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Sun Prairie, WI, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 10 reviews
  • 136 ratings
  • 577 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • The World According to Garp

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard

    Here are the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her times. Here are the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes, even of sexual assassinations. The World According to Garp is a novel rich with "lunacy and sorrow", yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust.

    Jill says: "Favorite author, disappointing narration"
    "Good book, poor narration"

    This is a wonderful book that suffers in this audio edition due to the lazy, boring narration. This is the first audiobook that I listened to at accelerated speed because I wanted to hear the book, but found the narrator's lack of style difficult.

    I have actually found that listening to this book at double and triple speed actually improves the experience. The narrators clipped speech at these speeds actually makes the amusing parts, amusing.

    I can recommend this as an excellent story, but if part of the audio experience is enjoyable narration, you may want to skip this one.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Best Served Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It's springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

    Lore says: "Solid, but not as good as the First Law trilogy."
    "narrator change"

    I will never understand why they have to change narrators for audio-books in a series. This is a great book that is very hard to get used to because of a new voice. Characters from the First Law trilogy so brilliantly voiced by Steven Pacey are essentially recast by Michael Page. It's not as if he does a poor job, it's just an annoying thing that you have to get used to.

    They did this with "A Feast For Crows" and often in the miserable Sword of Truth series.

    The "Ender" books 8 or 9 I have listened to are all narrated by the same people. Part of the fun of an audio-book series is the narration and this book is almost ruined by the change.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Master and Margarita

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mikhail Bulgakov
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt

    The Devil comes to Moscow, but he isn't all bad; Pontius Pilate sentences a charismatic leader to his death, but yearns for redemption; and a writer tries to destroy his greatest tale, but discovers that manuscripts don't burn. Multi-layered and entrancing, blending sharp satire with glorious fantasy, The Master and Margarita is ceaselessly inventive and profoundly moving. In its imaginative freedom and raising of eternal human concerns, it is one of the world's great novels.

    beatrice says: "Baffling and original"
    "Great Book, Odd Narration"

    This is an excellent book. Loved the story from beginning to end. The Narrator (and this is a small point admittedly) has an English accent. I normally enjoy listening to a narrator with an English accent, but this book is set in MOSCOW. It is very odd to hear Russian characters speaking like chimney sweeps from Charles Dickens.

    Other than that, it is well worth the credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.

    L. says: "Totally Card"
    "If you think you'll miss Ender, think again!!!"

    I own and have listened to the first four Ender Books (Game through CotM) and only just recently decided to pull the trigger on the Shadow series. I had been reluctant because of course Ender is not really involved in this series. As much as I had liked the battle school kids, they are minor characters in the first series and I was not sure if I wanted to invest 4 credits on them.

    Well, I am happy to say that I enjoyed the Shadow Saga almost as much as the original Ender saga. Where the Ender saga is often cerebral, The Shadow saga has much more action and political intrigue. And as always, the full cast of narrators do an excellent job.

    To make a long story short, if you liked the first 4 books the next 4 are totally worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "narrator change"

    Still love the whole series, but it is too bad that they changed narrators for this title. John Lee does an excellent job but when you have spent over 100 hours listening to Roy Dotrice it kind of feels like they have recast an entire movie halfway through a series.

    Kind of a let down but still worth it. Can't wait for Book V

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Canticle: The Psalms of Isaak, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ken Scholes
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, William Dufris, Eliza Foss, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is nine months after the end of Lamentation. Many noble allies have come to the Ninefold Forest for a Feast in honor of General Rudolfo's first-born child. Jin Li Tam, his wife and mother of his heir, lies in childbed. As the feast begins, the doors of the hall fly open and invisible assassins begin attacking. All of Rudolfo's noble guests are slain, including Hanric, the Marsh Queen's Shadow. And on the Keeper's Gate, which guards the Named Lands from the Churning Waste, a strange figure appears.

    James says: "Encore, Encore"
    "Great Listen!!"

    It has been a while since I listened to this but I felt I had to come to the aid of Canticle. I seriously enjoyed both the book and the narration. The book is original, something hard to find in the fantasy genre. The world it is set in is unique (in my experience). I love the steam-punk elements.

    I can't say enough for the narrators. I usually don't enjoy a cast of voice actors but it is done very well here. This was a great follow up to Lamentation and I just picked up Antiphon in hardcover and will be starting and finishing it inside of a few days!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Don Quixote

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes, Tobias Smollett (translator)
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield

    Don Quixote, the world's first novel and by far the best-known book in Spanish literature, was originally intended by Cervantes as a satire on traditional popular ballads, yet he also parodied the romances of chivalry. By happy coincidence he produced one of the most entertaining adventure stories of all time and, in Don Quixote and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, two of the greatest characters in fiction.

    James says: "Excellent"
    "concerning this audio edition"

    I cannot recommend this edition more! The narration is great! The 36 hour runtime just flew by. When purchasing this edition you are getting BOTH volumes of Don Quixote. That includes the original and the sequel written by Cervantes 10 years later in response to an unofficial sequel written by another author.

    I actually enjoyed the second half (volume 2) even more than the 1st (tilting at windmills) volume. The Don and Sancho's back and forth is so much more real and touching.

    Anyway, recommended!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Native Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Richard Wright
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic.

    Noah says: "Simply a classic"

    Great Narrator!! Switches voices between characters in a very convincing manner. Heartbreaking and terrifying story. Spellbound.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Worth the wait!"

    I just finished TGWKTHN and I am nothing but pleased. My only regret is that the story is finally over. Blomkvist and Salander continue to be among my favorite characters in all of literature. If you have not begun to read this trilogy I would highly suggest the Audible version. Simon Vance has done as good a reading as I have heard to date.

    33 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of Creation: Sword of Truth, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Tormented her entire life by inhuman voices, Jennsen seeks to end her intolerable agony. She at last discovers a way to silence the voices. For everyone else, the torment is about to begin. Richard Rahl and his wife, Kahlan, have been reunited after their long separation, but with winter descending and the paralyzing dread of an army of annihilation occupying their homeland, they must venture deep into a strange and desolate land.

    D says: "Detour!"
    "Not as good......"

    I have listened to the first 6 books in this series and have enjoyed most of them. Pillars, in some respects, is an interesting diversion in the series.

    Learning about life in D'Hara for once, was welcome. A little less of the sadistic beating, raping, and destroying of Richard and Kahlen was a nice break. I have always found it interesting to learn about people other than the 2 main characters in this series.

    However, you could tear 100 pages from anywhere in the first half of the book and you wouldn't miss a thing. Not only is there little action in this section, but there is little of anything.

    Finally, my biggest complaint about this whole audio series: Would it be so hard for the reader to just reference previous recordings to get basic pronunciations right. From book to book, it seems, the person reading has a different way of pronouncing Kahlen or Drefan or Raug'Moss. It is both jarring and a chore to try to sit through a 24 hour book while the character you have come to know as Kaaylen is now Kahhhlen, for example. Very annoying.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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