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Audrey

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 45 purchased in 2014
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  • The Legend of Broken

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (58)

    With the historical storytelling brilliance of Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth, the hugely best-selling author of The Alienist writes a bounding epic: The Legend of Broken is an action-packed, multi-charactered tale of a medieval clash of cultures. In Caleb Carr’s fascinating tale of the kingdom of Broken, legend meets history, science defies all expectation, and one noble soldier struggles to save a fortress city besieged by enemies within and without.

    Joe says: "Brilliant Story, Brilliant Narration"
    "The Pitfalls of Fantasy"
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    I'm a big fantasy fan and I'm all for exposition and witty phrasing, but this book managed to be long winded without really achieving either. I struggled through the first 8 hours since sometimes long stories need a couple hours to get started and I didn't want to write it off prematurely, but I couldn't listen to any more. Every sentence is verbose and the classic "kingdom vs outsider" theme just got tired. Plus, all the names sound really similar. Super disappointed.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4488)
    Performance
    (4138)
    Story
    (4151)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Dave says: "Oh, the Wondrous Ocean!"
    "Good for a Lazy Weekend"
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    Definitely worth listening to if you have a spare credit hanging around and are a Gaiman fan (and really, who isn't?) Reminded me of listening to "14" but Peter Clines-- incredibly original ideas, well crafted, slow paced.

    Also, Neil Gaiman does a really great old lady voice!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3592)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (929)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "Enough with the similes!"
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    Maybe it's a Japanese style of writing that everything is described using similes but by the end of the book I wanted to shake the author to get her to stop comparing everything to "a leaf swept away in the current of a river."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14878)
    Performance
    (9252)
    Story
    (9127)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "A Historical Romance"
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    Definitely a romance novel. The story's good and there are some exciting, adventurous parts. Davina Porter is outstanding.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mort: Discworld #4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (1334)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (598)

    Jonas says: "Best so far"
    "Doesn't Compare to 'Good Omens'"
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    Would you try another book from Terry Pratchett and/or Nigel Planer?

    Probably not. I listened to 'Good Omens' and wanted something similarly creative and funny. I've already read/listened to everything by Neil Gaiman so I figured I'd give Pratchett a try after hearing recommendations for him my whole life (seriously, since I was 6 yrs old.) Turned out to be such a disappointment.

    Without another author to contribute storyline, Pratchett's writing is humorous for its own sake but nothing really happens and the characters lack depth, like their only purpose is to be funny. Unfortunately, non-stop humor that isn't punctuated by anything else for contrast gets old fast. It's like if 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' was wall-to-wall Zaphod. I love Pratchett's dry humor but I don't think it stands alone well.

    Sorry ardent Pratchett fans, regrettably I can't count myself among you.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    'A Dirty Job' by Christopher Moore


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Planer's English accent is really heavy and he talks fast so if I didn't listen with 100% attention I couldn't make out what he was saying. There also wasn't a lot of variation between his narration and the accents he gave to the characters, they all kind of sounded the same.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unholy Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (244)

    They're an iconic part of history's most celebrated birth. But what do we really know about the Three Kings of the Nativity, besides the fact that they followed a star to Bethlehem bearing strange gifts? The Bible has little to say about this enigmatic trio. But leave it to Seth Grahame-Smith, the brilliant and twisted mind behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to take a little mystery, bend a little history, and weave an epic tale.

    Ryan says: "A nice twist to the greatest story ever told."
    "Good Story if You Have Time to Kill"
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    What did you like best about Unholy Night? What did you like least?

    It's a decent story and even though it goes kind of slow there are some surprises. It's kind of dark and that overshadowed the amusing characters for me. It's the kind of audiobook I listen to while I'm doing laundry or something.


    Would you recommend Unholy Night to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, if there's a series or author you really love then save your credits. If you're looking for something new and/or random (which is why I bought it) then I think you can do better.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Peter Berkrot?

    Maybe. His voice is nice to listen to and he annunciates clearly, but he doesn't really do voices.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5630)
    Performance
    (5050)
    Story
    (5041)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Takes the Story in a Whole New Direction"
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    If you could sum up Shadow of Night in three words, what would they be?

    Full of backstory


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say...Matthew is so romantic but Ysebeau's character development really draws you in.


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

    Ikeda's performance in Shadow of Night is even more impressive than in Discovery of Witches. Most of the book takes place in Europe so there are tons of different languages and accents, compounded by each character's trademark inflections, it's hard to believe so many voices can come from one person.


    Any additional comments?

    After finishing Discovery of Witches I was eager for Diana and Matthew to make progress in their fight against the Congregation and find answers to all of the questions brought up in the first book. Shadow of Night introduces a new batch of adventures that add depth to the events and mysteries in book one but it's definitely not a linear progression and it's just as much of a cliff-hanger. Conclusion: can't wait for book three!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9239)
    Performance
    (6759)
    Story
    (6800)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Startling Narration!"
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    Would you listen to A Discovery of Witches again? Why?

    Absolutely! I first read the Kindle edition a year ago and just got the Audible edition to listen to before starting Shadow of Night. I worried that listening to the story would be less vibrant than imagining the characters myself when I read the book but Ikeda gives such a good performance that I forgot I was listening to someone speak, it was as if the story was playing out directly in my mind. Ikeda has a nice woman's voice (not nasal or high-pitched) and the range of voices, male and female, and accents she pulls off is frankly startling! Harkness' characters are so unique and Ikeda gave each one an appropriate, distinct voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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