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  • Railsea

  • By: China Miéville
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cowley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 160

On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt: the giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one's death and the other's glory. But no matter how spectacular it is, Sham can't shake the sense that there is more to life than traveling the endless rails of the railsea - even if his captain can think only of the hunt for the ivory-coloured mole she's been chasing since it took her arm years ago.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Talented Mr Cowley a mismatch for Railsea

  • By H James Lucas on 06-07-12

Instant classic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-13

What made the experience of listening to Railsea the most enjoyable?

The voice acting and story combined with the story telling and reader's ability to make characters distinct.

What other book might you compare Railsea to and why?

Moby Dick, Treasure Island, Howl's Moving Castle, and Kidnapped to name a few. The story blends various aspects and tropes of these ideological worlds and settings and makes a comparison to and contrast to each. Its very enjoyable how there are hints of other stories and yet is highly distinctive and very well written.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Sham's bat attacks thugs for the first time as a little mouse-sized guardian.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and more so!

Any additional comments?

Recommended for anyone who loves adventure stories, this book really feels like that and more. It is very Diesel Punk and Scavenger World combined but the over all story, setting, and even the very description the author used make me HOPE for a sequel...or a movie adaption sometime soon :) China's other books are often set in dystopia or cyber punk style futures/worlds but this one is very refreshing and harkens the reader back to the classic adventures like previously mentioned Moby Dick, Huckleberry Finn, Thom Sawyer, and other similar adventure tales.

  • Once Dead, Twice Shy

  • Madison Avery, Book 1
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Mandy Siegfried
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 229

Madison's prom was killer - literally. For some reason she's been targeted by a dark reaper - yeah, that kind of reaper - intent on getting rid of her, body and soul. But before the reaper could finish the job, Madison was able to snag his strange, glowing amulet and get away. Now she's stuck on Earth - dead but not gone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • THIS BOOK WAS JUST OK KIND OF BORING

  • By Stephanie on 05-18-12

Witty humor and deep soul searching

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-13

What did you love best about Once Dead, Twice Shy?

The concept of how Madison Avery was both living and unliving at the same time. Oh and her angel companion who bugs her through out the story to be a 'good' person.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Once Dead, Twice Shy?

Near the start of the story where Madison and her 'guardian' angel get on a boat to save the soul of an innocent from being unfairly reaped.

What about Mandy Siegfried’s performance did you like?

She really brings Madison Avery and other characters to life with distinct personalities and moods.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

  • Cry Wolf

  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,119

Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack...and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member - and as his mate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!!

  • By Teleasa on 03-09-09

A great starter to the new series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-13

If you could sum up Cry Wolf in three words, what would they be?

Adventure Classic Humorous

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cry Wolf?

Several descriptions of internal character monologues along with action sequences and descriptions.

Have you listened to any of Holter Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, its a great performance as always.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The opening with Anna's past being described really made me feel sad and sorry for the abuse she went through but Charles being there for her uplifted the mood in an instant and set the tone for the rest of the book.

  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,330

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen and a great start to the series

  • By Donna on 07-13-09

Great story, fast paced and well spoken.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Great way to spend a few hours - James Marsters did a great performance and made the main character come to life and even imitates the character's frustrations, angst, and joy.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jim Butcher? Why or why not?

I would be willing to try more Jim Butcher books as the story is very intense and captivating.

What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

He brings the character to life.

Did Storm Front inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to try and finish my own novel.

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