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sf mommy 99

Love reading, hard to find the time! audible member since 2006

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  • The Serpent on the Crown: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (239)

    New York Times best-selling master of suspense, Elizabeth Peters, brings an exotic world of adventure, intrigue, and danger to vivid life, in a tale as powerful as ancient Egypt.

    Donna says: "The Serpent on the Crown"
    "Just the thing after the King Tut exhibit"
    Overall

    I had just visited LA to see the King Tut exhibit so I was really in the mood! I was afraid the story would be tedious but it really wasn't, it is a great period-based story, and the reader is AMAZING. It was hard to believe that a woman was ready all of those male vocal parts. But you have to forget about that or it kind of ruins it. I loved this, I will get another one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11376)
    Performance
    (8785)
    Story
    (8843)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Hmm, 2 hours in and I'm not feeling good bout it"
    Overall

    I really, really want to like this book. I love epics, and I loved the Wheel of Time series (Robert Jordan). I thought BS did a great job on the final book of the series. But this book? I just don't get it. I'm 2 hours in, and I have to force myself to continue. Firstly, there is just soooo much going on from the very beginning -- but what is very much lacking is any character that you can care about from a human perspective (which is what made Jordan's books so magnetic). So far, it's just a lot of fighting, gore, and imprisonment. Why should we care?

    Also, as much as I love Michael Kramer (and I'm sure Kate Reading) I REALLY wish they had chosen someone else to narrate. Given that these are the same two readers as the whole Wheel of Time series, I keep expecting the names Rand, Matt, and Perrin to come up. It's just very distracting to have the exact same readers, with the same inflections, and the same general subject.

    I'm really hoping that I get in to this, I'd really like to. We'll see...

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5971)
    Performance
    (4122)
    Story
    (4130)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Wonderful, again"
    Overall

    This book was amazing on many many levels. Sure, it is a great story, a GREAT story! But it also reminds us of a time long gone and how people used to live with honor and with little else sometimes. And how things just HAPPEN and it isn't always someone's fault (and although there isn't a lot of litigation, you may just get hanged for an offense to watch out). Then there is the love story aspect. And the friendship aspect. Finally, the AMAZING Davina Porter, who does such a beautiful job of bringing all of these rich characters to life. Let's just say, I can't wait until the next one comes out. Thanks Diana and Davina.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Crown of Swords: Book Seven of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4231)
    Performance
    (2564)
    Story
    (2591)

    In this volume, Elayne, Aviendha, and Mat come ever closer to the bowl ter'angreal that may reverse the world's endless heat wave and restore natural weather. Egwene begins to gather all manner of women who can channel: Sea Folk, Windfinders, Wise Ones, and some surprising others. And above all, Rand faces the dread Forsaken Sammael, in the shadows of Shadar Logoth, where the blood-hungry mist, Mashadar, waits for prey.

    T. M. Fees says: "Narration"
    "I enjoyed the characters on their own and together"
    Overall

    Jordan does a great job in this book developing the friendships among the main characters and also delves into each one individually. I like it. I do miss Rand as a young man, though, I liked that more innocent side of him in the story. I got a little confused with some of the many many added characters in this book, and some have very similar names (e.g. Caden, Cadsuain, etc). But I'm queing up number 8! can't wait to see how this all turns out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Chaos: Book Six of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4660)
    Performance
    (2762)
    Story
    (2777)

    As the Wheel turns, the winds of fate roil across the land. Rand al 'Thor struggles to unite the nations for the Last Battle when the Dark One will break free into the world to spring the snares laid by the immortal Forsaken for unwary humankind. The White Tower in Tar Valon, under the Amyrlin Elaida, has decided that Rand must be controlled immediately.

    Elias says: "Finally here!"
    "this was a good one but a little confusing"
    Overall

    there are a LOT of characters in this episode. I found it confusing to try to follow all of the different splits and interactions. I loved the parts about Perryn and Faile, and Mat and Rand and Min. All great! And of course Iguaine and Elayne and Ninive. It wasn't those characters that were confusing it was all of the others that are introduced or reintroduced. As always, the readers are great, and when I got to the end I wished it wasn't over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fires of Heaven: Book Five of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4944)
    Performance
    (2956)
    Story
    (2996)

    In this sequel to the phenomenal New York Times best seller The Shadow Rising, Robert Jordan again plunges us into his extraordinarily rich, totally unforgettable world.

    Jeff says: "The fires of Heaven"
    "This was a great installment"
    Overall

    Lots of intrigue and character development (though I could have predicted what happened in the last hour with three of the characters). A few really great cliffhangers for the next book. I miss Perrin and Fayile from the last book - on to book 6 to see if they show up!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • T Is for Trespass: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    Overall
    (1086)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (223)

    In what may be her most unsettling novel to date, Sue Grafton's T Is for Trespass is also her most direct confrontation with the forces of evil. Beginning slowly with the day-to-day life of a private eye, Grafton suddenly shifts from the voice of Kinsey Millhone to that of Solana Rojas, introducing listeners to a chilling sociopath. Rojas is not her birth name. It is an identity she cunningly stole, an identity that gives her access to private caregiving jobs.

    Marcia says: "kellysmom"
    "Great!"
    Overall

    Judy Kaye is such a wonderful reader, she can even make "I-who-hates-McDonald's" crave a "QP with cheese" LOL. This is a very clever story and it is nice that Grafton gives enough hints to make it fun to figure out what will happen next, without making it too easy (and consequently boring). I'm 2/3 through and already wishing the book was longer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bungalow 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Danielle Steel
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    The phone call came on a hot July day, a day like any other for Marin County mom and freelance writer Tanya Harris. But this call from Tanya's agent was anything but ordinary, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: the chance to write a major Hollywood screenplay, a dream she had put aside long ago to devote her energies to her family. This time, Tanya knows she cannot refuse, even though she's torn about leaving her husband and daughters.

    LaWanda Jackson says: "very enjoyable"
    "boring and repetitive"
    Overall

    This was my first Danielle Steele book since I was a teenager and I wholeheartedly can say I know why. The story was predictable and the characters undeveloped. For the amount of actual story involved (vs simple repetition of the same thing over and over and over and over...well, you get it) this book should have been about a half an hour. You know when you get 2 1/2 hours into it and nothing meaningul has happened it isn't going to be a good read. Don't waste your money or credit.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Special Circumstances

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sheldon Siegel
    • Narrated By David Dukes
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Mike Daley is an ex-priest, ex-public defender, ex-husband, and most recently an ex-partner at Simpson & Gates, a prominent San Francisco law firm. He's on his own and setting up a private practice on the wrong side of town. Then his best friend and former colleague is charged with a brutal double murder involving one of Simpson & Gates's most powerful partners and a young associate. Mike's got to clear his friend's name, but time is running out.

    Murdo says: "Fine story bizarrely read"
    "Loved the story, reader was distracting"
    Overall

    OK, I am a very kind person, and if a reader isn't great, I usually don't say anything. But this reader is so bad it is distracting. Bless him, he is trying to do a lot of character voices and that must be difficult. But the accents are truly weird - one of the main characters goes from sounding asian, new york, yiddish then elderly in one sentence. And the other characters are no better (but when the reader uses his own voice as narration, he's great) In addition, the reader puts very very odd emphasis on words - eg. instead of saying "reception" he says "reCEP...tion" and on and on. Anyway, love the story, I"m a lawyer in SF so it was very fun to hear. Just be prepared for the lousy reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Nanny Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    What do you do when you are a nanny to an obscenely rich Park Avenue matron named X? Mrs. X refuses to do anything for herself, including cook, clean, or take care of her 4-year-old son. You are expected to do everything, including maintaining the mental health of said 4-year-old, even while Mrs. X decides that it is time for a divorce. You'll have to bear up under the strain with wit and panache, even as the boundaries between your working life and your so-called private life blur, merge, and disappear.

    Rhonda says: "The Nanny Diaries"
    "Loved the writing, but difficult to read because"
    Overall

    my heart ached for Grayer, the poor child. The saddest thing is, there are parents out there like this. Probably lots of them. As a mother of two, I wanted to find the book funny, but mostly it ripped my heart out (e.g. the scene where Grayer runs to show his dad his new red truck and his dad storms out, crying "DAAADYY WAAAAIIITTT..." Ugh, really made me cry. Anyway, the book is very well written, but I can't call it funny.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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