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Elle in the Great NorthWest

I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

Beaverton, OR, United States

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  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4122)
    Performance
    (3610)
    Story
    (3647)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Terrorists meet geeks..OL & in RL"
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    I'm not a techno-nerd type person who dwells in the world of gaming.....about which many of the previews of this book emphasize.I'm an old granny with some ability to function in the world of computers and a family of geeks who keep me sort of up to date. I do, however, appreciate a good thriller and Neal Stephensons terrorist vs. gaming geeks novel kept me interested throughout it's very long story...with just a few exceptions.

    There are some parts where the descriptive writing goes on far too long, IMO, but they don't terribly detract from the basic good plot and nice narration by Malcolm Hilgartner. I'd maybe wish for a bit of editing on the writers part, and from the reader I'd wish for a more consistent voice on the variety of accents but all in all it's a solid listen much along the lines of a Tom Clancy.

    Not nearly as techy as William Gibson, I see that as a good thing for the run of the mill reader who isn't into Multiple Personality Gaming or whatever it's called, where my nephews seem to spend all their time and money-living their life in some alternate online universe that I don't understand....of course the last games I played was the board game of Battleship...I am truly old tech.

    This book is a fun read, good buy, and a great listen. With a touch of love story on occasion, nice strong well developed female protagonists which is fun to read, the male protagonists are nicely portrayed too and the bad guys who aren't quite as smart as a group of gamers and survivalists when they get together as a united force.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Tech World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By B.V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1258)
    Performance
    (1165)
    Story
    (1170)

    The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In the third book in the series, James McGill is deployed on another alien world. His third interstellar tour is different in every way. Rather than meeting up with a primitive society, this time he’s headed to an advanced world.

    D says: "Dying isn’t enough this time"
    "Young Male Adult type of Science Fiction--Mediocre"
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    The begging of my young adult grand son to listen to this led me to purchase it for our road trip.

    If you're not of that age, or if you're a woman who enjoys good kick ass SF-don't bother with this series.

    Full of mediocre sex scenes, the protagonist, James McGill sleeps with every woman he meets. Plus he is so unrealistic when it comes to being in a military outfit that it's absolutely silly...NO MORE Larson for me. My grandson paid me back for this book so I'm not out any money at least..apparently it's perfect for juvenile minds-but there is so much better in this type of military SF out there..John Scalzi's "Old Mans War' comes instantly to mind.

    Buy that instead

    Big wow.

    Don't bother with this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2733)
    Performance
    (2532)
    Story
    (2541)

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "Sophomoric Young Adult semi Si Fi"
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    I can't understand the 5 stats..is it just because young twenty somethings like the juvenile sex scenes? The almost super hero attitude that James McGee, boy mercenary, exudes via B V Larsons first book in the 'Undying Mercenaries'?

    Whatever it is, get real reviewers! This is non scientific, unrealistic juvenile Si Fi thats got little actual entertainment value.

    I've never been in the military, but I worked for a big multi national corporation and even in that world, someone who is as out of step with his superiors wouldn't be promoted-much less even kept in the business or service. He argues with his superior officers constantly, defies orders and goes off on his own. Great if one is an independent mercenary such as Jack Reacher or John Rain or even a local county sherif like Walt Longmire but no, James is a grunt newly..canon fodder really. With a BIG MOUTH.

    Yet his continual bucking of orders gets rewarded! In any military he would be discharged with poor references.

    And the constant bed jumping..ah yes, just what a 22 year old wants to read. McGee gets any girl, then leaves. Every time. And these women are not written well..they are paper thin surface creatures while McGee is written large.

    Boyett does an ok narration-not superior but it goes with the tone of the story line.

    The plot is fairly good..at least there is a beginning, middle and conclusion..the book stands on its own feet and you don't HAVE to buy the second in the series-which if anything is worse that this one.

    There is much better Science Fiction out there-look for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1790)
    Performance
    (1662)
    Story
    (1665)

    The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spans the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In 2122 a lost colony expedition contacts Earth, surprising our government. Colonization is against Galactic Law, and Legion Varus is dispatched to the system to handle the situation. Earth gave them sealed orders, but Earth is 35 lightyears away.

    D says: "They’re back ready to die; again"
    "Perfect for a horny 20 something male"
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    I purchased this 2nd episode in the Undying Mercenaries series at the frantic request of my 22 year old grandson. We listened to the first novel on a long road trip and he wanted the second for the trip home.

    The first one was basically a young adult/teen script. the men were heroes, the women were plastic se objects of hard assed bi$ches. No regular strong women. Sadly it gets much worse in this second volume.

    Great for a 20 something with no real idea of what an actual woman is like, Larson writes his female warriors as surface characters..which is really sad. The protagonists, James, sleeps with any and everyone..and even if the women complain about his male ho attitude, he simply shines them on...this isn't what I want my young adult grand kid to be like at all! I realize this is a comic book in audio form but really, can't Larson endow some of his female characters with an actual personality? The closest he came was to the native woman (who he screwed of course) who showed some guts...but not much.

    I can't recommend this for actual adults..or for women who are the least bit sensitive to ranting masochistic writing.

    I'll get the third boo for my grandson..so figure 22 is a good average age/maturity for a man who might appreciate this series.

    The plot is fairly good...the narration is fine. My complaint is the writer. I guess I know not to count Larson in as a SiFi writer I can appreciate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • London Twist: A Delilah Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (57)

    For Delilah, the Mossad's top seductress, the parameters of the assignment were routine. The contractor: MI6. The objective: infiltrate a terror network, this one operating out of London. The stakes: a series of poison gas attacks on civilian population centers.There's just one wrinkle. The target is a woman - as smart, beautiful, and committed as Delilah herself. And for a cynical operative thrust suddenly out of her element, the twists and turns of the spy game are nowhere near as dangerous as the secrets and desires of the human heart.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "VERY sexy Lesbian moments-be prepared"
    "VERY sexy Lesbian moments-be prepared"
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    WOW can Eisler write a killer woman with woman sex scene. If this isn't your thing, I suggest you avoid this novella length supplement to the John Rain series.

    The story was a great one and sex wasn't the only thing it was based on..a good plot line and we got to know the new character fairly well.

    Enjoyable if you enjoy reading a sexy book...not much more than a Nora Roberts book but more explicit IMO.

    A shortie..don't spend a credit on it..just buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Khmer Kill: A Dox Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (67)

    For former Marine sniper Dox, a long-range hit in Cambodia was supposed to be just business as usual. But when you find yourself mixed up with rogue intelligence operations, gorgeous bar girls, and the world's worst human-trafficking heart of darkness, business is anything but usual. And making it personal is the most dangerous business of all.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Eisler narrates a 'Dox' shortie"
    "Eisler narrates a 'Dox' shortie"
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    A very short and thus inexpensive (don't spend a credit on it..I do mean short!) story of Dox, John Rains buddy and an experience in Cambodia.

    Worth the bucks, I enjoy Eislers narration a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Housewife Assassin's Handbook: The Housewife Assassin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Josie Brown
    • Narrated By Melissa Moran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (314)

    Every desperate housewife wants an alias. Donna Stone has one - and it happens to be government-sanctioned. But Donna earned it the hard way: Her husband was killed the day she delivered their third child. To avenge her husband's murder, Donna leads a secret life as an assassin. But espionage makes for strange bedfellows, and brings new meaning to that old adage, "Honey, I'm home...."

    kimberlee says: "Unique"
    "Not A Great 'Assassin type' Book-MEH"
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    I enjoy bad ass assassin type books.ie: Delilah in the Barry Eisler 'John Rain' books is a total killer woman.

    Donna in the Housewife Assassin is a silly woman.

    I'm glad this was an Audible special and I only paid a few bucks for it..it was worth that. I finished it but for a book that plays women for a laugh I didn't get many laughs.

    The narrator was just ok..I won't go looking for other books narrated by her and I most likely won't download any more of the authors efforts.

    I think there is a good opportunity for a writer to pen novels about women in the field..we all know that the 'Honeypot' woman has been involved in spying for many years.

    Donna isn't a good example. Actually I found the whole thing slightly ridiculous.

    It's a real "Meh"

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In Session: Dr. Morgan Snow with Steve Berry's Cotton Malone, Lee Child's Jack Reacher & Barry Eisler's John Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By M. J. Rose
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante, Scott Brick, and others
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (141)

    As a therapist specializing in sexual issues, psychiatrist Dr. Morgan Snow isn't easily shocked, or shaken, as readers of the popular "Butterfield Institute" novels know. There are times, however, when the need for her services leads her out of the office... and into unfamiliar worlds. In these stories, the therapist matches her wits -and her training - against three men of mystery: Jack Reacher, John Rain, and Cotton Malone.

    Kathryn says: "Labor of Love--"
    "An interesting combo of bad guys in therapy"
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    I've read all the John Rain and Jack Reacher books and several of the Cotton Malone so I had a pretty good background in ind of the characters stared in this short story.

    The idea was a good one and the execution effective-but there really isn't a plot or single story line that nicely combines the characters.

    If I hadn't been a fan of all the main protagonists I'd ask for a refund..as it is I doubt it will ever get a second read from me.

    Narration is ok but gosh I'm so tired of Dick Hill and Scott Brick being the go to narrators of almost every bad guy...c'mon..there are some great male narrators out there. Hill and Brick aren't the only ones available.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven's Keep: A Cork O'Connor Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (196)

    Every married couple knows you don't go to bed angry. The corollary, Cork O'Connor realizes, is that you also don't say goodbye when you're mad. When the charter plane Jo O'Connor is on crashes over the mountains in Wyoming in an early winter storm, Cork deeply regrets the heated argument he had with his wife just before she left. An intense search is launched, but bad weather and the steep terrain hinder the efforts and soon the search is abandoned.

    C. Telfair says: "Exciting!"
    "A different "Iron Lake" mystery"
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    "Heavens Keep" takes place in Wyoming..home of Walt Longmire..what an opportunity for 2 great authors to get together with two of my favorite characters..Walt and Cork O'Connor. Maybe then the name of the mountain range that Cork wanders thru searching for Jo would have been pronounced correctly. As it was, the mispronunciation was consistent but grating.

    New to the series in his second book is Narrator Buck Schimer. Since his voice is quite similar to David Chandler, there isn't a glaring difference, though Schimers "Henry" is very different.

    I enjoyed this episode very much. It was so totally different from the previous novels and this added a diversion that needed to come..plus a dramatic change of characters and addition of a couple of new characters.

    Finally, I have very much appreciated the maturing of O'Connors youngest child in Kreugers writing. Kids don't stay the same, yet so often authors 'insert cute 6 year old here' for some family and never let the kid grow up..or we meet the child only as a grown up, with decades of back story we'll never know as readers. Kreuger either is or will be a great dad some day if he treats his own kids the same way as Cork and Stephen interact.

    This entire series is well worth your credits!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Bay: A Cork O'Connor Mystery #7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (165)

    The promise, as I remember it, happened this way. Happy and content in his hometown of Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O'Connor has left his badge behind and is ready for a life of relative peace, setting up shop as a private investigator. But his newfound state of calm is soon interrupted when Henry Meloux, the Ojibwe medicine man and Cork's spiritual adviser, makes a request: Will Cork find the son that Henry fathered long ago?

    Patti says: "Needs another narrator"
    "This series just keeps getting better"
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    I'm hooked.

    The "Iron Lake" series by Wm Kent Krueger has just kept on getting better and better as each novel progresses in the life of Cork O'Connor..former sherif and present private detective and fry cook. I love the subtle Native American influences-handled with a nuance that gives the white man (or woman in this case) a real harsh description of life on the reservations. "Medicine Man" Henry, Corks father figure and probably his best friend is written with a wonderful irony and touch of sarcasm that I love. The real life family situations are touching though as the series has progressed, there is less family life and more detective work..and thats ok. Not every book needs to follow the same story line. I wish some other authors who write long series realized that and offered readers a touch of variety in their arcs.

    It's not Tony Hillerman, It's not Craig Johnson or even the Joe Pickett series..it's a combination of every novel about the back woods and Native American culture that I've ever read.

    Well worth blowing a bunch of credits on this series..don't start it unless you intend to buy all 14 (at this time). You've been warned.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Obsession in Death: In Death, Book 40

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1426)
    Performance
    (1261)
    Story
    (1255)

    Eve Dallas has solved a lot of high-profile murders for the NYPSD and gotten a lot of media. She - and her billionaire husband - are getting accustomed to being objects of attention, of gossip, of speculation. But now Eve has become the object of one person's obsession. Someone who finds her extraordinary, and thinks about her every hour of every day. Who believes the two of them have a special relationship. Who would kill for her - again and again....

    Margaret says: "Addicted in Death"
    "Not one of the best"
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    Time for more character development.

    Time for new interesting characters

    Time for Eve to get over herself.

    That is all

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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