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Sharon

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Los Angeles, CA | Member Since 2010

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  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11307)
    Performance
    (10539)
    Story
    (10548)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Ryan says: "Wil Wheaton for President"
    "A Great Read for Hardcore Video Game Fans"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I am a child of the 80s and was surprised that the numerous pop music references included almost nothing of hip-hop. But maybe that was just my 80s.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It's a dystopic science fiction novel which makes it interesting but we seem to be deluged by dystopic fiction lately. That may be off-putting to some.

    Since I am not a video gamer, the description of the game action in parts of the novel had the same effect on me as drawn out battle scenes in other novels - snooze-inducing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Wade winning the first key, of course.


    Was Ready Player One worth the listening time?

    Yes, even though I had issues with some aspects of the novel, it was thought-provoking and ultimately positive.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately, I am not a videogame fan so I didn't fall head over heels in love with the story. But I ended up liking the story quite a bit. The enjoyment that I experienced is due in part to Wil Wheaton's performance.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Siren Depths

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (188)

    All his life, Moon roamed the Three Worlds, a solitary wanderer forced to hide his true nature - until he was reunited with his own kind, the Raksura, and found a new life as consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. But now a rival court has laid claim to him, and Jade may or may not be willing to fight for him. Beset by doubts, Moon must travel in the company of strangers to a distant realm where he will finally face the forgotten secrets of his past, even as an old enemy returns with a vengeance.

    Sharon says: "Excellence in Worldbuilding"
    "Excellence in Worldbuilding"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended and will continue to recommend The Tales of the Raksura series but no one listens to me. Just in case, though... If you are looking for a series of fantasy novels that defy Tolkien-true tropes, this series for you. Set in the Three Worlds, a world whose geography and inhabitants are almost wholly unfamiliar from our own, Martha Wells' flying dragon shifters are so familiar to us because of their humanity. I love this series wholeheartedly. Start with The Could Roads. Our hero, Moon, doesn't even know what he is or where he's from. That's wonderful for the reader because we get to know the Raksura and the Three Worlds as Moon searches for a place to call home. Then, in the second novel, The Serpent Seas, Moon and members of the Indigo Cloud court have to fight to make their home safe and secure. This third novel very satisfactorily answers our remaining questions about who Moon really is and where he's from. It's lovely how the author turns traditional gender roles around and then has her characters subvert them some more. Brilliant.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't begin to choose. Okay, Moon first. He's prickly and prone to fighting and loyal and honorable. Then, Stone who is even more prickly, prone to fighting and is ancient, to boot.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Malachite refers to Moon and Jade as children (even though she's telling them to shut up), I knew that she had accepted Jade as Moon's queen, even though it means he must leave her and his new found home.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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