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  • The Sword of the Lady

  • A Novel of the Change
  • By: S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 21 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561

Rudi Mackenzie has journeyed far across the land that was once the United States of America, hoping to find the source of the world-altering event that has come to be known as the Change. His final destination is Nantucket, an island overrun with forest, inhabited by a mere two hundred people who claim to have been transported there from out of time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating Narration

  • By Danaldi on 05-22-12

Loads of details, lots of telling, not much craft

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-10

I was excited about this book - all the good reviews, the exciting premise. And Stirling does produce in some ways: imaginative cultural responses to apocalypse (and more positive than many), loads of details (esp. armor and smells), distinctive characters.

What really bugs me is that it could be so much better. The story delivery. The integrity of his themes. One of Stirling's repeated themes in the novel is that post-apocalyptic people dont' spend so much time analyzing their choices, their acts, their lives. And yet of the techniques he uses consistently is internal dialogue, which presumably these people wouldn't indulge in much! Certainly when I'm in a place of action, or listening to my heart, that's when I'm FURTHEST from internal dialogue. His point here would have so much more weight and conviction if his writing reflected it.

Another aspect is that often he spends time with characters in conversation or somesuch, acting like NOTHING HAS HAPPENED since we last saw them, acting out some dialogue to move the story forward (or not! sometimes it seems like he just wants to give us a chance to get reacquainted and know the characters aren't dead) but with minimal sense that they've talked with each other in the interval. I find it annoying and distracting to encounter these moments, like he assumes I think of these characters as just characters that he's moving around...I'd rather they were having lives of their own while we're not reading about them.

And that's the last thing. Often the author is telling us that things are a certain way, and expecting us to ignore the inconsistencies, rather than telling us a STORY and letting us draw our own conclusions.

And did I mention that rather than have strong story lines, he has characters explain away weak plot points? Ai.

I expected more. Try David Zindell's The Broken God (not on audible, though, too bad!).

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  • The Wisdom of Your Cells

  • How Your Beliefs Control Your Biology
  • By: Bruce H. Lipton Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Bruce H. Lipton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751

In the tradition of Carl Sagan, Rachel Carson, and Stephen Hawking, a new voice has emerged with the unique gift of translating cutting-edge science into clear, accessible language: Dr. Bruce Lipton. With The Wisdom of Your Cells, this internationally recognized authority on cellular biology takes listeners on an in-depth exploration into the microscopic world, where new discoveries and research are revolutionizing the way we understand life, evolution, and consciousness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterpiece

  • By Alexandre on 10-24-08

Too much sermonizing, too little science

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-09

When I bought this book, I was looking for some passionate scientific news. Well, I got the passionate - Liptons talks quite emphatically about all the new revelations he has experienced in science and his way of relating that science to his inner life. Now, I love stuff like this, but it was way too much fluff or basic high school biology and too little story about the really cool, cutting edge stuff he touches. He speaks like every little thing he is saying is a revelation, which is quite annoying to me, as someone well versed in science. I'm amazed I got through this book. There were two scientific tidbits that were revelations and that I quite enjoyed learning, but man, what a lot to slog through to get those!

I wish the author the best in his science and his talks, but definitely the style was not for me!

36 of 56 people found this review helpful

  • The Reduced Shakespeare Company Radio Show, Volume 1

  • By: Adam Long, Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

The Reduced Shakespeare Company was born in California in 1981, when three young men who had watched too many hours of Bugs Bunny cartoons began performing half-hour versions of Hamlet in the street, alleys, and rubbish bins of San Fransisco. The resulting mixture of classic theatre, left-wing literary analysis, and punk-rock sensibility proved exhilarating, as the company members rejected traditional approaches to theater and began bouncing props off audiences' heads.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The boys are back!

  • By Doug on 07-16-04

Not impressed

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-07

I love Shakespeare, and I love improv, but I was sadly disappointed by this. It seemed terribly inane, didn't quite have the energy to carry their ideas. Ah, well....

0 of 1 people found this review helpful