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Coral

I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)

Mississauga, ON, Canada | Member Since 2004

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  • The Wee Free Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    Up on the chalk downs they call The Wold, witches are banned - ever since the Baron's son vanished in the woods. Anyway, as all witches know, chalk's no good for magic. Nine-year-old Tiffany Aching thinks her Granny Aching - a wise shepherd

    Hazel says: "Wonderful entertainment for bright pre-teens"
    "In the hinds and the highland of Scotland"
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    Wee Free men is set in the discword but is start of Pratcett's childern books which in someways are a little bit different take on the witches then in Equal Rites. In many ways this book works on Pratcett view of books for Childern : If they don't know it too hard then it might not be and a hint of blood is only offence to the people reading the story to the children.

    Actually this is a very clean story and rather more true to English Folklore about Pixies and Elves then some of the more sugaring stuff pressed out.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seraphina

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rachel Hartman
    • Narrated By Mandy Williams, Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (222)

    Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered.

    Shannon says: "Completely Inspiring Fantasy"
    "Now this a book about being different"
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    This is a really good story. I enjoy the whole package - the characters are believable and enjoyable. It is a pity it's hidden in the young reader section! This is about being different and then coming to see that you are not the only one and that your differences isn't the most extreme in world nor does it define you but it does change how you are. But this isn't a moral story it's a actual story - enjoy read. My only question is where are more books by Rachel Hartman?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ward Farnsworth
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot, Jim Meskimen
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Masters of language can turn unassuming words into phrases that are beautiful, effective, and memorable. What are the secrets of this alchemy? Part of the answer lies in rhetorical figures: practical ways of applying great aesthetic principles to a simple sentence or paragraph. Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric recovers this knowledge for our times. It amounts to a tutorial on eloquence conducted by Churchill and Lincoln, Dickens and Melville, Burke and Paine, and more than a hundred others.

    MATTHEW says: "1900 centry quotes"
    "A little unwieldy for audio"
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    This is a really a recording of basically a reference book. Hearding it is in many ways similar to hearing a dictionary - a lot of ideas very very quickly. I have close to 1k of audiobooks and have seat though lots of 40+ hour books however I found this book is best in about 20 min doses: this gets you examples and the idea for about 3 or 4 ideas which are best to think about for a day or two. This is slow and it's hard to keep all the ideas in your head at once but likely it best that way. The ideas do build but it easier to try out the ideas (at a status meeting or something equally dull) slowly.

    Most of the examples are from American and British (including Irish) Parliament speeches. While the context isn't important to the subject as the the word order that important; as a Canadian I found the American references a little frustrating given I never actually study American history. - The author habit of say "Now we're likely all familiar" fails for me. It's not critical but it's annoying. Most of the UK references I'm familiar with from studying WWII and the corn laws.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonfleet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J. Meade Falkner
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (6)

    A tale of smuggling and mystery on the Dorset coast as told by John Trenchard, a boy obsessed with discovering the secret of Colonel 'Blackbeard' Mohune's hidden treasure. One night, trapped in the Mohune family vault beneath the church, John finds a locket round the Colonel's neck which contains verses from the Psalms of David. What could it mean?

    Coral says: "Wonderful to hear this book."
    "Wonderful to hear this book."
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    I was first forced to read this book in grade 9 as part of English. It was of all the books I read for English in high school the only one I felt at the end I understood why we had been assigned to read it.

    It is an adventure story of the same ilk as Treasure Island. Christian values and practicals are part of the story but not critical to understanding it. More importantly it is about how we view ourselves and the choices we make. I would say that any teenager would likely have a good chance of enjoying the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Human Language

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (126)
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    (124)

    Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

    Saud says: "You'll Never Look at Languages the Same Way Again"
    "A look at what is Language and it's effects in tim"
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    This was my first "Great Courses" - I have a BA from York University and Sheridan College and I would not really call this a university level course. The learning company is rather targeting people with some or complete post high school education and providing a similar to introductory class level but without the need to master any of the skills of the subject. While the Professor McWhorter talks about books in pasting he is more suggesting further reading. This is more entertainment then education. I wish that learning company actually had listed the books if for no other reason then that audible is a book store and it seems odd that audible won't wish to make suggestions based on the course

    The lectures are broken down on the assumption of 30 min chucks. Though I personally found that combining two or three in a row wasn't a problem. McWhorter is a good speaker and is passionate about his subject.

    Having already heard his book "Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue" some ideas are cover in both but generally they are two different book though in many ways with similar thesis. If you really liked taking grammar in public school and learning all the little rules then pointing out others failing to follow them this is not the course for you; for the rest of us it's a interesting opportunity to think about communication.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jaunten: Advent Mage Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Honor Raconteur
    • Narrated By Mark McClain Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (100)
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    (101)

    I'm the first Mage born in 200 years. I've turned a city into an island, erected a barrier around an entire country, and awakened a war hero from a 200 year old slumber. Prophecies have marked my coming. Kings and nations have begged for my aid in times of peril. I hold the power to create and destroy nations. My name is Rhebengarthen. To my friends and family, I'm just Garth. The world knows me as the Advent Mage. And despite the rumors that you might have heard about me, this is what really happened.

    Atli says: "Brilliant and easygoing book"
    "Sitting inside a worry wart's head"
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    The book is written from the view of the internal mono-log of the hero head. the issue in this case, I personal was having, was that it sounds like in the opening 15 mins that the character is attempting to try out ever possible order for a sentence that English allows for and is attempt to employ sarcasm before the reader has a hope of understanding it. It sounded to me like the character was having a panic attack which isn't a helpful place to come in to the story.

    I can not actually comment on much else other then I hated the writing so much that after the first 15 min of the book I skipped ahead to the second chapter mark from audible and as the writing seem to have remanded the same (also the plot didn't seem to have progressed the main character was still in the progress of running away from his homeland now he had people chasing him) I decide to go back another book and re-read it.

    If you do decide to buy the book the authors dedications are the first 1 min of the recording. The book was clearly a large team effort

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Island of Fire: The Unwanteds, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lisa McMann
    • Narrated By Steve West
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (16)
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    (16)

    The fate of Artimé is at stake - and an unlikely alliance could redeem it - in book three in the New York Times best-selling Unwanteds series. The magical world of Artimé is gone. The Unwanteds have no food, no water, and no hope. And everyone is looking to Alex Stowe for answers. Overwhelmed and feeling totally helpless, Alex knows it’s up to him to find a way to restore Artimé, rescue his captive friends, and free Megan from her voice-stealing necklace of thorns - three impossible tasks.

    Coral says: "When the young are in charge..."
    "When the young are in charge..."
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    I admit I felt that the previous book Island of Silence was cut in half when I finished it. After reading this one it's feels like Lisa McMann editor is worried that with a cliff hanger the next book won't sell.

    I felt that the first third of the book was just a little too emotional and that it could been compressed without trouble. As a History major who took read a lot about people's raises to power McMann understanding from her side comments are so uninformed it funny. Aaron follows a stunning -historical speaking - well know road to power while Gunner shows a complete lack of skill yet McMann is clearly rooting for Gunner. Alex on ther other hand seems to almost as clue less as Gunner about leadership.

    The rest of the book settles down to a number rescues. If the characters could wheren't having a emotional hang over for the first third of the book I really could have enjoyed it.

    To enjoy you want to be either highly emotional teenager and just a Glut for *oh why ... *.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rex Regis: Imager Portfolio, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (110)
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    (112)

    The saga of the Imager Quaeryt, commander in the forces of Lord Bhayar, reaches a new climax as the great struggle to unify the continent of Lydar enters its final phase. Only the land of Khel remains uncommitted to Bhayar's rule.

    Charlie Russel says: "More Imager, less "Nameless""
    "Paying for Success"
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    I think the biggest feature I liked about this book was that Modesitt settled down the battles and went back to writing about the political. There are prices that everyone is now paying for the success that Quaeryt achieved and plans to be made. This book has far less action that the other Imager books but after Battalion I was personally grateful. Yet Quaeryt does seem to comfortable in any role in this book. I felt that if Modesitt have wanted this book be a wrap and it could be a penultimate to the Quaeryt tale.

    William Dufris continues to provide a strong narration. After 7 previous books in the Imagers there is not surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ironskin

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Tina Connolly
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Jane Eliot wears an iron mask. It's the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin. When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a “delicate situation”—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help.

    D. Daly says: "I adored this."
    "The Fey and Jane Eyre"
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    I really enjoy this story. While the romantic themes of the book are very similar to Jane Eyre the book doesn't use it a cookie cutter template. The Fey side of the story will be familiar to people use to reading books about elves not influential by Disney or Tolkien. However the blend is better then both of those suggest - the plot does not follow the same well worn pattern and Jane's desires and dreams are so believable. The story isn't overly one thing or the other.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Airs: Elemental Blessings, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    Josetta is a princess of one of the Five Families. But she is far from the throne, so she is free to spend her days working in the poorest sections of the city. Rafe Adova, an outcast since he was born, lives the life of a career gambler in those slums. He has no ambition other than cheating at the card tables - until the night he decides to help a girl named Corene, who looks like she's stumbled into the wrong bar.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Sequel"
    "Nice contiune of Troubled Waters"
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    This is a nice Romanic story in the same vein as Troubled Waters just more Romanic and less magic. Nothing is going to truly surprise you but at the same time it's enjoyable. I personally missed the magic level of Zoe story. It's well written and moves the characters and story about 5 years from the end of the last book without a ripple.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Spirit Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rachel Aaron
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (416)

    He's not just any thief. He’s the greatest thief of the age - and he’s also a wizard. And with the help of his partners - a swordsman with the most powerful magic sword in the world but no magical ability of his own, and a demonseed who can step through shadows and punch through walls - he’s going to put his plan into effect. The first step is to increase the size of the bounty on his head, so he’ll need to steal some big things. But he’ll start with somethingsmall. Something like a king....

    Amelia says: "Big gulp of fresh air"
    "Good Early Novel"
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    Overall I wanted to like this novel. Eli Moonpress is an interest character; the magic in this world has it's flavor and does not come out sounding too much like a video game or another cookie cut system; Luke Daniels does a lives jobs of reading. The story line is good.

    The problem with the novel is that other then Eli the other characters felt to me very flat and unformed. They did not really seem to be anything other then dialog and a reason to change perspective. They we robbed of desire or personal motivation other then blunt and clear one surface one.

    It's not bad is just feels like a early novel where someone has mastered the art of creating characters who are real.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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