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R

I'm a piper and a knitter, and reading is my drug of choice.

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  • Thud!: Discworld #30

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (1074)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (525)

    Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch will be damned if he lets anyone disturb his city's always tentative peace, and that includes a rabble-rousing dwarf from the sticks who's been stirring up trouble on the eve of the anniversary of one of Discworld's most infamous historical events.

    Barbara says: "Better with each novel"
    "Another Delightful, Ingenious Discworld Story"
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    Where does Thud! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As with all Terry Pratchett books, this one ranks up at the top. I know Sir Pratchett has been knighted, but he should be king!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sam Vimes' near-death experience. I suppose you think that's giving away the ending, but it's not. There's a surprise in every sentence of this book.


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    Everything. Accents. Characterization. Attitude. Timing. Inflection.


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

    It was all excellent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12081)
    Performance
    (10973)
    Story
    (11000)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "A Normal Apartment Building. Or Is It?"
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    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Deceptive. Exciting. Challenging.


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    I can't compare 14 to any other book I've ever read, but it seems very like many Dr. Who episodes I've seen over the years. Everything seems normal. Quirks can be explained away rationally. Then something happens, and suddenly nothing makes sense.


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

    I've never heard any of Ray Porter's performances, but I'd listen to another one, given the opportunity.


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

    I could not believe the twists and turns the plot took!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Men at Arms: Discworld #15

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1209)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (569)

    MICHAEL says: "Decent character development, poor audio quality"
    "Another Brilliant Discworld Episode"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend almost any Pratchett book to any of my friends, and this one is no exception. Sam Vimes goes from a singe Captain to a married, titled man in the course of an eventful week, and continues to earn love and respect from . . . almost everybody


    Which character – as performed by Nigel Planer – was your favorite?

    Corporal Carrot, without a doubt, was my favorite character. Mr Planer brings out Carrot's simple honesty and honest simplicity. We all know Carrot is amazing, except for Carrot himself.


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

    I laughed all the way through this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18748)
    Performance
    (12858)
    Story
    (12750)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Another "Comfort Read""
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    Would you listen to Outlander again? Why?

    I keep returning to Outlander again and again. I still remember what happened, which isn't always the case, but it's delicious to hear it happen again. Life during that time seems to have been researched very well, and is described in all it's nuances: good and bad.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is definitely Jamie. He has so many things going for him and equally many things going against him. It's delightful how he handles it all with equanimity and humor.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    The performance is superb. The different voices that Davina Porter uses to create the characters add so much to the story, and help me to remember who each character is and what his or her history and connection with the main character is.


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

    I would love to listen to this in one sitting, but it's way too long. That's all the better. Gives me more time to live in the story.I hate it when a good story ends, even if it's a happy ending.


    Any additional comments?

    The best book of the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1649)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1061)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "Most Enlightening"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would--and have--recommend this book to a friend. It is a seldom-glimpsed insight into life in North Korea, important especially since the recent death of Kim Jong-il. I know that now, for example, that the North Koreans are in a period of forced mourning where everyone has to take a turn going to the statue of Kim Jong-il in their city center and wailing for several hours, whether or not they are sad. If they don't show up, consequences are dire.

    It is unbelieveable what those people have endured. My heart aches for them. I wonder what the future holds in store for them under Kim Jong-un.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the personal stories, the successes and failures, trials and tribulations


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

    Pronunciation.


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

    Getting to China or South Korea was not a happy ending, it was a new beginning. Not easy to adjust. This was told wonderfully by the author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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