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Haymarket, VA, USA | Member Since 2004

  • 4 reviews
  • 553 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Sometimes it clicks"

    I've listened to well over a hundred audio books over the last few years and have noticed that once in awhile, the reader simply manages to become the character. Most of the readers are good, but every so often, reader and character click and something special results. Grover Gardner reading David Rosenfelt's books, David Aaron Baker reading Dean Koontz's "Odd Thomas", Johanna Parker's perfect embodiment of Sookie Stackhouse in the Charlaine Harris books, and perhaps most of all, Katherine Kellgren as Jacky Faber in L.A. Meyer's "Bloody Jack." A perfect fit, a marvelous story, a wonderful performance. The story is excellent, but even if it were not, the performance itself would be worth hearing. This is the first performance by Katherine Kellgren I've heard, it will not be the last. Full marks for author and narrator.

    40 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • Captains Courageous (Dramatized)

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Full Cast

    This exciting full-cast presentation is like nothing you've ever heard before! Adventure begins on the sea as a spoiled rich boy falls from an ocean liner. Rescued by fisherman, an exciting journey of discovery begins as the boy sails the open seas, learning about friendship and the rewards of hard work.

    Terry says: "Great story horribly done"
    "Great story horribly done"

    I listened to a Books on Tape production of this story years and years ago. It was wonderful. I listened to about 10 minutes of this one and that's all I could take. Worst audio book production I've heard.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Study

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

    A says: "Fantasy, with a touch of romance."
    "Story is a 3 - 3.5, voice is a 2"

    I endorse Scott's Dec 16th review.

    The plot and story line are good, but not great. The prose is no better than average. I thought the narrator's voice clashed with and detracted greatly from the book. Sometimes the voice and character are a perfect match as in Odd Thomas, and sometimes they simply don't work well, as in this book. Reading this one might be a better choice.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    No one could have imagined Odd Thomas ever leaving the quirky comfort of Pico Mundo. Yet leave it he has, for a monastery. But Odd has a knack for finding trouble no matter where he goes, and a killer is stalking the ancient holy halls. Odd is about to meet an enemy who eclipses any he has yet encountered.

    Travelgirl says: "Odds are you will LOVE this book!!!"
    "Oddly disappointing"

    You loved the first book, thought the second was a real let down and are hoping the third time brings the series back up to the standard of the first book. Right? Sorry. It doesn't.

    Too cute, trying too hard to be funny, crowned with a pathetic ending that makes it seem like Mr. Kootz just got tired of writing or was up against a holiday deadline. It is better than the second, slightly, and David Aaron Baker is excellent as he always is, but Brother Odd is a long way from being as good as Odd Thomas. Sadly, with a little work, the bones of a good book were there, but just the bones.

    I'd say give it a miss except that almost anything read by Mr. Baker is worth listening to.His performance is the only bright spot in an otherwise gloomy offering.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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