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Chu

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  • Tribute

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (214)

    Finally out of the celebrity spotlight and away from her mother's demands, Cilla is free to do what she loves: fixing up houses for profit. Her current project is personal. The Shenandoah Valley farm house was once the vacation home of Hollywood luminary Janet Hardy, Cilla's grandmother. When Cilla uncovers a stash of her grandmother's private letters, and begins asking questions about the past, she becomes the target of a crazed killer.

    Jesse says: "With a Mystery thrown in"
    "Its only OK for a Nora Roberts"
    Overall

    I have read/listened to nearly all NR's books so I am certainly a fan. However, I find "Tribute" is another example of the deterioration in Ms Roberts works. What happened to the quality of "Montana Sky", "Honest Illusions", "True Betrayals" etc? I appreciate that romantic novels are not meant to be taxing on brain power but her books are getting more and more lightweight. Still, the story is OK but far from Ms Roberts' best.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Empire of Ivory: Temeraire, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (376)

    Tragedy has struck His Majesty's Aerial Corps, whose magnificent fleet of fighting dragons and their human captains valiantly defend England's shores against the encroaching armies of Napoleon Bonaparte. An epidemic of unknown origin and no known cure is decimating the noble dragons' ranks, forcing the hopelessly stricken into quarantine. Now, only Temeraire and a pack of newly recruited dragons remain uninfected; they stand as the only means of an airborne defense against France's ever-bolder sorties.

    Ethan M. says: "So you've made it to book four..."
    "Boring"
    Overall

    I like fantasy and love the age of sail stories so I was delighted to find this series. Book 1 was good but the series gradually goes downhill. If you are expecting action you will be very disappointed. The ending was soooo flat - I was surprised to hear "We hope you enjoyed this production ..." and wondered if Audible missed a few chapters.

    The narrator Simon Vance is OK. His portrayal of Termeraire is very cute but I find Laurence too old and stuffy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Arctic Event: Covert-One Series

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James H. Cobb
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (134)

    Lt. Col. Jon Smith, an army research doctor and secret agent attached to Covert-One, is tapped to lead a team to Wednesday Island, an icy patch of land between the northern coast of Canada and the Earth's magnetic Pole. There, the remains of a mysterious plane were discovered during a routine educational expedition. The plane seems to be a Russian spy plane, and the Russian government secretly revealed to the U.S. president that a lot of very dangerous anthrax may be on board.

    Bob Wagner says: "Exciting!"
    "New author trying to put his stamp on a series"
    Overall

    One of the reasons I continue with a series is the characters. Unfortunately, this new author has changed one of the main characters, Randi Russell, out of recognition and given all Randi's efficiency and daring to a new Covert-One operative Valentina Metrace. If this is to put your own stamp on the series Mr Cobb, I consider it's a big mistake. I doubt if I will purchase any more Covert-One books with James Cobb as author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taliesin: The Pendragon Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (157)

    It was a time of legend, the last shadows of the mighty Roman conqueror faded from the captured Isle of Britain. While, across a vast sea, bloody war shattered a peace that had flourished for 2,000 years in the doomed kingdom of Atlantis. This is the remarkable adventure of Charis, the courageous princess from Atlantis who escapes the terrible devastation of her land, and of the fabled seer and druid prince Taliesin, singer at the dawn of the age. It is a story of an incomparable love that joins two astonishing worlds....

    John says: "A Classic interpretation of a Classic tale"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    This is one of the few books I struggle to finish.

    The narrator is wrong for the story - her voice is too old and the accents strange (a cross between Scottish and Middle Eastern for some characters).

    The constant references to the Christian faith (as one of the earlier reviews said "glorification") in Part 3, was very tedious particularly to a non religious person like myself.

    Overall, the story was boring. I will not be downloading the sequels.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Acheron: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1404)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (864)

    Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime of shame. His human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Brought back against his will, he became the sole defender of mankind.

    Josaphine says: "Yumm!"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    After all the hype building up to Ash's story I found this a big letdown. Yes, we got the picture - Ash was abused but did it need to go on for half the book? Then there was Tory - I did not like her geekish character when it was introduced in an earlier book so imagine my disappointment when she turned out to be the heroine of the story. I had expected someone special/different, not this common female.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hong Kong

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (52)

    Admiral Jake Grafton takes his wife, Callie, along when the U.S. government sends him to Hong Kong to find out how deeply the American consul-general is embedded in political money raising scandal. And why not? Jake and Callie met and fell in love in Hong Kong during the Vietnam War, and the consul-general is a friend from those days.

    Bob says: "Really liked it, worth the read."
    "Unrealistic"
    Overall

    Stephen Coonts probably tried to cash in on the subject soon after HK's handover. Unfortunately, I don't think much research went into what HK is really like. I appreciate this is a work of fiction but I still found the story/events rather unrealistic.

    Also, the narration was irritatingly slow - I had to switch my iPod speed to fast.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Magic: Dark Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Juanita Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (210)

    Young Savanna Dubrinski is a mistress of illusion. A world-famous magician capable of mesmerizing millions. But there was one - Gregori, the Dark One - who held her in terrifying thrall, whose cold silver eyes and heated sensuality sent shivers of danger, of desire, down her slender spine.

    Mike says: "Great Series"
    "Don't waste yr audio credit"
    Overall

    There are very few audiobooks that I cannot finish and this is one of them. 23 yr olds who don't know what they want coupled with ancients who insists of forcing his will onto others was the extent of the four hours I endured. There is no storyline. Rating this 2 stars is a mistake - should have been 1 but too late after I clicked.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Tiger: Book I of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (394)

    1799. As the British Army fights its way through India toward a diabolical trap, the young and illiterate private Richard Sharpe must battle both man and beast behind enemy lines, in an attempt to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive his French allies out of India.

    Angela says: "Believe the Hype!"
    "Continue with the series"
    Overall

    I am now well into the Sharpe series but thought it was worth coming back to review "Tiger". While this is the first (chronologically) of the series it is still one of the best (don't get me wrong - they are all good). I have never had much exposure to the British in India (school never covered this period of historical events) and although the story is fiction, the narration gave me a small sense of what happened.
    I highly recommend continuing with the series. However, a small word of warning - as the reviewer above indicated Cornwell did not start his writing with "Tiger" so you will find a slight change in tone a few books onwards.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Company: Book XIII of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (150)

    Acclaimed as the best of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series, Sharpe's Company finds Richard Sharpe desperate to save his wife and daughter from inside the fortress of Badajoz. "Consistently exciting," says Stephen King. "These are wonderful novels."

    Jean says: "Sharpe's Company"
    "Can't stop"
    Overall

    Every one of the Sharpe series so far have been great. "Company" is no exception. Step by step narration of the seiges makes this book/iPod hard to put down (although I find parts a bit gorey so hopefully you have a strong stomach). Furthermore, as Cornwell adhered close to the facts it was also a mini history lesson.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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