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Aging hippie

benson, AZ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Fly by Night

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Frances Hardinge
    • Narrated By Lesley Sharp
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    In a fractured realm, struggling to maintain an uneasy peace after years of civil war and religious tyranny, a 12-year-old orphan and her loyal companion, a large and homicidal goose, are about to become the unlikely heroes of a revolution.

    Brian says: "A Play of Names and Words"
    "One of My Favorite Audiobooks"
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    This book is one of two that I consider the best of audiobook entertainment. It is one of a few that I return to over and over to reread when I can't find something new. The narration is perfect.

    Even though Mosca Mye is a orphan child, she becomes embroiled in an adult conspiracy that dates back to her father's past. She travels with two companions, a goose (Saracen) and a con-man (Eponymous Clent). The goose is her protector; the con-man is her albatross. The plot unfolds into a real world conspiracy of national importance without hint of contrivance.

    It is an adventure comparable with Huckleberry Finn. The plot is engaging and satisfying. We are treated to a spunky preteen girl who is a complete person. She doesn't whine, she doesn't procrastinate, she just gets on with things. She makes mistakes; she is getting by with incomplete information, but she doesn't stop to worry. Life hasn't been kind to her so she deals with it. How refreshing. She could be compared to Pipi Longstocking, but she is more grounded.

    The world building is superb. History, fable, and religion are fleshed out to provide a complete and satisfying back story. Names of people and places are entertaining in their own right, providing the perfect atmosphere of mythic importance.

    Don't miss the crocodile that protects the evil princess.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waistcoats & Weaponry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (160)

    Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style - with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what - or who - they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train.

    Morgan H says: "Couldn't stop smiling"
    "Little more than a Short Story Filler"
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    I do like the series, the setup and characters. But was disappointed in this installment. There is little plot, and missed opportunities. For instance there is a ball for Sophronia's older brother's engagement but the older brother and his intended don't get any story time. Instead we read about hours of dressing and gossiping. Then the engagement party is reduced to an opportunity for mischief and our cast of characters are off on balloon and train chases. The book substitutes chase scenes for plot development.

    Ultimately 3 characters face life altering decisions because they couldn't stay home and let adults take care of the problem of what will become of the Scotland werewolf pack. The book ends before they come near the pack. The plot really is that thin. They do discover a couple of clues but the plot is only advanced slightly.

    The best part is the fight with steel fans.

    If you want plot, wait for the next book. If you enjoy long expositions about a girls' school and who to love or not, with occasional daring do, read on.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Masked Ball at Broxley Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (437)

    A delectable prequel to the national bestselling Royal Spyness mysteries featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch—thirty forth in line to the throne, and England’s poorest heiress. At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man—until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Strident narration, shallow story"
    "Strident narration, shallow story"
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    This is THE story of the first encounter with the mysterious, unavailable male romantic lead, and it is too tedious. Author should have reserved it for full treatment in a prequel. As a short story it does not add to the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Among the Living: PsyCop, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jordan Castillo Price
    • Narrated By Gomez Pugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (118)

    Victor Bayne, the psychic half a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who's more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves. He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or "Stiff") from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner's retirement party, and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer surfaces who can change his appearance to match any witness' idea of the world's hottest guy.

    Jesi Lea Ryan says: "Perfect narrator for one of my favorite books!"
    "Want more of this series"
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    Rather than write a book report, I'll just say that I hope to see more of this series, in longer books. Enjoyed the story, enjoyed the premise, enjoyed the performance. I particularly like the way the author included women as active characters as well as men. The author writes well, with nice descriptive text to set up scenes and flesh out characters. The reader could be a little more careful about doing a Latino accent but it was nice to hear him try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • StarFire: Vince Lombard, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mike Lee
    • Narrated By Jason Brenizer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (193)

    Captain Vince Lombard, G-Marine company commander, is tasked with tracking down a stray ship. The Alliance Military Ship StarFire has gone silent, and previous attempts to locate her have resulted in the loss of more ships. After two previous wars with xenospecies humanity bumped into while expanding into space, no one knows what might be the cause of StarFire's missing in action status.

    Douglas says: "Great Story--Well Read!"
    "Basic, Very Basic, Military SciFi"
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    I can't speak to the military aspect of the story - it sounds authentic albeit idealized. So, for the genre it is in, it is entertaining. The characters are enjoyable and varied stereotypes (good commanders, poor commanders, good sergeant, good tech guru, good pilots).

    But if you have any, Any, experience in space travel fiction, you will find the story rather thin. The battles read like WWII naval battles, where ships cruise back and forth near a harbor forcing the target ships to lay low and hide out. But Space is big, and it is three dimensional, so the same scenario is forced. They rush to portholes to see the enemy ship! Portholes on a troop carrier! They are "running silent" as in old submarine parlance, and apparently that means they can't even turn on a video feed.

    Also, you have to accept the premise that the very latest thing in battle cruisers doesn't have something as basic as video coverage in the corridors, allowing the invaders to wander about the ship undetected as long as no one sees them and radios back to command. No sensors of any kind are installed.

    Finally, while there is a rather obvious explanation for the mystery presented, it is NEVER dealt with. At the end of the book, no one knows who the enemy is! Presumably this plot issue will get some attention in the next books of the series. Readers can continue on if they like the characters, and they don't need much science in their science fiction.

    The author does write an entertaining book, and can write better books in the future.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 44 Scotland Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (435)

    The brilliant Alexander McCall Smith became an international sensation with his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels. His award-winning wit, made famous through that series, is fully on display in 44 Scotland Street.

    J. Rogers says: "Smith's answer to Maupin"
    "If you like soap operas...."
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    ...You will love this book. A constellation of characters are followed as they go through diverse lives with only the most tenuous of connections to each other. Nothing much happens of import in any of these lives; they are solely interesting in the many ways they are engaged in deluding themselves or others. All of them are middle class; no portrayals of poverty or super rich.

    Originally the content was published as serial installments in a newspaper. In that form, the reader could decide to not read some of the story lines if not interested in the characters. However the audiobook is split into 1 hour segments, so it is difficult to skip some stories to get on with the ones of interest.

    I was attracted to the premise of the questionable art piece but it is just one of many threads. There are stories of what expectations parents have of children, how children repay poor parenting, bad bosses, bad employees and indifferent friends. In general, there are lots of stories where not much happens. The reader must find everyday lives entertaining. As someone else mentions, most of the characters are basically shallow.

    Some of the stories interested me and some did not. I gave up and listened to the last hour to see how the art store thread was finished, and was disappointed.

    As for the reader, I did not enjoy the delivery. He trudges through the material and delivers most of the female dialogue as "uptalk" (a question tone ending each sentence). I don't know if that is an authentic Scottish accent for women, but found it painful to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City: Prologue: A Tor.com Original

    • UNABRIDGED (21 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By James MacKenzie
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Here is Old Man's War author John Scalzi's sendup of the heroic fantasy genre, now a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story.

    Lady says: "Wish I'd Read the Reviews"
    "Like they said, just a prologue"
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    Everyone that actually paid for this should be entitled to a free book. Come on, this chapter is just atmosphere; the story doesn't even get started. This teaser appears to be written to interest a publisher. Really not fair to expect readers to pay for what turns out to be a brief writing exercise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Martians, Go Home

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Fredric Brown
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Martians, Go Home,originally published in 1955, is a comic science fiction novel that tells the story of Luke Devereaux, a science fiction writer who witnesses an alien invasion of little green men. These Martians haven't come to Earth to harm anyone - just to annoy people.

    Amazon Customer says: "Entertaining Roots of Science Fiction"
    "Entertaining Roots of Science Fiction"
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    Remember when you read books for enjoyment? Return to a time when you could buy a working (for a while) car for $150. When you could live on $56 for 7 weeks. When a long distance phone call could cost over $100. And a week in a sanitarium cost $100.

    Also return to a time when a science fiction writer had a working grasp of engineering, and a sense of humor, and hope.

    Be amazed at a time when a writer would expect world powers to stop paying for armies because their citizens needed social services.

    Oh, well, just sit back and enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rock Chick

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Susannah Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (956)
    Performance
    (895)
    Story
    (905)

    Indy Savage is a former wild child (okay, maybe not so "former") and current used-bookstore owner. Lee Nightingale is a former bad boy and now runs a private investigation service. Toss together a quiet barista with a not-so-lawful side-business, a crazy Vietnam Vet, a pothead, a drag queen, family and friends who will not mind their own business, a few stun guns, and a bag of diamonds, and mix them all up with some shootings, a high-speed chase and car bombs exploding, then hang on for your first wild Rock Chick ride.

    karen says: "A Rockin story"
    "NOT Stephanie Plum"
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    There are characters and there are relationships - or failure to have relationships. For the first 3 chapters there is no a plot. There is no action. The first chapter tells us 3 people were shot at, but only tells us as a past tense aside. The action is not narrated. It is left to the third chapter to mention, not explain, why they were shot at. So by the fourth chapter we have not seen anything happen and only had brief, non-informative conversations.

    The first three chapters are used to set up the back story for introduction of an unavailable hot male. We now have a plot of "He said he wasn't interested", versus "Why is she avoiding me".

    The performance is adequate for the material provided but the writing and bland humor cannot carry this turkey. Avoid it.

    PS. Maybe the writer gets better in later books but I'm not interested in investing anymore time or money to find out.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Staying Dead: A Retrievers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laura Anne Gilman
    • Narrated By Emma Woodbine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    As a Retriever, Wren Valere specializes in finding things gone missing - and then bringing them back, no questions asked. Normally her job is stimulating, challenging and only a little bit dangerous. But every once in a while....

    Anne says: "Great Urban Fantasy!"
    "Readable book, Wrong Narrator."
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    I read this book in paperback maybe 3 years ago and liked it well enough to buy the rest of the series, so looked forward to hearing it in Audible.

    Mistake. The book narrated here seems like a different book then the one on paper. The narration makes that much difference.

    The reader sounds like she is 15 years old and reads the book as if it were a slightly amusing fairy tale - totally wrong for the book. In fact, the book is actually trivialized by the childish tone. It is hard to remember the characters are adults and the situations are dangerous. Murder, bullying, and racism sound more like high school hijinks when read by a child. Half way through the book it is mentioned that the story is set in New York. I was surprised because the tone of the reader had led me forget and assume it was Seattle. That is a sample of how much the book suffers from selecting a childish voice.

    (The narrator is actually good, for children's books.)

    The book was produced by Harlequin so apparently they think the teenage market would enjoy this voice. Adults will be looking for other entertainment. And the author will lose business.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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