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Joanne

I love to read, and listening to books after I have read them unlocks nuances of character and plot that I miss in the initial ingestion of their art.

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  • Clementine: A Novel of the Clockwork Century

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman, Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (192)

    Maria Isabella Boyd's success as a Confederate spy has made her too famous for further espionage work, and now her employment options are slim. Exiled, widowed, and on the brink of poverty, she reluctantly goes to work for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Chicago. Adding insult to injury, her first big assignment is commissioned by the Union Army. In short, a federally sponsored transport dirigible is being violently pursued across the Rockies, and Uncle Sam isn't pleased.

    Matthew says: "Fun!"
    "Steampunk, Zombies and fascinating characters!"
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    Clementine, like all of Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century, is engaging, told in a plot appropriate voice and just plain wonderful to listen too. I regret that this one is not also available to read as the myriad characters (even the dirigibles attain character status with Ms. Priest's fine storytelling ability), her zombie infested revisionist history and the subtle morality make this series infinitely re-digestible.

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  • The Shadow Dragons: Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James A. Owen
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    World War II has been raging for three years, but a more terrible evil is just over the horizon. The last stones are falling from the Keep of Time, and the Imperial Cartological Society, led by Richard Burton, has collected doors and is building a new tower at the request of an old enemy: the Winter King's shadow. He has a terrible weapon -- the Spear of Destiny -- that can be used to command the shadows of anyone it touches.

    Mona says: "Very disappointing"
    "Dragons are just the tip of the magic"
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    This series is to the literary mythopedia what Gaiman's "American Gods" is to the global pantheon of gods and demons. Book four is stronger if darker than book three in the series and "listens" like a story truly sprung from the original story tree. More than a homage, it is a reweaving of unraveled bits of the best loved pieces of fantasy and science fiction into an all age appropriate tapestry of adventure which is narrated here by the perfect voice. James Langdon manages to make the story even more than its print perfection with his reading of it.

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