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Jun 02, 2014 07:47PM

4170 For what it's worth, the Audiobook uses these pronunciations:

Tamas = Tom-es, it is almost like Thomas, but there's something slightly off about it that I can't quite figure out.

Fatrasta = Fuh-tras-ta, The "fuh" is very short and almost like a V.

Dynize = Diuh-nize

Taniel is Daniel with a T.

And Manhouch? Man Hooch.
May 07, 2014 10:46AM

4170 It depends on how much use you get out of Audible. I DEVOUR audiobooks, so it works out well for me.

Subscribers also get access to special sales - a lot of 4.95/book sales. Selection isn't always great, but I almost always find at least one book. Even at $15 a credit with the 1 credit plan, I've paid an average of about $6.50 a book in the past year by taking advantage of member only sales.
Oct 30, 2013 08:31PM

4170 I did like Boneshaker, but I like the sequels better. I've read the first 4 and Dreadnought is my favorite thus far. I pretty much agree with what Lindsay has said about how awesome Mercy is! Briar bored me a little bit, but all the heroines from Clementine, Dreadnought and Ganymede are pretty kick ass

I find the series unique in that it has a subtle arc that connects them. Even though each book stands alone in it's story there are small pieces of a bigger puzzle of the civil war and the blight that connect everyone together. I'm interested to see where she's going in the end.

The characters from Boneshaker definitely pop up some more, even Princess Angeline gets a moment in Ganymede! I haven't read The Inexplicables yet, but it's description mentions Zeke and Seattle, so I would expect to see almost everyone there.

Priest mentioned on her blog that Fiddlehead will wrap up the Clockwork Century and it sounds like she intends for it to wrap up everyone's story. She also has a contract for another novella called Jacaranda that is coming out early 2014.

I was hoping for an audiobook of The Inexplicables, but now that I know Fiddlehead is ending the series I might just have to suck it up and go with the text version. I've adored the audiobooks for this series!
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Aug 07, 2013 02:37PM

4170 I didn't find out until too late that to get it together that TMR (who was there at my very first Otakon) and Yoko Kanno (who wouldn't want to see her?) were going to be there. I'm kind of bummed about it. :(
Jul 10, 2013 08:18PM

4170 From what I gather it's the Nook tablet that is failing and the black and white eInk readers will still be developed.

As a tablet they couldn't keep up with the companies that had robust existing App stores.
May 08, 2013 08:20AM

4170 I almost always speed up to at least 1.5x and usually I'm at 2x. It really depends on the narrator though. Some narrators are quicker and start to get distorted at 2x, so I go back to 1.5x.

I often wish Audible had a 2.5x setting. Sometimes 2x could use a bump and 3x is too much. Ah well...
Apr 01, 2013 03:36PM

4170 If you have a Platinum subscription for audible and use a credit, it would be cheaper. Otherwise you saved money buying the Whispersync version.

You paid $11.98

A monthly platinum subscription comes in at $11.48 /credit and a platinum annual subscription comes in at $9.56 /credit.

If you have a gold subscription or don't subscribe to audible, you got the better deal.
Mar 28, 2013 07:27PM

4170 I'm on the fence about it, but I'm also really fond of Goodreads. I'm hoping they can remain their own entity while still being under the Amazon umbrella.

Amazon pulled all their meta data from Goodreads in the beginning of 2012 and it was a huge mess that resulted in lots of information going missing (and a lot of information still missing). This left a bad taste in many users mouths about the Goodreads/Amazon relationship - so it's surprising to see them joining together now.

But, I think it has the potential to be extremely beneficial to Goodreads and the members. Better hardware will keep the site more stable. More developers can fix bugs and optimize features faster as well as hopefully adding some quality-of-life updates that Goodreads members have been asking for for a long time. Goodreads has been struggling to keep up with it's growing membership for some time - so Amazon can definitely help them keep their head above water.

For anyone interested, Otis started a thread in the Feedback forum and responded to a bunch of FAQs about Shelfari, support for non-Kindle users, etc. He seems optimistic that Amazon will let Goodreads do what they do. There are hints of added benefits to Kindle users, but nothing suggests that readers who use other e-readers will be discriminated against.

Here's the link to the post:
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Dec 29, 2012 08:07PM

4170 Before I got my Nook Simple Touch I was reading books on my phone. I found that I enjoy reading from the eInk screen much more than I do from than an LED display - so right off the bat I knew I was going with one of the original eInk Kindles or a Simple Touch. Personally, it came down to brand loyalty (and distaste for Kindle's DRM) for me.

The Nook Simple Touch has buttons on the side for paging, but the keyboard is entirely touch screen.

On the Kindle side, the Kindle Keyboard 3G has the full keyboard and paging buttons and the Kindle itself has paging buttons but no keyboard. I believe the Paperwhites are purely touch screen.

It's also worth keeping in mind that many sites offer .ePubs for purchase, while the .mobi files for Kindle keep you more locked in to purchasing solely from Amazon.
4170 I don't use Amazon for reviews but I do know that there have always been issues with their review system. Whether it's people making multiple accounts and reviewing or author's paying users for positive reviews.

Knowing that, I can appreciate that they're taking measures to curb behavior that leads to skewed reviews. But it also seems a bit like giving the whole class silent recess because one kid is causing trouble.
Nov 16, 2012 09:48AM

4170 The book actually does end mid-sentence and picks up mid sentence when you get to the second half of Ewing's story. :)
4170 Did anyone else notice that according to the S&L Calendar, Cloud Atlas is going to be the October book? Guess it'll be a good time for me to re-read it as a book instead of listening!
4170 I finished a few days ago and I really enjoyed it. Each of the stories separately left a bit to be desired, but I was constantly impressed with how the stories weaved together and Mitchell's ability to write in so many varying styles and dialects.

The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish and An Orison of Sonmi~451 were my favorites. Letters from Zedelghem is up there too, but mostly for the musical imagery as I found Frobisher rather... annoying.

I'm definitely planning on re-reading this at some point (as a book and not an audiobook) as it seems like one of those books that has a lot of subtleties to pick up on in a re-read.
Aug 30, 2012 10:17AM

4170 This is a mild side track from the topic at hand, but I'm looking for some advice on Harry Turtledove and this seems like a good enough place as any to ask. :)

He's been on my radar for a while, specifically his Atlantis series and How Few Remain.

Recently, I was looking for a book to read for a challenge and stumbled across Gunpowder Empire, part of Turtledove's Crosstime Traffic series and I wasn't too impressed by it. The story is told from the PoV of two characters and the jumps from character to character were awkward, caught me off guard and generally made the book a bit confusing to read. I also felt like I was always being told about the was of live in this alternate Roman Empire and being told how it contrasted with the historical Roman Empire - rather than being shown through the actions of the characters in the story.

I didn't realize until after reading the story and checking out some more reviews that this is a Young Adult series - so I'm wondering if this is just his YA writing style or if this is something I can/should expect from his other books as well?
4170 I'm about 35% into the audio book right now. I'm in the middle of The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish and I think close to the transition to the next story.

The first section of Adam Ewing's story was definitely a bit on the tougher side due to the language, I found myself having to rewind more often that usual to figure out exactly what was happening.

Unfortunately, I'm not really feeling the audiobook for this one. I think the narration in and of itself is great - but I think the varying writing styles make it difficult to follow as a whole in audio format. The first two being epistolary they didn't seem to flow right for me. I flipped through the book in the library to get a feel for what the format was like in print, and I'm almost dreading the Orison story in audio form.

Story wise I'm liking it though and I have to say I think it's impressive to be able to pull off so many different styles and dialects in one novel.

Cavendish is my favorite story so far... it's got a strange sense of humor that I'm enjoying.
4170 I'm going to try to join in on this later this month. I've had the audiobook (unabridged because Scott Brick is one of my all time favorite narrators) for a while, but I struggled getting into the beginning and then started listening to Leviathan Wakes... so it got the back burner.

The promise of good discussion definitely motivates me to get listening though!
4170 You might want to try asking in What's the name of that book?. They helped me find a book I read in high school with the most ass-backwards/half-wrong description I wrote of it.
4170 I just want to say that I love the new format.

I'm a few episodes behind because I couldn't find the time to read Hyperion or Tigana, so it's great that I can still see the interviews and other goodness without having to worry about spoiling the books (since they're still on my TBR list)!
Jul 07, 2012 01:39PM

4170 Originally it was green lit as a miniseries follow-up to The Last Airbender, which partially explains why they wrapped it up so well.

But last year at Comic-Con they announced 14 additional episodes (Book 2), so I don't see why they couldn't have edited the last five minutes of the last episode to leave it on a bit of a cliffhanger. /shrug

For anyone interested, starting on Monday (7/9) nick is reairing the episodes with commentary from the creators.
Jul 02, 2012 08:41AM

4170 I've used Liquid Story inder for past NaNos. I liked it, but it's tends to feel a little clunky at times.

I think I'm going to try out Scrivner for Camp NaNo in August.
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