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  • Shades of Milk and Honey

  • By: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 573

The fantasy novel you’ve always wished Jane Austen had written. When Jane realizes that one of Melody’s suitors is set on taking advantage of her sister for the sake of her dowry, she pushes her skills to the limit of what her body can withstand in order to set things right—and, in the process, accidentally wanders into a love story of her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Light Read

  • By Doug on 09-19-11

Good Story + Annoying Characters

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

Overall, I did enjoy the book, loving the mixture fantasy and regency. It was something unique, which was the reason why I picked up the book in the first place. As I started to listen to the book, I liked learning about Jane and the relationships with her family, the Dunkirks and the rest of the people of their neighborhood. However, some of the characters annoyed me as the book continued. Jane, while praised for her wit and glamour abilities (which I associated with intelligence and logic), proved to be somewhat dense about the happenings around her, especially in the flirtations of Mr. Dunkirk and the identity of Melody's secret beau. Melody was a spoiled brat who used her beauty constantly to one-up her plain sister because she was jealous of her talents, which didn't make sense to me. Everyone paid all the attention in the world to Melody and very little to Jane, but Melody wished for the attention of every eligible bachelor it seemed. She even at one point had her sights on another, but still grew upset at Jane for supposedly having two suitors. It was completely immature of her. Their mother made my physically roll my eyes at some of her words and I practically hated her by the end of the book. I did like the supporting characters such as their father, Mr. Dunkirk, and Mr. Vincent.

The end of the book seemed rushed as it attempted to tie up loose ends. It was a messy recounting of the events of the week after the duel. The last chapter was more like an epilogue than an actual chapter, which caused the book to end on a 'meh" note.

One thing that would make the book a bit more interesting was a more detailed explanation of glamour. The construction and formation of it was hinted at throughout the book, but never in the amount of detail I wished. I was just told constantly that both Jane and Mr. Vincent were very accomplished in their control of it.

As for the narration, I thought Kowal did a fine job, even when handling the male voices. Each character had a distinctive voice, which made it easy for me to follow who exactly was speaking. Sometimes I did notice that her voice changed throughout the reading when switching from different characters. For instance, Jane would sound like Melody and vice versa. It had happened enough to cause me to notice it and throw me out of the story. Despite that, I was able to listen and enjoy the story.

  • Please Look After Mom

  • By: Kyung-Sook Shin, Chi-Young Kim (translator)
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, Samantha Quan, Janet Song, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 220

On a family visit to the city, Mom is right behind her husband when the train pulls out of Seoul Station without her, and she is lost, possibly forever. As her children argue over how to find her, they each recall their lives with her. Have they lived up to her expectations? Was she happy? Through the piercing voices of daughter, son, and husband, and through Mom’s own words in the novel’s shattering conclusion, we learn what happened that day, and explore an even deeper mystery—of motherhood itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Daughter wrote, Mom approved.

  • By RatorA on 05-15-11

Wonderful tale of a woman who no one truly knew

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

Reviewed: 11-27-13

I really enjoyed this book, both the story and the performances. I felt transplanted in Korea and the character development was wonderful, for each major character had his/her distinct personality and quirks, even how they developed over time: childhood to adulthood. You got to see "Mom" in their own view and the differences between also added to the distinctions between the characters. Hearing Mom's own voice at the end of the book was a great ending, though I was still a little confused as to what exactly happened to her.

The second person use in the book was not odd as some may believe. It adds to the book's charm and uniqueness. It definitely would not be the same book if it had used third person. The narrators did an amazing job with the second person and made it comfortable. Because of this, I am interested in more novels that use the second person.

It makes you think about your own relationship with the important people, particularly women, in your life. Overall, I am very happy that I found this book and I highly recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • WWW: Wake

  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Jennifer Van Dyck, A. C. Fellner, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,518
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,518

Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great, if Incomplete, Concept

  • By Seth H. Wilson on 04-14-09

Enjoyable Beginning to Series

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

Reviewed: 01-21-13

I think that this is a great beginning to a series. It sets up the plots that will be explored more within the next two books. However, at times, it seemed strange to have three different plots going on at the same time without them connecting until the very end. Thankfully, it was not hard to keep up with what is going on the various plots since they did not seem to jump around often.

The performers were great and really made the book come alive. I especially loved Caitlin's voice because she sounded like exactly how I would imagine an intelligent American teenager would sound.

Overall, the book was great, but certainly could not stand on its own. It's a wonderful beginning to a series and I can't wait to read Watch and Wonder.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shadows in Flight

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, Scott Brick, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,306

At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Build Up, and then Just Ends

  • By Brittani on 01-21-13

Great Build Up, and then Just Ends

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

Reviewed: 01-21-13

I have loved all the Ender and Shadow series book so far. I'm reading (listening) to them in chronological order and I have thoroughly enjoying them. When I came up to this story, I was very excited to see what happened to Bean and his three children after they entered the spaceship. I think that this story allowed us to see exactly that. We got to meet his children, all grown up and brilliant and immature. The performance by all the readers is amazing and had me engulfed in the story.

As the story progressed, I loved every minute of it: the relationship between Bean and his children, the relationships between each of the children, the power struggle between the two boys, and the exploration of the ship. When the end neared, I could not sense it, which I am usually able to do. Then it ended and I was left hanging, waiting for the second half of the book to begin.

As Card explained in the author's note, this was an experiment of a half-novel to see if there was a market for such a length. Honestly, I think that this was not long enough to stand on its own as a book, especially when one compares it to the lengths of his other Ender and Shadow novels. I would declare this experiment a failure. It was too short. This could have worked if this was the first book in a series or a stand-alone book. However, to introduce a half-novel in the middle of a series of full length novels was not the smartest of ideas.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Mindscan

  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

Jake Sullivan has cheated death: he's discarded his doomed biological body and copied his consciousness into an android form. The new Jake soon finds love, something that eluded him when he was encased in flesh: he falls for the android version of Karen, a woman rediscovering all the joys of life now that she too is no longer constrained by a worn-out body. Karen's son sues her, claiming that by uploading into an immortal body, she has done him out of his inheritance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging!

  • By April on 05-24-15

Interesting Concept, but Leaves a "Eh..." Feeling

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

Reviewed: 09-16-12

This is my first book of Robert J. Sawyer and while the publisher's summary and the first couple of chapters were really caught my attention, I felt that as the book went on, I kept waiting for something more to happen and that never seemed to be the case. The end was extremely disappointing and left me with a "Eh..." sort of feeling. I don't feel that I wasted my time in listening to the book for it had some good parts throughout the book. However, I feel that this was a book more on philosophy than the characters and their story. I also did not enjoy the switching back and forth between the earth Jake and the moon Jake without much of a notice. It was sudden and took me a minute to understand that we had switched.

The narrator was decent, though he seemed robotic at times when reading the narration. Maybe that was to add to the feel of the book, but I did not like it and it distracted me from what was going on in the book.

Overall, it was an okay book, and the narration was okay. It would only recommend it if you really like philosophy more so than a story.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Bill Homewood
  • Length: 52 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,831
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,347
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,349

On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is the one to spend 50 hours listening to!

  • By james on 03-05-13

So much better than I remembered!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-12

I remember reading the abridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo when I was in high school and back then I liked the book but since some important scenes where missing from the abridged version, I could not fully enjoy all that this book offers. However, now having listened to this book in its entirety, I can say that it is so much better than I remembered from high school.

I love revenge plots in the first place and the precision that The Count executes with each of his revenges is one of the reasons why this book is a classic. The sarcastic humor is another and there are certainly plenty more.

The narrator of the book was wonderful! I loved how Homewood was able to pronounce the European names of places and people correctly, especially the French ones. Each character had a distinct voice and it brought this old tale to life. I really enjoyed all 52 hours and 45 minutes of The Count of Monte Cristo.

  • The Prince of Tides

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,661

Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "Prince" amongst novels

  • By Ella on 11-24-09

This book is packed with life!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-12

I picked this book up just because it sounded interesting. I am so happy that I done! I have never read/listened to one of Pat Conroy's books before and I do believe this was a good introduction for me. The different angles that this book presents are wonderfully done and surprisingly, very easy to follow. I thoroughly enjoyed the flashbacks into Tom and his family's past, learning about how his life impacted his personality, decisions, and life in general. I also enjoyed who Pat introduced characters and while they may or may not have played a vital part of the story, they did not sudden disappear without some sort of explanation as to their outcome.

Frank Muller did an amazing job with the voices and did just as Conroy said he would do: bring this book to life. Each character had a distinctive voice so there was no getting confused as to who was speaking. The females sounded like proper southern woman or even a stern New Yorker. A very excellent job Muller did and I am sadden by the lost of this wonderful talent.

Overall this is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. I highly recommend it.

  • The Identity Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Andrew Klavan
  • Narrated by: Andrew Klavan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

John Shannon is on the run, facing life in prison or death by lethal injection. Then, a bizarre text message draws him to a meeting in the dark of night. A foreigner who calls himself the Identity Man offers Shannon an incredible chance to start again: a new face, a new home, a new beginning. Soon Shannon is living a life he never dreamed possible. In a ruined city that is trying to rebuild, he finds work as a carpenter and a wood carver. He falls in love. But then all hell breaks loose....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen

  • By Peter Gage on 05-26-11

Good Paced Thriller with Strong Narration

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

Reviewed: 04-09-12

I was not for sure what to expect when I picked up The Identity Man. This is my first Andrew Klavan novel. However, in the end, I'm glad that I finished it. It was a very well done thriller. One thing I liked about the layout of the book is the fact that even though it was told in third person, the narrator knew what was going on in everyone's head and allowed the listener to gain access. The narrator was not some random ghost that was just reciting some facts, but actually telling a story filled with the emotions and thoughts of the characters. The pace of the book was a nice touch as well, filled with plenty of action to keep the listener entertained, but still did not leave out the story aspect. It also did not drag in the slow parts, like when Shannon was adjusting into his new life. The book kept the appropriate speed for the different types of scenes. It also ended nicely, cleaning up every loose end.

As for the narrator, I was a little worried that the author was going to be doing the reading. I figured that it would not be that good as some of the more professional narrators. I was completely surprised when I actually started to listen to the book. Klavan is an excellent narrator. I loved how he was able to so many different types of voices and how easy it was to tell each character apart. His female voices weren't that bad either, though when he voiced the little boy Michael, it was a bit overdone at times. Besides that little nick-pick, I found Klavan wonderful to listen to.

Overall, this was a book great story with strong narration, probably one of the strongest I have heard in a while. I really enjoyed this book and I might have to get some more of Klavan's books in the future, especially if his specialty is thrillers.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Pure

  • By: Julianna Baggott
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam, Joshua Swanson, Kevin T. Collins, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 613
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 611

Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost. There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss - maybe just because his family is broken. When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Surprise

  • By Don Gilbert on 07-12-13

A Not So Standard Postapocalyptic Concept

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

Reviewed: 03-27-12

When I picked out Pure as my next book to read, I figured that it would be the same old "End of the World" concept that usually gets overplayed quite a bit. Luckily, the postapocalyptic world that is created by Baggott is unlike anything I have read or listened to before. I loved how the scenery was described by Pressia, the ash swirling about her head. I also enjoyed the interactions between all the main characters and how each them got their own chapters. And despite the horrible world that they lived in, the reader could see that they were still kids at heart even if their childhood was robbed from them.

All of the narrators did a wonderful job when reading their own character's voice. However, some of the were not able to handle the opposite sex's voices very well and it was a bit distracting for the reader. For example, the voice of Bradwell (a boy) sounds completely different from when Pressia (a girl) is telling the story from when Partridge (a boy). When Pressia is telling the story, Bradwell sounds somewhat whimpy than from when Patridge tells the story, where he sounds gruff and rugged. It would have been better if the same person could do the voice throughout the book, no matter who is telling the story at the moment.

I like the book overall, all the weirdness and how nearly everyone was fused with something or someone. I wait impatiently for the next book in the series.

  • Endymion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 23 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,062

Here, Simmons returns to this richly imagined world of technological achievement, excitement, wonder and fear. Endymion is a story about love and memory, triumph and terror - an instant candidate for the field's highest honors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fine Part II of the Hyperion Cantos

  • By David on 09-06-12

Great Sci-Fi Tale that Draws You In

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

Reviewed: 03-27-12

Sadly when I picked this book, I did not know that it was part of a series, so I listened to Endymion thinking that it was a stand alone book. However, I felt that it was a very good book in its own right. I love the beginning! It just drew me in and made what to know more about Raul and his history. As other characters were introduced into the story, I liked how each had a little background history that was exploded throughout the book. It had the right amount of action in the book. There was never really a slow part for me. The narration was excellent as well, men sounding like men and little girls sounding like little girls. Each character had their own distinct voice so it was easy to tell who was speaking/thinking at the moment.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and now that I know there is a series, I will definitely be listening to the rest of the books.