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Norma

Bellaire, TX, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (1203)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (887)

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "don't buy this if you ever read the books"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    you'll just get hooked and buy the other 2 even with this narrator. Gets a little better but NOT MUCH later

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chinese Shawl: Miss Silver, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Tanis Lyle was one of those passionate women who always get their own way. Her cousin Laura hated her. Most women did. But men found her irresistible and she used them mercilessly. So when Tanis was found murdered there seemed to be any number of suspects on hand. But Miss Silver had her own suspicions…

    Marie says: "My Favorite Miss Silver So Far"
    "Interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    not really gripping like the Agatha Christie books of Miss Marple or Hercule P . Very good on character analysis of themselves just too shallow for some of the 'bad' guys. I did not like the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted, Inc.: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (850)
    Performance
    (763)
    Story
    (767)

    Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset.

    ELSA says: "fun and interesting"
    "STUPID"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    i did not thinks something that sounded so funny would be so stupid but it is . do not waste your money

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fatal Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (778)
    Story
    (777)

    No one liked CC de Poitiers - certainly none of the residents of the village of Three Pines, each of whom CC had managed to offend. Therein lies the challenge for the Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec, called in once again from Montreal to investigate murder in this hamlet. CC has been killed in an apparent electrical accident, and everyone in town has a motive, even the inspector's good friends.

    Patricia says: "Complex, but worthwhile...."
    "NOT what I was looking for as a mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    very mean spirited. I thought i was going to hear an entertaining inspector and instead got a negative story. This inspector might be okay and his wife interesting but the story was NOT what I like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cocaine Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (575)

    It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "A series that just gets better"
    "Too Too Predictable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Oh Missy just too quickly does she do her tricks and too easily does she get out of trouble. Drug sellers are just not quite that stupid no matter where you are .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes of Victory: Honor Harrington, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (641)

    The People's Republic of Haven made a tiny mistake when it announced the execution of Honor Harrington. It seemed safe enough. After all, she was already dead. Unfortunately, they were wrong. Now Honor has escaped from the prison planet called Hell and returned to the Manticoran Alliance with a few friends. Almost half a million of them, to be precise including some who know what really happened when the Committee of Public Safety seized power in the PRH. Honor's

    Jean says: "Ashes of Victory"
    "Stunningly fun to listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Yes, I read the book at least 2x I find the entire series fun and buying the audio has been worth not listening to teen music in the background at home or blaring whatever muzak is on nearby cars on the way to work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 4:50 from Paddington: A Miss Marple Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Joan Hickson
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    For an instant, the two trains ran side by side. In that frozen moment, Elspeth McGillicuddy witnessed a murder. She saw the body crumple. Then the other train drew away. Everyone but Miss Jane Marple was willing to dismiss her friend's distraught report. Diligently studying train routes, timetables, and tracks, Miss Marple imagines where the body might be. Her detective genius includes playing the little-old-lady card and, ultimately, winning the challenge of wits.

    Carl Smith says: "Love Joan Hickson"
    "Great story and wonderful to listen ..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    only problem i had is all the characters pretty much sounded the same... so
    i just modified my process as though the story were being told by 'Miss Marple'
    aka Joan Hickson.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sad Cypress: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    When an elderly woman dies in her sleep, Elinor Carlisle is tried for murder. Only Peter Lord thinks she's innocent, and he turns to the brilliant Hercule Poirot for help. The Belgian sifts through the clues and red herrings to find the complex truth hiding underneath.

    Alan Winterrowd says: "First rate"
    "What a story ! What a presentation !"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is one of my favorites -- tracking back and forth where you cannot possibly believe Elenior to be guilty. The trap is set quite well by Ms Agatha. The presentation of characters and nuances of intonation by Mr Suchet just crown the story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crown of Slaves

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Weber, Eric Flint
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (259)

    The Star Kingdom's ally Erewhon is growing increasingly restive in the alliance because the new High Ridge regime ignores its needs. Add to that the longstanding problem of a slave labor planet controlled by hostile Mesans in Erewhon's stellar back yard, a problem which High Ridge also ignores.

    Charlie Russel says: "Eric Flint makes this MUCH better"
    "Narrator just drives you crazy at first"
    Overall

    Queen Elizabeth aka 'Sword of Steel' sounded like Minnie Mouse ..... or other female Disney character
    Hopefully i wont hear it much! I liked the book and wanted to have somthing for the summer. Be Warned! Great book - narrator not so good

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Pawn of Prophecy: The Belgariad, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (1744)
    Performance
    (974)
    Story
    (995)

    Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years.

    Michael says: "My literary "comfort food""
    "bought the books as I LOVED this series"
    Overall

    I have to listen to this while I drive as the narrator just DOES NOT make it. What a shame. While it does get a bit better in the Mallorean - i'm still hurt the narrator does not have the range perhaps too many characters.

    I don't know if it was a waste or not, i've read the books so many times at least i'm entertained while i drive

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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