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megaira

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  • Sanibel Flats: Doc Ford #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Randy White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (203)

    Its cool gulf breezes lured him from a life of danger. Its dark undercurrents threatened to destroy him. After 10 years of living life on the edge, it was hard for Doc Ford to get that addiction to danger out of his system. But spending each day watching the sun melt into Dinkins Bay and the moon rise over the mangrove trees, cooking dinner for his beautiful neighbor, and dispensing advice to the locals over a cold beer lulled him into letting his guard down.

    ShySusan says: "Author seems to have a sexual double standard."
    "Another good book killed by narration."
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    The narrator would be great doing some old time gumshoe novels or older characters, but it's just a touch too gravely and a whole heap of insipid when it comes to the females. The different character's voices are hard to take.

    The book itself seems like it'd be interesting but I've given up on the audio and will probably read in text to save myself a headache.

    I do have to wonder... Randy... when writing a love scene... "iridescent pubic hair"? Really? Oy vey. That whole "evening" was painful to hear in audio.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4019)
    Performance
    (2900)
    Story
    (2908)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Great, but he didn't capture "the voice""
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    Any additional comments?

    I *love* this book and if you haven't ever read it, I recommend listening or reading. What bothered me about this likely won't bother you at all.

    For me, having read it and loved it, he didn't really capture Owen Meany's voice, which for me, leaned closer to a "Simon Birch" interpretation. Because this is such a huge, signature element of the novel, it's distracting. The rest is great, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14881)
    Performance
    (12332)
    Story
    (12460)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Loved this!"
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    What did you love best about The Name of the Wind?

    Everything. Really, there is nothing about this book I don't love. The storyline, the characters, the twists, the narrator - it's all great.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kvothe, of course!


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    He fit the character nicely, narrates it perfectly. Well, ok, his "old man" voice was a little awful, but the rest was great! I *loved* how he did the accents for the characters. It hadn't even occurred to me when reading it in print, so that really brought them to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
    Overall
    (2322)
    Performance
    (1407)
    Story
    (1427)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"
    "Excellent Narration"
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    Avery Brooks has a voice like warm butter. He's wonderful to listen to.

    I loved the first part of this book. The second part, not as much.

    I was disappointed to find that there were parts of Roots plagerized from another book (The African). However, the story is still good, and in terms of Brooks' performance of it, I can't complain. I feel therefore torn between a good story, excellent narration...and my distaste for the questionable ethics behind behavior attached to it. While the book is educational, I find it ironic that a falsified personal history (rather than letting this be what it was: historical fiction) is to be the vehicle for that message.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9405)
    Performance
    (3790)
    Story
    (3830)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "It's not Pillars..."
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    but, if you want to hear another version of a similar story with similar characters, this wasn't bad. I'm somewhat convinced that John Lee could bring any story to life and make it enjoyable. Thus, his narration makes up for the areas the story falls flat, or repetitive.

    Follett definitely likes his plucky female characters. I can't say I disapprove. His lovelorn males are a mess, though. His villains... dastardly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5146)
    Performance
    (2524)
    Story
    (2541)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Excellent"
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    Well told story. Some moments drag and the second half of the book is not as colorful as the first. I felt Marion was treading a little heavily (read: tromping on land mines) into his self-pity and outwards expression of bitterness.

    Contrasting painfully with the raw, graphic nature of some of the medical scenes in the book is the reiterated praise and longing for Ethiopian food. One minute I'm trying not to gag, the next I'm thinking "ooo Injera sounds SO good..." I even went so far as to make some.

    I feel it's worth a 1 credit purchase, but not 2. I'd wait for it on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19724)
    Performance
    (14574)
    Story
    (14640)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Unforgettable!"
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    Well told story, excellent narration. I've rewound and listened to some segments again without feeling bored or sidetracked. Started over again after finishing to listen with my husband, who is also loving it. Excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Company: Chronicles of The Black Company, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Glen Cook
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1313)
    Performance
    (958)
    Story
    (964)

    Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hardbitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead - until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her....

    Peter says: "Great Story, Narrator Takes Getting Used To"
    "Narration forced"
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    Horrible narration...very forced and "trying too hard.
    I am sorry I blew the 5$ for this one on sale. Had to shut it off.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29493)
    Performance
    (22945)
    Story
    (23030)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "A new fan of Roy Dotrice & George R.R. Martin"
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    I had never heard of these books until people started talking about the t.v. series. I caught the first on sale and thought I'd give it a try.

    The story is excellent and reads with an unvarnished, but vibrant, style that pulls you in without anything becoming too 'fantastical' or far fetched. Characters are easy to invest in and enjoy...which as any Martin fan will tell you, sometimes backfires brutally. Or always. I suppose I'll find out!

    Dotrice brings it to life in such a compelling way that I will always hear his voice for Tyrion Lannister, Syrio... he brings the characters to life. I have the first 4 books in print now, and am still contemplating buying them in audio. I will never watch the tv show. I do not want to alter the vivid imagery provided by book and voice, with tv pre-made settings and characters.

    Well done. I recommend this one!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10751)
    Performance
    (8147)
    Story
    (8196)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Yoga for Vampires"
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    The Pros:
    There's a library...I always like a library.
    I liked the take on Demons.
    I liked the "alchemy" angle, and the "genetic" information.
    The "mother/daughter" scene was emotional and well done.
    Many feel the book is very well researched. It certainly does not lack for information, so I will toss that in as a "pro."

    The Cons:
    What power does she not have, really? Girlfriend is like the Swiss Army Knife witch. This wears a bit thin.

    The narrator just could not do the male characters justice. I suspect if they had been done with a different narrator, this book would have improved considerably.

    A vampire that does yoga? As far as he goes, it's Twilight for the middle-aged. He all but sparkles in sunlight, but since we have a good chunk of foggy setting, who is to say he doesn't? After all, what big buff burly vampire would NOT sparkle in yoga pants?

    Overall a decent story, but didn't really sweep me away or move me in any way. Hamish made me think of Four Weddings and a Funeral. I didn't count it as a positive point that I was so distracted.
    Perhaps the next will be better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tai-Pan: A Novel of Hong Kong

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (488)

    After the British seize Hong Kong following the first Opium War, the owners of two competing trading companies seek to destroy each other, both professionally and personally.

    Cy Judge says: "A great audio book"
    "Love John Lee's Narrations"
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    John Lee is a fabulous narrator.

    The book took one restart before I settled into it and sorted out the characters. After I sorted out who was who, I enjoyed the novel. Loved the accents and portrayal of characters. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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