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  • North! Or Be Eaten: The Wingfeather Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Peter Sandon
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby thought they were normal children with normal lives and a normal past. But now they know they're really the Lost Jewels of Anniera, heirs to a legendary kingdom across the sea, and suddenly everyone wants to kill them.

    In order to survive, the Igibys must flee to the safety of the Ice Prairies, where the lizardlike Fangs of Dang cannot follow. First, however, they have to escape the monsters of Glipwood Forest (1), the thieving Stranders of the East Bend (2), and the dreaded Fork Factory (3).

    GLENNO says: "The first book was good. This one is FANTASTIC!"
    "Another Great Andrew Peterson Book!"
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    In this second installment of the Wingfeather Saga, Andrew Peterson continues to deliver the fun, excitement, and drama. The perfect book for readers who like a good story with characters who grow and mature while keeping it interesting. There's a little bit of everything here, humor, terrifying chases, good character development, loving family relationships, and problems of life. A great read for any person who likes a good story!

    As for the narration, Peter Sandon is an excellent narrator. In the first audiobook there were actually some mispronunciations; not in the second. The delivery is excellent for an excellent story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time of the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Barbara Hambly
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    As a student of medieval history, Gil Patterson is a woman familiar with dark stories. She knows well the Crusades, the Black Death, and the other horrors of the Middle Ages, but it is another kind of atrocity that has begun to haunt her dreams. She sees forces of evil assaulting a beleaguered kingdom, whose kind people are on the brink of annihilation, and awakes each morning in a cold sweat. Gil dismisses the dreams until a wizard appears in her apartment. He has crossed into her dimension, passing through the fraying fabric of the universe, to ask her help.

    Jennifer says: "Terrible Narration"
    "Worst audiobook I've ever heard."
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    I first read Time of the Dark when I was in high school and I enjoyed the story greatly, the premise was interesting, the plot was well conceived, and the characters were enjoyable. As a fan of audiobooks, I have waited for this series to come to audio for a while. Sadly, when the series finally became available, the performance was so miserable that I can't bring myself to purchase the second and third books.

    This audiobook can best be described as cruel and unusual punishment for the ears. Linden reads with zero emotion, horrible character voices, and a punctuation and pronunciation that would suggest trying to teach a recalcitrant child with a lisp how to read. There is so little emotional inflection that terror and joy could be the same thing. When Linden reads as a character, she seems to choose the worst possible voice. Ingold, possibly the most important character in the book, is meant to be a strong older man with a great deal of command and power while maintaining a normally soft spoken, kind demeanor. The voice given to him in the audiobook would be perfect for a dying old man with laryngitis who is trying to speak his last wishes. Rudy, another main character who is portrayed as a biker, artist, and semi-drifter from California is given a voice that seems more like what you would expect for a Virginian farmer with a bad case of southern accent. All the while, regardless of the character background and personality, they are all read to sound like some English professor who has lost sight of how to communicate in favor of dictionary pronunciation.
    One of the worst parts of this audiobook is that Linden can't seem to understand how to deal with the letter A. Who in their right mind would pronounce the words around and across with a long A? Why would someone given a hick farmer accent use a long A any time he talks? If Linden speaks the way she reads in her everyday life, I can't imagine anyone wanting to spend time with her after the first 5 minutes of conversation.

    All in all, after listening to this audiobook, I can't imagine how this got past any editor. It would be difficult to imagine a performance better equipped to make this audiobook be a failure. A re-recording with an actually talented narrator would be a great service to Hambly fans.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness: Adventure. Peril. Lost Jewels. And the Fearsome Toothy Cows of Skree.

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Peter Sandon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Once there lived three children and their trusty dog Nugget. Janner Igiby, his brother Tink and their crippled sister Leeli are gifted children as all children are, loved well by a noble mother and ex-pirate grandfather. But they will need all their gifts and all that love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice and pursue the Igibys who hold the secret to the lost legend and jewels of good King Wingfeather of the Shining Isle of Anniera.

    David M. Gregg says: "Compelling Plot, Imaginative World, Strong Morals"
    "Best New Author!"
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    Andrew Peterson has a captivating writing style that combines an excellent story, lovable characters, unexpected plot twists, and delightful humor! This book is enjoyable for people of all ages. Everyone I've shared this story with has loved it, most buying the following books as soon as they could.
    If you want a great book to read alone or with your family, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is the ideal one.

    Peter Sandon has the perfect voice for a narrator. Deep, powerful, and British, it is perfect for this story. Near the start there is a gloomy poem that when he reads comes to life as a prophecy of doom; perfect. At times of humor, his voice carries the straight British tone that communicates far more humor than a jovial narrator ever could. Overall, Peter Sandon has one of the best narrating voices I have ever heard.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Harpist in The Wind: Riddle-Master Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patricia A. McKillip
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (76)

    In the midst of conflict and unrest the Prince of Hed solves the puzzle of his future when he learns to harp the wind, discovers who the shape changers are, and understands his own relationship to Deth, harpist of the wizard Ohm.

    Jennie says: "Wonderful reading"
    "Best Series I've Ever Read!"
    Overall

    Once again Patricia A. McKillip has delivered an excellent story! Thankfully, this time it was read by Simon Prebble, reader of The Riddle Master of Hed. Excellent book and excellent narrator!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heir of Sea and Fire: Riddle-Master Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patricia A. McKillip
    • Narrated By Fiona Walsh
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    By the vow of her father and her own desire, Raederle was pledged to Morgon, Riddle-Master of Hed. But a year had passed since Morgon disappeared on his search for the High One at Erlenstar Mountain, and rumors claimed he was dead. Raederle set out to learn the truth for herself, though her small gift of magic seemed too slight for the perils she must face. The quest led through strange lands and dangerous adventures. Only her growing powers enabled her at last to reach Erlenstar Mountain.

    Daniel says: "Best Series I've Ever Read! Terrible narrator!"
    "Best Series I've Ever Read! Terrible narrator!"
    Overall

    This is an excellent book! I gave it 5 stars based on the book. The narrator is terrible! Her pronunciation is horrifically annoying. She slaughters the names of the characters in the book to the point that you wish she would never make another audiobook! This book is excellent and desperately deserves a better reader. Thankfully, this book is good enough that I listen to the audiobook to enjoy the story in spite of the lame narration. It would be a great service for Audible to have Simon Prebble read this book and replace this pathetic excuse for narration with a talented, better suited voice.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Riddle-Master of Hed: Riddle-Master Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia A. McKillip
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (117)

    Long ago, the wizards had vanished from the world, and all knowledge was left hidden in riddles. Morgon, prince of the simple farmers of Hed, proved himself a master of such riddles when he staked his life to win a crown from the dead Lord of Aum.But now ancient, evil forces were threatening him. Shape changers began replacing friends until no man could be trusted. So Morgon was forced to flee to hostile kingdoms, seeking the High One who ruled from mysterious Erlenstar Mountain.Beside him went Deth, the High One's Harper. Ahead lay strange encounters and terrifying adventures.

    John says: "Riddle master of Hed"
    "Best Series I've Ever Read!"
    Overall

    In Short: Great book! Great narrator!

    This is my most favorite series. The character and their development are excellent along with the world of the stories.

    Simon Prebble is an excellent narrator who is easy to listen to.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Many-Colored Land: Volume 1 of the Saga of Pliocene Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Julian May
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    This is a spellbinding tale woven of equal parts epic and myth - with a liberal dash of hard science fiction. When a one-way time tunnel to Earth’s distant past, specifically six million B.C., was discovered by folks on the Galactic Milieu, every misfit for light-years around hurried to pass through it. Each sought his own brand of happiness. But none could have guessed what awaited them. Not even in a million years....

    Jon says: "About time - I hope we get the rest of Julian May"
    "Excellent book!"
    Overall

    The book is top notch! A good story, excellent descriptions, and overall a great source of entertainment. The narrator isn't the best but I can't hold that against the book as a whole. I'm hoping the rest of Julian May's metapsychic books become available as audiobooks!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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