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Glenda

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  • Ethan of Athos

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (457)

    With the future of Athos at stake, Ethan is chosen on behalf of his cloistered fellows for a unique mission: to brave the wider universe in quest of new ovarian tissue cultures to replenish Athos' dwindling stocks. Along the way, he must tangle with covert operatives, killers, telepathy, interplanetary politics, and - perhaps most disturbingly - an indomitable female mercenary named Elli Quinn.

    David says: "Miles-less but still wonderful"
    "Too politically correct"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I really enjoyed the prior books but the description of this book is misleading at best.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will try the next book in the series and hope that this one is more like the other books.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Good narrator


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I like the female lead character.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Prism

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Cristofer Jean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
    (942)
    Story
    (950)

    Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

    Lee says: "Big fan of Brent Weeks but..."
    "Story was good if you can get past the narrator"
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    What did you love best about The Black Prism?

    The details given showed a great imagination


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Think Caris was my favorite character


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cristofer Jean?

    I didn't realize how much acting was necessary to be able to read these stories well but unfortunately Cristofer Jean in not a good actor. I don't think I would have had a problem with the voices he used if his acting didn't fall so short. I think anybody could be a better reader. ~Sorry~


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I might have but the narration was really distracting. I had to really gear myself up to listen past it.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know if I will listen to book 2 if it has the same narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Forté: A Gus LeGarde Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Aaron Paul Lazar
    • Narrated By Robert King Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Gus LeGarde's life essentially ended four years ago, when his beloved wife, Elsbeth, leapt from the Letchworth Gorge cliffs. These days, the music professor plays endless Chopin etudes on his antique piano and lavishes love on his family and dog - but nothing buries the pain or answers his burning questions. What made her jump? Why didn't she say goodbye? And how will he be able to live without her?

    Linda the Writer says: "A perfect book for a long drive"
    "Enjoyed it!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was a sweet book that had some interesting twist and turns.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked most all the characters but found the brother-in-law's character pulling at my heart strings.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the description of characters at the winter BBQ.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the little girl finally spoke


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1540)
    Performance
    (1414)
    Story
    (1409)

    Ten excited guests arrive at the Westlake Estate, expecting a lavish retreat. They are the winners of a sweepstakes to "Live Like a Billionaire for a Week." But what was supposed to be a promising escape soon turns into a horrific nightmare. Within hours of arrival, the guests sit down for an extravagant dinner. When they pull their party poppers as instructed, a loud chorus of bangs resounds, followed by earsplitting screams as the guest seated at the head of the table bursts into flames and slumps to the floor.

    Stacy says: "As Ridiculous and Unimaginative as the TV show."
    "Sorry"
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    Would you try another book from Anthony Zuiker and/or Gildart Jackson?

    No


    Has Free: Whodunnit? turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I would probably try it again


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Gildart Jackson?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I think what it lacks is that the characters are not endearing, you don't really like anyone. You sort of start off liking the "butler" but soon you change your mind about him as well.


    Any additional comments?

    It really is a disappointing book, from the very beginning you have to wonder how a supposedly top rate butler will except a job from an employer that he has never heard anything about and has no information on. How could you be sure that this new employer could even pay the promised salary. Then it goes on to try to make the reader believe that a staff that is trapped on the grounds couldn't think to wait until the guest start arriving by limo, and simply run through the opened gate!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8129)
    Performance
    (3275)
    Story
    (3336)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Fun!"
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    Where does Eragon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks up there with "Game of Thrones" I actually like it better because it's better at character building.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author allows the main character to have believable faults and shortcomings which are apparent in all of us.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Eragon's cousin emerges into his own strong character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2946)
    Performance
    (1715)
    Story
    (1708)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "I've never had this much fun listening to a book!"
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    Would you listen to Crocodile on the Sandbank again? Why?

    Absolutely, this book had a great story and the narrator is fantastic!


    What other book might you compare Crocodile on the Sandbank to and why?

    I don't know if this book is comparable to any other I've ever read. It was a great mystery but at the same time it was funny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's hard to say because I loved every bit of it. I even restarted the book and plugged it into the car audio so that my husband could enjoy it with me as we went on a road trip!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes but it would give away part of the conclusion so I can't tell you


    Any additional comments?

    Elizabeth Peters is a great writer! I plan on reading the entire series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mirror Dance: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1250)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (612)

    The dwarfish, fetally damaged yet brilliant Miles Vorkosigan has more than his share of troubles. Having recently escaped an assassination plot whose tool was a brainwashed clone of himself, Miles has set the clone, Mark, free for a new chance at life. But when he decides to let his clone brother assume his secret identity and lead the Dendarii Free Mercenary on an unauthorized mission to liberate other clones from the outlaw planet of Jackson's Whole, things get really messy.

    Paul Mc Galey says: "Excellent book, but needs editing?"
    "Good, but slow moving"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    yes, it was entertaining.


    What other book might you compare Mirror Dance to and why?

    ????


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Gardner does a good job, this book was probably more difficult because of all the clone characters but he does well.


    Could you see Mirror Dance being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    ????


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Question of God: C. S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Armand M. Nicholi
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Renowned psychiatrist and educator Armand Nicholi here presents a fascinating comparison of the beliefs of Sigmund Freud and C. S. Lewis. In the 20th century, no spokesman was more prominent for nonbelief than Sigmund Freud, and no one argued for belief more successfully than C. S. Lewis. From pain and suffering to love and sex, from God to morality, Lewis and Freud carefully argued opposing positions and even considered the chief objections to their positions.

    Glenda says: "Excellent rivals!"
    "Excellent rivals!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this audiobook to friends as I was listening to it, it is a real thinker.


    What other book might you compare The Question of God to and why?

    There is no comparison. Most books of this sort are unevenly matched but this one is perfect.


    What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?

    Whitfield speaks as though he is the author not a performer. It makes all the difference!


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I was surprised to find out that CS Lewis was a fan of Freud's before his conversion.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3687)
    Performance
    (1046)
    Story
    (1092)

    Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch.

    Caitlin says: "Great audiobook!"
    "The man was brilliant what can I say!!"
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    Where does The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Michael York did a great job a the narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The message was there without being pounded into you.


    What does Michael York bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a good job with voice expressions and the change in characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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