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Maura

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 312 titles in library
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  • The Scar

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko, Elinor Huntington (translator)
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (662)

    Sergey and Marina Dyachenko mix dramatic scenes with romance, action and wit, in a style both direct and lyrical. Written with a sure artistic hand, The Scar is the story of a man driven by his own feverish demons to find redemption and the woman who just might save him. Egert is a brash, confident member of the elite guards and an egotistical philanderer. But after he kills an innocent student in a duel, a mysterious man known as “The Wanderer” challenges Egert and slashes his face with his sword, leaving Egert with a scar that comes to symbolize his cowardice.

    Robert says: "Highly, highly, Highly Recommended"
    "AAAAAAHHHHHHH"
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    Would you listen to The Scar again? Why?

    and again and again and again.This book is by far my most soulful and beautiful read in years.I am lifted and inspired. This story hits a note within and that note resonates deeper and deeper. At random moments I think about how this story made me feel when I read it; and that moment is enriched.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It mostly made me cry. It also made me hopeful that some day there would be smiles again.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those stories that is older than the people who wrote it. Its as though they reached back in time and coaxed a precious memory to live again and explain itself.The translator should get some kind of award.I would love to hear what someone who can read both languages would say.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (379)

    Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

    Mickey says: "Probably the best performance I've listened to."
    "life enhancing"
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    Where does Shantaram rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 5


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    he was the main character.. the delivery was real


    Any additional comments?

    suspenseful, heartbreaking, challenging, wonderful
    I will also own this in print... hardback

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cyteen

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (391)

    The saga of two young friends trapped in an endless nightmare of suspicion and surveillance, of cyber-programmed servants and a ruling class with century-long lives – and the enigmatic woman who dominates them all.

    troy says: "This is a Heavy Book (lovely too)"
    "Intense tension!"
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    Where does Cyteen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    3


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cyteen?

    learning about tapes


    What does Gabra Zackman and Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As always.. when a person tells a story vs words on a page? more person-al


    Any additional comments?

    C.J. really pushes the psychological in this book. Every book she writes; she does this to a degree. In Cyteen, the thread woven in and through the relationships and through the story is pulled taut to the point of uncomfortable. I had many moments that I had to step away and catch my breath and slow my heart rate. uuummm both times I listened ...hehehe

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Children of God

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (133)

    The only member of the original mission to the planet Rakhat to return to Earth, Father Emilio Sandoz has barely begun to recover from his ordeal when the Society of Jesus calls upon him for help in preparing for another mission to Alpha Centauri. Despite his objections and fear, he cannot escape his past or the future.

    Ryan says: "A weaker, but worthwhile sequel"
    "Wonderful sequel"
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    Any additional comments?

    This story is wonderful. Its in the top 5 Sci-fi favs. For me these two books are doing so much more than filling pages and time with words. I don't even know if i consider them entertaining. I made friends and wonder fills me when I think on them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1197)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1119)

    Emperor Mollusk. Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth. Not bad for a guy without a spine. But what's a villain to do after he's done... everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel aliens invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course. Retirement isn't easy though.

    Kat Hooper says: "Hilariously wacky!"
    "FUN"
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    Any additional comments?

    and more fun! I laughed out loud and felt intellectually stimulated! Fun and action packed ride.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Warbreaker

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (2987)
    Performance
    (2155)
    Story
    (2168)

    An author whose previous, wildly successful novels have earned him a reputation as fantasy's master of magic, Brandon Sanderson continues to dazzle audiences with this tale of princesses and gods. In this extraordinary world, those who attain glory return as gods. And those who can master the essence known as breath can perform the most wondrous miracles - or unleash the most devastating havoc.

    Robert says: "What's Your god like?"
    "LOVED"
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    What did you love best about Warbreaker?

    Great story, felt like I got to know the people in it.


    Any additional comments?

    Really wish there was a second book... third....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Red Sun Also Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    Aiden Fleischer, a bookish priest, finds himself transported to an alien world. With him is Miss Clarissa Stark, a crippled hunchback of exceptional ability, wronged by an aristocrat and cast out from society. On the planet Ptallaya, under two bright yellow suns, they encounter the Yatsill, a race of enthusiastic mimics who shape their society after impressions picked up from Clarissa’s mind. Creating a faux London, the alien creatures enroll Clarissa in their Council of Magicians and Aiden in the City Guard.

    Maura says: "Transported"
    "Transported"
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    Would you listen to A Red Sun Also Rises again? Why?

    yep!
    Just waiting till the details get a bit fuzzy in my memory.
    I love visiting new places. This book takes me to its realities.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Red Sun Also Rises?

    uummm It was no one moment. More like I realized connections and giggled.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    not out loud.. but internally a little of both


    Any additional comments?

    Precious..... I wonder what other books this writer has written.. gotta go look!! See Ya

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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