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N. M.

United States | Member Since 2011

  • 4 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 115 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014

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    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By M. John Harrison
    • Narrated By Julian Elfer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In contemporary London, Michael Kearney is a serial killer on the run from the entity that drives him to kill. He is seeking escape in a future that doesn' t yet exist - a quantum world that he and his physicist partner hope to access through a breach of time and space itself.

    Max says: "Utterly Brilliant"
    "Did not hold my interest"

    First, the audiobook version was at times quite confusing to listen to. I am not sure if this is due to a lack of intelligence on my part, or the audiobook format, or something entirely other. I enjoy Neil Gaiman's writing, and thought perhaps that I would enjoy his suggestion, but now I am sure that I was quite wrong.

    I suspect that most of the reason that I did not enjoy this book was because of the complicated twists and jumps in the storyline. It jumps from century to century, character to character, and planet to planet with little notice. This format might be enjoyable in text version, where a reader can flip to and fro, looking back upon the previous pages for reference, but I was just confused.

    I do believe that some people will enjoy this book-perhaps writers themselves, the readers of dark poetry, and eccentric scientists, perhaps.

    The book just didn't flow smoothly enough for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Palace of Stone: Princess Academy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Shannon Hale
    • Narrated By Cynthia Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city is a thrill to Miri. She and her princess academy friends have been brought to Asland to help the future princess Britta prepare for her wedding. There, Miri also has a chance to attend school - at the Queen's Castle. But as Miri befriends students who seem sophisticated and exciting she also learns that they have some frightening plans.

    Elise says: "HATED the performance!"
    "Reviewed as a comparison to Princess Academy,Book1"

    I began with the first Princess Academy book and I loved it. Overall, Shannon Hale, with her other books (Enna Burning) is a great author.

    The second book is a nice continuation of the first.

    -I enjoyed the cute narration and musical quality that comes with Shannon Hale's audiobooks. The whole thing is a sensory experience and drew me into the story. I enjoy Full-Cast audio, multiple voices and sound effects. If you do too, then you will probably like this version.

    -Cynthia Bishop, the narrator, emphasizes in the right places and shows that she really understands what she is reading.

    -Teaches good morals for young girls (there is talk of muscles and dancing and kissing, so take that into consideration before letting young girls listen to this : ) *

    -At times, the story felt boring. There is action, but it felt a little forced and I was left wanting more.
    -Sometimes the music in the beginning was a little cheesy, even for me, because the songs at the beginning of some chapters sounded almost ridiculous (like someone imitating an Adam Sandler's Opera Man!)
    -Many times when I thought the story would end, it kept going, as if the author couldn't decide on how to bring everything to a satisfying conclusion.

    Overall, this was not Hale's best book (try Enna Burning), but it will not stop me from listening to her other titles. I enjoy the light-hearted purity of all of her stories. *It would be great for 6th graders to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goose Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Shannon Hale
    • Narrated By Cynthia Bishop, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Follow the adventures of Princess Anidori Kiladra of Kildenree as she struggles to regain not merely her crown, but her very name. Sweeping in its vision and enlivened by a huge cast of vivid characters, The Goose Girl has earned both rave reviews and an intensely loyal fan following.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Magical Listen"
    "My first Shannon Hale book, and not my last!"

    Unlike my other reviews, this is the first audiobook that I actually completely loved! I like the purity of the story, and the lack of overt sexuality is relieving to me. I hope that there are more and more Shannon Hale books like this, read in this manner. (I also loved Princess Academy and Enna Burning). Listen to Enna Burning after Goose Girl if you find that you like it.

    Goose Girl itself is a great story, adapted from a Brothers Grimm fairy tale.
    Each of Shannon Hale's stories seem to exist in a common place, and this gives depth to any audio or text experience.

    Remember to listen to the audio sample so you get a feel for The Full Cast Family.
    They do a great job with narration and the voices are young and lively.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV

    • UNABRIDGED (98 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Thomas Nelson, Inc.
    • Narrated By Jason Alexander, Joan Allen, Richard Dreyfuss, and others

    This faithful rendering of the New King James Version presents the Bible in more than 90 hours of compelling, dramatic audio theater format.This world-class audio production immerses listeners in the dramatic reality of the Scriptures as never before with an original music score by composer Stefano Mainetti (Abba Pater), feature film quality sound effects, and compelling narration by Michael York and the work of over 500 actors.

    Nancy says: "Majestic listening"
    "Great narration, needs better sectioning"

    This is a great audio rendition of The Bible (NKJV). I have no complaints there.

    My one complaint is:

    As a student, I am assigned different chapters and different books. Because each chapter covers about 1-4 books, it is so difficult to find a book without pressing every chapter and scanning the description. (I use the Android, iTunes, and iPad versions).

    If only each chapter were labeled, sectioned, and titled, I would be a happy rater with five stars. But because of this one fault, I have decided to rate the overall with a mere three stars.

    The rest of the book is great and the music is beautiful. It sounds like something out of Stargate (the TV series).


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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