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Celeste

Heath, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Another Time, Another Life: The Story of a Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Leif GW Persson
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Another Time, Another Life is a gripping novel, based on real events linked to the still-unsolved assassination of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme. The story picks up in 1989, as the seemingly unrelated stabbing death of a civil servant is investigated by officers Bo Jarnebring and Anna Holt. Under the supervision of their cantankerous, prejudiced, and corrupt superior, Evert Bäckström, the case gets surreptitiously swept under the rug, and the victim is tied to a string of sex-related crimes, despite evidence to the contrary.

    Eck says: "Interesting story, poorly written, badly narrated"
    "another time another life"
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    Performance
    Story
    What could Leif GW Persson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    the story was not good, could not get into it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Erik Davies’s performances?

    Erik is great, he did all he could with the material.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasted my team listening to this book, kept thinking it would get better. Huge disappointment.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shaman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    There is Thorn, a shaman himself. He lives to pass down his wisdom and his stories - to teach those who would follow in his footsteps. There is Heather, the healer who, in many ways, holds the clan together. There is Elga, an outsider and the bringer of change. And then there is Loon, the next shaman, who is determined to find his own path. But in a world so treacherous, that journey is never simple - and where it may lead is never certain.

    Shellbin says: "His Best Since the Mars Trilogy"
    "boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    it was just too boring, i kept waiting for the story line to emerge


    What was most disappointing about Kim Stanley Robinson’s story?

    it was boring


    1 of 10 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
    (11349)
    Performance
    (8220)
    Story
    (8227)

    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"
    "narrator ruined book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jim Butcher and/or James Marsters?

    I would buy another Jim Butcher book with different narrator.
    I will never knowingly select a book narrated by James Marsters.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator seemed to have a breathing impediment, like he really should not try to read books because he does not have enough air. He constantly made heavy sighs and had to take gulps of breath especially if the story line was excited or little faster paced. It got to where I was counting his loud inhale and exhales vs. listenting to the story. It was very distracting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (16928)
    Performance
    (15059)
    Story
    (15102)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Disappointing Gone Girl"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Having different narrators back and forth was good.


    What could Gillian Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book started out OK- agree with others this is a novel about two horrible people in a story that is way too hard to accept and believe. Since it is a story where there is no character to relate to or root for, at the end I also just ended up disappointed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10091)
    Performance
    (8398)
    Story
    (8470)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Geoff says: "I dig it."
    "WISE MAN's Fear"
    Overall
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    Where does The Wise Man's Fear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The narrator is very good. The stories are good and could be books on their own. It was hard to stay interested in the details of side stories that went on and on with minutia for hours. I would have liked more on the main theme. I suppose that will be done in the 3rd book Hope so.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trapped: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4773)
    Performance
    (4376)
    Story
    (4400)

    After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

    Katherine says: "Trapped"
    "Trapped"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was most disappointing about Kevin Hearne’s story?

    the story lacked imagination, very boring, no real depth


    What didn’t you like about Luke Daniels’s performance?

    the narrator was not good, the voices were really all the same


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointed and want my money back


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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