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Priscilla

Dallas, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Angelmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nick Harkaway
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (243)

    Joe Spork repairs clocks, a far cry from his late father, a flashy London gangster. But when Joe fixes one particularly unusual device, his life is suddenly upended. Joe's client, Edie Banister, is more than just a kindly old lady - she's a former superspy. And the device? It's a 1950s doomsday machine. And having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator, Edie's old arch-nemesis.

    Maine Colonial says: "A cure for the modern cynic"
    "Harkaway delivers again!"
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    After I fell head over heels for Harkaway's spectacular "The Gone-Away World," "Angelmaker" became my most anticipated book of 2012. My patience was well rewarded! With scintillating wit and seemingly effortless style, Harkaway delivered another absurd and glorious adventure, introducing vibrant, complex characters and a frenetic, magnificently layered world for them to inhabit.

    Better still, Daniel Weyman gives one of the most animated, engaging audiobook performances I've experienced. This is a must-buy!

    And now I want to reread "The Gone-Away World."

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3186)
    Performance
    (2739)
    Story
    (2741)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Stellar First Novel"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Purely entertaining! This is much lighter than Scalzi's later, more mature fare, and solutions to big problems tend to fall into the protagonist's lap, but I found the book irresistible nonetheless. Wil Wheaton's performance is pitch-perfect.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5307)
    Performance
    (4496)
    Story
    (4492)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Give Glover a chance"
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    Fans' fears of the switch from Marsters to Glover are largely unfounded, as far as I'm concerned. While I do prefer Marsters' performance, he's also had thirteen books to get to know Harry and his friends, so it's natural his voices will match up a little better with the voices in my head. That said, Glover's freshman performance is still solid enough to garner five stars from me. I hope folks will be open-minded enough to give him a try. The book and Glover's audio interpretation are well worth your credits!

    11 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • 2-Minute Film Noir

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Meatball Fulton
    • Narrated By Tom Lopez, Bill Raymond
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Here are 50 short stories about investors in musicals, angels taking walks on the wild side, a man risking his life for a jelly donut, and much more.

    Priscilla says: "Bland and uninspired."
    "Bland and uninspired."
    Overall

    All the right players are there, from the tough-talking gangsters to the honey-voiced, mysterious women, but the stories fail to sing. The dialogue is flat and uninspired, and the resolutions are often contrived and unsatisfying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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