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  • Equal Rites: Discworld, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Celia Imrie
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    Right before the wise old wizard Drum Billet died, he passed on his magical staff of power to the newborn eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately, Drum Billet never bothered to check the gender of the newborn baby, and it turns out it was a girl. Now his chauvinistic colleagues are forced to deal with a young girl who has all the qualifications to join their all-male profession.

    Ryan says: "Entertaining!"
    "Awesome! Shame about the recording quality."
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    If you could sum up Equal Rites in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, badly recorded.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Equal Rites?

    To avoid spoilers I'll be obscure: My standout moment is when Granny talks to the apple tree. Close second is her composure of a letter to UU.


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

    Her voices, timing, and humour are outstanding. She's a favourite actor, and now a favourite narrator.


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

    Laugh and cringe. I've noticed that all the earlier TP books sound as though they have been transferred from audio tape. The quality is a bit crap.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful book read by a wonderful actor, to great effect. I wish Audible would run it through a few filters to try and clean it up so it's more enjoyable through headphones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady of Quality

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Eve Matheson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (145)

    When spirited, independent Miss Annis Wynchwood embroils herself in the affairs of a runaway heiress, she is destined to see a good deal of Mr Carleton, Lucilla's uncivil and high-handed guardian. And, chafing at the restrictions of Bath society, Annis has to admit that at least Mr Oliver Carleton is never boring.

    Rebecca Roberts says: "Sweet Romance"
    "An Excellent Story - Annoying Voices"
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    Would you listen to Lady of Quality again? Why?

    I would certainly listen to it again. I've listened to it three times since I first purchased it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is a solid romance, but also has lots of humour.


    What three words best describe Eve Matheson’s voice?

    Three words are insufficient. Lovely in narrative, incredibly enervating when performing character dialogue. I really get annoyed by her character voices. They're so overdone and grating.


    If you could take any character from Lady of Quality out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Miss Wychwood. She's clever and witty.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story, marred by the narrator's shocking characterisations, but still well worth having, as are all of Heyer's Regency novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (919)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (618)

    One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.

    H. CRODDICK says: "Wonderful listen"
    "Not My Favourite Austen, but Stevenson Makes it!"
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    Where does Emma rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Emma ranks high. Stevenson's performance is masterly, and really, I can't think why I was so surprised, given that she is a favourite actor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miss Bates. I can't help but think that Stevenson drew on Sophie Thompson's wonderful Miss Bates from the 1996 film Adaptation of the book for her own rendering. Miss Bates is a mad, lovely, and favourite of the characters of Emma, and I've loved Thompson's Bates since I first saw the film. She's like a kitten with wings, fluttering around in a squeaky and endearing way, and clumsily bumping into walls. Stevenson could readily be confused for Thompson.


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

    The personalities are bang on. From the first time each character appears you KNOW what they are, because of Stevenson's acting. She really is brilliant. All her voices are fantastic and so distinct, and very few actually sound like Stevenson herself.


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

    Emma's realisation of herself toward the end really cuts to the quick.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a fan of Emma. I prefer Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice by far, but because of Juliet Stevenson I foresee much re-listening to Emma in future. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (1203)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (887)

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "One of My Favourite Books, Well Read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sheepfarmer’s Daughter to be better than the print version?

    The audio book is not better than the print book, but you all know why I buy audio books, because you do too. It is lovely to be 'read to', and Jennifer is a very good reader.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paks and Stammel are equally endearing to me, but this is very much Paks's story. Stammel is her mentor and 'big brother', and both are great. Paks is a bit of an idiot in this book, and a bit prissy, but she is a heroine and grows up incredibly fast.


    What does Jennifer Van Dyck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She reads the temperament and mood of the characters. While Moon is a great writer of atmosphere and mood, Jennifer lights it all up and brings it to the top.


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

    I don't want to spoil anything, but Paks's big drama at the Duke's stronghold was a little heartwrenching. Very little in these books makes one laugh, but there are plenty of warm fuzzy moments too :)


    Any additional comments?

    Read this after The Legacy of Gird for maximum understanding of the main religion of the stories.

    I've read and reread all of these books a number of times, and just keep coming back. I highly recommend them to anyone who likes strong female characters, fantasy, and warm fuzzies. It's idealistic and uplifting, but it has its darkness as well, which keeps it from being silly....well, too silly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Limits of Power: Paladin's Legacy, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (182)

    The unthinkable has occurred in the kingdom of Lyonya. The queen of the Elves - known as the Lady - is dead, murdered by former elves twisted by dark powers. Now the Lady’s half-elven grandson must heal the mistrust between elf and human before their enemies strike again. Yet as he struggles to make ready for an attack, an even greater threat looms across the Eight Kingdoms.Throughout the north, magic is reappearing after centuries of absence, emerging without warning in family after family - rich and poor alike.

    Anita says: "Great Tale badly read to gaspy death"
    "Another Wonderful piece to the Paladin Paks Puzzle"
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    What did you like best about Limits of Power? What did you like least?

    The story and characters continue to develop and engross, but this reader is monotonous and irritating. I really wish they'd stuck with Jennifer Van Dyck or Susan Ericksen. The only good thing I can say about Angela Dawe is her voices are good and distinct, but both the others are as well.


    What other book might you compare Limits of Power to and why?

    The book is a solid and consistent part of the two Paksennarion series. It continues a great saga set in an utterly believable world.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The monotonous tonal rhythms of the reader could have been varied, but I'm not sure she could maintain such a change of style. Her reading is a disappointing penance after the other two women.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't listen to this book unless you have read or listened to the previous in this series, and the Deed of Paksenarrion before that. If you pick this one up before reading the others in this series you will be entirely lost and probably bored!

    I also recommend reading the Legacy Of Gird series, a prequel to the Deed, which is in turn a prequel of this series. If you read them all you will be immersed from start to finish of this book as well.

    Legacy of Gird, then Deed, then this series - enjoy! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pyramids: Discworld, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    It isn't easy, being a teenage pharaoh. You're not allowed to carry money, uninhibited young women peel your grapes for you, everyone thinks you're responsible for making the sun rise and the corn grow, you keep dreaming about seven thin cows and seven fat cows (one of them playing the trombone), and on top of everything else, the Great Pyramid has just exploded because of paracosmic instability.

    milla says: "Another Great Pratchett in Need of Clean-Up"
    "Another Great Pratchett in Need of Clean-Up"
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    Where does Pyramids rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Above average in terms of performance. Fantastic in terms of story, and below average in terms of audio quality.


    What other book might you compare Pyramids to and why?

    Along the lines of Moving Pictures, also by Pratchett.


    Which character – as performed by Nigel Planer – was your favorite?

    You Bastard, the Discworld's foremost mathematician.


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

    Laugh and cringe. Funny book, and absorbing, but the audio quality, like most of the early recordings of Pratchett's books, sounds as thought it was transferred from audio tape.


    Any additional comments?

    One of Planer's better recitals, but needs an audio clean-up. Worth getting though!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Sheep

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Barbara Leigh-Hunt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (187)

    He had nothing to recommend him but his smile, and she was surely too old, and had too much commonsense, to be beguiled by a smile... Miss Abigail Wendover's efforts to detach her spirited niece Fanny from a plausible fortune-hunter are complicated by the arrival in Bath of Miles Caverleigh. The black sheep of his family, a cynical, outrageous care-for-naught with a scandalous past - that would be a connection more shocking even than Fanny's unwise liaison with his nephew!

    Roxalanne says: "Excellent entertainment"
    "Barbara Leigh-Hunt and Georgette Heyer - Perfect"
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    If you could sum up Black Sheep in three words, what would they be?

    Masterful. Fun. Compelling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miles Calverley is a stand-out. He's the epitome of the black sheep, and incredibly sympathetic. Every scene he's in is a highlight, which is saying something, given the lovely story he features in.


    What about Barbara Leigh-Hunt’s performance did you like?

    Her dramatisation. She doesn't really do voices to any great degree, but she nails the intonation, mood, and timing, and suits the period so well, as anyone who has seen her as Lady Catherine De Berg in the BBC miniseries adaptation of Pride and Prejudice will agree with. She delineates voices enough to make dialogue easy to follow, and she brings the book to life beautifully. When I read the book a while after listening to this I found myself hearing the words as Barbara reads them, and was pleased.


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

    Moved? Hmm, spoilers. I'll leave this alone.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book, read by a great actress, fitting to the subject matter and vibe. Worth getting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (935)

    Volume two in this series consists of one novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and two collections of short stories, which include "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (a total of 23 stories). These creations by Doyle represent the finest work of his Holmes series, and certainly the most famous.

    T. says: "a list of what you'll find in Volume 2"
    "Awesome Narrator, Unfortunately NOT British"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 to be better than the print version?

    No, if a British reader of similar talent to Mr Griffin had been cast it would have been awesome, but his British accents are pretty lousy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2?

    Every exposition of the breakdown by Holmes.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I loved the dramatic characterisation of the narrator, sadly let down quite severely by his shocking accents.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 and why?

    Holmes. Why? He's HOLMES.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're American or Canadian*, or English is your second language it is likely that this will rock for you. The dramatic performance is wonderful. Griffin is great in that sense. If you're Australian , Kiwi, or South African it will probably be a bit irritating that a British actor wasn't cast to read Sherlock Holmes. Such iconic Victorian literature should be authentic, not hammy.* In my experience North Americans don't pick up on the flaws in bad false UK accents in the way other English-speaking people do. That would have to be a blessing in this case :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5813)
    Performance
    (5275)
    Story
    (5292)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Bronson Pinchot brings a great story to life"
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    Where does Hard Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's up there with the best. I'm not sure whether or not I would have enjoyed it as much if I had not had it so masterfully read to me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are very sympathetic, and the action is non-stop. The re-writing of history around the advent of magic makes perfect sense, and the fiction feels authentic in the context. Correia has a light hand, ensuring the story has all the appeal of classic pulp fiction, but a natural feel for our not-so-distant past, rendering a new reality with all the assurance of an impressionist.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    His British accent was a little over the top, but my ear is not fine enough to have picked up any issues with the rest, and both Sullivan and Fay were impeccably drawn, with distinct voices, and warmly reassuring accents. Pinchot brings each character to life, and makes one fall in love with them in the most natural way.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    History rewritten by magic


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this to any Pratchett fan, any 20th century history buff with fantastic leanings, and anyone who just wants an action-packed romp. Escapist fiction at its best!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings (Part Two): Book 2 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (295)

    This is Part Two of Book 2 of the A Song of Ice and Fire Series. George R. R. Martin’s superb fantasy epic continues in consummate style as bloodshed and alchemy lay waste the Seven Kingdoms. This second volume of A Song of Ice and Fire is unabridged and split into two parts. The Iron Throne once united the Sunset Lands, but King Robert is dead, his widow is a traitor to his memory, and his surviving brothers are set on a path of war amongst themselves.

    Ian says: "Writer & Narrator in Perfect Harmony"
    "As Good As A Game of Thrones"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Clash of Kings (Part Two) the most enjoyable?

    This is another awesome book, but again it is seriously enhanced by the efforts of Roy Dotrice, with his brilliant characterisations and accents.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arya Stark shines as a favourite character for her courage and humour.


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    Tyrion Lannister, however, is my favourite in these talking books, thanks to Roy's lovely Welshification of him.


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked the books the talking books, with Dotrice in voice, will be even better. If you've never read the books then why not?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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