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Stacey

Whimsical Reader

FRESNO, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 8 reviews
  • 32 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 67 purchased in 2014
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  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    Scandal, treachery and crime are rife in Old London Town. A king blackmailed by his mistress, dark dealings in opium dens, stolen jewels, a missing bride - these are cases so fiendishly complex that only Sherlock Holmes would dare to investigate.

    C. Telfair says: "For the Fun of It"
    "Excellent!"
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    Very good reader of an amazing author. The characters are solid and I've listened to this 3 times now. Sherlock Holmes is the original sleuth. I highly recommend this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tiger in the Smoke: An Albert Campion Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Margery Allingham
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    Jack Havoc, jail-breaker and knife artist, is on the loose on the streets of London once again. In the faded squares of shabby houses, in the furtive alleys and darkened pubs, the word is out that the Tiger is back in town, more vicious and cunning than ever. It falls to Albert Campion to pit his wits against the killer and hunt him down through the city's November smog before it is too late.

    Meep says: "Not really a mystery-unique among Campions"
    "Help! I can't get through this!"
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    I'm going to try again because I read reviews of the book and nearly everyone seems to like it, but the reader is so dramatic. It's very annoying because it's not how I would read the book in my head at all. Every 3rd or 4th word is over-emphasized and is very difficult to listen to, but I will open my mind before I completely give up because I love this genre...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9594)
    Performance
    (8706)
    Story
    (8777)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Another Adventure into and out of the past..."
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    I enjoy Dan Brown because I can escape from my daily 8-5 job. I would love to travel and Dan Browns' books have allowed me to do so.
    It wasn't the greatest plot (never quite made sense why the villain, who dies in the beginning anyway, would want his "weapon of doom" found) but I enjoyed the art history, architecture and classical literature lesson. Dan Brown is a good professor, just like Robert Langdon and I appreciate him.
    While I listened, I would travel on the internet to Wikipedia or other sites to look up what painting he was talking about or what architecture he was describing. (You'll need a smart phone or iPad/Kindle Fire to do this). It always fills me with a sense of wonder at the beauty of the past.
    It also makes you think, and think hard about the planet we live on and how we should be better stewards of what we have. I like Dan Brown because he makes me think outside the box and I am a better more enlightened person for it. Thank you Dan!

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4773)
    Performance
    (4390)
    Story
    (4391)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "This Series is the Best!"
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    I have listened to the 3 books in this series 4 times through now! I love the characters and the performance. These books have everything an adventure/fantasy lover could ask for: elves, wizards, dwarves, goblins, heros, villians, princesses, dragons, magic gems and swords...everything! All the books tie together with very little repetition since this is combination of the individual books. All the characters are solid. This is the first book I've listened to where my mind didn't wander. I remember the names of all the characters, even the names of the towns and cities they visited on their journey. Hadrian and Royce reminded me of a Monty Python cast members! I would start laughing outloud to the stares of others around me. The narrator did a perfect job with the expression of all the characters, even the females. Sometimes, I've found that the narration of a female by a male is too patronizing, or over the top, but not this narrator. I would highly recommend this whole series. "Theft of Swords", "Rise of Empire", and "Heir of Novron".

    2 of 3 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
    (5625)
    Performance
    (5046)
    Story
    (5037)

    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"
    "Not as spellbinding as the first"
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    I loved "The Discovery of Witches" so much that I quickly bought "The Shadow of Night". It was very different than the first book. The first was hard to stop listening to. I couldn't wait to finish work so I could go home and listen some more. But the second book seemed to drag and I got lost in all the history and characters. I loved hearing about the famous people, but it distracted from the main characters. I had to go back to the end of the first book to figure out why Matthew and Diana went back in time in the first place. "Oh, yeah, to find some stronger witches to teach Diana, really?, or was it Ashmole 782?" The sexual attraction between the two was missing. In the first book Matthew had trouble controlling himself around her, but in the second book they seemed nearer friends with benefits. He was so strong and omnipotent in the first book but he seemed a different character in the second. He was "whipped". (Yes Diana, I'll do whatever you want). I love strong female characters but not so strong they overpower the male. I'm still old fashioned that way. I like my male vampires strong, dark and mysterious-not cowering over a woman. The flip between present and past was hard to follow because the author didn't give us a title like present day or past. You could probably tell this easier in a novel but it was impossible in an audible book. The perfomance was good. I liked that I could distinguish characters through her voices. But overall, I only gave this 4 stars to the original book which I gave 5. I might wait to get the third book. I don't seem to care anymore about Ashmole 782 or it's significance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (759)
    Story
    (750)

    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Winslet, Satisfactory Story"
    "Excellent Performance but oh, so Depressing..."
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    I love Kate Winslet, her voice is amazing and so soothing. I would listen to anything she read. From a cookbook to a medical research journal! If it wasn't for her performance, I would have stopped listening. It was a very predictable and very depressing. But artistically well written and performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New York to Dallas: In Death, Book 33

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1986)
    Performance
    (1724)
    Story
    (1716)

    It was one of Eve Dallas’s earliest takedowns, back in her uniform days. A monster named Isaac McQueen had been abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. Thanks to Eve, he wound up where he belonged, removed from civilized society in Rikers. But he’s not behind bars anymore. After his escape, McQueen has two things in mind. One is to take up where he left off, preying on the young and innocent - when necessary, with the help of a female partner all too willing to be manipulated and to aid and abet his crimes.

    helen says: "How does she do it?"
    "A little harrowing at times..."
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    I found this book difficult and disturbing to listen to at times. Not having any molestation or abuse in my past, I found it hard to continue listening. I can't imagine what someone who has been through a tramatic experience in their life would feel while listening to this selection. It made the hair on the back of my neck stand up listening to the cries and pleadings of the girls involved. Maybe I am overly sensitive to others suffering but I don't think I'll listen to this one again. I enjoyed her previous book much more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moonstone

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (276)

    No, the "Moonstone" isn't a celestial relic, it's a gigantic yellow diamond of unearthly beauty that was given to Rachel Verinder as a present on her 18th birthday - and stolen that very night! Betteredge, one of the most beloved butlers in English literature, is the focus of this seminal detective novel, which examines how one family's life is turned upside-down by the theft. And find out why the answers to all of life's problems can be found in the pages of Robinson Crusoe.

    Catherine says: "One of the best readings ever"
    "Performances were some of the best read and heard!"
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    Being new to audio books, this was one of the first books I purchased. I thought the performances were excellent and spot on! All the characters were read very well and I particularly liked the way Mr. Collins and the performers were able to capture the essence of their character within their station in life. Mr. Blake, the hero, being very formal and a little highbrow and the butler, Mr. Betteridge, being more down to earth and "real" in his search for meanings within his Robinson Caruso. The female character, Miss Clack, grated on the nerves as a person, but the woman who read her did an amazing job of bringing across her overly-religious zealotry and passion for the good book. It felt good that the main characters felt the same about her that I did and you had to admire her persistance to spread the good word. All in all, a very well written and well performed book with quick turns of phrase and excellent visuals. It didn't matter to me who took the moonstone, I just enjoyed listening to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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