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Debbie

dmahmood

BENTON CITY, WA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Archangel: Samaria, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated By Tamara Marston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (136)

    A tale of the distant future by the author of The Shape-Changer's Wife brings listeners to a world in which the fate of all life rests on the voice of an angel.

    Paul says: "A great story, narrrated well"
    "A good read"
    Overall

    I have owned this entire series for years and have read and re-read, enjoying it thoroughly. It is not the sort of story that would appeal to everyone, but the concept is intriguing. However -- The narrator is not great. She's not incapable. Personally, I find that American female voices just really don't have what it takes. The production value is good. She reads clearly and concisely, perhaps a bit too much so. At first I was concerned that she did not have the ability to convey the male characters. Not very far into the book I realized that it was not the male characters, nor the main female characters, that would be the problem. She read every minor female character with voice characteristics that simply made me want to reach into my MP3 player and throttle them all! Hence, I give it three stars. The reader didn't put me off the book. Even though I know how it ends, I still will listen to the finish. And I'll probably listen to the next in the series as well.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5911)
    Performance
    (5170)
    Story
    (5171)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Unexpected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I attempt to keep books only in one format; paperback, audio, or e-book. I love this series so much that it has joined the select rank of e-book and audio. I am not a monster movie fan. I generally don't care for blood and gore. I am NOT a gun nut. Somehow the underlying comic book feel makes it all good.

    Something for everyone; monsters, massive firepower, Characters...even romance. (Awwwww....)

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Man with a Load of Mischief: A Richard Jury Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (150)

    At the Man with a Load of Mischief, they found the dead body stuck in a keg of beer. At the Jack and Hammer, another body was stuck out on the beam of the pub’s sign, replacing the mechanical man who kept the time. Two pubs. Two murders. One Scotland Yard inspector called in to help. Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury arrives in Long Piddleton and finds everyone in the postcard village looking outside of town for the killer - except for one Melrose Plant....

    C. Telfair says: "Favorite Revisited"
    "Finally!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Man with a Load of Mischief the most enjoyable?

    This series is one of my absolute favorites. I've read them (in paperback) many times. The best part of listening to the book was, as is the case for all audiobooks, being able to take the characters along with me. Also grateful that the voices did not conflict too badly with what I've been hearing in my head for years.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Man with a Load of Mischief?

    The first meeting of all the regular characters.


    What about Steve West’s performance did you like?

    As mentioned earlier, his voices didn't conflict with my preconceptions


    Any additional comments?

    I have been waiting for ages to see this series come to Audible. The latter books in the series became a bit tedious, but these early entries have everything one could want. Richard Jury and Melrose Plant and all the rest of the characters have become like old friends. Please, Audible, bring them all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Like it Hawk: A Meg Langslow Mystery, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Donna Andrews
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    Meg Langslow is plying her blacksmith's trade at Caerphilly Days, a festival inspired by the town's sudden notoriety as "The Town That Mortgaged Its Jail". The lender has foreclosed on all Caerphilly's public buildings, and all employees have evacuated - except one. Phineas Throckmorton, town clerk, has been barricaded in the courthouse basement for over a year. But the lender seems increasingly determined to evict him, and may succeed after one of its executives is found shot, apparently from inside the basement.

    Amazon Customer says: "Hurrah! Meg Langslow finally in audio!"
    "A Great Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Some Like it Hawk to be better than the print version?

    There are a few books that I've found that are definitely better having read to me. The Discworld audiobooks are definitely better than reading the books. I wouldn't say these books are necessarily better than the print version, nor would I say they are worse. The reader is definitely up to the job; does wonderfully. Fortunately, since Audible has so few of this series, it's probably just as well that I like the paperbacks just fine!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the people. Each of them with their own quirks and foibles and none of them are utterly stupid. Generally, not even the back guys are utterly stupid.


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

    I believe I've only heard her do other Donna Andrews books. The recording quality on this one seemed a little bit better than the earlier ones.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I love these books. I've tried to identify what it is that is so appealing, primarily to try and find another equally enjoyable series, and it has got to be the people. I am a sucker for books about women who are living lives that I wish were mine, but aren't so horribly perfect in every way that I simply want to strangle them. They have jobs that aren't just sitting behind a desk; they live someplace just a little bit more interesting than I do; their hobbies are interesting; their friends are interesting. It's a different life that I can escape to just for a little while.

    I just hope that the author has a few more volumes in her.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4125)
    Performance
    (2946)
    Story
    (2966)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "Disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card ?

    I have read other books by Card. Have read them going back many years. This would make me tentative of any of his newer works. Nobody can say that Stefan Rudnicki isn't an excellent narrator. However, the female narrator (Card? Coincidence?? Doubt it) is about on a par with the majority of American female readers. For some reason they tend to make me think of the lady who reads to the preschoolers down at the public library. I find it offensive.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Janice Card ?

    I will avoid Emily Janice Card at all costs.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lost Gate?

    I would start with removing the restroom scene. I would have believed at that point that the book was written for boys of a certain age, not that boys of that age are big readers. The book pretty much went downhill from there. In ten years of listening to Audible, I believe there have been only 3 or 4 books that I simply couldn't be bothered to finish. This makes one more. Perhaps it was written for adolescents. If so, I would love for Audible to indicate in big bold letters


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Academ's Fury: Codex Alera, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (2813)
    Performance
    (1789)
    Story
    (1802)

    For 1,000 years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the Furies - elementals of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Metal. But now, the unity of the Alerians hangs in precarious balance.

    Eric says: "Wonderful series"
    "Not half bad"
    Overall

    Some time back, I picked up the digital edition of the first book in this series. Halfway through that book, I thought it was doomed. First, I found the story moving very slowly; second, I began to believe I had fallen into the trap of purchasing a book written for Young Adult audience. I decided to give the series another chance in Audible format, primarily based on my familiarity with the narrator. I'm glad I did. It was pretty good. This book contains just about everything you could ask for in a story; intrigue, humor, tension, romance ... there's even a chase scene. The villains are villainous; the heroes heroic.the women strong-willed and capable; the good guys win in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3595)
    Performance
    (2030)
    Story
    (2058)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    Michael says: "A Stereotypical Fantasy Story, But Well-Written..."
    "Not great but not that bad"
    Overall

    As as been stated, this is absolutely a Tolkien clone, but then I'd be surprised if each "epic fantasy" doesn't make some bow towards Lord of the Rings. Don't compare it to Wheel of Time, it isn't. The writing is sometimes very immature, and I can't say why. However, there is enough here to make me, at least, need to know what comes next and how it all ends (as I listen to Book 1, I am finishing the final book in paperback). The narrator is not ideal, I'll agree, but very few readers are ideal for all listeners. I frequently felt I was back at the library with my kids at Toddler Story Time, and I just wanted to scream. For all its faults, I'd say it was certainly worth 1 credit. It's not as bad as some reviewers say, nor is it a glowing success...it's all a matter of taste anyway. As usual, I would say that it is so unfortunate that the audiobook producers did not manage to retain one really good narrator for the whole series. That bugs me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7645)
    Performance
    (5249)
    Story
    (5285)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Robert says: "It doesn't get any better than this!"
    "Mixed"
    Overall

    After about 1/2 of the first part, I was about ready to chew off my arm to get away from this book. It is unfortunate that the narrators, who are undoubtedly at the top of the field, are the same readers who did Wheel of Time, so as you listen, you have certain expectations. This isn't The Wheel of Time. The second problem I had was with the characters' dialog. Okay. I get it. Storms are important. But every single conversation had an evident expletive using "Storm". "Storm"-this; "storm"-that; "storm" you. I got really, really tired of that. Contrived ... very, very contrived. Nobody talks like that.
    Now that I am nearly to the end, I've become engaged. Yes. The characters do stupid things for stupid reasons, but that's not all that unusual.
    At one credit, it's a pretty safe choice if one enjoys epic fantasy.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Catilina's Riddle: A Mystery of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Steven Saylor
    • Narrated By Scott Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The year is 63 B.C., and Gordianus the Finder unexpectedly achieves the dream of every Roman: a farm in the Etruscan countryside. Vowing to leave behind the corruption of Rome, he abandons the city, taking his family with him. At the same time, Gordianus's longtime patron Cicero has attained the dream of his lifetime: a coveted consulship. Urgently, Cicero requests of Gordianus a favor: his help in keeping watch on a radical populist senator, Catilina.

    Judith A. Weller says: "Awful Narrator - But Good Story"
    "Unbearable narrator"
    Overall

    Moral of this story is: Always check out the narrator before picking up a book. I know better, but I simply forgot to listen to the sample. Was the book any good? No idea. The first 10 minutes were a little slow, but ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Camel Died at Noon: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    The last camel is dead, and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, her dashing husband, Emerson, and precocious son, Ramses, are in dire straits on the sun-scorched desert sands. Months before, back in cool, green England, Viscount Blacktower had approached them to find his son and his son's new bride, who have been missing in war-torn Sudan for over a decade. An enigmatic message scrawled on papyrus and a cryptic map had been delivered to Blacktower, awakening his hope that the couple was still alive.

    Debra says: "Good Story, Painful Narration"
    "One of my favorites"
    Overall

    I'll freely admit that finding the Amelia Peabody series available through Audible.com was my primary reason for joining. This is one of my favorite series and have enjoyed them all immensely. However, I have made a conscious effort to stick with one reader, not this one. I would not suggest that there is anything wrong with her voice or style. She just did not provide life to the various characters in the same way that Barbara Rosenblatt does. Perhaps this is just what I have become used to, but I will stick with the other reader as much as possible.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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