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Morgan

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  • Street Magic: The Circle Opens

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Bruce Coville, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (108)

    Briar and Rosethorn are in ancient Chammur, where Briar gets involved in a war between street gangs at the same time that he ends up trying to train a young stone mage he has discovered. Intrigue, adventure, humor, nastiness, all set against a fascinating culture, this is classic Tamora Pierce.

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    "The Stone mage"
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    What did you love best about Street Magic?

    I liked seeing Briar mature in his second book, and I really liked Evvy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Street Magic?

    The final confrontation always sticks in my mind, though when I think of this book tend to first remember Evvy's reaction to magic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't have one.


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

    Probably something cheesy like "Time to rock" but that's because i'm bad at making tag lines...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea of Monsters: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2806)
    Performance
    (1539)
    Story
    (1574)

    After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson, a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any "normal" friends.

    BRWesty says: "great family fare"
    "Not the best, but an enjoyable listen"
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    Where does The Sea of Monsters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the mid range. While it is an enjoyable story, there are many things that could have been done much better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Annabeth's best for her cool head and sharp tongue. No mater what's going on she always puts her friends first.


    Did Jesse Bernstein do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Saddly, no. While he's not the worst I've heard, almost all of the characters sounded like the main one with a bit of flourish. It's not just the tone of his voice, its the way they all talk too.


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

    Between a monster infested rock and a whirlpool.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dream Man

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (256)

    Marlie Keen was trying to lead a quiet, ordinary life. She thought the knowing - the clairvoyance that allowed her to witness crimes as they happened - had been destroyed in the nightmare of her past. Then one night it returned with a vengeance, and she desperately needed to find someone to make it stop.

    Kelbey says: "Nice Dream"
    "Phil does it again!"
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    Would you listen to Dream Man again? Why?

    Maybe. The story was ok, though I've got other books i like more.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story was a bit predictable. I would have made it a bit less obvious.


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    Phil's work is always good; his voice portrays emotion well, and each character gets well defined.


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

    Sadly, no. There were alot of points were I think other people would have though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mastiff: The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (278)

    The Legend of Beka Cooper gives Tamora Pierce's fans exactly what they want - a smart and savvy heroine making a name for herself on the mean streets of Tortall's Lower City - while offering plenty of appeal for new readers as well. From the Hardcover edition.

    Marie says: "One of the best Tamora Pierce series yet!"
    "Pierce's best book yet!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mastiff to be better than the print version?

    I love reading a book very much, so this question is tricky. The audio book allows me to work while I listen, and Susan Denaker brings a bit of life that I don't get from just reading, but I like to imagine the book in my head too. I can't not chose which is better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Beka Cooper most, but other than her I really enjoy reading about Farmer. I can't go into detail without giving some stuff away. You'll just have to read it.


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

    When I listen to her narration I some times feel like Beka is standing next to me, telling me her story.


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

    Definitely. Mrs. Pierce's books tend to make me react though the Beka Cooper books have done so more than any others. I won't give anything away but I cried like a baby because of this book.


    3 of 3 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
    (403)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (197)

    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"
    "Simply wonderful"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, and have on several occasions, though I give them the whole series to read rather than start them on book 3.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the attention to detail, especially about the Bashir's culture.


    Which character – as performed by Trini Alvarado – was your favorite?

    Obviously I liked how she performed the main character Alanna best.


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

    Yes. It's well worth it and in doing so I've picked up details i had not before.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3980)
    Performance
    (2412)
    Story
    (2446)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "A book that's not for everyone."
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    If you could sum up The Mote in God's Eye in three words, what would they be?

    Science Geeks Only!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how all the physics in this book added up. Perhaps this wouldn't appeal or mater to most, or even confuse others. I loved the science and thought put into the story, but I know that same science will push others away.


    What aspect of L J Ganser’s performance would you have changed?

    To me, he read the book in to much of a 'super hero' way. He tried to make even the simple things sound epic in his narration and it often took away from what really mattered in the story. The accents he gave the characters were wonderful, though the voices themselves could have been more distinguished.


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

    No, nor would it have been possible to do so. As much as I enjoyed this book some times I needed a break from it.


    0 of 0 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
    (12343)
    Performance
    (9157)
    Story
    (9159)

    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"
    "For the Wizzard in you"
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    Where does Storm Front rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's probably in the middle range. It's very enjoyable, though the story is predictable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think it was cool how the Author kept everything so believable despite the magical nature of the story.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The choice for voice actor was very well done and fits Henry Dresden very well. However the constant sighing and slightly board tone made me lose interest in the story from time to time.


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

    No. It took several sessions and some times I even listened to parts of other stories in between.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Hand of the Goddess: Song of the Lioness, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Trini Alvarado
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (217)

    Disguised as a boy, Alanna of Trebond becomes a squire, to none other than the prince of the realm. But Prince Jonathan is much more to Alanna; he is her ally, her best friend, and one of the few who knows that she's really a girl. Now it will take all of Alanna's awesome skill, strength, and growing magical powers to protect him from the mysterious evil sorcerer who is bent on his destruction, and hers!

    Leah F. says: "One of my favorites"
    "A heart pounding sequel"
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    Would you listen to In the Hand of the Goddess again? Why?

    I have many times and plan to again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are many things I enjoyed about this book. The clash between Alanna and Roger, the witty style of writing... I could go on for hours.


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

    This performance was on par with her others.


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

    Yes, and in my most recent listen I actually did.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alanna, The First Adventure: Song of the Lioness, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Trini Alvarado
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (197)

    Alanna of Trebond is no ordinary girl: her dream is to become a knight. So she disguises herself as a boy and begins training at the palace of King Roald. Alanna quickly finds out that the road to knighthood is not an easy one, but her skills and stubborness help her become friends with Prince Jonathan and his followers. At the same time, Alanna makes an enemy of the prince's uncle, the overly charming Duke Roger.

    Hallie says: "my favorite"
    "Truely enjoyable."
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    What did you love best about Alanna, The First Adventure?

    The world that Tamora Pierce creates in her first series is fascinating and enveloping. It's a wonderful foundation for the books to come.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's a toss up between Gorge Cooper, Sir Miles, and Alanna herself. Each has a sharp tongue and mind that I admire.


    What about Trini Alvarado’s performance did you like?

    She brings life to the story. I particularly like how she portrays Alanna and Gary, though some times her narration gets a bit dull.


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

    Yes. I've listened to and read this book almost 30 times now and each time I can't stop myself from smiling as I read/hear it.


    Any additional comments?

    A very enjoyable book. I recommend reading all of Tamora Pierce's books. I know I have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Will of the Empress

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Tamora Pierce
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (114)

    For years, the Empress of Namorn has pressed her young cousin, Lady Sandrilene fa Toren, to visit her vast lands within the Empire's borders. Sandry has avoided the invitation for as long as it was possible. Now, Sandry has agreed to pay that overdue visit. Sandry's uncle promises guards to accompany her. But they're hardly a group of warriors! They're her old friends from Winding Circle: Daja, Tris, and Briar. Sandry hardly knows them now. They've grown up and grown apart.

    daniel orzechowski says: "from a writer's perspective"
    "A treat for any fan!"
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    Would you listen to The Will of the Empress again? Why?

    I have listened to this book several times. I think five so far actually. I love listening to this story so much because each time I do I can place details I didn't before. Some details are about Will of the Empress, but others go back to the original Circle of Magic books. It's a delight each time!


    What did you like best about this story?

    There's so much to like it's hard to pick a 'best' out of them. Especially without giving away some of the story!


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

    I think that having the author herself read brings out hidden 'flavors' that no one else could. Who better to read the story than the woman herself?


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

    Several! There were times i found myself bolling with rage, others almost drawn to tears.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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