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  • By Heresies Distressed: Safehold Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (416)

    Now the battle for the soul of the planet Safehold has begun.The Kingdom of Charis and the Kingdom of Chisholm have joined together, pledged to stand against the tyranny of a corrupt Church. The youthful Queen Sharleyan of Chisholm has wed King Cayleb of Charis, forging a single dynasty, a single empire, dedicated to the defense of human freedom.

    James says: "I want Oliver Wyman back"
    "More of the same"
    Overall

    By Heresies Distressed continues much as By Schism Rent Asunder. Glacial and deliberate.

    Character development and plot are consistent and make sense, but the narration move too slow for my taste. If Conquerring one safeholdian nation after another, one boot at time, is the intended modell of the series, then I will stop listening.

    The change in narrator, and with it the new rythm and less consistent "character-voices" for the lead characters, were hard to get used to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Recipe for Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Katie Fforde
    • Narrated By Jenny Funnell
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Take one aspiring cook, one judge, and a spoonful of romance...When Zoe Harper wins a coveted place in a televised cookery competition she's thrilled. It's a chance to cook her way to fame and fortune and the little delicatessen she's set her heart on. The first task has hardly begun when she finds herself with rather too much on her plate. Not only has she got to contend with the fiercely competitive and downright devious Cher, but she's fast developing an inconvenient crush on one of the judges - the truly delicious Gideon Irving.

    Von-Mari says: "Wonderful"
    "Well crafted story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story's strength is dialogue and ridiculous, funny situations, not clever plot and suspense. The characters are human, well distinguishable and believable. They are not mean, saints in disguise or boring gray non-entities.

    The story is "compact" in that it doesn't have complicated side plots and doesn't verbosely narrate scenes to the bitter boring end ... but sometimes it is a bit too compact and sketchy .. as though the author felt she had more to say, but the need for minimalism tied her tongue.

    As in a Jane Austin romances you will know early on who the lucky couple is. Not a problem since "Getting There" is what it's about.

    The reader is no Kate Reading, but she works for the story and didn't distract me anymore after a short while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endless Chain

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Emilie Richards
    • Narrated By Isabel Keating
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Sam Kinkade is finally feeling at home as a minister in rural Toms Brook, Virginia, content with his life and Shenandoah Valley congregation. But his plans to welcome the area's growing Hispanic community are being met with resistance. Fortunately, when the church-run community center is threatened, a stranger named Elisa Martinez walks through his door and Sam realizes he has found a woman capable of building bridges. Elisa isn't looking to make connections. She has come to Toms Brook to hide.

    MS says: "Very good!"
    "Good story, good performance, ok production"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I liked both the author's story telling skills and the reader's performance, but there are severall places where the audio has weird and disconcerting background noises, that reminded me of a fax machine or modem connecting. So I've rated story and performance 5 stars each, but only 4 stars overall.

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