Aug. 19th, 2008 10:40 am
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93. The Creature from the Pit by David Fisher (read by Tom Baker)
This was a throughly enjoyable audiobook. Tom Baker has yet to disappoint as a reader and, for me, his doctor is by far the most amusing. This story was a bit scary, as it was supposed to be, but a lot of fun. The Doctor and Romana end up on a rather odd island, only to get captured by some rather ruthless people. K9 also makes several appearances, much to my joy. I look forward to listening to more audiobooks read by Baker.

94. Pest Control by Peter Anghelides (read by David Tennant)
I really liked this, mostly because I was so caught up in the story that I forgot it was David Tennant who reading it. Amusingly, he was obviously using his natural accent, and changing it for Donna and the Doctor's parts. The audiobook also did a fantastic job of portraying Donna's character as she is on the TV show. I know [livejournal.com profile] fiveforsilver thought it was a bit predictable, but I rather liked it.

95. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
This was a cute book, better than the graphic novel (and with less romance). The book, which the movie was based on (and the graphic novel was based on the movie), was well written and engaging. It wasn't the best thing I've read, but by no means was it the worst. I think it's a good book aimed at that hard age for boys, the teens. It's smart enough that kids won't feel stupid, but clever enough that they'll admire Alex Rider and what he does.

95 / 120 reads. 79% new reads!


Aug. 2nd, 2008 12:35 pm
blue_ant: (the doctor/rose [dw])
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86. Betrayed by PC Cast & Kristin Cast
The second book in the House of Night series. And, well, I loved it. This book forwards the storyline and plants some interesting thoughts in our minds, preparing us for what happens in book three. I like what the Casts do with Zoey, the main character. While she's got a lot of attributes that might be close to calling her a Mary Sue, she avoids this because, well, she's not perfect. Things go wrong, but in the end, at least in this volume, they work out okay. I was going to wait to read the third book, but as you can see, I didn't wait that long.

87. Chosen by PC Cast & Kristin Cast
While both Marked and Betrayed had their share of angst and issues, Chosen went the way that most YA books about vampires tend not to go. Things didn't work out for Zoey, bad things (which I won't spoil) happened and people got hurt, even killed. I applaud the Casts for taking this leap and for making sure that while Zoey did what she thought was right (or in some cases, knew was wrong , but couldn't help herself), she was forced to pay the consequences. It's hard to pull that off in YA books, especially in the fantasy realm where almost anything goes. I am excited about the fourth book.

88. The Stone Rose by Jacqueline Rayner (read by David Tennant)
Another Doctor Who audio book read by David Tennant. Of all the audio books I've listened to (including the Scott Sigler podiobooks and the Torchwood audio books), this one was by far the best. The story was fantastic, Rose and the Doctor end up in ancient Rome and there's some sort of trouble with a missing son and a sculptor. Eventually, though, something happens to the Doctor and it's Rose who has to sort things out. And it is utterly fantastic. One of the other things I loved about this book was the fact that the author realized just how much the Doctor loves Rose, and wrote that aspect of the characters perfectly into her plot. I highly, highly recommend this title. Also, Tennant's reading of the story was fantastic, as wel.

88 / 120 new reads. 73% read!


Aug. 2nd, 2008 12:12 pm
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83. Another Life by Peter Anghelides (read by John Barrowman)
More audio books. This one is based on the show Torchwood and is read by it's star, John Barrowman. Barrowman is not the best reader, but is quite good and I love listening to him, so that worked out. Another Life is an interesting, if predictable, book. It's the story of an alien warrior who possesses people -- when all he wants to do is go home (in theory, at least). I liked it, mostly because it made my car trip home from Ohio go by much, much quicker.

84. Resurrection Casket by Justin Richards (read by David Tennant)
Steampunk + Doctor Who = this audio book. And oh, I loved it. It's not the best one, but it's simply great. My one complaint is that there should have been more Rose. Other than that, it was so much fun and I really hope that there are some Steampunk episodes of Doctor Who in the future of the show.

85. Border Princes by Dan Abnett (read by Eve Myles)
I loved this book, not just because of the story (which was draining, but very good), but because of Eye Myles. Her reading of this story was completely and totally engrossing. I was caught up in the story and hanging on her words because she knew just how to read them. The story focus on the end of the world, as usual, and Torchwood has a new member, James Mayer, but is he all he seems to be? There's more, but I don't want to spoil it, of course.

85 / 120 new reas. 71% read!


Aug. 2nd, 2008 11:59 am
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79. The Dead of Night by John Marsden
This is the second book in a series about a war in Australia. It's just as good as Tomorrow, When The War Began, but neither book is a work of great YA literature. What I do like is how Marsden creates and maintains the characters and the plot through to the second book. I don't know if I'll go on reading, mostly because he's taking far too long to resolve things and I don't know if I have the patience to read the rest of the series. After all, these books are extremely emotionally draining.

80. Carte Blanche by Carlo Lucarelli
The first book in the De Luca Trilogy, about Commissario De Luca. Set in 1945, with the backdrop of Fascist Italy, this book is utterly fantastic. I loved it in every way possible and really want to read the next books in the series. De Luca, while a brilliant detective, has so many flaws and issues you don't even know where to start. But instead of bogging his character down, Lucarelli created an almost lovable character who must butt against everything he used to be in order to bring about justice.

81. State of Decay by Terrance Dicks (read by Tom Baker)
So, I've finally made that jump into audio books (and not podiobooks). While this was no great work of literature, it didn't need to be. What I wanted was a book about Doctor Who read by Tom Baker and it was brilliant. I love listening to Tom Baker and this was fun. The story was about a giant vampire (LOL) and was great fun, if totally unrealistic, even for Doctor Who.

82. Feast of the Drowned by Stephen Cole (read by David Tennant)
Now that I've started down this road, I find it impossible to stop. So, yet another Doctor Who audio book. This is a story about aliens on Earth who making people mysteriously disappear, while others try to throw themselves into the Thames. Overall, fun, the book wasn't that great, but the reader was aboslutely fantastic. I mean, hello, it was David Tennant!

82 / 120 new reads. 68% read!


Jul. 31st, 2008 03:51 pm
fiveforsilver: (Doctor Who [the Doctor])
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88. *The Professor's Daughter by Joann Sfar (64)
Graphic Novel, recommended to me by my sister. Beautiful illustrations and a fantastic, hilarious story. I recommend it to pretty much anyone.

89. *Doctor Who: Pest Control by Peter Anghelides, read by David Tennant (2h24m)
The Doctor and Donna land on a planet being colonized by the Second Great and Bountiful Human Empire. It's the middle of a war. But who is the real enemy?

Overall I found this a predictable and not terribly exciting story. It's always fun to listen to David Tennant read, though.

90. Peeps by Scott Westerfeld (304)
Reread. Without question one of the best YA vampire books. Westerfeld is a superb author.

91. *Torchwood: Hidden by Steven Savile, read by Naoko Mori (2h16m)
Naoko Mori has a lovely voice, but the story didn't make much of an impression. I didn't write a review immediately after I listened to it and now I don't remember what it was even about.

92. Soul Music by Terry Pratchett (373)
This is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, Discworld book. I love Susan and Death of Rats is fabulous.

92 / 110 books. 84% done!

43 / 75 *new books. 57% done!

3 / 10 ^non-fiction. 30% done!

26157 / 33000 pages. 79% done!
Audiobook time: 17h40m


Jul. 31st, 2008 03:18 pm
fiveforsilver: (Doctor Who [Capn Jack])
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I started listening to Doctor Who and Torchwood audiobooks and apparently I just couldn't stop. Interestingly, I have no desire to actually read any of these books myself.

They're all read by members of the cast. Most if not all are abridged (unfortunately).

82. *Doctor Who: The Feast of the Drowned by Stephen Cole, read by David Tennant (2h28m)
Very creepy. Clearly inspired in parts by the second Pirates of the Carribbean movie. David Tennant is a fantastic reader.

83. *Doctor Who: The Resurrection Casket by Justin Richards, read by David Tennant (2h25m)
The Doctor and Rose land on a planet that is in a area with no electricity (some sort of perpetual EMP sort of thing) and have to get the TARDIS off-planet and out of that field. Everything within it runs on steam, including spaceships and robots. Very steampunk. They get caught up in a space pirate mystery in the process of getting out.

Fairly predictable at times, but fun. It reminded me of a couple of Star Trek episodes at several points. I liked the end very much, and Kevin was definitely my favorite character.

84. *Torchwood: Another Life by Peter Anghelides, read by John Barrowman (1h12m)
An alien warrior starts possessing members of Torchwood. Is it out for conquest or just trying to get home?

The climactic scene with Gwen and Jack is moving, and also very in-character. I wish these books weren't abridged, though, because they all just seem like - well, it's not that the plot isn't there, but it seems like there are things missing. Depth, maybe.

John Barrowman is not my favorite reader. It's probably just be me, though - much as I like him (and Jack), his (American) accent always sounds just a bit off to me.

85. *Doctor Who: The Stone Rose by Jac Rayner, read by David Tennant (2h23m)
I really like this book - and just about the time that I thought it was wrapping up, I looked and it turned out it was only halfway done!

Rose has a bigger part in this than she (or any companion) has in any of the Doctor Who audiobooks I've listened to. I was not surprised to learn it was written by a woman.

86. *Doctor Who: State of Decay by Terrance Dicks, read by Tom Baker (57m)
No, really. Alien vampires. Tom Baker is a good reader, though, with a very pleasant voice.

87. *Torchwood: Border Princes by Dan Abnett, read by Eve Myles (3h30m)
Eve Myles (aka Gwen on Torchwood) is a pleasure to listen to. I liked this book, too. It was not predictable, for the most part, and I enjoyed the story.

86 / 110 books. 78% done!

40 / 75 *new books. 53% done!

3 / 10 ^non-fiction. 30% done!

25416 / 33000 pages. 77% done!
Audiobook hours: 13


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