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jaspersu

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  • 19 reviews
  • 53 ratings
  • 302 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2018
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  • Mansfield Park

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (54)

    One of Jane Austen's most complex and mature works, Mansfield Park shows the writer at the top of her form, tackling the manners and customs of early 19th-century society with wit and irony that still resonate with readers two centuries after the book's initial publication. Flo Gibson's compelling narration gives perfect voice to the trials and tribulations of Fanny Price, sent at a young age to live with her rich relations.

    Michael says: "Wonderful story !"
    "Flo sounds fine."
    Overall

    I enjoyed this as much as any audio book of a Jane Austen novel that I've come across. I was hesitant to select it because others weren't happy with Flo Gibson's voice. I thought her voice was fine and perfectly clear enough to understand. I think she does a very good job differentiating the male character voices, too.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11676)
    Performance
    (10099)
    Story
    (10151)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "Not sure I am brave enough"
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    I am not sure I am brave enough for this. I am an hour in and still waiting for a character to latch on to. I think Michael York is a good narrator, but I last listened to him reading a Narnis book, and I keep getting the impression he is reading to that same children’s book audience here, which adds to the queasiness of this narrative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Grann
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4026)
    Performance
    (3643)
    Story
    (3634)

    In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

    S. Blakely says: "An outstanding story, highly recommended"
    "Not put off by narration"
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    I read the reviews before buying so I guess I was forewarned and ready for the accents of the changing narrators. I didn’t find this distracting. It just seemed like they were trying to use the speaking style of the person and time period that was the focus of their section of the book.

    The topic is really affecting. I knew l little about it from a high school history class, but iI found it so incomprehensible back then that I hardly believed it. After reading this, the part I find hard to believe is that those in power didn’t know exactly what they were setting up when they created the guardian system.

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    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lee: The Last Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Charles Bracelen Flood
    • Narrated By Michael Anthony
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (303)

    Robert E. Lee, one of the most famous figures in American history, vanished after his dramatic surrender at Appomattox. In fact, he lived only another five years, during which time he did more than any other American to heal the wounds between North and South during the tempestuous postwar period.

    David says: "An incredible leader"
    "Echo"
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    I am a few chapters in. Interesting. This recording has a weird background echo.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Psammead Trilogy: Five Children and It, The Phoenix and the Carpet, The Story of the Amulet

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By E. Nesbit, Edith Nesbit
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Edith Nesbit was to children in the early 20th century what J.K. Rowling is to today's young generation. Magic, mythical creatures, time travel, charms, words of power... Nesbit's stories have it all. This recording is the complete collection of Edith Nesbit's Psammead series, comprising three captivating stories:Five Children and It.The story begins when a group of five children - Robert, Anthea, Cyril, Jane, and their baby brother, the Lamb - move from London to the countryside of Kent.

    jaspersu says: "Quaint"
    "Quaint"
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    The stories definitly feel over a century old, and that's part of the fun of reading it now.

    I chose this because The Phoenix and the Carpet is read by a character in another book that I love. That character is reading aloud to children, but stops. I always wondered if the children were left hanging, but now I know that the books are episodic, so just reading to the end of a chapter would be satisfying.

    Cathy Dobson's narration is nice. It isn't always easy to tell one child character's voice from the next, but it almost doesn't matter. They do sound different from the adults, the magic creatures and the baby, Lamb.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85382)
    Performance
    (73277)
    Story
    (73222)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "I enjoy this, but. . ."
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    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

    Blood, Betrayal, Lies


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Syrio Forel the best because he kicked ass and didn't waste words.


    Did Roy Dotrice do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    They all sound different from each other, with regional accents assigned to families, but they all sound like old men. This book has characters of multiple generations and (not having viewed the HBO series) I could not keep the generations sorted the first time through. The Stark children's dialog makes them sound like children, but it gets confusing when young knights sound like old maesters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • False Colours

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (460)

    The honourable Christopher Fancot, on leave from the Diplomatic Service in the summer of 1817, is startled to find his entrancing but incorrigibly extravagant mother on the brink of financial and social ruin - and more than alarmed that his identical twin, Evelyn, Earl of Denville, has disappeared without trace. Christopher, or Kit, the respectable brother, is forced into an outrageous masquerade by his wayward family's tangled affairs. But in the face of Evelyn's continued absence, even Kit's ingenuity is stretched to the limit.

    Gentle Reader Jill says: "Wow! A great listen!"
    "All talk, no action?"
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    I have listened to a number of Heyer books. This one seems really heavy on expository talk, and light on action or events. The narrator or characters are tell us about background information and off stage events, and that seems to make up the bulk of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mists of Avalon

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (3618)
    Performance
    (3296)
    Story
    (3309)

    A posthumous recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, Marion Zimmer Bradley reinvented - and rejuvenated - the King Arthur mythos with her extraordinary Mists of Avalon series. In this epic work, Bradley follows the arc of the timeless tale from the perspective of its previously marginalized female characters: Celtic priestess Morgaine, Gwenhwyfar, and High Priestess Viviane.

    GH says: "Outstanding Must Listen Tome"
    "Very repetitive"
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    I liked this book and I love listening to Davina Porter, but it is so repetitive (cycles and repetition being part of the point) that all of the characters grated after a short while. And this book, especially when you get all four for one credit, is a long while. I think 25 fewer hours might have been enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1942)
    Performance
    (1741)
    Story
    (1746)

    Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune.

    jaspersu says: "The narration changed my interpretation"
    "The narration changed my interpretation"
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    I first read this book as a kid and at the time identified with the teenage Mary Katherine, without questioning her as an "unreliable narrator." When I got the audiobook all these years later, I thought it would be fun to revisit a story I had liked. I was surprised at how Bernadette Dunne voiced the narrator character. She has a kind of tremor of fear in her voice right from the start. This isn't the quirky imaginative heroine who faces down the hateful townfolk and her encroaching cousin that I remember: this is a phobic young woman who tries to use to ritual to try to control her world, who is disturbed and disturbing!

    After listening to this recording, I found myself questioning my earlier interpretation of the whole story. Though Mary Katherine calls her cousin Charles a ghost, this one isn't a ghost story. Though Mary Katherine believes in magic, and tries to create magic protection for herself, this one isn't a supernatural story. Still, the further the story goes, the further it is from reality. The ending is what I remembered, but I don't remember finding it so strange and unbelievable. This is a good thing, to me. There is so much more to think about and wonder about after hearing the recording.

    97 of 100 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20819)
    Performance
    (18955)
    Story
    (18902)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "WINNING UGLY IS STILL WINNING"
    "Bought on a friends rec but didn't like it myself"
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    This was recommended by a friend who has steered me to several books I have enjoyed, but I didn't like this one. The way this story is told, with the main character as narrator, there really can't be any suspense about outcome. He is a mostly bored and unimpressed by current events type of narrator by reason of his 2100+ years of existence. I found it hard to take interest in the fates of his friends either, even his best friend, the dog. I mostly just wanted the dog to shut up because of the way that character is voiced.
    If the interest of the story is not whether the Iron Druid can survive, or how he does, which he is boredly yet exhaustively explaining after the fact, the interest might be his quest to discover/ unravel exactly what is going on. Mostly the other characters just stand there and tell him, leaving little space for mystery. It isn't suspense or mystery, so it might be action and comedy. There is plenty of fighting, blood and description of bodily injury, and there are some jokes. That might work on screen with a good soundtrack.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma [Blackstone]

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (64)

    Emma, originally published in 1815 and deemed Jane Austen's best novel, is a witty satire of English society set within the customary plot: young ladies finding proper husbands. It can be heard as a charming love story, a detective story, and a comically lively picture of English life 200 years ago. Prunella Scales' delightful reading reveals Austen's mastery of dialogue and character.

    Rebecca Lindroos says: "This is the one!"
    "I like this recording"
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    I have listened to a couple of other versions as well. I heard things in Prunella Scales's reading that I never heard before, and I think it is because hers is so clear and comprehensible. I enjoy her interpretation of the characters, especially Miss Bates.

    There is something a little odd about the recording. It has extra long pauses between chapters, or just after the announcement of new chapters. The sound stops long enough for me to start wondering what went wrong with my device.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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