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  • Deadline: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Chris Patton, Nell Geisslinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn't seem as fun when you've lost as much as he has. But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life....

    Matthew says: "A Punishing Book"
    "Surprisingly, a great second novel in a trilogy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Normally, second books in trilogies tend to fall flat. We already know the characters, we have an idea of where the overall story is heading, and the middle sort of sags. Well, not this one. This second novel is told from a different character's point of view, and has it's own wonderful story arc that stands well on its own. I would recommend reading Feed first, but this one is quite good.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed seeing Shaun Mason's point-of-view and his breakdown associated with a loss he faced in the first book. The way his friends helped him continue to function despite his obvious mental problems was fascinating.

    My only disappointment has to do with the villain. The bad guys, in general, could have been more well-rounded and less two-dimensional. I have a hard time accepting the moral compromises that so many people were willing to make, but I think I could have accepted them more easily if they'd been explained better by more "fleshed-out" (zombie humor... sorry) villains.

    Which character – as performed by Chris Patton and Nell Geisslinger – was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed Chris Patton's "Shaun Mason" character. The voice actors in this audio book were excellent and very well chosen.

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

    (Spoiler) I particularly liked the part where Shaun first sees his sister. His response was what one would have expected from a man who has been hallucinating for a while, and very memorable.

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  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "An excellent book, but perhaps not for everyone"
    What made the experience of listening to Cloud Atlas the most enjoyable?

    I must say, I loved Cloud Atlas. Each of the six stories was well written and engaging, and I loved that each was written in a completely different genre and that each had a unique style. How the stories linked together was not obvious, but they all dealt with some sort of prejudice, and they all had a protagonist fighting against enormous odds. That being said, this might not be for everyone because, I as I mentioned, the things that tie the story together are not obvious. Also, the author stops each story at a midpoint, just as things couldn't seem to get any worse, before completing it later in the book, which can be disconcerting.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm terrible with character names, and it is difficult to pick a single favorite character from six stories, but I particularly liked the clone from the future, both because she faced so much overt prejudice with her unique dignity, and because she had to travel so far as a person in order to transform into her final self.

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  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "Another great book by Neil Gaiman"
    Where does Anansi Boys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is among my favorite audio books

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I particularly liked the fact that the two brothers were two sides of the same person.

    What does Lenny Henry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Lenny Henry brings a lightness to the book and also brings the various characters to life.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I hate tag lines

    Any additional comments?


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