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Joyce

I love paranormal books, urban fantasy or paranormal romance, sci fi as well. A good mystery will make me happy as well.

WEST BABYLON, NY, United States | Member Since 2000

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  • Among Others

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (647)

    Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

    Eoin says: "Subtle Character Piece"
    "Better to listen to because of the narrator."
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    Would you listen to Among Others again? Why?

    Yes, because there were so many references to sci fi books that I would like to check them out personally.


    What other book might you compare Among Others to and why?

    This is truly a one of a kind type of book.


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

    She brings the story to life with her accent. She makes it seem so real.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and I did it in only a couple of sittings


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story of a 15 year old girl Welsh girl who loves sci-fi books and finds solace in them. It takes place in 1979-80 and is written as a diary. It is sort of a sci-fi book, sort of a paranormal book. It is very hard to actually classify this. The story is very engrossing and never boring. The characters are very well fleshed out. The narrator is absolutely perfect for this book. The sci-fi references are fun if you like older sci-fi especially. She is not a childish girl but a young woman made to grow up quickly because of circumstances in her life. I am certainly going to read more of this authors books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1654)
    Performance
    (1521)
    Story
    (1537)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "A post-apocalyptic world like you never imagined"
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    Where does Wool rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks very high as one of my favorites


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wool?

    When one of the people got sent out to "clean" and I realized why they were so willing do it after saying they wouldn't.


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

    She does the characters very well. You can easily determine what character is speaking by listening to her.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did find time to listen to it more than usual.


    Any additional comments?

    This was originally written as a short story but then evolved into a whole book. I am looking forward to the rest of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10313)
    Performance
    (5222)
    Story
    (5257)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "Another masterpiece by Stephen King"
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    This was a truly engrossing listen. The characters are very well done and the narrator brings them to life. I was able to separate most of the characters easily by Raul Esparza's narration. The story is about a town that suddenly gets trapped by a clear dome which no one knows how. There are characters who take advantage of it and characters who are victimized by being trapped there. Suspenseful, edge of your seat type of read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (2427)
    Performance
    (1251)
    Story
    (1278)

    A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

    SHEILA says: "Bloodsucking FUN!"
    "Fun, Light Vampire Story"
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    I enjoyed Christopher Moore's light take on the vampire story. The performance was wonderful and very easy to discern the different characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Katherine Howe
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (418)

    Connie's mother asks her to sell an abandoned house once owned by her grandmother in Salem, Mass. Relunctantly, Connie moves to the small town and inhabits the crumbling, ancient house, trying to restore it to a semblance of order. Curious things start to happen when Connie finds the name "Deliverance Dane" on a yellowed scrap of paper and begins to have visions of a long ago woman condemned for practicing "physick," or herbal healing, on her neighbors in 1690s Salem.

    Darinda says: "Love it!"
    "Factual without being dry."
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    This was an excellent book. You can tell it was very thoroughly researched. But it was not dry at all. The story kept building and made me want to keep listening to it. The narrator was excellent and did the voices very well so that I knew right away who was speaking. The story switches back and forth in time but it just enhanced the book. It was made very clear when they switched time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11754)
    Performance
    (8604)
    Story
    (8603)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "James Marsters makes Harry Dresden Come To Life"
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    What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

    The narration was so perfectly matched to this character that you feel like you are watching a TV show. I listened to this a long time after reading the book and it was as great as I remembered it. I can't imagine anyone else doing the narration for this series of books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Dresden of course. He tries to be good and stay out of trouble but he cares too much about people to do this.


    What about James Marsters???s performance did you like?

    It just seems like he is Harry Dresden. It was a perfect match.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to but my time constraints would not let me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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