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Mark

Ottawa, ON, Canada

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  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1686)
    Performance
    (1027)
    Story
    (1029)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Yuriko says: "Wow"
    "Good book - Good reader"
    Overall

    Others here have commented that the reader does a poor job with Homes. I disagree. The story is told from the point of view of a girl, and the reading is quite appropriate. I throughly enjoyed it!

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (13155)
    Performance
    (9859)
    Story
    (9906)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Teddy says: "Wow... Another EPIC novel"
    "GRRM looses focus"
    Overall

    Too many sub plots, too many characters. It seems like the author is striving more for a high page count than a solid novel. This combined with the change in narrator in book 4 is enough to stop be from continuing with the series.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2480)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (968)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "Very well narrated!"
    Overall

    Entertaining story, narrator does a great job, but the audio quality is a little poor. The volume level changes erratically, and some sections are fuzzy sounding. Still an enjoyable listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2593)
    Performance
    (960)
    Story
    (968)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Interesting twist to a classic tale but…."
    Overall

    While the author has managed to create a unique variation on the Dracula story, her efforts to provide detail and colour to the story often overwhelm what would otherwise be a good story. Captivating plot development is frequently interrupted by irritatingly excessive descriptions of surroundings and character’s appearance. Her treatment of romance, especially since it is told from a male perspective, borders on downright silly. Try the abridged version

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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