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Sparkleplenty

Westerville, Ohio USA | Member Since 2001

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  • The Abominable: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (163)

    The year is 1924 and the race to summit the world's highest mountain has been brought to a terrified pause by the shocking disappearance of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine, high on the shoulder of Mt. Everest. By the following year, three climbers - a British poet and veteran of the Great War, a young French Chamonix guide, and an idealistic young American - find a way to take their shot at the top.

    Marci says: "Great story, great detail"
    "Great story about climbing Everest"
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    What did you love best about The Abominable?

    The beautifully detailed story about the climbing of Everest in 1923. I have a much better appreciation about what an incredible feat summiting Everest was. The story also gave you great background on George Mallory's last attempt and some idea about the horrors of World War I.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was about a fictional attempt at Everest in the year after George Mallory died in the attempt the previous year. There are a couple of side stories about some dangers along the way and the actual purpose of the climb that were not completely developed, but I didn't care because the story of the climb itself and the climbing history was so good. This is a long book. It is perfect for an audio book for that reason. I gardened through the entire thing last week. My gardens are much the better for it.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Kevin Collins is an okay reader, not my favorite. I wouldn't choose a book because he was the narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Jake's description of climbing the Matterhorn, and the first time he sees Everest are wonderful


    Any additional comments?

    The description of the development of climbing gear was very interesting. When you realize that Mallory was climbing in Alpine gear with the first rudimentary oxygen that leaked, he had spent an entire season just trying to learn how to climb it, but had no way to know what he was in for until he got up there. This is a far cry from the professionally guided tours of today.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Diamondhead

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Charles Leggett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (155)

    When Navy SEAL Mack Bedford's fellow officers are brutally killed by Iraqi insurgents using a cruel, new anti-tank Diamondhead missile, Mack avenges their murders by gunning down the then-unarmed attackers, ultimately getting himself court-martialed and kicked out of the Navy. To make matters worse, Mack then learns that the Diamondhead missiles were sold illegally by French industrialist and infamous politician Henri Foche.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Disastrous Departure of Style and Genre"
    "This is not Robinson's best effort"
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    What would have made Diamondhead better?

    A much better plot development. He telegraphed where he was going, but took half the book to get there and it was torturous. No Navy Seal would behave like this. The set up is so contrived and so full of holes that I was talking back through the first half of the book. The action part was nicely done.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have just started Line of Vision. I just finished Lee's Child's latest book about Jack Reacher - Outstanding.


    Have you listened to any of Charles Leggett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he was just excellent.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Diamondhead?

    I would have rewritten the whole first half of the book to set it up properly.


    Any additional comments?

    I was very disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dress Lodger

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sheri Holman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Fifteen-year-old Gustine is a "dress lodger", a young prostitute who rents a beautiful blue dress from her landlord to attract a higher class of clientele. To make sure she earns her fees and to keep her from running off with his fantastical gown, her pimp has set a malevolent old woman, known only as "the Eye", to follow her through the back alleys of Sunderland.

    Stephanie says: "Mediocre"
    "This is not what it seems"
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    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you like stories about rats, cholera and bodysnatching in the 19th century this is for you. Otherwise, it would be a good idea to choose something else.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sheri Holman again?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Dress Lodger?

    It is a dreadful book, I wouldn't have published it at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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