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Alison

Brooklyn, NY, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 10 reviews
  • 27 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 54 purchased in 2014
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  • The Luck Runs Out

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Newlyweds Peter and Helen Shandy are picking out flatware when a pair of gun-toting hooligans burst into the silversmith’s shop, empty the safe, and leave with Helen as their hostage. Although the police recover Helen quickly, her professor husband is badly shaken by the ordeal. Early the next morning, the college’s head of animal husbandry frantically reports another hostage situation in progress. Belinda, the school’s beloved sow, has been kidnapped, and only Peter can bring home the bacon.

    Alison says: "Great story, narrator stumbles"
    "Great story, narrator stumbles"
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    Any additional comments?

    I love this series and this title is particularly good, but the narrator needs work. There's a group called The Vigilant Vegetarians which the narrator keeps saying "viligant" - no such word!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Goblin Emperor

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Katherine Addison
    • Narrated By Kyle McCarley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an "accident," he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir. Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment.

    Alison says: "Excellent story and great narration!"
    "Excellent story and great narration!"
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    Maya is the half-goblin son of the Emperor. He was exiled since birth but has now been recalled because he must become the new Emperor after the death of his father and brothers. I loved this political fantasy when I read it, and worried about the narration because of all the difficult Elvish and Goblin terms. The narrator does a FANTASTIC job of making the words sound totally natural, and also provides great voices for the characters. (His female voices are weaker but in this book, most of the speaking characters are males.)

    Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Jungle Book

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Tales of Mowgli, the boy raised by animals in the exotic jungles of India; Rikkitikkitavi, a courageous young mongoose who battles the sinister black cobra Nag; Toomai, the boy who works with elephants; and more will delight listeners both young and old. These classic stories brim with adventure and thrills as the lively characters fend off ferocious tigers and deadly snakes, slip through the jungle to watch elephants dance, and seek refuge from dangerous hunters.

    Julia says: "Contents"
    "Excellent reading of classic tales"
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    I really enjoyed Ralph Cosham's narration. He does the voice of Bagheera so well, and it's different from Baloo or Mowgli. One note - this recording includes for the First and Second Jungle book. The Second Jungle Book, also narrated by Cosham, is available separately but I don't think you'd need it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Troubled Waters: Elemental Blessings, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (337)

    Zoe Ardelay receives astonishing and unwelcome news: she has been chosen to become the king's fifth wife. Forced to go to the royal city, she manages to slip away and hide on the shores of the mighty river. It's there that Zoe realizes she is a coru prime, ruled by the elemental sign of water. She must return to the palace, not as an unwilling bride for the king, but a woman with power in her own right.

    Katherine says: "Really pleasant"
    "Very good romantic fantasy"
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    I'm going to say the "bad" first - why does the narrator pronounce the name "Zoe" - the main character - as ZO? It's Zo-ee and always has been, whether it's spelled Zoe or Zoey. Hearing Zo Zo Zo throughout the book is really frustrating.

    That said, the narrator does a great job, I enjoyed listening to this very much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gladstone Bag: A Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Sarah Kelling's Aunt Emma leaps at the chance to stay at her old friend Adelaide's summer place, enjoying a quiet time repairing some stage jewelry while keeping an eye on the artists and writers who'll be occupying Adelaide's six guest cottages. On the ferry, Emma's Gladstone bag is temporarily stolen. Could someone have mistaken those junk jewels for real diamonds? She meets her guests-to-be who inform her they plan to dig for Pocapuk's legendary pirate treasure without having bothered to get Adelaide's permission. On the island, her bag is heisted again.

    Alison says: "Great performance, but a weak-ish plot"
    "Great performance, but a weak-ish plot"
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    The narrator gives a great performance, including singing a bit of Mad Margaret's song from Ruddigore with aplomb and skill. The mystery is one of Macleod's weaker efforts but the setting on a small Maine island is delightful, and it's always fun to see Cousin Theonia again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 'Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight' & 'Towser Shall Be Tied Tonight'

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By Rosa Hartwick Thorpe
    • Narrated By L. J. Stevens, Kevin Yancy, K. Anderson Yancy, and others
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight by Rosa Hartwick Thorpe: Through an act of heroism a woman saves her lover, who was destined to be executed in The Tower of London at the ringing of the curfew. Towser Shall Be Tied Tonight by Unknown: A Parody of Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight. Instead of taking place in the majestic and historic Tower of London, the story takes place on a farm in Kansas and the threat to Love is the dreaded dog Towser.

    Alison says: "Very peculiar recording"
    "Very peculiar recording"
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    I love the poem Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight with a kind of ironic fondness for its melodrama. So I bought this recording. First; there are multiple announcements for the website of the producing company. Why?
    Then, the production starts with 2 verses of Curfew, followed at once by 2 verses of Towser. Huh?
    Finally it starts all over again and you hear all of Curfew, then all of Towser (after another website announcement!)
    Once you really get to the poetry, it's ok though Towser is narrated in a most un-Kansas-like accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Henrietta Sees It Through: More News from the Home Front 1942-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joyce Dennys
    • Narrated By Kimberley Datnow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    World War II is now in its third year and although nothing can dent the unwavering patriotism of Henrietta and her friends, everyone in the Devonshire village has their anxious moments. Henrietta takes up weeding and plays the triangle in the local orchestra to take her mind off things; the indomitable Lady B, now in her late 70s, partakes in endless fund-raising events to distract herself from thoughts of life without elastic; and Faith, the village flirt, finds herself in the charming company of American GIs.

    Alison says: "One of my favorite books - but it's book 2 of 2!"
    "One of my favorite books - but it's book 2 of 2!"
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    This is a wonderful epistolary tale, about the home front during WW 2 in England's West Country. Henrietta is a doctor's wife, with a grown son and daughter both doing their bit for the war. Lady B is a great sympathetic character and Faith finally settles down.

    Book One, Henrietta's War, is unfortunately not available (yet) on Audible; that's where you meet the characters and get the setting for the books. I have read both books, but I think that someone coming fresh to the series might miss a bit, having only book 2 available.

    The reader does a very good job of presenting Henrietta's voice to us - I liked her cheerful sign off to each letter (your childhood's friend, Henrietta).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ladies of Mandrigyn

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Barbara Hambly
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Gifted with courage, strength, and the intelligence to know when to fight, Sun Wolf is the greatest mercenary in a land overrun by war. With his first lieutenant, Starhawk - a woman more deadly than any man - at his side, he has laid waste to countless cities, taking the best of their treasures for himself, and distributing the rest among his bloodthirsty crew.

    Alison says: "Is it a computer?"
    "Is it a computer?"
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    Where does Ladies of Mandrigyn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The plot of this book is one of my favorites - I'm so glad that Audible is bringing out some of Barbara Hambly's fine fantasies in audio (now where's Time of the Dark!)


    What three words best describe Teri Clark Linden’s performance?

    I found Ms Linden's performance oddly robotic. Each word is so clearly enunciated as to be almost a parody of text-to-speech. She does loosen up a bit later into the book but the pauses before unfamiliar words (Altiokis, Rind, etc.) break up the flow. It's too bad because her voice is pleasantly pitched and nice to listen to.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountain Overflows

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rebecca West
    • Narrated By Harriet Carmichael
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Rose Aubrey is one of a family of four children. Their father, Piers, is the disgraced son of an Irish landowning family, a violent, noble and quite unscrupulous leader of popular causes. His Scottish wife, Clare, is an artist, a tower of strength, fanatically devoted to a musical future for her daughters. This is the story of their life in south London, a life threatened by Piers's streak of tragic folly which keeps them on the verge of financial ruin and social disgrace....

    Alison says: "One of my favorite book - now in audio!"
    "One of my favorite book - now in audio!"
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    Would you listen to The Fountain Overflows again? Why?

    Yes. I've read this book many times and the audio is a great enhancement.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fountain Overflows?

    The scene in Kew Gardens, where the family deal with grief by enjoying the beauty of the lapageria vine.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where Rose and her mother visit Constance and Rosamund for the first time, with exciting results.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has so much depth - it's wonderful in its details about music and education; it's a great family story; everything I say is only one facet of the plot. Well worth reading and listening to!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3629)
    Performance
    (1123)
    Story
    (1133)

    When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

    Sherry says: "Thank You"
    "Wrong narrators..."
    Overall

    It would have been better to have Katherine Kellgren narrate The Last Leaf, with its 2 women characters, and to have one of the men narrate the story about Soapy. (And I didn't care for the way the narrator voiced Della in Gift of the Magi.) But it was a lovely present!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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