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Chestermere, AB, Canada | Member Since 2005

  • 5 reviews
  • 220 ratings
  • 595 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014

  • Clementine: A Novel of the Clockwork Century

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman, Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Maria Isabella Boyd's success as a Confederate spy has made her too famous for further espionage work, and now her employment options are slim. Exiled, widowed, and on the brink of poverty, she reluctantly goes to work for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Chicago. Adding insult to injury, her first big assignment is commissioned by the Union Army. In short, a federally sponsored transport dirigible is being violently pursued across the Rockies, and Uncle Sam isn't pleased.

    Matthew says: "Fun!"
    "I almost quit in chapter 2"

    This is a novella/short story in the alternate history created for Boneshaker & Dreadnought.

    It was nice to see the return of some characters from Boneshaker, although the story is self-contained enough that you don't have to have read the others to understand it (it helps flesh out some allusions though). The reading of this was why I almost gave up on this story. In Chapter 2 when the main female character meets her boss... it was almost too much to bear. The narrator's Scottish accent for the boss of the agency was very very difficult to listen to - it was a caricature of a Scottish accent, and was VERY painful. I stuck through it, and fortunately it's the only chapter this character appears in.

    Either just do a faint accent, or don't even try. The exaggerated terrible accent which appeared in the story was painful. I have never met a scot who sounds like that, and an extended vacation there didn't expose me to anything like it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Modern Witch: A Modern Witch, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lauren is downtown Chicago's youngest elite realtor. She's also a witch. She must be - the fetching spell for Witches' Chat isn't supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least. The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess her is a witch too (and no, that doesn't end the way you might think). What he finds in Lauren will change lives, mess with a perfectly good career, and require lots of ice cream therapy.

    ShySusan says: "Perfect antidote for vampire & zombie overdoses"
    "Inspired me to immediately buy the entire series"

    This book was part of the selection for one of Audible's promotions, and I picked it up more or less on a whim. I was very pleasantly surprised - this book is a lovely, character driven story where things are wrapped up cleanly but without being _overly_ predictable.

    There were few surprises, it was more about the emotional journey of the characters. And while there were times it seemed less about the (nominal) main character and more about introducing us to Witch Central and the merry band within, it is still Lauren's journey.

    The next books are even better, although I don't know if I can recommend reading _any_ of the series in public as they _all_ made me weepy at some point. It didn't feel manipulative though, just like you were attached to these people and a response was genuinely evoked. I did immediately buy the entire rest of the series (2-7) in ebook on the basis of listening to this one, and I have not been disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feed: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

    susan says: "I laughed, I cried..."
    "So good, I had to stop listening"

    This book was recommended to me by a friend, and I was skeptical - I didn't think I wanted to read "another zombie book". This book far surpassed my expectations. The world building is excellent - you can see how it developed from our present, but the story is fabulous. It is fast paced, and the actions lead into one another. I had to take a break about 3 hours from the end as it was getting a little too intense and I had been avoiding spoilers so I really had no idea what would happen.

    There's humour, drama, action, and characters I came to care about. It was fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "sharp funny dialogue, entertaining situations"

    I had read Old Mans War by the same author and while it was good, it was nothing like this book. This one has a new take on the idea that aliens want to make themselves known to us, and it has engaging characters, witty dialogue, and great pacing.

    The naration is excellent, adding to the overall experience.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Scattered Suns: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The war between the alien hydrogues and the faeros rages, reducing suns to blackened shells - including one of the fabled seven suns of the Ildiran Empire. Instead of protecting themselves, the Ildirans engage in bloody civil war and the many factions of humanity are bitterly divided. Can mankind and Ildirans overcome their own internal fighting to face a deadly new enemy that is ready to annihilate them?

    Joel says: "GREAT Series....Narrator change from Book 4 on"
    "disappointed with the narrator"

    I loved the first three books, and found the narrator engaging. This one is read by someone else, and I do not enjoy his style. Also, as mentioned by another reviewer, he pronounces many of the names differently. I actually didn't listen to the whole thing, I went and bought the book itself.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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