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Alice

Columbus, OH, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1418)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (648)

    In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

    Darwin8u says: "A NEAR Perfect Novel."
    "The Thousand Autoumns of Jacob de Zoet"
    Overall

    This book is set in old Japan when the Dutch were trading. I enjoyed it and will warn the reader that it moves a bit slower than some audiobooks that I have read.

    I would probably have given it 5 stars but something is wrong in the third part and it repeats.

    I also don't know if it is the fault of the author or if the audio book has skipped some chapters because it seems to have all the loose ends pull together in one chapter which I found to be quite sudden. Otherwise, I did enjoy the book, except for these problems.

    35 of 47 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2630)
    Performance
    (1460)
    Story
    (1465)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Wonderful Read"
    Overall

    I am a huge fans of Bryce Courtenay's books and this book followed by Tandia is no exception. (I did not make begin with this series but began with the Australia series.) Humphrey Bower is an exceptionally talented narrator and after listening to Mr. Bower there are few others who are as talented on audible. In fact, I always have to remind myself when listening to another book that I should not compare the narrator to Bower's narrative abilities. I wish he was used more often to narrate books on this site. He is multi-faceted and the characters are brought to life with his voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • His Majesty's Dragon: Temeraire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1353)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (743)

    When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo - an unhatched dragon egg - fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle.

    Janet says: "Dragon Riders of Pern meet Master and Commander"
    "Temeraire"
    Overall

    Great story and wonderful narration by Simon Vance. I look forward to more in this series!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Throne of Jade: Temeraire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (784)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (443)

    When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon's egg, Captain Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain's Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle. But now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands, and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast.

    Nicholas says: "fast forward part 2"
    "Temeraire"
    Overall

    Great story and wonderful narration by Simon Vance. I look forward to more in this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Powder War: Temeraire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (354)

    After their fateful adventure in China, Captain Will Laurence of His Majesty's Aerial Corps and his extraordinary dragon, Temeraire, are waylaid by a mysterious envoy bearing urgent new orders from Britain. Three valuable dragon eggs have been purchased from the Ottoman Empire, and Laurence and Temeraire must detour to Istanbul to escort the precious cargo back to England. Time is of the essence if the eggs are to be borne home before hatching.

    Margaret says: "really enjoyed the book"
    "Temeraire"
    Overall

    Simon Vance as narrator does not disppoint and the series by Naomi Novik is very good!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Empire of Ivory: Temeraire, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (306)

    Tragedy has struck His Majesty's Aerial Corps, whose magnificent fleet of fighting dragons and their human captains valiantly defend England's shores against the encroaching armies of Napoleon Bonaparte. An epidemic of unknown origin and no known cure is decimating the noble dragons' ranks, forcing the hopelessly stricken into quarantine. Now, only Temeraire and a pack of newly recruited dragons remain uninfected; they stand as the only means of an airborne defense against France's ever-bolder sorties.

    Ethan M. says: "So you've made it to book four..."
    "Temeraire"
    Overall

    Simon Vance as narrator does not disppoint and the series by Naomi Novik is very good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tongues of Serpents: Temeraire, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (328)

    A dazzling blend of military history, high-flying fantasy, and edge-of-your-seat adventure, Naomi Novik’s Temeraire novels, set in an alternate Napoleonic era in which intelligent dragons have been harnessed as weapons of war, are more than just perennial bestsellers—they are a worldwide phenomenon. Now, in Tongues of Serpents, Naomi Novik is back, along with the dragon Temeraire and his rider and friend, Capt. Will Laurence.

    Shelly says: "Didn't drop the excitement for me"
    "Temeraire"
    Overall

    I love the Temeraire series and the performance of narrator Simon Vance. I look forward to more from Naomi Novik.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Victory of Eagles: Temeraire, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (304)

    It is a grim time for the dragon Temeraire. On the heels of his mission to Africa, seeking the cure for a deadly contagion, he has been removed from military service - and his captain, Will Laurence, has been condemned to death for treason. For Britain, conditions are grimmer still: Napoleon's resurgent forces have breached the Channel and successfully invaded English soil.

    Karin W. says: "Excellent story, but the audio files are truncated"
    "Temeraire"
    Overall

    I love the Temeraire series and the performance of narrator Simon Vance. I look forward to more from Naomi Novik.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1198)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (721)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "Where was the editor?"
    Overall

    I have loved the Clan of the Cave Bear series and looked forward to this book. I can only echo what the other reviewers are stating as negative about the book and ask another question: Where was the editor for this book? Surely, Crown Publishers employs editors? The backstory and repitition was overwhelming. Since Ms. Auel is a bestselling published author it seems Crown has let everything slide. Even published authors need editors especially after 31 years. Too bad because the series was a remarkable one.

    4 of 4 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
    (1132)

    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"
    "Thank you Audible"
    Overall

    Thank you Audible! Very thoughtful and classy of you to reward members this way! I will enjoy listening. Merry Christmas!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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