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Ship Breaker- Audiobook Review

Version: Unabridged
Author: Paolo Bacigalupi
Narrator: Joshua Swanson
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Date: November 2012
Length: 9 hour, 11 minutes

 In America’s Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota–and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it’s worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life…

In this powerful novel, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi delivers a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set in a vivid and raw, uncertain future. Goodreads.

The first thing I appreciated about Ship Breaker was the lack of back story. The more I read and understand writing, the more I learn that back story is quite unnecessary. Not until halfway through the book do we learn how and why Earth has changed so drastically. I appreciated the mystery. Paolo is a splendid story weaver. Between the ship breaking premise, the halfmen (combination of human, dog, and tiger genes) the relationship between Nailer and his father, I was hooked. My only qualm was that some of the writing tended to slow down, especially as there were a few phrases and words Bacigalupi repeated incessantly.

Joshua Swanson did a lovely job reading. His voices were unique and it was easy to distinguish between characters, especially because of his use of accents.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this book. Today, I did discover there is a second book, The Drowned Cities, but I’m not convinced I’ll read it. Ship Breaker felt like a solid stand alone to me.

A is for Audiobook Review- Bzrk by Michael Grant

Boy, I haven’t done an audiobook review in a while, but I thought it would be the perfect start for the A to Z Challenge!


Version: Unabridged
Author: Michael Grant
Narrator: Nico Evers-Swindell
Genres: Science Fiction, Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: Brillance Audio
Date: February 2012
Length: 10 hours, 21 minutes

From Goodreads: Time is running out for the good guys. But what happens when you don’t know who the good guys really are?
Noah and Sadie: newly initiated into an underground cell so covert they don’t even know each other’s real names. Trained for combat on the nano level, they are thrust into a war they can barely grasp. 
-Vincent: feels nothing and cares for no one. Fighting a personal battle with Bug Man, the greatest nano warrior alive.
-The Armstrong Twins: wealthy, privileged, fanatical. Are they the saviors of humanity or authors of the darkest conspiracy in history?
-On one side: Charles and Benjamin Armstrong’s Nexus Humanus. On the other: a group of teen hackers who call themselves BZRK.
-Twenty-first-century warfare that takes place on the macro and nano level for the highest stakes: humanity’s free will.
It’s time to choose sides.

Nano technology? Really? Yeah and it is totally awesome. It’s gruesome, gory and so vivid that it made my hands clench around my steering wheel on my drive to work. The stakes are high and keep climbing straight up to the end. Lately, I’ve been craving a book well written in third person- Bzrk hit the spot. Each pov is intricate and each character is perfectly rounded. I especially enjoyed that instead of going big, Grant went small, right down to the micro. Bzrk was just the right length (lasting one weeks worth of driving) and I definitely suggest it to anyone wanting to venture into the Sci Fi realm.

Nico has quite the voice. The most impressive part of his reading was the amount of accents he used. My only qualm was that I couldn’t decide if he meant to give Vincent a slight, occasional Southern accent. If he did, it didn’t work all that well. The others sounded spot on to me though.

All in all, I definitely suggest this. It will be interesting to give it a read and see if I enjoy it just as much as the audio format.

 

Ladies and Gentleman

I hate to admit it, but this post is all about housekeeping. Well, not housekeeping or cleaning and such, but it’s a post with random tidbits in it that I’ll do my best to keep interesting.

-I’m beyond happy that my excel spreadsheet for querying agents looks so great. I got some great ideas from you all for things to add/ things I might not need. Because you all are so fabulous and because I like sharing…if you need a way to organize yourselves, I am more than happy to send it to you! Shoot me an email if you’re interested.

-The conference is in FOUR DAYS!! YAY! I’m all sorts of nervous and all sorts of excited. It’s a great combination. I’ll be packing this week and trying to mentally prepare myself. If you have any suggestions for my preparations, I would very much appreciate hearing them.

-I’ll have an audiobook review up Thursday or Friday reviewing Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman and am currently listening to The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Good, The Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison. My drive to and from Atlanta for the conference should get me to the end of one or the other of these books (or both) and I’ll have that review up next week.

Dead Witch Walking- Audiobook Review

Version: Unabridged
Author: Kim Harrison
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Genres: Fiction, Paranormal
Publisher: Tantor Media
Date: July 2007
Length: 13 hours, 30 minutes

Goodreads.
All the creatures of the night gather in “the Hollows” of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party…and to feed.

Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining – and it’s Rachel Morgan’s job to keep that world civilized.

A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she’ll bring ’em back alive, dead…or undead.

I am late to the party, y’all., but I’m on the Rachel Morgan bandwagon, now! This book was absolutely addicting and I hated getting out of my car when I got to work each morning. I could have driven across the country just to keep listening. Rachel is a fabulous MC, full of so many flaws I couldn’t help but identify with her…you know, besides the fact that she lives with a vampire and pixie. She’s ridiculously stubborn and does so many stupid things, the book keeps right on rolling.

It took me a chapter or two to get into Ms. Gavin’s voice, but once I did, I fell in love with it and am extremely happy she narrates the rest of the series.

I’ve already put on hold the next to books at the library. I don’t think they have the rest of the audiobooks there and am more than a bit bummed I might not be able to listen to them.

I’m on a roll, two good audiobooks in a row!

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Thanks everyone who participated in the impromptu blog hop Monday! It was fun reading everyone’s take on the Twitter dialogue. I’ve chosen the fabulously creative Krispy as the winner for the hop. I loved her post so much that I’m trying to maker her turn it into a short story, this is just another ploy to make her do so 😉

Missing You- Audiobook Review

Ever since a walk home on a particularly stormy day, Jessica Mastriani has had an ability like no other. She became known worldwide as Lightning Girl a psychic who could find the location of anyone, dead or alive. Jess finally had no choice but to embrace her newfound talent, and ended up lending her skills to the U.S. government.

But her work for them has taken a terrible toll, and Jess resurfaces months later a shadow of her former self, her powers gone, Lightning Girl no more. Her only hope is starting over in a new place, a big city where nobody knows her. It’s only when Rob Wilkins unexpectedly shows up on her doorstep that she’s forced to face her past. Rob, all the way from back home, needs her help. But how can Jess, her powers gone, find anyone, let alone the sister of a man she once loved . . . when she can’t even find herself?

Missing You, the fifth and final book in the 1-800-Where-R-You series

Author: Meg Cabot
Audio Length: 5 hours and 41 min.
Release Date: 12/20/2007
Narrator: Johanna Parker

I read the 1-800-Where-R-You series in early high school but never picked up the last installment. I happened across this audiobook in the library and figured I might as well finish the series as I enjoyed the first books.

As for the book, Meg Cabot did a nice job of rounding out the series. I was a bit fuzzy on the details of earlier books as it’s been..oh…a good eight or nine years since I read them, but I didn’t feel a bit lost. This book wasn’t as action packed as the others, but I honestly didn’t miss it. It felt like a good, solid end to the series with character plots coming to a full close.

I do recommend this series for anyone who hasn’t read them. Jessica is a fabulous main character.

I’ve lived in the South for long enough now that I can easily tell the difference between a real Southern accent and one put on. Johanna Parker began reading with one of the most awful Southern accents and I knew I wouldn’t make it past the first track. Thankfully, she dropped it come the second chapter. My main qualm with her reading was this and the fact that the voices she chose for characters tended to change, specifically the one for Jessica’s mother.

I have come to fully back Sophia’s claim that actors make the best readers. For some reason, they understand that for a woman reading male dialogue, they don’t have to do a fake attempt at making their voice low, sounding like a man’s. All they need to do is read with a different voice/accent/lilt. Parker’s male voices were a tad strange-sounding, along these lines. Next week, I have a great example of a woman reader who understands this. Stay tuned!

I say, stick with this book as a read, not as a listen.

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I was torn between TL and Kim’s suggestions. I love push ups and have already added her suggestion into my routine and Kim went above and beyond, coming up with some great ideas. I had to let random.org choose between them and the winner of Monday’s challenge is…

KIM VAN SICKLER! Yay! Shoot me an e-mail and I’ll line you up with your winnings. Thank you everyone who participated and gave me ideas. I am much happier for them 🙂