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Lisa

San Diego, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4123)
    Performance
    (2109)
    Story
    (2155)

    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Teddy says: "You see growth in the Author"
    "Fabulous for all ages!"
    Overall

    The narration on this amazing book is excellent! I listened to this book while on an exercise bike, and increased to 1 hour a day because I wanted to hear what would happen next! It's a great listen for a long drive, as well.

    I would recommend this to any fantasy/sci-fi fan for a great adventure.

    The author doesn't talk down to the audience, and he has taken a character through a difficult changes with help from wise mentors and good friends. A good reminder for those of us on either side of that equation.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead of Night: The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Peter Lerangis
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    Amy and Dan have managed to rescue one of the Cahills kidnapped by the Vespers, but the remaining hostages are still in peril. Their search for the next ransom item leads Amy and Dan to Turkey and then to Italy where a visit to the site of an ancient disaster changes everything. The Vespers are far more dangerous than the siblings ever imagined and, even worse, it looks like they have an undercover mole posing as a Cahill. Amy and Dan have to face the biggest decision of their lives with nowhere to turn... and no one to trust.

    Christy Oxentenko says: "Disappointed"
    "Fun stuff!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is good for learning Geography - I keep hearing about places and end up looking them up on Google Earth.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Solid story, well laid out. There were times when I said to myself, "Really?" because the kids do a few things that are dumb that make the story a bit more predictable. However, the backstory with the Dad is great.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    David Pittu is one of the best. The voices are very distinctive, and easy to listen to. Also, the production is top notch. Some audiobooks have obvious cuts and pops, and the sound quality can be rough, but not so with this company. The clarity and even the music are both perfect for this reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Elephant: Discworld #24

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (1186)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (605)

    Sam Vines is a man on the run. Yesterday he was a duke, a chief of police, and ambassador to the mysterious, fat-rich country of Uberwald. Now he has nothing but his native wit and the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya. And if he can't make it through the forest to civilization, there's going to be a terrible war. But there are monsters on his trail. They're werewolves - and they're catching up. Sam Vines is out of time and already out of breath...

    Michael says: "Discworld: Worth Visiting Again and Again"
    "Excellent book, a few odd bits in the recording"
    Overall

    I thought my iPod was going bad, and played this again on my computer. For instance, on the second half at 4:32:37ish, the sentence has been oddly patched. There are a few of these hiccups throughout, which can be a bit distracting. Otherwise, Stephen Briggs does a great job of reading, and I get even more out of the audible books than reading them (and I've read all the Pratchett books- they're that good.) There's laugh out loud bits, searing wisdom, and a better than average mystery story in a fantasy setting. A great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (3555)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Rob says: "We waited for this?"
    "Not the best but by far not the worst"
    Overall

    There are times when this book moves a bit more slowly and didactically than I liked, but it was still great escapist material. I enjoyed the ride through places in D.C. that I've visited, and it was a fun book overall.

    I would not compare it to previous books, as this is hardly fair. On it's own, it is a good book with consistent characters that are painstakingly developed. The description was similar to seeing something in a movie, so I suspect this is going to be made into a film at some point. There are a few times when the description takes on more than it needs to, however.

    Overall I would still recommend this book. Fun to listen to on the way to and from work and an interesting choice of subjects after the directions taken with "Angels and Demons" and "The Da Vinci Code."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Lisa says: "Charming"
    "Charming"
    Overall

    I am a fan. This book started with a genuine, unique character, and kept building from there. The story was evenly wound with interesting twists into life in Botswana. I found that I had guessed some of the plot, however this didn't seem to bother me. I was cheering by the ending sentence, and am buying others in this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Badlands

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Peter Bowen
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    The cult members keep to themselves, but the suspicious circumstances under which they arrived have Gabriel Du Pre questioning their motives and seeking answers. He soon learns from a friend in the FBI that seven of the cult's recently defected members were killed, each shot to death, but no arrests have been made. Then another shooting occurs at the perimeter of the ranch, and Du Pre finds himself blindly searching for a killer, an explanation for the murders, and the identity of the cult's elusive leader.

    Amazon Customer says: "One of my longtime favorites"
    "Good enough"
    Overall

    This book is a good light read. It's got some foul language that passes for realism, and is read with your "typical" pan-Indian accent. That being said, it has a story line that picks up after about 1/2 of the book, and it gets the feel of the modern "old west" down pretty well. The narrator should be applauded for moving the story along during times when the story was rather slow.

    I listened to this while traveling through the Badlands, and really wished that Brown could take a page from Hillerman and incorporate more of the local color and environment. Still, if you're looking for a mystery that is pretty straight forward, this will fit the bill.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Gold

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By David Purdham
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    National Underwater Marine Agency crew leader Kurt Austin is investigating the deaths of rare whales on the Mexican coast. Meanwhile, in South America's lush hills, a NUMA crew turns up a white goddess legend - and a murderous cadre of bio-pirates intent on stealing medicinal secrets worth millions. Soon Austin and his crew realize they're working the opposite ends of the same grand scheme - a plot to monopolize the earth's depleted fresh-water reserves and dominate the world.

    Glen Phipps says: "Abridged??? Cussler???"
    "Summer Fun!"
    Overall

    This is definitely on the lighter side of mystery adventure entertainment. Great for listening on the exercise bike, this one distracted me as I worked out. Although I enjoy the Dirk Pitt series a lot, this NUMA files series is a nice side jaunt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8120)
    Performance
    (3266)
    Story
    (3327)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Absolutely Fantastic"
    Overall

    The reading is perfect. The narrator sounds exactly like I would imagine the characters! The story moves at a very even pace, and is beautifully written.

    I would recommend this to middle school and older, and all fantasy/sci-fi fans. The world the author creates is richly depicted, and the characters are fully developed.

    It's a great story for a long drive, and will keep both young and old entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Education of Little Tree

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Forrest Carter
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    This tale about the upbringing of a half-Native American boy has sparked much debate over whether or not it is fact or fiction as well as over the author's motivations for writing it. Nevertheless, The Education of Little Tree remains one of this century's most beloved stories. It recounts, in autobiographical form, the story of a boy, Forrest, who was orphaned at the age of 5 and left to be raised by his Cherokee grandparents. The grandparents gave him the Indian name of Little Tree, and provided him with a rich and inspiring education. This wise and beautiful tale unfolds with a unique blend of American simplicity and spiritual profundity, and, whatever its origin, it leaves a profound, lasting impression on the listener.

    Tom says: "Good but abridged"
    "A three Kleenex Story"
    Overall

    This is a beautiful story, with both very happy and very sad passages. Bring your Kleenex box!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wee Free Men: Discworld Childrens, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1335)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (502)

    Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnapped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk's local Nac Mac Feegle, aka the Wee Free Men, a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny.

    Richard says: "First Sight and Second Thoughts"
    "Another Pratchett Hit!"
    Overall

    Okay, I'm a fan. But, this surpassed my expectations! The reading was clear and the story is fun and carries Pratchett's usual social commentary. The Wee Free Men are sometimes a bit difficult to understand (the Scottish accent is well done, no further explanation needed.)

    All in all, this is a great book for middle school and older, and is a fun romp.

    Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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