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Deena

Jacksonville, FL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The High Lord: The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (379)

    Life should have been easier for Sonea, now that Regin ignored her and the rest of the novices treated her with wary respect, but she cannot forget what she witnessed in Akkarin's underground room, or his warning that Kyralia's ancient enemy is watching the Guild closely.

    Thomas says: "Best book I have heard in a long time"
    "What happened?"
    Overall

    I loved the first book! The second would have been just as good if I didn't constantly feel like the author was trying to justify homosexualism (there was a great relationship building up there, but the "mood" was totally destroyed by what felt like preaching). This last book however did something no one else seems to have a problem with - a guardian having a romantic relationship with his protégé. This just smacks of someone taking advantage of his leadership role over a young impressionable woman. I'm quitting this book before the end because it just infuriates me every time I listen to the narrator gushing about how handsome the High Lord is with his shirt off. Shame on you Trudi Canavan for relaying to young people (and old) that this is okay! I know too many people who battle this mindset every day.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Masques: Aralorn, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Patricia Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (770)

    After an upbringing of proper behavior and oppressive expectations, Aralorn fled her noble birthright for a life of adventure as a mercenary spy. Her latest mission involves spying on the increasingly powerful sorcerer Geoffrey ae'Magi. But in a war against an enemy armed with the powers of illusion, how do you know who the true enemy is - or where he will strike next?

    Tabitha says: "Satisfying tale, interesting characters"
    "Too much theatrics, not enough book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've tried several times to make it to the end, but I like reading books and the narrator won't let me. When did audiobooks turn into radio theatre?

    If you like the narrator to go into histrionics, raise her voice, growl, whine, etc., you will probably like this book. The story isn't bad at all.

    If you like to use your imagination and relax with a book, don't waste your credits or money - the narrator won't let you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8377)
    Performance
    (7531)
    Story
    (7650)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Perfection"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mr. Inglis reads The Hobbit without going overboard in theatrics, but still manages to vary the voices of his characters which makes it easier to follow along. Most narrators either drone, or they create voices in falcetto (men playing women), ridiculous baritone (women playing men), or that ridiculous baby talk (when playing small children). All that does is pull me out of the story and often I stop the book. I love books - they allow me to use my imagination; but I detest poor narrators - they seem to think I'm too dumb and need them to shape the characters for me. The only reason I listen to audiobooks is lack of time.
    Thank you, Mr. Inglis, for your wonderful performance. The songs are magnificently sung too, by the way...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1409)
    Performance
    (1284)
    Story
    (1276)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "Food for thought"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As a service member myself I felt like Ms. Maddow was in effect connecting the dots. I've seen first hand some of the things she mentions (the inception of contractors into our forces). I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hood: King Raven Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (317)

    For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting. Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne of Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in the primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him, for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets.

    RJT says: "Extremely well done ... mostly."
    "Hang on to your speakers"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really liked the book, but every time I started to get into the story the narrator killed the mood. He seemed to be speed-reading which is exhausting to listen to. I love audiobooks, but had a hard time keeping up with this one. I loved his voice, the way he brought his characters to life and the fact that he mastered that balance between monotonous and overly dramatic. I think if he hadn't read so fast, I would not have paid so much attention to his performance and noticed his strange accent (sounds like an American trying to sound British) and mispronunciations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28816)
    Performance
    (22043)
    Story
    (22187)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Read this!"
    Overall

    Received the first book in paperback for Christmas; loved it and decided to download the second one in audio format shortly thereafter. If you ask me the second one is even better! Great job by the narrator too - just the right balance between keeping me riveted without going over the top by using silly voices, over dramatization or crazy music for effect. Stayed up all night just to hear the end and am now downloading the final book so I can listen to the end when I get home from work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17719)
    Performance
    (7925)
    Story
    (7959)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Wow!"
    Overall

    Read all three books in the Millennium Trilogy. Watched the two movies that have been released in the States so far (also great, but read the books first) and am eagerly awaiting this last one. I'm addicted. So I googled him only to find out that he passed away - didn't even get to find out how popular his books became...I feel so sad for him and hope that at least his family and friends find some solace in that knowledge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Book of Days: Book One in the Chronicles of Tiralainn Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sara Reinke
    • Narrated By Ann Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The ordinary and seemingly unrelated lives of Trejaeran Muirel and Qynh Reoder are forever and irrevocably changed when they learn they are brother and sister, twin heirs to the throne of Tiralainn, and the children of a murdered King of Men and Queen of the Elves. By Elfin prophecy, one of them will one day defeat Ciardha, the evil and immortal Queen who now reigns over the realm, and restore the alliance of men and Elves.

    Deena says: "Sweet Mother!"
    "Sweet Mother!"
    Overall

    Sweet Mother, but I wonder how many times the characters cry "Sweet Mother" in this book. Between the constant expletives and the "heroes" whimpering, crying and yelping (not to mention fainting) at the sight of their foes, I found myself constantly distracted. What could have been a great book turned into background noise. Did not finish the book and certainly won't buy another one by this author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Armageddon's Children: The Genesis of Shannara, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (744)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (349)

    Logan Tom is doomed to remember the past and determined to rescue the future. Far behind him lies a boyhood cut violently short by his family's slaughter, when the forces of madness and hate swept our world after decadent excesses led to civilization's downfall. Somewhere ahead of him rests the only chance to beat back the minions of evil that are systematically killing and enslaving the last remnants of humanity.

    Lore says: "OK story that ends in a cliffhanger"
    "Please just read the book"
    Overall

    Books have been around for a LONG time. That's because readers are perfectly able to enjoy a story regardless of melodramatic voices and volume changes. Someone please tell this narrator to stop shouting and whispering! I have to constantly change the volume and sometimes even rewind to hear what he's saying. And why do some narrators feel children and women must have high pitched, annoying voices? I'm not finishing this book because I can't get past the narrator.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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