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Alexis

chicklet37

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  • Eon: Dragoneye Reborn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Alison Goodman
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (290)

    Twelve-year-old Eon has been training for years. His intensive study of Dragon Magic, based on Oriental astrology, involves two kinds of skills: sword-work and magical aptitude. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye - an apprentice to one of the 12 energy dragons of good fortune.

    But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a 16-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a 12-year-old boy for the chance to become a Dragoneye.

    Levi says: "Fun, intriguing and addicting!"
    "Whiny Self-Doubting Protagonist Undermines Story"
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    Pros: Interesting Asia-based setting, where the author skillfully incorporated customs, culture and hierarchy.

    Cons: Everything else. Half of the book is spent on the protagonist doubting herself. She is constantly thinking out loud about how she is not good enough and why she does not deserve anything.

    The values that would normally be propagated in a story with a female lead are missing. Rather, the book propagates backward values. The protagonist loves and is loyal to her master - notwithstanding the fact that he beat and crippled her. The author portrays his abuse as being for the protagonist's own good - and the protagonist likewise adopts this viewpoint.

    "I knew he was right. A woman could not have power. Or if she did, it was from the shapeliness of her body, not from her spirit and certainly not from her mind."

    Worse yet, the protagonist is dumb. There are a ton of "clues" about why things are how they are, and she just happens to not understand any of it. Worse, it is not that she does not understand and ignores the clues; she instead picks the path that directly contradicts them. It is very frustrating that the protagonist is portrayed as such a stupid and incompetent character.

    I did not enjoy the narrator's performance. Ultimately, I would not recommend this book to a person of any age.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3587)
    Performance
    (2350)
    Story
    (2370)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "Great Book Told From Multi-Person Perspective"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though it is different from what I normally read. It raises complex, theoretical and real-world questions of politics, colonialism, racism, culture and religion through the perspectives of a southern, early 1960s housewife and her three daughters. Each chapter is told from the perspective of each woman as she attempts to cope with moving from the deep south in the United States to Kilanga in the Belgian Congo with their missionary husband/father. Each integrates with the Congo land and people in their own ways, while each dealing with the heavy-handed presence of their father/husband. The book is beautifully narrated and is one of the few that causes you to contemplate the underlying characters and environment, even when you're not reading. The events in the book and the ending will leave you both joyful and mourning - it is not a book to be missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3087)
    Performance
    (2755)
    Story
    (2740)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Intriguing Historical Fiction"
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    Good character development while permitting a layer of mysterious to surround each character. Quite an enjoyable book, including the incorporation of the details of the historical setting. Parts were too slow and there were a few twists that were a bit of a stretch, but I would recommend this to another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Apple Orchard

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Susan Wiggs
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (249)

    Tess Delaney makes a living restoring stolen treasures to their rightful owners. People like Annelise Winther, who refuses to sell her long-gone mother’s beloved necklace - despite Tess’s advice. To Annelise, the jewel’s value is in its memories. But Tess’s own history is filled with gaps: a father she never met, a mother who spent more time traveling than with her daughter. So Tess is shocked when she discovers the grandfather she never knew is in a coma. And that she has been named in his will to inherit half of Bella Vista, a 100-acre apple orchard in the magical Sonoma town called Archangel. The rest is willed to Isabel Johansen. A half-sister she’s never heard of.

    Alexis says: "Cliche Storyline With One-Dimensional Characters"
    "Cliche Storyline With One-Dimensional Characters"
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    The narrator was the only good part of this book. I'll sum up the story (spoiler alert):

    First Third of Story: "Woe is me. I'm a type A personality with no close friends or family. My work is everything because I have not met Mr. Right."

    Second Third of Story: "I met Mr. Right. There is not one damn thing wrong with him. He is generous, kind, loyal; he makes his own delicious wine and takes care of his oh-so-adorable kids (who overcome my normal distaste for kids) and of course he is instantly in love with me. He is gorgeous and charming and adopts dogs from the shelter. But woe is me. I can't let myself be vulnerable to such an amazing, perfect person. I was so scarred by growing up without a father that of course I never learned as a grown woman to have meaningful adult relationships. Oh - and I found out I have a sister who is also as perfect and as one-dimensional as the man I met."

    Final Third: Yay! I have a sister and a boyfriend and I've improved my relationship with my mother. I learned that I can love! I also happened upon $20 million and so I can live happily ever after. Whoopie!"

    The only interesting part of this book - which likely consisted of maybe 20 pages - was when the story flashed back to the Danish resistance to German occupation in World War II.

    The author also fails to even close some sub-plots, like what happened to the sister when she left for college, why she is so worried about the outside world and how Dominick tried to "save" her.

    Poorly written, flat and unrealistic storyline. I've never rolled my eyes so much when listening to an audiobook.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Outstretched Shadow: The Obsidian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (318)

    Kellen Tavadon, son of the Arch-Mage Lycaelon, thought he knew the way the world worked. His father, leading the wise and benevolent Council of Mages, protected and guided the citizens of the Golden City of the Bells. Young Mages in training---all men, for women were unfit to practice magic---memorized the intricate details of High Magic and aspired to seats on the council.

    John says: "Like 2 Different Books"
    "Repetitive, Angsty and Trite"
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    This story focuses on a 17 year old boy with the mind of a 12 year old. I have never before caught myself rolling my eyes so often from a book. A minimum of the first 20 hours of this novel focuses on the main character complaining about how bad his life is as the son of the arch-marge of his city: it's too confining, he has too many comforts, he has to be served dinner in silver platters full of scrumptious foods and eat alone while his father is still at work and he has to go to school and learn high magic while other kids get to toil in the fields. I wanted somebody to slap some sense and maturity into him - or at least just make him stop whining. The beginning is slow and irritating. The book improves some during the last 10 hours through new scenery, new magic and some standard action - but not by much.

    The characters lack any depth - they are either purely good or purely evil. There are no unexpected twists or surprises. It is juvenile and standard.

    Unlike other reviewers, I like the author - one of the first female authors I've come across who is good. She is good at varying her voice and adding intonation.

    Notwithstanding the foregoing, I love fantasy series and have read several dozen. I'll finish this series off because I hate ending short series part-way through. I'm just crossing my fingers the authors and the book's characters improve with time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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