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Chelsea

LONG BEACH, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 18 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • The Janus Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Jane McDowell
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (168)

    Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate when builders, demolishing a large old house in Norwich to make way for a housing development, uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway - minus the skull. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? DCI Harry Nelson would like to find out - and fast.

    Frances says: "I loved this."
    "Very nice narration, but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found the narration to be exquisite, just like the first book in this series. Unfortunately, this book revolves more around the danger to the main character, Ruth, and not any active crime. I found the struggles between the heroes and villains to be a bit contrived since the point of real conflict was several decades old. Will still get the third book, and the first one is a real gem!

    5 of 6 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
    (2077)
    Performance
    (889)
    Story
    (897)

    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.

    Pete says: "Excellent Fantasy... Epic in feel, finite in pace"
    "Great story!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A fantastic story and a solid narrating job. I felt the narrator had too wry of a tone in a few bits, but I found that did not detract from my pleasure of it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Children of Hurin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee
    Overall
    (1016)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (533)

    There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings. The story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World.

    Catherine says: "Powerful and Disturbing"
    "Christopher Lee makes it!"
    Overall

    Christopher Lee's narration really makes this book accessible and enjoyable. His pronunciation of the difficult Elvish words is accurate and spry in a way. I love his different voices for the different characters, especially Morwen. His interpretation of her really adds to the listener's imagining of the character.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Prism

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Cristofer Jean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (672)

    Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals. But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

    Chad says: "Dude . . ."
    "Great book, bad narrator"
    Overall

    This is where audiobooks can become problematic. This is an imaginatively wrought world, with an easy to understand but compelling political system. Brent Weeks is a good author, and knows how to introduce the grittier aspects of life into fantasy that many authors skim over.

    This narrator does the book no justice. His voice makes all of the characters, especially Gavin, sound douchey. I think I'll wait to get the paperback before I finish listening to this. His pacing and tone is destroying the picture I'm trying to construct in my mind as I listen.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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