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Sherry Casperson

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Houston TX | Member Since 2009

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  • Foundation: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (305)

    In this chronicle of the early history of Valdemar, Mercedes Lackey's best-selling world, a 13 year-old orphan named Magpie escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar to be trained as a Herald. Thrust into the center of a legend in the making, Magpie discovers talents he never knew he had - and witnesses the founding of the great Heralds' Collegium.

    Wyonia says: "great for kids"
    "An orphan and his new Companion find each other"
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    Would you listen to Foundation again? Why?

    yes. I like the story and the narration is nicely done with no bothersome quirks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Foundation?

    There are several but the moment Mags finds Dalen, the moment he meets Lena and then Bear, All are written well and not overdone.


    Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This narrator did a nice job.


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

    The sequence of word images moving Mags forward toward finding his place within the Collegium and within himself are too many to just isolate one. The best is probably comes with the Winter celebration.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book which I would think most people would enjoy. No sex, and limited violence. The supernatural nature of the Companions is not so overt as to offend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brothers in Arms: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1061)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (525)

    Led by Admiral Naismith (a.k.a. Lord Miles Vorkosigan), the Dendarii Mercenaries have pulled off the daring interspace rescue of an entire Cetagandan POW camp. But they have made some deadly enemies, and Miles realizes he's in trouble again. First the Mercenaries' payroll doesn't arrive on time; then someone tries to murder him. Now Miles must juggle both his identities to unravel a plot against him, and to reveal an unexpected ally. Just who is trying to assassinate which of his personas, and why?

    Louis says: "This is the order in which to read this series"
    "Miles on Earth as a sightseer and finds a brother"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Brothers in Arms to be better than the print version?

    Audio books give the reader more time to savor the words and actions of the characters. This is a book that should be both read and listened to.


    What other book might you compare Brothers in Arms to and why?

    This book is comparable to other books in the series. There are no characters quite comparable to Mile Vorkosigan and no author quite like Bujold. As part of the series this book works well in establishing Ivan and Eli Quinn as well as introducing Galeni and Mark. Since all of these characters add their own particular voice to the series I consider this book an essential.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Very good as always


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

    Too long for one setting but it makes a great trip book and is good company while doing yard work.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book in a great series. It is one that no reader of Science Fiction should miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stark's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Eric Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (478)

    To seize the moon from foreign powers--and keep his men alive - Sergeant Ethan Stark must choose which orders to obey - and which to ignore.

    Greg says: "Heavy-handed"
    "Good fun with our Moon as a backdrop"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Stark's War to be better than the print version?

    Reading or listening, this book is just fun. The listening experience gave an increased sense of fun to a light read. It extended the pleasure over a longer period than I would ordinarily have experience. I read quite quickly and would have ripped through this book in an evening. The audio version gave me more time to savor the story. Even a light story can be enjoyed this way. This is one of the primary selling points about audio books.


    What other book might you compare Stark's War to and why?

    This book is similar in tone to the Honor Harrington or John Ringo. It has a fast pace with one problem after another. It differs in that the enemy is never really shown or defined except as perhaps the Establishment. Characters are sketched and too often killed. There is no love interest, sex, any sort of objectionable reference., It does have a definite political overtone as do many of the books in the genre. It is lighter than Honor Harrington and less violent than Ringo.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Summerer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first experience with his narration. He had a good pace, voice, and diction.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    War in Low gravity is the New Frontier for the Corps. One where Stark leads one shot at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good series, light and funny, I recommend it on that basis.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Komarr: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1086)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (541)

    Komarr could be a garden with 1,000 more years' work, or an uninhabitable wasteland if the terraforming fails. Now, the solar mirror vital to the terraforming of the conquered planet has been shattered by a ship hurtling off course. The emperor of Barrayar sends his newest imperial auditor, Lord Miles Vorkosigan, to find out why.

    Nathan says: "More of a set up book for the rest of the series"
    "Miles in Love??? Oh My. what a tangle as usual."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    With his usual "grace" Miles falls in love. This is the funny,heart warming, and just plain action packied good fun that we have come to expect from Bujold. This audio book is well presented and well paced. The Narrator even captures the wry wit of Miles.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Komarr?

    The ending was perfect with just the right touch of humor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Miles and Ekaterin go shopping was especially well done. The Madam shall we wade line delivered with just the right touch.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I can see this as a romantic sci fi movie. It is enough of a stand alone story that it could be adapted but the Tag line would have to be Love blooms under glass or something like that.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book you wll enjoy it. It is one of ther author's best and is an excellent place to start in the series if you have not encountered Miles before now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Diplomatic Immunity: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1109)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (566)

    A rich Komarran merchant fleet has been impounded at Graf Station in distant Quaddiespace after a bloody incident involving the convoy's Barrayaran military escort. But Lord Miles Vorkosigan and his wife, Lady Ekaterin, have other things on their minds, such as getting home in time to attend the long-awaited births of their first children.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "Honeymoon period..."
    "Miles has grown up (sort of)"
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    Would you listen to Diplomatic Immunity again? Why?

    I will listen to this book over and over. It has such a great sense of humor and is a great continuing the Vorkosigan character with another non-stop adventure. Miles has grown up(sort of) The very idea of Miles as a father is presented with a light touch and without in any way changing the crazy, frantic pace, or general amusement the character has provided in the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miles is a person who, although he has strong family connection and wealth, has many problems to overcome. He does so in many ways that are amusing and touch the heart of the reader. The author always seems to be able to expose the heart of her character in ways that matter and connect with the reader.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is where Miles figures out what is going on and then realizes that he won't be able to be the one to make it right. He has to depend on others to finish what he starts. He deals with his fears in a very well written manner.


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

    This book could have been longer. At the end, I wanted more.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Flag in Exile: Honor Harrington, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (753)

    Two irresistible forces are rushing together to crush the planet Grayson between them, and only one woman, uncertain of her capabilities, weary unto death, and marked for murder -stands between her adopted planet and its devastation.

    Professor says: "Honor Harrington Universe Book 5"
    "Flag in Exile"
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    What made the experience of listening to Flag in Exile the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator has good voice and the pacing is excellent. The voice and accent differentiation are very well done. The story lack some os the emotional depth of other books inthis series but is still very well worth reading. The climax is well done. However the winding up of the story is chopped and lacks some of the finer finishing touchs generallhy found in this author.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Flag in Exile?

    The sword fight was built up to an excellent final moment. The Space battle was rather ordinary given how many battle have been fought in this seris.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were no outstanding moments as the story unfolded in the authors usual manner with no surprises and with little being added to the character. The building of the Havenite Theisman was one of the better moves.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A film could not be made from this book as it is not stand alone.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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