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  • The Disappeared: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (314)

    Retrieval Artists help the lost find their way back home, whether they like it or not. Specialized private detectives, they investigate the most unusual crimes in the galaxy. But Miles Flint isn't a Retrieval Artist. He's just a cop, trying to do his job.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "Sprint finish.."
    "Enjoyed this book"
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    A surprisingly good novel, The Retrieval Artist is a fairly well written meditation on law v custom extrapolated to truly alien cultures (and that the aliens are truly "alien" is something I appreciate).

    What happens when Humanity has to co-exist with creatures whose laws are alien who insist that while humanity is on their territory they obey them? And of course to "human" eyes most of the laws (a first born child to be surrendered to the Aliens is the judgement of choice for one species, a kind of execution by torture another's) aew extreme overreactions. How do human law enforcement officials follow these directives, what if any options do the "criminals" have? To disappear is one.

    The book is well written and plotted and I enjoyed it overall. The one thing I could have wished would be a little more from the aliens perspective, trying to deal with people who (pretty much universally of the cases presented in the book) seem to think that ignorance of the law should be a valid excuse.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Modern Witch: A Modern Witch, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1084)
    Performance
    (975)
    Story
    (995)

    Lauren is downtown Chicago's youngest elite realtor. She's also a witch. She must be - the fetching spell for Witches' Chat isn't supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least. The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess her is a witch too (and no, that doesn't end the way you might think). What he finds in Lauren will change lives, mess with a perfectly good career, and require lots of ice cream therapy.

    ShySusan says: "Perfect antidote for vampire & zombie overdoses"
    "fluffy novel ruined by historical inaccuracy"
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    "during the Salem witch hunts in your country many innocents were sentenced to burn at the stake, as well as a number of our sisters."

    Normally I take historical inaccuracy with a grain of salt in literature, especially if it's a key part of the book, Someone wants to make Abraham Lincoln a vampire hunter? Go to!

    But a modern fluffy urban fantasy book about witches that addresses the Salem witch trials with the sentence above? That's just... wrong and lazy. 20 people were executed during the period from February 1692 to May 1693, 1 was crushed to death for refusing to enter a plea, the others were hung for *not* confessing to witchcraft (Salem being one of the few places where a guilty plea actually got you off, or at least not killed) many more people were accused and several died in jail.

    No one went up in flames, no one was sentenced to go up in flames, that wasn't the punishment for witchcraft in New England. As the author could have found out with five minutes of research on Wikipedia. The same sentence changing "during the Salem witch hunts in your country" to "During the witch hunts in medieval Europe" and everything would be fine.

    This is the kind of shoddy writing that really bugs me (obviously) and other peoples mileage will vary I'm sure, but if your going to talk about a well known and well documented historical incident a tiny bit of basic research isn't a lot to ask.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cabin Pressure: Zurich: The BBC Radio 4 airline

    • UNABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Full Cast, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (198)

    The final episode of the hit BBC Radio 4 airline sitcom written by John Finnemore and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephanie Cole.

    Janna Wong Healy says: "MORE, PLEASE!!"
    "Brilliant!"
    Overall

    This little gem of a radio show about the crew of passenger jet that takes off for Abu Dhabi and finally lands in Zurich with a hilarious alphabet soup of episodes in between is not to be missed.

    The cast is top notch and the writing is worthy of them.

    Trust me, you will love it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tinker: Elfhome, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Wen Spencer
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (215)

    Inventor, girl genius Tinker lives in a near-future Pittsburgh which now exists mostly in the land of the elves. She runs her salvage business, pays her taxes, and tries to keep the local ambient level of magic down with gadgets of her own design. When a pack of wargs chase an Elven noble into her scrap yard, life as she knows it takes a serious detour.

    w. kelsch says: "Could have been better without the sex."
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    I wanted to like this book, but it was too rapey for me, and it also worked hard to justify some of it, which turns my stomach. Too bad. otherwise it was an interesting idea.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Suzanne M. Desan
    Overall
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    (233)
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    The 25 years between the onset of the French Revolution in 1789 and the Bourbon Restoration after Napoleon in 1814 is an astonishing period in world history. This era shook the foundations of the old world and marked a permanent shift for politics, religion, and society - not just for France, but for all of Europe. An account of the events alone reads like something out of a thrilling novel.

    Monte Johnston says: "Such a great balance of the big picture and detail"
    "An effective overview of the French Revolution"
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    I've been looking for an English language history of the French Revolution and I'm very happy to have found this course.

    What I wanted was an overview of what happened during the french revolution and the Napoleonic wars and this course was almost exactly what I was looking for.

    I might suggest that they split the topics into two courses, one for Napoleon and one for the revolution as even with something like 38 chapters it feels like we are missing some of the depth that would be helpful in understanding the subject matter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lian Tanner
    • Narrated By Claudia Black
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
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    (12)
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    (12)

    Goldie Roth is a trained thief and a skilled liar. Along with her friend Toadspit, she's supposed to be one of the Keepers of the mysterious Museum of Dunt. But although she desperately wants to be a Keeper, she will not leave her sick parents to do so. But when Toadspit's sister Bonnie is stolen, he and Goldie are forced to follow the child-stealers to the neighboring city of Spoke. Along the way, Toadspit too is captured, and Goldie is caught up in the Festival of Lies, where every word she says means something else and no one can be trusted.

    Sweetgran says: "Another Great Listen"
    "Wonderfully Read, a bit confusing"
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    I enjoyed this well read story by Claudia Black,but I found the conceits of the universe tiring after a while.

    Not only is there a city where for 3 to 5 days everyone has to lie , It also has random magic that turns the lies true, this is in addition the city of Jewel with its now freed and completely scared of being freed population and it's museum of thieves with its strange magic.

    I think the author was going for an eclectic universe but instead it's a more muddled one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Thomas A. Shippey
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (429)

    Odysseus. Robinson Crusoe. Harry Potter. What do these memorable characters have in common? Why do we turn to certain stories again and again? And what impact have they made on world history? These 24 eye-opening lectures give fresh insight into some of the greatest heroes in world literature, from warriors such as Beowulf and Odysseus to unexpected heroes such as Uncle Tom and Sancho Panza. Professor Shippey gives you an inside glimpse into the writer's process.

    SC in SC says: "Outstanding! Myth, Legend & History Come Alive"
    "An Interesting Survey"
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    This is a survey course, I would have preferred a more in depth looks at almost any of these characters then one half hour chapter.

    For what it is, it's very good and has some information that was useful, I still don't want to read Robinson Caruso and but I will try James Fennimore Cooper's Hawkeye stories.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of an Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By Kate Chopin
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
    Overall
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    Performance
    (2)
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    Kate Chopin's brilliant short story about an hour in the life of a young wife. When news arrives that Louise's husband has been killed in a railroad accident, her family and friends are careful to break it to her gently, knowing that she has a heart condition. Louise locks herself in her room for an hour, during which she realizes that this bereavement is the start of a new life of freedom and independence. But a much greater shock awaits her when she leaves her room and goes downstairs....

    Reading Tyme says: "A brilliant little story"
    "A brilliant little story"
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    This is one of my very favorite short stories. It manages to be complex and deep and hugely effective in a very short time. It is very well read by the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Watch: Watch, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sergei Lukyanenko
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (159)

    Anton Gorodetsky is just getting a feel for his new powers, when his boss sends him to assist the Scottish Night Watch in a murder investigation. A young Russian man has been murdered - apparently by a vampire. But the mystery is more than it seems. The murderer appears to be someone with intimate knowledge of the Night Watch. Before long, Anton realizes that a plot is being hatched by the forces of both darkness and light that - unless he can intervene - may mean nothing less than Armageddon.

    Jared says: "Good end to a great series"
    "The watch books just keep getting better"
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    The "Watch" verse, where those who champion the forces of light "The Night Watch" and the darkness "The Day Watch" and the balance "The Inquisition" are as always, drawn into conflict in an eternal struggle for power that results, as always in balance of a kind. And perhaps in this case forgiveness?

    And Merlin. Who is very cool.

    A beautiful tight series of the three interconnected stories where the Dark Ones and the Light Ones once again prove that most the differences between them are semantics. The real barriers are the ones between the Others and the rest of us.

    I highly recommend the whole series, but this book in particular is top notch.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (377)

    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"
    "A great second book"
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    This story rejoins our characters a few days after the end of book one.

    Once again Moon, is found trying to findhis place within Raksura society as the troubled colony of Indigo Cloud moves to it's new home, also it's old home, in the reaches. Once again Moon, and the Indigo Cloud Colony find that things are not going to be easy.

    Another great story as Moon tries to work out what it means to be a Consort as well as a Raksura. The narrator does a good job of keeping the diverse characters straight and the wit of the characters comes through well.

    Second books are often a disappointment. This one wasn't. Martha Wells builds on book one, deepening our understanding of the world and the characters, along with a great adventure and exploration tale in a world still full of wonders.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cloud Roads

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (540)

    Moon has spent his life hiding what he is - a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success. Just as Moon is once again cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself... someone who seems to know exactly what he is, who promises that Moon will be welcomed into his community.

    Amazon Customer says: "M. Wells' RAKSURA books narrated by Chris Kipiniak"
    "Great Start to a Great Trilogy"
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    A wildly imaginative world (or three worlds, sky, ground and sea) is introduced in this first book the Raksura. We meet Moon a shape-shifter in hiding who is just trying to get along with the humanoids he's hiding among just as things are about to go wrong for him, again.

    I really enjoyed this book, the characters are well drawn and interesting, the world is an extremely vivid one that seems to be truly alien and the story of a young man finding himself and his people is well told.

    The first book of a great series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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