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I really need to start proof reading my Reviews before I post them.

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  • Glasshouse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    With Glasshouse, Stross pens a Kafkaesque tale set in a 27th-century of teleport gates and mind-attacking network worms. After Robin awakes in a clinic, he struggles to summon details of his life, but too many of his memories have been wiped clean. More troubling is the stark awareness of immediate danger: someone is trying to kill him. On the run, Robin makes a desperate gamble and volunteers for what he hopes is the sanctuary of an unusual study at the Glasshouse. Once there, however, he realizes the true terror has only begun.

    Ken says: "Vintage Stross"
    "I mean, it is a Charles Stross book..."
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    I liked the concepts that this book had going for it:
    - sci-fi high tech while being very low tech 1950s
    - gender swap roles as a statement on gender roles in society today
    - intervening in domestic violence
    - sci-fi for the non-scifi crowd

    I liked some of the tropes from the genre:
    - espionage and memory wipes
    - body swapping
    - meeting yourself and beating the crap out of yourself
    - high tech hidden worlds
    - waif-fu
    - MMORPG

    But I found myself finishing the book just because I wanted to finish it, not because I was enjoying the story.

    Maybe because it wasn't fiction enough for me, the view points of domestic abuse, rape, and violating someone's mind just were to stark for me. Even at the end, I would have been happier if the whole lot of them just blew each other up instead of leaving them to languish in that false construct.

    But it was a Charles Stross book, so it was well written and the characters were consistent in their motivations and there were some minor explosions.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • An Unwelcome Quest: Magic 2.0, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (950)

    Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they've been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior.

    jcmorris says: "Please tell me there will be more"
    "It's a fun continuation"
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    It's a fun simple continuation of the story. Although, it's a lot of exposition. It did not go in the direction I thought it would.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1217)
    Performance
    (1091)
    Story
    (1106)

    New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson is widely celebrated for his Mistborn Trilogy and contribution to the final three books of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. In The Emperor's Soul, a Forger named Shai can copy and re-create any item by using magic to rewrite its history. After being condemned to death for attempting to steal the emperor's scepter, Shai is given one final chance. She' ll be allowed to live if she can create a new soul for the emperor, who hovers near death.

    debbie says: "A Great Short Novella that is Long in Story"
    "Amazing Complete Story"
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    I had low expectations for the short story. I had finished a couple of Young Adult novels in a row, and was expecting another thin story without complexity.

    This story was layered, well constructed, fantastical, sincere, and thrown in a few action scenes for a bit of a twist.

    I am tempted to want more of this character. But she is perfect just the way she is.

    Would it ruin her image, if we got a larger slice of her?

    Always leave them wanting more?

    This was a wonderful story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things: Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1230)
    Performance
    (1132)
    Story
    (1140)

    Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

    Josh says: "But No...."
    "Rothfuss makes art with his words"
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    This is not a traditional story. It has an entire section of making soap. There isn't a a big bad guy to defeat. There isn't gold to be made. And certainly isn't any majestic fight scenes.

    It's a tight little story about a broken little girl, who is piecing her world back together. She feels so alone in this story. I wouldn't call her lonely, but alone and broken.

    I think the authors note at the end summed it all up perfectly.

    Patrick Rothfuss is a powerhouse of a writer. He makes art with his words.

    I will continue to read what he writes next.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6472)
    Performance
    (5984)
    Story
    (5985)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Dresden Doesn't Disappoint - Jim Butchers rocks it"
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    I love the Dresden files books. This story is somewhere between love letter to Dresden Fans but then it kicks up all the mythology of the world.

    This story takes us back into the Dresden's world, we get to explore the mantel of the Winter Knight, reconnect with friends and allies we met over the books, and then we even get a Great Hunt.

    Jim Butcher can tell such a great story. I would consider him one of the master story tellers in our generation. This series is well crafted.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7375)
    Performance
    (3715)
    Story
    (3717)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "I didn't know what I was getting into"
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    This came up in my recommendation list for a few months, so I got it. I am more into the sci-fi and fantasy aspect of genre. When the story started, I started getting the feeling this would go into far future sci-fi with quantum entanglement destiny binding. Then the world ended and a few stragglers were battling for survival against a plague of vampires.

    Quite honestly, this kind of shocked me and I didn't see the vampires coming at all.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2365)
    Performance
    (2102)
    Story
    (2103)

    James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

    Ethan M. says: "Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent"
    "comforting sci-fi adventure"
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    This is a comforting sci-fi adventure. By comforting, I mean that this is a sci-fi adventure that has some solid world building and a plot that really feels like it needs to be told. I enjoy the cultural and economic principles that were introduced. I also really liked how a lot of effort was put into the description of the spaceships.

    I wasn't ready for this story to end, when the final chapter came up. I am really glad that this is a book series, and that I get to return to it's universe when Audible Credit Day comes around again in a few weeks.

    I recommend this book.

    p.s. tentacles

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Two Ravens and One Crow: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2815)
    Performance
    (2630)
    Story
    (2630)

    Two-thousand-year-old Atticus may have outwitted and outfought everyone from Odin to Bacchus, but in this eBook original, he’s about to discover what comes around when you go around messing with gods. Six years into the training of his beautiful apprentice, Granuaile, a large crow swoops down and transforms into none other than the Morrigan, a goddess who insists that Atticus come with her at once. He must leave his apprentice behind, along with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon - and he must also leave his sword.

    Jessica says: "Can't wait for November!"
    "one more satisfying adventure story"
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    I picked up the Iron Druid books in an audible sale not to long ago. I picked this one up, because it was inexpensive. The scope of these books are the definition of epic.

    I have enjoyed all these stories, and I enjoyed Two Ravens and One Crow.

    My favorite character remains, The Morrigan.

    Please be assured that I say this from a place of respect... I find these books just lacking just a bit extra depth to make them truly stunning.

    These books wouldn't be gifts for someone else, but I still bought them for myself. This is just one more satisfying adventure story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • River of Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ian McDonald
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    On the eve of Mother India's 100th birthday, 10 people are doing 10 very different things. In the next few weeks, all these people will be swept together to decide the fate of the nation. From gangsters to government advisors, from superstitious street-boys to scientists to computer-generated soap stars, River of Gods shows a civilization in flux - a river of gods. River of Gods is an epic science fiction novel, as sprawling, vibrant and colourful as the sub-continent it describes.

    Ken says: "A long and winding river"
    "It's an interesting concept"
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    Set in the near future artificial intelligence is emerging. There are different generations getting more and more advanced and regulated.

    This specific story has so many mosaic pieces that it began to feel like a collage of stories layered in. If it was structured differently as a collection of novellas all taking place in one world, the layers wouldn't be so loosely connected.

    The metaphysical warping of the space time continuum altering the perception of straight progression of cause and effect, was an interesting application... but in my cynical mind, I could also see it as a corner the author backed himself into.

    It was an interesting concept overall.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2138)
    Performance
    (1939)
    Story
    (1943)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "British Government Fights Tentacles (Well Written)"
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    "The body you are wearing used to be mine." is how the book started, and from the moment, the momentum was never really lost.

    The story introduces you to the secret world of the British Civil Service that believes in cast structure, hierarchy, and the war like competence of those who were born afflicted with unique talents.

    There was a girl born with silver delicate antlers, another born with the ability to see thru walls, another developed the ability to tap into the emotional resonance of every left handed person on Earth, and even someone who could effect the weather of a scandinavian country.

    There were a few forgivable clunky gushy moments that were introduced to serve the final scene. I can see that the characters earn what ever happiness they could meek out.

    I would continue to read books from this world, if this spawns a series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Existence

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Robin Miles, L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (432)

    Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact".

    A. Massey says: "Big ideas, good science fiction, frustrating style"
    "This is an optimistic sci-fi story that inspires"
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    The story is about how people learn from the mistakes from the generations before, and how they go about making their own.

    Every time there was a huge leap forward in the society, you could feel the hope and wonder the population was emanating... that moment of "what if". Then that wonderful hope was deflated by the nay-sayers, who didn't want society to change, to keep everyone in the status quo for their own selfish desires.

    I struggled with my this, my final paragraph, for a little while. Everything I wrote was laden with spoilers, imagined or implied. So I will say, I do hope our world can face the future with the dignity and ingenuity that was portrayed on our behalf.

    p.s. this story has aliens, cyborgs, uplifted dolphins, asteroid mining, habitations in space, caste based societies, underwater treasure hunting, and dirigibles.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful

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