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This is a review of the audio book which I received for free from Sync Audio's summer program....moreSync audio free download week of May 29 - June 4, 2014.
This is a review of the audio book which I received for free from Sync Audio's summer program.
The Angel children have always been special. They are brilliant, music prodigies, and even NFL football stars. Their parents own a big pharmaceutical company and they live in the Dakota building in New York City. When their parents are found dead in bed, the children become the murder suspects. There's 16 year old Tandy (short for Tandoori) and her twin brother Harry, little brother Hugo, and big brother Matthew. Tandy sets off to find out who killed her parents and why. As the story unfolds, we learn that this family is a tad quirky and the kids are a little different.
The narration of this book was excellent. The narrator brought Tandy's character to life and she played a convincing 16 year old. The narrator also used different voices for all the characters and it was quite entertaining to listen to her.
This is the first book in the series and I will definitely be reading the next one.
Confessions of a Murder Suspect would be an excellent choice for a family road trip. It is suitable for middle grades and up. (less)
Initial Thoughts: About a 3 - 3.5 star read for me. This really is a weird one for me to review - part of me disliked the book, the other part of me l...moreInitial Thoughts: About a 3 - 3.5 star read for me. This really is a weird one for me to review - part of me disliked the book, the other part of me loved 1 character. Here goes: Monroe's father collects Bonnie and Clyde memorabilia for his restaurant. When Monroe nicks her finger on a bloodstained bullet, something strange happens. She hears Bonnie's voice inside her head and Bonnie wants to stick around. Later that evening Monroe attends a party and he experiences something similar, only this time it's Clyde's spirit. Both spirits want to stick around and live. Monroe must do all she can to get rid of the spirits. The story is told from alternating points of view - that of Monroe and of Clyde. I loved the parts that were in Clyde's voice. His reaction to our technology was quite amusing. The book had a lot of interesting facts about Bonnie and Clyde. Full review to come...
Thank you to Merit Press for a review copy of this book.(less)
I've always been fascinated by stories about WWII, especially those that involve spy craft and cryptography. When I saw that this title was available...moreI've always been fascinated by stories about WWII, especially those that involve spy craft and cryptography. When I saw that this title was available on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to read this book. Unfortunately, this book was not for me. Far too much time was spent on Mair's early life - when we finally get to the stuff about Bletchley Park, I had lost interest.
The parts about Bletchley Park were interesting, especially the horrible working conditions and a life ruled by the Official Secrets Act. I can't imagine sitting in front of those machines trying to break a code, much less never being able to talk about your work.
Thank you to NetGalley and Lion Hudson PLC for a review copy of this book.
This is a review of the audio book version of The Martian and it was just amazing. The narrator...moreWow. Wow. Wow.
I think I fell in love with Mark Watney.
This is a review of the audio book version of The Martian and it was just amazing. The narrator captured Mark's personality and moods and made this audio book one of the best I've listened to this year.
Mark is on a mission on Mars with five other astronauts. When a deadly sandstorm hits, Mark's spacesuit is compromised and Mark is left for dead on the planet. Mark manages to survive the injury but now he is alone and must come up with the basic elements of life. Mark is remarkably calm about his situation. He takes account of all of his supplies and starts to put together a survival plan.
Mark is the MacGyver of Mars. He rigs up equipment to make water, create oxygen, and sometimes he needs to run away and cower in the rover as the by-products are explosive. Mark's journal entries show an amazing knowledge of science and engineering. Mark also has his goofy times, too. When NASA was wondering just what Mark was thinking, he was thinking about Aquaman.
If you can get your hands on the audio book, do it. It's a great listen for a long road trip. Guaranteed to keep the kids (12+) listening. Note: There are a few F-bombs in the story, but understandably so - Mark is stuck on Mars with no communication, and no way home. I'd use the F-word too.