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Brooke

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

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  • Thud!: Discworld #30

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (1132)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (574)

    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
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Widely considered the greatest of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, The Hound of the Baskervilles was originally serialized in The Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902. It is the third of only four short novels Doyle wrote about his super sleuth. Set largely on Dartmoor in Devon in England's West Country, it is the gloom-enshrouded story of murder inspired by the family legend of a gigantic, demonic hound of supernatural origin.

    Anna says: "Great story!"
    "That's some plummy voice!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hound of the Baskervilles to be better than the print version?

    I like this reader, but I find I have to be in the mood for him. His delivery is VERY over-the-top Victorian, very music hall Sherlock and his occasional mis-emphasized sentences kind of bug me. In general though an excellent performance of a great book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hound of the Baskervilles?

    The flaming-eyed Hound leaping out of the mist to attach Sir Henry!!


    What about Charlton Griffin’s performance did you like?

    He's got a great delivery, very theatrical, almost histrionic, but fun when I'm in the mood for that.


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

    I've been listening to this in bits in between other books. It's a book I enjoy very much but I'm ok with using it as a filler in between things that I might be more in the mood for


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold City: A Repairman Jack Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (515)

    If you’ve never read a Repairman Jack novel, this is the place to begin. It’s 1990. A twenty-one-year-old named Jack has dropped out of college, leaving his old life behind to build a new one in New York City. Manhattan’s rough edges are jagged enough to shred any unwary newcomer, but perhaps not one who is determined to stay off the grid, at any cost, in the busiest metropolis on earth. And to do so, he’ll have to take jobs of a less than legal nature.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Fun, as long you don't think too much"
    "Fun, but not fabulous"
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    I enjoyed the characters, and the story was pretty fun though the ending was not good - very abrupt. It made it seem like a chapter rather than a stand-alone book.

    The narrator was great, even navigating the poorly- written and juvenile sex scenes with aplomb

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson (editor), Robert Silverberg, Connie Willis, and others
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Nineteen gut-wrenching reports from the front lines of the War of the Worlds, as logged by Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, H.P. Lovecraft, Winston Churchill, Jules Verne, and many of the other most famous writers of the time. The most popular and acclaimed science fiction writers of today relive the Martian invasion through the eyes of their famous predecessors.

    ES says: "very good"
    "Fun and Original Stories, Versatile Reader"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but I'm very impressed by the reader. The variety of styles and voices necessary to read these stories is immense and though he doesn't always quite get it, he's an accomplished reader and fun to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches?

    I love the Texas Rangers story, just brilliant, as is the "John Carter" (Edgar Rice Burroughs homage) story, though sadly truncated of necessity. It would make a great book in itself.


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Though his best stories are the American ones, he does a fabulous job with the dizzying array of voices necessary for these diverse stories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf's Head: The Forest Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Steven A. McKay
    • Narrated By Nick Ellsworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    After viciously assaulting a corrupt but powerful clergyman Robin Hood flees the only home he has ever known in Wakefield, Yorkshire. Becoming a member of a notorious band of outlaws, Hood and his new companions - including John Little and Will Scaflock - hide out in the great forests of Barnsdale, fighting for their very existence as the law hunts them down like animals. When they are betrayed, and their harsh lives become even more unbearable, the band of friends seeks bloody vengeance.

    presterjohn1 says: "Not your Grand-dad's Robin Hood"
    "Why does this have such good reviews??"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The writing. I'm very picky about the audiobooks I buy. I mean, they're pretty expensive and I don't want to waste time on bad ones when there are so many good ones. I'm a big fan of fantasy/historical fiction and of Robin Hood so it's not the genre ... this book is just plain poorly written, and only barely saved by the decent reader. Poor plot and character development, characters acting as the writer needs them to rather than as they would in 'real life' (seemingly), continuity problems, and just plain awkward writing. I can't recommend this for even the most diehard Robin Hood fan.


    Has Wolf's Head turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I'll just be more careful in future.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Nick Ellsworth?

    Possibly. It's hard to say whether he saved this book from being a total loss or whether he didn't help any - the writing was that bad.


    Was Wolf's Head worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I may still return it. I kind of resent spending money on something this bad, though I did end up listening to it to the end, which after this first chapter I didn't think I could tolerate!

    1 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
    (13192)
    Performance
    (9921)
    Story
    (9928)

    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
    (5159)
    Performance
    (4437)
    Story
    (4418)

    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.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "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
    (2200)
    Performance
    (1973)
    Story
    (1972)

    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
    (1028)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (547)

    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
  • 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
    (2106)
    Performance
    (1447)
    Story
    (1463)

    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?

    Charles says: "more great action"
    "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.


    3 of 4 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
    (1265)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (713)

    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

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