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Judith

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Homer, AK, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Pale Horseman: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 2

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (167)

    Uhtred is a Saxon, cheated of his inheritance and adrift in a world of fire, sword, and treachery. He has to make a choice: whether to fight for the Vikings, who raised him, or for King Alfred the Great of Wessex, who dislikes him.

    Michele says: "Guilty Pleasure"
    "A great series"
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    Story
    Where does The Pale Horseman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I didn't realize I had gotten an abridged version until I was looking up a reference in the printed version - but I didn't miss any of the material that was not there. I think the abridgement really worked well and tightened up the story nicely. I really love this series and I'm looking forward to the rest. I feel like I've had a trip to the 9th century to meet the characters and watch the battles. I have loved almost all the books I've listened too and it is really hard to rate them but this book would definitely be near the top.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pale Horseman?

    The description of life in the swamp and the critical battle where the Saxons are outnumbered by the Danes was extremely intense.


    What about Jamie Glover’s performance did you like?

    He has a great voice and his enthusiasm for the material brings the story home.


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

    I could hardly but it down. It felt like it was over too soon.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turn of Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Alice LaPlante
    • Narrated By Jean Reed Bahle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (225)

    Told through the voice of a woman with a powerful intellect that is maddeningly slipping away, Turn of Mind is not only a suspenseful psychological thriller that pulses with intensity but also a brilliant portrayal of the fragility of consciousness and memory, and of a mind finally turning on itself.

    smith says: "Not bad"
    "My favorite book so far"
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    If you could sum up Turn of Mind in three words, what would they be?

    Really unique perspective


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Turn of Mind?

    I'm afraid it would be a spoiler


    Which character – as performed by Jean Reed Bahle – was your favorite?

    Dr. White


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

    It provided a real insight into the difficult subject of Alzheimer's and it's effects on family and friends.


    Any additional comments?

    Although it's a dark book I recommend it highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4480)
    Performance
    (3908)
    Story
    (3883)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Overlong"
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    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    Yes from both. I liked the performance and the story. It just went too long and had so much what turned out to be extraneous detail. The exact color of a package of food or the details of a label on a bottle of wine. It seemed like the author was afraid to leave anything to the reader's imagination.


    If you’ve listened to books by the authors before, how does this one compare?

    First book that I've read by this author. I did read a short story and I liked that.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Very good. I have no problems with the narration just that the whole thing got tedious after a while.


    Did 1Q84 inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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