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Chanaya

"This must be Thursday...I never could get the hang of Thursdays." -- Douglas Adams

La Porte, IN, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • 72 purchased in 2014
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  • Unholy Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (248)

    They're an iconic part of history's most celebrated birth. But what do we really know about the Three Kings of the Nativity, besides the fact that they followed a star to Bethlehem bearing strange gifts? The Bible has little to say about this enigmatic trio. But leave it to Seth Grahame-Smith, the brilliant and twisted mind behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to take a little mystery, bend a little history, and weave an epic tale.

    Ryan says: "A nice twist to the greatest story ever told."
    "What Holiday Fun!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While at times, it was a bit gorier than I'm used to, it was still a lot of fun! The characters are well-written and well-narrated, and the plot is a great twist on a very old story. Overall, I'm really glad that I listened to it, and it just might become a new holiday favorite of mine!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McWhorter
    • Narrated By John McWhorter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1072)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (812)

    A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

    Mike says: "Great for casual linguists"
    "Magnificent Indeed! I Read the Bastard Twice! :)"
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    Story

    I loved this book so much that I instantly restarted it the moment I finished it!

    Be advised -- this is NOT a dry book about the derivation of English vocabulary. This is a witty, well-written, well-narrated history of why we speak the way we do. So it's more grammar than vocab -- and it's terribly interesting because the author puts everything in the historical/geographical context (which sounds dry, but it's done well).

    I'm also really glad that I listened to the audiobook version of this because the author/narrator gives many examples of where our language comes from, and I think it's easier to get his point since he pronounces those examples on the audiobook version.

    There were many times that I found myself laughing during this book. It's such a great mix of wit and information. Definitely worth the listen if you have any interest in the history of our language.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4459)
    Performance
    (3812)
    Story
    (3791)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Delightful Mystery with Lovable Characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Her Royal Spyness in three words, what would they be?

    Delightful - Witty - Entertaining


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    There's sufficient intrigue to keep you interested -- not only the mystery but also what I call "social horrors" :) The characters get under your skin (in a good way) and just won't let you go. It's perfect for the time period, and there are no dull moments!


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    I'm picky about narrators, but Katherine Kellgren did a great job of bringing this story to life and giving each character his or her own voice (and like the best narrators, those voices carry over to the subsequent books in series).


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I definitely didn't want to turn it off, but in the same way, I didn't want it to end. Luckily for me, I knew I had other books in the series to look forward to when I was finished.


    Any additional comments?

    This series kept popping up in my recommendations, and I kept ignoring it. I only listened to it because I got it on sale. Eventually, I will start paying better attention to those recommendations because they're usually amazingly correct. In this case, I'm sad that I went so long without having read it. What a delightful start to a delightful series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6946)
    Performance
    (1699)
    Story
    (1741)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "What a RIDE!!"
    Overall

    WOW! The way that Brown incorporates fact and fiction is fantastic; it keeps you hooked until the end! It is so well-written that I actually felt like I accompanied the characters from beginning to end...I felt what they felt. My heart was beating so fast as I was listening to it. I highly recommend this roller-coaster-ride of a book! I hated to turn it off. After I finished it, I had to start listening to it again. It's a must-read for anyone who loves a good thrill ride!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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