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  • Mrs. Pollifax on Safari

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A safari expedition in Zambia is the disguise Emily employs in order to locate a professional assassin among her fellow explorers. Along the way, she meets an extraordinary man named Cyrus.

    Jeanene says: "At last!"
    "At last!"

    I have been waiting for the Mrs. Pollifax books narrated by Barbara Rosenblat since I became an Audible member. I am crossing my fingers and hoping they get the rest of them.

    I really enjoy the way Ms. Rosenblat handles all the different accents these books require. Having heard her versions first, I just can't get into those read by different narrators.

    If you aren't familiar with Mrs. P, she is a grandmother who ends up working for the CIA and traveling the world making friends while confronting the bad guys with wit and aplomb. These books are sort of "cozy" espionage tales with plenty of excitement & adventure but definitely character based.

    This one is #5, but you don't really have to have read the previous ones to be able to get into this one. It is one of my favorites.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Charlie McWade

    Alcatraz Smedry doesn't seem destined for anything but disaster. On his 13th birthday, he receives a bag of sand, and his life takes a bizarre turn. This is no ordinary bag of it's too bad that Alcatraz doesn't keep a closer eye on it. It is quickly stolen by the Evil Librarians who secretly rule the world by spreading misinformation and suppressing truth. The bag of sand will give the Evil Librarians the edge thy need to achieve world domination.

    Jeff says: "Fresh new ideas - acceptable for kids of all ages"

    If you come to this book expecting what you have read in other Brandon Sanderson books, you may be disappointed. If you come expecting a very funny example of "lampshading," you'll should be quite satisfied. Lampshading is the act of shining a light on the customs and tropes of literature and media (think Galaxy Quest).

    This is the first of what is expected to be a 5 book series. So far, three of the books are available in print but only this one is out in an audio version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Howl's Moving Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin

    A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones amd was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.

    Elisa says: "Howl's Moving Castle is Amazing!"
    "5 stars for the book / 3 stars for the narration"

    This is one of my favorite books. If you've only seen the movie, the book is just as good and much more complex. It is entertaining enough for children yet intelligent enough for adults.

    If you've read/listened to D.W.J's Chrestomanci books, this is a slightly different type of fantasy and takes place in a fairy tale world.

    Sophie is the oldest of 3 sisters and therefore, of course, destined to be the least successful. She submits quietly to this fate until the day her life takes an unexpected turn. Freed from expectation, she discovers just what she is capable of and "finds her fortune".

    If only the narration were as good. I own another book read by the same narrator and liked it just fine. Her voices for this book, however, were a bit irritating and detracted somewhat from my enjoyment of the story. It won't keep me from listening to this book again, though.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Melting Stones

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Grace Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Evvy, the fierce young stone mage introduced in Street Magic, has accompanied her guardian, Rosethorn, on a mission to study a mysterious plant die-off. With the help of Luvo, who is the living heart of a mountain, Evvy discovers the real source of the threat, which is far greater than anyone had imagined. Preventing a natural disaster may cost Evvy her life.

    Julia says: "Great story, great performance"
    "Not her best work"

    First of all let me say that I am a fan of Tamora Pierce and own the audio versions of 9 of her books. I am also a big fan of Full Cast Audio and have purchased many of their books by other authors as well. That said, I have never bothered to listen to this one a second time.

    Although Full Cast Audio did a wonderful job, the story just didn't grab me. I found many of the elements to be less interesting versions of things she had already done in other books. I also didn't find Evvy to be a very enjoyable protagonist.

    But I know that everyone's tastes are different. If you are a big fan of Tamora Pierce, I'd recommend reading the print version first, to see if this is something you like, before spending your credit.

    All in all, I'd much rather listen to any of the original Circle of Magic books or to Street Magic (the first story of Rosethorn, Briar, and Evvy and a great book) instead.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Speaker: The Immortals: Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Tamora Pierce

    When the wolves of Long Lake call, Daine must use her powerful ability to communicate with animals to save them from an ecological disaster.

    Jeanene says: "Finally, we get number 2"
    "Finally, we get number 2"

    Having purchased Wild Magic, the first book in Pierce's Daine trilogy, I have been waiting a long time for this one. (They say that Emperor Mage, number 3, should be available around November.)

    This is one of those books that I liked even better as an audiobook - Full Cast Audio did their usual excellent job.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Starman Jones

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia

    Max Jones, a practical, hard-working young man, found his escape in his beloved astronomy books. When reality comes crashing in and his troubled home life forces him out on the road, Max finds himself adrift in a downtrodden land - until an unexpected, ultimate adventure carries him away as a stowaway aboard an intergalactic spaceship.

    Jeanene says: "A typical Heinlein Juvenile"
    "A typical Heinlein Juvenile"

    As a fan of Heinlein's "Juveniles" I particularly enjoyed this book - it's one of my favorites.

    It is one of his space ship stories (rather than being planet based). If you are a fellow fan, then you should enjoy this book too.

    If you're not a big fan, then you need to know that it does have his usual level of meticulous and copious scientific and mathematic detail, which may annoy some. It also has one of his willful female characters whom I, as a woman, found mildly irritating.

    The narrator is adequate. I didn't find that he either improved or detracted from the story. Those who are very sensitive to the narrator should definitely listen to the whole sample before deciding.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it, until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance.

    Joey says: "Second best book series in print"
    "Not a trilogy"

    I really like all three of the Gregor books that are out so far. I thought it was a trilogy though and now I have to wait for the last two books (I hate that). The stories are good and so is the narrator. What I really like though is that, despite all their troubles, this is a story of a loving and mostly functional family, which is unusual in this type of fantasy fiction.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Daja's Book: Circle of Magic, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Tamora Pierce, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On a journey to Gold Ridge, the four young mages-in-training, Daja, Sandry, Tris, and Briar, find their special magics overlapping, sometimes in frightening and destructive ways. One burst of this combined magic leads Daja to create an astonishing vine made of living metal.

    Jeanene says: "Full Cast Audio does it again"
    "Full Cast Audio does it again"

    This is the 3rd of 4 Cirle of Magic Books. You should definately listen to them in order. (The previous two books, Sandry's Book and Tris's Book are both available on Audible.) I loved the books (which I own), yet the audio versions are so good that I haven't read the books since I first listened to them. This one has much more information about the Trader culture and customs, which is very interesting. It also has a good lesson on how refusing to let anyone help you doesn?t make you strong. But mostly, it's just a lot of fun.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tris's Book: Circle of Magic, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Tamora Pierce, the Full Cast Family

    The four young mages, Tris, Sandy, Daja, and Briar, are just starting to settle into their new home at Winding Circle Temple. But even as they struggle to cope with the powerful magic that binds them together, Winding Circle comes under attack by pirates armed with fierce new weapons.

    Jeanene says: "Another excellent Full Cast Audio production"
    "Another excellent Full Cast Audio production"

    This is the 2nd book in the Circle of Magic quartet and picks up just days after the 1st book (Sandry's Book - also available on Audible) left off. I recommend that you listen to the books in order as there is a natural progression in the relationships and plots in the stories. My whole family, girls and boys/kids and adults, like these books and Full Cast Audio makes them very fun to listen to.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Douglas Adams

    The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first volume in the five-part Hitchhiker "trilogy" made Douglas Adams a science fiction sensation, and is a must-listen for any and all fans of the genre. Don't forget to bring a towel!

    Victor says: "still a winner!!!"
    "Unexpected Fun"

    I am not generally a fan of either English humor or of farces, but I have to admit that I really like this audiobook. I got it free when I joined Audible, and I have already listened to it several times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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