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Michelle

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  • Ship of Magic: The Liveship Traders, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (440)

    Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships---rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia. For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her---a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim.

    Lorena says: "Something altogether new"
    "Good story (so far), terrible reader"
    Overall

    Reader nearly put me to sleep more than once, though the story is pretty good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6805)
    Performance
    (3173)
    Story
    (3178)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Vampires for Grown-ups!"
    Overall

    Fantastic tale that trumps Stephen King ("The Stand"), Frank Herbert ("White Plague") and Brahm Stoker for telling a good contagion-apocalypse-vampire story. Surprise ending and unfinished business left this listener hoping for a "what went on in the rest of the world" sequel.

    I can sure do without this narrator - he seems to have one voice throughout most of the narration and manages to find voice suggestive of any female character only toward the end. Otherwise his presentation is sing-song and lulling, not much change of tone or expression even for the bits that should be read be *so very dramatically*. Maybe the director was out to lunch during recording?

    Narrator scotches a 5-star review.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Thrall's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Judith Lindbergh
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Katla is a slave and daughter of a Christian woman captured in a Viking raid on Irish shores. Setting sail from Iceland with her master's household, she heads toward the distant promise of a new homestead in Greenland. Also on the ship is Thorbjorg the Seeress, a much maligned and persecuted healer and prophetess who is ever faithful to the call of her patron god, Odin.

    Wyonia says: "well done"
    "A-vikkin we shall go"
    Overall

    But not really. After the obligatory violence within the first chapter this story settled into a sing-song recitation of an enslaved woman's daily trials and tribulations. If you need to have background noise running while you do other things go ahead and download this book. If you want commute-time entertainment pass it by and grab something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8603)
    Performance
    (3060)
    Story
    (3089)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Unabridged?"
    Overall

    Great story! Without having read the printed word there seem to be some rather large discontinuities between sections but otherwise this book is just as fine as "Pillars of the Earth". Moved my knitting project right along...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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