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Ronda

Keizer, OR, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Dr. Bloodmoney: Or How We Got Along after the Bomb

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Philip K. Dick's post-nuclear-holocaust masterpiece presents a mesmerizing vision of a world transformed, where technology has reverted back to the 19th century, animals have developed speech and language, and humans must deal with both physical mutations and the psychological repercussions of the disaster they have caused.

    Guillermo says: "One of my favorite audio books"
    "Ugh!"
    Overall

    Sci-fi is supposed to have a timeless quality but this book felt extremely dated, both in language and themes. None of the characters had any redeeming qualities, and evidently in this author's world, no one has genuine feelings for anyone else, not even their own children.

    While it did have one or two interesting concepts, I had to force myself to finish it. (I'm not a quitter - I'll finish all but the most desperately awful books.) I really don't recommend it unless you owe penance for something really naughty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Game: GhostWalkers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (782)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (536)

    A man and woman possessed of telekinetic powers. She is the doctor. He is the experiment. What comes between them is a terrifying secret history that could save them or destroy them.

    Lia says: "Sensual and Action Packed"
    "Romance and Sex, not Sci-Fi!"
    Overall

    Yuck! Bodice ripper secreted away inside the book jacket of a sci-fi story. Probably a fine romance novel if one goes in for that sort of thing, but I don't and feel cheated out of a credit! I like a chick flick as much as the next chick, but this was downright embarrassing.

    It wasted so much narrative to romantic/sexual scenes that the story got lost for what felt like hours in an incongruous mishmash of dream sequences of dirty sex in public places blended with a not at all plausible instant love connection unlike anything the world had ever seen blah blah blah. If it had been an actual paper-bound book, I could have torn whole chapters out and thrown them away. As it was I had to lay on the fast-forward on my iPod to find the sections of the ACTUAL story.

    Want a sci-fi flavored, sexed-up harlequin? This is your story. The rest of you, don't get duped.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2203)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1031)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "I Learned Some New Vocabulary!"
    Overall

    If you don't like bad language, avoid this book. If you don't like hilariously, irreverently, ridiculously convoluted sexual situations, don't read this book.

    If you're ok with some major naughtyness and are willing to be transported to a fictional time and place ever-so-loosely based on a number of Shakespearean works, jump in and be prepared to laugh as I did. I got an extra added bonus from this fine piece of "literature" - I now know a few new dog-snoggingly wicked phrases to use in impolite society!

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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