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  • The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters

  • By: Gordon Dahlquist
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49

It began with a simple note: a letter of rejection delivered to Miss Temple on her maid's silver tray. But for Miss Temple, her fiance's cruel rejection will ignite a harrowing quest for truth, plunging her into a mystery as dizzying as a hall of mirrors. Thus begins Gordon Dahlquist's spectacular literary debut, a novel of Victorian suspense that shatters conventions and seethes with danger and eroticism.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Please Note This is Abridged!

  • By Susan on 12-29-07

Gothic-steampunkish goodness

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-08

First of all, there is going to be sex in this book, but it is sex without use of vulgar words. While certainly not for children, I didn't get offended or put off by the presence of the sex, but intrigued at the skill of the author to include sex without getting overly dirty, if you know what I mean.

The book is simply enjoyable, gothic-style horror set into science fiction with a touch of the bizarre. If you enjoyed "The Somnambulist" by Jonathan Barnes, this book will be right up your alley, with the added bonus that this book actually explains some of what's going on, while Barnes left explanations and conclusions to the imagination of his readers.

Glass Books captured by interest and emotion. The narration was very nicely done by Mr. Molina, and the inclusion of the Germanic accent was a nice change from so many other narrators who seem to specialize in Scottish and bad Scottish.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Eragon

  • Inheritance, Book 1
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,930

Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes he is merely a poor farm boy - until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now, his choices could save - or destroy - the empire. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful and Enjoyable

  • By Mfsm2001 on 02-23-04

Narrator not the best

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-04

I have listened to an awful lot of audiobooks, and, folks, this Reader is one of the worst ones. Notice how he continually uses the exact same inflections over and over again. It doesn't matter if an event is mundane or if it is life-threatening, the voice expressing it gives exactly the same amount of alarm. It brings the entire experience into a level of frustration.

The book itself however, I enjoyed very much. It is perfect for those just getting into fantasy, or those who enjoy a light fantasy without having to memorize too many places or names to understand the plot.

Bottom Line: you're better off reading this one in print

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Raveling

  • By: Peter Moore Smith
  • Narrated by: Eric Stoltz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Twenty years ago, Fiona May Airie, pilot James Airie's little sister, disappeared. You might say it caused his family to unravel. It would happen to any family. But now James, a diagnosed schizophrenic, thinks all the unraveling is finally over, and it's time to try and ravel everything back...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad at all

  • By Andrea on 10-28-04

Not bad at all

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-04

I found this book to be entertaining. The pacing was well structured and kept the reader rapt for the next revealing clue about the mystery of Fiona. The psychiatrist's behavior was uncharacteristic of any psychiatrist I have known, but maybe the character just wasn't a very good psychiatrist...

A compliment to Eric Stoltz, his narraction was superb, comforting and yet a little spooky when it needed to be. And being that the character's voices sounded similar added to the feeling that the main character was totally confused.

Surely this wasn't the best book in the world, but I enjoyed the time I spent listening to it.



5 of 5 people found this review helpful