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Orcas, WA, USA | Member Since 2008

  • 9 reviews
  • 34 ratings
  • 124 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014

  • The Enchantress of Florence

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the imperial capital of the Mughal Empire, a traveler arrives at the court of Emperor Akbar. The traveler, Mogor dell'Amore, has a tale to tell, and as the words flow out of him, the tale's rich tapestry of power and desire begins to take on a life of its own.

    jimr says: "An absolute delight"
    "Trying too Hard"

    While this is a reasonably good listen, it struck me again and again that Rushdie is simply trying too hard. One person's art may be another's pretention, but this struck me as the latter. The uneven production and narration didn't help.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Informationist: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Taylor Stevens
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Vanessa “Michael” Munroe deals in information - expensive information - working for corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise. Born to missionary parents in lawless central Africa, Munroe took up with an infamous gunrunner and his mercenary crew when she was just fourteen. As his protégé, she earned the respect of the jungle's most dangerous men, cultivating her own reputation for years until something sent her running. After almost a decade building a new life and lucrative career from her home base in Dallas, she's never looked back. Until now....

    John C. says: "Strong premise & character descend into melodrama"
    "Could Have Been More"

    A complex and damaged woman plays the lead here instead of the usual cardboard alpha male of action-adventure. Stevens comes tantalizingly close to breaking out beyond the usual scope of that genre. Time and again she sets up the opportunity for an inner exploration of her interesting characters only to waive it off with references to their “inner demons” or something similar.

    The few stumbles in this competently written work are covered by a truly expert narration (although I always smile when I hear a woman doing men’s voices). For fans of action-adventure, of which I am one, this is an entertaining but average listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Solstice

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rosamunde Pilcher
    • Narrated By Lisa Burgett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Elfrida Phipps tries to exorcise the pain of the past and find peace, taking refuge in a rambling Scottish house called Corrydale. Almost like a magnet, Corrydale attracts various waifs and strays, each of them escaping difficult personal pasts. As the holidays approach and the weather turns foul, it seems a perfect recipe for disaster.

    Sara says: "Atmospheric winter tale"
    "A Sweet and Gentle Story"

    Listeners who demand action, mystery, betrayal, murder and general escape from jeopardy will not enjoy this book. This is a sweet and gentle story of wounded people coming together to find fulfillment. Pilcher's strength has always been the depth of her characters which comes shining through here. While I don't think that this is her very best, this is nevertheless a fine listen for those who sometimes need a little of the softer side.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Amazon Customer says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "A Must for Those Who Love the Language"

    For those to whom writing and speaking English are important in their professional or personal lives this is a must. This work provides both entertainment and valuable insight into the most adaptable language in the world.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • History of the World, Updated

    • UNABRIDGED (54 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By J.M. Roberts
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson

    In the History of the World, Updated, J. M. Roberts has revised his monumental previous work, History of the World, taking into account the great range of discoveries that have altered our views on everything from early civilizations to post-Cold War globalism. Large portions of text have been rewritten, addressing events as recent as the relationship between the Arab and Western worlds in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

    Alan Rither says: "Comprehensive world history"
    "Excellent Book but Impossible Narration"

    As far as I could tell, the book is an excellent work. While my American ear finds most British accents quite pleasing, Davidson's accent is so thick that I found it distracting and ended up missing quite a bit. In the end, I couldn't finish the listen. One of these days I will pick up the book at the library and am certain it will be a good read.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Inspired Story Fades by the End"

    The writing is so well crafted that it is easy to forget that Suarez is an IT professional and not a novelist. His story is brilliant. It almost seems, however, that while the first half of the book was compellingly driven by the story, the second half was driven by the need to get it done. In this second half, while the writing remains competent, the story loses its edge. Nevertheless, it is a good listen and I would recommend it to friends except those who are completely non-geekly. As usual with products from, the production values of the recording are quite good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "14th Century Soap Opera"

    A great listen with intricate political intrigue and more reversals of fortune than any modern day soap opera. It's strength is an accounting of the lives of the ordinary people of that era. Unlike the masterful Pillars of the Earth, however, I was glad when we were done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sacred Stone: A Novel of the Oregon Files

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Clive Cussler, Craig Dirgo
    • Narrated By J. Charles

    In the remote wastelands of Greenland, an ancient artifact possessing catastrophic radioactive power is unearthed. But the astounding find puts the world at risk. Caught between two militant factions bent on wholesale slaughter, Juan Cabrillo and his network of spies, known as The Corporation, must fight to protect the stone - and prevent the outbreak of World War III.

    Christopher says: "Great book... horrible narrator"
    "Not One of Cussler's Best"

    I've always enjoyed Cussler when I am in the mood for a quick and light adventure. Sacred Stone mixes two distinct plot lines that don't really complement each other in any real way and when taken individually are just a bit too quick and light. When one is resolved, resolution of the other seems an anti-climax. Further development of one or the other might have been a better endeavor. Nevertheless, this is a fun listen and I will continue to enjoy Cussler's books for what they are.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen Moons

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This magnificent novel by one of America's finest writers is the epic of one man's remarkable journey, set in 19th-century America against the background of a vanishing people and a rich way of life. At the age of 12, under the Wind Moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and a map, and sent alone into the Indian Nation to run a trading post as a bound boy. It is during this time that he grows into a man, learning, as he does, of the raw power it takes to create a life, to find a home.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating, great epic tale"
    "Flawless Storytelling"

    This is a collection of snapshots, stories, reminisces and philosophy masterfully woven together in the bittersweet retelling of a life and the mourning of simpler times. It is written with good humor so dry that it may not be humor at all. I smiled though. Those demanding rollicking adventure will be disappointed. Those who savor true craftmanship in the creation of imagery and flawlessly coherent storytelling will find this to be a fine listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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