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Kris

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  • A Wind in the Door

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Madeleine L'Engle
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (129)

    Meg Murry can't help but be worried when her six-year-old brother, Charles Wallace, announces there are dragons in the vegetable garden. He's so bright, and so different from other kids, he's getting bullied at school, and he is also strangely, seriously ill. But Charles Wallace is right about the dragons - actually a friendly entity who has come to help Charles Wallace fight his sickness, and to take Meg and her friend Calvin O'Keefe on a terrifying, wonderful journey into galactic space - where they must battle the force of evil to save Charles Wallace, and themselves.

    Orthodox Grace says: "Good reading performance .. if you're a 7-year-old"
    "Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Spirituality Tied In A Bow"
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    If you could sum up A Wind in the Door in three words, what would they be?

    Thoughtful, Revealing, Loving


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Meg is the heroine of the novel and my favorite character. Meg has the opportunities/frustrations/successes of experiencing new knowledge firsthand while giving the reader a glance into what it might feel like to have the ability to speak across the heavens or synapses (size doesn't matter, you see).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I thoroughly enjoy the scene when Meg connects (or "kives") with other individuals without the need for a vision to accompany the action. She perceives the essence of the individual's spirit and learns that love really isn't an emotion. I'm not going to spoil the book, so you'll have to listen to find out Madeline L'Engle's take on "love".


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I usually find myself in tears near the end of the book as all of the newfound skills in communication and understanding heal little brother, Charles Wallace.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended. It's for all ages, especially if you find yourself seeking some spiritual inspiration that is beyond religion.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: A Novel of the Dresden Files

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (589)

    When an unknown someone shoots him and leaves him to die, Harry Dresden hopes he might be heading to a better place. Unfortunately being dead doesn't make Harry's life any easier. Trapped between life and death, he learns that his friends are in serious trouble. Only by finding his murderer can he save his friends and move on - a feat that would be a lot easier if he had a body and access to his powers. Worse still are the malevolent shadows that roam Chicago, controlled by a dark entity that wants Harry to suffer even in death.

    Sylvia C. says: "James Marsters IS THE BEST!"
    "Ahhhh... The Dresden voice is back."
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    Thanks to all to made the decision to finance the re-recording of Ghost Story with James Marsters. (Sorry if you feel typecast into Dresden, James. I know you have a much larger acting career).

    I'm hearing parts of the story I managed to miss in the first listen of this story. James manages to accent the phrasing and acting in some incredibly talented ways. He's a good actor which is much more than mere narration.

    Jim Butcher is at his best in this story. The Dresden world is much wider now, with deeper knowledge of what is invisible to "normal people", showing the dedication and strength of the folks who have or learn the skill of "seeing beyond". I get a kick out of the world. I keep hoping, though, that Butcher will show us more of the beauty and peaceful aspects of that world. Evil is intriguing but gets tiresome. It takes energy to feel the agony and weariness that Dresden lives with (or dies with).

    A great book to join the rest of the Dresden series. Ghost Story is no longer the outcast audible book. You can continue listening seamlessly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frozen Stiff: A Mattie Winston Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Annelise Ryan
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (142)

    Deputy coroner Mattie Winston knows everyone in the charmingly small town of Sorenson, Wisconsin - except the latest body discovered in a desolate field. If a woman this attractive had moved into town, the news would have surely hit the gossip mill in record time. So who was the murdered femme fatale? Whose knife was left planted in her chest? The mystery deepens when detective Steven Hurley takes one look at the body and turns as white as the newly fallen snow...and excuses himself from the case.

    Karen says: "Better Mystery, Romance not as good"
    "Couldn't quite finish this one. "
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    Instead of keeping me guessing as to whodunnit, my brain just gave up. The story lost my interest, lost its sense of humor, and put Mattie in places with choices not consistent with the character established in the previous books. Instead of gaining in intensity, the romance is gaining in frustration. I'm losing hope as a listener. Wonder how Mattie handles it? Narrator needs to know she's not pronouncing some words correctly. Can be a bit frustrating especially when speaking terms learned in simple anatomy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • By Schism Rent Asunder: Safehold Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1012)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (671)

    The world has changed. The mercantile kingdom of Charis has prevailed over the alliance designed to exterminate it. Armed with a multitude of small technological improvements - better sailing vessels, better guns, better devices of all sorts - Charis faced the combined navies of the rest of the world at Darcos Sound and Armageddon Reef, and broke them.

    B. Bozeman says: "Thought Provoked"
    "Tough but essential read (listen)"
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    There's a lot of needed setup information for the series in this book yet I still found it very rewarding. There may be few "battles" if you like that kind of thing, but there is a lot of relationship building--a marriage, relationship changes to support a new cause and a stronger empire. Intelligent group, with the invitation of the offer to join in on the logic and prep for the future. Skip it if you wish but you'll find yourself wishing for the continuity as you enjoy the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nancy Atherton
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    When Lori Shepherd's husband, Bill, is summoned to a will reading at the Earl of Harrisford's resplendent Palladian home, Lori herself thinks she is just along for the ride. But this gathering of the entire Harrisford clan, all of them affected by the earl's new will, devolves into a dangerous family dispute. Burning topiaries, threatening notes, suspicious maids, and family intrigue lead Lori to seek her phantom aunt's help in identifying the culprit before he or she can torch the whole house and its guests within.

    Joy says: "Narration Ruined This One For Me"
    "Won't buy anymore Audible of this series"
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    Would you try another book from Nancy Atherton and/or Teri Clark Linden?

    No. Teri Clark Linden is one of the most frustrating narrators I've listened to. She reads with over-precision in her diction. I can't help but imagine some of my favorite characters moving around like robots. These characters are far too casual in their speech patterns to have every vowel and consonant pronounced as if Teri recently learned to read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love both Lori and Bill. And who can resist Aunt Dimity?


    What didn’t you like about Teri Clark Linden’s performance?

    No acting skills at all. Perhaps I'm spoiled by narrators who actually perform rather than merely read. Ack. I'm not sure I can finish this. It's far too stilted in the delivery.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1860)
    Performance
    (1694)
    Story
    (1699)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    Steph says: "Fabulous but mismarketed - its not Harry Potter"
    "Intriguing story-Looking forward to the series"
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    Would you listen to The Bone Season again? Why?

    Yes. I would listen to it again when I pre-order the next in the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's not easy to choose. Most of the characters are so interesting that I want to know more about several of them.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her delivery is too monotone. It's difficult to know which character is speaking after being accustomed to more acting in the performance rather than merely "reading" the book. I'm hoping there will be a change in heart in who would best perform this book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Clairvoyant, saving mankind from its brainwashing, and fighting for her life.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to the next installment, hopefully with a new narrator.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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