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Daniaell

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  • 15 reviews
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  • Dies the Fire: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1137)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (645)

    Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

    Natasha says: "Maybe!"
    "First Rate--An Excellent Read"
    Overall

    Warning: Once you start this series you will want to read on. Action packed and intelligently well written, this book (and the rest in the series) moves along at a good clip and left this reader satisfied with both the pace and the rich detail. And bravo to Todd McLaren, one of my favorite readers (only the man who read Altered Carbon so brilliantly could bring this violent saga to life so beautifully). Well worth your time and credits. Not for the overly squeamish or the too young however as there is a great deal of violent detail--which was completely appropriate for the premise of the story. Enjoy.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Once in a Blue Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By John Keating
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Twice upon a time, Prince Rupert and Princess Julia saved the Forest Kingdom. They have earned the right to live happily ever after. But there' s a blue moon on the rise... Hawk and Fisher, famous for their years of keeping the peace in Haven, are really quite happy being legends. They gave up the hero business when they decided they'd grown too old for it. Now they run the Hero Academy, training young hopefuls to be heroes. Legends never die, but it seems they cannot retire, either.

    Daniaell says: "Hysterical, Enthralling, Well written and read!"
    "Hysterical, Enthralling, Well written and read!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What a great story from Simon R. Green! I was a little sketchy about getting this because I have found Simon R. Green to be hit or miss for me (sadly more miss than hit but I LOVED all the Deathwatcher novellas but some of his other stuff just left me lost in space...) but I am glad I picked this up. I was laughing within five minutes of starting and immediately recognized John Keating from Gwynne's "Malice" which was also spectacularly read. Love Keating, loved this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ballerina: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Edward Stewart
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Stephanie Lang and Christine Avery meet in ballet school. Although they share the same dream - to become great dancers - they could not be more different. Ballet is in Stephanie’s blood; her mother, Anna, is a former dancer who lives to see her daughter achieve the fame she herself never attained. Christine has lived a sheltered life, secure in the love of her family. But her privileged upbringing conceals a devastating secret.

    upstate reader says: "great story"
    "Have loved this book for years..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's not a romantic novel but a novel about the passion that drives people to work beyond what most people would endure to do that which they love most to do..to dance. And about the cut throat world of ballet, the ever present judgement, and envy, and love and hate that shapes the human condition, sometimes beyond endurance. I last read this book at least 20 years ago and was very pleased to see it available here on Audible. I enjoyed every minute of this story like it was yesterday. It reads relevant today even though it was first published in 1978. And Angela Goethals does a beautiful job narrating. I can't imagine feeling this was a wasted credit although there is a character that until the end is quite tedious and a few that are rather unsettling. But every story has those...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shrine

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By James Herbert
    • Narrated By Kris Dyer
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Force for evil. A little girl called Alice, a deaf-mute. A vision. A lady in shimmering white who says she is the immaculate conception. And Alice can suddenly hear and speak. And she can perform miracles. Soon the site of the visitation, beneath the ancient oak tree, has become a shrine, a holy place for thousands of pilgrims. But Alice is no longer the guileless child overwhelmed by her new saintliness. She has become the agent of something corrupt, a vile force that is centuries-old.

    Daniaell says: "Narration = British Wildlife Documentary Style"
    "Narration = British Wildlife Documentary Style"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As in..."and here we see a lovely gazelle as it prepares to leap from danger" in very proper upper crust English accent. Very droll darling. Story is a bit of a snoozer too so I dozed a lot during this book. I DID finish it however but was uninspired. Overall: Meh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shift

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Chris Dolley
    • Narrated By Luke Truan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Peter Pendennis killed and dissected eleven people before they caught him. Soon he was safely locked away in an institution - but one of the multiple personalities he is host to claims to be the astronaut John Bruce, who is now running for President of the United States. And when Pendennis is confronted with Louise Callander, Bruce's former girlfriend, he tells her things that only the real John Bruce could know. Nick Stubbs, a scientist investigating the nature of multiple dimensions in their connection to the human brain, was called in to investigate - and now very much regrets it.

    Daniaell says: "Interesting Story, Narrator needs..a LOT of work"
    "Interesting Story, Narrator needs..a LOT of work"
    Overall
    Performance
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    The story was quite interesting and engaging however Luke Truan should A. NEVER try to speak in a British accent (he can't and worse starts a sentence with one but finishes it without UGH!) 2. Stop yelling, starting and stopping in odd, random and annoying places and C.Find another career path...please! His voice is pleasant enough (mostly) and he can read, but that's about it. It wasn't bad enough to make me hate him or the story but it was distracting which it should never be. I would still recommend this book though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blind Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Margot Dionne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (213)

    With The Blind Assassin, Atwood proves once again that she is one of the most talented, daring, and exciting writers of the time. Like The Handmaid's Tale, this Book Prize-winner is destined to become a classic.

    Sarah says: "The Best!"
    "Not bad audio people! It's called Ambiance..."
    Overall
    Performance
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    This was a terriffic story, within a story within a story. And the static and hiss in the background gave the narration (which was excellent) an eerie, haunting quality and created a richer setting for the mystery within. Reminisce of long ago radio drama, perfect for the reading of such a painful revelation, it created the perfect setting for the tale told by our "protagonist". Don't let the complainers scare you from this one, not as good as The Handmaid's Tale, but hey, few novels are anyway, and this one is full of amusing observational dialogue looking back on the mistakes made in an interesting life, as well as mystery and drama. Recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Prism

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Cristofer Jean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (780)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (580)

    Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

    Lee says: "Big fan of Brent Weeks but..."
    "Great story, narrator not THAT bad!"
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    Performance
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    If the primary charactor had not sounded like Keanu Reeves high on pot in a Cali night club, the narration would have actually been decent. Everyone else sounded just fine really and it didnt distract from the story. Which by the way was very good. Buying the next one now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6712)
    Performance
    (6127)
    Story
    (6152)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I am unashamedly admitting up front that I have not even started to listen to this version (as read by the only person who should ever read this series, the awesome Roy Dotrice), but also I spent two credits (TWO) on an audiobook that I already own because (and I mean no offense to John Lee as I enjoy his interpretation of many books and series and respect him as a narrator) A Feast for Crows (for me) just sucked rotten eggs as read by John Lee as in my head I wanted to hear the characters voiced "correctly" not to mention the names and places pronounced correctly as done previously by RD.

    OF COURSE the entire series is STELLAR and I highly recommend all of the books (as read by Roy Dotrice) and I look forward to it's conclusion with MUCH ANTICIPATION!!! Please DO NOT be put off by the earth shattering price of 2 Credits-- this is still a reasonable price for the quality of the literature IMHO.

    22 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1332)
    Performance
    (1095)
    Story
    (1100)

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    "Enjoyable Dark Tale..."
    Overall

    But probably not for everyone. I personally enjoy a good yarn with some blood and guts and well placed vernacular of the foul sort. Makes me feel like I am not alone in my world view of "things that really %^$# me off". A different sort of story and the reader did an excellent job as well.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4684)
    Performance
    (2726)
    Story
    (2748)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Basic Message? Yes Well written/thought out? NO"
    Overall

    The premise that the US could be completely shut down by EMP is a frighteningly real one and some of the scenarios presented in this novel are exactly what would happen. However, this is a poorly written novel at best. S.M. Stirling's post-EMP world was far more realistic than this tripe, although it really didn't touch on more complex medical issues like diabetes. At best this book would be great for the poorly educated to get a general idea that they should maybe keep more than frozen food on hand and perhaps educate themselves on older types of insulin that retain a much longer shelf life without refrigeration. Otherwise boring and unrealistic (impossible to starve to death in less than 40 days if on rations of 900-1200 calories per day--for real). Sorry. Pretty lame. This doesn't scare me the way it should. In my mind it is much, much worse in many ways and better in others. Check out "Dies the Fire" right here on Audible. Although technically not EMP as it also made other things happen it is a much more likely scenario regarding public reaction, especially initially.

    12 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Emily Bronte
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    Perhaps the most haunting and tragic love story ever written, Wuthering Heights is the tale of Heathcliff, a brooding, troubled orphan, and his doomed love for Catherine Earnshaw. His desire for her leads him to madness when Catherine is made to marry a wealthy lord, sending Heathcliff on a lifelong quest to avenge himself upon those who stole his only love and his life.

    Christine says: "Not what I expected"
    "Deceived by Other Reviews!"
    Overall

    How can anyone who has read Jane Eyre (or ANY other Bronte novel for that matter) call this depressing tale of a group of petty, misguided, abusive, intolerent and hostile people "the greatest love story ever"? I am confused. Maybe its because these people are more "realistic" in their view? I have no idea, what I do know is that I felt little or no compassion in my heart for anyone in this tale as they all came off as ugly, petty and self centered. I have no idea what the literary powers that be proclaim about the book, I am sure it is adored for its bleak outlook on 18th century life but I think a book can be bleak and still give us sympathetic characters we can actually like. This one failed miserably and should more accurately be described as "what can happen if you are black hearted and evil, or a selfish petulant brat with ill luck and think you know what love is".

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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