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hyblaean

Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2246)
    Performance
    (1577)
    Story
    (1599)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "This is a WWII story with some math thrown in..."
    Overall

    well, at least the first 10 hours, and that's as much time as I'm going to invest in it. I spent the credit since I have read the author before (Snow Crash and The Diamond Age) and loved those two books. This book has none of that flavor. It read like sitting through those black and white 1950s-60s stylized war movies my dad loves. Purely painful.
    I see that I'm in the minority in my dislike of this novel, but it sure does make me wish audible had a return policy.

    1 of 3 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
    (10276)
    Performance
    (7720)
    Story
    (7765)

    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?"
    "Borderline seeks Narcissist"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    for passionate marriage- preferably within the week.
    If this sounds like your fantasy, you will love this. I stopped about mid book, since I couldn't get beyond the unhealthy 'TRUE LOVE' dynamic.

    It's very well written and engaging with good pacing though. The writer did a great job writing, I just didn't gel with her characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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