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Hedi

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  • Call Me Irresistible

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1004)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (445)

    Call Me Irresistible is the book Susan Elizabeth Phillips's readers have long awaited. Ted, better known as "little Teddy," the nine-year-old heartbreak kid from Phillips's first best seller, Fancy Pants, and as "young Teddy," the hunky new college graduate in Lady Be Good, is all grown up now—along with Lucy from First Lady and Meg from What I Did for Love. They're ready to take center stage in a saucy, funny, and highly addictive tale fans will love.

    "unknown" says: "SEP is Back In The Game!! Loved It!"
    "Oh Dear..."
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    I've enjoyed Phillips' past novels very much, mostly the way she brings two opposites together gradually and seamlessly. Not in this book. I found it choppy and inconsistent - frustrating. Lots of loose ends, wondering why and how the characters apparently changed their minds/lives from page to page without any development. It made the ending trite and unbelievable. Not one of Phillips' good efforts. Even the good performance couldn't make this book good for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17248)
    Performance
    (15321)
    Story
    (15274)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Oh, THAT's right, I remember now!"
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    I really wish I could read Stephen King, but I've tried and tried, and I just can't. He has such a huge following of loyal and enthusiastic fans that I forget every 5 or 10 years, and try another of his novels. That's what happened when I saw this one on Audible. I fell for it... The story started, built momentum, fine, no problem. I got interested, and then BAM - gratuitous, bloody gore, meticulously described in oozing detail, and sprung on me in the interested and involved tones of a really good narrator.
    Oh. THAT's right. I remember now, why I don't read Stephen King novels. It's the jumping-out-at-you-from-nowhere horror scenes. They get to me every time, and not in a good way. I didn't finish the book. I don't want to be horrified. Maybe having typed this review will help me remember next time I'm tempted!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3697)
    Performance
    (2648)
    Story
    (2662)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "Unrelievedly dark and cruel."
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    This very well-written book was exhausting to listen to. I kept expecting a ray of hope or goodness, a character I could like, or a little contrast to the constant, sometimes egregious violence and cynicism. I never found any, except maybe in the excellence of the narrator.
    I think it is a long lead-in for the next book, rather than a stand-alone novel. Unfortunately, I won't be participating in the next one. It's a little like Chinese food, where one chops, slices, dices and crushes ingredients for an hour, only to fast-fry them in 5 minutes. I've had too much of the chopping, slicing, dicing and crushing, and am no longer interested in the meal.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Friday's Child

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Eve Matheson
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (159)

    This story of mistaken love is a romantic fiction set in the English Regency period. It centers on Lord Sheringham who has been rejected by the woman he loves but the woman who has secretly loved him since childhood is waiting.

    jaspersu says: "This is a good one from Heyer"
    "Heyer is the absolute mistress of her genre."
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    Friday's Child is a coming of age tale, deft and well-crafted and funny. The protagonists wend their perilous ways through the pitfalls of polite society, about which Heyer is more forthright than usual. The supporting characters are well-drawn and add a great deal of fun. Georgette Heyer is always dependably enjoyable, and she delivers in this excellent story. The narrator, though not my favorite, did a good job. I highly recommend this listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Virgin in the Ice: The Sixth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    Civil war continues to blaze in the autumn of 1139. Amid the uncertainty and peril of the moment two noble children make their escape, headed for Shrewsbury. But for reasons no one knows, the young fugitives never reach their destination.

    Hedi says: "Good Story, Great Narrator"
    "Good Story, Great Narrator"
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    Patrick Tull, may he rest in peace, gave seamless performances, and this is one of them. The story is classic Ellis Peters - a well-crafted mystery set in a slower time. Cadfael's forensics were as scientific as the times allowed, but just as much about heart and his understanding of human nature. These are characters I care about, who interest me. I'll keep listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1752)
    Performance
    (1576)
    Story
    (1585)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Didn't Capture Me"
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    Imaginative re-working of the Cinderella tale, sure, but it just didn't grab me. The original tale is still timely enough. The most telling thing I can say about this book is that I didn't finish it; in fact, didn't make it through Part 1. Using the 'so many books, so little time' rule, I'm leaving this one behind without regret.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Midshipman Hornblower

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (544)

    The year is 1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Horatio Hornblower, a 17-year-old boy unschooled in seafaring and the ways of seamen, is ordered to board a French merchant ship and take command of crew and cargo for the glory of England. Though not an unqualified success, this first naval adventure teaches the young midshipman enough to launch him on a series of increasingly glorious exploits.

    Emrys says: "Superb narration of a great story"
    "Excellent"
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    The Hornblower novels are old friends. It was a pleasure to meet them again, so ably performed. There was not a single jarring note in the narration, and the story was as stirring as I recall. My plan is to work my way through the series, and based on this first listen, I anticipate many hours of enjoyment.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lady of Quality

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Eve Matheson
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (138)

    When spirited, independent Miss Annis Wynchwood embroils herself in the affairs of a runaway heiress, she is destined to see a good deal of Mr Carleton, Lucilla's uncivil and high-handed guardian. And, chafing at the restrictions of Bath society, Annis has to admit that at least Mr Oliver Carleton is never boring.

    Rebecca Roberts says: "Sweet Romance"
    "Pure Enjoyment"
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    This audible production is a fresh encounter with a very old friend, as I read and enjoyed this novel years ago. There was not a single jarring note in the performance, which makes it a rare pleasure indeed. Georgette Heyer is dependably excellent, and the narrator did a good job. I plan to work my way through the unabridged Heyer titles, and will look again for this narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • St. Peter's Fair: The Fourth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    King Stephen's bloody siege against the town of Shrewsbury has reduced many of its stores and homes to rubble. The townspeople, busy preparing for the annual St. Peter's Fair, complain that the Shrewsbury monks have not shouldered their fair share of the burden. Cadfael, hoping to assuage flaring tempers, is drawn into a worse kind of violence on the eve of the festival.

    Hedi says: "A perfect listen - outstanding narration"
    "A perfect listen - outstanding narration"
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    Patrick Tull (god rest his soul) could perform the encyclopedia and make it entertaining. His rumbling voice, grasp of dialect, and acting skills are perfect for Brother Cadfael, and the Cadfael books are a great vehicle for him. The mysteries are of the heart and spirit, with enough twists to engage and surprise. I'll confess the happy-enough endings are comforting.

    2 of 2 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
    (1887)
    Performance
    (1708)
    Story
    (1709)

    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"
    "Wildly Irritating - Story Spoiled by Narrator"
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    For the first time since I became an audible member, I'm reviewing the book prior to completing a listen. This is the most irritating narrator I have ever heard. All the text that is not dialog she almost chants in a kind of rhythmic sing-song often unrelated to the content... her cadence goes up up up down, up up up down, up up up down... Think Valley Girl only with a plummy British accent. I can't take another minute. The sample didn't prepare me.
    I think this is probably a very enjoyable story, and will put it on my to-read list. The poor author - whoever picked this narrator did him a disservice.

    18 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3273)
    Performance
    (2639)
    Story
    (2626)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    Maggie says: "Loved this audiobook!"
    "Glad I paid sale price."
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    Anyone who gets a book published deserves a lot of credit. That being said, I'm glad I didn't pay full boat for this one. The story was a bit disconnected, as if the author forgot what circumstances she last left her characters in, and took up writing again placing them completely differently. Or maybe someone advised the author she must have certain elements present to make a successful book, and she forgot a few ...oops! gotta have a sex scene... oops! forgot the pathos... so she embroidered them on awkwardly at the last minute. It was disorienting. Disappointing, too, because I love a good series, and looked forward to embarking on this one. I won't buy the next book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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