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  • The Ambassador's Mission: Traitor Spy Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (436)

    Sonea, former street urchin, now a Black Magician, is horrified when her son, Lorkin, volunteers to assist Dannyl in his new role as Guild Ambassador to Sachaka, a land still ruled by cruel black magicians. When word comes that Lorkin has gone missing Sonea is desperate to find him, but if she leaves the city she will be exiled forever, and besides, her old friend Cery needs her help.

    J. Hoare says: "I should have stuck with the written word"
    "Good story, but bad reader"
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    Would you try another book from Trudi Canavan and/or Richard Aspel?

    Overall, I liked the story, but I really disliked the reader. In the beginning chapters of the book the reader would pause for a long time after each sentence/paragraph. Perhaps he was patting himself on the back for getting through the previous paragraph. I found it to be extremely irritating and almost stopped listening to the book. Luckily, the reader got better as the book progressed. I liked the story so much that I will be buying the next book in this trilogy and giving it a chance. I will not wait 20 chapters for the reader to quit pausing so long after each paragraph.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Amy Stewart
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (602)

    Every great drink starts with a plant. Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley. Gin was born from a conifer shrub when medieval physicians boiled juniper berries with wine to treat stomach pain. The Drunken Botanist uncovers the surprising botanical history and fascinating science and chemistry of over 150 plants, flowers, trees, and fruits (and even a few fungi).

    Cynthia says: "No more cheap tequila!"
    "A must have for home vintner's "
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    As a brewer of homemade wines and spirits, I bought this book and thought it might be interesting. What an understatement! After listening to this book, I decided I needed the hardcover version as a reference. The book has three parts. The first describes the historical fermentation and distillation of various wines, beers and spirits from around the world. The author describes the difference between historical types of spirits verses their cheap imitators and even the different ingredients that make certain brands unique. The second part describes the various herbs, spices, flowers, trees, fruits and seeds that are used in drinks as well as warnings about the dangers of wild crafting some of the components due to toxic similar plants. Finally, the author describes seasonal botanical garnishes and mixers. Throughout the book the author gives drink recipes. This is a wonderful listen for anyone who likes to make or drink wine, beer and spirits!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ancillary Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ann Leckie
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2434)
    Performance
    (2244)
    Story
    (2231)

    On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body.

    Granite State says: "Good Story Spoiled by Narrator"
    "Bad narrator, bad story"
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    This but only has two problems: the story and the narrator. Unfortunately I kept trying to listen to this book and kept it beyond the one year that Audible allows for a return. I won't make that mistake again. The author made a big deal about the change of pronouns that the main character had to deal with while trying to speak the language on this particular world. Unfortunately, instead of being a small fact in passing, the author made this a major point in the book. Additionally, the narrator was so bland and boring that even when the story started to get interesting, I could focus past her bad dialog. Don't waste your money on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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