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  • Blameless

  • The Parasol Protectorate, Book 3
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season. Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London's vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recording oddities

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-27-18

Great silly fun

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Not Booker prize material, but a satisfying, silly distraction from an overburdened life. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Soulless
    An Alexia Tarabotti Novel
    
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    Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    4,967 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Soulless

  • An Alexia Tarabotti Novel
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,013
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,044

Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amelia Peabody has competition

  • By Pamela I Greene on 07-22-10

Silly fun

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

For when you REALLY need to be distracted from the evil world. Flufffy fun. Set in a Victorian age where werewolves, vampires, and ghosts are part of the power structure, many of these are suddenly disappearing. Enter our brainy, capable, spinster heroine and a dashing Scottish Earl werewolf. Witty, silly, exciting fun follows. Won’t win the Pulitzer, but a well written example of its genre .

  • Smoke

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Vyleta
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106

England. A century ago, give or take a few years. An England where people who are wicked in thought or deed are marked by the Smoke that pours forth from their bodies, a sign of their fallen state. The aristocracy do not smoke, proof of their virtue and right to rule, while the lower classes are drenched in sin and soot. An England utterly strange and utterly real.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Listened to the end, but...

  • By MetaDreaming on 08-29-16

Incredibly Imagined

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

Reviewed: 07-28-16

Incredibly imagined, beautifully written. Defies classification. Sweeping, Dickensian story, of a world where emotions cause people to smoke., but the upper classes, through schooling, discipline, and subterfuge do not. Where there's smoke, there is the smoldering possibility of fire...

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  • The Android's Dream

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,829

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams

  • By James on 07-26-11

What Delightful Silliness

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

Reviewed: 04-15-15

What delightful silliness. Douglas Adams would have enjoyed it, or think Carl Hiassen-like science fiction. Sends up venal politicians and diplomats, with a jab at Scientology to boot, all in an exciting, well written, delightful romp.

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,719

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

Just lovely

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

Explore late 19th century New York's immigrant communities with this fascinating tale of a golem and a djinni. Strange circumstances throw these two superhuman beings onto foreign shores where they must learn to sink or swim, like all new immigrants, although with these two, the stakes are higher. Will the golem lose control and go on a killing rampage,? Will the djinni free himself from bondage to the evil magician that bound him? The lives of the two main characters twine and intertwine again and again. You will certainly enjoy the fascinating journey to the exciting , satisfying resolution of this beautifully told tale.

  • Foxglove Summer

  • A Rivers of London Novel (Peter Grant, Book 5)
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,148
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,982

Peter Grant - cop, magical apprentice, and Londoner to the core - is being forced out of his comfort zone and into the English countryside. His latest case involves the disappearance of children in the small village of Herefordshire, and the local police are unwilling to admit there might be a supernatural element involved. Now Peter must deal with them, local river spirits, and the fact that all the shops close by 4 P.M.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow but ends strong

  • By Cliff on 01-08-15

Another good one

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

Another good one in a very entertaining series, extraordinarily well read. A police procedural with magic, and wonderful humor. I can't wait until the next one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rithmatist

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,307
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,701

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of the chalk!

  • By Brandon on 05-17-13

Fascinating world building

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

Reviewed: 02-06-15

Any additional comments?

It's not a novel that will change your life, but a rollicking good tale, particularly notable for the vividly imagined world of the "rithmatists" I may have been irritated at the teenage protagonists choices ( I bet you too will yell at your iPhone or computer, "What do you mean, "no one will believe you"!), but you will be riveted until the end. It pulled a fair number of elements from Harry Potter, which made it all the more amusing that one villain seemed to be read as a dead on Snapes imitation.

  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,294

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GOOD START TO A SERIES

  • By Randall on 12-24-18

What fun!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-15

Gripping story, solid protagonists, dastardly villains, courageous female characters, sinister plots within plots, adventure, humor and a wonderful reader. Thoroughly hooked and very much looking forward to more.

  • Fuzzy Nation

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi - introduction
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,719

In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling.

  • By Samuel Montgomery-Blinn on 05-11-11

Great, Rollicking Fun

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

Reviewed: 02-16-14

Would you listen to Fuzzy Nation again? Why?

Yes, because it is a fabulous roller coaster ride. Exciting and funny, this book begins with an apparently morally bankrupt character trying to weasel out of responsibility for an environmental disaster he has caused. By the books end you are cheering for him. Making that journey had me sitting up until three in the morning, listening in the dark.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack Holloway, the main character is a sleaze bag. A wisecracking disbarred lawyer, who teaches his dog to detonate explosives. Will he do the right thing in the end? Read it and find out.

What does Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Wheaton is a fine, interesting reader. I was particularly struck by his voicing of the alien creature, Papa. It was much, much better than the narrator's voice inside my head, and added so much to the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Many times I laughed out loud. Once I cried.

Any additional comments?

This book is based on a sixties novel, "Little Fuzzy". I was surprised when I went looking how to spell a character name to learn fans of the original novel seem to really hate this book. Not having read it, I have no way to compare. Perhaps Mr. Scalzi sacrifices some of the depth of the original for an exciting read? Maybe listening to a talented reader bring it to life makes it more than it would be in print? I only know I really, really enjoyed listening to it, as I did the other two Scalzi novels I have listened to., and I have just added another to my library.

  • Among Others

  • By: Jo Walton
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,192

Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Subtle Character Piece

  • By Eoin on 09-15-11

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 03-30-13

What was one of the most memorable moments of Among Others?

Talking about the most memorable moments would risk spoilers

What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Finding out what Welsh sounds like when I can't travel there was wonderful, and greatly added to the story

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A fascinating journey with one of the most memorable of literary young people

Any additional comments?

Have you read Jo Walton? I just finished "Among Others" and am very excited to find she has written a bunch of other books. "Among Others" is set in South Wales. The main character is fifteen, and a survivor of something horrible in her past, something not explained at the beginning of the book. She also talks to fairies, but the reader is unsure if they are really there or the product of a traumatized mind. Her main character, Mor, is wonderful. She is fifteen, brilliant, troubled, geeky, and obsessed with Science Fiction (Meg from "Wrinkle in Time" combined with Holden Caulfield), and the SF part is wonderful because the story is a frame for lists, discussion, and debate about books that I read during my first love affair with the genre, as the book is set in 1979. I loved this book, but it had something in common with one of my other favorite books, "Swamplandia". I think the author was propelled by her fabulous characters, and fabulous world, and didn't know how to end her story, so the ending was somewhat abrupt, a tad deus ex machina. But I will forgive her that because it was a fabulous journey. I listened to this book, and found the reader, Katherine Kellgren, to be wonderful. I had no idea what a Welsh accent would sound like (my kids were enormously amused by my struggle with the language in "The Dark Is Rising" series) so I was fascinated with the lilt and nuance of the language, but the aural book was also frustrating because I so wanted a written record of all the books mentioned and discussed. I should have used the note taking and bookmarking features, but I was too anxious to find out what happens.