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Barbara

Brentwood, TN, United States
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Annoying

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-24-18

Couldn’t get past the first 10 minutes. Took all the brainpower I could muster to try to understand what she was trying to say. She speaks way too fast in some kind of thick accent. Might be interesting if spoken in plain english without all the confusing background sound effects. Just an awful listening
experience. My recommendation: skip this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Can't Get Enough of These Characters!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-13

Been a fantasy and science fiction fan all my life, but after reading the three volumes of Michael J. Sullivan's Ryria Revelations series (Theft of Swords, et al) in 2012 he shot to the top of my favorite author list. In fact, I felt bereft that there weren't more books to read about the two main characters, Hadrian and Royce. I tend to think of those two as the Laurel and Hardy of fantasy fiction, constantly getting into trouble and wise-cracking their way through it. I read many other series since, but actually grew tired of all the epic battles and endless descriptions of the blood and gore. By the time I got to the end of Wheel of Time, I didn't even care anymore. I just wanted the darn story to be OVER!

I longed for more great writing like Sullivan's, where the unfolding story and development of the characters are the focus, with enough action, swordplay and a dash of romance that creates an experience I thoroughly enjoy. When did you last read a fantasy series with characters like Hadrian and Royce that made you laugh out loud? Now I'm spoiled. I want more!

Imagine how excited I was to discover that now we ARE getting more of Hadrian and Royce! The new "Chronicles" series starts with the story of how they first met. I absolutely love this book! Everything I loved about the "Revelations" series (exciting story laced with humor and action and characters that I love). I also love that it's written in such a way that it doesn't matter whether you have or have not read the original "Revelations" series. Book 2 of The Riyria Chronicles is coming out in September. I can't wait.

Write faster, Michael...please! Keep 'em coming!

48 of 56 people found this review helpful

Delightful, engrossing two-for-one read

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

Reviewed: 01-21-13

I was not familiar with the original "Little Fuzzy" story that inspired the new Fuzzy Nation, nor with author John Scalzi. What a happy experience it has been to discover not just one, but two books that I enjoy and another author to explore further.

While the initial premise and the main character's name are the same, the two stories are different and each is enjoyable in its own way. Once I finished Fuzzy Nation, I was a little concerned that Little Fuzzy might not be as interesting because it was written back in the 60's. Even though the characters in Little Fuzzy had communication devices with image screens, they were still taking movies and developing film, which gave me a chuckle. No worries; it was more innocent and idealistic but still holds your interest all the way through.

The Fuzzies are fascinating little creatures that force humans to search for a definition of what it means to be sapient. Are they just cute, intelligent animals or are they people who should remain free to evolve and determine their own future? Each book ends with a glimpse into a possible future for how the Fuzzies and humans will adapt to living on the same planet. I hope Scalzi will write a sequel to Fuzzy Nation one day and show us what life is like there a few decades or centuries later.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Disappointed

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-12

After hearing about how many people love this author and reading the reviews of this book maybe I was expecting too much. I did not find the story all that uplifting or inspiring. I did listen to the whole book hoping it would get better by the end but it didn't. Very disappointing.

However I did like Jeremy Irons narration very much and that's what kept me listening through to the end.

Gives Me Hope For The Human Race!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-12

If you can appreciate a well-researched book, this is certainly one of them. Pinker probably could have created a more accessible, light version of the book, but the book is all the more powerful because he chose not to. Listening to chapter upon chapter describing the cruelties and meanness typical of the average person's daily life (never mind the horrors that happened if you were accused of a crime!) over the centuries sometimes seemed overwhelming. Yet I'm glad I hung on through all the gruesome details because now I have a solid understanding of just how far we've come as a species.

Less than 100 years ago public hanging was an accepted form of punishment (and entertainment) in our country. We have evolved into a much kinder, gentler version of humankind and we've done it in a relatively short period of time. I'm very happy I invested the time to listen to this entire book (36+ hours) because the later chapters made me believe that we truly are on our way to living up to a higher standard of behavior to each other and to our planet.

While the book has a solid foundation of scholarly research, the writing is crisp and accessible and the narrator does an excellent job of bringing the book to life. I especially enjoyed the occasional humorous comments—a welcome respite from the often gory details. I plan to listen to it again because it was so packed with information, I know I couldn't absorb it all in one go. It has made me feel a whole lot better about the future of the human race.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

HOT!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-12

Listening to this book was like going to a great move--except the movie was all in my own mind! The convoluted plot twists and turns like a roller coaster and it is one heck of a ride from beginning to end. The main character is fascinating and deeply drawn. Richard K. Morgan is an absolutely great writer! I love books that whisk me into another world and another time and this one did that in spades. This is the first of a series and I'll definitely be buying and listening to the others.

Other reviewers have commented on the sex and violence in the story, but I didn't find any of it offensive or excessive. It was an integral part of the world Morgan created. The whole thing was totally entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

Expected to like it but I hated it!

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-12

How this book ever got popular is beyond me. I kept on listening figuring that maybe it would get better, but it never did. The Broadway play was a big smash hit--but this story just plods along, half fantasy, half political diatribe and wholly a bore. Don't waste a credit on it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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An Awesome Epic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-11

I didn't know that this book was based on the author's actual experiences as an escaped convict from Australia who ends up in the Bombay mafia until I finished it. It is a thrilling adventure that I couldn't put down. Mixed in with the crime is a bit of romance, ruminations on good and evil, fascinating characters and a deep understanding and love of Indian culture--the high life and the low life. If you like action there's plenty of conflict, betrayals and fights plus a harrowing section involving the central characters in the war in Afghanistan. The narration is excellent. I don't know how Humphrey Bower managed to create all those different voices and different accents--amazing! It's entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time. Listening to it has got to be an even better experience than reading it. The author says on his website that he's working on a sequel to be published in 2011. I can't wait for the next one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Jolly good, old chap! Pity it had to end!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-11

Wonderful book! Loved the colorful cast of deeply drawn memorable characters. Trollope shows us the effects of living under the emotional and class constraints of English society in the 1870's in a most enjoyable way. This book transported me into their world and let me peek into what they thought and how they felt and why. Although there were quite a few characters to follow, I really didn't mind at all. The droll and witty writing caused me quite a few chuckles along the way. I hated to see it end! Timothy West's narration was masterful and thoroughly entertaining. This was my first encounter with Trollope and West and, I dare say, certainly not my last!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Absolutely wonderful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-10

The entire Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon is simply incredible and Davina Porter sets the standard for narration. I'm not a big fiction fan (usually read business books) but this series has me hooked, and Drums of Autumn is just as compelling and entertaining a read as every other book in the series. I love how it takes me completely into another world with the adventures of the fascinating Frazier clan. It's just enough of fantasy to make it easy to forgive the author for the occasional outrageous over-the-top coincidence. Who cares. It's not real history but the attention to detail makes it play like a movie of grand scheme in my mind. What a perfect way to get my mind OFF the business and just give myself a treat!