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Anthony

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  • Son of a Witch

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By Gregory Maguire
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1117)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (446)

    Ten years after the publication of Wicked, beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts.

    Vernette says: "A good writer does not a good reader make"
    "only desperate fans will cheer for this"
    Overall

    Ugh, what hell did this come out of? It was TERRIBLE> I loved Wicked, but the curse of the best selling sequel strikes again. Plus...the....narrator/author....pauses...between....each....phrase....just...like...he...was....
    reading...it...for...the...first...time.Which is ironic since he produced it! I know where the reader is from! He is the one on cell phone error messages.."error number w24. The caller you are trying to reach has travelled outside the service area". Hire a professional!. Not even clever, Wicked packed a whallop, that is a kick in the butt for thinking it would be half as good as the first. Yeah there was a lot going on but this was like a merry-go-round....everything in circle and no real resolution.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman Who Rides Like a Man: Song of the Lioness, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Trini Alvarado
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (178)

    A knight at last, Alanna of Trebond heads out to seek adventure in the desert of Tortall. Captured by desert tribesmen, she is forced to prove herself in a magical duel to the death. But her real challenge doesn't come until after she wins. As the first female shaman, Alanna must fight to change the ancient traditions of the stubborn desert tribes, for their own sake and for the sake of all Tortall.

    Leah F. says: "Amazing Narration"
    "Confusingly enjoyable AND Predictable!"
    Overall

    Good story in the quartet. One thing Ms. Pierce impress' me with is the fact that none of the four novels were "filler" books. Each is a story in itself.

    The series is good. I was addicted to listening, chiefly because of the narrator Trini Alvarado. Its her performance that should get 5 stars.

    It's much more elementary, compared to the slightly more sophisticated plottings og the tricksters series. Not bad Ms. Pierce but bring back Alianna and the Raka (tricksters).!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    Overall
    (1178)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (374)

    Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.

    colleen says: "Another Pine Cove winner"
    "Okay, but no great read"
    Overall

    If you like Christopher Moore you'll like or love but in the least appreciate it.

    If you have never read a Christopher Moore book before start with something MOORE amusing such as Fluke or Biff.

    Good Luck!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Days of Dogtown: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Kate Nelligan
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (67)

    Set on Cape Ann in the early 1800s, The Last Days of Dogtown is peopled by widows, orphans, spinsters, scoundrels, whores, free Africans, and "witches". Nearly a decade ago, Diamant found an account of an abandoned rural backwater near the Massachusetts coastline at the turn of the nineteenth century. That pamphlet inspired a stunning novel about a small group of eccentrics and misfits, struggling in a harsh, isolated landscape only fifty miles north of Boston, yet a world away.

    Alison says: "October Reading"
    "...they lived happily ever after"
    Overall

    Decent novel. It is a series of little stories involving the different people in a small New England town-and how these events tie together. There is no main plot or who dunnit, just a story about people lost in a ever changing world. A nice little book to go to sleep to at night

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Digital Fortress

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Bruce Sabath
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    When the National Security Agency's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage...not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released would cripple U.S. intelligence.

    Jerry says: "POOR NARATION"
    "does it ever end?"
    Overall

    First let me say excellent reader!

    Too bad they did not have better material. This was exciting up until the end, whichh took 1.5 hoours to resolve itself. It was all climax then CHOP its done. I am very disappointed in its lack of brightness. Not very clever Mr. Brown so who REALLY wrote the Davinci Code? DaVinci himself? ;-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3605)
    Performance
    (1654)
    Story
    (1664)

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

    Swad says: "Still Good"
    "its all about the voice in my head"
    Overall

    Great novel, I have read it many times. I decided to try the audiobook version to add depth to the experience. So storywise I recommend this novel to all those looking to step out of their shoes and into anothers, but...

    If you have read my reviews before you will know my biggest pet peeve is poor reading. When you pick up a novel the text is what matters, although the cover art help initialize the visual it really is about the story. A good narrator can manipulate your favorite action book and turn it into a dead drooler.

    ....This is what happened here. I mean I am glad to see that it is the same narrator as The Black House. Having 1 reading for a book series make the jouny seamless. But this guy....his voice is a roller coaster in every sentence. It is eQuaLly saTuRaTed with eMoTion reGarDleSs of tHe siTuaTion. Way over dramatic! I wouold suggest listening to a sample of this one before buying and ask yourself could you hear this voice for 6 hours and get lost in the sory

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3616)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (953)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "One of the most interesting I have read"
    Overall

    I am not a mushy reader. I don't go for tons of heartfelt sentiment nor do I do the whole long-lost love thing.....

    But in this novel it was amazing. True or not what a journey! The narrator was fantastic and showed the unique character emotions well. Although I put this in a Dan Brown catagory, good FICTION, it was interesting to delve into such a foreign culture...true or not! This book is rated my favorite of 2005. The visualization of this pretty young japanese girl growing anf going from a simple beginning to the posh world of geisha was enough to keep you tied to this novel. I would definatly suggest you get the unabridged version for the sake of the detail really are what make the story. You end up wanting to know about the small girl with the grey eyes. This one gets 5 stars!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Gold

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By David Purdham
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    National Underwater Marine Agency crew leader Kurt Austin is investigating the deaths of rare whales on the Mexican coast. Meanwhile, in South America's lush hills, a NUMA crew turns up a white goddess legend - and a murderous cadre of bio-pirates intent on stealing medicinal secrets worth millions. Soon Austin and his crew realize they're working the opposite ends of the same grand scheme - a plot to monopolize the earth's depleted fresh-water reserves and dominate the world.

    Glen Phipps says: "Abridged??? Cussler???"
    "not bad-but not really that good"
    Overall

    I don't have a long history of reading Mr. Cusslers books, but I can say I won't be in a hurry to purchase another one anytime soon. Although entertaining ot was, for the most part pretty unrealistic. The reader was good however, he saved me from completely dropping the novel all together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Digital Fortress

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2150)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (693)

    When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

    Amy says: "Meh..."
    "total waste"
    Overall

    The DaVinci code must have been a fluke because since I have 2 other books by ths author and they stink like molding cabbage baking in the still air of the arizona desert. It dragged on forever. The las hour and a half was the end scene in slo-motion description. PLUS the narrator constantly make a smacking/swallowing noise during his reading. uck

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (115)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    John S. Atherton says: "I give the book a five but I won't buy it..."
    "thrilling and captivating"
    Overall

    This was my kind of novel. Both historically interesting and fused with action/thrills. Awesome. Great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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