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  • Foundation: Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (302)

    In this chronicle of the early history of Valdemar, Mercedes Lackey's best-selling world, a 13 year-old orphan named Magpie escapes a life of slavery in the gem mines when he is chosen by one of the magical Companion horses of Valdemar to be trained as a Herald. Thrust into the center of a legend in the making, Magpie discovers talents he never knew he had - and witnesses the founding of the great Heralds' Collegium.

    Wyonia says: "great for kids"
    "Great for all ages"
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    Where does Foundation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey, and Nick Podehl is one of my favorite performers. This is a book I will listen to over and over.


    What other book might you compare Foundation to and why?

    Not sure what I would compare this series to because it is its own unique world. However I would put with greats like Chronicles of Narnia, David Eddings books, and Harry Potter because both young and older readers will enjoy I started the series in my 30's.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Mags of course and his Companion Dallon I also like Harold Nicholas and his daughter.


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

    Mags coming to terms with his freedom after spending his childhood in slavery and retched conditions.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though most of the Valdemar series is for YA and adult readers the Foundation grouping is appropriate for readers as young as 8, though you may need at the beginning to explain why people are so mean or questions on words that may not be known yet. The Foundation grouping has a good lessons in empathy, ethics, and cultural understanding of people different then oneself.

    As a person with LD(ADHD and dyslexia) I find the performer Nick Podehl very easy and enjoyable to listen to. This is not true of all performers but his cadence and speed of speech make him not only enjoyable but help with reading retention. If you have a child who is LD or not a great reader he is one of the best to listen to, and be able use the book in school work like a book report or just for fun.

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  • Welcome to Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (987)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (551)

    Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in Temptation.

    Diana says: "Crusie at the top of her game"
    "Crusie always fun"
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    What made the experience of listening to Welcome to Temptation the most enjoyable?

    I love Jennifer Crusie, she is my 'I am to stressed in my life' go to author. I also like the woman who performs, the voices are good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Snarky humor


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

    I use the audio books while I am crafting and cleaning it makes the time fly. Her performance was so good I was able to let go and enjoy not grit my teeth thinking men don't sound like that. She also has good timing and I laughed a couple of times even though I have read the book repeatedly.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Janet Evonovich(sp) you should check out Jennifer Crusie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in Red: A Novel of the Others

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By Alexandra Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1029)
    Performance
    (948)
    Story
    (955)

    As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

    Angela says: "WOW!!!!! JUST WOW!"
    "LOVED It"
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    If you could sum up Written in Red in three words, what would they be?

    Great new series and world from Anne Bishop


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Simon


    What about Alexandra Harris’s performance did you like?

    At first I was not sure if I was going to like her because she was kinda monotone but then I realized that was the character. She also makes the males sound like males not just like a woman lowering her voice.


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

    Yes and almost tempted to listen to again right away.


    Any additional comments?

    I was worried that I would not like this new series like I loved Anne Bishop's previous series, not sure why I was worried totally enjoyed the story and the dark silly humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5852)
    Performance
    (5254)
    Story
    (5244)

    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"
    "Love the woman who reads these books"
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    Where does Shadow of Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The woman who reads these books for the audio rocks, I love the way she does the guys. I would go as far as saying that after the last two audio books I will most likely skip the hard back on the next book and just go right to audio.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Belladonna: Ephemera , Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By Maggie Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    The Eater of the World continues to spread its dark influence across the realm of Ephemera, corrupting people's souls with doubts and fears. Only Glorianna Belladonna possesses the ability to thwart the Eater's plans. But she has been branded a rogue, and must stand alone against the encroaching entity.But she is not alone. In dreams, a call has traveled throughout Ephemera-"Heart's hope lies within Belladonna"-and reached Michael, a man with mysterious powers of his own.

    Amazon Customer says: "Love the series not so happy about change of voice"
    "Love the series not so happy about change of voice"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Belladonna to be better than the print version?

    I pretty much love anything by Anne Bishop, and was not sure if I would like this series. However it ended up being one of my favorites b/c of the humor. I was not thrilled with the change of narrator though. I really like the guy who read Sebastian, he is one of my favorite narrators, and would have liked it better if he had read the second book. Other than that I am happy with the audio book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Did not like the way she made the women sound and hated the way she did Sebastian's voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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