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Salt Lake City, UT, USA | Member Since 2008

  • 7 reviews
  • 50 ratings
  • 540 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2015

  • Dodger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl - not even if her fate impacts the most powerful people in England.

    Snoodely says: "Finally Revealed: Where Dickens Got His Ideas!"
    "Classic Terry Pratchett"

    While this novel is set in the "real" world of London, in the late 1800s, the characters feel like many of the characters from Terry Pratchett's Disc World Series. In some ways, it is a rehash of Mr. Pratchett's more successful novels. Often I would, in my mind's eye substitute Dodger for - say his Moist Von Lipwig character, or his Lord Robert Peel for his Watch Commander Sam Vines. The most original character was that of Dodger's erstwhile jewish roommate and mentor, Solomon Coen.
    So what made this story so enjoyable was a good story, well told. The narration was masterfully done by Mr. Stephen Briggs, which adds a life of its own to the characters in this story. The pacing was nice, keeping the story moving along lively while showing the truly harsh life of the lower classes in London at the beginning of the industrial age.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Very engaging"

    This story was very well crafted, with lots of details based in math and science. It feels very realistic as far as the trials and troubles of living on Mars

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Chelsea Handler
    • Narrated By Chelsea Handler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this wickedly honest new work, Chelsea Handler casts the net wider with even funnier results, recalling the most noteworthy highs and lows of her life to date - including her efforts to diversify by dating red-haired men, her obsession with midgets, and the dog-sitting interlude in which her boyfriend became overly familiar with a Peekapoo.

    Teddy says: "Just Plain FUNNYYYY!!!!!!!!!"
    "Not really funny, more mean and petty"

    I was not familiar with Chelsea Handler when I purchased this book, but I had heard that she was a comedian. I thought this would be an interesting read with a lot of humorous insights and comments. By the time I was half way through the book I found I really didn't like her.

    All the stories are told from her perspective with her comments and asides thrown in for good measure. She seems vapid and self absorbed with little regard to family, friends or the guys she was currently dating. While that can be comedy gold, Chelsea came across more as mean and bitchy. Kind of like a younger Joan Rivers. I have never liked Joan Rivers.

    After 6 hours of this thoroughly unpleasant woman, I am ready to move on. Most of her stories have an air of truth to them, which in a way, just makes them that much more sad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Emperor Mollusk. Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth. Not bad for a guy without a spine. But what's a villain to do after he's done... everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel aliens invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course. Retirement isn't easy though.

    Kat Hooper says: "Hilariously wacky!"
    "Excellent, quirky story"
    What made the experience of listening to Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain the most enjoyable?

    This book is definitely unexpected. With the evil overlord becoming the protagonist and fighting against an unknown entity, it becomes a "tongue in cheek" romp across a number of "Saturday Afternoon Movie" b-movie plots and unexpected twists. Giant Sea Creature, check. Extraterrestrial space mercenaries, check. Rampaging dinosaurs, check!
    So sit back and enjoy, because Emperor Mollusk is at the wheel.

    What other book might you compare Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain to and why?

    This was "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Creatures" but set in a 1950 b-movie lot.

    What about Scott Aiello’s performance did you like?

    Refined, british style of speaking that added life to the protagonist

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Forget Earth, Emperor Mollusk is saving the Universe this time!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sly Mongoose

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tobias S. Buckell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Welcome to Chilo, a planet with corrosive rain, crushing pressure, and deadly heat. Fortunately, 14-year-old Timas lives in one of the domed cities that float 100,000 feet above the surface, circling near the edge of a monstrous perpetual storm. Above the acidic clouds the temperature and pressure are normal. But to make a living, Timas, like many other young men, is lowered to the surface in an armored suit to scavenge what he can.

    Joel says: "Good Book"
    "Excellent Space Opera"

    I really enjoyed this story. I was filled with flawed people doing the best they can in a chaotic and overwhelming universe. The main character's actions have consequences which they continually have to deal with.
    I would recommend this story to anyone who likes a well written space opera.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Futureland: Nine Stories of an Imminent World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Life in America a generation from now isn't much different from today: The drugs are better, the daily grind is worse. The gap between the rich and the poor has widened to a chasm. You can store the world's legal knowledge on a chip in your little finger, while the Supreme Court has decreed that constitutional rights don't apply to any individual who challenges the system.

    Peregrine says: "Solid sci-fi with a Black theme"
    "Excellent story"

    I really enjoyed this story, which is a set of 9 short stories set in the same universe. The characters have real emotions and common motivations that drive the stories in a futuristic setting where the lines of personal identity and human rights get blurred. This story is similar to William Gibson's Neuromancer or Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash as it often deals with the underside of humanity, the people living on the fringe, trying to make their way in a technologically disadvantaged setting. However there is often a strong mixing of racial tension, radical feminism or class disparity that gives each story a unique feel from Gibson or Stephenson. Don't let this scare you away though, this is an excellent read with many thought provoking ideas as technology becomes more integrated into the main populace.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Starfist: School of Fire

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By David Sherman, Dan Cragg
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd

    Deployed to assist the oligarchs of Wanderjahr in putting down a rebellion that threatens the planet's political and economic stability, the Marines must fight two wars at the same against the resourceful, well-led guerrillas and another with the entrenched police bureaucracy.

    Michael Jacobi says: "Why such a drastic abridgment?"

    Narrative was choppy, and the plot hard to follow. The story jumps from scene to scene with little or no explanation as to why we are suddenly there. The characters were cardboard cut-outs, full of Semper Fi machismo, with almost no backstory to make you care for them. As a military Sci-Fi piece, I was expecting some detail into tactics and combat, but there was little of that as well. Entire battles were condensed to one or two un-fulfilling sentences. Finally, the conclusion to the plot comes right out of left field, with no chance for the reader to discover it for themselves. It was a disappointing end to a disappointing story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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