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William B Smale

Minneapolis, Minnesota United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 6 reviews
  • 34 ratings
  • 249 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2018
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  • Territory

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Emma Bull
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    Tombstone, 1881: site of one of the richest strikes in American history, where veins of silver run like lay lines under the earth, a network of power that belongs to anyone who knows how to claim it and defend it.

    Melisa says: "Fantastic book with a great big BUT..."
    "Great take on Tombstome"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Interesting swapping of readers, works in this instance, not usually a fan of this style of audiobook. Really want to continuation of the story to be available on Audible. Or other of her books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warlock in Spite of Himself: Warlock of Gramarye, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Stasheff
    • Narrated By Dennis F. Regan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (181)

    Welcome to Gramayre - where witches, warlocks, elves, and gnomes are real; where a spoiled girl-queen and an army of teenage witches, and ragtag beggars battle an overwhelming force of rebel knights and time-travelling anarchists for the future of the most unique, and perhaps most important, planet in the galaxy.

    Ian C Robertson says: "Blazing Witchery"
    "Old but still good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Warlock in Spite of Himself?

    Still have the original paperback from when it came out and pull it off the shelf to reread.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Adam Baldwin
    Overall
    (7648)
    Performance
    (7064)
    Story
    (7051)

    Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

    Aimee M says: "Someone owes me a new keyboard"
    "Feel good light comedy!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very entertaining short story! Definitly worth the listening. With a truly warped story line this was great entertainment. I would hope there will be more adventures of Tom Stranger in the future!!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Deborah E. Harkness
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Best-selling author Deborah E. Harkness explores the streets, shops, back alleys, and gardens of Elizabethan London, where a boisterous and diverse group of men and women shared a keen interest in the study of nature. These assorted merchants, gardeners, barber-surgeons, midwives, instrument makers, mathematics teachers, engineers, alchemists, and other experimenters, she contends, formed a patchwork scientific community whose practices set the stage for the Scientific Revolution.

    Elizabeth says: "Great history!"
    "Good Material, Not great presentation"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Very hard to listen to this reader for more than a short time, material is great but the reader is very uninspiring. I found the material more to the scholarly reference book rather than a non-fiction novel. You can see from this material how Deborah was able to use it in creating the Discovery of Witches series of books.


    Would you recommend The Jewel House to your friends? Why or why not?

    I think that reading the actual hard copy would be better as you could easily skip from part to part as it moves you. Many sections could be quickly skimmed and other read in detail depending on your interests.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading’s performances?

    Based on this book I would not seek out other books read by this reader.


    Do you think The Jewel House needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    This presents more like a reference book or a scholarly treatise, so unless Deborah has more research to present, this doesn't need any follow up.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lies, Damned Lies and History: The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1549)
    Performance
    (1406)
    Story
    (1395)

    I've done some stupid things in my time. I've been reckless. I've broken a few rules. But never before have I ruined so many lives or left such a trail of destruction behind me. As Max would be the first to admit, she's never been one for rules. They tend to happen to other people. But this time she's gone too far, and everyone is paying the price. Grounded until the end of time, how can she ever put things right?

    janet says: "Why do her books have to end????"
    "interesting!"
    Overall
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    really wondered where this book would go, not disappointed at all! after this, how do you carry on?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Break No Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Dorothee Berryman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (335)

    The inspiration for the hit Fox series Bones, Kathy Reichs explores another high-stakes crime from today's headlines, in a case that lands forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan in the middle of a gruesome international scheme.

    Meridith says: "Unbearable Narrator"
    "Uninspiring presentation"
    Overall

    This latest offering from Kathy Reichs is wonderful book but this new reader makes it very hard to make it through. Having started with the dynamic style of Barbara Rosenblat reading the earlier books this reader has a too flat delivery style and not enough differences in the vocal characters. I still enjoyed the book but not sure I would get the next one if they use the same reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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