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JaniceO

Queensland, Australia | Listener Since 2010

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  • Cold Days: Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago's first (and only) Wizard PI. Turns out the "everyday" world is full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in. A bargain made with the Queen of Air and Darkness has forced Dresden into a new job: professional killer. His first task is to bring death to an immortal. As if that wasn't hard enough, Dresden learns of a danger to Demonreach, the living island hidden upon Lake Michigan. A danger that could destroy billions and land Dresden in the deepest trouble he has ever known

    JaniceO says: "James Marsters is as always brilliant!"
    "James Marsters is as always brilliant!"
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    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    Once again Jim Butcher brings us into his magical world with a great plot, many twists and cliffhangers before Harry once again emerges the victor after much sacrifice.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Harry Dresden James Marsters is Harry Dresden and I cannot imagine anyone else reading these books.


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

    There are always plenty of tears and laughs in a Harry Dresden book.


    Any additional comments?

    James Marsters is a master of the performance of an audio book. His voice is excellent, his cast of charachter voices unbelievable and consistent. It's a pleasure to listen and hard to turn it off to get back to RL especially when combined with the writings of Jim Butcher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unnatural Habits

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (253)

    1929: Girls are going missing in Melbourne. Little, pretty golden-haired girls. And not just pretty. Three of them are pregnant, poor girls from the harsh confines of the Magdalene Laundry. People are getting nervous. Polly Kettle, a pushy, self-important Girl Reporter with ambition and no sense of self-preservation, decides to investigate - and promptly goes missing herself. It's time for Phryne and Dot to put a stop to this and find Polly Kettle before something quite irreparable happens to all of them. It's all piracy and dark cellars, convents and plots, murder and mystery...and Phryne finally finds out if it's true that blondes have more fun.

    Kate says: "Nothing Unnatural about Phryne"
    "Excellent entertainment and a great listen."
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    What did you love best about Unnatural Habits?

    Kerry Greenwood has put together another excellent plot with Phrynne having to solve a number of disappearances with the help of her minions. Once again Stephanie Daniels gives a great performance.


    Which character – as performed by Stephanie Daniel – was your favorite?

    Phrynne is as always, my favourite character in the book and Stephanie gives her the exact voice I woulod expect her to have.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is a great collection of detective mysteries with the added bonus of learning about life in Australia in the twenties. Each book provides a list of interesting characters and plots and simply a lovely piece of entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stasis: Ennek Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kim Fielding
    • Narrated By Robert Sciglimpaglia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Praesidium is the most prosperous city-state in the world, due not only to its location at the mouth of a great bay, but also to its strict laws, stringently enforced. Ordinary criminals become bond-slaves, but the Wizard places traitors in Stasis, a dreamless frozen state. Ennek is the Chief's younger son. He has grown up without much of a purpose, a man who cannot fulfill his true desires and who skates on the edge of the law. But he is also haunted by the plight of one man, a prisoner for whom Stasis appears to be a truly horrible fate.

    JaniceO says: "Enjoyable story with an original story line"
    "Enjoyable story with an original story line"
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    What did you love best about Stasis?

    The original plot in the fantasy world. Well developed charachters with a quite nasty antagonist. A story of a world that uses and accepts magic as part of the everyday.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Urn Burial: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (225)

    Phryne Fisher, scented and surprisingly ruthless, is not one to let sleuthing a horrific crime get in the way of an elegant dalliance. The redoubtable Phryne Fisher is holidaying at Cave House, a Gothic mansion in the heart of the Victorian mountain country. But the peaceful country surroundings mask danger. Her host is receiving death threats, lethal traps are set without explanation around the house and the parlour maid is found strangled to death.

    Nancy J says: "Homage to the Golden Age Mysteries and Christie!"
    "Excellent story well performed."
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    What made the experience of listening to Urn Burial the most enjoyable?

    The author winds an excellent plot through a cast of interesting and varied charachters in a period piece that takes us back to early Australia.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Phryne is my favourite charachter. What's not to like about an extremly accomplished, clever woman who is very much in control of herself and who copes well with surprises and difficulties.


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

    The reader brings the story alive with excellent charachter portrayals. The audio book is a favourite of mine as I can listen while I do other things. The performance of the reader raises it to entertainment.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent story, very well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1010)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (816)

    One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

    David says: "Gripping novel, excellent production"
    "A greart performance for a wonderful classic"
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    What did you love best about The Woman in White?

    The story is a clever mystery whilst being a wonderfully immersive historical piece that provides a great insight and experience into the world of 19th century England.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woman in White?

    The story provided several excellent twists, and drew the reader in to champion the main charachters.


    Have you listened to any of Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I've heard the two readers and I loved their approach and delivery. It was pleasant to listen, over such a long book, to two different voices. I thought that perhaps listening to different voices for the same charachters might be confusing but it wasn't. The reading enhanced the story and the accents were well done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (2867)
    Performance
    (1537)
    Story
    (1563)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "An enjoyablke listen"
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    Larry Niven has created an interesting story with a weel fleshed out strange and new world. His charachters are nicely developed and the story rides along at a reasonable pace drawing the reader in.
    Tom Parker has a good voice and mostly kept in voice for each charachter. I occassionally had trouble hearing the difference between what was actually narrator and the main charachter Louie.
    This is the first part in a trilogy and the book abruptly ends with the heros still far away from their home worlds.
    I did not think it is a must have book but I did enjoy it and wanted to see where the story went. I will continue into the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Empire - The Greyfriar

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (378)

    1870. A time known as The Great Killing. The vampire clans arose and slaughtered humanity with unprecedented carnage in the northern parts of the world. Millions perished; millions were turned into herd animals. The great industrialized civilizations of the world were left in ruin. A remnant fled south to the safety of the ever present heat which was intolerable to vampires. There, blending with the local peoples, they rebuilt their societies founded on human ingenuity, steam and iron.

    Diana says: "The Greyfriar Rocks!"
    "Loved this story."
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    I loved this story. It has a great plot, some excellent charachter development and is a new and interesting take on the world of Vampires. I am also a huge fan of the narrator James Marsters. He has a great voice to listen to, very good character voices (even his women) and he reads as though he is sitting by your bed reading a story to you - with a natural, warm voice that justs pulls you into the story.

    I have only listened to this book once and did it over three days because I really liked it so I will have to go back and listen again before I would comment with any depth.

    The vampires have risen up and defeated mankind in the colder countries of the world such as England and Europe and pushed human society into the equatorial areas of Egypt, Asia and the Americas.

    Technology is steam powered and the book is a Steampunk fans dream with fantastical machines, gas powered weaponry, dirigbles, lighting, etc. I know I want to get me a long military coat, long skirt, gloves, goggles and let my steampunk child out.

    The Vampires are quite savage, have little use for technology and in fact have almost no fine motor skills or touch with their hands so are basically incapable of using much in the way of technology. In their realms humans are bred and raised like cattle and used for food and as servants.

    The book follows the adventures of Princess Adele and the mysterious Greyfriar after she becomes trapped in the Vampire Realms and attempts to escape the Vampire courts who want her for their own agenda. There are twists and turns though I had guessed fairly early the identity of Greyfriar.

    This books is good fun and a good listen/read. Can't wait for JM to read book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lothaire: Immortals After Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1197)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1116)

    Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness - until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.

    Nicola says: "Amazing Book"
    "Its a Romance Novel"
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    I bought this book because I love tales of Vampires and the Supernatural. The Vampires here were okay but this is a romance novel and there are just way too many sex scenes that did not add to the story and seemd to go forever. The one problem with an audio is it is hard to skip to jump over scenes that slow you and I was pressing fast forward on this one far too much. I also disliked the voice given to Lothaire.
    I liked the story premise and I did want to see where it went so much so I would love to see a rewrite without all the sex but I won't be bothering Ms Cole again for the forseeable future.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2587)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1607)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "Excellent Purchase"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It is well written, and a subject matter that would interest anyone from parents wanting the best for their kids to older folks wishing to live a happier, healthier, brainier life. the narrator was very easy to listen to, the subject is presented in an every day language whilst still having the scientific information to make it a valuable text book to improve one's life. I would and have already recommend this book for anyone wishing to get the most out of life and if you or someone you know suffers ADHD/Dementia/Alzeimers of just loss of memory from aging then this book has a really simple plan that most of us could follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7524)
    Performance
    (5585)
    Story
    (5562)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

    pterion says: "I'm liking Harry more and more"
    "A good Listen"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this introduction to the wizard Harry Dresden quite a bit. The reading by James Masters seems to suit the character well and I easliy felt his fustrations, self doubt, innate desire to do good and his human failings. In other words the character was well brought to life for me and I am already most of the way through the second book with the third already in my library and the 4th soon to join them.
    A good read/listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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