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Natalie

Cambridge, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • The Iron King: The Iron Fey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1292)
    Performance
    (964)
    Story
    (976)

    Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth--that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war.

    Arwen says: "I found this mediocre"
    "Surprisingly Unmemorable"
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    The storyline was intriguing at the outset, and the characters were certainly interesting. But the unfolding of the story didn't quite live up to the expectation that was set with the description. Eventually, the story got to the point where it just went on and on, and I was wishing it would just wrap up and send everyone home!

    The narrator spoke well, and with good enunciation. She was youngish-sounding, however this fit well with the book and I think she did quite a good job.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (6914)
    Performance
    (3502)
    Story
    (3533)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Not my top choice"
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    This book just left me cold. I tried to like the protagonist, I really did. But the narration and language just made me struggle with Sookie and I couldn't find whatever it was in her to resonate with and like. And I can't get into a story if I don't like the character. The writing is good, but it was absolutely unappealing to me, and I suppose that the narration was to align with the character's lack of education, yet it grated on my ears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rose Cottage

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Mary Stewart
    • Narrated By Samantha Eggar
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    In the summer of 1947, Kate Herrick, widowed by the war, returns to Rose Cottage, her childhood home. A tiny thatched dwelling nestled in an idyllic country setting, Rose Cottage at first appears the picture of tranquility. But Kate soon discovers that someone has broken in; the papers that are the object of her have disappeared, and the village seethes with gossip. How harmless are her elderly neighbors, who are suspected of witchcraft?

    Natalie says: "A beautiful classic"
    "A beautiful classic"
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    I was seeking another of Mary Stewart's stories, Thornyhold (which I am sincerely hoping arrives in audiobook form!) and picked up this novel. It is very like Thornyhold in the lovely simplicity of the story. There is something truly magical about how Mary Stewart can craft such compelling stories and yet offer them up in such a delicate manner, with just enough information to offer a depth to the characters without overloading them to the point of causing baggage. It is a very rare skill, and it is beautifully shown here. The story isn't complex, and if you are looking for deep intrigue you won't find it here, but it is a lovely listen and so very enjoyable.

    The narration suited the story perfectly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Asylum

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Harwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    Confused and disoriented, Georgina Ferrars awakens in a small room in Tregannon House, a private asylum in a remote corner of England. She has no memory of the past few weeks. The doctor Maynard Straker tells her that she admitted herself under the name Lucy Ashton the day before and then suffered a seizure. When she insists he has mistaken her for someone else, Dr. Straker sends a telegram to her uncle, who replies that Georgina Ferrars is at home with him in London: "Your patient must be an imposter." Suddenly her voluntary confinement becomes involuntary....

    Shaliali says: "Mesmerizing"
    "Good listen, but not gripping"
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    It took a couple of tries to get into this one, and I really didn't get absorbed into the story until well into the second-half of the book. The gothic aura of the book is very well done, and the pervasive sense of impending doom does pervade the story in undercurrents, but it was tedious at times. The underlying question of her sanity is well balanced to make me wonder at times which way it was going to go. The narration was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glass Houses: Morganville Vampires, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (453)

    Morganville, Texas, is a small college town filled with quirky characters. But when the sun goes down, the bad come out. Because in Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows---one that will spill out into the bright light of day.

    Justin says: "Be Aware.."
    "Very enjoyable listen"
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    I couldn't help but like Claire's character right from the start. The story unfolded at a perfect pace, and Cynthia Holloway was a great choice to narrate. The roommates in the house are all unique and just as easy to like as the protagonist. This makes the unfolding story all the more enjoyable, and the writing really brought the scenery and characters to life. I immediately picked up the next in this series and look forward to the rest!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kushiel's Dart

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Carey
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (988)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (598)

    The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

    Glen Gaines says: "The Kushiel series in order"
    "My all-time favourite series"
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    This truly spectacular book (and series) is so incredibly well-written and thought out that the story captivates instantly and rivets one's attention for the duration. The character is so unique and deeply developed that I couldn't help but walk along with her in the story. The world is so detailed it becomes incredibly easy to visualise the culture and society, but the political maneuverings bring a much needed intrigue that lays the path for Phedre.

    Anne Flosnik was a pleasant surprise as a narrator. I haven't liked her in the past, but I can't commend her performance enough. Her telling of the story was superb.

    I enjoyed this thoroughly as an audiobook, however I will say that I had already read the entire series (twice!) before picking this up in audio version, so I had no trouble with the complexity of the world and characters. I saw some reviews that mentioned it could be confusing, so I thought I'd add this caveat to my comments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born at Midnight: Shadow Falls, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By C. C. Hunter
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (329)

    One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls - a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just "troubled". Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side - learning to harness their powers, control their magic, and live in the normal world. Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she?

    Angela says: "Outstanding!!"
    "Listened to the whole series in just over a week!"
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    I was hooked on this series from the start. The storyline is well done, and well narrated. I stumbled across this book and had to get the rest of the series immediately. The character of Kylie is nicely developed through the series, and the push-pull of relationships contrasted with the supernatural elements draws the typical teenager / budding supernatural paradox is just captivating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (21618)
    Performance
    (15718)
    Story
    (15774)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Instantly Addicted!"
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    Performance
    Story

    I am riveted by this series. It took a little bit to get into (mainly because I was at work when I started listening, which was a bad idea given the complexity of the cast of characters initially) Roy Dotrice is the most incredible narrator, and his ability to bring the character's voices to life make what would be a complex listen something that is easy to follow. I thought I'd heard good narrators before, but he blows them all out of the water, truly reminding us what an "art" storytelling really is. The series is beautifully written, bringing the scenes and characters clearly to the mind's eye. I hate it when I come to the end of each of these books, and can't wait to get the next!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (14462)
    Performance
    (10815)
    Story
    (10832)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Teddy says: "Did not disappoint..."
    "Amazing!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am riveted by this series. Roy Dotrice is the most incredible narrator, and his ability to bring the character's voices to life make what would be a complex listen something that is easy to follow. I thought I'd heard good narrators before, but he blows them all out of the water, truly reminding us what an "art" storytelling really is. The series is beautifully written, bringing the scenes and characters clearly to the mind's eye. I hate it when I come to the end of each of these books, and can't wait to get the next!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Garden Spells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (922)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (476)

    The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

    Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

    Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

    Joihelene says: "I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!"
    "A finely wrought tale of magic and mystery"
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    This was a lovely story drew me in from the beginning. While the storyline wasn't full of twists and turns, it was beautifully written, and left just enough to the imagination, while offering a treasure chest of herb and flower lore. Even better, there was an appendix of the flowers and herbs that provided a handy insight - I actually wish I had the written copy just for this!

    The narration was lovely. Susan's voice was clear and crisp, the characters distinguishable, and she kept the story moving at just the right pace.

    I would listen to this book again, I enjoyed it so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Morrigan's Cross: Circle Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (351)

    Standing on the cliffs of 12th-century Ireland following the disappearance of his twin, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith is visited by the goddess Morrigan and is charged with the ultimate of tasks: saving his and all future worlds. His enemy, the beautiful but deadly vampire queen Lilith, has had over 2,000 years of experience in cruelly killing and changing humans into one of her own - including Hoyt's brother, Cian.

    Silke says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Really enjoyable listen"
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    I was truly disappointed when it ended. A great story that brought an interesting blend of characters together. The narration was good, although there were times when I became confused as to whom was speaking due to overlap of accents and speaking styles. I would definitely get the next book in this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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