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Collingwood Corner, NS, Canada | Member Since 2012

  • 7 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 930 titles in library
  • 41 purchased in 2015

  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fresh new way to enjoy the story"
    "It's Aliiiive!"

    For fans of the series, and those who have never encountered it before, this is a truly fantastic listen.

    I was a bit skeptical at first, as I don't always enjoy audio play versions of books I've enjoyed, but this? This was marvelous. There were some new additions that weren't there the first go through, but nothing so big as to completely change the story. The various actors involved did a fantastic job of, yes, bringing the story alive.

    This is very much worth a credit, even if only seven hours long.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Intrigues: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mags was an orphan and slave of ‘bad blood’ who toiled in a gem mine all his young life. He would have died before adulthood, had he not been Chosen and taken to Haven to be trained in the new Herald Collegium. Now, Mags was never hungry and never cold. He slept in a real bed in his own room and, most importantly, he had Dallen, who was like another part of himself. And yet, aside from Lena and Bear, both loners like he was, he couldn’t relate to most of the trainees.

    QueenBee Debbie of SheMakesTheRules says: "Good bedtime read and love the narrator!"

    I'm going to start this by saying that I am generally a fan of the author, and especially of all things Valdemar, and that I like this series as a whole. But this book, of the three I have so far read, smacked too much of Harry Potter for my tastes. I honestly think if she had not gone for her own version of Quidditch, I could have overlooked the other similarities as simply being the result of two fantasy-genre coming of age tales. But that game was just one thing too many.

    That said, I will stress that this is not a complete ripoff. The story is different, the conclusion different, there's just so many similarities that it's distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indexing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For most people, the story of their lives is just that: the accumulation of time, encounters, and actions into a cohesive whole. But for an unfortunate few, that day-to-day existence is affected - perhaps infected is a better word - by memetic incursion: where fairy tale narratives become reality, often with disastrous results.

    Erin - Audible says: "The X-Files meets Grimm meets Law and Order"
    "Once upon a time"

    Seanan has always had a love of and interest in fairy tales. It shows through in glimpses in her other stories, and more clearly on her website, but in Indexing, she has finally found a way to really showcase it.

    There are some similarities between this book and her other series, but it is very much unique, and it may actually supplant the October Day series as my favourite if it continues to be as good.

    There are a number of plot twists, some of which I saw coming, some of which I did not. The narration is, as always, excellent, but I had to give it a 4 out of 5 for the "Nova Scotia accent" sounding like someone Irish. I'm not sure how one could describe our accent, but it's certainly not that.

    If you've enjoyed Seanan's other books, try this. If you've never read anything by her before, and are a fan of fairy tales... buy this book. Heck, no matter what you like, buy this book. It's a fun ride, and you won't be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • So You Want to Be a Wizard: Young Wizard Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Diane Duane
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Because she insists on fighting with words instead of her fists, 13-year-old Nita is regularly tormented by a gang of classmates. One day, running to escape their blows, she hides in the only safe place nearby: the library. When a book about wizardry catches her eye, Nita finds the help she needs in its pages. As she moves from chapter to chapter, Nita learns more sophisticated spells. Soon, stepping through a worldgate, she enters a shadowy city swirling with vicious taxicabs and carnivorous fireplugs.

    Diana says: "Not quite Harry Potter ... better"
    "A welcome blast from my past"

    I remember reading this book back when I was in Junior High, a long time before Harry Potter was a glealm in Rowling's eye. I remembered that I absolutely loved it, and its sequel (that was all my local library had). But all I remembered was the basic premise.

    I bought this title only for the purposes of nostalgia. I was not prepared for how much it appealed as an adult. This is an intelligent book that treats the reader - presumably a child - as if they were also intelligent, and that is a really rare and precious thing. It deals with some pretty complex theories, and it works.

    It is also a wonderful and engaging story that, to my immense surprise, really appeals to me as a 38 year old adult. The narration is extremely well done, and so while I would suggest this title for your child, I also would suggest it for you, yourself, dear reader of reviews. Whether you have a child or not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Polgara the Sorceress

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman

    Best-selling authors David and Leigh Eddings welcome readers back to the time before The Belgariad and The Malloreon series. Join them as they chronicle that fateful conflict between two mortally opposed Destinies, in a monumental war of men and kings and Gods.

    Steven says: "Good Story, Poor Narrator"
    "Great voice, poor pronounciation"

    First of all, the story is great. I actually prefer this to Belgareth, but then, Polgara was always a favoured character of mine. And I have to say, the narrator did a perfect job with her, did a great job of adding some emotions to her voice (especially the dry and sardonic aspects) and got some great accents, especially the Wacite peasant brogue.

    That being said, there are two gripes. One big, one small. As others have said, she constantly mispronounced place names. It wasn't enough to ruin the book, but I did cringe every time she said "Mallorea".

    The second is what she did to Ce'nedra. If she'd had a bigger part in the book, I'm not sure I could have kept going. It was the kind of voice I might have been alright with for, say, Queen Leila... but not our favourite tiny dryad.

    For me, though, those were minor and unlike most, I really liked her voice. But those mistakes did lower my rating to a 3, instead of a 4.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dodger

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Steven Briggs

    Dodger is a tosher – a sewer scavenger living in the squalor of Dickensian London. Everyone who is nobody knows Dodger. Anyone who is anybody doesn’t.But when he rescues a young girl from a beating, suddenly everybody wants to know him.And Dodger’s tale of skulduggery, dark plans and even darker deeds begins.

    Jennifer says: "Familiar faces, even if it's not Discworld"
    "Familiar faces, even if it's not Discworld"

    Having read a number of Pratchett's non-Discworld books before, and enjoyed them, I was looking forward to this one. Even so, I was pleasantly surprised. It turns out that Dickensian London and the squallid, aromatic streets of Ank-Morpork have a lot in common, and this story could have taken place in either.

    The story itself is enthralling. Not actually Pratchett's best, which is the only reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5, but still great, and Briggs performance is just as good as it always is.

    If you're considering getting this, but don't know if you'll enjoy a non-Discworld book, I'd encourage you to give in and do it. It's either a credit, or money, well spent.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "More Kevin!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would, and have. Kevin Hearne's books are wonderfully witty, and literally make me laugh out loud, which many books don't. His word play is brilliant.

    What did you like best about this story?

    That... is a hard question to answer. In short, it does a superb job of bridging story arcs.

    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Only to the first three Iron Druid Chronicles books, but his performance is, as ever, kicking butt. His voice for Oberon never fails to crack me up.

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

    Yes, and I more or less have. :)

    Any additional comments?

    While the wait wasn't too long, as I only discovered this brilliant author a few months ago, it seemed interminable. I'm relieved the wait for the fifth book, Trapped, is only until November.

    I should also note that I do not often write reviews, but this is a new author that I am deeply impressed with. If you like Neil Gaimen and Jim Butcher, you should like Kevin Hearne. Yes, he's that good.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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