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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 2008

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  • Troubletwisters

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Garth Nix, Sean Williams
    • Narrated By Miriam Margolyes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (30)

    Jaide and Jack Shield’s lives are changing in a very, very strange way. The weather is turning against them. Magical disasters occur when they’re around. And a mysterious explosion has just destroyed their house... from the inside.Without knowing why, the twins are stolen away to live with Grandma X - a relative they’ve never, ever met. The time has come for them to discover the truth - and the powers that come with the truth. Are they ready?

    Coral says: "Fun, but not as strong as Keys to the Kingdom"
    "Fun, but not as strong as Keys to the Kingdom"
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    This is fun story. The characters are not flat, though only limited development over the book. It modern with reference's to mp3 players, laptops and cell phone but doesn't let that get in the way of the magic of the children. Grand-mama X and her cats are in some ways better characters then the main twins Jack and Jade.
    While the story isn't transparent it's could have been much more original.

    If you or your kids have issues with (not graphic) descriptions of ants, bugs, rats and white eyes this would be one to pass. Evil is much more clear then in Keys to the Kingdom.

    While I'm sure I'll enjoy the next book. I hope that Garth decides to go back to writing solo.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Myth Alliances: Myth Adventures, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robert Asprin, Jody Lynn Nye
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    When the sheepish Wuhses are taken advantage of by the overbearing Pervects, Skeeve teams up with Zol Icty - self-help expert and best-selling author of Imps Are from Imper, Deveels Are from Deva - on a mythion in personal empowerment.

    Crystal says: "Wuhses Vs. Pervects"
    "Less Inc more Skeeve"
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    I view these as popcorn - light fluff and finished quickly. I got the feeling with this book that Robert Asprin wanted to return to earlier books where he was only balancing a few characters and each could get a bigger part. About chapter 3 the end plot is pretty clear but the rest of the plot was fun.

    If you are looking for a light distraction that this is pretty good.

    Noah Levine continues a strong reading of this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lascar's Dagger: The Forsaken Lands

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Glenda Larke
    • Narrated By Will Damron
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Saker appears to be a simple priest, but in truth he's a spy for the head of his faith. Wounded in the line of duty by a Lascar sailor's blade, the weapon seems to follow him home. Unable to discard it, nor the sense of responsibility it brings, Saker can only follow its lead. The dagger puts Saker on a journey to distant shores, on a path that will reveal terrible secrets about the empire, about the people he serves, and destroy the life he knows.

    Bob-o says: "It starts out slow, but then draws you in..."
    "Spy - Priest - Swordman"
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    I am not sure why but this book feeling like (at least to me) "The Curse of Chalion" by Lois McMaster Bujold. I am not totally sure why but it does.

    The story is actually a story with characters that are under the authors control;that are developed and are distinct. The characters see the world differently - the author actually make this part of the plot, have different weakness and feel complete. A young man in his 30s - self conference (maybe a little too much); a world weary woman; a late teen far from home and his culture.

    The "magic" I think is most where I get the feel of Chalion from in this book. It brushes with God swooping in but it works.

    This isn't a book of war; of the end of the world or of DOOM but rather excitement on a scale that is believable. There is evil to be fought but it wants control not the death of the world.

    Wil Damron gives a strong Narration - I would buy another book he read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mountains Rise: Embers of Illeniel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael G. Manning
    • Narrated By Alex Wyndham
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    **See author's note on adult content below.** From the dark depths of the past, comes the tale of the first wizard of Illeniel. Daniel Tennick lived simply, a young shepherd with few troubles and little to occupy his mind, until the warden appeared. Daniel's power awakens, and he finds himself hunted by the servants of the cruel and uncaring forest gods. Trapped by his gift, Daniel will uncover the secrets of the deep woods and those who live there, a civilization created from the grave of an older one.

    Joe says: "Excellent continuation of the Illeniel story"
    "Rape, magical induced rape the more rape."
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    the story started out a tad dull , sheep herding and the promise of the girl next door romantic. Then the rape started so I skip a chapter now the main character is magically inflaming the town folk (more rape) about 5 chapters later the town boys are trying to rape the girl next door and I am giving up on this.

    5 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (5983)
    Performance
    (5252)
    Story
    (5297)

    This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

    Sara says: "Strange & Fascinating"
    "7 "little" stories"
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    If you read the Disney release where Frozen is based on this book and are planning on playing it for the children in your life I would strongly suggest you read a free copy off the internet then decide if you still want to let your kids hear it.

    I got the feeling while reading this book that this one of those stories where to a child nothing is really wrong and adults are unreasonable upset. To an adult there is a fair amount to be upset about - kidnapping,illusion to prevent the child wanting to escape; "evil" dust that freezes the goodness in peoples hearts; only true love of the "turned" person can save them. (Because loving an abusive person no matter what they do to you is good - and will turn them into a good person. ---)

    I read this because I am working on a knitting project and it's was on a daily deal for $2.

    Julia Whelan does a lovely job with a nasty little story for childern.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of What Was Lost: The Licanius Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Islington
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (2493)
    Performance
    (2229)
    Story
    (2228)

    It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.

    Jake Hartwell says: "Brilliant!"
    "Another book 1 of plenty"
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    I enjoy the story;the magic system was reasonable; I enjoy the characters - what I felt was missing was an actual end to the book. The cover is quiet right if you are looking for a new series with a similar feel to Wheel of Time then this likely a good choice. Epic reborn immortal character with no memory; a great deal of power and no idea what the goal is - to order; strong and powerful magics locked up - little different twist but check; prince of the realm - also check; good narration also good. But it does also have that somewhat drifting feel that means the author is in really no hurry to achieve or enlighten. My idea of a good series would be the Cast in Shadow --- the books are connected but also have actual endings.

    Micheal Kramer performance is top notch. I pretty sure I made through the book in large part because he read it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Taken: Alex Verus Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (607)

    This time last year, I could go weeks without seeing another mage. In mage society I was an unknown and, all in all, that was how I liked it. It’s hard to say what changed. Whatever it was, I got involved in the magical world again and started getting myself a reputation.

    Cliff says: "Great book. Action packed and fun."
    "Misdirection"
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    This is in many ways for me the happiness point is the story arch. Original and feel good ending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reaper Man: Discworld #11

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (1136)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (605)

    Edmund says: "The most moving of the series"
    "Death get a Life"
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    Of all the Terry Pratchett books I find my myself re-reading this the most often. It's about: being professional without being preachy; about see the good that all your "thankless" work does and about getting out of your world and see some elses.

    All of this and you feel glad you read the book.

    My only minor complaint is the recording has a minor hiss which on really good gear is rather noticeable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Whispering Swarm: The Sanctuary of the White Friars, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Moorcock
    • Narrated By Julian Elfer
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    Almost anyone who has read or written science fiction or fantasy has been inspired by the work of Michael Moorcock. His literary flair and grand sense of adventure have been evident since his controversial first novel Behold the Man, from the stories and novels featuring his most famous character, Elric of Melniboné, to his fantasy masterpiece, Gloriana, winner of both the Campbell Memorial and World Fantasy awards for best novel.

    Anthony Esposito says: "Disappointing, rambling, frustrating, tedious"
    "A rather long list of publications"
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    I really wanted to enjoy this story - I had found Inkheart series pick up after the author in the first few chapters got listing books out her system and set down the story. Yet when I got to Chapter 7 and the author had provided about 1 and half chapters of story and the rest backdrop and lists of books and music I decided that was more then I was willing to wait through. As for the story it appears to be a copy of Neil Gamin's Neverwhere and inkheart onle with list of books before you move forward another step.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1390)
    Performance
    (1264)
    Story
    (1268)

    Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

    Jessica says: "Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom"
    "Well written modern Fantasy"
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    This is the type of story I like best - well written characters - with the center figure like able and if a little slower then me rather good company. This is an adventure well written - not a growing story or a morel or horror but fun and exciting. The story is original and even the author admit at one point you likely already worked this out but on the plus side not that much before the character.

    This isn't a childern story but likely a older child (grade 6-7) would enjoy it; it not a teen story but if the teen isn't look for a sex story then they would enjoy too.

    The book is modern enough to have a few pass reference to more popular books but nothing that is more important that the length of the paragraph. In many way I liked it much better then those book anyway.

    Worth it's very high rating.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (520)

    Narrator Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

    Nancy says: "A great listen"
    "The Monster"
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    I won't comment on the book. I not really sure I enjoyed the story but I understand why it is deemed a classic.

    The reader is very enjoyable. Frankenstein and the Monster are read so completely differently that it is jarring to return to Frankenstein. I bought this one on sale and I believe this edition frequency is the one selected to be on sale. It still every good.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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