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Beth

Love Sci Fi and Fantasy books since I was 8, starting reading A Princess of Mars series in Junior High School thanks to my Uncle Lester.

Salem, OR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5051)
    Performance
    (3772)
    Story
    (3792)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "Very enjoyable"
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    I liked this a lot, and will read more of his work. This was very interesting with a good plot and character development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last of the Mohicans

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By James Fenimore Cooper
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    The setting for this historical romance is the French and Indian War, a war which pitted England and its American colonists against the French and their Indian allies. Cora and Alice Munro, the daughters of an English commander, are on their way to join their father. Escorting them through the wilderness are Alice's fiancé, Major Duncan Heyward, and the treacherous Indian Magua, who secretly serves the French.

    andrew says: "Great Book!!!"
    "Dull narration"
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    Loved the movie, think I liked the book when I read it 30 years ago, however, this was very boring narration, I recommend you look at other versions of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1024)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (917)

    In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

    Steph says: "A fabulous new take on Sherlock Holmes"
    "Great series."
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    Nice series of stories tied together into the book. It comes across as a book, but also as distinct stories within the book. Charming story to imagine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Souls: Matthew Corbett, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (504)

    The year is 1703. The place: The Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional 'problem solver,' has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: Escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball. What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation.

    Frances says: "SPOILERS! Still love Matthew Corbeett"
    "How did this happen!"
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    I am a sci fi/fantasy person and here I am reading a murder/mystery series, but it is terrific and I have really enjoyed the series, the author has a great take on history and the various areas during this colonial period, and a fascinating story in this book as in the entire series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Siren Depths

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (222)

    All his life, Moon roamed the Three Worlds, a solitary wanderer forced to hide his true nature - until he was reunited with his own kind, the Raksura, and found a new life as consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. But now a rival court has laid claim to him, and Jade may or may not be willing to fight for him. Beset by doubts, Moon must travel in the company of strangers to a distant realm where he will finally face the forgotten secrets of his past, even as an old enemy returns with a vengeance.

    Sharon says: "Excellence in Worldbuilding"
    "Bugs and hives"
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    I tried to listen to this book. I tried for many hours, I found it difficult to engage with the main character the hive mentality the bug orientation they seem to have going, related to bees in some respect with consorts. Mostly, it was strange and not interesting and I can't say that I have ever stopped listening to a book, but this one I have stopped. It was just plain boring to me and I like fantasy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Timbuktu

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (278)

    Mr. Bones, the canine hero of this astonishing book, is the sidekick and confidant of Willy G. Christmas, a brilliant and troubled homeless man from Brooklyn. As Willy's body slowly expires, he sets off with Mr. Bones for Baltimore in search of his high-school English teacher and a new home for his companion. Mr. Bones is our witness during their journey, and out of his thoughts, Paul Auster has spun one of the richest, most compelling tales in American fiction.

    Dubi says: "Should I Have Said Gehrig?"
    "Amazing"
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    Wonderful touching story, I greatly enjoyed the book and found myself very moved by this story. Will look for more books from this author who writes with such a clear vision.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger's Quest: Tiger's Curse, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Colleen Houck
    • Narrated By Annika Boras
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (398)

    Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. But danger lurks around the corner, forcing her to return to India where she embarks on a second quest--this time with Ren's dark, bad-boy brother Kishan, who has also fallen prey to the Tiger's Curse. Fraught with danger, spellbinding dreams, and choices of the heart, Tiger's Quest brings the trio one step closer to breaking the spell that binds them.

    Arwen says: "Compelling Story!"
    "Disappointing"
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    I began this book eagerly having enjoyed the first book. The heroines internal conflict over the two brother's was tiresome to me and the sexually demanding brother was disturbing to the point that it eclipsed the interesting story of the quest theme.
    I am stopping now and not continuing the series, this was too disappointing and felt too bubble-gum to me. Listening to it I was struck by the contradictions in the character of the heroine and the sexual messages this might convey to younger female (and male) readers about the basic respect of sexual boundaries between people.
    Perhaps I am reacting strongly to it, but I am disappointed and unable to continue even though I would like to hear the quest resolution, sigh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger's Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Colleen Houck
    • Narrated By Annika Boras, Sanjiv Jahveri
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (635)

    The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.

    F. DesBouillons says: "Great Book!!!"
    "Charming"
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    Charming book, very enjoyable to listen to and I found the involvement of the India goddess very interesting. I look forward to the second book.

    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
    (3282)
    Performance
    (2928)
    Story
    (2913)

    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!"
    "interesting"
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    Not my usual genre for reading, however, I thought I would check it out, very interesting and entertaining, good performance, purchased the next two in the series as well. Strangely enough the last 3.5 hours were blotted out and I was unable to listen to them on my Ipod only online.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Audley’s Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mary Elizabeth Braddon
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    This Victorian best seller, along with Braddon's other famous novel, Aurora Floyd, established her as the main rival of the master of the sensational novel, Wilkie Collins. A protest against the passive, insipid 19th-century heroine, Lady Audley was described by one critic of the time as "high-strung, full of passion, purpose, and movement." Her crime (the secret of the title) is shown to threaten the apparently respectable middle-class world of Victorian England.

    RM Simon says: "Mixed feelings"
    "Not Wilkie Collins"
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    I read this book after hearing she was a contemporary of his and wrote stronger female characters. I have to say, I enjoyed his Woman in White and especially the Moonstone so much more. About two months after listening to the Moonstone it was referenced so many times in other books and shows that I was very pleased to have read it here. This was pleasant, however not as engaging as the other author. I have to say the narrator makes a huge difference,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic Mirror and the Seventh Dwarf: Accidental Enchantments, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tia Nevitt
    • Narrated By Angela Park
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Prince Richard is cursed. Enslaved to a magic mirror, he must truthfully answer the evil queen when she uses it to call on him. To keep from betraying innocents, Richard wanders the countryside and avoids people. All her life, Gretchen has been teased for being small. When she hears of a hidden farm populated by little people like her, she sets out to find it - and is welcomed by the mostly male inhabitants. Lars in particular woos her with his gentle kindness and quiet strength.

    Katherine says: "A delightfully mangled fairy tale"
    "7 Dwarfs"
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    A different twist on Snow White, it was an enjoyable listen, not necessarily riveting, but pleasant and light.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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