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Margit D. Morawietz

Albuquerque, NM United States
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  • The Bone Season

  • By: Samantha Shannon
  • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,017
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,753
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,761

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous but mismarketed - its not Harry Potter

  • By Steph on 09-05-13

exciting &suspenseful

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

Reviewed: 05-19-19

i cannot really remember the reader; for me that is absolutely the highest compliment, i don’t like readers who are noticeable, i want to focus on the story. i find the story relatively engaging, but subtracted a star , because it’s a little confused at times/ on the other hand i hope things will become clearer in the next installment. The author presents unusual material in the story-i would want to find out how this all started, it’s as if we get thrown in the middle, but the story is suspenseful too besides new and unusual.

  • More Than This

  • By: Patrick Ness
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 206

From the acclaimed author of the Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls comes one of the most provocative teen novels of our time. A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is this possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? The street seems familiar, but everything is abandoned, overgrown, covered in dust.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What is reality?

  • By Ryan on 12-24-13

Entertaining while doing other things

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

Reviewed: 09-20-16

I have enjoyed other YA audiobooks by this author and he has been very innovative & creative with his ideas before. This book was entertaining, even though not as exciting as some of his previous novels. This has a lot to say to his listeners and gets a little too thinly veiled preachy. Nevertheless big kudos for making his main character a young gay kid.

  • Blindsight

  • By: Peter Watts
  • Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,055

Set in 2082, Peter Watts' Blindsight is fast-moving, hard SF that pulls readers into a futuristic world where a mind-bending alien encounter is about to unfold. After the Firefall, all eyes are locked heavenward as a team of specialists aboard the self-piloted spaceship Theseus hurtles outbound to intercept an unknown intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling modern hard sci-fi

  • By James on 04-04-09

First weird contact

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

Reviewed: 06-23-16

I like weird !!! But this might be too weird in the unexplained areas. A big idea/question in this story is the difference between sentience and intelligence, also predators, also time, how we deceive ourselves.This just also had a lot of missing transitions in the story line, which made it for me depressingly and prohibitively hard to figure stuff out. I guess that is why some reviewers said that they listened to it twice. Yes, there is tension to find out who survives to the end, or when and how they'll get to really communicate deeply and interestingly with the alien(s)(?) It did well in conveying a sense of futility and lonely mess that really not makes me want to buy another book in this universe for now. There is already too much depressing, bewildering, unexplained ugliness and violence in my world . Since the book did not reward me with many insights( I might be too uneducated in the areas of biology and other areas some people really find brilliant & interesting in this tale, according to their reviews), nor interesting or beautiful descriptions of any kind, I am not very motivated to read more of this author's universe right now . I would like to find out more about what the hinted on future holds; but it is really left open ended. If you're going to get this; I think the odds are 60:40 wether you'd like it (40 % on that you might like it)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Far North

  • A Novel
  • By: Marcel Theroux
  • Narrated by: Yelena Schmulenson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

My father had an expression for a thing that turned out bad. He'd say it had gone west. But going west always sounded pretty good to me. After all, westwards is the path of the sun. And through as much history as I know of, people have moved west to settle and find freedom. But our world had gone north, truly gone north, and just how far north I was beginning to learn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbinding!

  • By Joan on 01-14-10

Seriously great

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

In all the current post apocalyptic books this really stands out for me . It is not a comfortable read, with a comfortable ending, but I could not put it down. Although it does not pull any punches it is not as completely bleak as "The Road " was. It is a well thought out version of a possible future with philosophical depth on a number of issues without ever getting preachy or pompous. Written from a first person view , at that from an unconventional female, it leaves a lot to the imagination and gets one thinking long after the book has been read . I'll definitely will listen to it again.

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  • The Fifth Season

  • The Broken Earth, Book 1
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,848

This is the way the world ends. For the last time. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great, red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal and long-dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the Earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ORIGINAL AND MOVING, EXCELLENT!

  • By Fantasy on 12-01-15

New Series and new author for me

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

Reviewed: 03-29-16

I like it when I find a passable new author. Agreed it was tough getting into this book at first, that is one reason the rating is a three. I am also having to be realistic in my assessment , it is possibly a higher rating, after the next sequel. It was an enjoyable listen, entertaining, but I read so much sci fi that I really am somewhat jaded. There was too much murkiness, unexplained and convoluted storylines, that made me feel that although the intention of world building was ambitious but not developed and realized . Octavia Butler, Nnedi Okorafur, are just two authors that came to mind, who in their worlds are mysterious yet more satisfying in their novels. Yet this novel was entertaining and hopefully it will get better.

  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue

  • Book 3 of the Raven Cycle
  • By: Maggie Stiefvater
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,075
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,924

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost. Friends can betray. Mothers can disappear. Visions can mislead. Certainties can unravel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 4 hopefully

  • By Laura on 01-12-15

Fun and games; a great sequel

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

Reviewed: 03-22-16

A great sequel read by an even better performance by Will Patton. I really have enjoyed this series and really got to care about the characters. Again what puts this series over the border into worthwhile is its humor. I really had to chuckle out loud on a number of occasions, maybe more than in the other books so far! There is plenty of action, plenty of surprises, plenty of what I loved in the earlier books. This sequel is just as strong and a great continuation of the story; loved it and cannot wait for the last sequel, coming out next month. Hopefully Maggie Stiefvater has had enough time to craft the last one just as well . I will definitely check out her other books!

  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18,595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,262
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17,262

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

Epic

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

If you've read any of Neil Stephenson's other books you know how sweeping his imagination can get ! Like in my favorite of his "Anathem " the author contemplates thousands of years of cosmic development with delicious details and complexities .
This is one of those books I will immensely enjoy reading/ listening again and again so as to take in levels of sub texts and of understanding those ingeniously developed architectural ideas, he weaves into a tapestry so rich and engaging , so entertaining and thought stimulating.
It was hilarious how I initially misunderstood the description of the book and from it imagined it to be somewhat differently from what it ended up being.
I really enjoy long books. This one did not disappoint me and at the end I believe there were a lot of unexplored questions left.
How about a sequel ?!?

  • Outpost

  • By: Ann Aguirre
  • Narrated by: Emily Bauer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543

Deuce’s whole world has changed. Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she’s a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn’t fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight. To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the First Book, This One is Even Better!

  • By Patricia on 09-27-12

A "Bodice Ripper" wrapped in a "Body Slasher"

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

Reviewed: 10-13-12

This novel is fast paced and full of great imagery of the strong and courageous Deuce and her 2 beaus. Not too lengthy, just the right amount of gory, bloody fight scenes and intertwined with those, the somewhat victorian love story. If you think about it; In those days, they did have to often fight in hand-to-hand combat too, vs. today's WMDs.

I am, at the moment, really into the current wave of post-apocalyptic drama. I just consume them as fast as they come out, mixing flavors, if they are any good... as many of them have turned out to be. I read Enclave, then Angelfall, then Outpost. For me it turned out to be the perfect complement of ernest dramedy and satire/comedy. That was great fun and entertainment; just what I needed.

I am not giving 'Outpost' the full 5 stars, because I don't think it deserves the 5, due to the fact that I found several of the inner monologues too long, boring. I also did not find it as innovative as others of it's kind, even though it has the potential. There is a lot of basically phantasy stuff that the reader just has to accept.

Overall recommended as enjoyable entertainment.


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  • Embassytown

  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 731

China Miéville doesn’t follow trends, he sets them. Relentlessly pushing his own boundaries as a writer—and in the process expanding the boundaries of the entire field—with Embassytown, Miéville has crafted an extraordinary novel that is not only a moving personal drama but a gripping adventure of alien contact and war. In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that only a few altered human ambassadors can speak....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • must hear to fully appreciate.

  • By Don Gilbert on 01-05-12

I tried

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

Reviewed: 06-10-12

Got to about 3/4 and gave up. Now that will say something; I'm normally feeling obligated to finish a book, if I can. I've really tried to like Mieville. The synopsis always sound so fascinating. I blamed part of my problems with 'Perdido Station' on Lee's narration [ I experience Lee as undigestible] This one was a different narrator, who did okay, a different story from 'Perdito Station', but so bleak, so confusing that I could not find it in me to finish this one. The aliens are just too mysterious and I did not get anywhere with their description and all the humans seemed to have been beamed over from '1984', they are depressed, scared furtive. Maybe I'm just not artistic enough to get it.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Enchantment

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453

As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last 25 years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, while immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique and engaging.

  • By Jana on 02-03-09

Sweet Love story

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

Reviewed: 06-10-12

This book really captured my imagination and I enjoyed the ride. It also has a message, but it is so nicely wrapped that it does not offend at all. A good quality entertainment/ escapism with a credit well spent.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful