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Quicksilver (Baroque Cycle)
Quicksilver (Baroque Cycle)
by Neal Stephenson
Edition: MP3 CD
Price: $24.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, Disappointing Product, July 25, 2011
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As far as story-tellers go, Neal Stephenson is a fantastic one. If the description of the plot sounds good, please go buy this book in another format, as this one is imperfectly executed.

First of all, this audiobook only covers the first third of the physical volume "Quicksilver". While not technically incorrect, Volume 1 of the Baroque Cycle, titled "Quicksilver", is broken into three books, the first of which is also called "Quicksilver". When buying the physical book, watch out for which book you are actually buying, I didn't understand the distinction until receiving this MP3 CD, which covers the first book, one third of the first volume.

Which is the larger issue which bothered me. I specifically searched for audiobooks which were on physical CDs to listen to during commuting. I avoided downloading a book specifically because I didn't want to have to go through and burn 15 CDs on my own. The product description says that this is an Audio CD, which it is if you have an MP3 compatible CD player, which not all are. In fact, most more than a couple of years old are not. Once again, be aware of what you have and what exactly you're buying.

The final issue was with the format of the chapters. Each chapter is it's own track, going up to half an hour or more. While this would be fine while listening to this on an iPod and it's simple to rewind a minute or two if you missed something, if your attention waves while driving and you need to hear something again, get ready to listen to the chapter from the beginning.

This review should act as a warning to those looking for an audiobook that will not be listened to on an MP3 player. For those people, the format is perfectly acceptable (although a download would make more sense). For anyone who plans on listening to physical CDs, pay special attention to what you're buying.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children)
by Ransom Riggs
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $11.36
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74 of 90 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars All Looks and No Substance, June 28, 2011
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is the literary equivalent of a blind date that looks amazing walking towards you at the restaurant, but 10 minutes in you know there's nothing going on upstairs. The story holds promise but ultimately never delivers, telling a poorly-paced story full of plot-holes. Disbelief must be suspended to its breaking point, not because of the nature of the Peculiar Children, but because of every character's nonsensical behavior.

If you're interested in the book, pick it up at your local bookstore, look at each of the photos involved, savor the lux paper, and enjoy the overall great design of the book. Then put it back down, as you've gained as much enjoyment from it as you're going to.
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