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Cath

Columbus, Ohio | Member Since 2013

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  • You Must Go and Win: Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alina Simone
    • Narrated By Alina Simone
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    In the wickedly bittersweet and hilarious You Must Go and Win, the Ukrainian-born musician Alina Simone traces her bizarre journey through the indie rock world, from disastrous Craigslist auditions with sketchy producers to catching fleas in a Williamsburg sublet. But Simone offers more than down-and-out tales of her time as a struggling musician: she has a rapier wit, slashing and burning her way through the absurdities of life, while offering surprising and poignant insights.

    Kristiina says: "Wonderful life journey"
    "disjointed and confusing"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It passed the time - when I wasn't feeling confused about the sequence of events anyway.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    that's it?


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Alina Simone?

    I liked her reading style. I'd listen to her read another one.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is not in chronological order. It is very jarring to try to mentally piece it together in the right order. I thought there were some fun and cute adventures in the story, but overall it wasn't as fun or funny as Mr. Gaiman claims. Maybe if you are more familiar with the author and/or her friends you'd relate to the book better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Scale: A Companion to Seraphina

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rachel Hartman
    • Narrated By Mandy Williams, W. Morgan Sheppard
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself - for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.

    cute game for free says: "Loved Serapina, hated Shadow Scale"
    "Not as good as the first book"
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    This book is much more melancholy than the first. It has some plot holes that were distracting, and then some plot twists that came out of nowhere and made no sense. The narrator was superb, and overall the writing was great. The story itself fell short.
    :-(

    I really enjoyed the first book and was looking forward to more of the same only to be slightly disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wood Sprites: Elfhome, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Wen Spencer
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (116)

    Even though they attend a school of gifted students in New York City, child geniuses Louise Mayer and her twin sister Jillian have always felt alone in the world, isolated by their brilliance. Shortly before their ninth birthday, they make an amazing discovery. They're not alone. Their real mother was astronaut Esme Shenske and their father was the famous inventor, Leonardo Dufae. They have an older sister, Alexander, living on the planet of Elfhome, and four siblings still in cryogenic storage at the fertility center.

    Mindy says: "In some ways, this is one of the best in the serie"
    "best of the four in this series so far"
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    These impish twins and their adventures are a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Judd Trichter
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Set in a near-future LA, a man falls in love with a beautiful android - but when she is kidnapped and sold piecemeal on the black market, he must track down her parts to put her back together.

    Brandon says: "Do Androids Feel Love?"
    "Original, Provocative, & Fast Paced"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This thought provoking and rather original story is superbly narrated by Luke Daniels. He does the 'noir' themes in this book so very well. This is audiobook narration at its finest.

    This is not an uplifting or feel good novel. Sometimes the future described seems all too possible. This is really well told, well written, fast paced, and fascinating. I had a hard time putting this one down. It reminds me a little of Nick Harkaway's Tigerman.

    On the other hand it isn't overly depressing or sad per se. Just gritty and hard boiled and set in a tough time without a lot of glamour or glitz or sunshine.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13384)
    Performance
    (12155)
    Story
    (12186)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "Great Story!"
    Overall
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    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This action packed and mystery filled imaginative story grabs you from the very beginning and is really hard to put down! Most excellent entertainment.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mysteries.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Veek.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I kept me spellbound for the entire length.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tigerman

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nick Harkaway
    • Narrated By Matt Bates
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    Lester Ferris needs a rest. He's spent his life being shot at, and Afghanistan was the last stop on his road to exhaustion. Mancreu is the ideal place for Lester to relax. A former British colony, soon to be destroyed because of its very special version of toxic pollution. But Lester Ferris makes a friend: a street kid with a comicbook fixation who will need a home - who might, Lester hopes, become an adopted son. But in a place like Mancreu, just what sort of hero will the boy need?

    Cath says: "Slow start - but very touching"
    "Slow start - but very touching"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    First of all, the narration is really, really great.

    The story starts out really slow as it eases its way under your skin. At some point it just grabs you and at times is very touching. It gets increasingly hard to put down. I can see why other reviewers might give up before that happens. If you are looking for a "slam-bang roller coaster ride" - skip this one.

    Immediately after finishing, I had to go back and listen to the first hour or so again to put everything in context. It made so much more sense the second time through that part.

    This story will be stuck in my head for quite some time to come. I'm looking forward to the next Nick Harkaway book already (whatever that might be).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4803)
    Performance
    (4391)
    Story
    (4383)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Janice says: "What does it mean to be human?"
    "wonderful, magical, superb storytelling"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This is wonderful storytelling. There are many interesting elements all expertly woven and beautifully read. A plot that is hard to predict; great characters; romance; mystery; magic; charming moments; sad moments; reflective and philosophical moments; historical color; and more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (4534)
    Performance
    (3712)
    Story
    (3712)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Gritty and Gory - but not Dark"
    Overall
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    Although the writing in the Joe Ambercrombie books is really good, I found them really dark and depressing, and what I liked least was that there was not a single character to identify with, like, or root for. I was hesitant to acquire this audio book because of the folks who compared it to the Joe Ambercrombie books. I think the comparisons (in those other reviews) between this book and Joe Ambercrombie's books get it wrong. This book has very good writing. Yes, it is very gory at times - however so much so it feels completely over the top - as if the author was trying to outdo himself and everyone else by having fun trying to answer the question: "How gruesome can I get?". That actually made the story kind of fun. (Unlike Ambercrombie who just makes you disgusted and depressed.) The main character may be a cheat and a thief, but he is much easier to spend time with and root for and get along with. There are quite a few other good characters too. While the bad guys are really horrible, they aren't unlikeable (in their own way). There are even hints of romance in the book. I look forward to the next one in the series. This engaging story is told by a reader who is simply fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1638)
    Performance
    (1114)
    Story
    (1111)

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    Anne says: "Breathtaking!"
    "contrived ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This series was going along great, sometimes dark, sometimes positive. Then the last hour or 2 of this audio book it stopped making any sense. It felt contrived, rushed, and and out of character. It was as if the author got tired of writing and just made something up to hit the deadline. It was a very disappointing conclusion to the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (4982)
    Performance
    (3815)
    Story
    (3827)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Depressing, dark, gritty"
    Overall
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    Story

    This series leaves a bad taste in the mouth because it is so dark and depressing. None of the characters are very likable. The more you listen the less you like (or care about) any of time. The writing is very good, and the reader is very good. However the story is really not very satifying. The closest I can compare it to is Game of Thrones. (Game of Thrones was more of a soap opera though).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2247)
    Performance
    (1961)
    Story
    (1963)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Mel says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "An incredible story!"
    Overall
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    Wow. What a story! A young country full of hope and scientific marvels. A young president full of life. A twisted mad man. Ingenious inventors and pompous doctors. Changing the world. ... My only caveat is some of the medical procedures described are rather graphic. If you are particularly sensitive to such things the story might lose some of its appeal. (The details were an important part of the story though.) I highly recommend this incredible story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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