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Daniaell

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  • Shrine

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By James Herbert
    • Narrated By Kris Dyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    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"
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    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
  • Boxed Set, The Darwin's World Series: Includes Darwin's World, The Trek, and Home

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jack L Knapp
    • Narrated By Tom Lennon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Three complete novels. Thirty-three hours of survival action. If you're a fan of Robert A. Heinlein, Jean Auel, and S. M. Stirling, you're going to love Jack L. Knapp. Thousands of copies have been downloaded. This is survivalism at its best...in an Earth that never knew humans!

    Robert says: "Okay until the very end."
    "Narrator Reads Like a 3rd Grader"
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    Or a VERY BORING documentary narrator telling us about sedate wildlife. I probably would have stuck it out if the reader wasn't such a snooze fest and made it sound like literature for a ten year old. That being said, the first hour or so would be appropriate for a ten year old. There is a lot to learn about living in an ice age but rather than compare it to S.M.Sterling the previewers should have stuck to Jean Auel as it is more like hers in the sense of exploring how to live more primitively. However Auel's work is much richer in detail and depth of character as well as plot; more well developed and researched.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Not Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Craig A. Falconer
    • Narrated By James Patrick Cronin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6235)
    Performance
    (5820)
    Story
    (5809)

    When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

    Russell says: "Impressive Book About Aliens & the Hype Industry"
    "Ok Story, Narration YUCK"
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    I can't for the life of me understand why someone would give this guy a good narration review. I have reviewed him before and the same complaint still stands...he ends at least 70% of his sentences as if they were questions with the inflection going up at the end like a mindless teenager. SO ANNOYING. The story is just ok pretty basic and repetitive but it had promise. It takes forever to go anywhere and way too much about how great public relations are if you want to survive in a media frenzy...I'm not sure I can finish it...

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6358)
    Performance
    (5355)
    Story
    (5377)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    Rob J. says: "Fixed!"
    "Smart, Funny, great story"
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    Love Neal Stephenson his humor is so spot on and the flow of this book is excellent. And William Dufris completely rocked the narration. A perfect reading as far as I'm concerned. The best metaphor in fiction: the manual override. Well done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Immortality

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kevin Bohacz
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (88)

    Without warning, something has gone terribly awry. In the remote and unnoticed places of the world, small pockets of death begin occurring. As the initially isolated extinctions spread, the world's eyes focus on this unimaginable horror and chaos. Out of the ecological imbalance, something new and extraordinary is evolving and surviving to fill the voids left by these extinctions. Evolution is operating in ways no one could have expected, and environmental damage may be the catalyst.

    John S says: "Good End of World Thriller"
    "Story Alright, Flaws Reported Below"
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    This writer has some great ideas that develop okay over the course of the book but I really wish it had been done without all the sophomoric interpersonal "relationship" drama that not only were superfluous but were poorly done and reflected badly on the author. Eg. all the young "girls" in their 20's were hot for the old guys in their 40's, 50's etc. Really Kevin? And one main character, a female cop, had an inordinate amount of blatant sexual harassment perpetrated upon her person which for the most part she handled like a scared 12 year old girl.

    Another issue I had was the constant reference of the bacteria as an animal. If you are going to write a book with as much "scientific" content as this book attempts ( I didn't find it overly scientific but a good attempt was made) please use appropriate nomenclature. Bacteria should be referred to as bacteria, bacterium (plural) or as an organism. It does not in life, or even in this book, represent what is commonly referred to as an animal. Although secondary definitions of the word animal could include bacteria, in the scientific community no one would use that terminology. (Nit picking I know but it was so OFTEN it irritated me--kinda like those people that say "HIV virus" Duh.)

    And what was probably worst of all was the READER. Dear GOD. Kevin T. Collins OVER annunciates EVERYTHING. His diction is ridiculous, tedious and annoying. Worse yet, he is overly melodramatic and worst of all? At least once in every single paragraph (I'm being generous here) he raises his voice in an interrogative (higher as in a question) in the middle of a statement sentence or at the end of a statement sentence like an annoying teenage "dumb girl" as though he is questioning the veracity of what he is saying. Stab me in the ear please. It would be less annoying. I mean does this guy even go back and LISTEN to himself? Seriously I would think he would be embarrassed. I can almost guarantee a better reader would have made the book less tedious, and maybe smoothed over some of the bad relationship drama but since he reads it like an annoying teenage girl it sounds like annoying teenage girl stuff. Yuck.

    That being said I didn't hate the book, and I didn't hate the reader but I did spend way more time thinking about the problems than I did about the story which sort of takes all the fun away. I would have enjoyed it more if I read it to myself but I still would have had issues with character and nomenclature.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39322)
    Performance
    (36785)
    Story
    (36787)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Supreme. Sanderson reigns with this Masterpiece."
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    Sanderson eclipses all other current sci-Fi authors with book two of the Stormlight Archive. He not only was the perfect person to finish Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time but he proves that his own invention is every bit as excellent and far beyond what any other writer is currently producing in this genre. The story is mesmerizing, the readers are (as always) AH-mazing and Sanderson is king of the world. Here! Here!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Contamination Boxed Set: Books 0-3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By T. W. Piperbrook
    • Narrated By Troy Duran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (681)

    The infection has begun, ravaging the American Southwest and leaving chaos in its wake. In this new world, there will be no last meal, no dying wish. The only reward left is to survive another day...

    Dorian F Perez says: "GREAT READ! Worth the time."
    "Meh. Sophomoric at best."
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    There are at least 1000 other books in this sub-genre that are more entertaining, interesting and at least well written. From the back stories to the bad guys to the stupid inner dialogue of each character I just want to stab my ears out. And don't get me started about the "fight scenes". So dumb. Blah.

    3 of 7 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
    (152)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (136)

    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!"
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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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ballerina: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Edward Stewart
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    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.

    Daniaell says: "Have loved this book for years..."
    "Have loved this book for years..."
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    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...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shift

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Chris Dolley
    • Narrated By Luke Truan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    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"
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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

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