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  • Rosemary and Rue: An October Daye Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (674)

    The world of Faerie never disappeared: it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie’s survival—but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born. Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, these second-class children of Faerie spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations.

    Dandylion says: "Brand new Daye"
    "The start of a fun series."
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    If you like the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, you're probably going to like this book and the series that it starts. October Daye is a little bit broken, which makes her a good protagonist. She's trying to muddle her way through in a world that contains people who are dangerous and unbalanced, while dealing with some personal issues of her own.

    The story follows the blueprint for a noir detective novel pretty closely, while being trimmed out with the details of a fairytale world. The writing is good enough that even though you know there are sequels to this book, you still wonder if October might not make it through alive.

    There's good news and bad news about the sequels. The good news is that they are each as good as this one or better. The bad news is that the series isn't finished yet, so when you get all the way through Chimes at Midnight (the latest one at the moment), you'll be impatiently waiting for the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Rocket

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Greg Egan
    • Narrated By Adam Epstein
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In Yalda's universe, light has mass, no universal speed, and its creation generates energy. On Yalda's world, plants make food by emitting light into the dark night sky. And time is different: An astronaut might measure decades passing while visiting another star, only to return and find that just weeks have elapsed for her friends. On the farm where she lives, Yalda sees strange meteors that are entering the planetary system at an immense, unprecedented speed...

    Richard says: "Tedious, disjointed, pedantic"
    "Tedious, disjointed, pedantic"
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    Caveat: I tried very hard to finish this book, but I gave up about 2 hours from the end. So, maybe there's some big reveal that makes the rest of this mess worth it, but I wasn't willing to stick it out any longer.

    The narrator was bizarre. His entire speech pattern is choppy, and he makes a lot of bizarre choices with character voices. A lot of the characters sounded either drugged or severely depressed. I usually have a high tolerance for poor narrators, but Mr. Epstein was bad enough that I'll think twice about listening to anything else that he narrates.

    Worse, huge chunks of this book are tedious descriptions of made up physics. I really liked the idea of a story set in a universe with different physics than our own. However, I'm not interested in hearing the details of the equations that govern light in that universe. A little bit would be good, so that the reader could get a handle on the "rules of the game," but there's way too much of it. It's like if you read a fantasy novel that not only described a system of magic, but also described all the necessary wand movements in excruciating detail.

    The book repeatedly jumps forward in time by a few years to move the story along. It's jarring, and it gets in the way of developing an attachment to the main character. All of the skipping forward means that every character point is "developed" with a sledgehammer. There's no time for Yalda to grow, she just gets hit over and over with major life events.

    Finally, this book seems to be trying to explore some feminist themes, but everything it has to say on the subject is so basic that I can't even begin to call it provocative. Nonetheless, Greg Egan seems to really want the reader to know that oppressing women is bad. He mainly presents this earth-shattering insight by repeatedly creating flat female extras and then assaulting or killing them. It's the "woman in a refridgerator" trope bizarrely used in support of (again, the most basic possible) feminism.

    This book is miserable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11742)
    Performance
    (9131)
    Story
    (9192)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Run away before it gets you too!"
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    This book was great. It's roughly a 50-hour listen, but I wanted more when it was finished. Thankfully, Words of Radiance (the second book) was available, and I was able to jump right in. Unfortunately, book three isn't available yet, and has a projected release of Fall 2015. After that, the series is supposed to extend to ten books total. So, now I'm going to spend the next 10 years or more constantly waiting for the next book in this series. If you want to escape my fate, just don't pick this book up.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2656)
    Performance
    (1578)
    Story
    (1554)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "Excellent book, but a little short"
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    This book crams a lot of information into a short time. I thought it was a fascinating look at the intersections between statistics and psychology. A lot of the book is devoted to exploring the ways that the human mind misinterprets randomness and misunderstands probabilities. The author brings out examples from game theory, the stock market, and scientific studies, then explains how your instincts probably don't match reality when a random (or uncertain) element is in play.

    I would recommend this book to just about anyone. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was that I wanted more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spirit Lens: A Novel of the Collegia Magica

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Carol Berg
    • Narrated By David DeVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (268)

    For Portier de Savin-Duplais, failed student of magic, sorcery's decline into ambiguity and cheap illusion is but a culmination of life's bitter disappointments. Reduced to tending the library at Sabria's last collegia magica, he fights off despair with scholarship. But when the king of Sabria charges him to investigate an attempted murder that has disturbing magical resonances, Portier believes his dreams of a greater destiny might at last be fulfilled.

    mike says: "First Rate"
    "Starts a little slow and then gets better"
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    This is a detective story set in a "the magic is failing" world. For the most part, you can see how the mystery is shaping up based on what the characters already know, but there are a few pieces of the puzzle that just show up out of nowhere. The story is a little frustrating, but it's also interesting. Since this is the first book in a trilogy, I should also probably say that the second book is better than this one, but the third book is worse. It's not a bad trilogy to get into, but it's probably not going to be many people's favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Curtsies & Conspiracies: Finishing School, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (617)

    Sophronia's first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy. Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners. Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers' quarters, she learns that there may be more to a school trip to London than is apparent at first.

    David says: "Gail Carriger is truly an author of Quality!"
    "Steampunk silliness"
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    This is more of the same stuff that was in Ettiquette and Espionage (the first book in this series.) It's a light, fun story that doesn't take itself too seriously. The book is short and aimed at a young adult market, but I think anyone looking for an entertaining read will probably like it.

    I think the narrator does a good job with the material. The tone she uses is a little silly, which matches the story well. She also does good voices for each of the characters, which makes the story easier to follow.

    If I had a complaint, it would be that the story concludes a little too abruptly. The resolution could have been expanded a little, but it was still a fun read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Incrementalists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Brust, Skyler White
    • Narrated By Ray Porter, Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (163)

    The Incrementalists - a secret society of 200 people with an unbroken lineage reaching back 40,000 years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations, races, and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, just a little bit at a time. Their ongoing argument about how to do this is older than most of their individual memories. Phil, whose personality has stayed stable through more incarnations than anyone else’s, has loved Celeste - and argued with her - for most of the last 400 years.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Almost Speechless"
    "Confusing, boring, horrible ending"
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    This book was a huge disappointment. The premise sounded pretty good - secret society, crazy member, potential disaster - it could have been good. Instead, it's a book where one guy works through his girlfriend issues in a batcrap-crazy memory palace.

    This book is hard to follow. I say that as someone who has read A LOT of fantasy. I'm used to sorting out the details of an alternate world where things just work differently. In this book, the "garden" where, apparently, all of mankind's memories get stored is dropped on the reader and they're left to figure out what's going on. Worse, characters will often say to the newbie "That's just how it works in the garden," and there's no rhyme or reason to it. The newbie and the reader are both just expected to say "sure, that makes sense," when it doesn't. The newbie seemed to figure it out over the course of the book. This particular reader never did.

    Also, there are three characters in this book - the guy, the newbie, and everyone else. It's like everyone is the exact same person, hanging out in a different body. Worse, one of the characters is actually possessed, and there's absolutely no way to tell. That character is LITERALLY another character in a different body.

    This book is seriously a mess. I was glad when it started winding down, because I wanted to be done with the story. Of course, in the final few minutes, they reveal that despite the fact that it seems like they've wrapped everything up, they've actually solved nothing, and there will need to be a sequel. Keep in mind that the authors don't build this up or show it in any way, they just have the characters say it, straight out of the blue, with no support or reason.

    This is a miserable book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (1238)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (919)

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "Good story, plenty of action."
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    This book is a story about a woman in a mercenary company. The world is a pretty standard fantasy setting - castles, villages, knights, and a dash of magic. The book has its strengths and weaknesses, but I thought it added up to a good story. I'm currently listening to the second one in the series, which should at least tell you that I wanted more after listening to this one.

    A large portion of this book is spent describing Paksenarrion's military training, and her subsequent participation in roughly two years of military campaigining. The emphasis is definitely on what happens, instead of on the emotions of the characters. That doesn't mean that there's no character development, it's just that it's mainly done through showing Paksenarrion's reactions to what's going on. As her reactions change over time, you see how she grows.

    If you really hate battle scenes in fantasy novels, this isn't the book for you. If you enjoy action and struggle, then it's probably a good choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3194)
    Performance
    (2826)
    Story
    (2825)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Absurd and a little juvenile, but an OK story."
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    What's your opinion on fart jokes? It's going to influence your perception of this book a lot. This book is definitely not for you if you're looking for serious literature, or really anything deeper than a beach read, but that doesn't mean it's bad. It's not trying to be deep, it's trying to be fun.

    This book is funny in places, crude in places, and generally fast-paced. There's no character development to speak of, the story doesn't really go anywhere unexpected, and you have to wade through a lot of "weird for the sake of weird." Wil Wheaton does a pretty good job narrating.

    It's kind of the potato chip of books. A little bit is enjoyable, but you wouldn't want to base your entire diet on them.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3158)
    Performance
    (2840)
    Story
    (2852)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Pleasantly surprised (give it a few chapters)"
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    This book had a slow start. It drops you right into the middle of things, and fills in some details with flashbacks. Unfortunately, that makes it hard to be invested in the world and the story at the very beginning, where you have very little to work with.

    If you give it two or three chapters, though, it turns out to be a pretty good story. The concept of zombies in a world with super-heroes is a good twist. The characters have enough depth to be interesting, but not so much that you get bogged down and lose the cool story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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