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  • Agatha H and the Airship City: Girl Genius #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (247)

    The Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare. Sixteen years have passed since the Heterodyne Boys, benevolent adventurers and inventors, disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Today, Europe is ruled by the Sparks, dynasties of mad scientists ruling over - and terrorizing - the hapless population with their bizarre inventions and unchecked power, while the downtrodden dream of the Heterodynes’ return. At Transylvania Polygnostic University, a pretty, young student named Agatha Clay seems to have nothing but bad luck.

    Amazon Customer says: "Ever wanted visuals while audio book listening?"
    "Ever wanted visuals while audio book listening?"
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    What did you love best about Agatha H and the Airship City?

    Loved the story, but discovering that I could look at the online comic WHILE listening made for a fully immersive experience. I have often wished for images to go along with audiobooks and this has almost the whole story illustrated. FANTASTIC.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jägermonsters are probably my favorite. All of the characters have pretty well rounded development.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Climatic scenes where Agatha's clanks come to the rescue are pretty exciting.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • WWW: Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Jennifer Van Dyck, A. C. Fellner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1594)
    Performance
    (859)
    Story
    (863)

    Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes.

    'Nathan says: "Fantastic."
    "Thoughtful and complex yet sweet."
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    What made the experience of listening to WWW the most enjoyable?

    Often, I find the use of multiple narrators distracting but it worked flawlessly for this beautifully crafted story. The author uses an intertwining of seemingly unrelated stories to awaken something new. Most of all, the references by the main character to Helen Keller offers the listener (reader) a window into the birth of language and of consciousness itself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Caitlin Decter is the quintessential brainy teen spitfire.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scenes had me excited.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The audio book had convenient places to pause and pick back up.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to listen to the next two books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3297)
    Performance
    (1512)
    Story
    (1521)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Has a noir feel without the unlikable characters."
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    If you could sum up Altered Carbon in three words, what would they be?

    Adult scifi mystery. (three-ish)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There is a pretty clear protagonist in Takeshi Kovacs so that one is easy. Mrs. Bancroft's character was juicy simply for contributing one of the hottest sex scenes I've come across in a while.


    Which character – as performed by Todd McLaren – was your favorite?

    It wouldn't be easy to pinpoint a favorite voice from McLaren. He does a fantastic job of clearly delineating the character voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Would have loved to given the time.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the book before the film gets made. Who knows how an adaptation will turn out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3442)
    Performance
    (1838)
    Story
    (1850)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "A new vision for a post-dystopian future."
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    Where does The Windup Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Windup Girl rises near the top of my audiobook experiences.


    What other book might you compare The Windup Girl to and why?

    Bacigalupi paints a post petroleum future where only bioengineered crops can grow and most edible botanicals are nearly extict. Crop engineering is the weapon of nations and multinational corporations. Picking out protagonists is difficult, but that is a function of well rounded characters as opposed to noir styled anti-heros. With the originality of his world, and the self interested players in it, I could compare Windup to the Sprawl series. However, where tecnology has erupted like cancer in the Gibson novels, it seems to have retreated for most denizens in Bacigalupi's.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    The man is a chameleon. The voices are alive with individuality. Davis is amazing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sure. The ending is nice and tidy which I find refreshing in today's "must make a sequel" industry.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting the Five: Book One of the De la Roca Chronicles, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Maria Violante
    • Narrated By David K. Pittman
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    It's a side of the southwest never glimpsed by mortal man - a heartless, barren outback riddled with ruthless demons. In its ignorance, humanity is powerless to stop these escapees from Hell and the havoc they create with their dark magic. Good thing De la Roca isn't human. A gunslinger with no memories of her previous life, she has fought for the last three hundred years on the forefront of a supernatural war, relying only on her wits, her reflexes, and her own demonic powers - all to pay for her own release from Hell.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not literary genius but fun. Just what I want."
    "Not literary genius but fun. Just what I want."
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    If you could sum up Hunting the Five in three words, what would they be?

    supernatural beast girl


    Would you recommend Hunting the Five to your friends? Why or why not?

    If they are looking for a light and fun action short. Then yes.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The story moved along quickly. However, I speed up narration on the Audible player on most titles so narration pace is rarely an issue.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I could see this series getting bigger. The cover art is admittedly what got me to check it out. From what I've read the author writes from the cab of a big rig tractor-trailer. Maybe truck-stops inspired her demon world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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