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Bohemian Yankee

Wilton NH | Member Since 2008

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  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1423)
    Performance
    (1308)
    Story
    (1310)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    linda says: "Engaging, Room for Improvement"
    "Bland..... just plain bland"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I had to speed the narrator (who put very little life into an already weak story) up to 2x the normal speed so my attention wouldn't wander.


    If you’ve listened to books by Samantha Shannon before, how does this one compare?

    Not going to bother with her others.


    What three words best describe Alana Kerr’s performance?

    Bland, vanilla and blaa


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    People who liked this..... they need to read more books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bastard: The Kent Family Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (264)

    Set against the colorful tumult of events that gave rise to our fledgling nation, this novel of romance and adventure introduces Phillipe Charboneau. The illegitimate son of an English nobleman, Phillipe flees Europe and, as Philip Kent, joins the men who set our course for freedom. The Bastard is the first volume in the Kent Family Chronicles, a series of novels that details one family's journey in the early years of the American nation.

    will says: "An Amazing Tale"
    "As good as I remembered!"
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    I first read this book (and the complete series) back in the 70s when it was originally released. I enjoyed it then and again now.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3433)
    Performance
    (3097)
    Story
    (3114)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "Paranoid Feminist, Anti-Christian Polemic Crap"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If it was a physical copy, not a recording, I would run it through the shredder. What a waste of time listening to this tripe.


    Has The Handmaid's Tale turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. There are a great many good dystopian tales out there that don't repeat, repeat and repeat again the same unfounded, never explained, paranoid, fear mongering attacks this one does.


    What about Claire Danes’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was the only good part, even though she had little to work with.


    Do you think The Handmaid's Tale needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a close-minded feminist, man hating, anti-Christian bigot, you'll love this book. I found it to be an over-rated piece of tripe.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • WWW: Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Marc Vietor, Oliver Wyman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (594)

    Webmind - the vast consciousness that spontaneously emerged from the infrastructure of the World Wide Web - has proven its worth to humanity by aiding in everything from curing cancer to easing international tensions. But the brass at the Pentagon see Webmind as a threat that needs to be eliminated. Caitlin Decter-the once-blind 16-year-old math genius who discovered, and bonded with, Webmind - wants desperately to protect her friend. And if she doesn't act, everything - Webmind included - may come crashing down.

    brendanstallard says: "Unmissable"
    "Weakest of this series of three."
    Overall

    I am a huge fan of Robert J. Sawyer or at least I was till I read this book. I have met him several times and he signed my complete set of the Neanderthal Parallax. However, I was very disappointed with his effort here. While Flashforward was one of his best stories to date, I was sorry to see that it's success and industry's weak effort to make it a TV show caused Hollywood's liberal elite to have a negative effect on him. By the time WebMind makes his acceptance speak late in the story I had become tired of the liberal, secular diatribe that was continuously being trodden out. A majority of it had nothing to the story and just became annoying by the time you reached the end. In the past he has kept these issues at the ???food for thought??? level. There are several examples of this in Calculating God and the aforementioned Neanderthal Parallax where I would stop reading to sit and think about a point that had been made, but it here it crossed the line to just plain preaching/bashing.

    I realize as an author it is his prerogative to write as he see's fit and I still look forward to his next story, but if this trend continues, I am sorry to it will be the last I read.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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