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Michelle Robbins

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  • Starship Mine

  • By: Peter Cawdron
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

James Patterson is a gay accountant living in Keyes, Oklahoma - deep in the Bible Belt - the religious heartland of America. He's also the first person to make contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence seeking to understand our world, and that makes him the most important person on the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Starship is Mine

  • By Brian on 10-16-17

Fascinating concept, well executed

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

To be perfectly honest, when the audiobook first started I wasn't sure I was going to like it. The way the beginning sets up the main character' life is slightly clunky and I didn't know if I would end up finding his POV endearing or annoying.

I am so so sooooo glad that I stuck with it. Once the sci-fi elements of the plot really start to kick in, it becomes fascinating. And then enthralling and kinda heartbreaking at times too.

I 100% recommend this short story (/novella?). It's stuck with me for days now after I have finished it - and probably will for quite some time.

  • Dungeon Madness

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 2
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,407
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,080

Both Cal and Dale have become stronger, each in spite of the other. The dungeon - Cal - knows exactly how much their strength has increased, and is working hard to become exponentially more powerful. His schemes are becoming more complex, and his dungeon - his body - more deadly. Dale has a nasty surprise waiting for him as he works to thwart the plans of the devious dungeon. Hearing a voice in his head that distracts him in critical moments, he must fight his mind as he battles deadly creatures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • decent book but the ending will irritate you

  • By William Schiff on 10-20-17

Series continues to be a great deal of fun

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

I have loved the fun of these books so far - the dynamic between Cal and Danni, and what they discover through curiosity and growth (figurative and literal) is what really drives the story along.

The character who has been much more disappointing to me, is our main POV for the outside world, Dale. It was interesting to experience some of these things through his eyes in the first book; but it seems that he has gotten progressively worse in attitude, at the same time as he has been given multiple opportunities (chances to cut down the time it would normally take to get skills, trainers, mentors, the best possible team, etc.). And whenever anyone points out that the general populace see him as a jerk, he acts all hurt.

For some reason, it seems that the author thinks that because he is kind to a few very specific people, we should see that as a defining trait. But honestly, the most reoccurring trait for Dale - from the beginning - has been greed.

That was much more of a rant than I meant to type when I began. I just was extremely annoyed by Dale many times. I enjoyed the other members of his new team immensely though - and was glad that we still got to see some of the old team members on occasion too.

  • Speaking in Tongues

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

In Speaking in Tongues, Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning author Neil Gaiman reads a selection of his own stories and poems, including "The Price", which he says "is more or less true. At least, the narrator...is pretty much me, the house is my house, the cats my cats, and the family is my family."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkable stories and performance!

  • By Richard on 01-10-12

Loved the stories, hated the music

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

Neil Gaiman has a way with words - that is almost universally acknowledged. And these short stories and poems were wonderful but the joy of listening to them was almost ruined for me by the music interludes (and occasionally music/sound effects under his words).

This might just be a problem for me - I get really bad frequent migraines and so am very sensitive to sharper tones - but it was a bit upsetting for me to have a story collection I would have otherwise utterly loved be made physically painful at times.

  • Braiding Sweetgrass

  • Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
  • By: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Many thanks for this gift

  • By Jessica Mayer on 01-04-17

A book to savor

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

Some audiobooks I listen to all in one go - barely pausing to sleep it seems - and others I parse out over weeks only letting myself hear one chapter a day. (I enjoy both experiences immensely.)

"Braiding Sweetgrass" was definitely the type of book I felt happy to let sit within me a chapter at a time. Robin Wall Kimmerer connects a lot of cultural and ecological ideas (interspersed with stories of her own life) in ways that resonated with me.

I know that sometimes having the author read their own work is a bad idea, but Kimmerer has a great voice that really brings life to already wonderful material.

  • Ghost Talkers

  • By: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 456

Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Hartshorne, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force. Each soldier heading for the front is conditioned to report to the mediums of the Spirit Corps when they die so the corps can pass instant information about troop movements to military intelligence. Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very atmospheric, fast read!

  • By kara-karina on 09-04-16

Great AU

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

This audiobook was sitting in my library for a while and I am so glad I finally listened to it. I was really impressed with the way Mary Robinette Kowal played out this concept - of medium's working with the military during war.

The circles especially are amazing - the way they use injured and veteran soldiers along with volunteer civilians to anchor the mediums. I was very touched by this entire process/concept.

  • When the English Fall

  • A Novel
  • By: David Williams
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

When a catastrophic solar storm brings about the collapse of modern civilization, an Amish community in Pennsylvania is caught up in the devastating aftermath. Once-bright skies are now dark. Planes have plummeted to the ground. The systems of modern life have crumbled. With their stocked larders and stores of supplies, the Amish are unaffected at first. But as the English (the Amish name for all non-Amish people) become more and more desperate, they begin to invade Amish farms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read for the characters and community

  • By Michelle Robbins on 07-31-17

Read for the characters and community

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

I was enthralled by this book. Something about the pace of the life of the main character's family, and his community, was lovely and hypnotic. And it was very grounding to have the real tangible concerns of the land, the animals, and the health of family while the "English"society was falling apart.

I would only warn that if you are looking for some exciting post-apoocolyptic story this isn't quite that - not really at all. It is an intimate character study of an Amish man, written in diary form.

And I absolutely loved it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Egg

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,485

You were on your way home when you died.It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.And that’s when you met me." A short story about the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Weir is a master of putting words together.

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-11-14

truly intriguing

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

I was caught by this story with the first line and couldn't do anything but sit still and listen the entire time. The ending was unexpected - the whole thing was really, and the concept will stick with me.

I will be re-listening to this one regularly - definitely get it if you are one the fence. It is short but worth it.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

  • By: Jane Austen, Ben H. Winters
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 232

From the publisher of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes a new tale of romance, heartbreak, and tentacled mayhem. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters expands the original text of the beloved Jane Austen novel with all-new scenes of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea serpents, and other biological monstrosities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish they'd turn this into a movie!

  • By Kat on 10-10-09

Liked it waaaayyy more than I though I would

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

I will just say upfront that I have never read any Jane Austen - but actually this has made me curious of the "Pride and Prejudice" that has hung around sadly unlistened to in my Audible library for years now.

"Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters", delighted me the entire way though - the measured manners were always undercut with almost casual nautical violence that was way too amusing. I found the narrator to be wonderful at moving back and forth between the two. I don't know if it would be a book for everyone, but I know I loved it.

  • Every Heart a Doorway

  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Hopkins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 891

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions - slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere...else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she's back. The things she's experienced...they change a person. The children under Miss West's care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly Moving

  • By tm on 07-12-16

It will stick with you

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

I have read/listened to more of Seanan McGuire, since I originally found this story and I now know that the worldbuilding, the transfixing general concept, is a bit of a hallmark of the author.

Because to be perfectly honest it wasn't the "story" that kept me listening transfixed, it was the characters - and the individual world each held within them. And just that concept itself, that heartbreaking concept, of children pulled into magical worlds - worlds where they finally finally fit - and then years later being tossed back out and floundering for their footing again. Wanting desperately to get back. And not being able to.

Get this. Seriously, it might be short but it will stick with you.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Indexing

  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 999

For most people, the story of their lives is just that: the accumulation of time, encounters, and actions into a cohesive whole. But for an unfortunate few, that day-to-day existence is affected - perhaps infected is a better word - by memetic incursion: where fairy tale narratives become reality, often with disastrous results.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The X-Files meets Grimm meets Law and Order

  • By Erin - Audible on 03-06-14

I feel infintely intrigued by this world

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

The more I read of Seanan McGuire, the more I find I enjoy this author's sense of character and world building. The concept of fairy-tales and the overall push of "The Story" on the world and particularly certain people, who fall into certain tropes (Snow White, Pied Piper, Evil Step Sister) - sometimes rather broadly - lives is a fascinating concept to me. It becomes especially as they show over and over again how so many others can be harmed simply by being caught nearby.

I'll keep reading whatever is written in this vein - and probably simply whatever else McGuire writes at all.