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Michelle Robbins


  • 6 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 82 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Wild Cards I

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin (editor), Walter Jon Williams, Melinda Snodgrass, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the aftermath of WWII, an alien virus struck the Earth, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Originally published in 1987, the newly expanded saga contains additional original stories by eminent writers.

    Joseph Rispoli Jr says: "A True Classic!"
    "Nice Surprise"

    I decided to give this book a try after reading the reviews and am very pleased I did. It shows a world where an alien virus has infected the population post WWII. I greatly enjoyed the format of jumping POV's and showing how our timeline might have been effected by such an event - something I think was handled quite artfully by the writers.

    The "Wildcard Virus" has effected people in several ways ranging from the Aces (superheroes) to the Jokers (those deformed or negatively effected) - and that isn't counting the overwhelming majority of those that get it that simply die horribly. With this in play it effects more than just everyday social interaction, it effects government, entertainment, crime, and quite a few other things in between.

    There were characters and storylines I enjoyed more than others (the Sleeper, the Turtle, and the government anylist who can stop time being among my favorites) but all in all it was thoroughly enthralling with a wonderfully narrator to guide the whole thing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Romeo and Juliet

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Calista Flockhart, Matthew Wolf, Julie White, and others

    The most iconic love story of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is an epic-scale tragedy of desire and revenge. Despite the bitter rivalry that exists between their families, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet have fallen madly in love. But when the long-running rivalry boils over into murder, the young couple must embark on a dangerous and deadly mission to preserve their love at any cost. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Calista Flockhart as Juliet.

    A. Yoshida says: "Listening to Shakespeare is easier than reading"
    "So much better to hear then to simply read."

    I was hesitant to start this audiobook because when I have seen Shakespeare written before I honestly found it a bit offputting. But, I've heard before that it was originally penned to be preformed - that it doesn't work nearly as well, in tempo of language or action when it's just words sitting on a page that you look at.

    And after hearing this - straight through all at once - I entirely agree. I'm off now to explore what other plays audible has by this theater group.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Breaking: The Mage Storms, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As Storm Breaking opens, the western allies, led by Karal, Karsite Sunpriest and delegate to the Valdemaran Court, and the Adepts Firesong and An'desha, have traveled deep into the Dorisha Plains to locate the ancient ruins of the Tower of Urtho, Mage of Silence, creator of the gryphons. Legend has it that below the Tower, deeply buried beneath the plains, is Urtho's Vault, hidden stronghold of some of the most powerful magical weapons ever devised - weapons that Urtho himself felt were too dangerous to use.

    cat696 says: "Mercedes Lackey, totally ruined"
    "Lags in places but I still love it"

    To be completely honest this last book is probably the weakest of the three, which is a real shame because I absolutely love Karal - he is probably my favorite of all Lackey's many likeable characters. His journey as a person, his want to help people, and the magical creature (and other more human friends) that attach to him along the way, were much more why I wanted to see how the book ended then the world threatening magics.

    Because of this, the series as a whole, though still an immensely fun listen, might be one of those better read. I certainly found it to be so the first time I discovered the series - and it is also easier that way to skip a few paragraphs (or pages) when you get to the parts where it lags.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invasion: Book One of the Secret World Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mercedes Lackey, Steve Libbey, Cody Martin, and others
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan

    The world had become used to the metahumans - people sometimes perfectly ordinary, but sometimes quite extraordinary in appearance - who mostly worked with their governments as high-powered peace officers, fighting crime, and sometimes fighting rogue metahumans who had become super-criminals. Then that comfortable world ended in just one terrifying day.

    Amazon Customer says: "It's ...okay."
    "Delighted to see this as an audiobook!"

    I've been following this project by these wonderful authors back when the first parts were originally online as a podcast. Hearing it again as an audiobook it's nice to be able to tell how where they have edited a bit, and the use of a singular narrator has streamlined and coalesced the multi-POV storyline (although I do have to admit I miss Veronica Giguere's voice, especially for certain characters).

    If you are only just hearing about this series (and don't mind a main story made up of many interconnected tales) I highly recommend it, especially this first book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Never Seduce a Scot: Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her "touched." Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn't speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty -unprepared for the delights to come.

    "A nice surprise"

    I bought this book largely on a whim and am glad that I did. I am really unfamiliar with genre - outside of the horrible tropes - and was very happy that this book really didn't fall into those too much. And the use of deafness, both how the heroine adapted during the time period - even using it to get out of a bad situation, and how others around her view the disability were interesting.

    Plus both the main characters (and many of the background one) were really likeable (which I find can be a real problem sometimes - especially in fiction) and I ended up listening to it almost all in one go.

    I would definitely recommend it. It was a fun little story - and a very easy listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero and the Crown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robin McKinley
    • Narrated By Roslyn Alexander

    Uncertain of the past, Aerin-sol, daughter of King Arlbeth, decides to forge her own future by challenging the lashing tongues of the dragon’s fire. Aerin’s proficiency as "the Dragon-slayer" sets her on a quest for the stolen Crown of Damar, believed to be in the hands of rebellious northerners who threaten to destroy the Damarian people and their home forever.

    mkc says: "Second only to Blue Sword"
    "Just as enchanting as I remembered."

    This story was one of my favorites growing up and I was afraid it wouldn't be the same listening to it now but I was pleased to be wrong. All the parts I remembered - the old warhorse, the dragon fighting, the immortal man in the mountains, and the ending of finding peace with a dual existence were just so detailed...and pulled at me with the same emotional resonance (if not more) as when I read them in middle school.

    Oh, I just adore Robin McKinley and Roslyn Alexander was a very able narrator.

    I look forward to going on to the Blue Sword next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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