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L. Tagrin

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  • Food of the Gods

  • The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge : A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution
  • By: Terence McKenna
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,641

Terence McKenna hypothesizes that as the North African jungles receded, giving way to savannas and grasslands near the end of the most recent ice age, a branch of our arboreal primate ancestors left the forest canopy and began living in the open areas beyond. There they experimented with new varieties of foods as they adapted, physically and mentally, to the environment. Among the new foods found in this environment were psilocybin-containing mushrooms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very informative.

  • By Steven Honey on 09-17-15

pseudoscience and drug promotion

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-19

This is a lot of the same claptrap I heard from the druggies back in th 1960's. If you believe this junk, your mind is fried.

  • The Last Moriarty

  • By: Charles Veley
  • Narrated by: Edward Petherbridge
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

Narrated by acclaimed British actor Edward Petherbridge, The Last Moriarty is set in London, 1895. On a cold November morning, a young American actress visits 221B Baker Street, desperate for Sherlock Holmes to protect her from the threats of a mysterious, menacing man who has recently appeared in her life. Holmes agrees to help, even though he has just promised the Prime Minister to solve the murder of John D. Rockefeller's security agent before the incident can derail an upcoming British-American summit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Sherlockian masterpiece!

  • By cary austin on 02-11-17

Keeps to the style of the original

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-19

Well written and satisfying to fans of Holmes and Gilber and Sullivan. I will continue with the series.

  • The Butchering Art

  • Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
  • By: Lindsey Fitzharris
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577

In The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of 19th-century surgery on the eve of profound transformation. She conjures up early operating theaters - no place for the squeamish - and surgeons, working before anesthesia, who were lauded for their speed and brute strength. They were baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high. A young, melancholy Quaker surgeon named Joseph Lister would solve the deadly riddle and change the course of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not one boring moment!

  • By WRWF on 12-22-17

Not for the faint of heart

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

If you are somewhat conversant with biology and medical science and have an interest in the evolution of surgery from a last resort to a means of helping people lead better lives, this is for you.

  • The Watchmaker's Daughter

  • Glass and Steele, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,916
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,905

India Steele is desperate. Her father is dead, her fiancé took her inheritance, and no one will employ her, despite years working for her watchmaker father. Indeed, the other London watchmakers seem frightened of her. Alone, poor, and at the end of her tether, India takes employment with the only person who'll accept her - an enigmatic and mysterious man from America, a man who possesses a strange watch that rejuvenates him when he's ill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Start to Historical Fantasy Series!

  • By LilMissMolly on 01-16-17

Story eclipsed by the purple prose

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

There is a good story here. Unfortunately, like so many others, the Steampunk story is drowning in Victorian purple prose. I really don't care about the constant breaks in the story to obsess about the inner sexual tensions of the female lead. If not for that, I would be purchasing the rest of the series. As it is, I quit.

  • The Ministry of Curiosities Boxed Set

  • Books 1-3
  • By: C.J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
  • Length: 26 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

This boxed set contains the first three books in C. J. Archer's popular Ministry of Curiosities series. Titles in the set include The Last Necromancer, Her Majesty's Necromancer, and Beyond the Grave. Description of The Last Necromancer: For five years, Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has lived as a boy in the slums. But when one theft too many gets her arrested, her only means of escape lies with a dead man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just the kind of series I love to listen to!!

  • By Patricia on 04-04-18

Too much formula romance

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-19

There is a good story in this three volume set. If you took out all of the excess sexual obsession it might have been worthwhile. there was never a good ending and the lack of emotional growth made sure I will not continue reDing the series.

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  • Mortal Engines

  • Mortal Engines, Book 1
  • By: Philip Reeve
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,919
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,910

Welcome to the astounding world of Predator Cities! Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon, London will feed. In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their lives through the wreckage - and face a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Creative but hard to stay engaged in

  • By Karissa Eckert on 11-26-17

Well written, but not sure about continuing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-20-18

This book seemed to be a post apocalyptic take on the clssic James Blish "Cities in Flight" crossed with Mad Max. I don't know if I will read the rest of the series.

  • Everfair

  • By: Nisi Shawl
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51

Everfair is a wonderful neo-Victorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium's disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Fabian Socialists from Great Britian join forces with African American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo's "owner", King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary utopia for native populations of the Congo, as well as escaped slaves returning from America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Praise for Nisi Shawl

  • By Rhonda on 02-03-17

Not what I expected

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-18

When I puchased this book I expected an alternate history with a different take on th Belgian conclicts with indigenous people in the Victorian era. Insread, most of the book seems to be a lesbian romance that dominates the plot. After getting through about 60 percent of the book, I gave up.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Diabolical Miss Hyde

  • Electric Empire Series #1
  • By: Viola Carr
  • Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

In an electrified Victorian London, Dr. Eliza Jekyll is a crime scene investigator, hunting killers with newfangled technological gadgets. She will need every advantage available to catch a terrifying new psychopath splattering London with blood. Hidden in the grimy shadows, the fiendish murderer preys on beautiful women, drugging them before slicing off their limbs. Finding the "Slicer" can make Eliza's career...or unmask her darkest secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprising Gem from newer author

  • By Michalena on 12-06-16

Just another formula romance with Steampunk decoration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-18

What could have been a thoughtful mystery and a fresh look at the story of Dr J. and Mr. H. was obscured by excessive complications never fleshed out, alon with immature writting obsessed with sex and vulgarity. I gave up half way through the book.

  • Wicked Plants

  • The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
  • By: Amy Stewart
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 932
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 927

Beware! The sordid lives of plants behaving badly. A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. Amy Stewart, best-selling author of Flower Confidential, takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations in an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grows on You Like Kudzu

  • By Cynthia on 04-23-13

If you need the information, buy a physical book.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-18

The title led me to believe that I would find a well-narrated story about plant toxins and their history. I was wrong. The book is an alphabetical teztbook of the sources and biology of various plant toxins. I have a degree in biology abd couldn't pay enough attention to finish it.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Warlock Holmes

  • A Study in Brimstone
  • By: G. S. Denning
  • Narrated by: Robert Garson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,911
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,910

Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes. Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he's brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn't deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart flatmate. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short on Clues--Heavy on Delightful Twists

  • By Gillian on 01-10-17

Lazy parodies with little coherence

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-18

I generally like parodies. The must be done with respect and understanding of the original works. This does neither.The writing is incoherent, the plotting shallow, and the narration poor. I won't buy another from this author or narrator.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful