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Connie

Science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...take me away!

Hope, BC, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • 29 reviews
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  • 221 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • Purple Hibiscus

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    In Purple Hibiscus, she recounts the story of a young Nigerian girl searching for freedom. Although her father is greatly respected within their community, 15-year-old Kambili knows a frighteningly strict and abusive side to this man. In many ways, she and her family lead a privileged life, but Kambili and her brother, Jaja, are often punished for failing to meet their father’s expectations. After visiting her aunt and cousins, Kambili dreams of being part of a loving family.

    Msafiri says: "Great Story"
    "Intrigued by the author"
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    I saw a TED talk by the author so decided to listen to one of her books. I understand this was one of her earlier books and it is a slightly unsophisticated view of what happens in abusive relationships. The author portrays the cycle of abuse and reconciliation well, but a bit naively. The reader provided realism through her voice and what I imagine was accurate reading of the parts in the character's native tongue. I do not usually read dark books (I work in health care and see enough tragedy in my work life) and I probably wouldn't have listened to it had I paid more attention to the topic.
    The writing is very good and I found myself smiling at the clever and thoughtful word choices. I hope there are other books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie that will be not quite as challenging in their content.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Irish Country Village

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (185)

    Welcome back to the village of Ballybucklebo. Come and say hello again to Dr. O'Reilly's odd-as-two-left-feet patients; his housekeeper, Mrs. "Kinky" Kinkaid; and O'Reilly's pets: Arthur Guinness, the beer-swilling black Lab, and Lady MacBeth, the demonically possessed white cat. And of course, to young Dr. Barry Laverty. After Barry's first month as an assistant to crusty Dr. O'Reilly, he has been offered a permanent spot. But Laverty's excitement is dashed when one of his patients unexpectedly dies.

    N. Murdock says: "Such fun!"
    "Same themes different time of year"
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    The story continues in book 2 with additional characters, ongoing plot lines and familiar conflicts. Satisfying if a bit repetitious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2620)
    Performance
    (1853)
    Story
    (1891)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    far_to_go says: "Annoying music"
    "Absent a denouement..oh right, a series…."
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    Dystopian future, parents who cheerful euthanize newborns…this is not a pleasant book and I would choose the "youth fiction" audience for it carefully and only after I'd read it. I was perturbed about the lack of a denouement and then I realized it was a series. I still don't think that excuses just ending with a hopeful sentence or two. Well written for sure and well narrated but didn't sit well with me. I guess this book is the grandmother of the Hunger Games books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Irish Country Doctor: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (425)

    Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice.

    Lavonne says: "Delightful Entertainment"
    "All Creatures Great and Small with an MD"
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    Very enjoyable story of a new doctor's introduction to rural Ireland and being a physician in a small village. Reminiscent of "All Creatures Great and Small" in an endearing way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Airman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    In the 1890s Conor and his family live on the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. Conor spends his days studying the science of flight with his tutor and exploring the castle with the king's daughter, Princess Isabella. But the boy's idyllic life changes forever the day he discovers a deadly conspiracy against the king.

    Carl says: "Another Eoin Colfer Winner"
    "interesting but a bit tedious, how can that be?"
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    The plot is intriguing, I loved the narrator, but somehow the whole package moved a bit too slowly.

    Palace intrigue, the introduction of new technology…I was hopeful about this book. I did manage to finish it but it was a bit of a chore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Marie Brennan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    You, dear listener, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart - no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon's presence, even for the briefest of moments - even at the risk of one's life - is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten….All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world's preeminent dragon naturalist.

    Bonnie says: "Kate Reading makes this audio book devine"
    "Victorian Lady discovers her passion for dragons"
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    Engrossing story told by Lady Trent, documenting her early life and fascination with dragons, culminating in a dangerous trip to distant lands to study them closely. Amazing narration, lovely story. I hope there are more volumes to come!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abaddon's Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (830)
    Performance
    (772)
    Story
    (769)

    The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

    Greg says: "The worst part is waiting for book 4"
    "Solid in every way"
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    I rushed through this series and found myself not unhappy to do housework because I could listen to the book.

    I have been seeking strong female characters and this book had them, as well as alien intrigue and a satisfying explanation of the complexities from the prior books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2211)
    Performance
    (1512)
    Story
    (1534)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"
    "Historical fiction with a twist"
    Overall
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    I didn't start listening to this series at the beginning which may be why my rating isn't a bit higher. I enjoy the time travel premise very much and enjoyed the parallel plague stories.

    Dragged on a bit for me, but I will listen to the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3174)
    Performance
    (2806)
    Story
    (2805)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Written on a Dare?"
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    I am fairly certain this was written on a dare…"I bet you can't write a book that in the first chapter someone dies from …."

    I will listen to anything Wil Wheaton narrates and I loved other Scalzi books, I was a bit worried about the seemingly junior high opening of this book but I was caught up in the story after I met Robin, the pet store owner. The dialogue between Robin and her escort was rich and the plot twists don't disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damocles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By S. G. Redling
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (187)

    When Earth is rocked by evidence that extraterrestrials may have seeded human DNA throughout the universe, a one-way expedition into deep space is mounted to uncover the truth. What linguist Meg Dupris and her crewmates aboard the Earth ship Damocles discover on Didet - a planet bathed in the near-eternal daylight of seven suns - is a humanoid race with a different language, a different look, and a surprisingly similar society. But here, it’s the "Earthers" who are the extraterrestrial invaders, and it’s up to Meg - a woman haunted by tragedy and obsessed with the power of communication - to find the key to establishing trust between the natives and the newcomers.

    Brian says: "What did I tell you about that pie!?"
    "A little above ho hum"
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    I almost didn't listen to this book after the first 10 minutes because the narrator seemed so out of character with the characters…a sweet female voice using profanity…I didn't mind the profanity, it just grated because it was incongruous. The attempts to lower her voice to male timbres didn't work for me either. I had forgotten to download another book, so it's all I had and I slogged through. The story dragged, it seemed like there was a chapter missing in the end when we skipped from one character to another without any link. Wouldn't recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Remembered Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (315)

    Critically acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds holds a well-deserved place “among the leaders of the hard-science space opera renaissance." (Publishers Weekly). In Blue Remembered Earth, Geoffrey Akinya wants nothing more than to study the elephants of the Amboseli basin. But when his space-explorer grandmother dies, secrets come to light and Geoffrey is dispatched to the Moon to protect the family name - and prevent an impending catastrophe.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "A surprising and staisfying departure for Reynolds"
    "Amazing Performance"
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    Kobna Holdbrook-Smith delivers a masterful performance, creating distinct voices for the many characters in this engrossing story of a family secret that isn't easily unearthed. The characters were likable, the plot twisty and the future an interesting vision of a post climate change earth. I could have enjoyed a bit shorter denouement, but well worth the listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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