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Mama-Dragon

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  • The Paradise War: Song of Albion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Stuart Langston
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    In an ancient cairn in the wilds of Scotland, Oxford student Simon Rawnson vanishes, seemingly into thin air. Where has he gone? Unsettling signs, a mysterious Green Man, and a Celtic circle chalked on the sidewalk point his roommate, Lewis Gillies, to an impossible answer...and an incredible destiny on the other side of a doorway between worlds.

    Alcairha says: "Can;t recommend this highly enough"
    "Good Story, Bad Reader"
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    What did you love best about The Paradise War?

    Lawhead's books are always intricate and detailed, showing the careful research into his subjects and time. While his prose can be overly wordy, I find his explanations and backgroud material to be highly interesting. His character development is excellent.


    What didn’t you like about Stuart Langston’s performance?

    The reader sounds like a character out of Dragnet. His performance is so dry, toneless, and yes - boring, that I found him a total distraction. He succeeded in nearly destroying my enjoyment of the book. He is so difficult to listen to that I kept losing track of the story. I needed to keep repeating passages of the book in order to follow the story line.


    Any additional comments?

    I will nevery buy another book read by this reader.

    0 of 0 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
    (5886)
    Performance
    (5045)
    Story
    (5038)

    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"
    "Loved the narrator"
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    Many of the reviews I read of this book dissed the new narrator. I disagree entirely. I found his performance to be top flight. His acting ability and vocal range added tremendously to an already excellent book. I intend to find other books that he has read.

    As for the story itself - Butcher has produced another excellent tale. However, in this volume I felt that he indulged in a bit too much preachyness, explanation and repetition.That's why I only gave it 4 stars.

    I knew before I started that Dresden was still alive, (I'd read the blurb of the next book when making my audible purchases) but the ending and the manner of his survival were entirely satisfying and entertaining. I didn't get anywhere near that surprise ending in my guesses. I won't provide spoilers here - go read for yourself.

    I recommend it highly and am about to start in on the next volume. Well done, Mr Butcher. I hope you continue writing this series. I can't wait to see (hear) what comes next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twilight Before Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (396)

    Best-selling novelist Kate Drake is one of seven sisters gifted with amazing powers of witchcraft. Returning home in time for her northern California town's annual Christmas pageant, Kate catches the spirit of the season and decides to open a bookstore in a charming but run-down historic mill. Decorated former U.S. Army Ranger Matt Granite, now a local contractor, doesn't mind working in the undeniably eerie house -- not if it means getting closer to Kate. There's something about the quiet, sensual woman that powerfully attracts him.

    Paige says: "Narrator so bad I quit after 5 minutes"
    "Skip this Narrator"
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    The book was middle-of-the-road for this particular series. I like the series but this narrator was so irritating that it was difficult to listen to. She makes women's voices sound squeeky - like cartoons. She needs a lot more practice and better vocal ranges.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Limits of Power: Paladin's Legacy, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (191)

    The unthinkable has occurred in the kingdom of Lyonya. The queen of the Elves - known as the Lady - is dead, murdered by former elves twisted by dark powers. Now the Lady’s half-elven grandson must heal the mistrust between elf and human before their enemies strike again. Yet as he struggles to make ready for an attack, an even greater threat looms across the Eight Kingdoms.Throughout the north, magic is reappearing after centuries of absence, emerging without warning in family after family - rich and poor alike.

    Anita says: "Great Tale badly read to gaspy death"
    "Skip this narrator"
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    If you could sum up Limits of Power in three words, what would they be?

    This is a wonderful book by one of my favorite authors. It continues the story of Paks' friends from Fox company with several surprising twists. Can't wait for the next one.


    What didn’t you like about Angela Dawe’s performance?

    Angela had good voices and vocal differentiation but she didn't do her homework. She absolutely butchered the pronunciations of the people and places in the book, as well as many ordinary words in the English language. I absolutely cringed every time and found it extremely distracting. I highly recommend that any reader who takes over a series first listen to the previous books and find out how all the other readers pronounced things.


    Any additional comments?

    Elizabeth, I know you not our "bi*ch", but when is the next one coming out?

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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