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J. Stokes

WordyMedusa

Dallas TX | Member Since 2008

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  • 6 reviews
  • 162 ratings
  • 403 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015
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  • The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Number 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (578)

    Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series has become a worldwide phenomenon thanks to the appeal of endearing protagonist Precious Ramotswe and the author’s charmingly quirky prose. In this 13th installment, Mma Ramotswe’s attention is focused on a pesky disciplinary problem at her adopted daughter’s school - while Grace Makutsi adjusts to wedded bliss and the famed Clovis Andersen arrives in Botswana looking for more than bush tea.

    Rugbysmom says: "This series + this narrater = great entertainment"
    "Everything you expect from the No. 1 Series"
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    Ahhh.... Every spring I anticipate the release of another installment of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency story. This series is a beautiful mix of mystery, philosophy, and fascinating interplay between characters. All of your favorite characters are here - including a surprise guest. I loved every minute of it!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12745)
    Performance
    (11858)
    Story
    (11866)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "WHAT A RIDE!!!"
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    This book was a blast! I was quickly engaged and had tons of fun imagining the world(s) Cline created. I listen to audiobooks as I clean the house or in the car. I loved this book so much I had to "find" things to clean and "remember" errands to run. Five stars all the way for this one!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10537)
    Performance
    (7960)
    Story
    (8005)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "I had been warned..."
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    Well, I wasted a credit and I can't blame anyone but myself because I read several of the reviews. This truly is a ROMANCE novel. We're talking HOURS of the rescuing prince being overly concerned about the heroine's well-being and emotional state, HOURS of the heroine being overly concerned about the prince's well-being and emotional state, HOURS of descriptions of physical contact including back rubs, foot rubs, hugging, snuggling, embracing, biting, holding hands and a little bit of sex. The actual story might have been 5 hours without all the romance.

    I suppose I am most disappointed to find out it is part of a series. Sigh. Part of the reason I didn't give up on the book was because I wanted to find out "what happened".

    So, like the other reviewers... if you love romance, you'll love this book.... if not, you are probably going to hate it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19723)
    Performance
    (13755)
    Story
    (13649)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Not what it seems..."
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    The description sounded so interesting and the book had nice, high reviews so I downloaded it. It started slow and I immediately heard some red flags... the main character is a nurse during the war and doesn't recognize a blood stain? No, her husband is the one who has to tell her what it is. Gasp! I should have turned it off right then because it only got worse. This modern, strong woman turned into an idiot as I listened. This is nothing more than a smutty romance novel, complete with manufactured drama, abuse and co-dependency. I am sad to have wasted a credit.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2080)
    Performance
    (1081)
    Story
    (1086)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "Relieved it is over."
    Overall

    I debated heavily before buying this book. I love satire and it won the Pulitzer prize... and yet the reviews were not that great. (I rely quite a bit on listener feedback in book choice.) Finally, I decided to get it.

    I did not like it at first. At all. About 2 or 3 hours into it, I thought about abandoning the book and that is rare for me. I listened on and the story/characters grew on me, but I never loved it.

    There are two main reasons I did not like this book:
    1. It was depressing - characters fighting nearly all the time - screaming at each other. It is hard to take 13+ hours of people hating each other, even if it is satirical.
    2. I did not care for the narrator's voice or interpretation of characters.

    I just finished the book and I feel ... relieved.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6818)
    Performance
    (3575)
    Story
    (3596)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "A fun listen for tweens and up"
    Overall

    This book has a lot of charm; it keeps you interested through storyline and a terrific narrator. I wrote for "tweens and up" because there are a couple of violent parts that you only understand by "reading between the lines" My 13 y.o. would get it but my 8 y.o. would be lost - which is okay because if my 8 y.o. understood what was happening, he wouldn't sleep in his own bed for a month!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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