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Pleasant Grove, UT, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 5 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 337 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • The Shadow of the Torturer: The Book of the New Sun, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis

    The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume in the four-volume epic, the tale of a young Severian, an apprentice to the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession - showing mercy towards his victim.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Ryan says: "great writing, won't appeal to everyone"
    "Great reading of an intellectual masterpiece"

    Thought-provoking, image-rich and intricately plotted. This series has had a prized place on my bookshelf for years and I was thrilled to see it available as an audiobook. Even better, Jonathan Davis as narrator has a moderately slow (but not too slow) pace, great voice characterization, and handles the author's challenging and singular vocabular with ease.
    Wolfe is subtle, profound writer and demands close attention from his readers/ listeners; this is not a surf-along novel. If your attention is distracted for a minute, you could miss something vital, and need to rewind -- I sometimes have had to do that as I listen. But most of the time I am completely engrossed. This is one of the best finds I've made, ever.
    I hope to see more Wolfe audiobooks- beginning with this series' sequel/ continuance, "The Urth of the New Sun".

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Husband of Zebra Drive: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the life of Precious Ramotswe, a woman duly proud of her fine traditional build, there is rarely a dull moment, and in the latest installment in the universally beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, there is much happening on Zebra Drive and Tlokweng Road. Mma Ramotswe is experiencing staffing difficulties. Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni asks to be put in charge of a case involving an errant husband. But can a man investigate such matters as successfully as the number-one lady detective can?

    Joanne says: "#1 Ladies continued enjoyment"
    "Fabulous books"
    If you could sum up The Good Husband of Zebra Drive in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, encouraging, delightful.
    Also, very well read/performed.

    What about Lisette Lecat’s performance did you like?

    Her accents are terrific. And it's nice to know how to pronounce these names which are not familiar to the general American audience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Sara says: "A fun read"
    "Humor on half speed"

    I love this book; I have a hard copy and have read it four or five times. This reading, however, is so slow that when I turned my iPod to 'fast' play it almost sounded normal! The deliberate, plodding pace completely wrecked all of the humor I so love in this book. I hope audible gets a new reading of this, one a bit more lively.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Gaiman at his best"

    I have mixed feelings about Neil Gaiman's children/young adult fiction, but "Graveyard" was a winner. "Coraline" was charming and creepy, but I found "Stardust's" sex scenes plain inappropriate, especially for that genre. (Gaiman's occasional sliding into graphic coarseness is the reason why I avoid his adult fiction altogether.) He is a skilful storyteller, though, and I took a chance on "The Graveyard Book." I was very pleased by both the smoothness of the plot, the enjoyable characterization, and some well paced surprises (one of which at least did take me completely by surprise). And it was genuinely older kid/young adult friendly with no inappropriate scenes in my opinion; the scary bits were handled with tact and discreet detail hinted but not spelled out whenever something violent or scary was occuring. Gaiman's own reading style is one I find delightful and so "Graveyard" is a risk that paid off in full for me.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Lives of Christopher Chant

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle

    Christopher Chant has no real power. He can't perform spells or do anything magical. However, he does possess something that most humans do not. Christopher has nine lives. Gerard Doyle's spellbinding narration is sure to capture every listener's attention.

    G. Rokosz says: "Fascinating!"
    ""Lives" is well read"

    I am a fan of Diana Wynne Jones, and I like most of her books. This is vintage Jones at her peak, a charming child/young adult book that I have liked in the print version for a long time. The voice reading in this strikes me as just right- a nice plummy British voice that pronounces things correctly and does not read too slow or too fast for my taste. I am hooked; I want to get more of her books read by Gerard Doyle. (I only hope that they add others that are not in the Chrestomanci series, such as "Howl's Moving Castle," which is my absolute favorite Jones book.)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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