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Claudia

Jackson, WY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Casey
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (156)

    For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dis­missed these stories - waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea - including several that approached 100 feet.

    Roy says: "Do the Wave"
    "Great book"
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    Absolutely great. The reader can't seem to pronounce any Hawaiian name, and she also has trouble with simple nautical terms, but despite that annoyance the listen is excellent. Susan Casey wrote a terrific book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Spell: Occult Crimes Unit Investigations, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Justin Gustainis
    • Narrated By Peter Brook
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    Scranton, the strangest city on earth has an uneasy “live and let unlive” relationship with the supernatural. But when a vamp puts the bite on an unwilling victim, or some witch casts the wrong kind of spell, that’s when they call me. “My name’s Markowski, a Detective Sergeant on the Scranton PD’s Supernatural Crimes Investigation Unit. I carry a badge. Also, a crucifix, some wooden stakes, a big vial of holy water, and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets.”

    Madeleine says: "Predictable and Flat"
    "Absolutely Awful Narrator"
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    Would you try another book from Justin Gustainis and/or Peter Brook?

    A shame that this book book didn't have a decent reader. Narrator voice is far to young and his character voices made it impossible to listen to.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Justin Gustainis again?

    Not with this reader


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    In every imaginable way


    Any additional comments?

    Probably a decent story. A shame that this reader was cast.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1934)
    Performance
    (1749)
    Story
    (1751)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Smart and Funny"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rook to be better than the print version?

    Im a big Dresden/Marsters fan. I enjoyed this very British take on the urban fantasy genre. Very funny and smart. Takes a little while to hit its stride, but a good story, great reader. Lead character written so well, it's hard to believe the author is a man. Worth a listen.


    2 of 2 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
    (5455)
    Performance
    (4635)
    Story
    (4634)

    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"
    "VERY poor decision"
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    In a first person narrative changing readers is a very risky thing to do. It does NOT work here. James Marsters makes Jim Butcher better. His narrations of Dresden have made the series something truly special—a whole greater than the sum of its parts.
    Glover's reading misses all of the noir fun and intelligence of Butcher's story and characters. I have to listen with the volume turned way down because Glover has the characters using various forms of yelling, screaming, and loud over-acting to express most everything. He reads it like a children's story, very cartoonish.
    I hope the reason for the change in narrator was actually something more than a "scheduling" problem. Otherwise the change is an astoundingly stupid move and a real betrayal of the story, Butcher, and fans. In short, what the H*ll were they thinking?? PLEASE bring back Marsters.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (252)

    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...

    Lifelong Reader says: "Beyond disappointed"
    "Big Mistake"
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    A VERY poor decision to drop James Marsters. Been waiting a long time for this book. Very, Very dissapointing. Won't buy the audiobook. Will read it with James voice in my mind.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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