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Amy

San Francisco, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10089)
    Performance
    (9391)
    Story
    (9392)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Fun nostalgia at first, but the story lacked."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was at first. I was, at the beginning, enjoying all the references to geek culture that I grew up with and still surround myself with. (There's a vintage 1982 Robotron:2084 machine in my living room for crying out loud!) For me at least, it very quickly all became...well...so obvious. I actually found myself rolling my eyes and whispering


    Was Ready Player One worth the listening time?

    I think this book is worth the time if you want a no-brainer, fun and easy distraction and aren't looking for a riveting plot or witty, talented writing. Wil Wheaton does a great job narrating which was actually one of my favorite things about the whole experience.


    Any additional comments?

    Like others who have reviewed Ready Player One, I would classify it as Young Adult.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3049)
    Performance
    (2353)
    Story
    (2359)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "At first slow, but then an exciting romp!"
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    Would you listen to The Lies of Locke Lamora again? Why?

    Yes! Narration was effective, and Lynch creates a rich, heady, detailed world that allows for revisiting. Lynch is also not afraid to mess around with a linear chronology. I'm sure if I were to listen again, I would pick up on so much more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The cleverness, moral ambiguity, and humor of the characters provide a refreshing twist on traditional fantasy. Locke and the other Gentlemen Bastards get themselves in to some pretty ridiculous situations and you wonder how they will ever get out.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    Michael Page's accents at first were difficult for me to listen to, but then they grew on me. By the end of the book, I really liked Chains and Jean.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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