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Yoshi Yoshitani

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  • Anita

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Keith Roberts
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (347)

    Meet Anita Thompson: she's young, she's lovely, she's clever, and she's a witch. A real one. Anita lives in two worlds: the modern world of supermarkets and sports cars, radio and rock-and-roll, where she is a thoroughly modern girl with a thoroughly modern interest in boys and fast living and her own independence. But she also lives in the ancient and rustic world of traditions, cauldrons, and familiars.

    troy says: "I would buy you this book! (if i could afford too)"
    "A Fun Series of Short Stories"
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    This is an excellent listen! Capturing an older era feel, the stories are light hearted and fun! You root for Anita and listen to her exploits with great delight. I really enjoyed the unpretentious, and matter-of-fact manner that Keith Roberts talks about witches in a classic, and playfully distorted way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prestige

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Christopher Priest
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1042)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (484)

    In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose each other. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magician's craft can command. Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences.

    Andrew says: "One of a Kind."
    "Enough cannot be said"
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    I loved this book, it's dark and magical, a wonderful mystery through generations and time. The prose and the pacing is excellent, and you really sympathize with everyone. It's a bit on the dark and morbid side, so if you like that, I would highly recommend it to you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Ancient Egypt

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bob Brier
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (241)

    Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. It lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. Its Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building in the world until well into the 19th century and remains the only Ancient Wonder still standing. And it was the most technologically advanced of the ancient civilizations, with the medical knowledge that made Egyptian physicians the most famous in the world.

    Nassir says: "Incomprehensibly complete"
    "Really nice overview, very Relaxing"
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    I love listening to this right before I go to bed. It's nice and lulling and the professor gives you a good overview of Egypt. He tells you interesting little stories, and also is very clear when he is giving opinion and when he is giving fact. This is highly enjoyable, and I would recommend this to any one!

    Word of warning, he has a very distinct and thick accent. Prepare for him you say "you know?" at least 5 times a lecture. But he does sound very friendly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Path of Fate: Path, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Pharaoh Francis
    • Narrated By Leslie Bellair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In the land of Kodu Riik, it is an honor to be selected by the Lady to become an ahalad-kaaslane - to have your soul bonded with one of Her blessed animals, and roam the land serving Her will. But Riesil refuses to bow to fate - a decision that may have repercussions across the realm....

    Yoshi Yoshitani says: "God Molding: A little flat, but fun"
    "God Molding: A little flat, but fun"
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    If you are looking for a light hearted book that you can just sit back and enjoy, than this is your book!

    It follows closely the mold of reluctant hero, who finally accepts destiny, and then comes to be the most powerful (like god-status) and vanquishes evil. I think their were some really nice deviations, like her romantic independence, and the capability of other female characters besides just the main character. That being said, it's still sweetly simple, and doesn't require a lot of thought. I won't be reading the sequels, but this book is complete enough to be a stand alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1374)
    Performance
    (1267)
    Story
    (1264)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    linda says: "Engaging, Room for Improvement"
    "TRILOGY WARNING"
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    Biggest complaint: This is a TRILOGY, and I want book 2 NOW

    But really, in all honesty, this a pretty good book. I think that this book does really well to establish a world, and it raises a LOT of questions about its structure that I hope will be solved later on. And I'm excited about that.

    I will say the abilities are interesting, though, again, still not well understood. I hope more books will bring clarification. I was also slightly disappointed by the love arc. It's a dashing, mysterious, brooding, super handsome not-human that displays his weakness to our main character alone! For being so interesting in other areas, this section of the story is startlingly cliche. But don't let this stop you, I still think this is a good story.

    As for the narrator, I will say she began to get on my nerves. She was a little monotonous, which I think may be partially due to the whole book being written with tiny sentences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Croak

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gina Damico
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (460)

    Fed up with her wild behavior, 16-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach Lex the family business. She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next.

    Marjorie says: "Love. Love. Love. Love."
    "Enjoyable book, No desire to read further"
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    what I enjoy the most about this book is the main character. She's a teenager that is always angry and out to prove ... something. But she doesn't know what, and is frustrated by that feeling. And I really like that angle, and I think the narrator really executed this character well.

    The story took some nice unexpected turns, and the supporting cast is all fun and enjoyable. That being said, I don't have a desire to read books 2 & 3. This first book just didn't capture my imagination enough. Still, I think that this book would do really well with a younger audience, 10yrs to 15yrs I think

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • While Beauty Slept

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Blackwell
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    I am not the sort of person about whom stories are told.And so begins Elise Dalriss's story. When she hears her great-granddaughter recount a minstrel's tale about a beautiful princess asleep in a tower, it pushes open a door to the past, a door Elise has long kept locked. For Elise was the companion to the real princess who slumbered-and she is the only one left who knows what actually happened so many years ago. Her story unveils a labyrinth where secrets connect to an inconceivable evil. As only Elise understands all too well, the truth is no fairy tale...

    RueRue says: "A Different Sleeping Beauty"
    "A Great Fairytale Revamp! Very Very Dark"
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    I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say this: surprisingly depressing.

    The best parts of this story are the characters. Every character is motivated by complex and completely relatable experiences. No decision ever seemed innately flawed, it's really easy to understand, but the series of choices leads to some dark situations.

    I will warn you, this book is not for the faint of heart. It is not light hearted at all. But if you can get through it, it is very very good. It left me with all sorts of feelings for days

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2366)
    Performance
    (2183)
    Story
    (2183)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Using characters to observe society"
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    This novel follows two inhuman characters, a golem and a Jinni, to comment and decipher the movements and actions of humanity. Through them, we get to laugh with them as they observe the quirks of human nature, and understand their confusion at human actions.

    The story is meandering, a bit more slice-of-life through their eyes. I felt it was a little slow, but it was also relaxed and said everything that it wanted to say. I also really enjoyed the narrator. So prepare to sit back with some tea and enjoy this one. I defiantly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cleopatra's Daughter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michelle Moran
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (168)

    The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony's vengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two---the 10-year-old twins Selene and Alexander---survive the journey.

    Annette says: "A pretty engaging story"
    "Interesting Slices, Lacking full Arc"
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    Michelle Moran has certainly done some research, and she integrates her bits of found historical knowledge into this story. However, this story lacks a real arc, feeling of purpose, or fulfilling conclusion.

    I found the whole novel rather depressing, without an ounce of hope. While I found many of the ideas interesting, and a much different angle on Roman culture than I've ever experienced before (slave vs. freeman vs. citizen structure was really interesting) as a story I found this really lacking.

    If you are interested in coming of age historical fiction, I actually quite enjoy Michelle Moran's Heretic Queen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2853)
    Performance
    (2448)
    Story
    (2460)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "I Had to Skip to the End"
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    I'll admit, with some stories I feel the need to look up their endings on Wikipedia or some other site before I've finished the book because I just have to know the ending NOW.

    I felt that keenly with the Secret Keeper. I will say that a little less than half-way through this Novel, I lost my ability to finish it. I was unsatisfied, I found none of the characters sympathetic enough to listen to, and our main character to be a huge annoyance. I looked up the ending, which I will not tell you, and finding out that spoiler gave me the ability to finish the book. In fact, when I found out the ending, I absolutely loved the book! I find it a really great read, I love the characters and their struggles. I find the lives they live really interesting, and the journey of discovery really enjoyable as I beckon on the characters, hastening them joyfully to the last chapter.

    That's the only thing that keeps me from giving this story a 5/5, the fact that the middle of the book was too unbearable to get through without knowing the ending.

    I won't tell you anymore, and maybe you, dear reader, will have a stronger convection than I. But I will say this, if you can make it to the end of this book, you will be justly rewarded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5757)
    Performance
    (4983)
    Story
    (4977)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "A Wonderful Mix of Timelines"
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    THIS REVIEW CONTAINS ONE SPOILER

    Just being that everything ends happily. I won't say anymore, but I left the book feeing really happy and satisfied. This is a spoiler because for most of the book you have this looming feeling of everything going wrong and ending poorly. Which is actually a huge compliment to Jess Walter.

    You dive through multiple characters stories, bopping back and forth. But what is amazing is Jess' ability to show the reader the same arch and feeling at the same time with each character as you flip chapter to chapter.

    All the characters felt real and full of flaws, but also full of redemption. I really enjoyed this novel, and I would highly recommend this to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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