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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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  • Mind Games: Disillusionists, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Carolyn Crane
    • Narrated By Rebecca Wisocky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (217)

    Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine’s soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal. With a little of Packard’s hands-on training, Justine can weaponize her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity’s worst criminals.

    Rae says: "Great Start to New Series"
    "Inside the mind of Anxiety Attack"
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    I couldn't get by the first 30 mins of this. I suffer from depression and anxiety and while the drugs are effective this book is written in such a style that the reader feels that they are within the mind of a suffer of anxiety. It could be a interesting story but given the mood of the book I suggest passing.

    The title is correct the main character really is suffering from the games of her own mind.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Flame: Chronicles of Elantra Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    Kaylin returned from the West March in one piece. Now that piece is fraying. She's not at home in the Imperial Palace - and she never intends to be. All she wants is normal garden-variety criminals and a place of her own. Of course, normal in her new life involves a dragon as a roommate, but she can handle that. Kaylin can't as easily handle the new residents to the city she polices, because one of them is Nightshade's younger brother. On a night when she should be talking to landlords in perfectly normal buildings, she's called to the fief - by Teela.

    Cheri says: "still a good listen...but..."
    "This is book 10-"
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    This is book ten - if you liked the previous 9 books this will be just as enjoyable. If not then start with Cast in Shadow. There are a few inconsistent with the previous books but they are very minor. I really love how this series is able to continue to expand without need to "develop" new rules or myths to keep the books good.

    Audible please ask Michelle to add to this series to more international locations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Symposium

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    The Greek word sumposion means a drinking party (a fact shamefully ignored by the organizers of modern symposia), and the party described in Plato's Symposium is one supposedly given in the year 416 BC by the playwright Agathon to celebrate his victory in the dramatic festival of the Lenaea. He has already given one party, the previous evening; this second party is for a select group of friends, and host and guests alike are feeling a little frail.

    Brian Quaranta says: "Cast brings this great dialogue to life"
    "Different"
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    I am trying to read a collection of books at the moment which given I have a History Degree people seem to feel I should have read. I apporch this book from having taken a couple of second university courses in Greek rule of Egypt and Rome history.

    If you are fimilar to with the content then let me say the reader is good and the pace light.

    For those like me who don't know about the content then it is rather different then the modern view of many things. If you have strong views on gay taken child to as lovers I suggest you skip this book. It is written from the view that gay sex is the correct and normal course for man. It is interesting to have couples viewed from a different gender normal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shada: Doctor Who: The Lost Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams, Gareth Roberts
    • Narrated By Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (202)

    The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University - where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana, and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs - most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous. The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey isn't a book for Time Tots.It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.

    Robert says: "Like uncovering a lost treasure"
    "Dr Who verson of Dirk Gently Dectective Agancy"
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    Think book started off really promising then well I feeling there was a bit of character reuses and finally more that it was a different version of Dirk Gently Dec. Agency rather then a story I haven't hear before. It's not really the same plot but the feel very similar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soul Music: Discworld, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (78)

    On the planet of Discworld, phrases like "there's a Death in the family" take on a whole new meaning. Young Susan has always suspected that her Grandfather was different, as though all the time he spent riding a white horse and wielding a scythe weren't enough of a giveaway.

    Coral says: "Living on borrowed Music"
    "Living on borrowed Music"
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    If you have never read the discword this isn't the book to start with; there are lots of establish story lines going on and you will be much happier starting with Mort.

    For those who have read Mort and Reaper Man - you know all about Death and Susan.

    This book is about the crowd, music and fame. Something which Pratchett - personal feel - falls a little short on. It's much better then Moving Pictures but somehow need seemed as neat to me as some of the other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2448)
    Performance
    (2310)
    Story
    (2309)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    Robin says: "Complex but could be more compelling"
    "Gets betters the openning is a tad rough"
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    The story starts pretty weak in the fashion of a child view of a spartan style education - one could wish that the author had spend some time around children and teenagers because the skills the student have are WAAAY to advanced for their age.

    Once the book breaks out of the schooling story it gets more interesting about the last third of the book decided me to buy the second book.

    The "magic" isn't very well explained or detailed in the book however the story handles it reasonable well. There are no vampires - which some people I talk though it would be based on the title nor is the book grim with split blood. The battles are quick and descriptive (and thankfully) vague about corpse or guts.

    It's a reasonable start to a good set of books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Missing: Troubletwisters, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Garth Nix, Sean Williams
    • Narrated By Stanley McGeagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The grand finale of the thrilling middle-grade fantasy series from best-selling authors Garth Nix and Sean Williams. Jack and Jaide Shield have defended themselves against The Evil before - but it's never been as dangerous as this. It isn't just the town of Portland that's threatened, it's the whole Earth . . . and certain dimensions beyond.

    Coral says: "And then Nix and William ran out of ideas"
    "And then Nix and William ran out of ideas"
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    I must admit to having generally mixed feelings about this series. I really like Garth Nix work - Aborhorson &, Keys to the Kingdom but this is weaker. The character in the Troubletwisters have always been more flat and ideas less interesting. Ok so I really liked the cats - who saddly are almost bit parts in this book.

    The story starts out promising - the twins are finally going to advance in there training - a mysteries message for help from someone Grammy X knows but then the story flags. All is relived about Grammy X yet it presented in such a way that no suspense is allowed to build up.

    Personally I would say there is wiggly room for more books - maybe they just wanted to a sequel series rather then try to keep Jake and Jade.

    If your adult for your own pleasure it's about 3.5 - for kids (middle school crowd) it's likely better but not by much.

    0 of 0 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
    (263)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (235)

    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
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (7)

    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, John McWhorter
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (179)

    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 3 people found this review helpful

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