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Debra

Ada, MI, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 5 reviews
  • 144 ratings
  • 440 titles in library
  • 52 purchased in 2014
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  • His Majesty's Dragon: Temeraire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1496)
    Performance
    (875)
    Story
    (881)

    When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo - an unhatched dragon egg - fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle.

    Janet says: "Dragon Riders of Pern meet Master and Commander"
    "Unexpected pleasure!"
    Overall

    Tall Ships and Nepoleonic battles are not my usual cup of tea but this book was a pleasure to listen to and has me hooked on the series.

    The concept and characters are great and I immediately felt the connection that will keep me coming back for more. The narration was excellent as well.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2578)
    Performance
    (1972)
    Story
    (1980)

    When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

    Sam says: "Fantastic book!!"
    "A somewhat predicable yet entertaining tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Ms. Clare has developed a quite different and interesting paranormal universe nested within our own mundane one, which I enjoyed very much. At the same time she seemed to fall back on fairly standard plot devices and the requisite romantic triangle which gave the story a very predicable arc. So much so, that I started making bets with myself about how things would turn out...and won. Thanks largely to Jennifer Ehle's narration, which was both subtle enough not to feel the accents were contrived and distinctive enough that I knew who was speaking at all times, I was drawn into the world and enjoyed meeting the characters enough that I will definitely listen to the next books in the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 - Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (260)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

    Lifelong Reader says: "Beyond disappointed"
    "I wanna cry - and not because Harry died!"
    Overall

    Having already read the first chapter on Jim Butcher's website, I have been anxiously awaiting this next installment of the Dresden Files audio. I literally wanted to weep listening to this sample - as the other's here, we can only hope that a 2nd version will be released with Marster's on the mic.

    I too will be saving my credits for other audio books and will have to resort to reading the book so I can, at least, hear Marster's voices in my head.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dave Ramsey
    • Narrated By Dave Ramsey
    Overall
    (2949)
    Performance
    (1326)
    Story
    (1318)

    Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that's with The Total Money Makeover. It's the simplest, most straight-forward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it's based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

    Gladis says: "Awesome advise"
    "content 4.5; delivery 2"
    Overall

    On the plus side the content is very good, with excellent advice although numerous references to 12% returns clearly dated the material.

    Too bad the narration was a cross between infomercial and the Oxyclean guy...extremely annoying and lowered the credibility of what he has to say.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Friday

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (254)

    Friday, a secret courier, is thrown into an assignment under the command of her employer, a man she knows only as "Boss." She operates from and over a near-future Earth in North America, a vulgar and chaotic land comprised of dozens of independent states. In America's disunion, Friday keeps her balance nimbly with quick, expeditious solutions as she conquers one calamity and scrape after another.

    Eivind says: "Worth the credit"
    "An old favorite despite annoying narration"
    Overall

    This is the book that hooked me on SF/Fantasy, particulary that with a female protagonist, when I was a kid. I have never been without a copy in my library and revisit Friday, my old friend, at least once a year.

    The previous audio version with a male narrator was ridiculous. This narrator gave Friday a whiney tone that was a bit irritating and didn't have a great range of character voices. None the less I do enjoy having an audio version of an old favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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