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Beth

Orford, NH, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Ship of Magic: The Liveship Traders, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (481)

    Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships---rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia. For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her---a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim.

    Lorena says: "Something altogether new"
    "Decent story, lugubrious narrator"
    Overall

    I bought this title because I had enjoyed Hobb's Farseer trilogy -- but with the first words out of the narrator's mouth, I wondered whether I had made a terrible mistake. Anne Flosnik's reading seems (to this listener, anyway) affected and lugubrious -- the variety among character voices is slight and not always right for the person. The story was good enough to keep me listening, though I kept having the uneasy feeling that I didn't really like any of the characters all that well -- though that may have been a function of the narrator. I'll probably listen to the next book (this one does leave a lot of unanswered questions!), but I'll also be wishing it had been read by someone else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time of the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Barbara Hambly
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    As a student of medieval history, Gil Patterson is a woman familiar with dark stories. She knows well the Crusades, the Black Death, and the other horrors of the Middle Ages, but it is another kind of atrocity that has begun to haunt her dreams. She sees forces of evil assaulting a beleaguered kingdom, whose kind people are on the brink of annihilation, and awakes each morning in a cold sweat. Gil dismisses the dreams until a wizard appears in her apartment. He has crossed into her dimension, passing through the fraying fabric of the universe, to ask her help.

    Jennifer says: "Terrible Narration"
    "Great story, AWFUL narration"
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    I am delighted to (finally!) see Barbara Hambly's works appearing on Audible. She has a wonderful feel for fantasy, character, suspense, and the books are great reads/listens. BUT the narrator for the Darwath series is TERRIBLE. Not only are the voices she uses for the characters unconvincing and stilted, her basic delivery is incredibly annoying, containing, as it does, not only strange mispronunciations, (long a instead of the schwa sound in words like away and about, accents on the wrong syllable, etc.) but also a peculiar interrogative inflection in the middle of statement-sentences, and idiosyncratic (if not unintelligible) word emphases. Honestly, she sounded like a third grader reading aloud (oops, long A-loud). What WAS the producer THINKING? These books certainly deserve more deft handling, and I hope Audible will consider reissuing them with someone who can really read aloud!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (686)

    Lanik Mueller is a "rad" - radical regenerative - a freak who can regenerate injured flesh...and trade extra body parts to the Offworld oppressors for iron. On a planet without hard metals, or the means of escape, iron offers the promise of freedom through the chance to build a spacecraft. But it is a promise which may never be fulfilled, as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination.

    Barry says: "Entirely enjoyable"
    "Interesting premise, but clearly an early work"
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    If you could sum up Treason in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting premise; thin characterizations; story doesn't quite fulfill its potential.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Treason?

    I liked the interactions between the main character and the desert people, though it left me wanting to know more details of that culture. Overall, I thought the different strengths/gifts of the different "families" was interesting, but needed to be explored at a deeper level.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator has a great, deep bass voice; I think the voice in my head is usually more of a tenor, but I liked his voice for Lannik Mueller.


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

    I *wanted * to be moved by the final confrontation between Lannik and his "brother" -- but when we got to it, there just wasn't enough emotional depth. It felt too easy and facile -- and too convenient, especially after all the trials/tribulations it had taken to get to that point in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite my somewhat negative comments, I enjoyed this book. It's clearly an early work of Card's, and lacks the emotional depth of some of his later books; but it was a fun listen -- and I'll definitely look for more by Stefan Rudnicki.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crimson Petal and the White

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michel Faber
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (192)

    NOW A MAJOR BBC DRAMA starring Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd, Gillian Anderson, Richard E. Grant, Shirley Henderson and Mark Gatiss. 'Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them....' So begins this irresistible voyage into the dark side of Victorian London. Amongst an unforgettable cast of low-lifes, physicians, businessmen, and prostitutes, meet our heroine Sugar, a young woman trying to drag herself up from the gutter any way she can.

    anniepaints says: "Loved this Book!!"
    "Disappointing, unappealing characters"
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    What did you like best about The Crimson Petal and the White? What did you like least?

    I generally am very fond of historical fiction. It was clear the author had done her research. She chose to write about the seamy underbelly of Victorian England, and portrayed it very well. But I also prefer books with characters who are sympathetic. They don't have to be perfect (in fact, perfect characters are usually annoying) but there has to be somewhere I can connect, on an emotional level, with the people the story is about. I didn't like any of the characters in Faber's book, so by the (extremely unsatisfying and inconclusive) end, I didn't really care what happened to any of them.


    What could Michel Faber have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I found the author's use of the present tense in the narrative voice distracting and affected. I also hated the "dear reader" style interjections into the narrative. I could see that the author might have been trying to evoke a Victorian prose style, but again, it just didn't work for me. A straightforward, omniscient narrative voice, in the past tense would have helped -- though with such a dearth of sympathetic characters, even that wouldn't have saved it for me.


    Which character – as performed by Jill Tanner – was your favorite?

    I liked none of the characters. The least detestable were Henry and Emmaline Fox, but even they were not sympathetically portrayed. I thought the narrator did a decent job with the material -- at least, her characters were relatively easy to tell apart, and not annoyingly affected (I do hate it when narrators use inappropriate regional accents to differentiate characters -- especially when the people are members of the same family -- and Tanner doesn't do that...)


    Did The Crimson Petal and the White inspire you to do anything?

    I did plow through to the end. But that's fairly faint praise. I don't have any desire to seek out the television version, nor to read the next book in the saga (if one is ever written).


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1307)
    Performance
    (1184)
    Story
    (1180)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "Gripping story; wonderful characters."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Code Name Verity to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but listening made the story very immediate -- and the narrators' voices made the point of view completely clear.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Code Name Verity?

    I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't read the book, but there were several points in the story that moved me to tears, or shocked me breathless. The author creates a vivid picture of WW II, and it was particularly neat to get a war story from two women's points of view -- and from women who weren't sitting on the sidelines, either!


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Corruptible Crown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Gillian Bradshaw
    • Narrated By Patricia Gallimore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    It is 1648, and the Civil War, which an exhausted nation had believed over, has been resurrected by a king still determined to be an absolute ruler, and a parliament unable to agree how to govern without him. Blacksmith Jamie Hudson is weary and disillusioned but faces prison if he refuses to re-enlist in the army, and so he is hauled ruthlessly around England as the blood continues to flow. Meanwhile, Jamie’s wife, Lucy, is struggling to survive as a lone woman in London, while working to support the Leveller demands for democracy and freedom.

    Beth says: "Solid historical detail and a good story, too!"
    "Solid historical detail and a good story, too!"
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    What did you love best about A Corruptible Crown?

    The historical detail and the characters were wonderfully realized; the narrator was very good, managing distinct voices for the different people without being distracting, or relying too heavily on different accents.


    Have you listened to any of Patricia Gallimore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She also narrated the first book in this series, London in Chains, which was also excellent (both the story and the performance).


    Any additional comments?

    I love historical fiction, and Gillian Bradshaw is one of my favorite authors. I wish Audible had performances of all her books!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maybe This Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1431)
    Performance
    (800)
    Story
    (801)

    When Andie tries to gain closure with her ex-husband, he asks one final favor of her. A distant cousin has died and left North the guardian of two orphans. When Andie meets the two children, she realizes the situation is much worse than she feared. Carter and Alice aren’t your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers. Complicating matters is Andie’s fiancé’s suspicion that this is all a plan by North to get Andie back.

    Jessica says: "Loved This Book"
    "Wonderful, satisfying story, appealing reader!"
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    If you could sum up Maybe This Time in three words, what would they be?

    Lively, fun, satisfying.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As a reader, my sympathies were engaged most by Andi (the main character). She was resourceful, interesting, and empathic. I loved the way she connected with and defended the two kids in the story. In some romance fiction, I feel like taking the two main characters and shaking them until they TALK to one another, but Crusie does an excellent job of making the obstacles to the relationship believable, yet still resolvable. Andi's temperament was beautifully depicted. It seemed very consistent with her character both that her marriage would have gone down in flames, and that a second try (with the same guy) could work.


    Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

    I loved the way Dawe handled the two kids -- distinct voices that nicely matched their (difficult) personalities, and none of the sugary-squeakiness some narrators use for children.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I usually listen in the car, or when doing chores, so I'm not usually sitting, but I did find myself stacking wood for longer than I intended a couple of times!


    Any additional comments?

    I love Crusie's work and I'm glad Audible makes her books available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bards of Bone Plain

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Patricia A. McKillip
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Charlotte Parry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Scholar Phelan Cle is researching Bone Plain - which has been studied for the last 500 years, though no one has been able to locate it as a real place. Archaeologist Jonah Cle, Phelan's father, is also hunting through time, piecing history together from forgotten trinkets. When they unearth a disk marked with ancient runes, Beatrice pursues the secrets of a lost language that she suddenly notices all around her, hidden in plain sight.

    Katherine says: "The power of music, language, and love"
    "Wonderful, evocative fantasy"
    Overall

    I loved the story. McKillip's remarkable characterizations and her elegant use of language work very well to evoke a world. Her deft handling of archetypal characters and fantasy literature tropes neatly avoided predictability, while managing to resonate on many different levels (as the best fantasy should).

    I liked the idea of two narrators, but I wanted to hear more from Charlotte Parry -- and maybe less from Marc Vietor. They both turned in satisfactory performances, but for a gem of a book, like this one, I was hoping for something well beyond adequate.

    All in all, The Bards of Bone Plain is a good read/listen which I recommend to any fantasy lover.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Od Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Patricia A. McKillip
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (41)

    Brenden Vetch has a gift. With an innate sense he cannot explain to himself or describe to others, he is able to connect to the agricultural world, nurturing gardens to flourish and instinctively knowing the healing properties each plant and herb has to offer. But Brenden's gift isolates him from people and from becoming part of a community - until the day he receives a personal invitation from the Wizard Od.

    Carol says: "Magic and mystery"
    "Excellent listening"
    Overall

    This wonderful fantasy novel makes for excellent listening. McKillip's use of language and fine characterizations carry the story, and makes the world she invents believable and interesting. Gabrielle de Cuir's nuanced narration is clear without being distracting. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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