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RM

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Wildwood, Missouri, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Dourado

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Wood
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    A sunken treasure. An ancient Biblical artifact. A mystery as old as humankind. On January 25, 1829, the Portuguese brig Dourado sank off the coast of Indonesia, losing its cargo of priceless treasures from the Holy Land. One of these lost relics holds the key to an ancient mystery. But someone does not want this treasure to come to light.

    RM says: "Just OK"
    "Just OK"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Dourado? What did you like least?

    This is an adventure story that reminds me of James Rollins books. As unbelievable as his books are, this one is even more unbelievable and not as well written.


    Would you recommend Dourado to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you like adventures, any adventure, then listen to this book. Otherwise, skip it. There is nothing special about it.


    What didn’t you like about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance?

    The narrator was totally flat. His delivery had no excitement, no real change for characters. I think he was trying to mimic what he imagined a tough navy seal might sound like. Instead, he was just boring.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NO.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heir of Sea and Fire: Riddle-Master Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patricia A. McKillip
    • Narrated By Fiona Walsh
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    By the vow of her father and her own desire, Raederle was pledged to Morgon, Riddle-Master of Hed. But a year had passed since Morgon disappeared on his search for the High One at Erlenstar Mountain, and rumors claimed he was dead. Raederle set out to learn the truth for herself, though her small gift of magic seemed too slight for the perils she must face. The quest led through strange lands and dangerous adventures. Only her growing powers enabled her at last to reach Erlenstar Mountain.

    Daniel says: "Best Series I've Ever Read! Terrible narrator!"
    "Great Book, Awful Narrator"
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    McKillip continues the story of Morgan of Hed through the eyes of other characters, most notably, the woman he is supposed to marry, Raderle. As with the first book in the series, the story sucks you in. However, no matter how I tried to ignore the annoying narrator, it was very difficult. Her voice is fairly pleasant, but I can not get past her ignorance of the proper pronunciation of just about every name in the book. You'd think she'd listen to the first book to get some ideas. Every time she read "the Prince of Hed" as "the Prince of Heed", I wanted to bring her into my reading class and teach her the difference between long and short vowels. I recommend that you read the second book in the series and skip this recording. I'm looking forward to the third book, when Simon Prebble takes over the narration again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Riddle-Master of Hed: Riddle-Master Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia A. McKillip
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (117)

    Long ago, the wizards had vanished from the world, and all knowledge was left hidden in riddles. Morgon, prince of the simple farmers of Hed, proved himself a master of such riddles when he staked his life to win a crown from the dead Lord of Aum.But now ancient, evil forces were threatening him. Shape changers began replacing friends until no man could be trusted. So Morgon was forced to flee to hostile kingdoms, seeking the High One who ruled from mysterious Erlenstar Mountain.Beside him went Deth, the High One's Harper. Ahead lay strange encounters and terrifying adventures.

    John says: "Riddle master of Hed"
    "Terrific Trilogy"
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    Great writing and terrific characters. You can see the influence of other fantasies, but McKillip goes her own way in a really engaging manner. The narrator was wonderful.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Death du Jour: A Temperance Brennan Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Bonnie Hurren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (152)

    Dr. Temperance Brennan, Forensic Anthropologist for the Province of Quebec, digs for a corpse where Sister Elisabeth Nicolet, dead for over a century and now a candidate for sainthood, should be lying in her grave. A strange, small coffin, buried in the recesses of a decaying church, holds the first clue to the cloistered nun's fate. The puzzle surrounding Sister Elisabeth Nicolet's life and death provides a welcome contrast to discoveries at a burning chalet, where scorched and twisted bodies await Tempe's professional expertise.

    RM says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I generally like Temperance Brennan books and have wondered why this one wasn't available. I was so happy when I saw it added to Audible's list. However, this was not one of Reich's best efforts. The story dragged and I finished it, mostly because I stubbornly wanted to listen to every book in the series.


    Would you recommend Death du Jour to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure. It isn't awful and if you like Temperance, you want to know how her story develops over time.


    What didn’t you like about Bonnie Hurren’s performance?

    Horrible voice, horrible delivery. I hated her narration so much that it distracted me from the story. There is no consistency in this series. Many different narrators, some great, some like this one, just awful.


    Was Death du Jour worth the listening time?

    Yes. Only because I like the series.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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