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Brooke

Avid reader. Baker. Musician. Did I say avid reader?

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  • Shadow's Edge: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1799)
    Performance
    (1165)
    Story
    (1178)

    Kylar Stern has rejected the assassin's life. The Godking's successful coup has left Kylar's master, Durzo, and his best friend, Logan, dead. He is starting over---new city, new friends, and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might actually be alive and in hiding, Kylar is faced with an agonizing choice: will he give up the way of shadows forever and live in peace with his new family, or will he risk everything by taking on the ultimate hit?

    Brooke says: "Not his best, and NOT a great reader!"
    "Not his best, and NOT a great reader!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I really enjoyed the Prism series, can't wait for the next book ... but I read them myself and didn't listen to them. I'm finding the Night Angel books to be confusing and not terribly well written. Although, the reader is abysmal - reading in an over-dramatic style that is annoying and doesn't help to clarify anything. He's tolerable once you get used to it, but it is a constant effort to ignore how annoying I find his reading style.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Boehmer’s performance?

    Though his voice is clear and he enunciates well, his style is very overblown - reading even the most simple passages with huge portent. Annoying.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11111)
    Performance
    (7998)
    Story
    (7999)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "A Masterful Reader!"
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    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    Absolutely. James Masters really captures the character of Harry Dresden and it's a really fun book


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

    His take on Dresden is so perfect - the self-deprecating humor, the world-weariness, the heart ... he's got it all


    Any additional comments?

    Read it! (well, listen to it!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4331)
    Performance
    (3696)
    Story
    (3675)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "Great reader, mediocre story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Her Royal Spyness to be better than the print version?

    Definitely. I loved the reader, she did a great job.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I love stories from 1930s England. It's a time that I find fascinating. This story was somehow not that engaging though -- I liked the idea but the execution was lacking


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    I loved her friend - the voice totally reminded me of actress Shirley Henderson's very distinctive delivery (Moaning Myrtle from he Harry Potter movies)


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

    I wouldn't. Though actually it might make a decent film, better than the book


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1270)
    Performance
    (1151)
    Story
    (1146)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "Amazing. Listen."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Amazing book, and harrowing, but just super


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fabulously written


    What does Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Their readings were perfect and I loved that they used two readers


    If you could take any character from Code Name Verity out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Well, SPOILER, Julie is dead, so it would have to be Maddie and Jamie


    Any additional comments?

    Wow. Listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unseen Academicals: Discworld #32

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (939)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (465)

    Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old-fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else.

    goddess_of_pipework says: "Punch-in-the-arm fun"
    "As always, fabulous!"
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    What did you love best about Unseen Academicals: Discworld #32?

    Terry Pratchett never fails to entrance and delight me. Great characters, great story, pointed satire ... what's not to like?


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

    Stephen Briggs is uniformly, consistently brilliant!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Watch: Discworld #27

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1126)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (597)

    Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck.

    Terry A. Austin says: "Another brilliant Pratchett"
    "Pratchett's Best"
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    Would you listen to Night Watch again? Why?

    I think this is one of Pratchett's best stories - excellent characters, excellent story, lots going on but his usual insightful mix of craziness and satire


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really love seeing the young Vetinari in this book


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

    Stephen Briggs is ALWAYS brilliant


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

    Of course!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rip-Off!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Scalzi, Jack Campbell, Mike Resnick, and others
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, Scott Brick, Christian Rummel, and others
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (359)

    In Rip-Off!, 13 of today’s best and most honored writers of speculative fiction face a challenge even they would be hard-pressed to conceive: Pick your favorite opening line from a classic piece of fiction (or even non-fiction) - then use it as the first sentence of an entirely original short story.

    carmen says: "not just for sci-fi fans"
    "EXCELLENT, and fun"
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    Would you listen to Rip-Off! again? Why?

    The stories are incredibly creative


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They picked good narrators for each story


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

    The stories range from humorous to disturbing, and everything in between


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Sign of Four

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (238)

    Greed, betrayal, and vengeance set the stage for this Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic. Sherlock Holmes is rescued from boredom by the strange case of Jonathan Small and the tragedy of Pondicherry Lodge. The mystery leads Holmes and Dr. Watson into an intricate plot regarding a lost treasure belonging to four convicts on the Andaman Islands.

    Brooke says: "Sherlock is always a winner"
    "Sherlock is always a winner"
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    Would you listen to The Sign of Four again? Why?

    Patrick Tull is one of my favorite readers - I'd be happy to hear him read the phone book (as they say)!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sign of Four?

    I love Sherlock Holmes stories, so really the whole thing was great, though I love it when he comes in to Baker St in disguise and Watson doesn't recognize him.


    What about Patrick Tull’s performance did you like?

    His voices were stellar, as is the energy of his reading - he dramatizes without it seeming forced or unnatural


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reaper Man: Discworld #11

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (937)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (425)

    Edmund says: "The most moving of the series"
    "A great Pratchett with a decent reader"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Reaper Man to be better than the print version?

    I love print books and audio books, for different reasons so I can't really answer that!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reaper Man?

    I love Death trying to get a job for the first time


    What about Nigel Planer’s performance did you like?

    It's very hard for Nigel Planer to compete with Stephen Briggs, the reader that I have heard doing most of the Pratchett books. But he's a good reader with excellent accents and if I wasn't a die-hard Briggs fan I would have been completely happy with him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Death takes his employer out for a dance party after her death.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thud!: Discworld #30

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (482)

    Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch will be damned if he lets anyone disturb his city's always tentative peace, and that includes a rabble-rousing dwarf from the sticks who's been stirring up trouble on the eve of the anniversary of one of Discworld's most infamous historical events.

    Barbara says: "Better with each novel"
    "One of his better ones"
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    What did you love best about Thud!?

    An excellent story with drama, pathos, humor, suspense ... all the good stuff!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the darkness of it


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

    Stephen Briggs is ALWAYS fabulous


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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