Monthly Archives: February 2012

Review: Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book Review
I joking remarked that the sub-title for this book should be everything you ever wanted to know about peeing, pooping, puking and screwing in space, but were afraid to ask. But in all seriousness, there is at least one chapter if not more devoted to those major bodily functions, intertwined with the history of the space program, not only in the US, but also Russia and also a little bit about Japan. It also looks at what the future of the program might be, but since NASA has had huge budget cuts in the last few years, who rightly knows.

Audiobook Narration
Sandra Burr provided a lite, easy narration style that went well with how the book was written. I don’t know if I would have been able to keep a straight face during the reading aloud of this, but overall a really good job.

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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Audiobook Review


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Review: A Little Night Magic

A Little Night Magic
A Little Night Magic by Lucy March
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Review
If I hadn’t seen this book advertised on audible when I was scrolling through new releases, I would have probably never heard of it, or picked it up, which would have been unfortunately. Lucy March managed to create a contemporary paranormal romance, without using the whole “mated theme” that seems to show up in the vast majority of PNR’s nowadays (not that I don’t like that theme, it just gets a bit old at times). Anyways, the story is about Olivia, a waitress at CCB’s a diner in New York State and follows her adventures as she discovers that she is a “magical.” Without giving any more details away, I have to say that the evil individual is the book was probably one of the most compelling i’ve read about in a while. If you are a fan of Molly Harper, I would recommend you check out Lucy March, I know I will be in the future. I would give this a 4/5 for the story

Narration Review
When looking at narrators of audiobooks, there are certain people I look for. One of them is Amanda Ronconi. I originally came across her when I listed to Molly Harper’s Naked Werewolf series and enjoyed her narration, so when I saw that she was narrating this new book I was willing to give it a try and she didn’t disappoint. All the various characters were so clearly narrated with different voices that I thought I was listening to at least 2 different people. She even has the ability to do decent male voices, which isn’t always easy (and conversely, the same can be said about men doing female voices…). On a scale of 1-5, I would give the narration a solid 4 – which overall gives the book a 4/5 and i’ll def. be both reading more by Lucy March and listening to more narrations by Ronconi in the future.

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Audiobook Review


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Review: White Lies

White Lies
White Lies by Jayne Ann Krentz
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Review of the Book – the book was ok, it was nothing to write home about. A typical contemporary with an uber ALPHA male, aka, a Hunter…and the wronged woman…ugh…I kinda figured out about half-way through who the bad guy/girl was. I’m def. going to say that i’m more a fan of JAK’s historicals under the Amanda Quick name and not so much her contemporaries. That being said, I did like the first book in the series, and with this being the second, i’m going to give the third a chance (also under her JAK name) before deciding if i’ll continue the series or not.

Review of the Narration – on a cheese factor scale of 1-10 with 10 being the cheesiest, this was easily an 8 or a 9. The dialogue was omg…and the narration didn’t help much. David Colacci was ok and I could at least distinguish his various characters – Kathy Garver not so much…at one stage, 3 women were in the same scene and I had no idea who was talking because they all sounded alike…so it made for an interesting listening experience. I can’t say that I will be rushing out to listen to either of their narrators again in the future.

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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Audiobook Review