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Natalie

Boise, ID, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 216 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • The Alchemist and the Executioness

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi, Tobias S. Buckell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (349)

    It is a world where magic is forbidden – yet practiced in secret every day. But each small act of magic exacts a dreadful price – for it brings the bramble, which chokes farmland, destroys villages, and kills with its deadly thorns. In this world an alchemist believes he’s found a solution to the curse. But will the cure be worse than the disease? And a woman is forced to take up the mantle of her father, the Executioner. But it will not be the only death that she faces.

    Rand says: "Not What I Expected..."
    "Entertaining with a touch of the profound"
    Overall

    I would recommend this audio to anyone who enjoys or is open to enjoying fantasy/sci-fi. The narration is excellent, the stories are engaging, and the message is "Bramble" is a superb metaphor for the choices we face as a technologically advanced society.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1428)
    Performance
    (1080)
    Story
    (1074)

    Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

    connie says: "the best of both Holmes"
    "Couldn't turn it off"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Dust and Shadow is very entertaining, the narration fits the story, and the portrayal of 19th Century London is vivid. It had been many years since I read or listened to any Sherlock Holmes fiction--I've been doing a lot more Elizabeth Peters and Agatha Christie recently. I didn't want this story to end and when I did I immediately got back on Audible to see if there were any other Sherlock Holmes books by Lyndsay Faye available.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11506)
    Performance
    (10455)
    Story
    (10478)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Very entertaining"
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    This was a great purchase, one of those books I just couldn't turn off. I highly recommend 14 to anyone who can take a little bit of the weird (ie, monsters). This isn't a work of literary art in the conventional sense, or a great intellectual feat. It's a gripping story that sucks you in and leaves you wanting more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8304)
    Performance
    (5001)
    Story
    (4991)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Not up to Follett's usual standard"
    Overall

    As a general rule, I love Follett. He's one of those authors who sucks you in and doesn't let you go. Pillars of the Earth and Word Without End are two of my favorite novels of all time.

    Fall of Giants was a big disappointment, though. For the first time ever, Follett lost my attention. He spends so much time explaining the complex historical events that the characters are undeveloped. I think he tried to cram too much into a single novel.

    I would only recommend this book to those who are more interested in history than character development.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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