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Julia

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  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7282)
    Performance
    (6623)
    Story
    (6635)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "An excellent mystery"
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    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    I'm glad I gave this book a shot. The description and the genre isn't what I'd usually be drawn to. I enjoy books by Rhys Bowen, John Scalzi, Brandon Sanderson, and Jim Butcher. But the book was captivating. The characters were more nuanced than many books I read. And the mystery really hooked me in.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3103)
    Performance
    (2739)
    Story
    (2738)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Brilliant, clever!"
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    What did you love best about The Android's Dream?

    John Scalzi has created another clever masterpiece with Android's Dream. The twists and turns were captivating.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Feast Of The Drowned

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen Cole
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (593)

    When a naval cruiser sinks in mysterious circumstances in the North Sea, all aboard are lost. Rose is saddened to learn that the brother of her friend, Keisha, was among the dead. And yet he appears to them as a ghostly apparition, begging to be saved from the coming feast... the feast of the drowned. As the dead crew haunt loved ones all over London, the Doctor and Rose are drawn into a chilling mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "Creepy, but good!"
    "Not as good as the show"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have yet to listen to a Doctor Who novel that was worth my time, and yet I keep trying. I love the television show and keep hoping to find an audio book that captures that same magic. This one did not though it might have been a half-decent tv script.

    But at least I got to listen to David Tennant.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rithmatist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1801)
    Performance
    (1650)
    Story
    (1661)

    More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

    Brandon says: "Beware of the chalk!"
    "A brilliant new world"
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    Would you listen to The Rithmatist again? Why?

    Another excellent story by Sanderson! There is something clean and crisp about his writing style, and the worlds he creates, that I enjoy. This is a mystery set in a world with hints of connections to our own. It also had a fantastic "feel good" moment that makes the end immensely satisfying. I can't wait for the next one in this series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7332)
    Performance
    (6482)
    Story
    (6474)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Mariya says: "Killin’s my business and business is fine"
    "Not as good as the Grimnoir Chronicles"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I loved the Grimnoir Chronicles trilogy by Correia - great, action-packed, trilogy. So I was excited to try his Monster Hunter trilogy. I listened to this book and at times had to force myself to continue. It just got sort of boring at times. The main character is interesting and the idea behind the story is interesting, but it just didn't keep my attention.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3165)
    Performance
    (2963)
    Story
    (2954)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Satisfying ending to the trilogy!"
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    Where does Warbound rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was more that satisfied with the ending to the Grimnoir Chronicles. It was definitely action packed and tied up the story nicely. I love how Correia created such a strong female character as Faye. The rest of the cast is pretty male dominated but a few other good female characters give enough balance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7035)
    Performance
    (6559)
    Story
    (6584)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Enjoyable tale"
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    What made the experience of listening to Steelheart the most enjoyable?

    Yet another hit from Sanderson. I didn't anticipate the twists at the end which made them all the more enjoyable. The story seems like a blockbuster movie in the making. A great story that makes you want to hear the next one. I found my self wanting to know more and more of the details of the world and hear more of the back-stories of the characters.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5789)
    Performance
    (4954)
    Story
    (4947)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "New narrator did an excellent job"
    Overall

    Narrator John Glover did an excellent job with this book. I found him to be a pleasure to listen to. I wasn't sure if anyone other than James Marsters would be up to the task but, with him unavailable, the producers did an excellent job finding a substitute. The story was also engaging, if not as dramatic as the previous story. I enjoy seeing how the Dresden Files characters grow and develop from book to book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Forever Trap

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Dan Abnett
    • Narrated By Catherine Tate
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (122)

    When the TARDIS is invaded by a holographic marketing scam, the Doctor and Donna find themselves trapped on the Edifice, a purpose-built complex of luxury apartments in space. Their new environs leave much to be desired: millions of beings from across the Universe have been gathered to live side by side in similar apartments. Instead of creating neighbourly affection, it's led to terrible battles being waged in the corridors and on the stairwells.

    rtdb says: "Brilliant performance"
    "Great narration"
    Overall

    Catherine Tate's narration is fantastic! I love hearing her do The Doctor. Interesting story too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Charlie McWade
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    Alcatraz Smedry doesn't seem destined for anything but disaster. On his 13th birthday, he receives a bag of sand, and his life takes a bizarre turn. This is no ordinary bag of sand...so it's too bad that Alcatraz doesn't keep a closer eye on it. It is quickly stolen by the Evil Librarians who secretly rule the world by spreading misinformation and suppressing truth. The bag of sand will give the Evil Librarians the edge thy need to achieve world domination.

    Jeff says: "Fresh new ideas - acceptable for kids of all ages"
    "Nice pace"
    Overall

    Quite enjoyable! It kept me wanting to keep listening. It might be a kids book but I found myself highly engaged and interested in the plot throughout. I only wish that the next book was available on audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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