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  • Hornblower and the "Atropos"

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Nicolas Coster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (193)

    In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters

    John says: "Great book. Poor narrator."
    "The reader is spot-on"
    Overall

    The reader, Nicolas Coster, really captures the feel of the time period for me with his unhurried, stately manner. (He displays an excellent range of character performance as well). I'm only disappointed that Audible does not carry other Hornblower books read by Mr. Coster.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5688)
    Performance
    (4853)
    Story
    (4848)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Relax - It's still a great book about Harry"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Butcher certainly is taking Harry's story in very interesting directions. I'd be hard put to name another series this original and I can't wait for the next one after this.

    Yes, James Marsters is the definitive Dresden narrator. But don't knock Glover. He actually does a better job considering it's his first take on Dresden than Marsters in Book 1 of the series (where I felt Marsters kind of overdid the schtick of constantly sighing in that oh-so-weary and jaded stereotypical private investigator film noir fashion). Having Glover as the narrator actually added an interesting spin on the voicing being different since Harry is a ghost in this one and all his senses are differently affected. Why not ours too ;) ?

    Having said that, I do hope they bring Marsters back for future books for this series. But I do plan to look for other Glover audiobook performances as well.

    --- janet
    (who loves the Dresden books, but early on decided you could build a great drinking game on certain overused phrases in the book such as "pursed his/her lips" :D)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6991)
    Performance
    (5199)
    Story
    (5191)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

    Lakejewel says: "Spike makes good"
    "Good story - Outstanding reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Other then the fact that the main character Harry makes the teen protagonists of slasher movies look brilliant in comparison for their ability to stay out of danger, I find myself enjoying the story. As much as anything though, I'm enjoying the reader. He truly demonstrates the difference a talented professional actor can have when reading and (to a small extent acting it out).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2065)
    Performance
    (1321)
    Story
    (1328)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Great story"
    Overall

    Time travel and the revisiting of a few characters we've met in some of Connie Willis's other books are the initial hook. But that is sidelined by the absorbing story of how the British coped with World War 2. One of the best narrators I've listened to polish off both this and its continuation (the book All Clear).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Untamed: House of Night Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kristin Cast, P. C. Cast
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (919)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (480)

    Life sucks when your friends are pissed at you. Just ask Zoey Redbird. In one week she has gone from having three boyfriends to having none, and from having a close group of friends who trusted and supported her to being an outcast. Speaking of friends, the only two Zoey has left are undead and unMarked. And Neferet has declared war on humans, which Zoey knows in her heart is wrong.

    Heidi P :) says: "Why Switch Narrators??"
    "I would return it if I could..."
    Overall

    I like the series, but add my voice to the chorus; the narrator is wrong, wrong, wrong for the series. (There is something seriously creepy about hearing what sounds like a 8-10 year old's voice describing the more mature urges of a 17 year old).

    Do yourself a favor, listen to the last 10 minutes of book 3, then go buy the print copies of the books so you can read them with Edwina Wren's voice talents in your mind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Empires of Trust: How Rome Built - and America Is Building - a New World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    In Empires of Trust, Professor Thomas F. Madden explores surprising parallels between the Roman and American republics. By making friends of enemies and demonstrating a commitment to fairness, the two republics - both "reluctant" yet unquestioned super-powers - built empires based on trust. Madden also includes vital lessons from the Roman Republic's 100-year struggle with "terrorism."

    Thomas says: "A real eye opener"
    "Very Relevant to Modern Events in the Middle East"
    Overall

    The author is a bit repetitive in the beginning establishing both his definition of an "Empire of Trust" and his thesis that much of ancient Roman and modern American history can be evaluated usefully in that context. Don't let the initial repetition get to you though. This starts off being a fascinating history of the Roman Empire that then begins to draw parallels to just how much our own government has been shaped by the same core principles and similar circumstances.

    Even more interesting however are the last few chapters that show how the lessons learned by the Romans in their dealings with terrorism and strife in the Middle East are very much applicable today.

    This isn't dry history; Madden writes in a very accessible style that is complemented well by reader Richard Poe. I was listening to this book while driving mostly and I was always disappointed to arrive at my destination and have to turn the book off.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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