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B

Tucson, AZ, USA

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  • Dracula (Blackstone Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (181)

    In 1897, at the age of 50, Bram Stoker was touring manager to the actor Henry Irving and was enjoying a modest success as a journalist and writer. Publication in that year of Dracula was to bring him international and lasting fame.

    Katrina says: "Still Scary Two Centuries Later"
    "Nice and gothic"
    Overall

    The narrator did an excellent job at capturing the Gothic sentimentality of the characters. His interpretations of Stoker's prose and dialogue was just the right mood for the novel. As for the novel itself, there's no point in reviewing it. It's Dracula. Enough said.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil You Know

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (420)

    Felix Castor used to cast out demons for a living, and London was his stomping ground. But in a time when the supernatural realm is in upheaval and spilling over into the mundane world of the living, his skills are in renewed demand. With old debts to pay, Castor is left with no choice but to accept one final, well-paying assignment: a seemingly simple exorcism.

    Jessica says: "wonderful story"
    "it worked"
    Overall

    The more I listen to books in addition to reading them the more I've learned the importance of the narrator. The narrator here was an excellent match for the main character, Felix Castor. His voice matched Castor's wry wit and sense of humor perfectly.

    And although there were some predictable elements and characters, there was enough novelty and imagination to keep the story fresh.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, Full Cast
    Overall
    (3568)
    Performance
    (992)
    Story
    (1007)

    In this stunning sequel to The Golden Compass, the intrepid Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld, Cittagazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: twelve-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm.

    Geoffrey says: "The second book in a fantastic trilogy!"
    "okay"
    Overall

    I enjoy Philip Pullman and his ideas. However, the audio was grating. Lyra's voice got on my nerves. So did the music in between chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Libba Bray
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (116)

    It's 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma's reception there is a chilly one.

    Beverly says: "More Details, please!"
    "Predictable"
    Overall

    This book was fairly predictable, a bit too melodramatic. The teenage girls are even more annoying and stupid than the stereotypical "teen." The whining and complaining gets old. The characters are not even consistent in their actions or emotions, except perhaps Pippa, who is just downright 100% stereotypical. The narrator's voice irritating and her portrayal of the characters made them even more intolerable than they already were.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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