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C. Young

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  • 7 reviews
  • 24 ratings
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  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • In Enemy Hands: Honor Harrington, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (886)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (648)

    Honor Harrington has survived ship-to-ship combat, assassins, political vendettas, and duels. But this time, Honor and her crew, ambushed and captured, are aboard an enemy ship, bound for a prison planet aptly named "Hell" - and her scheduled execution. Yet the one lesson Honor has never learned is how to give up. She and her people are going home--even if it means conquering hell to get there!

    Daniel says: "Excelent, audible should finish the series"
    "Best yet! Thrilling with cliffhanger ending"
    Overall

    I am completely addicted to this series - I have completely burned through all my credits, extra credits and am now just shoveling out cash so I can keep going. I love the characters and though there are a lot of them, they are pretty easy to keep straight. I love the depth to all of them, and how sometimes a new chapter will start almost as a tangent and then weave beautifully back into the main plot.

    Like many other reviews I would say this is the best yet and YES the narrator now sounds completely normal. I don't know what it is...if the first book was just particularly bad or if I'm just used to it but now it takes nothing away from the story.

    I love this series and highly recommend it!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6523)
    Performance
    (5905)
    Story
    (5906)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "Book 3, just as powerful as Book 1, 2"
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    This series is just awesome -- I struggle with how to expand on this cogently when there are so many well-written reviews. The feature of Hammered that I'd like to praise especially is that in the beginning of the story several chapters are dedicated to the back-story of "minor characters." I don't want to give anything away but some of the grudges against Thor are fairly typical reasons for seeking revenge: he killed my family, stole my goat, etc. But the emotion and superb storytelling that goes into these minor character back-stories could be plot teasers for books in their own rights. One of them brought me close to tears and all of them engaged my mind and bonded me to the characters (in much the same way they're meant to bond them to Atticus.) The author, Kevin Hearne, truly understands the craft of writing and storytelling and in these small ways he crafts an urban fantasy novel (and series) that is head and shoulders above many similar works in the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9517)
    Performance
    (8480)
    Story
    (8456)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Superb, witty urban fantasy with great narration"
    Overall
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    Hounded is one of those stories that you start listening to while making dinner and then end up staying all night because you can't bear to turn it off. I resisted buying the title for several months because the glossy cover and targeted marketing made me dismiss it as 'just another vampire and werewolf series'...but it is DEFINITELY NOT. The historical research is well-done and integrated with up-to-the-moment pop culture references. Who knows if it'll still be as good in 10 years (though I like to think that LOL cats are timeless) but it's a great modern read. My only critique is that it's relatively short and there are only three books...I can't wait for the next one, coming soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Going Postal: Discworld #29

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (1302)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (544)

    Arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig never believed his crimes were hanging offenses, until he found himself with a noose around his neck, dropping through a trap door, and falling into...a government job? Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may be an impossible task. Worse, the new Postmaster could swear the mail is talking to him.

    Robert W says: "Finally on AUDIBLE!!!"
    "Moist & Ventinari are the best of Discworld!"
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    I knew about Discworld for 15+ years and never read any of it because...can you believe it, I thought it was 'serious' and chronological...an intense series to get involved with. How did I miss the fact that Terry Pratchett is one of the funniest men on Earth? I'm glad I waited though because Stephen Briggs is my favorite male narrator (why doesn't he do any other books?!?!) and his rendering, especially of this book and Making Money, are perfect. I highly suggest you read Going Postal and Making Money even if you haven't liked Pratchett, never plan on reading any of his other books and/or don't like fantasy in the first place. They're just hysterical books and you'll want all your friends to read them too so you can make Discworld-references and laugh all over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Countess

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eva Ibbotson
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    Rupert, the young Earl of Westerholme, returns home from the war - and Anna, a housemaid, falls hopelessly in love with him. But they can never be together - Rupert is engaged to the snobbish and awful Muriel. And anyway, Anna is only a servant. Or so everybody thinks.

    connie says: "paint-by-numbers masterpiece"
    "Fun, lightweight romance"
    Overall
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    Story

    I'm trying to work my way through Davina Porter's portfolio - she is far and away my favorite female narrator. This story seems exactly like what it is, a fun, easy, predictable romance. I think if you enjoyed the Disney movie Anastasia then you'll enjoy this book. Even though I 'knew' how the book would end, I stayed awake later than I should have so I could finish it and go to sleep content knowing the characters go their just deserts. The most interesting part to me was villainizing one of the character's interests in eugenics. This was also very lightweight, but an interesting aspect especially considering the story is set right at/after WWI and how eugenics was one of the crux of WWII. More English were supportive of the idea than people now like to remember, but of course our "heroes" reject it utterly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Birds of a Feather: Maisie Dobbs Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Kim Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (406)

    Maisie Dobbs is back, and this time she has been hired to find a wealthy grocery magnate's daughter who has fled from home. What seems a simple case at first becomes complicated when Maisie learns of the recent violent deaths of three of the heiress's old friends. Is there a connection between her mysterious disappearance and the murders? Who would kill such charming young women? As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers to all her questions lie in the unforgettable agony of The Great War.

    Linda Phipps-chirrup says: "Yikes! This is a problem."
    "Good book, narrator is totally fine"
    Overall
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    I've read the first three Maisie Dobbs books and so far they're all similar story quality. If you liked the first one, you'll like this one. I wanted to comment on the narrator because I almost didn't buy it based on the bad reviews. Re: the speaking speed -- this narrator interpreted Maisie as a very no-nonsense, get-it-done sort of person and the pace of her speech IS fast. I didn't have any trouble with it. In fact, in other similar situations I've found it confusing, but the narrator takes a long pause when switching from character, or when there is an emotional pause, or silence needed for emphasis. Overall, I think it was a good reading. I was a little disappointed that the same narrator wasn't used for the third book, but after a while I got used to a "slow" Maisie again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2197)
    Performance
    (1568)
    Story
    (1560)

    Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....

    gerry says: "Damn you Steve Gibson"
    "Iffy narration worth it because of great story"
    Overall

    A friend recommended the series, but after reading the reviews I was so nervous to get this as an audiobook. I'm glad I did, and I'm on my third book in the series. Sure, the narrator is kind of oddly stilted and in the beginning DOES sound like the Macbook voice reading. But I think either she hits her stride partway through or I adapted; either way it doesn't take much away from the story. Honor Harrington is a great heroine and the story is pushed along by the interactions of people with just the occasional dollop of space-math jargon. If you read both printed and audio books, maybe go print edition for this one, but if like me you only listen to audiobooks (commuting!) then don't pass this series by.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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