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Thomas

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  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5008)
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    (2809)
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    (2844)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "15 hours in..."
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    15 hours in and I stopped listening. I think that I figured out the pieces of the puzzle and I wasn't very impressed. I say "think" because I stopped listening and have no intention of picking the book back up again. Even if someone told me I was wrong I still would not be interested to continue. Unfortunately, a large part of me never really cared about the main characters. However, the language was nice and the narration was very good so it was partly a pleasant experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3035)
    Performance
    (2341)
    Story
    (2347)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Good, not great"
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    A solid story with fun characters. It does not rival Tolkien, nor more recently, Rothfuss, but then nothing does.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3231)
    Performance
    (1226)
    Story
    (1230)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "Slow and Solid"
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    I read a number of reviews that talked about getting through the first 8 hours of the book. This was not my impression. I thought the whole book was very well written, interesting, and rewarding. However, the pacing is slow throughout its entirety. This is not a criticism but it is a warning. If you are looking for fast paced adventure, this book will not please you. If you are looking for a very well written book with interesting characters and an unusual theme, you will be very happy with this listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Among Others

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (603)

    Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

    Eoin says: "Subtle Character Piece"
    "A Must Listen"
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    The story is interesting and fun. The performance, however, is wonderful. Katherine Kellgran makes this book a great listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4187)
    Performance
    (2357)
    Story
    (2358)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Brilliant brilliant brilliant"
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    What did you love best about Matterhorn?

    Not only does Marlantes caputre the horror of war as well as the humanity but every single character is infused with multiple shades of gray.


    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Pincho's performance was incredible. He was able to move seamlessly between multiple accents and narration.


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9522)
    Performance
    (7861)
    Story
    (7931)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Very very very good"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wise Man's Fear to be better than the print version?

    I'm not sure. I haven't read the book and don't intend to now.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are fantastic. Rothfuss does a great job creating complex characters. Few things are more irritating in stories than cookie cutter characters. Rothfuss works to create characters that have flaws as well as grace and strengths as well as weaknesses.


    Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to the first book in this series as well and I think that Podehl does a fine job in all of the roles. While his character's accents are reminiscent of accents around our globe, Podehl does a good job using different dialects for all of the different realms. This helps the listener feel the size of Rothfuss' world.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11395)
    Performance
    (9093)
    Story
    (9200)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "It only gets better"
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    Any additional comments?

    While part one is slow and the narration is a little difficult to get into, by the end of part 3 you can't believe you forgot to download part 4 and you are kicking yourself because you have to wait until you can get back home to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (602)

    Evil is most assuredly afoot - and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade... and a librarian. These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling - will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest...

    Suzanna says: "Great Steampunk - worth a listen"
    "Narration"
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    What would have made Phoenix Rising better?

    Listen to the Narration before you purchase this book. The story might have been good but I could not get over how poor the narration was.


    8 of 14 people found this review helpful

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