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Flagstaff, AZ, USA

  • 16 reviews
  • 106 ratings
  • 246 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "In the minority"

    I had high hopes for this book since it had so much acclaim. I thought that perhaps it had a different twist on life that made the story more remarkable and more noteworthy. It didn't.

    There are a lot of well-written stories about poverty, abuse, and coming-of-age, as this is. But this book doesn't add anything new to the genre. If not for McCourt's accent, I would have been bored to tears.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "Magical in the end"

    Oh, what a wild world Clarke creates. While I believe this book could have been shortened by half (too many details, superfluous characters, and tangents), the end product is well worth the time. The end 1/4 of the book makes the rest worthwhile.

    I liked the footnotes, even in the audio version. Those were some of my favorite parts.

    I did find that in the first 3/4 of the book my mind could wander, and when I came back, I hadn't lost the plot. It wasn't because the narrator isn't good. He's excellent.

    I was glad I stuck with it. The ending is definitely worth it.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

    Julio says: "Well concluded!"
    "Let Down"

    My least favorite of the Mistborn books. I felt like the ending was a let down and became a bit too religious; reiteration of past events happened all too frequently; and story lines were dropped or not given the emphasis they were due. Overall a good series, but I could have done without much of book 3.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "Characters Defined"

    This was my favorite of the Mistborn series. While it wasn't as fast-paced as the other two books, the characters were explored more deeply and we learned more about the different kinds of beings within the stories. The ticks I commented on in the first book were still present, but to a lesser degree. However, the reiteration of information that was presented within the same book was overwhelming. Overall, one of the better fantasy series I've read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Norwegian Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable.

    Louise says: "Lots of Fun"

    I listened to the version narrated by James Yaegashi, which was amazing. It was as if Toru was speaking to me throughout the book, telling me his story.

    This is one of the best books I've listened to in recent history. An absolutely haunting tale of a 30-something Toru looking back 18 years to his youth in which he is dealing with love, heartbreak, suicide, and friendships.

    It is often compared to Murakami's other books and dismissed because it does not carry the same themes. However, there is a depth and intimacy in this book that needles its way in and sticks with the reader. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of the Fold: Sword of Truth, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner

    In a fantasy world as rich and real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World - forces so terrible that when last they threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing off the Old World from whence they came. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power.

    Donald says: "Finally!!!"
    "Interesting stories, but..."

    I downloaded all six books in this series, so I keep going along. However, the same issues bother me in each one: Kahlan is whiny and weak; topics are reiterated over and over, even within the same book -- which is more of a distraction than a help; people are STUPID. I don't think I've ever engaged with books that treat people as such idiots. Richard is forceful and bullying even when he doesn't understand an issue; Kahlan is silly in how she listens to everyone BUT Richard; Zed just needs to spank them all and get them into line. The stories are good, but there are quirks that irritate me about them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    D says: "A GREAT TRILOGY!!!"
    "A good tale"

    I found the overall story arc very interesting and engaging. I didn't want to stop listening, and raced toward the end (quite like the characters did, but without the allomancy).

    However, there were two things that kept this from being a five star rating for me. The first is a peculiar authorial tic. He writes about "adjective eyes" (angry eyes, depressed eyes, horrified eyes). It drove me crazy by the end. The other was that this particular narrator, Michael Kramer, had a few problems throughout with Kel's accent. Kel would have an English accent, a Irish accent, an American accent, etc. It would eventually go back to normal, but it was a problem for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt; they only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers - with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.

    Shelli Bell says: "What a waste"

    Unlike most others, I wasn't a huge fan of _The Time Traveler's Wife_, mostly because I feel that Niffenegger dropped the ending of the book. However, I decided to give her another try with this book narrated by Bianca Amato. The narration was perfect. The different voices and accents were consistent and realistic.

    The book was interesting and engaging, in the beginning. However, it quickly became obvious where it was going (so many twin stories do this type of plot line) and the essential greediness of Ellspeth / Edie was too apparent throughout.

    Again, the ending was disheartening. As someone who has immense trouble with conclusions, I understand this problem, however I find it disheartening when books reach the status these have without having solid endings.

    I wanted to like it more. I was drawn in by Amato's portrayal of the characters. In the end, I felt let down.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Stone of Tears: Sword of Truth, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond

    The veil to the underworld has been torn, and Rahl, from beyond the veil, begins to summon a sinister power more dreadful than any he has wielded before. Horrifying creatures escape through the torn veil, wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting world above.

    Bo Laughlin says: "Great Book - Almost ruined by the narrator"

    Kahlan is weak and dependent upon Richard for her sanity. She cries all of the time, only invokes her magic to save him, and is fairly school-girlish. Richard is angry, stubborn, and carries knowledge far beyond what he should reasonably, since he doesn't know the people as well as Kahlan, but instructs her (and everyone else) on them nevertheless.

    I like the stories, but these character traits bother me.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Karen says: "Fascinating stories"
    "Great collaboration"

    A longtime fan of science fiction, I was wary about a collaborative piece that brought together very different authors. I bought it because I liked the readers -- and they didn't disappoint.

    I came to admire the authors for their incredible continuity throughout the stories, for the depth of these short stories, and for writing stories that have stayed with me long after I first listened (and I will listen again). I will definitely listen to more from each of these authors.

    It is understandable why it was nominated for the Hugo.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful

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