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Celeste M

Restless reading junkie.

Member Since 2009

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  • 5 reviews
  • 29 ratings
  • 159 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • Right Ho, Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (155)

    All the zany Wodehouse characters are here: Bertie, Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeline Bassett, and Aunt Dahlia. All the humorous chaos of misunderstandings, puns, and pranks are present: someone must hand out prizes at the Market Snodsbury Grammar School, a lovers' spat finds Bertie engaged to Madeline, and a hunger strike causes the cook to give notice. The inevitable rescue by Jeeves, brilliantly conceived and executed, averts disaster and saves nitwit Bertie Wooster.

    Freda says: "Cecil's readings of Wodehouse are always brilliant"
    "Absolute Wodehouse brilliance"
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    Hilarious reading of a comedy classic! Among the best of the Jeeves books, full of slapstick, wit and plot twists - if you are unfamiliar with Woodhouse, this is a great place to start. Jonathan Cecil's reading adds lively sparkle to the absurdist ramblings of the not-so-sharp aristocrat, Bertie Wooster.

    I listen to audiobooks at work, and it's a rather subdued environment. This book keeps me choking back laughter until tears stream from my eyes - even with repeat listens.

    Caveat: if you're not a fan of British humor and send-ups of the Downtown Abbey set, this is not for you. But I bet that if you've gone far enough down the rabbit hole to visit this book's page, "Right Ho, Jeeves" is just your thing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2525)
    Performance
    (1571)
    Story
    (1602)

    In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. Onthe world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

    Darwin8u says: "Hyperion is FALLEN, am I too to fall?"
    "I loved Hyperion, but..."
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    Hyperion was solid sci fi. Well, a bit corny and odd in spots, but mostly inventive, engaging, and thoroughly fun. I even enjoyed the ending, which seems a love-it-or-hate-it kind of thing.

    I was excited to see what was going to happen in The Fall of Hyperion - the second chapter of the wild world of the Shrike!

    As the story progressed, my anticipation was replaced with mild disappointment. The story lines muddled together in a complicated baroque jumble. Towards the middle of the book, I kept thinking that I'd accidentally rewound the story, but it was just that the author kept saying the same thing over and over. Plus, although I'm a fan of metafiction and allusions to classic literature, this book's heavy handed eruditism felt embarrassingly self conscious. Wasn't sure I cared about the characters anymore. Things just kept happening to them, and they didn't seem actively engaged in their future, so neither was I.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23216)
    Performance
    (14548)
    Story
    (14701)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Creepy… In a bad way"
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    Just like Harry Potter... Only with lots of weird descriptions of naked children having suggestive conversations. Ew!

    The story is, at best, meandering and mediocre, leaving me with a sour feeling. I'm a sci-fi and YA fan, but barely made it through this book, ever hopeful of discovering some redeeming quality. I never found any.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gentlemen of the Road

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By Andre Braugher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    They're an odd pair, to be sure: pale, rail-thin, black-clad Zelikman, a moody, itinerant physician fond of jaunty headgear, and ex-soldier Amram, a gray-haired giant of a man as quick with a razor-tongued witticism as he is with a sharpened battle-ax. Brothers under the skin, comrades in arms, they make their rootless way through the Caucasus Mountains, circa A.D. 950.

    A Geek says: "Incredible Story - Fitting Narrator!"
    "genre fiction at it's thrilling best"
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    This book is super fun. It's fast paced, light, smart and seamlessly crafted. Gentlemen Of The Road reminds me what it was like when I was a little kid bookworm, devouring trashy paperback adventures from cover to cover.

    As a child, old pulp serials were the best thing ever. John Carter, Conan, Tarzan - these books whisked me through their pages with knuckle biting adventure - but somehow you always knew the hero would come out on top, despite his (always his) nagging personal doubts, and the overwhelming odds. The simple characters, and almost familiar plots set in exotic locations thrilled me.

    Revisiting the novels as an adult, the experience soured. I found them tedious, xenophobic, sexist, and full of horrid cliches. Truly one of those sad moments of lost innocence.

    However, this book captures everything my itty-bitty self adored in those old adventures. Chabon perfectly reinvents the flare and simplicity of bold men and women, clever rapscallions, and cruel villains - all dueling in another time and place. And it ditches all the anachronistic manure found in the old pulps. And it's beautifully written, with a voice that effortlessly glides the reader across the exotic locale and fast paced action.

    Pros and cons of the audio version: while the audiobook loses the great spot illustrations of the printed edition, it makes up for that with Andre Braugher's reading. His pacing and the texture of his voice perfectly enhances this story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • HHhH

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Laurent Binet
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    HHhH: "Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich," or "Himmler's brain is called Heydrich." The most dangerous man in Hitler's cabinet, Reinhard Heydrich was known as the "Butcher of Prague." He was feared by all and loathed by most. With his cold Aryan features and implacable cruelty, Heydrich seemed indestructible-until two men, a Slovak and a Czech recruited by the British secret service-killed him in broad daylight on a bustling street in Prague, and thus changed the course of History.

    Darwin8u says: "Himlers Hirn heisst Heydrich"
    "exciting WW2 history with a personal touch"
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    HHhH is a vivid and emotional retelling of an almost unbelievable true story, and kept me in suspense, ready to find out what happened next. I greatly enjoyed the voicing of both author and reader. (And translator.)

    Strictly speaking, this book doesn't just tell the story of heroic WW2 soldiers and horrible Nazi think tanks. While that is the main thrust of the narrative, the book includes a rich view of the political and social climate, enriching the overall world of the story. By meandering into beginnings of other equally fascinating stories, Binet provides connective tissue of each historic thread. And he does so in a way that is extremely interesting, rather than a distraction from the main story. Continuing with the postmodern form, we're also let in on the author's personal obsessive information hunt, nagging creative insecurities, and life difficulties. What fun to hear about his process of making the novel!

    I found the story both a thoughtful retelling and an engaging page-turner… Is "page-turner" an appropriate word for audiobooks?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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