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  • A Hat Full of Sky: Discworld Childrens, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1111)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (384)

    Tiffany Aching, the boldest heroine ever to swing a frying pan against the forces of evil, is beginning her apprenticeship in magic. She expects to work hard, learn spells, and become a witch. She doesn't expect to find herself doing chores, caring for the careless, and trying to outthink an ill-tempered nanny goat. There must be more to witchcraft than this!

    Joyce says: "More Crivens!"
    "Another Winner"
    Overall

    If you liked Wee Free Men, you will like this one too (don't under any circumstances listen to them out of order). Part of the appeal of WFM was the cleverness of the nine year old heroine. In Hat Full, she is not so clever, and the zaniness is replaced with some not so welcome existential philosophy, but the dialect is wonderful and the story actually moves right along. Robb Anybody and the rest of the MacFeagles continue to delight. It goes with out saying that hearing the book is undoubtedly better than reading it, because of the language, and the wonderful narration. (In fact I read a diskworld book and didn't like it nearly as much as the 2 or 3 that I have heard.)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Seen: The Wanderer Series, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Heather Sutherlin
    • Narrated By Carin Gilfry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Rory has no idea what's going on in the woods behind her house, but it's driving her crazy. On the last day of her senior year she finds herself caught up once again in the curious happenings of the forest and walks away without any of the answers she was hoping to find. To make matters worse, she is sent to visit a sick neighbor and instead finds the hottest guy she's ever seen. When she discovers his brother's incredible secret she falls further into her own chaos and into a fate she never could have imagined.

    Amazon Customer says: "Teen age Girl adventure"
    "Teen age Girl adventure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Heather Sutherlin and/or Carin Gilfry?

    No


    What could Heather Sutherlin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Leave out the blushes, and tingles and heart pitter patters


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

    The narator has a pleasant voice and tries not to interpret the story. She doen't do the male characters well. Tough since half of the narrative is a teenaged boys.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Had a clever and good premise.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are not a teenaged girl, avoid this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7024)
    Performance
    (6683)
    Story
    (6695)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "McGyver Goes to Mars"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

    Yes. It is fun, and engaging


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Whatney is really the only character who matters.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not listened to R.C. Bray


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Hard to turn off in the garage.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chelsea Handler
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (525)

    You've either done it or know someone who has: the one-night stand, the familiar outcome of a night spent at a bar, sometimes the sole payoff for your friend's irritating wedding, or the only relief from a disastrous vacation. Often embarrassing and uncomfortable, occasionally outlandish, but most times just a necessary and irresistible evil, the one-night stand is a social rite as old as sex itself and as common as a bar stool.

    Kathryn says: "Chelsea, You are HYSTERICAL!"
    "Unfunny comedy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Pubescent girls.


    What was most disappointing about Chelsea Handler???s story?

    This was not a memoir, but a series of doubtful comedy sketches.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narration was fine


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    I should never have bought it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    Overall
    (1176)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (372)

    Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.

    colleen says: "Another Pine Cove winner"
    "Too Clever by Half"
    Overall

    Here is another Vampire satire whose reason for existence the the chance to use clever contemporary dialog and say "f***" as many times as possible. Christopher Moore is an expert at creating truly crazy characters that are just plausible enough to keep you interested. He does that in this book, and if you like that a lot then you might like this book.

    I like the characters, but the plot is not plausible and the ending is flat (he wrote himself into a corner and couldn't get out).

    Dirty Job is very similar but the plot is intriguing even if wildly fantastic. Choose to get that one first and if you don't think it is terrific, then don't waste your credits on this one.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4222)
    Performance
    (1506)
    Story
    (1521)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Silly but fun"
    Overall

    See Roundrock above for a good description of the action. I thought it pretty silly (don't quit before the 4th chapter), but when the shenanigans began to make sense(?), I had to find out where it was going on, and at the end, I was sorry there were no more CDs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paladin of Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1385)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (565)

    Three years have passed since the widowed Dowager Royina Ista found release from the curse of madness that kept her imprisoned in her family's castle of Valenda. Her newfound freedom is costly, bittersweet with memories, regrets, and guilty secrets, for she knows the truth of what brought her land to the brink of destruction. And now the road, escape, beckons...A simple pilgrimage, perhaps. Quite fitting for the Dowager Royina of Chalion.

    Madeleine says: "Superb"
    "Excellent Sequel"
    Overall

    This is a first class sequel to a first class story (The Curse of Chalion). One could listen to them out of order but would miss a lot, because the author spends a lot of words in the first book creating a unique theology that provides the fantastic aspects of the story.

    The plot is a standard "quest", set in a preindustrial world organized along feudal lines, but the characters are likable, and this writer is as good at involving the reader in the story as any writer I've encountered (check out her Miles Vorkosigan adventures). The main character (like the author) is female, and to my (male) mind, she is a believable heroine who succeeds in her quest in a way that would not make you think of Sir Galahad (or Gandalf for that matter.

    If you like fantasy, you'll love this

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1802)
    Performance
    (748)
    Story
    (749)

    An explosive new science fiction series by New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden Empire is the first volume in The Saga of the Seven Suns, modeled after the Star Wars and X-Files universes. Anderson has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century, bringing to life vivid characters and worlds that delight his fans across the galaxy.

    A User says: "Great Listen"
    "Cannot Recommend"
    Overall

    I cannot recommend this title to anyone. Although 17 hours long, it is really just the start of a story, without plot resolution. The hours are spent telling about the lives of several characters who may or may not be relevant to the plot. This would be OK, if the characters were interesting, but they are all banal stereotypes. I wondered if the author knows any real people at all (he certainly does not know any generals or managers of large organizations). The dialogue is so B-Movie as to be laughable (the commanding officer of the entire "Earth Defense Force" retires to his ship quarters, telling the ships staff that he "will be in his quarters studying military strategy"). I suppose every author of this type of tale has to ignore Einstein, but this story has some of the most preposterous misrepresentations of space time that I have ever seen.

    7 of 17 people found this review helpful

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