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Little Known Blogger

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Springfield, MO USA | Member Since 2013

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  • The Good, the Bad, and the Undead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2457)
    Performance
    (1544)
    Story
    (1547)

    Former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has it pretty good. She has left the corrupt Inderland Runner Service and started her own independent service. She's survived werewolves, shape-changing demons, bad-hair days, and sharing a church with her vampire roommate, Ivy. She even has a cute (if human) boyfriend - what more could a witch want? But living with a reformed vampire isn't all it's cracked up to be.

    A User says: "I found a new series"
    "Adequate, but not my cup of tea..."
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    Would you try another book from Kim Harrison and/or Marguerite Gavin?

    I would probably try another Harrison book if I were bored. The narrator actually does quite well.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The character interaction is probably the best part; Harrison does a good job of making Rachel believable as a person. The magical aspect is the least interesting. Witches as not human, spells as enzyme-based... Harrison has some original thoughts, but nothing that I particularly like, and the biology (and Latin) which she constantly references in her ideas of magic are clearly outside her sphere of knowledge.


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

    Probably nothing. But she is a good reader, and presents the characters well.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kushiel's Dart

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Carey
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1106)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (710)

    The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

    Glen Gaines says: "The Kushiel series in order"
    "A brilliant alternate-history"
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    What did you love best about Kushiel's Dart?

    It is amazingly erudite. Ms Carey demonstrates a great command of medieval European culture and religion to create so detailed an alternative.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The incredible detail of her alternate history.


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

    I have not. Her voice does not bring an Adept of Night Court immediately to mind, but her reading is excellent. Especially her command of borrowed French.


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

    NO. It's huge.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a book for children. It is very adult, being both risqué and intelligent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Russian Phase 1, Unit 01: Learn to Speak and Understand Russian with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (43 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Russian Phase 1, Unit 1 contains 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. The lesson contains full practice for all vocabulary introduced in this unit.

    Little Known Blogger says: "Pimsleur is excellent"
    "Pimsleur is excellent"
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    What did you love best about Russian Phase 1, Unit 01?

    This really is the best introduction to a foreign language. While the vocabulary is limited, you learn proper pronunciation and grammar immediately, as well as speech recognition.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There isn't a story, of course, but the progression of skill is excellent.


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

    There is no related book.


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

    "The most boring Russian film ever." :)


    Any additional comments?

    I find that it is best to have supplemental materials, because unfortunately the speakers do not always enunciate. While this give opportunity to hear Russian (or whatever language) as it is actually spoken, it sometimes makes it difficult to ensure that you are repeating the sounds correctly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Empire of the East

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    In the distant future, society has crumbled. Dark forces now rule the land, keeping all humans under their oppressive thumbs.

    Into The Wide Blue says: "READ"
    "Excellent prequel to the Swords"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Empire of the East to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is certainly handier, and the narrator does a good job of separating characters. However, while he does an admirable job with this massive text, I don't think he does it justice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love love the interplay of magic and technology, the combination of real-world mythology and completely new ideas.


    What aspect of Raymond Todd’s performance would you have changed?

    He seemed a bit flat--as if he hadn't read the text before, and wasn't sure how to inflect his sentences.


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

    This is more a work of action than emotion--but it is hard not to feel for the Beast-Lord Draffut.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad that the Swords series is finally being released! You don't have to have this prequel, but it does help explain some things that occur in those magnificent books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Beat: The Dresden Files, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5201)
    Performance
    (3918)
    Story
    (3914)

    When a killer vampire threatens to destroy head of Special Investigations Karrin Murphy's reputation, unless Harry delivers the powerful Word of Kemmler to her, he has no choice. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.

    A User says: "I wish it was about 20 hours longer"
    "My favorite so far..."
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    Where does Dead Beat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's not quite as good as the early Anita Blake novels, but it's definitely high up on the list.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sue, the zombie tyranosaur!


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

    He has gotten MUCH, MUCH better since the earlier Dresden files books.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series, and now that Marsters has matured significantly as a reader, the audiobooks are a great addition to my library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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