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Lauren

Lake Village, AR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Sourcery: Discworld #5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (391)

    A sourcerer is born in Discworld: a wizard so powerful that he makes all other magicians look like a bunch of fools in pointy hats. Now, suddenly, Discworld is brought to the brink of an all-out thaumaturgical war. The only hope for peace is Rincewind, the failed magician who has a risky plan to save the world. He enlists the help of several odd new characters, including Conina the barbarian hairdresser, Nijel the Destroyer, and a yuppie genie who sees lamps as a growth industry.

    Melisa says: "Discworld fans will love it!"
    "Oook"
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    What did you love best about Sourcery?

    I was delighted to discover that Rincewind didn't disappear forever at the end of Book 2. And what's not to love about the luggage.


    What other book might you compare Sourcery to and why?

    I love the entire Discworld series. The writing is amazing and the reading just enhances the experience.


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

    I would never unpack all the nuances of the librarian's "ook" without Nigel's reading.


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

    I want to lock myself in with this entire series and not come out until I've listened to every last book.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to start on Book 6.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4214)
    Performance
    (3530)
    Story
    (3540)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Jimmy says: "Epic, Remarkable, Easy & Enjoyable!"
    "Characters worthy of a global stage"
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    Would you listen to Winter of the World again? Why?

    This is such a rich story that it deserves to be listened to over and over again. I'm sure that knowing the flow of the story will only enrich the listening.


    What other book might you compare Winter of the World to and why?

    The first book that came to mind was War and Peace. I also thought of James Michener's novels. There are few contemporary writers who can handle a story with so many well-defined characters and so global a plot as well as Ken Follett.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Clara is my favorite character in the book, and the fact that she is voiced by a male does not bother me at all. I think John Lee's Russian accents are the best of all his characterizations, but he does an excellent job of giving each character a distinctive voice.


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

    Hundreds of characters, three continents, one amazing story.


    Any additional comments?

    I am eagerly waiting for Book Three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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