My Little Pocketbooks: Quicky Reviews #6   

Friday, December 21, 2012

Quicky Reviews #6

I have three new audiobooks I want to review before the end of the year that aren't going to count toward any challenges and they are really short. Here are a few sentences on these short (about 2 hours or less) stories. I think this will be the last one for 2012.  Below are the links to the other Quicky Reviews 

Legion 
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Audible Frontiers
Audiobook: 2 hours and 8 minutes
Narrator: Oliver Wyman
Source:  Free from iTunes
Buy the Book:  Amazon.com
Book Description
Brandon Sanderson's Legion is available for FREE for a limited time only.* Enjoy and share the link to this novella with a friend before time runs out.
Brandon Sanderson is one of the most significant fantasists to enter the field in a good many years. His ambitious, multi-volume epics (Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive) and his stellar continuation of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series have earned both critical acclaim and a substantial popular following. In Legion, a distinctly contemporary novella filled with suspense, humor, and an endless flow of invention, Sanderson reveals a startling new facet of his singular narrative talent, read by Audie Award-winning narrator Oliver Wyman.
Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society. The action ranges from the familiar environs of America to the ancient, divided city of Jerusalem. Along the way, Sanderson touches on a formidable assortment of complex questions: the nature of time, the mysteries of the human mind, the potential uses of technology, and the volatile connection between politics and faith. Resonant, intelligent, and thoroughly absorbing, Legion is a provocative entertainment from a writer of great originality and seemingly limitless gifts.   *Free offer ends 12/31/12.

My Thoughts:  I really enjoyed this audiobook.  The length is perfect and the pace kept me interested the whole time.  I loved the characters and Stephen is amazing with his multiple personalities that each have a special ability.  The one thing that annoyed me beyond belief was the repetitive use of "___said."  There are so many other words in the thesaurus besides SAID!  ARGH!

The Adventures of the Blue Carbuncle
Author:  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Genre: Mystery
Publisher:  Audible, Inc.
Audiobook: 47 minutes
Narrator: Alan Cumming
Source:  Free from Audible.com
Buy the Book:  Amazon.com
Book Description
The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery. And, since a great story calls for a great voice, we’ve brought in Emmy Award nominee Alan Cumming (TV's The Good Wife), a past Audie Award winner for Best Male Narrator and one of our very favorite narrators. We enjoyed it, and we hope you will too. Happy listening and happy holidays!

My Thoughts  Great short story!  The narrator has a wonderfully rich British accent that is not hard to follow and understand.  The story is a classic and I think it is very season appropriate.  It is nice to know and be reminded of other Christmas tales.

Listening is an Act of Love
Dave Isay (Author, Narrator), Storycorps Participants (Reader)
Genre: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Audio; Abridged edition (January 19, 2009)
Audiobook: 55 minutes
Version: Abridged
Source:  Free from Audible.com
Buy the Book: Amazon.com
Book Description
Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

My Thoughts  This is an amazing audiobook that should never ever be read as a book.  Listening to the voice of a Grandfather tell his grandson the story of meeting his grandmother is so rich no paper and ink could replace it.  Each story is wonderful.  Some will make you laugh and yes some will make you cry.  I love this audiobook so much I will be telling everyone about it.  This is a must add to your TBL pile!!!
Have you run across these audiobooks?  What did you think of them?

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