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  • Ganymede

  • Clockwork Century, Book 4
  • By: Cherie Priest
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 170

The air pirate Andan Cly is going straight. Well, straighter. Although he’s happy to run alcohol guns wherever the money’s good, he doesn’t think the world needs more sap, or its increasingly ugly side-effects. But becoming legit is easier said than done, and Cly’s first legal gig - a supply run for the Seattle Underground - will be paid for by sap money. New Orleans is not Cly’s first pick for a shopping run. He loved the Big Easy once, back when he also loved a beautiful mixed-race prostitute named Josephine Early - but that was a decade ago, and he hasn’t looked back since.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too many inconsistencies and missed Kate Reading.

  • By Joshua on 12-02-11

And in the fourth book we get... Zombies

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

Reviewed: 12-04-11

A great new entry in the clockwork universe, is somewhat marred (and loses one star) by having a lengthy continuity error early in the book, but it is worth getting past that and getting into Ms.Priests New Orleans which is rich with that city's flavor and a solid story.

It is also the first instance of the word "zombie" appearing and the term coming from the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau no less, is a brilliant touch.

(But Cly met Mercy at the end of Dreadnought so having him meet her again at the beginning of Ganymede is somewhat jarring /continuity rant)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Crocodile on the Sandbank

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,486

Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice break from the usual-

  • By Carrie on 12-18-04

The first adventure of a great team

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

Reviewed: 11-26-11

The first and best of the Amelia Peabody Mysteries by Elizabeth Peters, this novel introduces us to the redoubtable Amelia Peabody, wealthy spinster and passionate student of Egyptology as she begins her career with her first trip down the Nile, It is also her first encounter with Emerson, the archaeologist with whom she will share many adventures.

The excellent story is a little undeserved by Rosenblat's reading, while she hits the right notes she seems to see Amelia as a great deal older then her 30 years.

  • A Hat Full of Sky

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,232
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,426
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,426

Tiffany Aching, the boldest heroine ever to swing a frying pan against the forces of evil, is beginning her apprenticeship in magic. She expects to work hard, learn spells, and become a witch. She doesn't expect to find herself doing chores, caring for the careless, and trying to outthink an ill-tempered nanny goat. There must be more to witchcraft than this!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Crivens!

  • By Joyce on 01-11-05

Tiffany Aching rides again!

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

Reviewed: 11-26-11

This excellent follow-up to The Wee Free Men, takes us on this next step of Tiffany's rocky climb to adulthood. At this point she's eleven years old with a questing mind an innate grasp of "headology" she's drawn the interest of something else, something afraid....

With it's biting humor and sharp insights into human nature this is another of Terry Pratchett's excellent dips in YA literature, well read by Stephen Briggs.

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,616

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there!

  • By D. McMillen on 05-31-05

a lot of promise to fizzle out in the end.

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

Reviewed: 11-20-11

The reading is very good. Engaging and interesting and with the numerous footnotes, difficult to do. So props for that.

The book though, is pure cotton candy, (not that it's sweet---it isn't) but it feels, when your listening too it, a lot more satisfying then it is when you get to the end.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

  • A Flavia de Luce Novel
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,138
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027

It’s Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce—an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime-solving—is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Character who brought me back to Cozy Mystery

  • By Frobertimus on 11-03-11

It just keeps getting better

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

Reviewed: 11-13-11

Jayne Entwistle gives her usual excellent reading in this, the latest Flavia De Luce adventure, it's an ice cold holiday romp as the village of Bishops Lacey and a film company prepare to spend Christmas with De Luces, and with Flavia about, all this company can only lead to murder most foul.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Troubled Waters

  • Elemental Blessings, Book 1
  • By: Sharon Shinn
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 715

Zoe Ardelay receives astonishing and unwelcome news: she has been chosen to become the king's fifth wife. Forced to go to the royal city, she manages to slip away and hide on the shores of the mighty river. It's there that Zoe realizes she is a coru prime, ruled by the elemental sign of water. She must return to the palace, not as an unwilling bride for the king, but a woman with power in her own right.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Magical Fantasy

  • By Ruth on 07-11-12

By the Numbers

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

Reviewed: 11-11-11

A by the numbers fantasy/romance, girl loses father, meets boy, runs away from boy, finds strange destiny, keeps getting thrown together with boy.... yada. It's perfectly satisfying if that's what your in the mood for.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • North and South

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

This is the story of Margaret Hale, a young English woman who accompanies her family's move from rural southern England to the industrial north. It proves to be a difficult change, with all the attendant social conflicts and cultural misunderstandings consequent to such situations. It is a study in contrasts. Mrs. Gaskell created one of the Victorian era's greatest heroines in Margaret Hale, a young lady of passionate intensity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Awesome Classic

  • By Cariola on 06-11-08

A better read than a listen

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

Reviewed: 11-11-11

North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell's exploration of the cultures of the north and south of England in the late 19th century is still fresh, if somewhat poorly served by a well enunciated if lack-luster reading.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Cloud Roads

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kipiniak
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 821

Moon has spent his life hiding what he is - a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success. Just as Moon is once again cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself... someone who seems to know exactly what he is, who promises that Moon will be welcomed into his community.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very original but flawed

  • By David on 06-22-13

An Original World

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

Reviewed: 11-11-11

The three worlds of The Cloud Roads, Air, Earth and Sea are some of the most original in recent fantasy fiction.

Moon, is a shape shiftier who was orphaned early and separated from his own species lives among "groundling" tribes... until they discover his secret and kick him out.

Moon's struggle to come to terms with his past and future, along with the three worlds he inhabits is well written and engrossing, holding the listeners attention and leaving them waiting impatiently for the sequel.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • John Adams

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 29 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,715

McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lip smacking good

  • By Randall on 08-29-16

The Private History of the 2nd President.

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

Reviewed: 11-11-11

A well written and well read account of the life of John Adams, Farmer, Lawyer, Statesman. referencing the rich collection of correspondence that John and Abigail Adams took part in during their long and busy lives, John Adams and the historical figures who surround him, Jefferson, Washington, Hamilton etc. come into focus as real people, both more and less then the sum of their public works.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful