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Sylvia

Marion, KS, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Heartless: The Parasol Protectorate, the Fourth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1264)
    Performance
    (1098)
    Story
    (1099)

    Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband's past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux's latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant. Can Alexia determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria?

    Yuriko says: "The fun is BACK!"
    "Great series!"
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    Anxiously waiting for the next book by Carriger! Each book in the series is entertaining, but I highly recommend the entire series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8062)
    Performance
    (7633)
    Story
    (7657)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Can't wait for the next one."
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    What about Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s performance did you like?

    The narrators do an excellent job with the story. They are the perfect compliment to a fantastic story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Embers at Galdrilene: Dragon's Call, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By A. D. Trosper
    • Narrated By Valerie Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    The war between the Guardians and the Shadow Riders ended in total devastation. The final battle killed all the dragons and left nothing but fields of ash. A small clutch of dragon eggs was all that remained to provide hope for the future. Five hundred years later, the ability to use magic is a death sentence and dragons are remembered as a curse. But the unhatched dragons sing for their riders...and six lives will be changed forever.

    Ashley Fontainne says: "A Magical Journey"
    "Great storyline, but..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this to anyone who is not a grammarian. The author really needs to learn how to use adverbs correctLY. It hurts my soul to know that such a creative storyteller is unaware of basic grammar (or doesn't care).


    Would you be willing to try another one of Valerie Gilbert’s performances?

    I would not recommend this narrator!!! Ironically, the passages where she uses an accent are smoother than the narrative passages in American English. It took a dozen chapters before I thought I could get through to the end. Portions are so stilted, that is sounds robotic (as another reader said, Siri would be better). And her pronunciation is odd - for example - she says "ruin" as "rune" and "ruined" like "runed."


    Was Embers at Galdrilene worth the listening time?

    I was painting a room most of the time, so my hands were too messy to turn it off, which is probably why I made it to the end. However, the story itself, minus the flaws of the grammar and narration, was OK.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel bad about slamming the narrator, but I spent money on this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1476)
    Performance
    (1317)
    Story
    (1311)

    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    goddess_of_pipework says: "Fascinating"
    "surprisingly entertaining"
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    Any additional comments?

    The novel was not what I expected, but once I started, I was eager to listen each day. That the story was inspired by the author's own family makes this even more interesting. The narrator is also very effective, making the whole experience well worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1612)
    Performance
    (1070)
    Story
    (1073)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "unexpected"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is quite entertaining; but I admit, at first, the narrator was a bit hard to get into. However, as the story progressed through the first few chapters, it became obvious how perfectly she fits the role. Now I can't imagine another narrator for this series. Definitely a book at add to your library!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2977)
    Performance
    (2615)
    Story
    (2641)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "slow to start, but really intriguing insight"
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    I admit, as I started this book, I wondered what I had gotten into. It is nothing like the style or content of her other books (and yes, I've read everyone). In The Casual Vacancy, the realism of small town life and politics hits home. I did have a hard time getting into the book at first; however, I stuck with it and became engrossed in the lives of the characters - just as many of us are fascinated to hear the local gossip about people in our own small town or neighborhood - I had to keep listening. Once you start, you'll want to stay with it to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1184)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (472)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "Definite "Guy" book"
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    The perfect antithesis to "chic lit" - lots of gratuitous sexual references; lots of testosterone; no lengthy analysis of sparsely mentioned emotions. Heavy on the action scenes with little regard to plausibility... The shark was this long, I swear!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Steven Sherrill
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (774)
    Story
    (774)

    Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love.

    Cathy says: "Full of surprises, delightfully unexpected"
    "Unexpected joy!"
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    I wasn't sure what to expect with this story. I enjoy Neil Gaiman, so I bought this on his recommendation. The story is told from an unusual perspective, the Minotaur's. It should seem odd or forced, but it just works so very well. The narrator does an outstanding job of bringing the animal-man to life. Listening was enjoyably addictive, well worth the credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (1732)
    Performance
    (985)
    Story
    (1014)

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
    "ugh!"
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    I so wanted to like this story. The narration is very good, the topic should be interesting, but I just couldn't get through the book. This is the first audio book that I didn't finish. I tried, but I couldn't. I started listening to this at bed time to put me sleep more quickly.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3196)
    Performance
    (2379)
    Story
    (2405)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Truly entertaining!"
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    After the first book, Souless, I had to get the rest of the series! Steam punk meets werewolves and vampires - all with a narrator that is able to bring all of the characters to life. Great for teens, but equally enjoyable for adults who are willing to jump into a steamy, industrialized fantasy. Totally worth the time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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