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Lee

Waynesville , MO, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Folklore of Discworld

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Jacqueline Simpson
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (160)

    Most of us grow up having always known to touch wood or cross our fingers, and what happens when a princess kisses a frog or a boy pulls a sword from a stone, yet sadly, some of these things are now beginning to be forgotten. Legends, myths, and fairy tales: our world is made up of the stories we told ourselves about where we came from and how we got there. It is the same on Discworld, except that beings which on Earth are creatures of the imagination - like vampires, trolls, witches, and possibly, gods - are real, alive and in some cases kicking on the Disc.

    Sara says: "An interesting listen"
    "So sad."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I always look forward to a new Pratchett book. This one is much less than a good effort. It is a random collecton of parts of old Pratchett books stitiched together with stories from earth. To say that it has any narrative value at all would be an exaggeration. Of DODGER, this was a terrible disappointment. Would recommend it none.


    What could Terry Pratchett and Jacqueline Simpson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    They could have put the book into a narrative stream and at least made stories out of the folklore and myths of the Discworld.


    What does Michael Fenton Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nice narration, I would listen to other books he reads.


    What character would you cut from The Folklore of Discworld?

    All of the except Death.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope that this book does not indicate a trend in Terry Pratchett's work.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Templar Salvation

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Raymond Khoury
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (122)

    Constantinople, 1203: As the rapacious armies of the Fourth Crusade lay siege to the city, a secretive band of Templars infiltrate the imperial library. Their target: a cache of documents that must not be allowed to fall into the hands of the Doge of Venice. They escape with three heavy chests, filled with explosive secrets that these men will not live long enough to learn. Vatican City, present day: FBI agent Sean Reilly infiltrates the Pope's massive Vatican Secret Archives of the Inquisition....

    JerryL says: "Not one of Khoury's best..."
    "Why the blood?"
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    What disappointed you about The Templar Salvation?

    This book, and the followup, Devil's Elixer, both have fine basic ideas. The flashbacks in this book are good, but the modern section seems to be devoted to sadistic violence and bloodshed. It is the same in the Devil's Elixer. If you don't mind graphic and senseless violence, you will like this book better than I.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Raymond Khoury? Why or why not?

    No. The first one in the series was acceptable, but the second and third entries in the series are not. There is too much graphic and unnecessary violence.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Templar Salvation?

    I would limit the descriptions of violence and bloodshed. The author seems to take a sadistic pleasure in detailing this.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: Witch, Wicked Series Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nancy Holder, Debbie Viguie
    • Narrated By Lauren Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Holly Cathers's world shatters when her parents are killed in a rafting accident. She is wrenched from her home in San Francisco and sent to Seattle to live with her aunt, Marie-Claire, and her twin cousins, Amanda and Nicole.But sorrow and grief soon give way to bewildered fascination as one by one, strange incidents begin to occur. Such as the fact that any desire Holly whispers to her cat seems to come true.

    Veronica says: "Great Story, Wrong Narrator"
    "Wicked waste of time"
    Overall

    From the way this book was written, someone has to pay to have it printed. The writting reminds me of the miserable ramblings of a tween with a
    jejune iminagination. The reader is even worse.
    I suspect that there are worse books in the library, but you would have to look hard to find it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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