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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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  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2551)
    Performance
    (1896)
    Story
    (1911)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    DJM says: "Entertaining and Irritating."
    "I had trouble keeping up with to and fro in time."
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    Where does Pathfinder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was only so so, I just could not get on with the long chats about going forward and backward in time, time and time again. I think that one explanation would have been enough. I just wish that the story was more engaging, but you always knew it was just a story.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would take out all the boring talk and just got on with the story.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The various narrators were good in their telling, but no one can make a really good job if they have to keep repeating them selves


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No not really, I think I was just glad when it had finished.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a book I would recommend, unless you like really repetitive story telling. If you do like that kind of book, go for it. Not one of Orson's best I am afraid.

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (128)

    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
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    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
    (128)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (118)

    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.

    Marg224 says: "Different spin"
    "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

    0 of 0 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
    (71)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pride of Chanur: Chanur, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (126)

    No one at Meetpoint Station had ever seen a creature like the Outsider. Naked-hided, blunt toothed and blunt-fingered, Tully was the sole surviving member of his company -- a communicative, spacefaring species hitherto unknown -- and he was a prisoner of his discoverer/captors the sadistic, treacherous kif, until his escape onto the hani ship The Pride of Chanur.

    Ellen says: "A whirl of worlds."
    "half way through this the first book,but buyiing"
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    I am only half way through this the first book, but am already buying the next two, so that gives you an idea on how much I am enjoying it.
    The cast of many completely different species, none of which have been made "cute" is great. it is only halfway in before you find out that the odd one out is..... no, no, no giveaways here, get it yourself and find out.
    I just love these books, and this is the first time I have come to know this author, I just cannot wait to see what her other novels are about.
    I completely recomend this book to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Stephen King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, and the very special 12-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

    Ian says: "King By The Numbers"
    "A very silly story."
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    I am a great Stephen King fan and read everything he writes, even the shorter storys. But this is just the silliest book I have ever tried to read. I read The Shining on a fairly regular basis. So when Doctor Sleep came out I spent my credit without a qualm. After all, I can beleive in a haunted hotel with a drunk slowly going mad and as this is a follow up story about Danny, it should be good, I thought. But the idea of beings who live on the "steam" of terror, this is beyond my head to beleive in at all. I have tried to read it on several occasions, but each time I get to the "steam head" idea, my brain just yells, this is stupid. So my freinds if you can beleive in Zombies, which I am unable to do, you will probably love this book, but if you are like me, and used to Stephen Kings mind of Horror, I think like me, you should just give this one a miss.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Shadow: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1230)
    Performance
    (1098)
    Story
    (1096)

    Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered— and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin….Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

    Amanda says: "Addicted to the series, but leaves you hanging..."
    "Love, love, loved it."
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    I have just finished this book, and immediately spent two more credits in getting hold of the next two. The story is great and is twisty too, but not so twisty that you get lost. I am blind, but the descriptions in these books leave me in no doubt about what is or is not happening.
    I am not going to be a spoiler, so do not expect any looks without getting the books, I only know that these books are the best thing in fantasy that I have listened to in a long, long time.
    I recommend them to any fantasy reader, and tell you that you too will be a fan. So get to it, because you will never be sorry that you did!

    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
    (2058)
    Performance
    (1442)
    Story
    (1430)

    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....

    Bronwyn Soell says: "Two issues to address: narration and story"
    "I bought this as it was on sale,am I glad I did."
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    What made the experience of listening to On Basilisk Station the most enjoyable?

    The story kept me listening and being involved, in a way that is unusual for me, I was up until the wee small hours, just so I could see how it ended. Talk about "nail biting", I was on the edge of my seat by the end, and a complete Honor Harrington fan. I have just downloaded number two. David Weber I think you are great.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story twisted and turned, but you could always keep up with it, but had no idea how it would finish up, right up to the last five minutes.


    What does Allyson Johnson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As I have recently gone blind, finding a narrator as good as Allyson Johnson is a very big plus. She handles all the voices and accents like a champ. I just know I would not have read this book if the sample had not hooked me in the first place, then the story reeled me in. So yes Allyson Johnson brought the book alive for me.


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

    I did not laugh or cry, but I was enthralled and trying to help Honor on, right up until the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I just know I shall be reading the whole series, no matter what else goes on in my life. Honor Harrington is my kind of hero!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cloud Roads

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (392)

    Moon has spent his life hiding what he is - a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success. Just as Moon is once again cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself... someone who seems to know exactly what he is, who promises that Moon will be welcomed into his community.

    Joe says: "Interesting read"
    "I did not want it to end!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and have recommended this book to a friend,
    I could do nothing less. I was so excited when I began this book, and it just got more and more exciting as I read it through to the end. Being blind, I was so grateful for the dynamic descriptions all through the book, I could almost see the characters myself, which is not often so in other books. I could also feel the thrill of stretching my wings and flying over a completely new world. I am now searching for other audio books by Martha Wells, to see if this lovely feeling goes on in her other books.


    What other book might you compare The Cloud Roads to and why?

    I can honestly say that The Cloud Roads, is like no other book I have read and I read a lot of books. It seems unique in it's story line, and it keeps you caught up in the story until sadly the end sneaks up on you.


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

    No I am sorry to say I have not heard Christopher Kipiniak in a book before, but I shall sure be looking for his name from now on. He brings this book to life for me, I can imagine he will do the same in another book as well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Have you ever wanted to fly using your own wings? This is as close as you will ever get.


    Any additional comments?

    I have just gotten the next book in this series, and I can hardly wait to see if it keeps me as enthralled as this one did.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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