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U. Gruber

Chicago, IL United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Down Home Murder: Laura Fleming, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Toni L. P. Kelner
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (336)

    When a tragic family accident brings Laura Fleming back home to Byerly, North Carolina, the sleuth discovers that her beloved grampaw's fatal fall from a ladder in the old mill was not an accident.

    Natalie says: "My favorite cousin is a nice young boy in the KKK!"
    "Surprisingly offensive"
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    White authors writing about race in southern America often makes me uncomfortable, but I haven't been as uncomfortable as I was while listening to this book in a long time. The main character is, of course, a liberal ex-native of the Southern locality in question, and comments on her family's inappropriate generalizations frequently.

    However, there is a certain sense that "this is just the way people talk" that leaves me cold. Coming to this book from Laura Lipman's Baltimore mysteries only made this distinction more clear. Lippman always manages to tread that line without verging into offensive territory. Kelner is either not as fine an author or not as cognizant of the issues with her topic matter. I couldn't get past the first few chapters.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lick: Stage Dive, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kylie Scott
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1344)
    Performance
    (1259)
    Story
    (1262)

    Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this. Evelyn Thomas' plans for celebrating her 21st birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride.

    Jordy says: "4.5 Lickable Rock Stars!"
    "NOT erotica - worst kind of romantic drivel"
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    This came up on a search for erotica. I don't know why. The title maybe? I gave it a shot since the narrator did her best but the main character was awful (AND 21!!)

    Maybe if these were slightly older characters I could have bought the story, but even then...

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Murder Must Advertise

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    When ad man Victor Dean falls down the stairs in the offices of Pym's Publicity, it looks like an accident. But Lord Peter Wimsey soon discovers there's more to copy writing than meets the eye. A bit of cocaine, a hint of blackmail, and some wanton women can be read between the lines. And then there is the brutal secession of murders - five of them - each one a fixed fee for advertising a deadly secret.

    Melinda says: "too fast"
    "Different and fabulous"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book takes place while Peter is giving Harriet her space, so she doesn't appear. It does meant that Peter is in a more introspective frame of mind for the whole adventure which makes the conclusion that much more poignant. It's also absolutely wonderful to see Wimsey interacting with a completely different set of characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (3037)
    Performance
    (1844)
    Story
    (1868)

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Gerald says: "Very Good Interpretation"
    "Great sci-fi if you ignore the 60s sexual politics"
    Overall
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress?

    Pissed off colonists come up with the best revenge ideas.


    What does Lloyd James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brought Mike to life. I've read many books where the author/narrator got the humans right but couldn't quite make the AIs relatable. Maybe it's because Mike is still figuring himself out that it works so well here.


    Any additional comments?

    There was a large period of Heinlein's writing when he would go off on tangents about group marriages and other polyamorous unions. I tend to gloss over those bits because he wrote wonderful stories. Also, the non-traditional relationships allow his heroines and heroes to end up together without having to be everything to one another. I just wish he'd had a few more original ideas of how to do that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Sharp

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1645)
    Performance
    (513)
    Story
    (505)

    America's favorite bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, is back in her twelfth best seller and sure to win more fans than ever before. Trenton, New Jersey's premier troublemaker is once again struggling with her tangled love life, her chaotic family, and her gift for destroying every car she drives. Not to mention her attempts to bring in the sometimes scary bail jumpers of Trenton and the sudden appearance of a mysterious female stalker, who turns out to have a close connection to Ranger.

    Ruth says: "Entertainment at its best!"
    "I wish she'd stopped here"
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    What made the experience of listening to Twelve Sharp the most enjoyable?

    I really liked the inside look an Ranger's life and backstory. It would have made a good ultimate or penultimate chapter to the series. Unfortunately the books just got worse and more ridiculous from here on out.


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    Some of the side characters voices have begun to get ridiculous


    Any additional comments?

    This is the last book where Stephanie Plum is a likable character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Puppets

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (2565)
    Performance
    (1368)
    Story
    (1393)

    Best selling SF author Orson Scott Card brings to life a new chapter in the saga of Ender's Earth.

    Earth and its society have been changed irrevocably in the aftermath of Ender Wiggin's victory over the Formics. The unity forced upon the warring nations by an alien enemy has shattered. Nations are rising again, seeking territory and influence, and most of all, seeking to control the skills and loyalty of the children from the Battle School.

    Amy says: "Great book!"
    "This is the one most people don't get through"
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    What would have made Shadow Puppets better?

    If Card had just told his story. This is where his politics start to read their ugly heads and interfere with the characters that he crated in his more liberal younger days.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of Chalion

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2180)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (988)

    Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

    Terri says: "What makes a hero... LMB knows"
    "Wonderful characters in a stunning world"
    Overall

    I've always loved the way that Lois McMaster Bujold paints her characters, but I was stunned by her subtle illustrations of the world and theology of Chalion. Without taking any of the easy routes, she builds a mythic world that weaves in and out of the more concrete world of her characters. The ending is satisfying and complete. A marvelous book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo
    • Narrated By Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (200)

    He's Just Not That Into You, based on the popular episode of Sex and the City, educates otherwise smart women on how to tell when a guy just doesn't like them enough, so they can stop wasting time making excuses for a dead-end relationship.

    Jenny says: "A good basic message."
    "The truth is frightening"
    Overall

    Five minutes of listening to this book convinced me I ought to have had it as a guide for my last five relationships. Oh well.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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