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Shawn

Beamsville, ON, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • The Thirteen-Gun Salute: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (186)

    Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin set sail aboard the Diane for the South China Sea, shepherding a diplomatic mission to prevent links between Bonaparte and the Malay princes. If their mission fails, English merchant shipping in the area will be threatened. At the barbaric court of Pulo Prabang, the stage is set for a duel of intelligence agents, pitting the savage cunning of Stephen Maturin against the French envoys, who are already entrenched in the Sultan's favor.

    Justin says: "Perhaps the best one I've heard"
    "I Miss Vance"
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    All these books in the series are great fun but after having to listen to a couple of them read by Mr Tull I have to give up. I miss Simon Vance's reading. He brought Aubrey to life to such an extent that I would rather not hear as different performance as the one given by Patrick Tull.

    Patrick Tull is a great narrator but his Irish shows far to often and his frequent dramatic pauses do not, in my mind, do Maturin or Aubrey justice. I will happily by other books performed by Tull but for me this series demands the booming voice of Vance. I love the books but will finish it in paper or find a source of Vance performances for the rest.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thieftaker: Thieftaker Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By D. B. Jackson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (236)

    Boston, 1765: In D.B. Jackson's Thieftaker, revolution is brewing as the British Crown imposes increasingly onerous taxes on the colonies, and intrigue swirls around firebrands like Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty. But for Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker who makes his living by conjuring spells that help him solve crimes, politics is for others…until he is asked to recover a necklace worn by the murdered daughter of a prominent family.

    Alison says: "I wanted to like it more..."
    "A fair start with slow delivery"
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    The author does a good job in describing the setting. Old Boston is brought to life in vivid smells and colours. The main character frustratingly overlooks some obvious clues as the book progresses but by the end of the book I had grown to enjoy the tale.

    The narrator has to my ear a very slow delivery. It has the effect of making most of the narration sound like a dramatic conversation. I was going to give up on the book but then increased the play back speed to 1.25. At that speed most speech sounds normal with only some parts being out of place. For me this saved the Audible book and I am now enjoying the second book.

    I'm looking forward to more books in this setting by D. B. Jackson. If you have trouble with the speed of narration I would suggest trying to increase the speed slightly. If you are fan of the Dresden series, as I am, this will not be more of the same but something different and still enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10457)
    Performance
    (8740)
    Story
    (8816)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Entertaining Tale in a Rich World"
    Overall
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    This is the second book and continues the tale of Kvothe. The characters are compelling and after reading the first book I found myself anticipating and feeling for them as they (not just the main character) try to live their lives. The author does a good job in telling his story employing a 1st person narrative for most of the book when Kvothe is telling the tale.

    The story is not perfect, you may catch yourself wondering if the Kvothe is being perfectly honest or embellishing as the tale sometimes drifts towards a dramatic solution where simple responses, using abilities seen earlier would have helped. As with any 1st person narrative, it is good to remember the person telling the tale is not perfect. In this case quite passionate.

    The plot is unfolding delightfully and is very enjoyable to follow along. This is a good thing given how long it is. The performer does a good job. Nick Podehl has a long list of characters to portray. His accents, for the most part, are enjoyable to hear and he conveys emotions well.

    The best I can say about this book is I was sorry to see it come to an end. Every chapter is as enjoyable as the last and I wait eagerly for the next book in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hornblower and the "Atropos"

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Nicolas Coster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (192)

    In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters

    John says: "Great book. Poor narrator."
    "Don't let this be your only Hornblower"
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    This is the only recording that does not have Christian Rodska narrating. Mr Coster is so completely different in narration that I would almost suggest skipping it and just borrowing the book from the library. I choose to weather his reading but be warned it is lethargic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Midshipman Hornblower

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (587)

    The year is 1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Horatio Hornblower, a 17-year-old boy unschooled in seafaring and the ways of seamen, is ordered to board a French merchant ship and take command of crew and cargo for the glory of England. Though not an unqualified success, this first naval adventure teaches the young midshipman enough to launch him on a series of increasingly glorious exploits.

    Emrys says: "Superb narration of a great story"
    "Great Narration"
    Overall
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    A Compelling story coupled with some top notch narration makes this a great listen. I would recommend this book to any friend, French or English.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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