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  • MaddAddam: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, Robbie Daymond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (608)

    Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious Painballers. They return to the MaddAddamite cob house, newly fortified against man and giant pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. Their reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is recovering from a debilitating fever, so it's left to Toby to preach the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator.

    Tery says: "dystopian heaven"
    ""Oh, Snowman, Oh, Tobi""
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    What did you love best about MaddAddam?

    This is really for all three books as a series. I love a story that draws you into a completely different world instead of just telling you about the world. You have to live with the characters as their stories unfold. Atwood works the tempo well to bring you into this dystopian future. I am waiting for "Extinctathon" to be released


    What was one of the most memorable moments of MaddAddam?

    So many, but I do not want to give any spoilers. For me, unveiling the God's Gardeners in "The Year of the Flood" was just delightful and so fully formed as a world view.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They all did fine. For me the Crakers' use of "Oh" as part of every address to another person just rings in my mind. The music in the second book was way better than I first thought it might be. I can't imagine how the impact is achieved int he print version.


    If you could rename MaddAddam, what would you call it?

    Never Mess with Mother Nature


    Any additional comments?

    When a full world like that has been imagined, I hate that it ends. That for me is the best compliment I can offer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4652)
    Performance
    (3993)
    Story
    (3971)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "A Romp through Pompous Circumstances"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this is a delightfully conceived character, imagine Downton Abbey with humor. Good stories and just fun


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The best girlfriend is a total hoot.


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

    She is excellent. I made sure she was doing the subsequent books before I bought them. What fun she brings to listening.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Well I was moved to laughter everytime she committed some naive faux paus.


    Any additional comments?

    I am having to pace myself with these books, so I don't get through them all. Perhaps I will try some of her other books, but I am having fun with these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6951)
    Performance
    (6330)
    Story
    (6339)

    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"
    "Columbo goes to London"
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    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    Gritty, witty, surprising


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not quite on the edge, but anxious for the next development


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    I thought he was excellent throughout. Voicing the parts was well done.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The conversations with the igly ducking girlfriend of the murdered model were poignant.


    Any additional comments?

    Rowling has built a solid detective story base. Lots of good tensions to explore in the new book, which I just downloaded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (1076)
    Performance
    (937)
    Story
    (944)

    Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

    GP says: "A disapointment"
    "Disturbing Holmesian Tale"
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    Where does The House of Silk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put it in the top 10 percent


    What other book might you compare The House of Silk to and why?

    It is akin to "The Last Werewolf" but better. It might compare in some little sense to the Hannibal Lector tales


    What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

    He captured the patois of the period, his voice as Watson telling the story years after the fact sounded old. And that was well done!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Holmes most disturbing case"


    Any additional comments?

    Though I figured out who the House of Silk was fairly early, they actual execution of the tale was surprising. Icky, oleaginous villans throughout. I hope he writes some more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Troop

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Nick Cutter
    • Narrated By Corey Brill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (373)

    Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip - a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfre. The boys are a tight-knit crew. There’s Kent, one of the most popular kids in school; Ephraim and Max, also well-liked and easygoing; then there’s Newt the nerd and Shelley the odd duck. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there - which makes Scoutmaster Tim’s job a little easier.

    Charles says: "Engrossing"
    "Think I'll eat some worms"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I cannot say. It was bad enough that I did not finish it.


    What could Nick Cutter have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I found his approach to horror to be "forced". He used lots of compounded metaphors to try and create a horrific scenario. By and large I think he failed. The scene of the experimental monkey's death was just over the top and I am usually a hard core forror fan. But economy can be as important as bloody-ness


    What didn’t you like about Corey Brill’s performance?

    It was flat and with little intonation. Put me to sleep, which a horror story should not do.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Sadly, none. I rarely quit a book, so this was really bad. What kept ringing in my mind was the old Curly joke from the Three Stooges. When he'd order breakfast he would order, "Burnt Toast and a rotten fried egg. I have a tapeworm and I don't want to feed it anything good." THAT was more creative than this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Can I have my credit back?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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