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Charlene

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  • The Thief Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (122)

    Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers decide to hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious thirteen-year-old boy who calls himself the "Thief Lord." Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crimes. Prosper and Bo delight in being part of this colorful new family. But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own.

    Charlene says: "Excellent production, original story"
    "Excellent production, original story"
    Overall

    What a wonderful book! I thought the story was very original, unpredictable and quite wonderful. I have always liked this narrator and thought he was perfect. All the characters seem quite real and varied. I have a hard time with the negative review posted here, obviously someone who does not like fantasy. Also I have never considered Simon Jones a "soothing" reader -- on the contrary I find him quite invigorating!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Superior Death

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    Nevada Barr quickly attracted the attention of mystery fans when her first Anna Pigeon mystery, Track of the Cat, appeared. Now she immerses the intrepid park ranger in a perilous search that will take her far below the waters of Lake Superior. As Anna spends her days patrolling its shores, the surface of Lake Superior fills with tourists. In the depths below lie an ancient ship and the bones of its sailors.

    Charlene says: "Great mystery, totally enjoyed it"
    "Great mystery, totally enjoyed it"
    Overall

    I am not usually a mystery reader but I enjoyed this one very much. The author creates memorable characters and beautiful description. I grew up in Michigan and spend a lot of time in the "UP." I also spent a summer volunteering in a national park and I think Ms. Barr has really captured these environments perfectly. Funny, but many of the characters seemed familiar to me. I found a bio on her and found that she grew up near Lassen Park where I volunteered! The book not only brought back happy memories but also entertained me thoroughly.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2076)
    Performance
    (898)
    Story
    (902)

    Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.

    Randy says: "Terrific Trilogy"
    "wonderfully original"
    Overall

    I was fascinated by this book. It is so original and rich in detail. The main human character is sort of an anti-hero but I quite liked that. Bartimaeus is fascinating. I am looking forward to this trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2601)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (372)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "wonderful characters, terrific readers"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Henry and Claire are unforgettable as were many of the minor characters like Gomez. The story was extremely creative and I found the author tied all the ends together so creatively -- very complex, how did she keep track of it all! It is not a perfect book but quite incredible and new. The readers was incredible too. I loved the voices, warm and real. It was one of those books you wished would never end and indeed Henry and Claire will travel on forever in my mind. Well done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2602)
    Performance
    (1063)
    Story
    (1071)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "What a discovery!"
    Overall

    I loved this book and I loved the reader...one of the best recordings I have ever heard. The luggage is one of the best characters ever in a book. Hooray for Sapient Pearwood!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress of Dragons: The First Book of the Dragonvarld Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis
    • Narrated By Gigi Marceau-Clarke
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (120)

    Here is a world where men and dragons coexist amid political intrigue and dark magic, where the uneasy balance of power between the two is on the verge of becoming undone, threatening to unleash waves of destruction that will pit humans against humans as well as dragons against men for the domination of the world. Humanity's very survival is at risk.

    Laura says: "What a great story!"
    "good story but characters left me cold"
    Overall

    This is a well-crafted story that moves along nicely, very original in many ways. However, the characters left me cold. They were all flat. In a really excellent book, even a fantasy, I like to imagine the characters as real but these are very one-dimensional and hard to like. I am not sure I would read a sequel to this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon and the Raven

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By G.A. Henty
    • Narrated By John Bolen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (11)

    In a time of chaos and Viking onslaught, Alfred the untested Saxon king must fight to save his ravished land. The tale unfurls through the eyes of a young thane, Edmond, who becomes Alfred's friend and mightiest warrior. When Danes over run the land and the Saxons capitulate, this young knight trains and leads a devoted corps of pike-men to recapture the kingdom.

    Richard Bruno says: "Disapointing Reader"
    "good story, strange reading"
    Overall

    I was fascinated by the history in this book as little is written (in fiction) on this subject. But the reading was extremely weird. The characters were these warrior and viking types and they all sounded like sissies! I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if the reader was better.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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