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Guy

Irvine, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Empress: Godspeaker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Karen Miller
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    In a family torn apart by poverty and violence, Hekat is no more than an unwanted mouth to feed, worth only a few coins from a passing slave trader. But Hekat was not born to be a slave. For her, a different path has been chosen. It is a path that will take her from stinking back alleys to the house of her God, from blood-drenched battlefields to the glittering palaces of Mijak. This is the story of Hekat, slave to no man.

    David Oldfield says: "I can't help being contradictory"
    "Distressing and Amazing!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Although this story is painful on SO many levels, it is brilliant. I have never read such a different, but so well thought out belief/religious system. It is truly frightening in its brutality, but so believable and consistent throughout. The writing itself is clear and descriptive without being filled with endless unnecessary trivia. The characters are multi-faceted and engaging. I was driven by a need to know where it was going in the next two parts of the trilogy. Finally, Josephine Bailey is truly one of the very best narrators I have ever heard!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Summoner: Chronicles of the Necromancer, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Gail Z. Martin
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Gail Z. Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (151)

    The comfortable world of Martris Drayke, second son of King Bricen of Margolan, is shattered when his older half-brother, Jared, and Jareds dark mage, Foor Arontala, kill the king and seize the throne. Tris is the only surviving member of the royal family aside from Jared the traitor, and he flees with three friends: Soterius, captain of the guard; Carroway, the courts master bard; and Harrtuck, a member of the royal guard. Tris harbors a deep secret.....

    Ernie says: "How do I put this..."
    "Gripping!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This series is excellent. The story is well thought out and the characters are rich. Also, I appreciated the way that the ending was not rushed. So many authors either run out of steam or are ready to move onto other things and the ending brings no satisfaction for the reader. This series allowed for good closure for most of the characters. I would have relished a little bit longer to enjoy the wrapping up, but I am a woman, so I suspect that I just like the joy part dragged out a bit to overcome the exhaustion of prior torment. The narrator was pretty good. His pacing was usually good and his voices were effective. Warning, though. His is an American accent. It took a little getting used to, for me, and I am American. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady of the Sorrows: The Bitterbynde, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Cecilia Dart-Thornton
    • Narrated By Kris Faulkner
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Though her memory remains clouded by sorcery, Imrhien (heroine of The Ill-Made Mute) must take vital news to the King-Emperor of Caermelor, hoping also to find the fearless ranger who has won her heart.

    Michelle says: "Good, Bad and Irritating"
    "Embarrassing"
    Overall

    There are elements of a good story in this second book of the Bitterbynde trilogy, but I have to agree with other reviewers of Dart-Thornton's books. She seems to be in love with words to an excessive degree. I love good description, and a varied vocabulary, but it is almost as though she has something to prove by giving lengthy and overblown description of absolutely everything. It becomes exhausting and causes the plot itself to drag. Her rich embellishments would be far more effective if they were used much more sparingly. It really does become embarrassing. To make matters worse, the narrator clearly reads as though she is reading poetry most of the time, which I suppose she must surmise it is from the flowery style. Faulkner lifts her voice at the end of almost every sentence, as one might read poetry from line to line. In addition, she mispronounces many of the words, which detracts from the flow. I am sure she got awfully tired of looking up words and just guessed at many of them. Unfortunately, her reading has caused me to be certain that I don't listen to any more books read by her.
    Oddly, though, she does an admirable job of slogging through the verbiage and often can distract me from the pure agony of hearing the lists of 50 food items. I just let my mind rest and go without paying attention (until she mispronounces something). I WILL finish the series, though, because I want to know how it is resolved. It is sad that it has become such a chore. A trusted editor and coach could have helped this book so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Shoes and Happiness: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (242)

    From internationally best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith comes the seventh novel in the phenomenally popular and endlessly charming series that began with The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Once again Botswana's only female detective, Mma Ramotswe, and her invaluable assistant, Mma Makutsi, puzzle out the mysteries of life while finding comfort in steaming mugs of bush tea.

    says: "Much ado about bush tea"
    "Refreshing"
    Overall

    I read the first 4 books for myself and was thrilled to hear Lisette Lecat's beautiful, rich voice so easily pronouncing all those strange names. I had a very good recording on my iPod, and it was crystal clear. Don't know what happened to the other person who had a poor recording. These books are just a "breath of fresh air," that take me away from the crowds and traffic of Southern Cal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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