Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Kiesha'Ra #3 : Falcondance

The Kiesha'Ra #3 : Falcondance by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

The series got good again. Maybe volume two just suffered from being the "in-between" book. The story picks up with the story of the young falcon prince, his journey to the land of his birthright and, of course, the saving of land of his birth hangs in the balance. Now I can't wait to read book 4.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Abhorsen Trilogy #3 Abhorsen

The Abhorsen Trilogy #3 : The Abhorsen by Garth Nix
Unabridged Audiobook 7 Cassettes

Wonderful end to a wonderful trilogy. This story caught me at the beginning and held my attention the whole way through. My only real complaint was occassionally Tim Curry forgot to change voices for Lirael and she came off a bit gruff sometimes, but overall, very well done.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Searching for the Sound: My Life with the Grateful Dead

Searching for the Sound: My Life with the Grateful Dead by Phil Lesh
Abridged Audio, 5 CDs

At last, an abridged autobiography that didn't try to justiy anything, he just told what happened. Phil Lesh, the base player for the Grateful Dead tells an honest tale of life in the 60s & 70s. He doesn't try to gloss over the drug and alchol use and he tales how it destroyed several lives and almost destroyed his. Overall, I really enjoyed this one even though it was abridged.

There and Back Again

There and Back Again by Sean Astin
Abridged audiobook, 4CDs

Again, another abridged autobiograph where the author tries to justify all the decisions he made that gave him bad press. I enjoyed this one a bit more than Reba's, but still wish I'd waited on the unabridged. The first of the book was more about getting the part of Sam, meeting the other actors, and the making of the film. Then the reasons for all his actions started and the book went downhill from there.

Reba: My Story

Reba, My Story by Reba McEntire

Abridged audiobook, 2 cassettes
I had the feeling throughout this whole audiobook that she was trying to justify everything she does. I love Reba, but the book left a lot to be desired. Perhaps it was the fact that someone tried to condense a 350 page book into an hour and a half of reading. I don't like abridged books and this is part of the reason, you miss so much of the story. Hopefully, she didn't have to justify her every move for all 300+pages.

The Kiesha'ra #2: Snakecharm

The Kiesha'ra #2 : Snakecharm by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Sadly this second book in the series did not live up to the first. The story is still good and it is interesting, but it drug on and on. There was not a lot of action in this one. It could have gotten over in around 25 pages and been added to the volume one. I will begin volume 3 today. I hope it is a little faster paced.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Abhorsen #2 Lirael

The Abhorsen #2 : Lirael by Garth Nix

In book #1 we were introduced to Sabriel, the Abhorsen's daughter who has to take over when her father cannot. Lirael is a daughter of the Clayr. The Clayr are an ancient race in whom almost all the daughters have the gift of sight (seeing the future), usually before the age of 14. Poor Lirael awakes on her 14th birthday to find she still does not have the sight. Fate has bigger things planned for Lirael. Another excellent book. This one did leave you hanging. I'm glad I have the third and last book ready to pop into the cassette player this morning to listen to on the way to work!

Nature of Monsters

The Nature of Monsters by Clare Clark

Not my usual kind of book, but a very good read. Set in 18th century England, the book illustrated the times view on women, retardation, and medicial experiments. Monsters don't have to be demons or trolls, they can be human beings that treat others as castoffs.

The Kiesha'ra #1: Hawksong

The Kiesha'ra #1: Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

What can I say? Her books just keep getting better. This is the first book in a series about shapechangers. In Hawksong, the young leaders of two warring factions, attempt to try to make peace between their peoples. One group are serpent-shapechangers, the other, hawk-shapechangers. The book does not leave you hanging. If it were a stand alone book, it could end very logically, but leave you wishing for the story to continue. I'm glad that it will be and have already started reading the second book of the series Snakecharm.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Tarot Card Mystery #2 - High Priestess

Tarot Card Mystery #2: The High Priestess by David Skibbins

Tarot card reader Warren Ritter's past continues to haunt him in this second book of the series. An old girl friend shows up and suddenly Warren finds himself at the center of another police investigation. Fast moving, lots of action mixed with Skibbins view of life in the 70's, over all a good read and I look forward to "The Star", book 3.

The Abhorsen #1: Sabriel

The Abhorsen #1: Sabriel by Garth Nix
Unabridged Audio 7 Cassettes

I requested this book and the second in the series from PaperbackSwap. Bless the owner, she also had the last book in the series and she sent it along with the other two. This first book was AWESOME! The story immediately caught my attention and held it all the way through the book. There were surprises along the way and a few "yep, I knew that was going to happen," but the story was exceptional, the reader was great (Tim Curry, love that British accent!) and I have already started book 2.

Blood Ties #1: The Turning

Blood Ties #1: The Turning by Jennifer Armintrout
Unabridged Audible 8 CDs

Please someone, save us from horrible audiobook readers. I liked the story in this book. I even liked some of the characters, but she made Ziggy sound like a 12 year old boy with a very, very annoying voice. She didn't do that well with any of the others either. I think I would really like to read the next book in this series and will listen to the audio if they get a new reader.

Plum Lucky

Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich
Unabridged Audio - 3 CDs

This book was typical Evanovich and typical Stephanie Plum. In other words, it was just fun. In this one grandma has a run in with a leprechaun wantabe and a few days hitting the casinos. All the right ingredients for mayhem and disaster Stephanie Plum style.