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  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5012)
    Performance
    (2391)
    Story
    (2435)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Great Listen! Recommend Highly!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Snow Crash the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, the sound effects and the story were done to a supurb level. Puts you in the book and participating in the story.


    What other book might you compare Snow Crash to and why?

    This one is pretty unique - in that I haven't listened to anything else quite like it. I haven't read/listened to anything else involving online gaming, but it's kind of a mixture on the storylines of Tron and Total Recall.


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice, narrative, inflections, etc., puts an understanding to what's going on, perhaps a little clearer than if just read.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book had me going. Hard to pick out just one.


    Any additional comments?

    Essentially, it's a murder mystery, but on a different level. It's got a very good story with what seems to be disparate plots going, then it all comes down to one. Very well done. I've read books with several plots going that were outstanding, but listening to the sound effects on this make a real difference.

    More interesting is - since the book was written - the intensity of players and the reality that the way gaming is going is predicted by the book. The gamer participation is getting closer and closer to how it's done in the book. People getting so intensely involved has even shown up in several tv series plots now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • As the Pig Turns

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (163)

    The picturesque Cotwsold village of Winter Parva has decided to warm the post-Christmas season by roasting a pig in the town square. Agatha, always one for a good roasting, organizes an outing to enjoy the merriment. But as the rotary spit is placed over a bed of fiery charcoals and the pig is carried toward its final resting place, Agatha realizes that things are not as they seem... Stop!" she screams suddenly. The "pig," in fact, is Gary Beech, a policeman not exactly beloved by the good people of the village. Although Agatha has every intention of leaving matters to the police....

    nancy says: "Who wrote this book?"
    "A Fun Story! Great Getaway!"
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    Another fun Agatha Raisin adventure with a few extras. She gets herself into several new and different troubles along with both Roy and Tony having their own adventures this time, too, and James returns!

    Mrs Raisin provides the usual brain break and getaway time. This one starting off in her getting a grossly unfair traffic ticket for taking her hands off the wheel while stopped in traffic to blow her nose, then very publicly announcing she would kill the Copper who gave it. When he's murdered in a macabre way within a short time of her threat, she is, of course, suspected along with almost everyone this guy unfairly ticketed. Along the way, it's found he has a lot more money than a simple policeman should have, Tony and Roy get into their own misadventures & it all provides a rolicking good adventure for the listener!

    The narrator is not up to Davina Porter's quality and is sorely missed. It took away a bit from my pleasure, but still good enough. I guess Davina's reading has spoiled me to other narrators for these books...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garden Spells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (922)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (476)

    The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

    Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

    Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

    Joihelene says: "I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!"
    "Fun Read!!! Satisfying light romance!"
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    Where does Garden Spells rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    It's among the top of the 'Mind Candy' group! It's a wonderful, quirkey, satisfying getaway from the mundane.


    What other book might you compare Garden Spells to and why?

    Her other book "The Sugar Queen". Both are whimsical, lovely stories of finding oneself through trying circumstances, overcoming the odds families bring to our lives and triumphing in the end.


    Which character ??? as performed by Susan Ericksen ??? was your favorite?

    Well, she didn't perform it exactly, but the tree... Really, the tree brings in the story! However, of the performed characters, I think Sydney because she ran away from what she was and had to come home to find herself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Extreme... not really, but definite giggling, inner happiness and overall good feelings when finished. Along with a few sighs when Claire - well don't want to give anything away!


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth listening to, especially if you're stressed & just want to get away for awhile to give your mind a rest from reality or simply just want to fully relax with the story.

    Also gives thoughtful insights into handling situations that might just come in handy - things that are magical, but only because they can be achieved with a little thought and kindness in everyday life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Paragon: An Agatha Raisin Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    After being nearly killed by both a hired hit man and her former secretary, Agatha Raisin could use some low-key cases. So when Robert Smedley walks through the door, determined to prove that his wife is cheating, Raisin Investigations immediately offers to help. Trouble is, Agatha hates divorce cases, especially when the client is as pompous as Smedley, but she has a business to run and she's not about to turn away a paying customer.

    Ian says: "British Frumpy Detective with witty asides"
    "Fun Listen!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Perfect Paragon the most enjoyable?

    Love all the Agatha Raisin series. Donada Peters is an excellent narrator bringing life to each character in the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Novice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    In the autumn of 1140 the Benedictine monastery at Shrewsbury finds its new novice, Meriet Aspley, a disturbing presence. Meek and biddable by day, his sleep is rent by nightmares so violent as to earn him the nickname of Devil¿s Novice. Can Meriet be involved in the nearby disappearance of a superior prelate? As events take a sinister turn, it falls to Brother Cadfael to detect the truth behind the young man¿s predicament.

    Amazon Customer says: "Poor narrator"
    "Poor narrator"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I had read and enjoyed the book some time ago, along with all the Ellis Peters Cadfael stories, but the narrator did such a poor reading it ruined the story. With a different narrator, this could have been enjoyable.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator wasn't right for the book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bones to Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (142)

    When the skeleton of a young girl, not yet a teenager, is discovered in Acadia, Canada, Tempe Brennan is reminded of Evangelina, her best friend in her preteen years, who was mysteriously taken away when she was 12. Evangelina was from strange and faraway Acadia. She was named after Evangeline in the Longfellow poem, and loved poetry. Tempe found her exotic and glamorous, and then suddenly she was gone, and Tempe was told not to try to find her, that she was "dangerous".

    Lannielui says: "Average All Around"
    "Great Listen!"
    Overall

    Fast paced, as her books usually are. The mystery plus the historical information about the Acadians and their trials with the government - which experimented on them - adds to the fascination. Very entertaining!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 3rd Degree: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (252)

    Detective Lindsay Boxer is jogging along a beautiful San Francisco street when a fiery explosion rips through the neighborhood. A town house owned by an Internet millionaire is immediately engulfed in flames, and when Lindsay plunges inside to search for survivors, she finds three people dead. An infant who lived in the house cannot be found; and a mysterious message at the scene leaves Lindsay and the San Francisco Police Department completely baffled.

    Sherry says: "Patterson can't be outdone"
    "Good Story, Good Listen"
    Overall

    Good story and good narration - very worth buying. Only gave 4 stars as there were a couple of places where the story stalled for me, but on the whole a very good listen. It's the 3rd story in the Ladies Murder Club series, but the 1st for me. Perhaps I should have started with the 1st for more of the characters backgrounds as I'm one who goes for more, however it is a standalone story and not necessary to read priors for the enjoyment of listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Miss Moppet

    • UNABRIDGED (1 min)
    • By Beatrix Potter
    • Narrated By Gale Van Cott
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (86)

    The Story of Miss Moppet is a children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter. The story tells of a cat who captures a mouse, and toys with him until he escapes. This version is published in the Audible Enhanced audiobook format.

    Amazon Customer says: "Very Beatrix Potter"
    "Very Beatrix Potter"
    Overall

    Cute little story and very typical! I forgot how short some of her stories are! It is age appropriate for young children, as all the B.P. stories are. Narrator also evokes a B.P. style very well.

    What the prior reviewer may not have realized is that in England, then and now, the term "Pussie/ Pussy" is what cats are called, along with "Puss" and not at all a derogatory term. This term also used in Mother Goose nursery rhymes. If a possible problem, perhaps an explanation of this as the proper use of the term as used would be in order. However, it would seem more appropriate not to make anything of it at all...

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    • Narrated By Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (83)

    Using a travel guide format, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee acts as tour guide extraordinaire, describing and critiquing every aspect of this territory she knows so well: its people (young and old, male and female), familiar phrases ("purl this, darn that"), strange beliefs, currency (skein trading), etiquette, holidays (any sale day at the local yarn shop), and customs. She notes important dates in knitting history and celebrates unsung knitting heroes.

    Emily says: "a fun read"
    "Super listen for *any* crafter!"
    Overall

    This book is wonderful, funny, irreverent and totally accurate for the mind of just about any type of crafter! It's about knitters, but any crafter can relate to exactly what she describes in knitters actions and collections. Only 4.5 hrs, but one of the best little books I've listened to. Read by the author & at first a little plain listening, but the cadence of her Canadian accent kicks in and full enjoyment begins. (No Eh?'s either!)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Mosse
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (116)

    July 2005. In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery: two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth; between the skeletons, a stone ring, and a small leather bag.

    Thom Dodd says: "One of my Audible favorites"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyed"
    Overall

    If you like historical, conspiracy murder mysteries, this will grab you at the beginning and carry you through to the end. It starts in the present at an archaeological dig, then starts going back & forth in time as the story unravels. Very interesting historical facts with some explanation of the story's conspiracy roots and the how & why of it's continuing into the present add greatly to the story. It's somewhat on the level of the Knight's Templar stories, but not the same line. Good reader, good story. Enjoy!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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