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Josie

Hi there All, I am a 63 going on 64 year old woman, I have just gone blind so I am so glad to know about Audible. I love it.

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  • The Fifth Elephant: Discworld, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    Sam Vines is a man on the run. Yesterday, he was a duke, a chief of police, and an ambassador. Now he has nothing but his native wit and the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya. And if he can't make it through the forest to civilization, there's going to be a terrible war. But there are monsters on his trail. They're werewolves - and they're catching up. Sam Vimes is out of time and already out of breath....

    Josie says: "Vintage Pratchett"
    "Vintage Pratchett"
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    What did you love best about The Fifth Elephant?

    The story was great, and as usual Stephen Briggs did his exemplar best. Terry Pratchett at his best. I have read and reread this story so many times, but I find there is always something new I have missed in past readings.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fifth Elephant?

    The chase of the Werewolves, you know Vimes is going to get out of it, but you never quite know how, until he does.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Briggs – was your favorite?

    Being Welsh myself, I love Stephen Briggs's Dwarf's, he is so good with the accent, I could almost believe he was born next door to me.


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

    I always try to make Terry Pratchett's books last as long as I can, so I limit myself(if I can) to three hours a day, mostly though I just keep on listening spellbound.


    Any additional comments?

    One of his best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Zoo of China

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for 40 years. They have found a species of animal no one believed even existed. It will amaze the world.Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed. A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see its fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr Cassandra Jane 'CJ' Cameron, a writer for National Geographic and an expert on reptiles.

    Chris says: "FANTASTIC"
    "WOW!!!!!!!!"
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    This is the first book I have read from this author, it will not be the last. There is action from go to whoa, I just had to keep listening. From page one I was hooked, and listened far into the night. the action is wild and the timing well done, at times I found myself holding my breath. I noticed that This Narrator is used for all Mathew Reilly's books, which can only make them better, if that is possible. So if you like action and suspense, this is going to be the book to read,.I have since downloaded two more of his books, which I will review when I read them, so go onto the site and start downloading folks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revival

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    In a small New England town, in the early '60s, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. Then tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, the preacher curses God, mocking all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town. Jamie has demons of his own. In his mid-30s, he is living a nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll. Addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate, he sees Jacobs again....

    Josie says: "Not one of his best!"
    "Not one of his best!"
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    This is not one of SKs best at all. I am not sure why, but since his accident he has written some odd ones, and this is one of them. It starts off very slowly, in fact it was quite boring for the first 4 hours, but I thought "it will get better", but all it got was odder and odder. Still I listened right up to the end, and all I can say is, I should not have bothered.
    I cannot say the narrator was the trouble, he did what he could with the story he was given, but the story WAS the trouble I think, was it horror, I guess so, I know I will probably lose sleep over it, and I sure will try staying alive, FOREVER.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: The Skinwalker Conspiracies

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (257)

    "My name is Mike Ross and I'm a Ferryman - like in the Greek myth. I didn't ask for, or really want, the job, but I'm trying to make the best of it. Most ghosts are okay and just need a little help to get where they need to go. Unfortunately, there are lots of exceptions, like power-mad psychopaths, spirits still trying to fight battles long since lost, and the worst of the lot - the Skinwalkers. They live vicariously by possessing people and controlling them like puppet masters. Then they toss them aside when they've outlived their usefulness."

    A. Hogue says: "I really like this series"
    "Jim Bernheimer just keeps getting better."
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    Hi there All,
    Yes Jim Bernheimer has done it again, I did not think he could have topped his last one, so sue me, I was wrong! He has upped the pace and dug in to more humour as well, the Ghosts are stronger and nastier, has his Ferryman got the where with-all, or will he fall to the dark this time? Read this great sequel and find out, you will enjoy it, truly. There is so much activity going on it is creepy....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (419)

    "My name is Mike Ross. I'm a Ferryman. I help people with ghost problems, or ghosts with people problems. Funny thing, no one ever helps me with my problems. Civil War ghosts bent on killing me, Skinwalkers who just want my body, and a vindictive spirit linked both to my bloodline and my destiny... It turns out the dead still hold a good deal of influence over the world, and they don't want to give it up. I'm in way over my head. Fortunately, I'm too stubborn to quit."

    Teresa says: "Keep your iron tools handy."
    "I got this on a whim, so glad I did!"
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    Hi there all,
    I got this title on a whi, and was so glad that I did. This book is full of humour as well as excitement, I love the toungue in cheek throw away's, they are such a change from glooming horror. Oh yes there are scenes of horror all right, but the side on humour is a good thing as well. If you are looking for a book with a difference, this is it, and it keeps you reading far into the A.M. so look out for some late night's and enjoy....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sovereign Stone: Sovereign of the Seven Isles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David A. Wells
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (284)

    After gaining entrance to Blackstone Keep and recovering the legendary Thinblade, Alexander must seek out the Sovereign Stone, and quickly. Contained within the ancient teardrop ruby is the secret of Wizard's Dust, the source of magic and the one thing that will ultimately decide the final battle of the Reishi War. Prince Phane will stop at nothing to lay claim to the Stone and with it the world.

    Josie says: "I am enjoying this book and keep putng things off"
    "I am enjoying this book and keep putng things off"
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    Hi there All,
    I am listening and enjoying this book so much I keep putting off doing things, so I can listen to more, although the Author is just a bit repetitive, it is still interesting enough to keep listening. I have just used another credit to buy the next in line, so you can see that I mean what I say. This is a great series, and I shall be sorry to get to the end, I have not looked to see just how many books there are in it, but then I shall see if this Author has written anything more, because he keeps the story interesting enough to see what happens next. The Narrator has also made me want to go on listening, he seems to have grasped the story and he does not try to make up a voice for everyone in it, just the few key people who are most important to make the story great to hear. I personally cannot wait to find out what happens next.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wolverine's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Doranna Durgin
    • Narrated By Arika Escalona
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Kelyn of Ketura: daughter of a legendary warrior who left the mountains before she was born. Brave. Strong. Tempered by her struggle to survive in the hostile, craggy Keturan mountains. "Find your father, " the local wisewoman tells her. "To find your true self, find the Wolverine." Angered by his abandonment, Kelyn doesn't care about her father - but the lure of adventure in the Out Lands calls to her, and she accepts the challenge. New languages. New weapons. Magic. Witch hunts. The treacheries of civilization. She doesn't know just how much of a challenge it'll be.

    Josie says: "I loved this tale."
    "I loved this tale."
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    I just loved this story. No shrinking violet this girl, she may get into a lot of bother, but she needs no ones help to get out of it either. Wolverines Daughter is a rousing tale about a young woman who is confident enough to go out there and do her own thing. At no time was I bored or nauseated by any love entanglement that is often the end of a good story, she was true to herself all the way through. So if you are like me and like a good female lead, read this one, you will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Limits of Power: Paladin's Legacy, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (191)

    The unthinkable has occurred in the kingdom of Lyonya. The queen of the Elves - known as the Lady - is dead, murdered by former elves twisted by dark powers. Now the Lady’s half-elven grandson must heal the mistrust between elf and human before their enemies strike again. Yet as he struggles to make ready for an attack, an even greater threat looms across the Eight Kingdoms.Throughout the north, magic is reappearing after centuries of absence, emerging without warning in family after family - rich and poor alike.

    Anita says: "Great Tale badly read to gaspy death"
    "Why,why was this narrator picked to read any book?"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If this was the only book of this series this hypothetical friend was going to read, I would maybe advise them to give it a go, but if like me they had listened to all the others, I would say, don't bother, you will be disappointed with it. Why, simply this, the narrator is awful!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character would be, everyone, from A to Z they are all needed in these books. From the least cook, to the biggest king, everyone makes the whole.


    What didn’t you like about Angela Dawe’s performance?

    Miss Dawe does not seem a bit interested in the book she is reading, if she had perhaps listened to some of the other books in this series, she could at least know how to say some of the names used. And she just sounds so bored by the whole thing, she is depressing, had I bothered to see who the narrator was, I would have left this one alone.


    Was Limits of Power worth the listening time?

    I'm sure the story would have been very interesting, if I had not flinched every time Miss Dawe mispronounced a name or feature of this world. As it was I could only stand about thirty or fourty minutes before turning it off, but no it was not worth me listening to it, sorry!
    I should have taken notice of who was going to read it, as I have been turned off twice before with Miss Dawe narrating, she does not have the tallent needed for this job.


    Any additional comments?

    As I am blind, these books form a great part of my life and enjoyment of it, and so I buy a great many of them. I was a huge fan of reading when I could see, and now listening is something that keeps my mind lively. So a bad Narrator is like someone dragging their fingernails down a chalk board to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chanur's Legacy: Chanur, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (51)

    Ten years after the presence of the human Tully disrupted the crew of The Pride of Chunur, Hilfy becomes the captain and is offered a million credits to transport a small religious object to Urtur Station.

    Ellen says: "best of an awfully good series"
    "Oh dear Last book in a great series."
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    I have so enjoyed this series of books, that I am sad to have reached the last book, I would have read heaps more if there had been any more at all. But even though it is only a short series, I cannot recomend it enough. I have lived throught the trials and tribulations of the people of Chanur, and enjoyed every moment of it all, so if you want something that really gets you in, this is it. From book 1 to book 5, I have been enthralled. now it is up to you!!!!
    rewgards to C J Cherryh for a teriffic job, Josie

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Servants of Twilight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (191)

    An ordinary parking lot in southern California. Christine Scavello and her six-year-old son are accosted by a strange old woman. "I know who you are," the woman snaps at the boy. "I know what you are." A scream, a threat - and then a grotesque act of violence. Suddenly Christine's pride and joy, her only son, is targeted by a group of religious fanatics. They've branded him the Antichrist. They want to kill him. And they are everywhere.

    Linda says: "Narrator horrible"
    "I have waited for this title in audio...."
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    I have waited for servant of twilight to come out in audible for soooo long, only to hate the narrator sooo much. The story is a good one, and when I read it before I went blind, I was enthralled. But and it is a big BUT, Angela Dawe is a complete flop when narrating this book. She sounds absolutely bored with the whole thing, but it is just her reading style I am afraid, as I have other books read by her and she sounds the same in the others too. But as I said, the story is a good one, so if you can get passed the narration, it is a good read. and in today's mass hysteria with secs, it is still very much a modern type story.
    Josie

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chanur's Venture: Chanur, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (93)

    In the sequel to Pride of Chanur, Tully returns, and brings with him a priceless trade contract with human space - a contract that could mean vast power, riches, and a mess of trouble for Pyanfar Chanur.

    Ellen says: "A whirl of worlds."
    "As in my last review, great books great story. ,"
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    As I said in my last review, these books are keeping it new and interesting, the plot line is still keeping me reading, and the narrator has a good grasp on how it should be played. I am lining up the fourth book as I type, I am just sorry that the series has only five books(so far). I hope there will be more soon. So if you want a really good read, try these ones, I don't think anyone will be disappointed.
    Josie.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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