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Cindy

a voracious reader transformed into an obsessive listener through the magic of MP3's. A boring accountant and federal public servant by day, I fly the winds of fantasy though my audible library

Nepean, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • Stuff White People Like: The Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Christian Lander
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (145)

    They love nothing better than sipping free-trade gourmet coffee, leafing through the Sunday New York Times, and listening to David Sedaris on NPR (ideally all at the same time). Apple products, indie music, food co-ops, and vintage T-shirts make them weak in the knees. They believe they're unique, yet somehow they're all exactly the same.

    Miguel says: "Bland simply bland!!!!"
    "Drivel - don't waste your time or money"
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    Would you try another book from Christian Lander and/or Victor Bevine?

    Not from this author. The narrator suffered from working with bad material.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Christian Lander again?

    I would never listen to this author again. Work is plagged with platitudes and absolutely no wit.


    What didn’t you like about Victor Bevine’s performance?

    Dry reading without much artistry. Mind you, consider the material.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I am disappointed. I had hoped for something that would get me laughing at myself and at the target community or maybe even teach me something.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5050)
    Performance
    (3539)
    Story
    (3573)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    crazybatcow says: "Perfect example of decent military sci-fi"
    "Great Narration, Solid Story and Leadership Lesson"
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    Where does The Lost Fleet: Dauntless rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I return to this audiobook frequently, enjoying the pleasure of vicariously learning leadership lessons and the art of diplomacy through a novel. It has to be in the top 10 series that I have read and now... listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although sci-fi at its finest, the depth of character development, the leadership lessons and the feeling of "i want to be there with black jack" keeps you wanting to be a greater part of the story.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not had the opportunity to follow Christian Rummel's work but I am now on the lookout for more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2080)
    Performance
    (1867)
    Story
    (1882)

    Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

    FanB14 says: "Beautiful Writing, Mediocre Romance"
    "Its a winner for those who love fantasy"
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    What made the experience of listening to Daughter of Smoke and Bone the most enjoyable?

    Characters alive and characterizations that make them feel like friends that you are getting to know. A twisty plot and fun and fury.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Daughter of Smoke and Bone?

    Kicked out of the refuge, waiting in the snow in vain reminded me of family relationships.


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

    Khristine is a star. i cant wait to listen to more of her work.


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

    I fell asleep at about 300 am and woke up as my pod hit the floor. Of course i did not go to bed, i slipped back a chapter and listened till dawn.


    Any additional comments?

    Love it, write more, send more asap!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sharing Knife, Volume 1: Beguilement

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (338)

    Young, pregnant Fawn Bluefield has just fled her family's farm to the city of Glassforge, where she encounters a patrol of the enigmatic soldier-sorcerers known as Lakewalkers. Fawn has heard stories about the Lakewalkers, who are wandering necromancers with no permanent homes and no possessions except the clothes they wear and the mysterious knives they carry. What she does not know is that the Lakewalkers are engaged in a perilous campaign against inhuman and immortal magical entities known as "malices".

    Eric C. Zawadzki says: "Not really my thing"
    "Crossing Boudaries and enjoying it"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I wish all my friends enjoyed fantasy as much as i did. This book combines romance that bridges cultures, age and politics with a good adventure story. It has something for all.


    What other book might you compare The Sharing Knife, Volume 1 to and why?

    Truly in the same vein as this author"s other books, but with a fundamentally different premise and local. but...the underdog is a hero, and for those of us who have been underdogs our whole lives, it is great to be able to cheer for the unexpected hero.


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

    This storyteller draws you in with compelling charaterizations, not only voice but tone and energy and sweetness and anger all come through and the performer fades into the background as the characters join you in your room. i love her!


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

    I would park the car and wait until the scene changed as I could not bear to leave the pieces unheard. Lots of fun, believable characters (even ones you wanted to yell at)


    Any additional comments?

    This author should never stop writing...her audience would pine away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of Chalion

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2180)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (988)

    Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

    Terri says: "What makes a hero... LMB knows"
    "What a pleasant surprise!"
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    Where does The Curse of Chalion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great listen. I worried about the characters, cringed for them, felt the blows they received. I loved it.
    This is a book that I could not 'put down'. I have fallen asleep at 3 am more than once as I listened to the book, only to frantically try to find out where in the story I dropped off. I love the author's unique view of the world


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Curse of Chalion?

    The protaganist as a selfless hero in countless moments - listen and learn about yourself.


    What about Lloyd James’s performance did you like?

    Lloyd brought all the characters to life, made me lov Caz. What an artist Lloyd is!


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

    Dont get me started 'cause I will spoil the book for you. Unrequited love which is actually returned, Longing looks, sweet dreams, aghh i loved it all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scholar: The Fourth Book of the Imager Portfolio

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (278)

    Hundreds of years before the time of Imager, the continent of Lydar is fragmented. Years of war have consolidated five nations into three-Bovaria, Telaryn, and Antiago. Quaeryt is a scholar and friend of Bhayar, the young ruler of Telaryn. Worried about his future and the escalating intrigues in Solis, the capital city, Quaeryt persuades Bhayar to send him to Tilbor.

    Charlie says: "Better as an Audio book than as hard copy"
    "Makes me wish I was an Imager"
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    What made the experience of listening to Scholar the most enjoyable?

    There is nothing like a book that brings out moral questions without the reader/listener actually realizing it! I enjoyed the unexpected twists and challenges faced by our hero and in comparing myself to his action, find myself lacking and then being the richer for having listen to the narration. Go figure....i enjoyed learning something about myself by listening to a purely "escapism" book. I loved it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The protaganist, who faces difficult choices, kills without hesitation but with regret is by far the character that I favor. He is the vigilante applauded by the masses. and.....he is a lover and a gentle, well-intentioned spirit. Ah, flawed and admirable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The section in the book where he is governor of a province and takes charge....loved it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have great affection for this book and its writer and eagerly await another edition.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is so skilled that you forget he is there and immerse yourself in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • March Upcountry: Prince Roger Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Weber, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1471)
    Performance
    (801)
    Story
    (804)

    Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man. So it wasn't surprising that he became spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life?

    Euryleia says: "Lots of fun!"
    "Love to hate the protagonist, then fall in love"
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    Where does March Upcountry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have read...listened to....in the last four months.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was so enthralled by the story that i would get to work, park the car and then stay there until a logical break and I love to work so that tells you how involved I was in the story.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    Strong passionate voice that makes the character flow easy to follow. I can't wait to listen to more of his performances.


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

    This was a book that I wanted to listen to all at once, but then I wanted to savour it...Oh, the agony of it all! It is the only time that I have wanted to get stuck in traffic so I could listen to more of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to listen to the next episode of the story. It's going to be great if it is only half as good as this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Bound: Elder Races Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2242)
    Performance
    (1980)
    Story
    (1994)

    Half human and half Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful---and passionate---of the Elder Races.

    Amazon Customer says: "Woo Freakin Hoo!"
    "mediocre at best - stay away from this one"
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    Would you try another book from Thea Harrison and/or Sophie Eastlake?

    I want the hours spent listening back! I will never listen to another one of these. The writing is mediocre at best and the performance is amateurish. The worse part are the sex scenes, written by an 20 year old virgin and narrated in the voice of a 13 year old girl. Where were the editors and directors on this one?


    What was most disappointing about Thea Harrison’s story?

    Story has promise, but never delivers. The biggest disappointment is the frustrated anticipation. Likable, and hate-able characters keep me listening and then disappointed me when the writer took them out of character.


    What didn’t you like about Sophie Eastlake’s performance?

    It was like listening to a 13 year old. Incorrect emplasis in the readings and mispronunciations galore.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation at being teased with an interesting premise that fell flat in execution.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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