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Charles

Olympia, WA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Artists in Crime

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    It started as a student exercise, the knife under the drape, the model's pose chalked in place. But before Agatha Troy, artist and instructor, returns to the class, the pose has been re-enacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed for ever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen. It's a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn. How can he believe that the woman he loves is a murderess? And yet no one can be above suspicion.

    Charles says: "Aii! Abridged"
    "Aii! Abridged"
    Overall

    I love the narrator but I forgot to check that this was an unabridged version. Sigh. Why would anyone even make an abridged recording?

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Jerusalem Inn: A Richard Jury Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (44)

    From the rough but colorful pub that provides the novel's title, to the snowboard Gothic estate nearby, the chilly English landscape has never held more atmosphere - or thwarted romance. And Jury will never have a more mysterious Christmas.

    Kathi says: "Among the best of the Richard Jury mysteries!"
    "Great Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Jerusalem Inn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high up. I enjoyed listening to West's narration almost as much as I do Davina Porter... may Her Voice never fail..

    The narrator is crucial to enjoying a book. One of my all time favorite books is Heinlein's THe Moon is a Harsh Mistress. However, the narrators voice was so mechanical I could not finish listening, even for the story.

    So thank you Mr. West for being one of the good guys.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1677)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (703)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Richard says: "Tour de force"
    "Love Stephensons works but not this."
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone on the planet Arbe might like it more. There were many parts of it that I enjoyed but it's slow and generally boring. It worked great as background noise to help me get to sleep.


    If you’ve listened to books by Neal Stephenson before, how does this one compare?

    I've listened to most of Stephensons work. I like this one the least of them all including the Baroque series which I don't think was well received. In fact I really enjoy his work, I think he's brilliant and most of his work is hard to put down. This was hard to pick up.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really.


    What character would you cut from Anathem?

    None, I think they are all important. Conversely I wish there was more character development. Even the main character remains 2 dimensional.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5450)
    Performance
    (4779)
    Story
    (4813)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Not the uncut version."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Stand again? Why?

    not this one. I did not read closely enough to realize this is not the full uncut version that Mr King released.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drums of Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6040)
    Performance
    (3727)
    Story
    (3721)

    Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

    Frances M says: "You listened, Audible!"
    "I Am Soo Addicted To This Series"
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    What did you love best about Drums of Autumn?

    This review is from Lonecia Coffman, I use Charles account.

    The narrator, details, characterizations, romance, and the adventure. I feel as if I have gone through the stones and am completely immersed in the tale. Since, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Fire And Ashes, and An Echo In the Bone, are not available in an unabridged version, I will not buy them here. I have already purchased the books from Amazon. How could anyone bear an abridged version after getting this far in the series? Inconceivable!


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

    Davina Porter. Sigh. That woman's voice and talent are preternaturally exceptional!! I look for books to listen to based on the fact that she is narrating. Davina could take the most crapulous book and turn it into a bestseller because who would not want to listen to Davina's magical narration.


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

    This story has everything. I have, laughed, cried, bitten my nails, and spent forty two dollars I shouldn't have (didn't have any credits left) to make sure I had the next book before the one I was listening to ended.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are going to have the first part of the series Unabriged, don't let the sellers cheap out and sell you abridged versions for the rest. I HATE abridged books. They are a total rip-off! If I want an abridged story I will decide for myself which part of the story to skip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (2652)
    Performance
    (1496)
    Story
    (1514)

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Gerald says: "Very Good Interpretation"
    "An excellent book, a great narrator, BORING"
    Overall

    This is a most excellent book and Lloyd James is a great narrator. I'm sure he portrayed the book just as the producers wished. Unfortunately listening to a stolid Russian give a deadpan, monotone delivery for hour after hour was just too much. The book lost most of it's allure and was just plain boring. I did listen to the whole thing and I have to admit that I was so beat down by the end that I was almost ready to join the Communist party. Read the book and don't waste your money here.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Money Shot

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christa Faust
    • Narrated By Susie Bright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    They thought she'd be ease. They thought wrong. It all began with the phone call asking former porn star Angel Dare to do one more movie. Before she knew it, she’d been shot and left for dead in the trunk of a car. But Angel is a survivor. And that means she’ll get to the bottom of what’s been done to her, even if she has to leave a trail of bodies along the way….

    Charles says: "A teaser, not a spoiler"
    "A teaser, not a spoiler"
    Overall

    I did not expect to become so involved in this story. Though the context of this tale is the business of almost gratified sexual desire, this story is not sexual, nor is it a moral hammer up side the head. I keep finding myself thinking about Angel and the choices she made an I find myself comparing her to the "Man With No Name".

    Sometimes, a woman has to do what a woman has to do.

    I will listen to this one again and again.

    Thank you Christa Faust for a deliciously captivating tale.

    **
    Review by Lonecia C.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Wisdom of Forgiveness: Intimate Conversations and Journeys

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Victor Chan
    • Narrated By Shishir Kurup
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    When Victor Chan first met the Dalai Lama in 1972, it was after a series of adventures, some harrowing, that had taken the young traveler from his native Hong Kong, across Asia, until he arrived at His Holiness's residence in Dharamsala. Chan worried that the Tibetan leader might receive him warily because of his Chinese heritage. Instead, the Dalai Lama was amused by Chan's black ankle-length Moroccan cap and long ponytail, and this first encounter quickly blossomed into a warm, enduring friendship.

    Lisa says: "Moving and Enlightening"
    "Truly unenlightening"
    Overall

    This book is horrible. The book comes across as more about Victor Chan than of His Holiness The Dalai Lama. The title is very misleading. I felt that the time spent listening to this was wasted. There are much better books on this subject available.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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