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Maoberb

Iowa | Member Since 2009

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  • 96 titles in library
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  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2274)
    Performance
    (1081)
    Story
    (1096)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "Pay Attention"
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    Creating a new story out of Shakespeare's King Lear is not an easy task. As usual, Christopher Moore lends his genius for research and melding his story with Shakespeare's play seems effortless and completely rational. The performance was stellar. The only complaint I have about this book is that it's difficult to stop and start back up again easily. It's a complicated tale, the book is not for the faint of heart. But it's a great tale, and we grow to love the Black Fool. I would suggest reading it when you have a good chunk of time to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Suck: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1854)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (683)

    Being dead sucks. Make that being undead sucks. Literally. Just ask Thomas C. Flood. Waking up after a fantastic night unlike anything he's ever experienced, he discovers that his girlfriend, Jody, the woman of his dreams, is a vampire. And surprise! Now he's one, too.

    Deborah says: "Do They Give Awards For "Best Reader"?"
    "Story is great, but Susan Bennett is amazing"
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    I am a huge fan of Christopher Moore books. And this series is no exception. But part of what I love most about the series is the narrator, Susan Bennett. The characters come alive with her performance, you're constantly entertained, and always embedded into the story. As usual, the characters are lovable and likable without a long boring back history. Well done, Christopher, you've done it again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bite Me: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1583)
    Performance
    (805)
    Story
    (801)

    "The city of San Francisco is being stalked by a huge shaved vampyre cat named Chet, and only I, Abby Normal, emergency backup mistress of the Greater Bay Area night, and my manga-haired love monkey, Foo Dog, stand between the ravenous monster and a bloody massacre of the general public. Whoa. And this is a love story? Yup."

    Ron says: "WOW!!!"
    "My favorite of the series..Kayso..."
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    I was apprehensive about purchasing this book. I didn't think I could like it better than You Suck or Bloodsucking Fiends, but I did. I mean, a vampire cat? Come on. But it brings an interesting and fun twist to the book. I didn't care for Abby much in You Suck, but she grew on me in this book, mostly due to Susan Bennett's portrayal of her. Susan Bennett is the best part of this book. No offense to Christopher Moore, the book would have been great on it's own, but Susan brings it alive. Kudos to you both.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1506)
    Performance
    (1385)
    Story
    (1385)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    linda says: "Engaging, Room for Improvement"
    "Grabs you towards the end"
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    As far as dystopian novels go, this one is very futuristic and very interesting. It takes a good while to get into the story. The character development isn't great in the beginning, but once the action starts to kick it, the book is hard to put away. Unfortunately, for me, that didn't happen until around chapter 14. You really have to pay attention to character names and personas in this book or it will leave you utterly confused. Chapter 25 had me in tears of empathy for the main character, Paige. Chapter 27 and 28 had me reeling. It's like Samantha Shannon turned a corner in the novel from background development and a sort of slow character development to full on fabulous story telling. I would recommend it, but you need to get through the first few slow chapters to get to the good stuff. It's coming! The narrator, though a tad "bland" is perfect for the part of Paige.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2850)
    Performance
    (1407)
    Story
    (1412)

    Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

    Hope says: "A Worthy Book, indeed"
    "I've listened to it three times..."
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    What did you love best about Lamb?

    This book never gets old. I've listened to it three times, and each time, I hear something new, and laugh just as much as I did the first time. Also, somehow, Christopher Moore captured the Jesus that I personally, would love to know. Sounds like an awesome dude.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. History mingled with fun and humor.


    What does Fisher Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is perfect for the parts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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