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Carrie

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6487)
    Performance
    (5838)
    Story
    (5841)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Read it!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Awesome story, great reader. Starts a little slow, but then you can't stop. Best audiobook reader I have found - and I have listend to about 300 books in the last few years. She can do both male and female characters, which is a rare talent. She is amazing at accents. She is very good at inflection and emotion.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The idea of time travel and the anomalies that occur in the present as a result of their visit to the past.


    Which character ??? as performed by Jennifer Ikeda ??? was your favorite?

    Gallowglass was awesome, I love the mental image I got of the character based on how the reader performed his dialogue. The only voice I didn't like was Rudolph, but then his character was supposed to be unlikeable.


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

    Laughed at several points, witty dialogue. Cried when it was over, thinking how long I'm going to have to wait for the third book in the trilogy.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't say enough good things about it. Really loved it.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3179)
    Performance
    (2969)
    Story
    (2957)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Patricia says: "Disappointed"
    "Can't wait to listen a second time!"
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    Would you listen to The Book of Life again? Why?

    Absolutely! Have been fascinated with this trilogy since the first book came out.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unbelievable amount of detail that was carried through the three books. The idea behind the story. The depth of detail of the characters that allows you to feel like you actually know them.

    Didn't, however, like that some prior characters had no, or greatly diminished, roles in this last book - of course, really really miss Emily, but Nathaniel was barely included, and although Sophie is mentioned a few times, she never speaks a single line.


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

    Yes. She's great. Many narrators sound awful when voicing someone of the opposite sex, but this narrator can handle it all - accents, emotions, personalities, genders, ages - and make them all sound entirely authentic and easily differentiated from the other characters during the same conversation.


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

    I actually did - I took a day off of work, listened all day and until about three a.m. to finish it. Couldn't stop!


    Any additional comments?

    I was really disappointed with the way she voiced Gallowglass and Timothy in this book. Gallowglass is one of my favorite characters and in SON, he sounded real laid back and had no accent. In this book, he's suddenly a bit uptight and has a Scottish accent even though he's Celtic. It almost made it feel like a different character. Also, Timothy in DOW had such a dizzy and sweet personality, and in BOL, he's a completely different personality, the way she voices him. ... Also, did anyone notice that Sophie had a southern accent in DOW, but then had an Australian accent at the end of SON?

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2354)
    Performance
    (1839)
    Story
    (1828)

    Returning from a covert mission, Mitch Rapp was publicly hailed by the president for his role in the fight against terrorism. After years of working in the shadows, Rapp was caught in the media spotlight - and marked for death by virtually every terrorist in the world. Now a CIA advisor, Rapp is ready to battle terror far from the front lines. But when a Navy SEAL team in the Philippines is ambushed, all evidence points to a leak within the U.S. State Department. And a greater threat lurks....

    Annie says: "A great wow!"
    "Who Wouldn't Want These Guys Protecting Us?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Executive Power to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I enjoy reading print books, but there are just some books where the brilliance of the author combined with the talent of a fabulous narrator create a truly memorable audiobook. This was one of those books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What didn't I like, that would be the shorter list. I realize this is fiction, but part of me believes this author is so careful about his research that I can safely assume there are noble and brave men and women like these characters out there keeping us safe.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every time Mitch Rapp tells it like it is to a politician that needs an eye opener.


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

    I love the scenes - in all the Mitch Rapp books - where you are reminded of all that Mitch has lost and sacrificed, so that you have to admire his commitment to what he does despite the personal cost.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4529)
    Performance
    (4107)
    Story
    (4123)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "The wait for a sequel has never felt so long!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! The story was engaging, it was easy to connect with the characters (aren't we all wounded in some manner, yet hopeful that the right person will see past our inadequacies to love us and make us feel safe?), and the narrator was fabulous.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It made me remember what it was like, being fresh out of college, starting a grown up life yet still hanging onto the the insecurities of the past. Exciting yet scared, ready to try new things, yet holding on to the safety of old friends, parents, and self protective behavior. And let's be honest, the sex scenes were well written and hot.


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

    No, but I sure hope they continue to use this narrator for the rest of this series. I will also seek out her other work. The narrator for FSOG was so bad, it made you wonder if she had ever had sex, herself, or even knew what sex was ... which totally ruined those books. (How the hell did all the many people involved in producing the Fifty Shades audiobooks screw that one up so completely?) But Jill Redfield manages to do both male and female voices, properly convey the right emotions and tones, has that husky after-sex tone in her voice I could only dream of emulating, never mispronounces a word ... Pretty darn close to as good as it gets!


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

    "He was a man who wanted no complications with his sex, and she was a woman who found sex complicated ... But he wasn't giving up."

    Wasn't that a great line in the book?


    Any additional comments?

    Don't listen to it while your are driving. Trust me on this one. It was an expensive distraction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16299)
    Performance
    (13555)
    Story
    (14179)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Intriguing story, terrible narration."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Written book, yes. Audiobook, no.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Let's be honest, the sex scenes are what we have all been reading this book for, followed closely by the giddy feeling of pretending we are this young woman being swept off her feet.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This woman knows nothing about expression, cadence, or which words to emphasize as she reads. Completely ruined the book. What idiot selected her and thought she had any talent for a book like this? She reads like she is expressing an eight year old girl, not a woman experiencing a sexual awakening.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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