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  • You Suck: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1805)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (638)

    Being dead sucks. Make that being undead sucks. Literally. Just ask Thomas C. Flood. Waking up after a fantastic night unlike anything he's ever experienced, he discovers that his girlfriend, Jody, the woman of his dreams, is a vampire. And surprise! Now he's one, too.

    Deborah says: "Do They Give Awards For "Best Reader"?"
    "Talented Narrator"
    Overall

    Susan Bennett has a facility with voices that brings these wacky characters to life. New to Christopher Moore, but a long time fan of Hiaasen and Robbins, I started with Coyote Blue and loved it, went to A Dirty Job and loved that, so I went to Blood Sucking Fiends and directly to You Suck and had a simply marvelous time. Good writing, good reading, wildly eccentric characters and a lot of fun.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Will Ferguson
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    This biting satire won Canadian author Will Ferguson the prestigious Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction as well as a Leacock Medal for Humour. Lowly editor Edwin de Valu's life moves at a pretty humdrum pace, until he discovers the manuscript for Tupak Soiree's book on his desk. This self-help tome is different - it actually works. And soon the world turns upside down thanks to the advice of this mysterious guru.

    Lisa says: "Flat narration"
    "Flat narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book is chatty, lots of exposition, thoughts, and conversations. But the narrator was not up to the task of making it all compelling; some of it became unfortunately boring. The book, which focuses on the tribulations of an editor, needs editing. Moments that could be quite comical are sucked dry by the narration, both the narrator's execution and the over-chattiness of the book. The basic premise is imaginative and its realization has some entertaining twists, but the performance is regrettable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sorceress: Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (664)

    Nicholas Flamel's heart almost broke as he watched his beloved Paris crumble before him. The city was destroyed by Dee and Machiavelli, but Flamel played his own role in the destruction. Sophie and Josh Newman show every sign of being the twins of prophecy, and Flamel had to protect them and the pages from the Dark Elders. But Nicholas grows weaker with each passing day. Perenelle is still trapped in Alcatraz, and now that Scatty has gone missing, the group is without protection.

    Lisa says: "battle after battle"
    "battle after battle"
    Overall

    I loved The Alchemyst and liked The Magician but found The Sorceress rather weak, just battle after battle between not particularly imaginative creatures and the main characters, who seemed to be more carefully drawn in book 1. There are a couple of inconsistencies in the details signifying that perhaps the author wasn't totally paying attention. The narration is somewhat flat and not always true to the text. To write a series requires a commitment this author hasn't really made.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Shoe

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Anne Lamott
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Mattie Ryder is a marvelously funny, well-intentioned, religious, sarcastic, tender, angry, and broke recently divorced mother of two young children. Then she finds a small rubber blue shoe - the kind you might get from a gumball machine - and a few other trifles that were left years ago in her father's car. They seem to hold the secrets to her messy upbringing.

    Lisa says: "What's going on?"
    "What's going on?"
    Overall

    I found this novel confusing. There are a lot of characters and I couldn't identify them all. The narrator's reading seems flat to me and not really the best voice for the story. I was surprised, expected more skillful storytelling, but I could never quite decide if it was sort of feeble writing or dissonant reading. Sometimes there are wonderful sentences, but sometimes there's way too much detail and it's hard to care about the conditions and situations of the characters.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (226)

    This is a darkly hilarious coming-of-age novel and a richly plotted suspense tale told through the distinctive voice of its heroine, Blue van Meer. After a childhood spent moving from one academic outpost to another with her father, Blue is clever and possessed of a vast lexicon of knowledge. But when a drowning and the shocking death of a teacher lead to a confluence of mysteries, Blue is left to make sense of it all with only her gimlet-eyed instincts and cultural references to guide - or misguide - her.

    Jeanie says: "Over 21 Hours of Bliss..."
    "Sparkles"
    Overall

    This is engaging writing. It's complex, full of amusing references all kinds of literary and pop culture allusions and clever metaphors. I didn't find the plot or the characters predictable. But, after feeling so involved in the story, I found the ending unsatisfying, like a helium balloon the day after.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Advanced Energy Anatomy: The Science of Co-Creation and Your Power of Choice

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Caroline Myss
    • Narrated By Carolyn Myss
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (214)

    Advanced Energy Anatomy guides you to a new understanding of how archetypes and other unconscious forces relate to problems of health, addiction, self-esteem, and victimhood, while opening you to partnership with the divine power that makes everything in life possible. It is "so well organized and intimately expressed," says AudioFile, "that repeated listening and sharing with friends will be hard to resist."

    Rebecca says: "Advanced Energy Anatomy"
    "Lite"
    Overall

    Anyone who has read Jung at all will find Myss's simplistic rendering of archetypes rather tedious. She is often too cynical to understand the depth of the human condition. She's as popular as MacDonald's and just about as substantive.

    10 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Bushworld: Enter at Your Own Risk

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Maureen Dowd
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    From Washington to Kennebunkport to Texas to old Europe and new Europe during the past two decades, Maureen Dowd has trained her binoculars on the Bush dynasty, putting them, as both 41 and 43 have complained to her, "on the couch". Here she wittily dissects the Oedipal loop-de-loop between father and son and the Orwellian logic of the rush to war in Iraq.

    Nicholas says: "Fantastic, Erudite, Superb Research"
    "Smart and Funny"
    Overall

    Maureen Dowd's analysis of the current Bush administration draws on her experience as a journalist attached to Bush 41's administration, when she got a close-up view of the Bush family. Drawing on popular culture and her upfront and personal knowledge of global politics in the Bush context, Dowd views it all with a kaleidoscopic perspective and biting wit.

    94 of 116 people found this review helpful

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