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Colleen

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  • King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Benedict Flynn
    • Narrated By Sean Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    These stories are about how, many years ago, Arthur the once and future King of England, set out to save his country from the troubles that plagued it, aided by the brave knights of the Round Table, and the most famous sword in the world, Excalibur. How Merlin the Wizard fought against the wicked Morgana le Fay's enchantments, and how Arthur loved and lost the beautiful Guinevere, his Queen.

    Toni says: "A Voice to be Heard"
    "You will want to listen again and again."
    Overall

    I love Arthurian literature and history. I also really like Sean Bean, so this was a real treat. Someone once said that 'if a story is worth hearing, it is worth hearing again and again'. That's why these tales are still with us and this is a very good way to hear them as often as you want. There are many Arthurian tales out there. This is the classic sword in the stone version, and suitable for the whole family.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Ron Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    When Inspector Banks of Yorkshire investigates whether an abusive husband might be guilty of an unsolved string of murders, his suspicions are aroused by the details of the man's marriage. Is the suspect's wife a victim or could she be his accomplice?

    Giles T. Jackson says: "Great book!"
    "In Defense of Ron Keith"
    Overall

    After some previous comments regarding the narrative abilities of Ron Keith, I feel the need to stick up for the man a bit. It is true that his accent is pretty much a one noter, even Canadians and Americans sound like they're from Yorkshire. And most of his women, not all, tend to sound a little Pythonesque. I find that amusing more than annoying though. He does do justice to the story, he doesn't rush, he sounds as though he is really enjoying himself, I feel that the main characters gain personality through Mr. Keith. I have a distinct image and flavor now of Alan Banks and Annie Cabbot. So while he does not dramatize the reading, he lends it a lot of character. Aftermath is as good as any Peter Robinson book, if you like P.D. James and Elizabeth George, you will appreciate Peter Robinson.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Is the Grave: An Inspector Banks Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Ron Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    The Inspector Banks novel In a Dry Season was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won an Anthony Award. Cold Is the Grave won the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award. It takes the aging, solitary inspector from his cozy Yorkshire cottage into the dark underworld of London. The assignment is a favor asked by Banks' boss and greatest enemy: Chief Constable Riddle.

    Colleen says: "Very Solid"
    "Very Solid"
    Overall

    As a big fan of P.D. James, I was quite pleased to discover Peter Robinson. I have listened to two other Peter Robinson books besides Cold is the Grave and found them all quite satisfying and enjoyable. Robinson is all about character development, each one is really fleshed out psychologically and then he tells you what each character is thinking, feeling, wearing, listening to, eating and so on at any given moment. Obviously this kind of detail can drive some people crazy, especially if a lot of action is what they are looking for, but I really like that kind of detail, and Robinson does do it well. The narrator may take a little getting used to, he tends to sort of "chortle out" his female voices sometimes, but really he is quite good. Cold Is the Grave was a good story and Robinson leaves you wondering who did it till the last, but that is not even why I like his books. It's more the journey there rather than the destination that makes it a good listen.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Deep South

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (88)

    Nevada Barr's award-winning mystery series captivates fans with vividly drawn wilderness settings and the resourceful sleuth, middle-aged park ranger Anna Pigeon. Deep South portrays Anna boldly confronting hostile teenagers, suspicious locals, and a resentful "old-boy" network as she struggles to solve a gruesome murder. Anna leaves behind her beloved Mesa Verde to take on a position as district park ranger of the Mississippi Natchez Trace Parkway.

    Andy says: "Great sense of place"
    "Characters drawn with a clumsy brush."
    Overall

    This was my first Nevada Barr mystery. I may give her one more chance, but I was not overly impressed with this one. Most of the characters were walking sterotypes. Big fat stupid white lawman. Big fat heart'o' gold African American lawman. Completely crazy southern white racists. Savvy and wise 16 year old African American teenage girl. Foul mouthed young black football star who appears to seriously disrespect women. The really hot and available Sheriff is just too typical. It goes on, I won't even mention what's up with the Southern Baptist minister. I have to take issue too with Annas treatment of her dog. I won't give out any real spoilers, but I have to wonder if Ms. Barr has ever had a dog, and worry if she has. It was also my first listen to this narrator. While I think she is really pretty good, I could hear her intake of breath before every sentence. At times, especially when listening on headphones, it became distracting. Instead listening to the story, I found myself listening for that next intake of breath.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7342)
    Performance
    (2551)
    Story
    (2600)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Gimmicky"
    Overall

    Publishers these days seem to be vying with each other to find the youngest writer possible. It's the publicity gimmick du jour. Well, sure, young Mr. Paolini is talented, perhaps one day he will be a good writer. This story however sounds/reads exactly like what it is. A highly derivative and extremely simple over long dragon tale written by a teenage boy.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (21510)
    Performance
    (15614)
    Story
    (15670)

    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"
    "Excellent Story, Great Narrator"
    Overall

    I was already familiar with the book, and was delighted to find it on Audible complete and unabridged. Whoo Hoo! I think Roy Dotrice does an admirable job with the narration. A formidable task with Martin's complex story and myriad characters. For those of you who are not familiar with the next two volumes in the Song of Ice and Fire series, you are in for a treat, it just gets better and better. Martin keeps you on your toes, if you think you know who you can trust, just wait.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful

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