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S. Stewart

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  • Spud 2: The Madness Continues

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John van de Ruit
    • Narrated By Maxwell Caulfield
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Spud is plagued with women trouble, coerced into expulsion-worthy adventures, and frustrated to find his dreams of fame in tatters after landing the part of the Dove of Peace in a disastrous production of Noah's Ark. Join Spud as he takes another tentative step forward while all around him the madness continues.

    S. Stewart says: "Dissappointing narrator"
    "Dissappointing narrator"
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    Would you try another book from John van de Ruit and/or Maxwell Caulfield?

    Definitely a John van de Ruit but noit Maxwell Caulfield. After listening to Spud 1, narrated by the author himself, this was a real disappointment. Sorry.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Maxwell Caulfield?

    John van der Ruit himself.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5229)
    Performance
    (4813)
    Story
    (4810)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Really enjoyable"
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    What did you love best about Theft of Swords?

    The great character development


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Theft of Swords?

    Finding the entrance to the secret tunnel


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but it's a long book


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    • ABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Geraldine James
    Overall
    (1028)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (353)

    With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown. But from his wife, Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence, with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie's death, along with his kin.

    Theresa says: "disappointing"
    "Abridged version just doesn't do"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Please note, due to licensing restrictions this is an abridged version. For me it wasn't worth the listen. The narrator wasn't anywhere as good as Davina Porter and rushed, in my view. The story just jumped too much and too much was missing - part of what I enjoyed so much in all the other unabridged books of the series are the author's descriptions which take one right into the scene / countryside being described. I dumped this version after 2 or 3 chapters and downloaded the amazon book to read instead. Yes it took me longer and I missed Davina's voices and narration but there was just too much cut out to not make this worth my while. I could have tried to get the audio CD's but the expense just didn't justify it (I live outside the US/Europe).


    Has A Breath of Snow and Ashes turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This unabridged version did, yes but I generally love this genre.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    A little - I found it rushed and I missed the narrator of all the other books in the series.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Great disappointment but in the abridgement.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17478)
    Performance
    (11673)
    Story
    (11566)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Even better than I expected"
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    What did you love best about Outlander?

    The wonderful descriptions by the writer (Diana Gabaldon) - one can see the beauty of the scoottish highlands, the colours, the mist, and the reading (by Davina Porter) which bring the individuals to life!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    When Claire decided to retunr to Jamie after he left her at the stones to return to Frank.


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The scottish accents and bringing the people alive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but I loved it and could hardly tear myself away from the story. I totally fell in love with Jamie!!


    Any additional comments?

    I read the book back in 2004 and absoluatelky loved it. I haven't regretted buying the audio book for a minute!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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