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Joy Wise

Round Rock, TX, US | Member Since 2013

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  • 8 reviews
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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3198)
    Performance
    (2852)
    Story
    (2838)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Perfectly read 17th century who-done-it"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Speaks the Nightbird to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the printed version of this book, but I am positive that Edoardo Ballerini gives these characters more animation and life than my unimaginative mind would have.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am quite sure this is a new version of a "witch-trial" novel. The complexity of the plot draws you further and further into an appreciation for the types of characters that may have lived during 17th century settlements in the new world.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    Edoardo Ballerini simply has the perfect voice for these characters. Every one of them is believable and the main character's voice is precisely what I would expect such a person to sound like.


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

    Wanted to, but couldn't.


    Any additional comments?

    Such a good book that I also listened to the following book in the series, which is also fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1961)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (897)

    An explosive new science fiction series by New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, Hidden Empire is the first volume in The Saga of the Seven Suns, modeled after the Star Wars and X-Files universes. Anderson has become the foremost science fiction writer of the century, bringing to life vivid characters and worlds that delight his fans across the galaxy.

    A User says: "Great Listen"
    "Great story. So-so narration."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Hidden Empire: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    Unsure


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The concept of the sentient forest and the green priests was innovative and interesting.


    What aspect of George Guidall’s performance would you have changed?

    I think he would do better to simply read and not try so hard to interpret characters with his voice. Many readers can do a great job of this, but I found the voices he assigned to King Frederick and some of the older characters particularly annoying. I think my comments are more a statement of personal choice rather than a true critique


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

    No. Too long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3134)
    Performance
    (2447)
    Story
    (2463)

    Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

    Meloney says: "Brilliant"
    "Old magic rediscovered may save humanity"
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    Would you listen to The Warded Man again? Why?

    This book kept me so engrossed in it while listening that I won't need to listen again. Some longer books can become just background noise now and then. Not so with this book. It was interesting from beginning to end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a unique story. The main character almost loses his humanity in order to save humanity. And we won't know until the story continues in subsequent books if he keeps his humanity or is lost forever.


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

    A good reader adds a human aspect to book characters. This is what Pete Bradbury did for this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Cards I

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin (editor), Walter Jon Williams, Melinda Snodgrass, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (615)

    In the aftermath of WWII, an alien virus struck the Earth, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Originally published in 1987, the newly expanded saga contains additional original stories by eminent writers.

    Joseph Rispoli Jr says: "A True Classic!"
    "Alien virus changes history in a sort of dull way"
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    What did you like best about Wild Cards I? What did you like least?

    The concept for the book is interesting, But what's missing is excitement. The book sort of grinds on. It's like each author didn't want to out-strip all the others by writing a fantastic story.


    Would you recommend Wild Cards I to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book. I like long books, but this couldn't keep my attention long enough to finish it.


    Was Wild Cards I worth the listening time?

    Not in my opinion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4021)
    Performance
    (2903)
    Story
    (2911)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "A wonderful mix of friendship, faith, and reality"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Prayer for Owen Meany to be better than the print version?

    The characters are well developed in the story. But, let's face it, Joe Barrett's portrayal of Owen's Meany's voice adds an extra dimension to the story that's just missing in print.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way John's and Owen's childhood lives are portrayed is so "dead on" with reality. Kids have always had to deal with bullies, fault-ridden parents, well-meaning but clueless adults, and what life has dealt them. The dialog between the characters seemed truthful. Not made more or less than it really might have been.


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

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Do you have faith?


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book because it was the third offering in a "buy two, get one free" sale by Audible. Wow, did I luck out! It's now up near the top of the list of my personal favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11520)
    Performance
    (10457)
    Story
    (10484)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "A long book and well worth the time"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    I gave this book a try just because I liked the title, it had fairly good reviews, and it was long (which I prefer). I was wonderfully surprised to find that the entire book kept me waiting to find out what was going to happen next--something that few long books seem to accomplish. At first you are grabbed by the devastating story of what happens to the main character. And then just a few more characters that are absolutely brought to life by the reader carry the book through to the end. David Pittu creates the character Boris with his voice just as much as the author does through her writing. And Boris amuses the listener throughout the book. There are spurts of action here and there, but this isn't a book of fast-paced action by any means. It's more a study of how a combination of incidents in a person's life can completely change the direction someone takes. The whole book is a rewarding experience.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    David Pittu's interpretation of Boris is perfect. It would be easy for the listener to really dislike this character, but because of the way Pittu portrays him, you just can't help but sort of like him.


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

    No. It's best to listen as time permits. The story line is good enough that you won't lose track of what's going on if there are a few days between listening.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (19553)
    Performance
    (17397)
    Story
    (17357)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Controversy and Time Travel-Great Mix!"
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    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have been an avid Stephen King reader for many years, but I held off on this book because I thought it would not be vintage King. I, of course, was wrong. If there is anything King does better than anyone is get inside his characters' heads. He's done that again beautifully. And the suspense built all throughout the book to a great ending. It's a long book, but the length is necessary in order to build on one of the main themes--that time does not like to be changed. I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone looking for a new and suspenseful twist on an almost 50-year controversy.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    Craig Wasson's reading of 11-22-63--A Novel is absolutely perfect!!! He does southern, and particularly ignorant-southern, dialects better than all the other narrators I have heard. And the voice he gave to the primary character in the book suits that character very well. All the characters voices just seemed to fit them which made it a pleasure to listen to for all of the 33-plus hours. I will now be looking for more books narrated by Craig Wasson.


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

    No-too long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6463)
    Performance
    (5977)
    Story
    (5978)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Harry's back. So is James Marsters?"
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    Where does Cold Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Love the whole Dresden series. Books 12 and 13 were getting a little stale. And the change in reader in book 13 was definitely a bummer. In Book 14 Dresden begins to be his old sarcastic but loveable self. It's great to have Marsters back as the reader!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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