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Desdemona

League City, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 10 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 137 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • Cuckoo's Egg

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (82)

    They named him Thorn. They told him he was of their people, although he was so different. He was ugly in their eyes, strange, sleek-skinned instead of furred, clawless, different. Yet he was of their power class: judge-warriors, the elite, the fighters, the defenders. Thorn knew that his difference was somehow very important - but not important enough to prevent murderous conspiracies against him, against his protector, against his caste, and perhaps against the peace of the world. But when Thorn finally learned what his true role in life was to be, that the future of two worlds might hinge on him, then he had to stand alone to justify his very existence

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Do I hear Can't?"
    "unfinished...."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I felt like the entire book was leading up to something that never happened. Just when it finally started to get interesting it ended.....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate Thief: Mithermages, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2341)
    Performance
    (2117)
    Story
    (2126)

    Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

    Benjamin says: "Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh."
    "Not as good as the first one..."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge Orson Scott Card Fan and have been waiting eagerly for this book to come out - maybe that is why I was kind of disappointed.... It is still good, but the first one was better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Barbarian Nurseries

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Héctor Tobar
    • Narrated By Frankie J. Alvarez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (130)

    With The Barbarian Nurseries, Héctor Tobar gives our most misunderstood metropolis its great contemporary novel, taking us beyond the glimmer of Hollywood and deeper than camera-ready crime stories to reveal Southern California life as it really is, across its vast, sunshiny sprawl of classes, languages, dreams, and ambitions.

    David says: "A modern classic for 21st century Los Angeles"
    "Very good"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Barbarian Nurseries the most enjoyable?

    Once I realized what was going on I really enjoyed this book. It was somewhat confusing in the beginning because it is from the point of view of a Mexican maid who herself is not sure what is going on. I really loved the narrator of this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Colin Woodard
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (481)

    North America was settled by people with distinct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since. Subsequent immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an "American" or "Canadian" culture, but rather into one of the 11 distinct regional ones that spread over the continent each staking out mutually exclusive territory. In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a journey through the history of our fractured continent....

    Theo Horesh says: "One of a Kind Masterpiece"
    "Wish I had gotten the paper version"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The narrator as a soothing voice that made me want to sleep. I wish I had gotten the paper version. The content is very interesting but as an audible it put me to sleep.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Long, Long Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anna Sheehan
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (121)

    Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for 62 years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten subbasement, 16-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now her parents and her first love are long dead, and Rose -  hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire - is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes....

    Katheryne says: "Sleeping Beauty Sci-Fi Edition"
    "Not what I expected"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a really great story but it was not at all what I was expecting from the description. It is sad, I cried through most of it. It is like a tale of futuristic child abuse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaim Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Martha Beck
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (95)

    Many people feel called to help others and change the world, but they just don’t know how to fulfill their potential. They have the creativity and passion, but often get lost, not knowing how to direct their energies. Now, popular life coach Martha Beck shows how readers can find their calling in service and healing - while realizing their destiny. With a sparkling, compassionate, and often irreverent style, Beck draws from a combination of ancient wisdom and modern science to help readers consciously embrace vital skills that may be embedded in our DNA and are now made accessible again.

    June E. Smith says: "Interesting"
    "Not good as an audible"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is one of those books that you start listening to and realize that you should have gotten the paper version. There are too many spots that I would want to re-read, especially when she gives you different exercises to do.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3008)
    Performance
    (2685)
    Story
    (2669)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "I forgot how much I liked Robert McCammon!"
    Overall
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    In the beginning of this story I wasn't sure if I was going to want to finish it, but as the story built I became more and more invested. The lead character was annoyingly meddlesome, and the townspeople were exactly what I would imagine people of this time period to be like. I have read stories by Robert McCammon before and I honestly had forgotten what a great weaver he is.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6466)
    Performance
    (5818)
    Story
    (5820)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Even Better than the first book!"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about this story?

    All of the characters in this story were so realistic and interesting I didn't want to stop listening. I just wanted to stay intertwined with all of them. I love the different twists that the author gave to each of the historical characters personalities.


    0 of 0 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
    (3013)
    Performance
    (2773)
    Story
    (2774)

    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.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Loved this!"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes- I loved the story and the performance. It was like getting a glimpse into a another time, one where magic and superstition were a part of what was known. This book brought the mystery of the Golem and the Jinni to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Live Forever: Jane Jameson, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3676)
    Performance
    (2832)
    Story
    (2840)

    Nothing sucks the romance out of world travel like a boyfriend who may or may not have broken up with you in a hotel room in Brussels. Jane Jameson's sexy sire Gabriel has always been unpredictable, but the seductive, anonymous notes that await him at each stop of their international vacation, coupled with his evasive behavior over the past few months, finally push Jane onto the next flight home to Half Moon Hollow -- alone, upset, and unsure whether Gabriel just ended their relationship without actually telling her.

    Yuriko says: "Great rap-up!"
    "Molly Harper is a hoot!"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Nice Girls Don't Live Forever again? Why?

    This book had me laughing, it is quick moving, funny and interesting.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    Amanda Ronconi embodied the characters beautifully.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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