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Valerie

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United States | Member Since 2006

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  • A World Without Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (373)

    Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable--until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he's ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcmoed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.

    Stephanie says: "Brandon Mull has won me over again!"
    "A cliff-hanger and entertaining"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would - the writing is a little on the flat side and the narrator is pretty affect-less, however, some of the scenes of danger were well done and there is a lot of imagination and originality. The ending of the book has a good twist and of course, ends with a good cliff-hanger! It does make you want more.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara Gran
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (174)

    Claire DeWitt is not your average private investigator. She has brilliant skills of deduction and is an ace at discovering evidence. But Claire also uses her dreams, omens, and mind-expanding herbs to help her solve mysteries, and relies on Détection—the only book published by the great and mysterious French detective Jacques Silette before his death.

    Aryn says: "Amazing"
    "Surprising and thought provoking"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought that this was going to be a run of the mill supernatural detective meets supernatural mystery based on the original review. However, this novel plays around with the noir detective genre and sets it in post-Katrina New Orleans. Claire DeWitt is the hard-boiled detective who is savvy about race relations, class consciousness, post traumatic stress disorder, and the way that things really work. She does consult the I Ching and listens to her dreams, but these are almost secondary...she does a lot of old-fashioned detective work and instead of drinking a ton, she does drugs with her suspects.

    The actual mystery becomes almost secondary to the narrative, the pacing, and the overall good writing.

    The narrator is also very good with a suitably gravelly voice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Galore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael Crummey
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    When a whale beaches itself on the shore of the remote coastal town of Paradise Deep, the last thing any of the townspeople expect to find inside it is a man, silent and reeking of fish but remarkably alive. The discovery of this mysterious person, soon christened Judah, sets the town scrambling for answers as its most prominent citizens weigh in on whether he is man or beast, blessing or curse, miracle or demon.

    Mylrea Estell says: "spellbinding"
    "Compelling"
    Overall

    This is a long, beautiful genealogy of a Newfoundland town that is forever altered by the appearance of an albino man found in the belly of a whale is superbly narrated by John Lee. The inhabitants of this town are affected and unaffected by world events and Michael Crummey does a fantastic job of describing the insularity and deprivation of a small fishing village that is dragged into the early twentieth century.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8684)
    Performance
    (6252)
    Story
    (6287)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Liz says: "Not as good as the hype suggests"
    "Twilight for Adults"
    Overall

    Like the Twilight series, what could have been a good idea is sunk with poor attention to plot and character development. This isn't an entirely fair characterization since this book started off strongly, and actually has some good writing, but the author wastes her talents by devolving into endless drivel about the perfect vampire who does yoga and drives a Jaguar. Although there are some good secondary characters, the plot gets lost and the missing manuscript which kicked off the whole story, never gets looked into as if the author became more entranced with the tepid romance rather than the actual story. And please, must we have yet another brilliant PhD who has absolutely no problems getting a marvelous tenure-track position at an Ivy league college? This is more fantastical than the witches, demons, and vampires.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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