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Xander

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  • Geekomancy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael R. Underwood
    • Narrated By Julia Farhat
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    Ree Reyes’s life was easier when all she had to worry about was scraping together tips from her gig as a barista and comic shop slave to pursue her ambitions as a screenwriter. When a scruffy-looking guy storms into the shop looking for a comic like his life depends on it, Ree writes it off as just another day in the land of the geeks. Until a gigantic “BOOM!” echoes from the alley a minute later, and Ree follows the rabbit hole down into her town’s magical flip-side.

    Tracey says: "Only geeks need apply!"
    "Solid story ruined by bad narration"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this audiobook to a friend, but the e-book is still worth getting.


    What other book might you compare Geekomancy to and why?

    This book reminds me of Diana Wynne Jones' Deep Secrets, for its cheery blend of urban fantasy and geek culture.


    What didn’t you like about Julia Farhat’s performance?

    Where to even begin! The story and main character have potential, if a tad heavy handed with the pop culture, but the narration is truly abysmal. Julia Farhat reads mechanically with hints of false cheer accentuating the ends of random words, transforming a character that should be likable and believable into an insincere Valley girl. She rarely displays any emotion that's consistent with what's taking place in the story, and on the occasions she does, it comes across forced and uninspired.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    So long as they got someone else for the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    The story has potential, so I'm going to finish this book up via e-book, and buy the second one, Celebromancy, on audiobook since they got a new narrator who I am already familiar with.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man: Burton & Swinburne, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (393)

    When a clockwork-powered man of brass is found abandoned in Trafalgar Square, Burton and his assistant, the wayward poet Algernon Swinburne, find themselves on the trail of the stolen Garnier Collection - black diamonds rumored to be fragments of the Lemurian Eye of Naga, a meteorite that fell to Earth in prehistoric times. His investigation leads to involvement with the media sensation of the age: the Tichborne Claimant, a man who insists that he's the long lost heir to the cursed Tichborne estate.

    Chris - Audible says: "Another excellent installment."
    "Wonderfully written, wonderfully read."
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    Any additional comments?

    The best thing about this story is how it paints a picture of historical London, and then introduces steampunk and magic elements so smoothly and naturally that there is little to no suspension of disbelief required on the part on the listener. The narration is perfectly executed, and the different voices of the reader are fluid and varied enough that you're rarely, if ever, brought out of the story.

    A terrific buy for book lovers of all genres!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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