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Michelle

Loveland, CO, USA

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  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    Overall
    (3267)
    Performance
    (1305)
    Story
    (1322)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "Empowering Sci-Fi for Girls"
    Overall

    Aside from the horrible pronunciation of the foreign (Chinese) words, the story is smart and the narrator does a great job bringing the story to life. The first hour or so seem a little confusing, but stick it through and you will get to know the main characters. The author's illustration of Shanghai and China is a remarkably accurate representation of the sights and senses of China today, of Chinese culture past and the brilliance of technology of the future.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26241)
    Performance
    (20050)
    Story
    (20130)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Epic world"
    Overall

    I got this book on my husband's recommendation, and I admit that it took me maybe 3 or 4 starts to actually get into the story, but once I was there, I was hooked. By the time I got to the third part of the book, I went and bought the next in the series.There are a lot of characters, with similar names, which made it confusing at first, and probably why it was hard to get into the book. Since I was relying on audio rather than written distinctions, it took a while to distinguish everyone, but because the characters are so well-written, once I got to know them,though, this was no longer the problem. sometimes when a narrative moves from one character's story to another, I find myself wanting to skip some stories to get to the characters I was most interested in. However, I was hooked into each characters' plight each time, no matter how much the last story left me hanging.I love this world.

    The plot is great. There is mystery, intrigue, war and action scenes, as well as tender scenes that made me want to cry, probably because the characters are so well meshed-out. The world Martin creates is marvelous. The narration is excellent with the male voices, and alright for the female voices. (While he is great at making the voices effeminate when necessary, its sometimes hard to hear them as "women"), but on the whole, Dotrice's performance is great. Really how do these narrators do it?

    22 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (211)

    It's Easter in Reading, a bad time for eggs, and no one can remember the last sunny day. Ovoid D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III, minor baronet, ex-convict, and former millionaire philanthropist, is found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. All the evidence points to his ex-wife, who has conveniently shot herself.

    Bruce Sabin says: "Total Whimsy"
    "clever, as always"
    Overall

    Jasper Fforde is one of my favorite modern authors. As always, he is clever and witty, and his characters are likable. As in his other series focusing on Literary detectives, he uses very clever puns and lots of literary allusions, so that you might miss a lot of humor if you don't know the stories.I did enjoy the Swindon/Eyre Affair books more, but I think the Nursery Crime stories will please Fforde's fan, and you don't need to know "literature" as much as remember nursery rhymes from your childhood.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    Overall
    (4070)
    Performance
    (1912)
    Story
    (1925)

    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"
    "Another multi-genre novel"
    Overall

    Gaimon has successfully produced another genre-defying novel that mixes detective and fantastic and humor all together. Although I enjoyed American Gods much more, I thought this was a very good follow-up to American Gods. I wish we could give half-stars, because I think I would give it a 3-1/2. I liked the characters, and the story, though, while American Gods was epic, this was jsut a good story. I was thoroughly entertained, and the narration was good, though, I was really hoping for something on as big a scale as American Gods. Still, this is a solid book, and I am glad I listened to it.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (116)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    John S. Atherton says: "I give the book a five but I won't buy it..."
    "Excellent research mystery"
    Overall

    If only this came in unabridged! I am always intrigued by mystery novels that solve the crime through research. This is an excellent novel, and allows great character development through the epistle. For any fan of the supernatural, this delivers a lot of chilling moments, along with some satisfying historical backdrop and reality so that it is much easier to "believe" in the premise of this story.

    I am torn about the publisher's descision to use multiple narrators, as I am a huge fan of the single narrator (like Barbara Rosenblatt) who can deliver such a marvelous performance you forget that a single person is doing all the voices. However, the multiple narrators might have worked better for this one, as botht he actual voice and the character's voice of the main storyteller in this book seems a little dull.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2601)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (372)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "Great"
    Overall

    I love the idea of time travel, but in both movies and novels, it is a tricky thing to do well, and to do it in a way that is fresh and not cliche. This author has added new life to the time travel theory with her explanation as to how it happens, and by doing so took the focus away from sci-fi and into human relationships. For me this story ended up being a beautiful and very moving love story. It has been about a year since I first listened to it, adn I still think about it, and come back every so often to see if the author has written anything new. Some audio books, you listen to and then move on. This one, I really didn't want to leave it behind. I loved this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diary: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Martha Plimpton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (80)

    Diary takes the form of a "coma diary" kept by one Misty Tracy Wilmot as her husband lies senseless in a hospital after a suicide attempt. It is a dark, hilarious, and poignant act of storytelling from America's favorite, most inventive nihilist.

    Todd says: "What a trip!"
    "Haunting"
    Overall

    It has been several months since I listened to this story, but it has stayed with me. Like other stories by Palahniuk, you feel a little soiled and a little disturbed after reading it, but only because his characters are so honest that you almost become part of the story. It is dark and melancholy, and tragic. I really liked it.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Rule of Four

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    Princeton. Good Friday, 1999. On the eve of graduation, two students are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Famous for its hypnotic power over those who study it, the 500-year-old Hypnerotomachia may finally reveal its secrets to Tom Sullivan, whose father was obsessed with the book, and Paul Harris, whose future depends on it. As the deadline looms, research has stalled, until an ancient diary surfaces.

    Michael says: "BETTER than Dan Brown"
    "This is NOT the DaVinci Code"
    Overall

    Though there is a mystery and there are murders and deaths, this book is more a story about friendship and the coming of age that happens to adults after we are supposed to be all grown up. It does not move like a mystry or a thriller, but the characters of the story are very human and their thirst for knowledge and understanding is believable. This is not the Da Vinci Code, but the writing is superior to it and does not have those annoying cliches and tedious prose you find in so many best-sellers like the DVC. The portrayal of academic life is very real (if not for an undergrad, then for a grad student). The book does not move fast, but the characters are sympathetic and the story is solid.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    When they were little girls, Cassandra and Julia played a game in which they entered an alternate world modeled on the landscapes of Arthurian romance. Now the sisters are grown, and have become hostile strangers-until a figure from their past, a man they once both loved and suffered over, reenters their lives.

    Michelle says: "Not as good as Possession"
    "Not as good as Possession"
    Overall

    but still pretty good. The reading by Nadia May is done very well, although sometimes it is a little confusing which of the characters is talking. The story is still very engaging.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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