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  • Kim

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Margaret Hilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Darwin8u says: "Transported by smells, vistas & atmosphere of Hind"
    "Kipling tells a riveting tale."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and have recommended the book to my friends. This book is written about an orphan boy, but written for adults.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way that Kipling can put you in among the crowds in rural India in the late 1800's. He brings the sounds and smells right into your mind and lets you feel like you are among the people he is writing about. There is a game Kim was taught that the CIA uses today to teach their agents to see what they are looking at. I am amazed that the story is over a century old and still relevant today. It is a full and rich story that will bring the reader many hours of pleasure, long after the tale is told.


    Which character – as performed by Margaret Hilton – was your favorite?

    Why Kim of course!


    If you could rename Kim, what would you call it?

    The changeling!


    Any additional comments?

    Kipling wrote the "Jungle Book" and it was made into a children's movie, but once you read it you will know it was written for the adult mind. Kim is a master piece and should be on your "Don't Miss" list. You will love this book and I hope you think of this review after your done reading it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3849)
    Performance
    (3678)
    Story
    (3653)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Harry just keeps getting better."
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    Would you listen to Skin Game again? Why?

    I will listen to this several times again. Jim is an artist in his writing and like the great masters he just keeps improving in his craft. He has a character that touches the hearts of his readers and he is a true hero, complete with faults that the reader can understand and forgive. He tries to be wise and understand the rules of the White counsel, but when the rules endanger the people he loves, he scraps them. He knows he will pay for his choices and tries to mitigate the cost to the world, even at the expense of his own life. Yet he has learned that he can't control it all and even though he tried to remove himself from the game, others have more power and control of the board.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Dresden, he could be the kid next door and you would like him anyway.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    Yes, he has Harry pegged. He carries the narrative without droning you into sleep.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laugh at all of the Dresden books. Harry has a good sense of humor.


    Any additional comments?

    If you just read this book you will like it. Yet if you start at the first and read them all, you will love it. You will come to wait for the next one like a kid waits on the Ice cream man on a hot summer day. He can play with the best of the fantasy writers, past and present.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2138)
    Performance
    (2034)
    Story
    (2031)

    For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

    D says: "The third druid"
    "I hope this story never ends."
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    Would you listen to Shattered again? Why?

    Yes, I am always surprised by what I catch the second time through.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the wolf hound, He makes me laugh.


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

    Not Sure.


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

    I did.


    Any additional comments?

    I fell into this story by chance, I didn't think I would like it and never this much. He has used so many powerful characters and still keeps the hero real. He makes the same mistakes most of us would and he has a good heart. Time has not turned him into a disillusioned cynic and made this a serious story. He still finds humor in the world around him. He loves his dog and that makes him ok in my mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5471)
    Performance
    (5085)
    Story
    (5085)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Winter's knight! It aint right! Mab may cry!"
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    Would you listen to Cold Days again? Why?

    I have already listened to this book twice. You will hate to turn it off to sleep. You can trust Jim Butcher to tell a great tale. Harry Dresden is a "one of a kind character." The flavor of the world Harry lives in is as sweet as honey. You can only hold your breath while waiting to see what Harry will do next.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Dresden is my favorite character. He is the same smart a$$ as I was as a kid. He feels the pain of his choices and is always trying to do the right thing. Yet he is still learning that life is hard and often requires personal sacrifice for those we love. Harry always steps up to the challenges of life.


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

    I like the way he reads the Dresden series. He does a fine job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed often and found myself on the edge of my seat. You won't go wrong with this book.


    Any additional comments?

    If this is the first book of Harry Dresden you have read, you have a lot of fun ahead of you. I envy you the chance to read these books for the first time. I have reread many of the Dresden files. But, there is just one first time for each book. Have fun, I did !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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