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Portage, MI, United States

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  • 42 titles in library
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  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2474)
    Performance
    (1776)
    Story
    (1797)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    Steven L says: "Good Book But Missing Something"
    "Were there no editors around?"
    Overall

    I tried. I really did. But this is one of the worst books I've ever tried to read/listen to. So boring. Stephenson thinks very highly of his writing. The problem is he's not a very good writer. You'd think with a book this long he'd stumble onto some character development. Instead he gets wrapped up in minuscule details. This really needed an editor to cut out the fat. Maybe this book could have been salvaged. Maybe.

    8 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Legacy of the Force #2: Bloodlines

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Karen Traviss
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (218)

    Civil war looms as the fledgling Galactic Alliance confronts a growing number of rebellious worlds - and the approaching war is tearing the Skywalker and Solo families apart. Han and Leia return to Han's homeworld, Corellia, the heart of the resistance. Their children, Jacen and Jaina, are soldiers in the Galactic Alliance's campaign to crush the insurgents.

    T. Mcpherson says: "Very well done! A great series continues!"
    "This is why you listen to audio books"
    Overall

    This was a fantastic listen! The narrator is one of the best I've heard yet on audible, and the addition of sounds and music really involves you in the story. I'm normally not a fan of abridge books, but this was well done. I read the first book in the series (you know, actually read it) and I thought it was frequently boring when it got bogged down in politics. However, this abridged book gets to the heart of the story. I will listen to the entire series now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (7058)
    Performance
    (5410)
    Story
    (5492)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Unusual But Entertaining"
    Overall

    Despite the strange premise of this book, I really enjoyed it. Very inventive and it created an interesting alternate US history. I was a little surprised by how gruesome it was, though.That's not a bad thing. I was just surprised by it. I guess I was expecting it to be more humorous, but it isn't. Also, the use of period music from time to time was a nice touch. However, I didn't really like the narrator. He was a bit too robotic in his reading style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3622)
    Performance
    (1592)
    Story
    (1597)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "Zzzzzzzzz...."
    Overall

    OK, it started out well then seriously veered off the path. So unfocused. This book did not need to be so long. An editor--or a team of editors--should have tackled this book before publication. To mention this book in the same sentence as Tolkien (as Time Magazine did) is laughable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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