LISTENER

Jana

Riverside, CA, USA
  • 12
  • reviews
  • 50
  • helpful votes
  • 184
  • ratings
  • Howl's Moving Castle

  • By: Diana Wynne Jones
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,107

A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones amd was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Entertaining

  • By Christopher on 07-02-12

Enchanting tale

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-10

Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite authors, though she is not well known. This book is one of her few more lighthearted tales, and is one of my favorite books. It revolves around a girl named Sophie who feels herself to be drab and uninteresting and wanders away from her home when she is cursed by the Witch of the Waste. She winds up in the home of the evil and flamboyant Wizard Howl - turning both of their lives upside down, resulting in hilarity, disaster, and happy endings.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Graceling

  • By: Kristin Cashore
  • Narrated by: David Baker, Chelsea Mixon, Zachary Exton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,610
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,296

Set in a world where some people are born with a Grace - a unique, sometimes uncanny, gift - this is the story of Katsa, whose Grace, demonstrated at an uncomfortably early age, is for killing. This makes her a perfect tool for her uncle, King Randa But Katsa chafes at the way she is being used - and even more at the injustices she sees around her.Then she meets Prince Po, who has a Grace to match hers...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding first novel!

  • By Kari on 10-31-09

Enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-10

I really enjoyed this book. I don't pretend that it is a literary masterpiece, but the characters and story are engaging. I had a hard time putting it down. The narration is not my favorite but I liked the story enough to get past it.

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,375

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as ever!

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-21-13

Effervescent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-10

This book is a wonderfully irreverent romp through the apocalypse, with angels and demons who have been in contact with humans for so long that they have acclimated. I love the four horsemen (I admit that the idea of Famine owning a series of fast food restaurants that sell food with no actual nutritional content has stuck with me since I first read the book in high school - it just rings so true!) Then there's the mix-up with the antichrist, so that he's raised as a normal little boy with no desire to take over or end the world.
Martin Jarvis does an excellent job of narrating this book.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Unseen Academicals: Discworld #32

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,728
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old-fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another good book from Pratchett

  • By Benny S on 11-03-09

Enjoyable, but not the best of Pratchett.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-10

I love Terry Pratchett and have for years. This book is fun and enjoyable, as are most of his books, but is by no means a representation of his best work. I do enjoy the character of Mr. Nutt - a self-conscious nonentity who has some amazing talents. Also, the idea of the wizards playing football (soccer for us from the U.S.) is certainly amusing, but if your'e new to Pratchett I would recommend Thud!, The Truth, or Going Postal.

  • Moon Called

  • Mercy Thompson, Book 1
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,830

Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A top notch Urban Fantasy heroine!

  • By Leiah@soireadthisbooktoday on 04-21-12

Engaging story.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-10

I'm a fan of fantasy. This book, being mostly about werewolves, is a bit out of my general reading territory, but was definitely worth listening to. The characters are well done and interesting and the plot makes you want to keep listening. I definitely recommend it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Thud!

  • Discworld #30
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,391
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,744

Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch will be damned if he lets anyone disturb his city's always tentative peace, and that includes a rabble-rousing dwarf from the sticks who's been stirring up trouble on the eve of the anniversary of one of Discworld's most infamous historical events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better with each novel

  • By Barbara on 11-13-05

One of the best of the best!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-10

I have been a fan of Terry Pratchett for almost 20 years. This book represents the peak, in my opinion, of his writing. It is captivating, intelligent, hilarious, witty, and shows an amazing depth of human interaction and psychology (of course it does so by using many non-human analogs). This book mostly follows Vimes as he endeavors to stop a traditional war between the dwarves and the trolls from destroying his city. Stephen Briggs' narration, as always, just adds to the enjoyment of the story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Indigara

  • By: Tanith Lee
  • Narrated by: Amy Palant
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Jet and her robot dog, Otis, have been taken to their planet's film capital, Ollywood, and are soon catapulted into the unplumbed underworld that lurks below the studios and lots. Here lies the beautiful and sinister otherwhere of Indigara, which has spontaneously generated from the sets, costumes, models, and actual celluloid of rejected pilot fantasy and SF movies that never got made into series.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Indigara

  • By Jana on 08-12-09

Indigara

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-09

This was slightly dissapointing, as I expect more from Tanith Lee. The premise, a sci fi/fantasy switching between a futuristic Hollywood and a movie script world, was cute, but not enough to keep me particularly gripped, even for the 3 hours or so that it ran.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • March Upcountry

  • Prince Roger Series, Book 1
  • By: David Weber, John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,665

Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man. So it wasn't surprising that he became spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of fun!

  • By Euryleia on 11-30-07

Strong characters, a bit too much technical detail

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-09

This is the story of a spoiled brat of a prince who comes into his own after getting stranded on a hostile planet. I enjoyed the character development and the narration was excellent. The battle and fight scenes were plentiful, possibly a bit too plentiful for my personal taste. What I could have lived without, however, were the extensive ballistic and technical details of all of the weaponry used.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Od Magic

  • By: Patricia A. McKillip
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Brenden Vetch has a gift. With an innate sense he cannot explain to himself or describe to others, he is able to connect to the agricultural world, nurturing gardens to flourish and instinctively knowing the healing properties each plant and herb has to offer. But Brenden's gift isolates him from people and from becoming part of a community - until the day he receives a personal invitation from the Wizard Od.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great to have a McKillip, but not with this reader

  • By Ambagious on 05-26-09

Enjoyable listen.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-09

I ejoy character driven novels and this one was extremely entrtaining. Strong character development and intriguing well, intrigue. The only downfall was the ending, which felt a bit weak after all of the strong build up during the body of the story.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Cry of the Icemark

  • By: Stuart Hill
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

After the death of her beloved father, headstrong princess Thirrin Freer Strong-In-The-Arm becomes warrior queen of her homeland, Icemark, defending it from a formidable invader. Despite Thirrin's bravery and the support of Oskan, the Witch's son, the task proves more difficult than Thirrin ever dreamed. She must assemble a force to rival her opponent. And, in the chill winter of Icemark, she only has until spring to unite the strange beasts and frightening creatures who live just outside her country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done.

  • By Jana on 08-07-09

Well done.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-09

This book was an enjoyable YA epic fantasy that kept me involved for the duration. Well written, interesting characters interplay in a struggle for a kingdom's survival. Be prepared for a number of battle scenes.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful