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  • The Fire's Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Bill Hensel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    A wizard, a drunkard, and a thief - three strangers who must learn to work together or Ischia is lost beneath a sea of lava. But Aaron, the thief, is hiding more than stolen jewels. Chandra, the wizard, is running from a political marriage. And Darvish, the prince Chandra is intended to marry and the man Aaron has hidden the most from, well, Darvish really needs a drink. Before they can hope to save Ischia, they must save themselves.

    a says: "Overall an enjoyable listen"
    "Overall an enjoyable listen"
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    Tanya Huff is just really *good* at this, even in her earlier books it's possible to find enjoyable characters and an interesting and well thought out story.

    Some elements are predictable and spelled out but overall just a fun listen and worth the credit (although it's only 11ish hours and not the 22 it was marked as, this seems like a weird bug audible, because I'm sure I've seen it happen before).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pocket Apocalypse: InCryptid, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (130)

    Alexander Price has survived gorgons, basilisks, and his own family - no small feat considering that his family includes two telepaths, a reanimated corpse, and a colony of talking, pantheistic mice. Still, he's starting to feel like he's got the hang of things - at least until his girlfriend, Shelby Tanner, shows up asking pointed questions about werewolves and the state of his passport.

    Shaun says: "Interesting story despite Aussi stereotypes"
    "A wonderful time as always"
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    Australia = a whole entire universe of no for Alex Price.This was a fun outing and thoroughly enjoyable.

    Basically Seanan Mcguire very rarely goes wrong and this is not one of those books.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Welcome to Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1107)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (658)

    Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in Temptation.

    Diana says: "Crusie at the top of her game"
    "Jennifer Crusie is an autobuy"
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    Interesting characters, snappy dialog, realistic dog.

    If Jennifer Crusie can be said to have a formula this is it, fortunately it's a formula that I would buy over and over again. This book fulfils that formula and then some (you will never look at a water tower the same way again).

    Not a perfect story but definitely a five star story

    One of the books I re-listen to every so often.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Half-Off Ragnarok: InCryptid, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Ray Porter, Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (199)

    What do gorgons, basilisks, and frogs with feathers all have in common? They're all considered mythological by modern science, and some people are working very hard to keep them that way. Alexander Price is a member of a cryptozoological lineage that spans generations, and it's his job to act as a buffer between the human and cryptid worlds - not an easy task when you're dealing with women who have snakes in place of hair, little girls who may actually be cobras, and brilliant, beautiful Australian zookeepers.

    bevin says: "Another great book from Seanan McGuire"
    "Switch in main characters works well"
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    Alex is an endearing character and Sarah Zellaby (a personal favourite of mine) makes an appearance.

    The new characters are enthralling as are the new species.

    Buy if you loved the other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ancillary Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ann Leckie
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (145)

    With a new ship and a troublesome crew, Breq is ordered to go to the only place in the galaxy she would a agree to go: to Athoek Station to protect the family of a lieutenant she once knew - a lieutenant she murdered in cold blood.

    R. Li says: "pronunciation changes distracted me"
    "Avoids mid-trilogy slump"
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    Middle books in trilogies tend to be a little flat, nothing can be resolved and a dire cliff-hanger is a must because you want people to pick up the last book.

    Ancilliary Sword avoids all of this. It is a complete change of pace from the first book but manages both an engaging and complete story arc and the set up for the final book of the series.

    New and interesting characters are introduced, new and gorgeous tea sets are found and Breq just keeps getting more interesting.

    The only two down sides are the fact that there is not enough Seivarden and the unfortunate death of a character who I was growing to love.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3056)
    Performance
    (2851)
    Story
    (2851)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Alexis says: "Fun! Things you might want to know:"
    "Deserves all the awards nominations it will get"
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    Fascinating science fiction with thoughtful world building and engaging characters.
    Like the best science fiction it raises issues that are present currently (disability, online identity, corporate control over public spaces)
    Also genuinely funny.

    I predict this book will battle it out with Ancilliary Sword for most of the science fiction awards next year ( no idea who will win since they are both amazing books).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4077)
    Performance
    (3658)
    Story
    (3657)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spoiler-free review below - Amazing book!"
    "Intriguing as a short story, stunning as a book"
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    In the anthology "Apple for the Creature", the short story by Mike Carey was one of the two that left me desperately wanting to know what happened next (the other one was by Ilona Andrews...because of course).

    This book changes some of the elements present in that short story but ultimately I think the changes work and I have my answer (and probably trouble sleeping because there are some horrific parts to this story).

    Melanie is an amazing character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Elephant: Discworld #24

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (1337)
    Performance
    (746)
    Story
    (744)

    Sam Vines is a man on the run. Yesterday he was a duke, a chief of police, and ambassador to the mysterious, fat-rich country of Uberwald. Now he has nothing but his native wit and the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya. And if he can't make it through the forest to civilization, there's going to be a terrible war. But there are monsters on his trail. They're werewolves - and they're catching up. Sam Vines is out of time and already out of breath...

    Michael says: "Discworld: Worth Visiting Again and Again"
    "Just default buy Discworld"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Seriously at this point you would need a very good reason not to buy all the Discworld books (except possibly the first few and even those have a few moments of greatness).

    So take it as read that all Discworld books are five star books, it's just that some are *more* five star than others.

    The Fifth Elephant is one of the *more* books, it features Vimes being Vimes, Detritus and Cheery being themselves and Sybil being a bad-ass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonshine: Cal Leandros, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rob Thurman
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    After saving the world from his fiendish father's side of the family, Cal Leandros and his stalwart half-brother Niko have settled down with new digs and a new gig - bodyguard and detective work. And in New York City, where preternatural beings stalk the streets just like normal folk, business is good. Their latest case has them going undercover for the Kin - the werewolf Mafia. A low-level Kin boss thinks a rival is setting him up for a fall, and wants proof.

    Amazon Customer says: "A new narrator"
    "Perfect for what they are"
    Overall
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    Sometimes you're in the mood for books about the bonds between people, the triumph of good over evil...and killer two-headed werewolves.This book is just plain fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Naturals

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    • Narrated By Amber Faith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But, it's not a skill that she's ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they've begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

    S. S. says: "Really good"
    "Not perfect but an enjoyable listen"
    Overall
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    There are a number of flaws in logic and some slight cliched teenage problems ( and, god help me, what looks very like a love triangle) but overall an enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Froi of the Exiles: Chronicles of Lumatere, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Melina Marchetta
    • Narrated By Grant Cartwright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    From master storyteller Melina Marchetta comes an exhilarating new fantasy springing from her celebrated epic, Finnikin of the Rock. Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home...or so he believes. Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been taken roughly and lovingly in hand by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper with a warrior's discipline.

    a says: "Amazing and sometimes painful story"
    "Amazing and sometimes painful story"
    Overall
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    This is a wrenching story about guilt, family and the horrendous pain and joy that people can inflict on each-other(it can also be very funny at the strangest times).

    This does end on a cliffhanger so be prepared to buy the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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