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Tori

CASHMERE, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 11 reviews
  • 105 ratings
  • 283 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • Ivanhoe

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Walter Scott
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    The epitome of the chivalric novel, Ivanhoe sweeps listeners into Medieval England and the lives of a memorable cast of characters. Ivanhoe, a trusted ally of Richard the Lion Hearted, returns from the Crusades to reclaim his inheritance. Rebecca, a beautiful Jewish woman, is defended by Ivanhoe against a charge of witchcraft - but it is Lady Rowena who is Ivanhoe's true love. The success of this novel lies with Scott's skillful blend of historic reality, chivalric romance, and high adventure.

    Matthew says: "Excellent writing, excellent narration!"
    "Poor Narration"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I felt that the narrator could have slowed the story down - I had to go back again and again to try to understand and grasp what he was saying. Perhaps it was me but just found him very difficult to listen too. I was very excited to listen to the book but gave up as felt I had to work to hard to follow him


    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Prebble’s performances?

    no


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Place to Call Home

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Deborah Smith
    • Narrated By Kymberly Dakin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (202)

    Twenty years ago, Claire Maloney was the willful, pampered, tomboyish daughter of the town's most respected family, but that didn't stop her from befriending Roan Sullivan, a fierce, motherless boy who lived in a rusted-out trailer amid junked cars. No one in Dunderry, Georgia - least of all Claire's family - could understand the bond between these two mavericks. But Roan and Claire belonged together...until the dark afternoon when violence and terror overtook them, and Roan disappeared from Claire's life.

    Kimberly says: "Great book!"
    "Struggled"
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    Performance
    Story

    I tried hard to like this book but the narrator drove me absolutely crazy. She took perfectly mundane sentences and turned them dramatic and overblown. By the middle of the story I could hardly tell whose voice she was without her stating the name. The story could have also been cut down by half the time - very long and drawn out and I could hardly wait for it to end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2476)
    Performance
    (2325)
    Story
    (2312)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Loren says: "too many loose threads in this weaving"
    "Disappointing End to a Great Series"
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    Performance
    Story

    I was very disappointed in the end of this wonderful series of books. I loved the first two but found it very difficult to finish this one and found I could care less what happened to the characters by the end. I also agree with other reviews that it was very disconcerting to have voices that you had come to recognize as certain characters changed in the third book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Didymus Contingency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (361)

    If you could go back in time...and witness any event...where would you go? When Dr. Tom Greenbaum faces that question after successfully discovering the secret to time travel, he knows the time, place, and event he will witness: the death and failed resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dr. David Goodman, Tom's colleague and closest friend follows Tom into the past, attempting to avert a time-space catastrophe, but forces beyond their control toss them into a dangerous end game.

    Wesley says: "Not what I expected at all."
    "Too many errors!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story itself was pretty good and kept my interest however the editing errors were extremely distracting. Too often the use of the wrong name in the story caused me to pause and go back in case I had missed something. Very frustrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kraken Project: Wyman Ford, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (237)

    NASA is building a probe to be splashed down in the Kraken Mare, the largest sea on Saturn’s great moon, Titan. It is one of the most promising habitats for extraterrestrial life in the solar system, but the surface is unpredictable and dangerous, requiring the probe to contain artificial intelligence software. To this end, Melissa Shepherd, a brilliant programmer, has developed "Dorothy", a powerful, self-modifying AI whose true potential is both revolutionary and terrifying. When miscalculations lead to a catastrophe during testing, Dorothy flees into the Internet.

    Jacqueline says: "Kraken Project? Not Really!"
    "Hard to Swallow"
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    Performance
    Story

    For some reason I have an easier time believing in the monster in Relic than I do in an A.I. that talks about sex and wants a kiss from a young boy. Also expected more about Wyman Ford and there was really nothing. The story started out to be promising but by the end was disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Impact

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1198)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (385)

    A brilliant meteor lights up the Maine coast and two young women borrow a boat and set out for a distant island to find the impact crater. A scientist at the National Propulsion Facility discovers an inexplicable source of gamma rays in the outer Solar System. He is found decapitated, the data missing.High resolution NASA images reveal an unnatural feature hidden in the depths of a crater on Mars and it appears to have been activated. Sixty hours and counting.

    adam says: "Not good"
    "Not His Best!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have read the majority of Douglas Preston's books and have always been able to suspend belief as far as the scifi angle because the actual story was well written and interesting but this one was just a little to out there (forgive the pun) for me. The always "in danger" aspect was also a little too over the top for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3858)
    Performance
    (2173)
    Story
    (2225)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Sanford Rosenberg says: "What a pleasure to read a classic!"
    "Intrique worthy of today"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found myself continuously comparing Alexandre Dumas to the mystery/intrique writers of today and did not find him lacking in any way, in fact, in most cases found him vastly superior. Even though I thought I knew the whole story, the twists and turns kept me wanting to read more. John Lee as the narrator is excellent and brought the story to life even more. You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8965)
    Performance
    (3395)
    Story
    (3430)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Good Story - Token Sex"
    Overall
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    Overall I enjoyed the story but felt there was too much unnecessary and token sex that very seldom added to the actual story. I also was a bit frustrated that the good people in the story very seldom "won" out over truly evil people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27326)
    Performance
    (13935)
    Story
    (13983)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Phenomenal"
    Overall
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    Story

    I absolutely loved this story - felt by the end that I knew all of them and wanted more. Am afraid to see the movie because the characters are still so alive in my head, not sure any actors can do them justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (620)

    One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.

    H. CRODDICK says: "Wonderful listen"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Even though Emma is not my favorite Austen novel, Juliet Stevenson made it very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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