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Terry_Pat

Everett, WA, United States

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  • METAtropolis: Cascadia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois, Kate Mulgrew, Wil Wheaton, and others
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (462)

    This sequel to the Hugo and Audie Award nominated METAtropolis features interconnected stories by today’s top writers of speculative fiction – performed by a galaxy of Star Trek stars. As the mid-20th century approaches, the Pacific Northwest has been transformed - politically, economically, and ecologically - into the new reality of Cascadia. Conspiracies and secrets threaten the tenuous threads of society. And the End of Days seems nearer than ever.

    Stephen says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Excellent sequel to METAtropolis"
    Overall

    Even tho' a Sci-Fi fan, I had found METAtropolis disjointed, difficult to follow, and had to listen to the story 2x to establish a foothold on what Jay Lake was trying to accomplish. NOT SO with Cascadia.

    I found Cascadia entertaining, easy to follow (with the exception of Bull Dancers), most of the narration well done, even tho' for some of the narrators this is not a primary occupation, but most of all, the characters thoroughly engaging, realistic, so much so that I sort of hated to see some of the short stories stop. There was good interplay between the stories, but not so obvious that it felt like one long novel. It seemed clear that the authors had worked well together, with Jay Lake accomplishing some good coordination. It also takes place primarily in the geographic area where I live. .

    I heartily recommend the book to any Sci-Fi fan; it will probably appeal to most people interested in our country's future.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag: A Flavia de Luce Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (511)

    Flavia de Luce is a dangerously brilliant 11-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders. This time, Flavia finds herself untangling two deaths—separated by time but linked by the unlikeliest of threads.

    L says: "delightful!"
    "A precocious & talented sleuth!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Take the mind of Miss Marple (Agatha Christie), add in a pinch of Sherlock Holmes' penchant for the laboratory, and put it all into the body of an almost-eleven-yr-old, precocious & independent spirit of an English girl, and you've got Flavia de Luce! What a trip! Then, have it all narrated by the incredibly talented voicing of Jayne Entwistle, and you have the makings of a truly enjoyable read/listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The God of the Hive: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (992)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (634)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King enjoys immense popularity and a resounding chorus of critical acclaim for her exquisite mysteries. The God of the Hive continues the thread King began in The Language of Bees, in which Mary Russell and her famous husband, Sherlock Holmes, face trouble with Scotland Yard and the deadliest of adversaries.

    connie says: "Imaginative and engrossing listen"
    "What a pleasure... Both Author & Narrator!"
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    Story

    Having listened to many diverse audio books for many years, returning to a Laurie R. King novel is always a reward & pleasure... a real treat!

    And, while one certainly does not need to be a Sherlock Holmes fan, nor have listened to the previous story, "The Language of Bees" (which is much darker than previous novels), "God of the Hive" stands alone quite nicely.

    Several aspects of "God of the Hive" make this an exceptional story & superb listen:

    1. King's language skills: After listening to this (or any of her other novels), and absorbing her considerable skill with the English language & writing style, you will find many other mystery/suspense stories shallow & trite. Writing as her character, Mary Russell, her breadth & depth of verbal skills are like a breath of fresh air!

    2. Characterization: In the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes stories, the characters are so well-realized and created, that you really hate to see the story come to a close; much like leaving old friends. In this novel, Robert Goodman stands out as a truly unique & unpredictable character, one whose depths still leave much to plum!

    3. The Narrator--Jenny Sterlin: In the world of female narrators, there are few who come close to the quality & abilty of Ms. Sterlin. Not only is she an extremely capable narrator; in the King novels, she IS Mary Russell. She is quite at home in a variety of lnaguages & dialects. Simply put, she is a pleasure to listen to.

    If you have never listened to a Laurie King novel, especially in the Mary Russell series, this is a superb collection of stories to acquire. I eagerly await the next volume!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4381)
    Performance
    (2680)
    Story
    (2718)

    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 Sci-Fi Concept; Language is a bit trashy"
    Overall

    This is my first Hamilton book & in spite of the number of negative reviews, I found the story line fairly easy to follow, the characters well created for their roles. I will probably purchase the sequel to finish the story.


    I have 2 primary complaints:
    1. Considering the time frame of the story (mid-3rd millenium) and the obvious evolvement of the "humans," I found that the language, especially the gross profanity at times, really belonged more inthe late 20th & early 21st centuries. The language is simply not needed for the story to be successful. And the scene with Melanie searching for a new role in life & resulting in porno, is way over the edge--totally unnecessary--the F--- word grossly abused & tough on the listener!


    2. As for narrator, Lohn Lee: John does an admirable job; and since the suthor is Britsh, his abuse of American names & words is understandable, not offensive. He handles large complicated terms & names well. My main complaint, which no one seems to have picked up on, is that his voice levels are really annoying. He has a bad habit of beginning a sentence very emphatically & almost immediately letting his voice intensity drop almost to speaking under his breath. So you have a choice of turning up your volume & getting blasted each time, or keeping it moderate & missing half the conversations! What is even more puzzling is that recording techniques could have easily resolved this issue, using sound suppressors, etc.


    In spite of all this, it is a story worth listening to; I just wish the author would have used more discretion in the overuse of gratutitous profanity.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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