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  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5317)
    Performance
    (4936)
    Story
    (4934)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "bubble of glee"
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    If you could sum up Cold Days in three words, what would they be?

    Bubble of Glee


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything is wonderful. I know that is not very discriptive or helpful. However, I have had a bubble of glee inside me during every second of this audible book. I've mostly listened to it in my car so as to draw it out as long as possible because I do not want this feeling of happiness to pass.


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

    He brilliantly brings this book to life and manages to carry forward the inflections in character's voices from book to book. When he didn't read the last one my brother and I almost cried. The stand-in did a great job, too, but he couldn't duplicate James' voices exactly though in the end this worked out because Harry was only a spirit and possibly he would sound different so we were happy about it after we listened to it.


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

    "It will be a cold day in hell before I give up my will."


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next book. Brilliant job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder Stone: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Adam Sims
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    It's the height of summer, and the wealthy Finney family have gathered at the Manoir Bellechasse to pay tribute to their late father. But as the temperature rises, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. When the heat wave boils over into a mighty storm, a dead body is left in its wake. Chief Inspector Gamache, a guest at the Bellechasse, finds himself with a building full of suspects. With the hotel locked down, the murderer is trapped. But a cornered predator is always the most dangerous of all...

    Jessica says: "Good story, but..."
    "Good story, but..."
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    Where does The Murder Stone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 25%.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Good ending. Nice denouement.


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

    This is where the "but" comes in. His portrayal of all the new characters was great, as was his portrayal of Gamache and his wife and Gamache's subordinates. But, I did not like his characterization of Clara. I thought it was too harsh. I listened to this book after I'd listened to all the others in this series so I know where Clara and Peter's relationship is going. Clara is softer than Adam Sims portrayed her. I like Clara and I didn't like her much in this book and I think it is because of Mr. Sims' interpretation of her.


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

    Both.


    Any additional comments?

    There was a lot about Clara and Peter in the first half of the book and then it was as if Ms. Penny forgot Clara was in the book. Clara's reactions to events in the first part of the book were so strong that I wanted some resolution for them. I didn't get that. In many other ways the book was very satisfying. The other scene I wish I had been in on was Gamache's last talk with his son. The author just told us it had taken place, instead of showing it to us so that we could experience the scene. A missed opportunity, I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead of the Night: Tomorrow Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Marsden
    • Narrated By Suzi Dougherty
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (129)

    It's tough surviving in Hell. But sometimes Hell can be a haven. Their country has been invaded. Their homes have been occupied by strangers, or destroyed. Their families are facing death at the hands of a merciless enemy. But one group of teenagers, fugitives in a remote valley, will never give in. Not without a fight. But sometimes courage demands too high a price.

    G. House Sr. says: "Totally wrapped up in the story"
    "Undecided."
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    Would you try another book from John Marsden and/or Suzi Dougherty?

    Maybe.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Marsden again?

    Maybe.


    Which character – as performed by Suzi Dougherty – was your favorite?

    None.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the 2nd book in the series. I was of two minds about buying this one after the first. It wasn't the writing, it was the plotting of the invasion aspects of the story. Unless this story is supposed to be an allegory about the differences between the "haves" and the "have nots", there is no good reason not to reveal who has invaded Australia. It beggars the reader's reasoning that these young people could not tell who had invaded them. In the second book, there is a scene where they watch through a window as "colonists" clean and tidy a house. Is the author trying to make me believe that they couldn't then tell who had invaded them? Apparently, Australia is the "have" country and ? is the "have not" country who believes that since they are over crowded, they should be allowed to invade Australia. I'm sorry...What? I also could not credit that Australia is receiving so little help from their allies. If the author really believes that there are countries out there so desperate for land that they would invade another country to get it, then he should stand up and name them in the book. This series is too much like an Australian version of Red Dawn. And, on a minor note, how come no one has cell phones? They aren't even mentioned. I keep trying to like this series, but I'm still not certain I'm going to buy the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Toll-Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Daniel Hill
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (162)

    Captain John Staple’s exploits in the Peninsula had earned him the sobriquet Crazy Jack amongst his fellows in the Dragoon Guards. Now home from Waterloo, life in peacetime is rather dull for the adventure-loving Captain. But when he finds himself lost at an unmanned toll-house in the Pennines, his soldiering days suddenly pale away beside an adventure - and romance - of a lifetime.

    Yvette says: "Great book - reader only OK"
    "Hard to forget Harvey Bains"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend because in spite of having some trouble innitially forgetting Daniel Hill's tv character, Harvey Bains, Daniel does a great job with the narration. His characterization is wonderful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've read this book a couple of dozen times--at least. The plot is strong and the love story is tender.


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

    More drama.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Toll-Gate and why?

    Jack Staple, of course. He's the main male character and drives the book.


    Any additional comments?

    There is no doubt that characters being read by a narator rarely sound like they do in your head when you are reading the book. The portrayal of Jack is no different. I had always imagined him with a deeper voice because he is such a big man. However, I soon became accustomed to Daniel's portrayal of him. So, if this is the case for other readers, I urge them to give the audible book a chance. I really think they will enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brutal Telling: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1283)
    Performance
    (865)
    Story
    (866)

    As autumn descends upon Three Pines, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store at the center of town. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. What past did he leave behind, and why has he buried himself in this tiny village?

    Marie says: "Satisfying but sad"
    "denouement disappointment"
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    What did you love best about The Brutal Telling?

    The writing was full and rich as usual. The characters as alive as any could want.


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

    The cadence of his reading allows additional vitality into the story. He injects additional emotional strength to the tale.


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

    There's a hidden treasure in Three Pines.


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed in the denouement this time around. It was too tightly written and I did not feel as if all my questions had been answered to my satisfaction. There is a danger with audible books and the danger is that your mind can wander and you can miss things. However, I don't think my mind wandered during the last few chapters. I even rewound parts to listen to them again to make certain I wasn't missing things. That didn't help. Something is missing at the end as though several scenes ended up on the editing room floor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Colony

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By F.G. Cottam
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (272)

    For over a century, the New Hope Island vanishing has tantalized the world. How did 150 people disappear from a lonely Hebridean island, leaving no trace and no clues? Media magnate Alexander McIntyre decides to solve the mystery, and gathers a team of experts to mount an expedition to the island. He hopes running the story as a rolling exclusive will revive the fortunes of his flagship news-stand title. He hopes to find conclusive answers to questions that have teased a curious world for decades. And he wants his own secret theory triumphantly vindicated.

    Amanda says: "Solid atmospheric horror"
    "Occasionally dropped the ball."
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    Where does The Colony rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The reading was excellent. It was the pacing of the story that occasionally fell short.


    Would you be willing to try another book from F.G. Cottam? Why or why not?

    Yes. His descriptions were excellent and he knows how to tease out a scene beyond "It was a dark and stormy night.".


    What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

    He performed the book, he didn't just read it. The pacing of his reading was outstanding.


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

    I was on the edge of my seat through many parts, but at other times, the writer pulled back and "told" the story rather than "showed" the story. His tension was uneven and tended to be anti-climactic.


    Any additional comments?

    I will liken the book's pacing to a roller-coaster. At first there is a long, steep climb. Up, Up, Up we went, getting closer and closer to the fateful moment. However, instead of a death-defying drop at the other side of the apex, there were a series of disappointing hillocks. This does not take away from the excellence of the general craftsmanship of the writer which is why I will be pleased to listen to another one of his books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3561)
    Performance
    (3315)
    Story
    (3311)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Brilliant"
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    What made the experience of listening to Spellbound the most enjoyable?

    Bronson Pinchot. He's an amazing reader. He always brings the characters alive for the listener.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is an excellent ballance between the action and the personal. This is a continuation of Hard Magic and it follows on perfectly.


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

    I have listened to Hard Magic. This one is just as good. He does a brilliant job of giving every character their own voice. Even the non-dialogue portion of their point of view matches their voice.


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

    Yes. I cannot say any more without writing a spoiler. However, I particularly liked Fay and Jake's characters. And Heinrich's. Okay, I liked all the good guys.


    Any additional comments?

    Because of the brilliance of Bronson Pinchot's performance, I will definitely be looking to purchace other books read by him after I finish this Grimnoir series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pirate: An Alex Hawke Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ted Bell
    • Narrated By John Shea
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (151)

    In Paris, a ruthless descendant of Napoleon has risen to power, hell-bent on restoring France's former glory. His fiery ambitions are cynically stoked by a coterie of cold-blooded Mandarins, plotting behind the gates of Beijing's Forbidden City. Cloaked in secrecy, this unholy alliance devises a twisted global plan, backed by China's growing nuclear arsenal, that will send America and the world to the brink of a gut-wrenching showdown.

    Peter Flynn says: "Bond lives on!"
    "I love Alex Hawke."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Pirate to be better than the print version?

    I've not read the print version. The audio edition is brilliantly read by John Shea, though.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characterization is amazing. Every individual comes to life--particularly as read by John Shea. I think I'd listen to anything read by him.


    Which character – as performed by John Shea – was your favorite?

    Stokely Jones. He swears too much for my liking but John Shea reads him a treat.


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

    Both. The political side of the Alex Hawke books certainly made me think. Ted Bell portrays them in such a way that I find I'm listening to the news differently after listening to his books.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept expecting Lady Diana Marsh to be a bad guy--maybe she still will be one in a future edition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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