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Christine

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  • Carpe Diem: Liaden Universe Agent of Change, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (116)

    On the run from interplanetary assassins, covert operative Val Con yos'Phelium and former mercenary sergeant Miri Robertson end up stranded on a distant planet - with no rescue in sight. Until they figure out a way back to Liad, these two lost souls must find a way to trust each other - and let their true love heal the dark wounds of their past.

    Christine says: "Great Story -- Narration could be better"
    "Great Story -- Narration could be better"
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    If you could sum up Carpe Diem in three words, what would they be?

    Total Space Opera


    What other book might you compare Carpe Diem to and why?

    It might sound strange, but I'd compare it to the Two Towers -- there's lots of characters running around, separated but working towards a common goal, with lots of action. The characters and the action continue in the next book, so the overall issues are not resolved in this single book. I hasten to add that the two books are totally different in the tone, pace, and world/universe. But I enjoy this book for many of the same reasons I like the Two Towers.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Andy Caploe?

    I have listened to Agent of Change before this one, so the answer is, "yes." However the issue I have with his female voices is more apparent in this book. And he sometimes seems to lose the characterization completely at times (Jeeves, Patricia). At some points, if I didn't know the book so well, it might be hard to keep track of who is talking. I love these books, so I'll continue to buy them despite this.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is one of my comfort books -- when I'm tired or unhappy. The combination of action and romance always makes me feel better.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Podkayne of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (133)

    Podkayne Fries, a smart and determined maid of Mars, has just one goal in life: to become the first female starship pilot and rise through the ranks to command deep-space explorations. So when she is offered a chance to join her diplomatic uncle on an interstellar journey to distant Earth via Venus, it's a dream come true - even if her only experience with diplomacy is handling her brilliant but pesky younger brother, Clark.

    Jack Ketterer says: "A Smart Kid"
    "Great retelling of a classic science fiction story"
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    Story

    This is one of my favorite coming of age stories -- where you hear the thoughts of a young girl as told to her diary. The narrator does a great job of having different voices that enhance the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent of Change: Liaden Universe Agent of Change, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (226)

    Fleeing the scene of his latest mission, Val Con yos'Phelium finds himself saving the life of ex-mercenary Miri Robertson, a young Tarren on the run from interplanetary assassins. Thrown together by circumstances, Val Con and Miri struggle to elude their enemies and stay alive without slaying each other - or surrendering to the unexpected passion that flares between them.

    Claire says: "At long last we have the Liadan stories on Audible"
    "Space Opera I couldn't put down!"
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    What did you love best about Agent of Change?

    I've enjoyed the Liaden Universe and Miri and ValCon are amongst my favorite characters. This story tells how they met -- didn't like each other much at first, but learned how to get along. While it isn't the first chronologically, it's a good place to start in the series.I like how they slowly learn about each other and work together to solve the problems they each face. Of course not everything gets resolved and you must "tune in next time" for more!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character would be Miri because of her change from not wanting to rely on anyone else to accepting a partner.


    What three words best describe Andy Caploe’s performance?

    Story comes alive


    Any additional comments?

    Like others, his personification of Miri was very distracting. Though I did get used to it, I always found it slightly annoying. I loved how he did Edger!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Courtlight: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (808)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (729)

    In Elantra, a job well done is rewarded with a more dangerous task. So after defeating a dark evil, Kaylin Neya goes before the Barrani High Court, where a misspoken word brings sure death. Kaylin's never been known for her grace or manners, but the High Lord's heir is suspiciously ill, and Kaylin's healing magic is the only shot at saving him - if she can dodge the traps laid for her.

    Jessica says: "I love this series!"
    "Great performance"
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    What did you love best about Cast in Courtlight?

    We learn about Kaylin's world and secrets along with her.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kaylin -- she has great power and yet lives a normal life and messes up like the rest of us.


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    The voices she gives to the various characters and races make them come alive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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