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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 Daemon Prism: Collegia Magica, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Carol Berg
    • Narrated By Angele Masters, David DeVries, Daniel May, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    Dante the necromancer is the most reviled man in Sabria, indicted by for crimes against the living and the dead. He salves bitterness with a magical puzzle - a desperate soldier's dream of an imprisoned sorceress and a faceted glass that can grant one's utmost desires. But the dream is a seductive trap. Haunted, blind, driven to the verges of the world, Dante must risk everything he values to unravel a mystery of ancient magic, sacred legend, and the truth of the divine.

    ShySusan says: "This is a review of the book--not the narrator."
    "End to the Collegia"
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    There is nothing wrong with the story. Ms Berg does a wonderful job and gives a great end and eplioge. The problem I had with this story was the narrated any (and it is most of the book) part from Dante view. I never mind Will Stater as Capt Kirk but that voice of saying EVER word like it is it's own sentence...that what you get from the reader for Dante. The other voices are just fine.

    The story is well thought out, just twisting itself into a end without changing the rules of the world and if a finally sadness hang over the end it is only at the lost of the story. I hope that Ms. Berg will continue to write stories in this world and that Audible will carry them. Just pick someone else to read Dante!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Soul Music: Discworld, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    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
    (1803)
    Performance
    (1709)
    Story
    (1708)

    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.

    JPaladin says: "Wonderful Epic! Mature and well-written."
    "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
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    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
    (253)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (226)

    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
    (144)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (134)

    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
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    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 12 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
    (24)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    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
    (123)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (117)

    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

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