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Garret

Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2009

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  • Grave Mistake

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Jane Asher
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    Despite two husbands being dead and a daughter marrying the wrong man, no one believed Sybil Foster would commit suicide, especially Roderick Alleyn. For the field was ripe with unfortunate engagements - one of them a very grave mistake.

    Charleen says: "what can you say about Ngaio Marsh"
    "Decent Mystery, Exquisit Narration"
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    This reader enlivens a typical mystery story (everything fans of the genre will love) by deftly giving voice to the author's cast. The characters themselves are written with enough vividness to make this possible, but I doubt I could have stomached the predictable plot without the reader's wonderful talents.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jumper

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1030)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (935)

    What if you could go anywhere in the world, in the blink of an eye? Where would you go? What would you do?Davy can teleport. To survive, Davy must learn to use and control his power in a world that is more violent and complex than he ever imagined. But mere survival is not enough for him. Davy wants to find others like himself, others who can Jump.

    Cather says: "A nice descent into fantasy..."
    "Wonderful Beginning"
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    I decide most of my buys on Audible based on the sample, sometimes without reading the summary. The sample for this book hooked me, and the first few chapters really lived up those first few minutes of audio. The problem with books featuring super powers like this is that they are hard to up the stakes for the hero without it turning into a nuclear arms race of fantastic powers. We don't have that problem in this book fortunately, which is really nice. However, the superhero ethos of "must fight evil" (AKA terrorists) is nearly as annoying a trope. What made the beginning of the book so great were the conflicts between family, romantic relationships, and between him and the truck driver. Still, overall, I'm glad I went with my initial listening instinct and bought this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Impulse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (446)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (413)

    Cent has a secret. She lives in isolation, with her parents, hiding from the people who took her father captive and tortured him to gain control over his ability to teleport, and from the government agencies who want to use his talent. Cent has seen the world, but only from the safety of her parents' arms. She's teleported more than anyone on Earth, except for her mother and father, but she's never been able to do it herself. Her life has never been in danger. Until the day when she went snowboarding without permission and triggered an avalanche. When the snow and ice thundered down on her, she suddenly found herself in her own bedroom.

    Brian says: "Refreshing!"
    "All the Right Notes"
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    Good voice for a great first person read. Liked this book better than Jumper and a lot more than Reflex. The main character is very engaging. Her teenager problems are nicely balanced against problems of the adult world, and best of all, the bad guys in this book are credible characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love Is the Cure: On Life, Loss, and the End of AIDS

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Elton John
    • Narrated By Elton John
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    In the 1980s, Elton John saw friend after friend, loved one after loved one, perish needlessly from AIDS. In the midst of the plague, he befriended Ryan White, a young Indiana boy ostracized by his town and his school because of the HIV infection he had contracted from a blood transfusion. Ryan's inspiring life and devastating death led Elton to two realizations: His own life was a mess. And he had to do something to help stop the AIDS crisis. Since then, Elton has dedicated himself to overcoming the plague.

    jeff says: "Inspiring book"
    "Cogently Written and Provocatively Read"
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    Here is what one cannot help but feel is an earnest book written by someone moved to write for the best of reasons. It is a rhetorical masterpiece delivered by a smooth, distinguished, and caring voice whose sincerity seems beyond question. There is thankfully very little time devoted to the author's own tribulations (only a chapter or so), while many of the stories are touching descriptions of HIV sufferer's whose plight has affected the, author and coloured the passages in this book. The author does not restrict himself to pathos in order to make his arguments, but has sound, logical justifications for ending the disease, which, as far as I know being a lay-person, are economically as well as ethically sound. Too many writers for a cause ignore the realities of the market-driven world we live in, and even if I agree with their sentiments, I cannot help but find their credibility diminished because of their naiveté. This need not be your concern if you read this book. The sentiment delivered in the book's title is the guiding force, but so is the grown-up sense of reality. This is a marvellous book that deserves everybody's attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruby in the Smoke: Sally Lockhart Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (188)

    In search of clues to the mystery of her father's death, 16-year-old Sally Lockhart ventures into the shadowy underworld of Victorian London. Pursued by villains at every turn, the intrepid Sally finally uncovers two dark mysteries, and realizes that she herself is the key to both.

    Bonita says: "A Must Read For All Ages"
    "Superior Writing and Narration"
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    Here is an intricate, suspenseful story, written with the grace of an author who appreciates the words as well as the plot. Anton Lesser is one of the best narrators out there and his character voices make the dialogue sizzle and pop. Nor does the age of the main character prevent the story from treading some disturbing ground. This is not a happily-ever-after ferry tale, thank goodness. Some of the characters are more like caricatures, but given the Dickensian setting, such quibbles are instead expected tropes that add to the reading pleasure. Do yourself a favour and listen to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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