by James Langton – was your favorite?

    Wellington Books. He's calm, academic, and yet funny.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a typical steampunk adventure. A fun brain break worth your time but don't expect anything insightful or surprising. Eliza (the heroine) is pulled right from any feisty romance novel. The male lead, Wellington Books, is a bit more interesting. It's brain candy.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Alex Grecian
    • Narrated By Toby Leonard Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (477)

    Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only 12 detectives - known as “The Murder Squad” - to investigate thousands of murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. When Walter Day, the squad’s newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in the Yard’s first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley.

    Debra says: "Enjoyable annoying book"
    "I want to listen but I can't stand the narration"
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    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator reads every single sentence in the EXACT same rhythm. After fifteen minutes it's grating. After 30 I turned it off. The story was interesting but I just couldn't overcome the tedious narration.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Snuff

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1582)
    Performance
    (1402)
    Story
    (1412)

    Sam Vimes is on a well-deserved holiday. But for the commander of the City Watch, a vacation in the country is anything but relaxing. The balls, the teas, the muck - not to mention all that fresh air and birdsong - are more than a bit taxing on a cynical city-born and -bred copper. Yet a policeman will find a crime anywhere if he decides to look hard enough, and it’s not long before a body is discovered, and Sam - out of his jurisdiction, out of his element, and out of bacon sandwiches (thanks to his well-meaning wife) - must rely on his instincts, guile, and street smarts to see justice done.

    Tim says: "Perfect Pratchett"
    "Excellent!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Snuff to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narrator is excellent and understands Pratchett's humor perfectly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vimes - in this book he reminds me of Barnaby from the Midsommer Murders, the old copper just trying to have a vacation.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Briggs – was your favorite?

    Tears of the Mushroom - -the goblin dialect is hilarious and the narrator reads it so well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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