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Carol Gyzander, Author: Cyberpunk, Steampunk, Amateur Detective, and Literary Fiction

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  • The Fireman

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,975
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,959

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it's Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies - before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • THIS BOOK IS HORRIBLE!!!

  • By Brent Nelson on 04-04-18

Couldn't put it down and now I'm sorry it's over!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-19

Probably the most awesome book I have read in years. The interaction between characters was compelling, especially Harper and her husband, and the portrait of group behavior under duress was devastating. And yet, there is hope here, and love, and an undying optimism for the future. Cannot recommend it enough.

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  • Hide and Seek

  • By: Jack Ketchum
  • Narrated by: Wayne June
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 111

The second, riveting novel from Bram Stoker Award-winner Jack Ketchum, Hide and Seek is a book about games. Reckless, dangerous games. Games you might even want to play yourself if you're with the right people. But shouldn't. Not ever… In a small Maine town, a group of thrill seeking college kids finds a game of hide and seek in an abandoned house turning into a reality of stark terror.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By Lee on 04-08-11

Deep and creepy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-18

An in-depth look at some broken characters that makes you want to keep going in the story.

  • A Skeleton in the Family

  • A Family Skeleton Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Leigh Perry
  • Narrated by: Katina Kalin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 292

Moving back into her parents' house with her teenage daughter had not been Georgia Thackery's Plan A. But when she got a job at the local college, it seemed the sensible thing to do. So she settled in and began reconnecting with old friends. Including Sid. Sid is the Thackery family's skeleton. He's lived in the house as long as Georgia can remember, although no one, including Sid, knows exactly where he came from and how he came to be a skeleton.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun for all ages

  • By Craig on 05-11-14

A delightfully different mystery!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-18

What fun to know the dead victim even after he's dead. A great narration job as well!

  • The Sins of the Fathers

  • By: Lawrence Block
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 196

The hooker was young, pretty...and dead, butchered in a Greenwich Village apartment. The prime suspect, a minister's son, was also dead, the victim of a jailhouse suicide. The case is closed, as far as the NYPD is concerned. Now the murdered prostitute's father wants it opened again--that's where Matthew Scudder comes in.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good introduction to a popular series

  • By Sharron on 12-26-11

Draws you right in!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-18

He's not a private eye, but as a retired cop he can figure all the angles. A great story and fun to follow...loved the voice...both the author AND the narrator.

  • The Armored Saint

  • By: Myke Cole
  • Narrated by: Michi Barall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 177

After witnessing a horrendous slaughter, young Heloise opposes the Order and risks bringing their wrath down on herself, her family, and her village. She must confront the true risk that wizards pose to the world and weigh the safety of her people against justice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great first step

  • By Casey on 03-15-18

A different take on a military fantasy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Fascinating Characters, great interpersonal relationships and some fantastic action sequences. I heartily recommend this book!

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  • Perdido Street Station

  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 24 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,386
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,374

Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stick with it

  • By Steph on 01-31-13

Stunning world building and characters

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I loved this book. The description of the world lifted me from my space and dropped me into the middle of a vivid, seething place of alien races and characters who were believable and about whom I grew were to care quite a bit. Highly recommended.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47,154
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,615
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,430

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Deeply personal examination of the role of family

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-18

A frank and compelling story of a difficult subject... mental health and family. Well done.

  • Scary Dead Things

  • The Tome of Bill, Book 2
  • By: Rick Gualtieri
  • Narrated by: Christopher John Fetherolf
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517

Bill Ryder, the trash-talking undead geek from Bill the Vampire, is back and about to find himself in a whole new world of side-splitting insanity. One of the most powerful vampires on the planet has given Bill a death sentence. Meanwhile, an immortal princess wants him for an entirely different purpose, one which makes his first issue seem almost preferable. All the while, new and powerful forces have begun to emerge from the shadows around him. Are they friend or foe? Knowing his luck, do you even have to ask?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good continuation, strong characters

  • By Paul on 09-06-15

Almost too much fun!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-18

I am loving this series - a snarky, fun, different take on the usual vampire trope. This is what I listen to when I'm in a crappy mood...but then I cheer up in a hurry!

  • Bill the Vampire

  • By: Rick Gualtieri
  • Narrated by: Christopher John Fetherolf
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,109

There are reasons we fear the night. He isn't one of them. Bill Ryder was a dateless dweeb...then he died. Unfortunately for him that was just the beginning of his troubles. He awoke to find himself a vampire, one of the legendary predators of the night. Unfortunately for him, he was still at the bottom of the food chain. Now he finds himself surrounded by creatures stronger, deadlier and a whole lot cooler than he is. Worst yet, they all want him dead...permanently this time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty funny, very enjoyable

  • By A. Hogue on 06-02-13

hysterical and fast paced fun!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-18

hold on... There's a rollicking fun ride ahead! Irreverent and Goofy, this is a fun new take at the vampire trope. At times I laughed so hard I had to replay the next part of the audiobook.

  • The Writer's Guide to Training Your Dragon

  • Using Speech Recognition Software to Dictate Your Book and Supercharge Your Writing Workflow
  • By: Scott Baker
  • Narrated by: Scott Baker
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

As writers, we all know what an incredible tool dictation software can be. It enables us to write faster and avoid the dangers of RSI and a sedentary lifestyle. But many of us give up on dictating when we find we can't get the accuracy we need. This book changes all of that. With almost two decades of using Dragon software under his belt, Scott will reveal how to supercharge your writing and achieve sky-high recognition accuracy from the moment you start using the software.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I should have realized this was mostly about how t

  • By Brenda on 01-07-18

Everything you need to know!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-17

This book is so helpful! I've used Dragon a little bit and learned so much more about using it the most effective way possible. the tips about microphones and setup of the software are invaluable. And yes, I did dictate this review on my phone!