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Magdalena

Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2007

ratings
9
REVIEWS
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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Remake

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    In Remake, Connie Willis explores the timeless themes of emotion and technology, reality and illusion, and the bittersweet place where they intersect to make art. It's the Hollywood of the future, where moviemaking has been computerized and live-action films are a thing of the past. It's a Hollywood where Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe are starring together in A Star Is Born, and if you don't like the ending, you can change it with the stroke of a key. A Hollywood of warmbodies and sim-sex, of drugs and special effects, where anything is possible.

    Aser Tolentino says: "I Don't Even Like Musicals..."
    "One of my favorite authors and narrators"
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    This was a great novella. I love Connie Willis and this story is original, fun and satisfying. I hope Kipiniak reads more of her work. Many male narrators cannot pull off a female voice, but Kipiniak read the story with heart and humor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Horny: Stories Selected and New

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Greg Boyd
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In Horny: Stories Selected & New, Greg Boyd reinvents fictions and fables we think we know and takes them in unexpected directions. From the "Minor Russian Classic" in highly-condensed form to the updated re-telling of the Lone Ranger tale in "Tonto," to the tabloid satire of "I Married Elvis," the stories in this collection celebrate the unexpected - often unraveling the threads of contemporary American myth and culture in the process.

    Susie says: "The Best Writer You Don't Know"
    "Original stories, Great narrator"
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    This collection was one of the best set of short stories I have read in a long time. The narrator did an excellent job bringing the stories to life. He handled a lot of the stories' absurdity in just the right way to make the listener feel like he is in on the joke. I am looking forward to more by this reader and the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (320)

    Moon, once a solitary wanderer, has become consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. Together, they travel with their people on a pair of flying ships in hopes of finding a new home for their colony. Moon finally feels like he’s found a tribe where he belongs. But when the travelers reach the ancestral home of Indigo Cloud, shrouded within the trunk of a mountain-sized tree, they discover a blight infecting its core.

    Magdalena says: "Wow - An original universe"
    "Wow - An original universe"
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    Martha Wells world is exciting, beautiful and intriguing. Christopher Kipiniak makes the story come to life. His performance in this and the next two books make for some exciting Sci Fi and Fantasy that is like nothing else to which I have listened. A+ to the entire series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pale Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kim Paffenroth
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    With all the continents overrun by the living dead, the hubs of commerce and civilization are no longer New York or London or Beijing: they’re Nantucket, Havana, and Reykjavik. The sea is not the deadly, foreboding barrier it once was to human life: now it’s their source of safety, transportation, and sustenance. But the mainland beckons reckless, restless men, just as the sea did hundreds of years before, luring them with the promise of riches and danger.

    Magdalena says: "Great narrator for a good book."
    "Great narrator for a good book."
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    I love zombie books and Pale Gods falls in the middle of the pack. It started off well, ended well and dragged a lot in the middle. I heartily disagree with a previous reviewer about the narrator; he is one of my favorites. He did a great job making the characters come alive and giving each a unique voice. I would love to hear Kipiniak in some more popular and literary books in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Spots

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Melissa F. Olson
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (387)

    When LA’s vampires, witches, and werewolves make a mess, they call Scarlett Bernard to clean it up. Her ability as a null erases all magical traces from anything — or anyone — that comes within ten feet of her, and keeps humans in the dark about the city’s paranormal activity. One night when she’s called to a grisly crime scene, Scarlett is spied by the all-too-human LAPD cop Jesse Cruz, who strikes up a deal with her: he’ll keep quiet about the supernatural underworld if she helps him crack the case. She agrees, but the city’s chief vampire, Dash, starts to suspect Scarlett is behind the murders and will reveal all she knows of his shadowy empire. Now it’ll take more than Scarlett’s unique abilities to clear her name, keep the underworld underground, and track down the real killer.

    Maria says: "How to Nullify a Vamp!"
    "Fun Urban Fantasy."
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    I keep searching for an urban fantasy series that I like as much as the "Dresden Files" and the Georgia Kincaid series by Richelle Mead. The Scarlett Bernard series is good, very good considering the fact that this is Olson's debut.
    The Good: I like Scarlett; like all heroes of this genre, she is snarky, beautiful and slightly damaged. She is also of average intelligence and slightly lost in a believable way. I also like how Olson brings Los Angeles into the story as a character; I appreciate a book that addresses the challenges of a real life urban dweller such as parking and traffic.
    The Bad: Characters actions and motivations do not seem too consistent. There are also some plot holes that vex me.
    I am always looking for some good urban fantasy. I cannot put my finger on why one series becomes a must read and another series bores me,bugs me or just does not grab me. I will be curious to see how this particular series evolves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gentlemen and Players

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Joanne Harris
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    For generations, privileged young men have attended St. Oswald's Grammar School for Boys, groomed for success by the likes of Roy Straitley, the eccentric Classics teacher who has been a fixture there for more than 30 years. But this year the wind of unwelcome change is blowing, and Straitley is finally contemplating retirement. He is joined this term by five new faculty members, including one who holds intimate and dangerous knowledge of St. Oswald's ways and secrets.

    Leslie says: "Wonderful read"
    "One of my favorite mysteries....ever!"
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    I have recommended this book to many people, none of whom have actually read it. It is too bad, because after listening to hundreds of books on Audible, "Gentlemen and Players" stands out. This mystery is twisty, fun, complex and above all, entertaining. I tried "Runemarks' after I read this and it did not grab me, but I would like to read more by Joanne Harris.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bedbugs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (292)

    FOR RENT: Top two floors of beautifully renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker's fee. Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment. Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it's too good to pass up. Big mistake.

    Barbara says: "Fantastic narration! Good, creepy story."
    "Scary, Creepy, Original"
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    It is so difficult to find a good, original, scary story. For those of us who have exhausted the Audible collection of Stephen King and Joe Hill and cannot tolerate Dean Koontz, this is a great book. It has actually been a while since I read this, but I remember it fondly. The people to whom I have recommended this book agree that it is a great,frightening book that is especially eerie to the urban dweller.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reflections in a Golden Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Carson McCullers
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Set on a Southern army base in the 1930s, Reflections in a Golden Eye tells the story of Captain Penderton, a bisexual whose life is upset by the arrival of Major Langdon, a charming womanizer who has an affair with Penderton's tempestuous and flirtatious wife, Leonora. Upon the novel's publication in 1941, reviewers were unsure of what to make of its relatively scandalous subject matter.

    Thomas Jay Rush says: "One of my new favorites"
    "Perfection"
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    Where does Reflections in a Golden Eye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is one of the best (probably the best) audiobook that I have experienced. I loved 'The Member of the Wedding' and 'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter', but this book was an even better experience. The combination of Ms McCullers beautiful writing and characterizations with Kipiniak's sublime narration make this book a joy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters were beautifully written and tragically flawed. I especially liked Alison and had hoped that she would find the independence and happiness that she wanted.


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

    I listened to Kipiniak's reading of some Science Fiction books. He managed to do a great job with both styles of writing. He brought a gentleness and sensitivity to this story that I doubt many readers could match.


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

    This was a very short audio book. I was fortunate to listen to it all at once and I plan to listen to it again. I would recommend that one find a 4 hour span of time to enjoy McCullers beautiful writing and Kipiniak's performance.


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked this book, read "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter". It is not as polished as this story or performance, but one wishes that McCullers would have written more in her lifetime. I hope that "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe" comes out on audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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