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  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms: Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By N. K. Jemisin
    • Narrated By Casaundra Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.

    Bleu says: "Great Writing, Fantastic Worldbuilding"
    "The first but not the best"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I will read anything that NK Jemisin writes. I love her work. Her writing has gotten better and better with every book. The Broken Earth books, in particular, are smart and powerful. This is her first book though. It is interesting to see some of the themes of the later books find their beginning here. This book has some awkward elements and writing that are not an issue with her later work. In her later books I find myself completely drawn into her worlds and her worldview. In this one she spends a lot of time explaining the backstory of the world and characters that feels forced. The first three chapters in particular are heavy with exposition.

    What aspect of Casaundra Freeman’s performance would you have changed?

    There is a character in this book that is supposed to be nine years old (and in truth turns out to be much older). Casaundra Freeman uses a silly baby voice for this character that makes him sound like he was barely more than a toddler, or an animated teddy bear. I found this to be super irritating. It distracted from an otherwise good performance.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Borders of Infinity: Miles Vorkosigan Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The popular adventures of Miles Vorkosigan, a clever and outlandish science fiction hero for the modern era, continue in these three tales. In The Mountains of Mourning, Miles is dispatched to a back-country region of Barrayar, where he must act as detective, judge, and executioner in a controversial murder case. In Labyrinth, Miles adopts his alternate persona as Dendarii Mercenary Admiral Naismith for an undercover mission to rescue an important research geneticist from Jackson’s Whole.

    Alexis says: "Book Order is Important!"
    "not as good"

    This book is not as compelling as others by Lois McMaster Bujold. It is the forth in the series (fifth if you count the prequel "Falling Free" that takes place in the same universe hundreds of years earlier), and the second one that centers around the character of Miles Vorkosigan. But it is really just a collection of three short stories about this character, with a few scenes to tie them together. It was interesting only if you care about the Vokosigan character from the last book: "The Warrior's Apprentice." I highly recommend the first two books in the series though: "Shards of Honor" and "Barrayar."

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Spook Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bobby Chombo is a "producer" and an enigma. In his day job, Bobby is a troubleshooter for manufacturers of military navigation equipment. He refuses to sleep in the same place twice. He meets no one. Hollis Henry, an investigative journalist, has been told to find him.

    wendy says: "Loved it"
    "a mess"

    I found this book to be a mess. The different characters seem to live in different worlds and it never comes together into one sensibility. Parts of it are set in real places (though the places are not really described - just a lot of brand-name/store-name/hotel-name dropping). A lot of the plot feels like a an internet startup that is taking it self too seriously as Art or as the center of a "DiVinci Code" conspiracy. The sections that are supposed to be about high end hotels, design and art seem particularly thin and unreal. I would give it a miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of Chalion

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

    Terri says: "What makes a hero... LMB knows"
    "Quite entertaining"

    This is one of those books where the heros are noble and the villains are evil. And there is a real pleasure in listening to them each get their due. I found myself staying up much later than I intended to keep listening. A great listen for a long car ride. It is perhaps a chapter or two long (I got the feeling the author liked the characters so much that she did not want to let them go just yet) though you too will probably not want to see the book end either.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Artifact

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patrick Astre
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen

    Deep within a heavily guarded compound of the Brookhaven National Laboratory lies the nation's most protected secret: an active alien artifact. Estimated at several millions of years old, impervious to all efforts to penetrate its secrets, the artifact taunts researchers with bursts of mysterious radiation that may be efforts at communication.

    Richard A. Bamberg says: "Mystery of the Year?"
    "poorly written"

    I was expecting more. Feels a lot like a Michael Crichton book (similar pace and plot devices).

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Superheroes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lois Gresh, Robert Weinberg, introduction by Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman

    If the planet Krypton had a gravitational field strong enough to account for Superman's amazing strength, would it be possible to launch a rocket ship from the planet's surface? Could evolution actually produce X-Men? The Science of Superheroes takes a lighthearted but clearheaded look at the real science behind some of the greatest superhero comic books of all time.

    Amazon Customer says: "To much irrelvent information"
    "sort of dumb"

    This seems like it would be a fun book but it is sort of tedious. The book has this sort of tone: "Superman is a famous comic known all over the world. Superman was introduced in Action Comics issue number one in June 1938. Superman was suposed to be from another planet. Is life on another planet possible? Maybe!"

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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