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St. Paul, MN | Member Since 2014

  • 6 reviews
  • 124 ratings
  • 369 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • The Last Light of the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the multiple award-winning author of Tigana, A Song for Arbonne, and the three-book Fionavar Tapestry that "can only be compared to Tolkien's masterpiece" (Star-Phoenix), this powerful, moving saga evokes the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Norse cultures of a thousand years ago.

    David says: "A Real Writer"
    "I didn't care for the narrator"

    How you feel about a narrator is a very personal thing, and I realize that some folks probably find Holter Graham very acceptable as a narrator.

    Unfortunately, I found his dramatic range hard to listen to. Every sentence was pronounced as if it were the final catch phrase of an ad campaign, with an ironic lift at the end of just about every paragraph. This took me far away from the book, and I had to set it aside (something I rarely do with an audio book, I usually listen at least once to each book, often many times.)

    Listen carefully to the sample to see if Mr. Graham's style is something you'd enjoy. (Actually, after listening to the sample I realize it may be too short to experience the full impact of the sing-songiness I felt throughout the portion of the book I was able to listen to...)

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Paris: The Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Jean Gilpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Internationally best-selling author Edward Rutherfurd has enchanted millions of readers with his sweeping, multigenerational dramas that illuminate the great achievements and travails throughout history. In this breathtaking saga of love, war, art, and intrigue, Rutherfurd has set his sights on the most magnificent city in the world: Paris. Moving back and forth in time across centuries, the story unfolds through intimate and vivid tales of self-discovery, divided loyalties, passion, and long-kept secrets of characters both fictional and real, all set against the backdrop of the glorious city.

    Kathi says: "Rutherfurd's "Paris"--C'est très bien!"
    "Where/When Am I?"
    Any additional comments?

    The only - main - problem with this book was that as the book jumps from period to period (not necessarily a problem) the narrator DOES NOT read the chapter titles.

    So in the first three chapters we go from late 1800's to early 1800's to the 1200's - with no audible change in the presentation of the book.

    I feel that MANY of the problems other reviewers have had would have been taken care of by simply READING the chapter titles.

    I had to look the book up on Amazon, copy the chapter titles and keep that on my iphone so I could easily look at what period I was supposed to be in.

    I also do NOT understand why the audio book doesn't use the same chapter titles as the printed book does. So unnecessarily complex, so easy to fix.

    I would appreciate a response from Audible on this. Once again, I feel I've wasted a credit on a book I had to 'research' in it's print form to enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (32 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    modeknit says: "OH MY GOD GET ME OUT OF THIS CAVE"

    If I had to hear ONE MORE TIME about Ayla's enchanting accent I would have screamed.

    Also, please explain why the author can't use the simple word, "Bow" to describe the weapon the hero devised (she calls it a 'spear launcher' or something, even though she used this word "bow" to describe the bend in a river in Cave of the Horses) but she insists on using words like "travois" and "pannier" instead of saying 'dragging thing' and 'side basket'

    So much repetition, thin plot, and yet I listened on and enjoyed it! It could (and should) have been half the length with some decent editing, but I really DID enjoy the sections where the author surmised how foods were prepared, groups traveled, etc.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Sudden, Fearful Death

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Anne Perry's Victorian murder mysteries have enthralled millions with their evocative atmosphere and finely-crafted suspense. Now, in this mesmerizing best seller, the star of these mysteries, Inspector William Monk, returns to solve the most heartbreaking case of his career.

    Nina says: "Oh, yummy, yummy -- another great Anne Perry"
    "A long walk to nowhere"

    This is a well written book, and I enjoyed listening to it in that "I'm doing something else and I just want my mind occupied" way that I listen when knitting or doing something else. But it didn't engage me at all. (But then again, I'd listen to Davina Porter read the St. Louis phone book and enjoy it!)

    Perhaps it was the sketchy-to-be-almost-nonexistent back story on characters I guess I was supposed to already know, or the very tedious women-are-property-DO-YOU-GET-THIS hammer (yes, very true, but once the horse is dead you don't have to beat it over and over in the same book!) but most of all it was the slim mystery and the fact that all the men in the book were very short sighted (what, a woman DOCTOR! Why, how ABSURD - now get back to the fainting couch!)

    I would have SO preferred to hear more of the fascinating life that the dead victim must have crafted for herself, a bit about surgical procedures, even a nod to the few women doctors who DID practice in Victorian times. I hadn't expected this to be so predictable - and it took a damned long time getting there!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Lady Jane Grey is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.

    Jt says: "Superior listen!"
    "Well Written, Well Read"

    I enjoyed this book immensely. I love Alison Weir's work, and the narration was TOP RATE with such pros as Davina Porter (an AMAZING reader) and Bianca Amato (another gem!)

    If you're interested in Tudor history, this is a must listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot, lucre, moolah, readies, the wherewithal: Call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it's the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it's the chains of labor. Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress.

    Ethan M. says: "A mostly successful and interesting history"
    "Conservative Flavor"

    There's a strong, yet subtle conservative tinge to this entire book, which I found disconcerting and at times inflammatory. Ferguson hates Unions, that's clear, and in a leitmotif blames them over and over for various financial down turns.

    I should have done my homework before buying this book. It's not that I don't like to hear several sides of an issue - I do - but I found his need to politicize many aspects of finance troubling. Not the most enjoyable read I've listened to.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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