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  • The Secret Scripture

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sebastian Barry
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (115)

    Roseanne McNulty, once one of the most beautiful and beguiling girls in County Sligo, Ireland, is now an elderly patient at Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital. As her 100th year draws near, she decides to record the events of her life, hiding the manuscript beneath the floorboards. Dr. Grene, Roseanne's caretaker, takes a special interest in her case. In his research, he discovers a document written by a local priest that tells a very different story of Roseanne's life than what she recalls.

    Amanda says: "Haunting and Lovely"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This was beautifully written. Narrator was excellent. The story compellingly poignant. It left me wanting to read more by this author.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Winds of Fate: The Mage Winds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (116)

    High Magic has been lost to Valdemar centuries ago when the last Herald-Mage gave his life to save the kingdom from destruction by dark sorceries. Yet now the realm is at risk again. And Elspeth, Herald and heir to the throne, must take up the challenge, abandoning her home to find a mentor who can awaken her untrained mage abilities. But others, too, are being caught up in a war against sorcerous evil.

    CatBookMom says: "Very disappointing; could have been so much better"
    "Not up to expectations."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    How could the performance have been better?

    Reader is painfully slow. Even adjusting the speed to fast is barely adequate. For those of us who love this series and have waited a long time for it to come out in audiobook I recommend sticking to the written word. It sounds as if the reader has no connection or joy in the series or the story.

    I don't think I will invest my credits in the rest of the trilogy.


    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27240)
    Performance
    (20983)
    Story
    (21064)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Disappointing, tedious journey into darkness"
    Overall

    This story had so much potential for creating a world rich with imagination and wonder, seductive in the allure of its characters, and a feast for the mind. What a disappointment! To compare this to works of Tolkien, Jordan, Huff, or Sanderson is just plain insulting to them.

    Was this book written by a man in arrested adolescent development? A Game of Thrones pits children against dark, power hungry, mean spirited, and misogynistic characters. Any nobility found in their adults is equated with stupidity, intelligence with deformity, and characters with integrity die. The twists and distortions of chauvinism run rampant as children are sold into marriage, women are raped, and incest wins the day. Where are the redeeming elements that would have us root for a character? The one adult male who shows any integrity is incapable of being smart enough to save either himself or his family.

    The world Mr. Martin has created has little appeal to cause me revisit it in subsequent books of the series. Most of this first book is spent in the development of its many characters. Most of the "voices" are children and lacking in dimension by that very virtue. (How convenient for the author.) Yes, they have appeal. But this is not a children's book. There needs to be something in plot development or character development to cause me to care what happens. Too much dark and ugly human behavior and not enough Light.

    If you enjoy violence- are titillated by rape and incest- intrigued by mean spirited, power hungry, back stabbing people- then this book contains all of that and more. Perhaps other books in this series develops something of goodness, truth and beauty in the characters to redeem the lack of dimension found in this one.

    I???m at a lost to understand the popularity and rave reviews of this series.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dark of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor, Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (152)

    For years, operative James Nash has performed ultra-covert "Black Ops" missions for The Agency, but when he decides to walk away from their dirty work, his corrupt bosses aren't about to let him go. After Nash is nearly assassinated, Troubleshooters team leader Lawrence Decker launches a skillful deception to neutralize the threat and protect his friend. With the FBI's help, Decker fakes Nash's death, then brings him to a safe house with his fiancee, Tess Bailey, to recover from his injuries.

    Molly says: "Incredibly satisfying and surprising!"
    "Needs a better female reader."
    Overall

    I'm a huge fan of Suzanne Brockmann. I love her characters and enjoy following their lives from book to book. Each story stands alone but is enriched by reading the other stories.

    I think Renee Laudmann has an irritating little-girl voice which spoils the story. I doubt I'll buy another audio book if she is the reader. I think I'd rather read it myself.

    The story itself gets a five rating. The reader a zero.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Harper: Dragonriders of Pern

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey, Todd McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (120)

    Life in the Harper Hall is busy for best friends Kindan, Nonala, and Kelsa. As the only female apprentices, Nonala and Kelsa are the butt of jokes and easy targets for the bully Vaxoram and his cronies. But when Kindan springs to Kelsa's defense, he winds up in a fight for his life against the older, bigger Vaxoram - a fight that will lead to a surprising friendship. Then fate intervenes in the form of a virulent plague as fast-spreading as it is deadly.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I was sorry to see one of my favorite authors put her name on this book. It started out as a conglomeration of several previous books with very little originality. It ends as a lengthy and tedious account of sickness and dying. Very little was either original or interesting. I forced myself to finish the story in hopes there would be something redeeming. The narrator was good but it wasn't worth the effort or time.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Phoenix Unchained: Book One of The Enduring Flame

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (147)

    After 1,000 years of peace, much Magick has faded from the world. The Elves live far from humankind. There are no High Mages, and Wild Mages are seen only rarely. Bisochim, a powerful Wild Mage, is determined to reintroduce Darkness to the world, believing that it is out of Balance.

    Bruce says: "A good book for younger readers."
    "Wait until series is complete"
    Overall

    Mercedes Lackey is a favorite author of mine but don't bother with this book until the series is complete. Book one is one long prelude. It's very unsatisfactory to have a book end without any significant story line complete.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Arrows of the Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Carole Edie Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (250)

    Talia has always known that she isn't suited for the life her elders have chosen for her. As part of a small, conservative community, she's never been allowed beyond the boundaries of her father's lands. Her only window to the outside world has been the few books she's been allowed to read, but this only fuels her desire to know more.

    Amazon Customer says: "Highly Recommend"
    "Highly Recommend"
    Overall

    "Arrows of the Queen" is the first of a three book series introducing us to the world of Valdemar. Each book continues the story but can stand quite nicely on its own. We are left wanting to know more about this fascinating world, but satisfied with the completion of each story.

    Mercedes Lackey is an excellent story teller who has a fine grasp on human strengths and weaknesses. Her characters come to life with a skill and dimension that leaves you laughing and crying, celebrating their growth and triumph, and wondering what comes next.

    I thought the reader did an excellent job. I would recommend her as well. I hope Audible provides the remaining two books of this series as well as other books of the Valdemar series.

    31 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Dragondrums: The Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 3

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Adrienne Barbeau
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Once again Pern is in danger. The air trembles with Threadfall, and the holds seethe with rebellion. Piemur, his singing ended by a change of voice, is given a new assignment. On a bold mission to the Southern Hold he will learn the Oldtimers' secret and help Pern rediscover its lost heritage.

    Browse other Anne McCaffrey titles.

    Nicole says: "Great book!"
    "Dragondrums"
    Overall

    Story may be okay for an abridgment but the quality of the recording is not up to standard. Very muffled. I am a huge fan of Anne McCaffrey but had I realized the quality was so poor I wouldn't have spent the money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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