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I love to read and I love to listen to good books! Because I can listen while I walk, its great for both my health and the health of my dog Rubi.

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  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1186)
    Performance
    (996)
    Story
    (982)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
    "A Stunning rendering of a fabulous classic"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The nuances of this master craftsman's voice added immeasurably to the pleasure of
    a much loved book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its a classic. Written before we became so jaded. It is simple, imaginative and hugely entertaining.


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

    He brings expression to the old fashioned language of the era which can become a bit stilted to our modern way of expressing ourselves.


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

    I have read this book so many times. Enjoyed its cadence like an old friend but this time the old friend had a fantastic voice!


    Any additional comments?

    Tim Curry is a craftsman, an artist and whatever he was paid for doing this ..... it just was not enough. The man is a genius!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7591)
    Performance
    (7222)
    Story
    (7233)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "WOW..........just....WOW"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I started recommending this book to people before I finished it. It is brilliant!! The science is beautiful, the writing is witty, the characters are likable. It is absolutley a keeper.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sheer and utter cool persona of the main character. His brilliant ability to do practical science and his wit. I also loved the whole concept.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The letters to the other members of the expedition! They were so funny. It was laugh out loud stuff. I was so annoyed that my MP3 player wont allow me to rewind a bit. Never mind....I will just listen to the whole thing again...and again.


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

    Yes. but you have to find it for yourself.


    Any additional comments?

    If this is a first novel then brother bring them on. I am going to be a collector. Andy Weir you are on the top of my list of authors to watch. Thank you so much for such a fantastic and well crafted story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grey Mask: Miss Silver, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    The first of the classic mysteries featuring governess-turned-detective Miss Silver, who investigates a deadly conspiratorial ring. Charles Moray has come home to England to collect his inheritance. After four years wandering the jungles of India and South America, the hardy young man returns to the manor of his birth, where generations of Morays have lived and died. Strangely, he finds the house unlocked, and sees a light on in one of its abandoned rooms. Eavesdropping, he learns of a conspiracy to commit a fearsome crime.

    Frieda says: "Absolutely Marvelous!!"
    "Vapid Heiress escapes death! Shame really."
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    Performance
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The Narrator. It just sounded wrong. Really wrong. Far to dull and she made the characters seem really insipid. Maybe they were written that way, I don't know I havn't read this particular book but really.... Really??


    Would you be willing to try another book from Patricia Wentworth? Why or why not?

    I enjoy reading Patricia Wentworth's books. Ok she is no Agatha Christie but her books are classic, enjoyable, nice-polite-murder-mysteries. A genre I love. However...I would not try another one read by Diana Bishop.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Perhaps she just does not like nice-polite-murder-mysteries. Maybe she was bored. She sounded bored. And ancient. And underpaid.


    Was Grey Mask worth the listening time?

    No. I will probably delete it from my library. Mind you, to be fair, it is the first of the series and many series start of with a slightly shaky start and grow to be worth having.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laughter of Dead Kings: The Sixth Vicky Bliss Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Much-adored historical mystery writer Elizabeth Peters immerses her fetching heroine Vicky Bliss into an indubitably beguiling situation - this time in the antiquated realm of the laughing dead kings. A spectacular performance by narrator Barbara Rosenblat - Peters’ personal favorite - complements this delightful mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "Solidly entertaining and Sneakily fabulous"
    "Solidly entertaining and Sneakily fabulous"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Laughter of Dead Kings?

    the surprise introduction of the author herself as a cameo part. Brilliant!


    What other book might you compare Laughter of Dead Kings to and why?

    Its a bit hard to compare Vikky Bliss to anyone except herself because she is in a class that is all her own but expect the sass of Stephanie Plum, the strength of Eve Dallas and the wit of Amelia Peabody. The perfect mix


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

    Vikky. And maybe Schmidt.....he really is fabulous!


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

    it made me giggle to myself so many times that the other people at the gym now think I am crazy. It was the perfect thing to listen to during the routines dreamed up by my sadistic Personal Trainer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At Home with the Templetons

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Monica McInerney
    • Narrated By Ulli Birve
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    When the Templeton family from England takes up residence in a stately home in country Australia, they set the locals talking – and with good reason. From the outside, the seven Templetons seem so bohemian, peculiar even. No one is more intrigued by the family than their neighbours, single mother Nina Donovan and her young son Tom. Before long, the two families' lives become entwined in unexpected ways.

    Julie says: "A dreadful mistake"
    "You'll only visit once"
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    What made the experience of listening to At Home with the Templetons the most enjoyable?

    The most oddly disfunctional group of people. There was wonderful narration ( except for that weird attempt at a Kiwi accent. Wow. It sounded more south african. ) and as with all of Monica McInerney's stories, you get involved with the people.


    Would you recommend At Home with the Templetons to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Its not my favorite of her books. There is to much whining and self pity in too many of her characters and far less of the sheer fun that most of her books just brim with.


    Which character – as performed by Ulli Birve – was your favorite?

    None of them really. Absolutly not Greg the Kiwi


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

    No. Unless you count the many times I just wanted to shake the self pity out of some of her characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't hate it but its not a book I would listen to again. It wasn't awful but it was nowhere near her best and I usually love Monica's books. I think my copies of Lola's adventures are just about falling to bits I reread them so often.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Command Decision: Vatta's War, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (216)

    After orchestrating a galaxy-wide failure of the communications network owned and maintained by the powerful ISC corporation, Gammis Turek and his marauders strike swiftly and without mercy. First they shatter Vatta Transport. Then they overrun entire star systems, growing stronger and bolder. No one is safe from the pirate fleet.

    Jean says: "Good series"
    "Fast Paced action from a master wordsmith"
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    If you could sum up Command Decision in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Interesting, keeper


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the character of Rafe. I enjoy the development of his backstory in this installment of the series. But all of the characters are well rounded and believable.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cynthia Holloway?

    Almost anyone except that dreadfull person who reads the JD Robb novels and sounds as if she is a klingon. Cynthia just is not a natural reader and somehow makes everyone sound sulky and annoying. If I had not previously read these books in physical book format I would probably not have continued listening.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This series has kept me going at the gym during workouts which is a minor miracle as I usually hate going to gyms and find them about as interesting as watching and empty escalator. However, having a good book to listen to makes it go so much faster.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the books......love the series.....cant wait till Audible brings out the Serrano series (hint hint)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yours to Keep

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Shannon Stacey
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (355)

    Sean Kowalski no sooner leaves the army than he's recruited by Emma Shaw to be her fake fiance;. Emma needs to produce a husband-to-be for her grandmother's upcoming visit, and, though Sean doesn't like the deception, he could use the landscaping job Emma's offering while he decides what to do with his civilian life. And, despite his attraction to Emma, there's no chance he'll fall for a woman with deep roots in a town he's not planning to call home.

    SIMARA says: "Melt-the-heart kind of good!!"
    "Perfect for lazy days"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Yours to Keep the most enjoyable?

    It was funny, witty and made me laugh out loud


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Granny. ...or the cousins.....or the brother.


    What about Lauren Fortgang’s performance did you like?

    She reads as though she is enjoying it!


    Any additional comments?

    Its mental chewing gum but its damn good, worth while mental chewing gum.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9569)
    Performance
    (5245)
    Story
    (5321)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Stunningly good Sci Fi"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Dune the most enjoyable?

    The complexity of the story is compelling. There are so many issues to explore.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

    The Sandworms and the Fremen


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    One narrator or a full cast drama but not both. This presentation became annoying.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Longshot

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    John Kendall knows how to survive. He's written six handbooks on the subject. Now he wants to become a novelist, preferably without starving to death. But when cold and hunger set in, Kendall impulsively accepts an unlikely job. He is to research and write a biography of Tremayne Vickers, a famous racehorse trainer.

    Ant the Limey says: "slower pace than some of his others"
    "Fabulous, Informative, Wow"
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    If you could sum up Longshot in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, entertaining, intelligent


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Plot is fantastic, it draws you in within the 1st few pages and you begin to really like the main character. then the action starts and it never really lets up.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tony Britton?

    Not a Dick Francis Book. I know Tony Britton is very talented and has a lovely voice but it was wrong for this character. He just sounded too posh and too old. Because I've read this book many times, it was quite offputting. It just somehow seemed wrong.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • March Upcountry: Prince Roger Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Weber, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1431)
    Performance
    (760)
    Story
    (761)

    Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man. So it wasn't surprising that he became spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life?

    Euryleia says: "Lots of fun!"
    "Funny and fun to read"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wouldn't change a thing about this book. I love the transformation of the snotty, bratty princeling into a decent person. And I love the way Stefan Rudnicki reads - hell I could listen to him read the phonebook and it would be great


    What was one of the most memorable moments of March Upcountry?

    Cant think offhand of one special moment in this book but it was all just fun. In the best tradition of space opera


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

    The top soldier! he is brilliant


    Did March Upcountry inspire you to do anything?

    Buy more in the series


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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