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Reading Tyme

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  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2184)
    Performance
    (1531)
    Story
    (1548)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    Amazon Customer says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "A change in tone halfway through"
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    Would you try another book from John Ringo and/or Mark Boyett?

    No


    What was most disappointing about John Ringo’s story?

    There is a change in tone halfway through that is disconcerting it goes from being a very nicely worked out and funny story to a a tedious and long winded description of orbital physics.


    0 of 0 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
    (161)
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    (143)
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    (142)

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories of the Raksura, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
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    (11)
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    (11)

    "In The Falling World", Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud Court, has traveled with Chime and Balm to another Raksuran court. When she fails to return, her consort, Moon, along with Stone and a party of warriors and hunters, must track them down. Finding them turns out to be the easy part; freeing them from an ancient trap hidden in the depths of the Reaches is much more difficult. "The Tale of Indigo and Cloud" explores the history of the Indigo Cloud Court, long before Moon was born.

    Reading Tyme says: "A wonderful return to the world of the Raksura"
    "A wonderful return to the world of the Raksura"
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    I have enjoyed all of Martha Wells Raksura books and this collection of two novellas and two short stories is no exception. It has all the diversity of culture and creature I have come to expect and delight in in these works and along with an intriguing mystery. All the stories are well read by Christopher Kipiniak.

    in the first Novella The Falling World, Jade, who left on a diplomatic mission, has gone missing and its up to Moon and Stone and Company to discover her groups strange fate and, if possible, rescue them from it.

    The second Novella is The Tale of Indigo and Cloud, which is the love story that gave the court of Indigo and Cloud (the central court in the novels) its name. it is a comedy of manners and romance where the participants have disemboweling claws which adds an intriguing level of difficulty to the proceedings.

    The short stories are The Forest Boy, which gives us a look at what Moon's early life was like and Adaptation that tells the story of what happened when Chime changed form from a mentor or to a warrior.

    0 of 0 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
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    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
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    Performance
    (144)
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    (145)

    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
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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
    (158)
    Performance
    (130)
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    (130)

    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
    (381)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (339)

    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
    (543)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (476)

    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
  • Razor's Edge: Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (153)

    Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal. But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into territory controlled by pirates, Leia makes a shocking discovery: The fierce marauders come from Leia's homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star.

    Rup says: "Good book, but wrong choice of narrator"
    "a good book, doesn't need the special effects"
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    I enjoyed this book. It's a good in-between story of Han and Leia between A New Hope and Empire strikes back, The characters we know are in character and the new ones are engaging a well told adventure story.

    My Quibble and why "narration" was only two stars, Apologies to January LaVoy, who did a good job, but the audio version comes complete with blaster fire (and other special effect sounds). I don't need blaster fire sounds, that's what my imagination is for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Train Your Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (185)

    Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.

    melrailey says: "Terrific Fun!"
    "Liked this story better than the movie"
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    Very enjoyable children's book well read by David Tennant.

    two minor quibbles,

    Quibble the first, somehow I never imagined vikings with Scottish accents (this is a quibble the reading of the book shares with the movie)

    Quibble the second, I wish there were some shield maidens, surprisingly few (human) girls in this.(Although flamingwyrm and horrorcow do OK).

    On the whole though the book is fun and funny balancing both witty and silly and gross humor well. Looking forward to the next book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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