Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....
This was fabulous and the narrators were perfect. I immediately ordered a paper copy for a friend.
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.
The cadence of the narrator's voice really grated on me in the beginning but by the halfway point, I'd totally forgotten this had been a problem.
A warning from a stranger. "Nothing you know is real. Your name isn't Shawn Jaffe, you're not an investment broker, and you're not from Ohio." But the stranger is murdered before he can explain. Now Shawn isn't sure who he can trust. Even his own memories are suspect. Someone is watching him, controlling him, using him. To survive, he'll need to find out who and why. But the stakes are much higher than one man. Our humanity is on the line, and on the eighth day, it could be the beginning of the end.
Jesus, this book was interminable. There were so many similes in this book that it was like an avalanche. The author attempted to drown me in them like a farmer drowning a sack of kittens. The book really wanted to be classy noir and fell flat like someone with their ankles tied together. The female characters are as flat as paper and as predictable as the tides. I spent my time rolling my eyes as hard as bowling balls on League Night. This was torture comparable to Guantanamo.
I received a copy of the audiobook in exchange for my honest opinion. Obviously, all of the opinions above are my own.
Captain Dominic Holland leads a crew of skilled covert operatives and talented scientific personnel. He's taken them to all corners of the Earth to protect the United States from biological and chemical warfare. When his CIA handler, Meredith Webb, gives him a mission to investigate a disturbing lead on a laboratory based out of an abandoned oil rig, they discover the most terrifying threat to mankind they've ever faced - a genetically engineered biological weapon called the Oni Agent.
This was a quick, fun listen. The consideration for scientific aspects of the outbreak as well as some of the history behind it (rather than it being developed by random mystery scientists) really added depth to the story. The medical thriller aspects were a welcome addition to a zombie survival story. I'm already queuing up the sequel!
I was provided a free copy of the audiobook by the author, but all opinions are my own.
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The Etymologicon is a completely unauthorized guide to the strange underpinnings of the English language. It explains: How you get from “gruntled” to “disgruntled”; why you are absolutely right to believe that your meager salary barely covers “money for salt”; how the biggest chain of coffee shops in the world (hint: Seattle) connects to whaling in Nantucket; and what precisely the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.
I love this book. I intend to reread it often and recommend it widely. If you have even a passing interest in words and aren't a grouch who hates to laugh, pick this up.
Don Hagen delivers the humor expertly. I'll keep an eye out for other things he's narrated.
In the happy, clean community of Austin Valley, everything appears to be perfect. Seventeen-year-old Em Fuller, however, fears something is askew. Em is one of the new generation of Dream Travelers. For some reason, the gods have not seen fit to gift all of them with their expected special abilities. Em is a Defect - one of the unfortunate Dream Travelers not gifted with a psychic power. Desperate to do whatever it takes to earn her gift, she endures painful daily injections along with commands from her overbearing, loveless father.
If you enjoy dystopian YA, then add this to your list. Elizabeth Klett does justice to the characters and conveys teenage sarcasm without making it obnoxious.
Having listened to this immediately after reading The Maze Runner, I can say that this was more entertaining. While I was occasionally annoyed by the main character's complete obliviousness to the fact that her male friends are both in love with her, that's a hallmark of the genre, so I can hardly hold it against this book. I'm curious to see how much more worldbuilding comes out in subsequent books, since I still have a few unanswered questions, but I like that the loopholes that occurred to me so far were addressed in this book. In particular, I enjoyed Em's uncle and little sister and hope there's more of them in the coming books.
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A ticking sound fills the air as Tim MacGregor enters The Daily Edition Café, hoping to meet his new girlfriend for coffee. Moments later, the café is transported 67 million years into the past, along with everyone inside.
Pretty entertaining. I enjoyed the B movie style wait for certain characters to die and the dinosaurs were fun. If you enjoy Jurassic Park or horror films, this is definitely for you. However, I could see this book appealing to a broader audience as well.
The characterization of the villain probably went a little overboard at times, and (without getting spoilery) I wish more of the characters had been involved in the final scene. Having the narration leave them behind left something to be desired, particularly because it seems like they could have done something to help resolve things more thoroughly. However, this could be a setup for a sequel...
Excellent narrator for the audiobook!
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