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Elle in the Great NorthWest

I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

Beaverton, OR, United States

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  • METAtropolis: Cascadia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois, Kate Mulgrew, Wil Wheaton, and others
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (419)

    This sequel to the Hugo and Audie Award nominated METAtropolis features interconnected stories by today’s top writers of speculative fiction – performed by a galaxy of Star Trek stars. As the mid-20th century approaches, the Pacific Northwest has been transformed - politically, economically, and ecologically - into the new reality of Cascadia. Conspiracies and secrets threaten the tenuous threads of society. And the End of Days seems nearer than ever.

    Stephen says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Even better than the first Metatropolis"
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    As someone who lives in "Cascadia", I can really see this as a potential for my grand-daughters future. They are 19 and 7 and I suspect the world they will live in is going to be much different than it's been. As for me, I've been a recycler hippy/greenie/recycler since the 1950s and as far a I'm concerned, we should have been living this way for the last 50 years and not doing so is what will lead to the dystopian future as discussed in the two books in the series.

    All the stories are interesting and some are better than others. Johathan Frakes (Reiker from Star Trek) is a very bad narrator but LaVar Burton and
    Wil Wheaton are both great. I love Wil Wheatons narrations of John Scalzi's novels. If you haven't read them, give yourself a treat-most are very funny...gut laugh funny even with Scalzis inability to write dialog without "He Said" 'She Said" and it happens in his piece in the first of the Metatropolis anthologies. But you get used to it.

    I'm going to share these with a few family members-I think they will enjoy them a lot.

    I encourage them for those who want to think about a potential new future that could be in our not so distant future!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Trustee from the Toolroom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (422)

    Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

    Paula says: "Just Simply a Great Story!"
    "Absolutely Delightful Listen Highly Recommended"
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    As the daughter of an engineer, this book tugged on my heart. For anyone not of the technical bent, tis a wonderful listen for the story.
    Narrated by the iconic Frank Mueller, this classic Nevil Shute novel brings back excellent stories written beautifully. And narrated by Mueller, a person of acclaim in the history of audiobooks, makes this a one in as hundred type of listen.

    Romance, a very likable protagonist and the effect he has on his followers as a writer for an engineering weekly magazine, a bit of suspense with the sailing of a yacht and so on, this is a wonderful listen for anyone.

    Highly Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life Support

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (157)

    Dr. Toby Harper works the night shift in an emergency room. She spends her daytime hours alone with her mother who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. When elderly Alzheimer's patients from the same retirement home start dying mysteriously, Toby is the only one suspicious enough to investigate. As a result she finds herself, her mother, and her own sanity at risk.

    suepoulin says: "Very Engaging!!"
    "Solid but dated medical thriller"
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    Its hard to beat Tess Gerritson when it comes to medical thrillers and impossible to beat George Guidell when it comes to dramatic storytelling.

    This was a slightly yucky "doctors gone bad" story that hasn't aged very well. I remembered reading it in the early 90s and thinking 'this could never happen' . 20 years later it doesdn seem nearly as impossible. But it's still yucky when it comes to mutant births.

    I still like Gerritsons work but am going to seek newer novels.

    Not worth your credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blank Slate

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tiffany Snow
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    As a cyber-hacker born into a family of thieves, Clarissa O’Connell thinks she’s seen the worst the criminal underworld has to offer - until her brother is arrested and she’s forced into a pact with the notorious crime boss known only as Solomon to free him. For FBI agent Erik Langston, the world is divided into black and white, wrong and right. So he’s made it his life’s mission to hunt down Solomon. When Clarissa’s cyberattacks begin to topple Solomon’s enemies, Erik is hot on her trail, believing her to be the key to bringing down Solomon and his empire.

    3dogs3 says: "At Least I Didn't Use Any Points"
    "Meh"
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    Mediocre "FBI agent falls for the bad girl, the bad girl is really good" type tale.
    Tanya Eby is just average as a narrator..she doesn't do justice to the sex scenes that are written in a so-so manner.

    I listened to the whole thing but didn't feel compelled to pay attention very closely.

    It's going back. It was a Daily Deal so it's really no biggie...no credit waste.

    I really appreciate Audibles Return Policy..Thanks Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edward Adrift

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (229)

    That’s the flummoxed state of Edward Stanton, a 42-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome. His job, his therapist, and his best friends are all gone. Even his nightly ritual of watching Dragnet reruns has short-circuited. But a call from his friend Donna in Idaho, telling him that her son Kyle is in trouble, launches Edward from his rigidly scheduled existence in Billings, Montana, to the open road. He and Kyle, a sweet little boy turned sullen adolescent, debate football, music, and bodily functions (“Why do you pee so much?” Kyle asks).

    T. Menefee says: "Glad to get the completion of Edward's story"
    "Not quite as gripping as "600 hours""
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    I found this interesting but not as compelling as the first book. There was FAR to much of the "Edwardisms" that we're clever in the first book and far less development of new characters.

    It's a " have to hear" if you've heard and appreciated 600 hours, but I suggest holding expectations down. Luke Daniels got a bit campy with some if the narration I thought.

    Still worth the credit just to hear the final outcome of Edwards story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 600 Hours of Edward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (500)

    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

    Lulu says: "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"
    "Luke Daniels IS Edward"
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    Im in awe of both the authors work and the narrating by Luke Daniels in this unique story of Edward, a middle aged man with Aspergers/OCD who is reliant on his authoritan father for support, being unable to work in a typical office environment.

    Edward and his fathers interaction forms a great deal of the conflict in this story..as Edward tries to grow his father pushes him down. A very sad reflection on many parent/adult child relationships.

    The novel shows a side of OCD that has become well know these days. Lancaster writes with a gentle knowledge of the situation and developes his characters beautifully. This is a sort of quiet novel, with achingly complex interpersonal relationships...unless the reader knows an OCD patient, Edward may seem awkwardly backwards, yet Lancaster draws him out with sympathy. I was especially touched at the "Dragnet" scenes, where Edward has substituted Jack Webb and the Dragnet characters for a father and family.

    Once again, Luke Daniels shows his talent as one of the best of the modern audio book narrators. Kudos, Mr Daniels, for another wonderful narration.

    The very sad ending pulls the entire story together but left me feeling equally sad for the characters.

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unsouled

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Connor and Lev are on the run after the destruction of the Graveyard, the last safe haven for AWOL Unwinds. But for the first time, they’re not just running away from something. This time, they’re running toward answers, in the form of a woman Proactive Citizenry has tried to erase from history itself. If they can find her, and learn why the shadowy figures behind unwinding are so afraid of her, they may discover the key to bringing down unwinding forever.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Luke Daniels is one superior narrator"
    "Luke Daniels is one superior narrator"
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    Finally finished this YA Dystopian series. I was let down at the end but thats the nature of dystopian stories, isn't it?

    Although this particular novel is the weakest in story arc of the 4 in the series, Luke Daniels, narrator supreme, does some of his finest work here.

    I started the series particularly because I had decided to listen to more novels narrated by Daniels, who I think is one of the top male narrators working these days. I became engrossed in many ways because of Daniels wonderful ability with voicing and emotion. Each character has a strong voice..though when "Oberon, the dog's voice" out of Kevin Hearns "Iron Druid" series shows up attached to a teen aged kid it can be discerning.

    Iron Druid is another long series that Daniels gives voice to. I have to admit I'm not nearly as intrigued with the series as I was at the beginning, but thats not any fault of Daniels.

    This is the second time I have followed my instinct and listened to novels narrated by favorite voice actors-George Guidell is another one who could read me a menu and I'd listen!

    Worth a credit if you've followed the series-no place to start though...this needs to be listened to from Book 1 in order for it to make any sense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unwholly

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa—and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp—people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens while simultaneously providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but also expand.

    Leah says: "Can not wait for #3!"
    "Not as good as the first novel but still gripping"
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    This second installment isn't as spellbinding as the first but is a have to listen if you've started the series.

    Shusterman has a way of writing his characters that brings them to life. (Poor pun there and unintentional). For a YA dystopian story there is a great deal of sophisticated yet traditional teen angst in this book. The characters are the misfits of their towns, for the most part and are full of anger for the way they feel they have been treated.

    Recommended if you're into the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lines of Departure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (236)

    Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species. Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos. Political unrest, militaristic police forces, dire threats to the solar system.

    JL says: "A series without a hero"
    "MUCH BETTER than the first book"
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    I'm on a Luke Daniels narrating kick..I listened to and panned the first book in this series but really enjoyed the second one.

    The author tightened up his plot and really developed likable characters with good development.

    You have to read the first one to make sense on this one-too bad, but, just maybe, worth the 2 credits. Luke Daniels can do no wrong!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Director

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Ignatius
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (77)

    In David Ignatius' gripping new novel, spies don' t bother to steal information...they change it, permanently and invisibly. Graham Weber has been director of the CIA for less than a week when a Swiss kid in a dirty T-shirt walks into the American consulate in Hamburg and says the agency has been hacked, and he has a list of agents' names to prove it. This is the moment a CIA director most dreads. Weber isn' t sure where to turn until he meets a charismatic (and unstable) young man named James Morris who runs the Internet Operations Center.

    Charles says: "Well Done."
    "Average-even George Guidall didn't rescue this."
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    Meh...

    I love Guidalls narrations...lately I've been listening by narrator rather than author..if you can't stand a narrator, why bother with the listen,right?

    However, even George Guidall wasn't able to turn this average spy story into a page turner.

    Don't waste your money on this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phoenix Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Carolyn Nash
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    After surviving a brutal childhood, it's hard work that has brought Melanie Brennan the good things in life: college and being accepted into a prestigious graduate school. Even so, she clings to the belief that it will be magic that will bring her true love. But it's not magic that pulls her into a life or death struggle alongside her too-handsome professor, Andrew Richards, to find evidence to clear him of charges that he blew up his lab to cover fraud.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "An average listen..Maybe not worth a credit though"
    "An average listen..Maybe not worth a credit though"
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    I purchased this on sale and am glad I didn't spend a credit on it. Whle I might not return it, I wasn't blown away.

    I found the protagonist a bit fluffy and the probable bad guy sleazy.

    Can't highly recommend..there are many much better novels out there.

    Average.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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