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B. Gerson

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  • Prince of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Guerin Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (389)

    Now Allon is back in Venice, when a terrible explosion in Rome leads to a disturbing personal revelation: the existence of a dossier in terrorist hands that strips away his secrets, lays bare his history.

    Steven says: "great book, horrible audio"
    "Narrator detracts"
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    If you could sum up Prince of Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, as usual.


    Did Guerin Barry do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narration was the weakest part of the audiobook. The main character, Gabriel, was voiced slightly hoarse and almost monotonal. It seemed such a bad characterization that getting immersed in the book was very difficult. The characters were switched in some dialogue and the pronunciation of Hebrew names was amazingly bad.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Withering Tights: The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Louise Rennison
    • Narrated By Louise Rennison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Tallulah Casey is ready to find her inner artist. And some new mates. And maybe a boy or two or three. The ticket to achieving these lofty goals? Enrolling in a summer performing arts program, of course. She’s bound for the wilds of Yorkshire Dales - eerily similar to the windswept moors of Wuthering Heights. Tallulah expects new friends, less parental interference, and lots of drama. Acting? Tights? Moors? Check, check, check. What she doesn’t expect is feeling like a tiny bat’s barging around in her mouth when she has her first snog.

    B. Gerson says: "I love these books! Funny and well-narrated."
    "I love these books! Funny and well-narrated."
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    These books are a ton of fun. I loved the Georgia Nicholson books and have enjoyed the audiobooks for years, but I have to say I love Talullah Casey even more. The stories are more interesting, since they incorporate the performing arts and all the entertainment value they have, as well as the Yorkshire people and countryside. There's a literary component to these books, as well, with Wuthering Heights and A Midsummer Night's Dream central to the stories in the first two books. Add all this to Louise Rennison's great characters and stories and you have very clever, satisfying teen fiction.

    Louise Rennison is also a hilarious narrator. Her regional accents make me laugh out loud. She brings an extra dimension to the books that you can't get in print.

    Now, the main problem for me is that you CANNOT GET BOOKS TWO AND THREE ON AUDIO IN THE U.S. What the heck, Harper-Collins? I was able to buy book two on CD from the UK, but book three is only available in digital download from Audible UK, and you can't order from them unless you have a UK credit card and billing address. PLEASE get these two for us in the US of A!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Sophy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Sarah Woodward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (926)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (825)

    Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

    Carol says: "The Full Sophy"
    "An unfortunate choice of narrator."
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    What did you like best about The Grand Sophy? What did you like least?

    This is one of my favorite of Ms. Heyer's romances with great characters and an interesting and different story. The romance plays out very slyly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sophy, of course. What a character! She's strong, funny, fashionable, kind and has a tiny bit of a temper.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration was quite good, except for one very large exception: the Spanish marquesa, who is a major character, has an Eastern European accent. This is amazingly distracting and unfortunate. The lady sounds like a character from Dracula.


    Was The Grand Sophy worth the listening time?

    I would be very, very happy with this audiobook if the narrator had been able to do a reasonable Spanish accent. If this doesn't bother you enough to ruin the experience, I recommend it highly.


    Any additional comments?

    There's a whole cast of interesting, well-drawn characters in this book. The plot is much better than the average romance, and repays attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Discworld: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens, Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    Not just another science audiobook and not just another Discworld novella, The Science of Discworld is a creative, mind-bending mash-up of fiction and fact, that offers a wizard’s-eye view of our world that will forever change how you look at the universe.

    Megan says: "A little dry even for a science book"
    "There is a Discworld Novel Here!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. If you like the Discworld Wizards books, this is a must-read.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Fenton Stevens and Stephen Briggs ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like Stephen Briggs's narrations very much. This is my first listen to Michael Fenton Stevens, and I do like his delivery. Lovely voice as well.


    Any additional comments?

    When I read my hard copy of this book, I read the alternate chapters because the novel and the science chapters alternate. If you want to read the novel without taking time for the science in the middle of the story, start with Chapter One and continue with the odd-numbered ones. The audiobook is divided by chapter, which makes it very easy to skip one and proceed to the next part of the story.

    For those of you who like to read the story arcs in order, this one comes after The Last Continent.

    I am so glad they have released this, and I hope very much to see the next three science books sometime soon.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Johnny and the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Richard Mitchley
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Sell the cemetery? Over their dead bodies.... Not many people can see the dead (and not many would want to). Twelve-year-old Johnny Maxwell can. And he's got bad news for them: the council want to sell the cemetery as a building site. But the dead aren't going to take it lying down... especially since it's Halloween tomorrow.

    B. Gerson says: "Perfectly Pratchett"
    "Perfectly Pratchett"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Johnny and the Dead?

    When the dead realized they could go anywhere instead of waiting for Judgement Day.


    Any additional comments?

    Heart, humor, social commentary and compelling characters and stories - exactly what I expect from Sir Terry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black Sheep

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Barbara Leigh-Hunt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (231)

    He had nothing to recommend him but his smile, and she was surely too old, and had too much commonsense, to be beguiled by a smile... Miss Abigail Wendover's efforts to detach her spirited niece Fanny from a plausible fortune-hunter are complicated by the arrival in Bath of Miles Caverleigh. The black sheep of his family, a cynical, outrageous care-for-naught with a scandalous past - that would be a connection more shocking even than Fanny's unwise liaison with his nephew!

    Roxalanne says: "Excellent entertainment"
    "Not a Happy Choice of Narrator"
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Barbara Leigh-Hunt has a grandmotherly voice that really detracts from the story, since it fits only the querulous older spinster characters.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Billy Bones: Tales from the Secrets Closet

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Christopher Lincoln
    • Narrated By Peter Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    High Manners Manor creaks and groans as old houses do-but this is no ordinary house. In the dark, specters hiss, ghosts grumble, and skeleton boy Billy Bones and his family file the Biglum family's deepest secrets in a locked and hidden closet. When Billy makes his first human friend, Millicent Biglum, the real adventure begins.

    B. Gerson says: "A great book for kids who like "not too spooky""
    "A great book for kids who like "not too spooky""
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    Would you listen to Billy Bones: Tales from the Secrets Closet again? Why?

    Sure. The main character is engaging, the narrator is very good and the story is a real original.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billy, of course, but there are so many entertaining characters it's hard to pick. Okay, I'll go with a few - Billy's friend Millicent, Dame Biglum, and Glass-Eyed Pete the pirate. They are all feisty and fun.


    Any additional comments?

    Peter Bishop's reading is a dead ringer for Neil Gaiman, which is weird! His voice and accent are eerily like Mr. G's.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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