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James

JAMESTOWN, RI, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Mauritius Command: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (152)

    Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half pay without a command, until Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a commodore's pennant, there to mount an expedition against the French-held islands of Mauritius and La Reunion. But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own captains, Lord Clonfert, a pleasure-seeking dilettante, and Captain Corbett, whose severity pushes his crew to the verge of mutiny.

    Lawrence says: "Great Reader"
    "The Maritius Command"
    Overall

    A really good sea yarn in typical Obrian detail. The characters are very well fleshed out. The geography is a little confusing, however, and I would recommend having a world atlas close at hand. T thoroughly enjoyable read, er listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3178)
    Performance
    (2930)
    Story
    (2931)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Robert says: "I loved the story, the writing and the narration."
    "A Fantasy You Can't Put Down"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Golem and the Jinni?

    The way the author weaves together disparate characters and occurrences to create a story of immense imagination and power. A thoroughly enjoyable listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The jini


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

    yes, but I cannot remember which ones


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shaman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (112)

    There is Thorn, a shaman himself. He lives to pass down his wisdom and his stories - to teach those who would follow in his footsteps. There is Heather, the healer who, in many ways, holds the clan together. There is Elga, an outsider and the bringer of change. And then there is Loon, the next shaman, who is determined to find his own path. But in a world so treacherous, that journey is never simple - and where it may lead is never certain.

    Dan Harlow says: "A strange and similar world"
    "Captivating Novel of Pre History"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shaman to be better than the print version?

    Don't know, I am legally blind


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The central character, Loon, because the author paints him as completely credible and yet heroic as he learns to survive and ultimately thrive.


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

    A gift which good readers have, of maintaining the individual, voices, mannerisms and attitudes of the various characters in the novel. He brings each one to life.


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

    When the protagonist finishes his initiation into manhood by surviving in the wilderness with nothing (not even clothing), on his own for 20 days and the reader discovers he is only a young teenager.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was very hard to put down or should I say pause, as I listened on my Ipod. I was sorry when it was finished.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Natural Selection

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dave Freedman
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    A team of marine scientists is on the verge of making the most stunning discovery in the history of man: a previously unknown predatory species, alive now, evolving just like the dinosaurs, and being forced out of its world and into man's for a violent first encounter.

    Joseph says: "Artic Penguins?"
    "Natural Selection"
    Overall

    A pretty good idea for a story but the writing is absolutely amateur. Major continuity errors and the author did not do enough research on his subject so that the story, although science fiction, lacked cfedulity. This book stinks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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