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  • The Family Trade

  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 449

Miriam Beckstein is happy in her life as a successful reporter. When she gets iron-clad evidence of a money-laundering scheme, Miriam thinks she's found the story of the year. But when she takes it to her editor, she's fired on the spot and gets a death threat from the criminals she's uncovered. Before the day is over, she's received a locket left by the mother she never knew - the mother who was murdered when she was an infant. The knotwork pattern within has a hypnotic effect on her.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Stross' dry humor nowhere to be seen

  • By Julie W. Capell on 02-04-18

don't waste your time or your credits!!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

I loved Stross's Laundry Files books. if that's why you're here, turn back. I wanted to like this series. the premise is interesting. unfortunately, the execution is inept. the characters are boring - Paulie would have been a much more fun MC, too bad we got Doctor Journalist. I tried to give this series 2 books to grab me but I just couldn't. there are so many good ideas here, too bad Stross didn't feel like picking one or two and fleshing them out, rather than bouncing from idea to idea and getting nowhere.

  • The Hidden Family

  • Merchant Princes, Book 2
  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

Miriam, a hip tech journalist from Boston, discovered her alternate world relatives in The Family Trade and with them an elite identity she didn't know was hers. Now, in order to avoid a slippery slope down to an unmarked grave, Miriam, known as Lady Helge to the Family, starts applying modern business practices and scientific knowledge to a trade dominated by mercantilists - with unexpected consequences for three different timelines, including the quasi-Victorian one exploited by the hidden family.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • waste of time

  • By 90% on 03-12-18

waste of time

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

I loved Stross's Laundry Files books. if that's why you're here, turn back. I wanted to like this series. the premise is interesting. unfortunately, the execution is inept. the characters are boring - Paulie would have been a much more fun MC, too bad we got Doctor Journalist. I tried to give this series 2 books to grab me but I just couldn't. there are so many good ideas here, too bad Stross didn't feel like picking one or two and fleshing them out, rather than bouncing from idea to idea and getting nowhere.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fool Moon

  • The Dresden Files, Book 2
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,608

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I've read in a long time!

  • By David Ziegler on 05-06-10

More guilty pleasure fantasy

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

Reviewed: 07-11-15

I had hoped that this book would show Harry learning from his own dumb actions in the first book but the bodies pike high as Harry refuses to believe that anyone but him is capable of dealing with all the weird paranormal crimes but that hope literally tucked and rolled out the passenger door of Susan's car and things just got worse from there.

For entertainment, this book will hit the spot if you like goofy hocus pocus and mysteries but the weak spot is the characters.

the reading actor has a few flubs here and there but they are rarely pulled me out of the story. I think he does a great job of illuminating the character.

  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,455

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering

  • By Tom on 05-20-10

Guilty pleasure fantasy

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

Reviewed: 07-11-15

Harry Dresden can be kind of a stubborn ass, and his woe-is-me act when the people around him won't trust him falls pretty flat when he refuses to trust anyone else around him. Spoiler: He doesn't get over it in book 2 either. It doesn't make for a natural source of conflict - it just makes the main players seem unbelievably dense and oblivious to how their lack of personal skills screw them over - but I guess if these character could work together efficiently, the book would only be twenty pages long. Mr. Dresden could learn about trusting your friends from another wizard named Harry I've heard of.

I'd much rather read these stories from Detective Murphy's POV. She can't be blamed for her bi-polar hot-and-cold behavior but she at least can appreciate respecting people.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Diamond Age

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Wiltsie
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,901
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,716
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,739

Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The rock could use a bit more polishing

  • By Tango on 05-19-13

classic sci fi

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

it might be hard to get through the beginning of the audio book, but once the story of Nell gets going, it will flow more smoothly!

  • Wishing You Were Here

  • Soul Mates, Book 1
  • By: Catherine Chant
  • Narrated by: Samantha Goldman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Ambitious music fanatic Callie Reinard is headed to college with plans to run her own radio station one day. Her younger sister thinks Callie's been focusing so much on grand plans for the future that she's not living in the present. When an accidental wish sends Callie back to 1957 to save music sensation Joey Tempo from an untimely death, her sister's criticism proves true.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Awful Performance

  • By Danielle on 01-28-19

Great for music lover teens

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

Reviewed: 03-31-15

Do you know a young adult with a burgeoning love of music? They might enjoy this! Then again they might not because who even knows what kids these days like, you know how teenagers are.