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Lee

Lee M

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  • A Morbid Taste for Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (192)

    Cadfael's return to his Welsh homeland for a visit proves a rather discomfiting homecoming when an honorable nobleman turns up in a patch of forest with an arrow embedded in his chest. There are questions about the arrow, the man's daughter needs Cadfael's help, and a very odd burial takes place.

    Zenjen says: "Very pleasant if not much of a mystery."
    "a must for Brother Cadfael fans"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Morbid Taste for Bones the most enjoyable?

    Patrick Tull's reading of the unabridged version of Ellis Peter's (Edith Pargeter) A Morbid Taste for Bones is lovely to listen to. The pacing is relaxed, feels unhurried, and keeps the spirit of Brother Cadfael. The


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Morbid Taste for Bones?

    Brother Columbanus's


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend for those who like historical fiction/mystery and for those who are already Brother Cadfael fans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House On Tradd Street

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Aimee Bruneau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (368)

    Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she's going to have to accept it. An Old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog - and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets.

    Joanna says: "Pleasantly surprised"
    "This book tries to do too much..."
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    This book tries to do too much, and pretty much fails at all of it.

    The book tries to be a book about the historical South, about recovery and redemption of an alcoholic parent, a romance involving a "damaged" man who was stood up at the altar, a "matchmaker" friendship , a paranormal study, a fashion-and-name-dropping portfolio, and a mystery.

    Melanie is a 39-year-old real estate professional woman who "wears her sexual repression like a chastity belt", whose father is an alcoholic and whose mother left her and her father to pursue her opera career. Melanie also inherited her mother's "gift" for seeing ghosts.

    Nevine Vanderhorst meets with Melanie about his old house--falling into disrepair--and wants to talk to her about his mother who supposedly ran out on him when he was a child. He wants to know if Melanie can see the ghost of his mother in the garden. Melanie is annoyed at having wasted much of her time, and two days later finds out she has inherited Mr. Vanderhorst's house.

    Neville set up his will with a trust, requiring Melanie to live in the house for a minimum of a year, with the trust fund trustee being her estranged alcoholic father.

    Enter one of the two love interests, Jack. Jack is trying to recover from being stood up at the altar by Emily. (Incidentally, the author couldn't be bothered to do the most fundamental of research, placing the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, New York, rather than Rochester, Minnesota.) Jack is a famous writer who also has an incredibly wealthy family, is good looking, drips sex appeal, is a consummate researcher, oh, and a cryptologist...

    This book could have done with some serious editing... having to put feet to the ground to stand up, repetitive descriptions of Confederate jasmine and hydrangea, Melanie's feelings of betrayal at her mother's departure, details about typing in the Blackberry, etc.

    All in all, I am really glad I got this audio book on sale. I would not have wanted to pay "full credit" for it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Fantastic: Discworld #2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1586)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (698)

    Carl Cravens says: "Great story, enjoyable British humour."
    "Terry Pratchett done well!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who likes Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. The series itself is an imaginative fantasy where so much of our own human nature is reflected in those of the Discworld.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Discworld's Death is my favorite character (although more so as the storyline develops), and The Luggage are my favorite characters in this story. It is nearly impossible not to feel that you've made a great bunch of friends, however, reading this book. I feel an innate empathy for Rincewind (who forever is having bad things happen to him from out of nowhere). Two Flowers is the stereotypical optimistic tourist, who has luck if only because he is so clueless. Cohen the Barbarian is a great character, a life that has outlived his larger than life legend.


    What about Nigel Planer’s performance did you like?

    Nigel Planer does an admirable job narrating this book. He has a very pleasant voice, and uses it well, setting the tone of each scene. He does do some "character voices", but these are perhaps not as "distinguishable" as other narrators (Patrick Tull in the Cadfael Chronicles comes to mind) but this is a very minor observation and should not be construed as taking away from the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Terry Pratchett does an amazing job showing both the worst and the best of humanity; how on the small scale, most human life is tragic, but on the larger scale, how amazing and inspiring and yes, even humane, the human race can be.

    This series is like making the close acquaintance (indeed, friendship) of a bunch of wonderfully quirky people whom you grow to love and respect, in spite of all their idiosyncrasies . I find it rather sad to come to the end of a Discworld book. This one is no exception.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10164)
    Performance
    (7616)
    Story
    (7660)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Not sure what it wants to be..."
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    What made the experience of listening to A Discovery of Witches the most enjoyable?

    In spite of the fact that this book cannot figure out if it wants to be a fantasy, science fiction, romance, preternatural, or horror, and the fact that the book takes 24 hours to leave you hanging (clearly there is a sequel or sequels), and the fact that the basis of the book is largely formula driven, A Discovery of Witches is surprisingly enjoyable in the brain-candy sort of way.


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

    Jennifer Ikeda's performance is quite good. She has the various "voices" for the characters and does not seem to get lost in her reading. She reads well, without feeling either hurried or dragging in the pace, and with appropriate tone (not at all monotone).


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

    Part 1


    Any additional comments?

    As mentioned before, this book is largely "formula": Childhood trauma? Check. Orphaned? Check. Repressed super powers? Check. Mysterious document that no one else can access/understand? Check. Forbidden love interest? Check. Brutally repressive secret "lawmakers" who forbid inter-species romances? Check. Disapproving mother of love interest? Check. Main character's family opposing romantic interest? Check. Deep dark secrets of love interest? Check. Keeping secrets that nearly tear apart their relationship? Check. "Racial" tensions between demons, vampires and witches? Check. Forced to make an alliance with demons, vampires and witches in order to survive? Check. Evil powers gathering to destroy lovers? Check. Secret society to protect those who cannot protect themselves? Check. It goes on like this...In spite of this, it was a good listen in a "background noise/brain candy" sort of way.The end of the book resolves none of the preceding story, which is rather annoying, especially having listened to 24 hours. Seems like a set up for the next book...which I am not sure I will buy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Maryrose Wood
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (169)

    Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible children actually were. Discovered in the forests of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

    Yvette says: "Wonderful! ... but only the first installment..."
    "Cute, but predictable, children's story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book for children or young adults. The story has a resourceful heroine who is compassionate. The book does a pretty good job of teaching empathy without (generally) beating one over the head with its moral.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is clearly a starting of a series, with several cliches: an orphan with a mysterious past who is resourceful, clever and good; allusions to the children being related to their governess; rich people using children cold-heartedly for their own amusement; a secret that not even the main character knows, and mysteries within the house... If you dont mind the "formula" of the book, it is generally a clever book, and well performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2188)
    Performance
    (1490)
    Story
    (1512)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"
    "This book needs a massive dose of editing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book could have used a massive dose of editing. The story is totally predictable (I had guessed the ending within the first 2 hours), the writing is redundant (sometimes entire passages are repeated in their entirety three and four times), the details are often contradictory (ex.: putting someone on hold, then taking their hand away from the mouthpiece) and minutia in the extreme. (I was able to skip a total of 10 hours and not miss anything significant.)

    One of the main characters spent most of her college career trying to time travel to 1420, then spent the entire time there whining about wanting to go home. The medical doctor in the story had to be completely incompetent in not recognizing what was happening.

    Jenny Sterlin does an admirable job trying to make this palatable, but has only so much that she could do with the text.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Connie Willis again?

    I will not read or listen to Connie Willis again.


    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    Jenny Sterlin did a great job with the voices of the characters, but was limited by the text.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Doomsday Book?

    This 25+ hour book could have been done in 8 hours or less. I would cut most of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had not bought this book. The only interesting quote in the book Audible used in its preview to induce one to buy it. This quote was midway through the book, and incidental to the story.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (991)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (581)

    Savor one of the most clever of Christie's suspenseful classics. An American businessman is stabbed to death aboard a luxury train, the Orient Express, snowbound in the middle of Europe. Nothing escapes the eagle eye and quick intelligence of the great Hercule Poirot, and clues abound. Sorting through a dozen perfectly respectable passengers, all suspects, Poirot is tenacious in his pursuit of the truth.

    Glenda Fuller says: "Great Story and Well Read"
    "Agatha Christie and David Suchet fans, listen!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Murder on the Orient Express to be better than the print version?

    David Suchet is his amazing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder on the Orient Express?

    The conclusion to this novel, at the end, seems like it should have been obvious, but along the way, very confounding.


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

    I spent an entire day listening to this book, by choice. :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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