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Christopher

Orlando, FL, United States

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  • Escape Velocity

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Anah Crow, Dianne Fox
    • Narrated By Charles Carr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    Linguist Elios Campbell is thrilled to be granted flight time in a Colonial Guard fighter jet, until he catches sight of his pilot. Spending time with Sender Kinnison holds even more appeal than the flight itself.

    Steve says: "This could be the first of a great series!"
    "Great Narrator!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Escape Velocity to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but I had already listened to the authors other audiobook, which was a disappointment. So, I was happily surprised after taking a chance with this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Quite simply, the narration. The story was different and the characters interesting. But the narrator Charles Carr is so very talented and engaging that he made everything better.


    What about Charles Carr’s performance did you like?

    Charles Carr's performance is immediately engaging. His characterizations sound right, and he makes both the lovers accessible and empathetic. The love scenes are passionate and real.


    Who was the most memorable character of Escape Velocity and why?

    Sender is a very likeable character with surprising depth. I couldn't help caring about his happiness. Even though we meet Elios first and are set up to see things through his perspective at first, Sender quickly became the one I cared about more. His character goes through more changes and therefore he gains more depth and real empathy.


    Any additional comments?

    I am VERY disappointed that there are no other books narrated by Charles Carr currently available at audible! Obviously, the narrator can make (or break) a book, especially in this particular genre. I hope more of this narrator's work becomes available soon.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Brook Street: Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ava March
    • Narrated By Charlie Belmont
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (155)

    One night to determine once and for all if he truly preferred men. But the last thing Lord Benjamin Parker expected to find in a questionable gambling hall in Cheapside is a gorgeous young man who steals his heart. Cavin Fox has done it many times - select a prime mark, distract him with lust, and leave his pockets empty. Yet when Cavin slips away under the cover of darkness, the only part of Benjamin he leaves untouched is his pockets. With a taste of his fantasies fulfilled, Benjamin wants more than one night with Cavin. But convincing the elusive young man to give them a chance proves difficult.

    LadyT says: "Better than expected."
    "A Beautiful Regency Fairy Tale."
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    If you could sum up Brook Street: Thief in three words, what would they be?

    Easy to enjoy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The thief was a very empathetic character, easy to care about.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The kitchen scene was a very satisfying and romantic resolution.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the second and third books in the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maurice

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By E.M. Forster
    • Narrated By Peter Firth
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (85)

    Maurice is born into a privileged way of life, conforming to social conventions, yet he finds himself increasingly attracted to his own sex. Through Clive, a Cambridge friend, and Alec, the gamekeeper, he experiences a sexual awakening.

    Christopher says: "Finally!!! It's past time!"
    "Finally!!! It's past time!"
    Overall

    I had an old recording of Maurice on cassette many years ago and adored it. Finally, this intelligent and moving novel is available again at Audible, and I couldn't be more satisfied with this new recording.

    Maurice is a very literate and thoroughly enjoyable novel concerning same-sex love among an intolerant and hypocritical society. The rather poetic descriptions of Maurice's inner life as he stumbles about in self-discovery are just as accurate and appropriate today as ever.

    The scathing humor in Forster's more famous novels is properly not as apparent in Maurice, as its subject matter was obviously a more personal one for the author. The fact that the book wasn't published until after Forster's death lends a definite eloquence to the story. During his lifetime, the novel was shared only among his closest friends.

    Peter Firth, a great actor, gives a measured performance that is perfectly suited to Forster's style. The romantic aspect of the story is that much more powerful because the narration is restrained. Forster is so honest and matter-of-fact, purposely dry because his subject is so very affecting.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Daughter of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Josephine Tey
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (225)

    Confined to a hospital bed, Scotland Yard's Inspector Alan Grant is bored. To divert his attention from his pain, a friend brings him pictures of faces. He becomes engrossed with the portrait of Richard III. How is it possible that such a sensitive-appearing soul could have been portrayed as the odious villain, the Wicked Uncle of history, responsible for the murder of his young nephews, heirs to the British throne, in order to secure the line of succession for himself?

    Sheila says: "very interesting"
    "More Josephine Tey, please!"
    Overall

    I was very happy to see a Josephine Tey mystery made available on audio! And Derek Jacobi is a real treat to listen to! But, I do agree with an earlier reviewer who questioned the choice of this particular novel for a first audiobook. I can only hope that more Inspector Grant mysteries become available very soon!!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Rites: The Dresden Files, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5062)
    Performance
    (3795)
    Story
    (3790)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, takes on a case as a favor to his friend Thomas - a vampire of dubious integrity - only to become the prime suspect in a series of ghastly murders.

    Karin W. says: "another terrific installment in the series..."
    "James Marsters and Jim Butcher: A perfect match!!"
    Overall

    I'm very glad all of the Dresden Files novels finally have been published in audio!! James Marsters is better than ever in Blood Rites, very funny and quite convincing with all of the various characterizations. Blood Rites features some very satisfying character revelations; and I've come to really care about Harry and those he cares about.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Radio Crimes: Cadfael: Monk's Hood

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Philip Madoc
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    After the violence of civil war in the spring, Shrewsbury has enjoyed a quiet summer and a good harvest. But, as Cadfael reflects ruefully, such a peaceful state of affairs cannot be expected to last. He's right. The trouble begins when Gervase Bonel, rich lord of the manor, proposes to sign all his property over to the Abbey. A welcome gift, but when Bonel is found poisoned, foul play is suspected somewhere along the line.

    Christopher says: "Can't get enough of Cadfael!!"
    "Can't get enough of Cadfael!!"
    Overall

    The BBC Radio adaptations of Ellis Peters' Cadfael mysteries make for great listening! The top-notch cast is very engaging and features exquisite narration by Michael Hordern. Philip Madoc as Cadfael is excellent, even for those of us who have enjoyed Derek Jacobi in the British TV series adaptations.
    Though Monk's Hood is one of my favorites, I'm certainly hoping very much for more of the BBC Radio Cadfael mysteries to become available.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Princeps' Fury: Codex Alera, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2601)
    Performance
    (1666)
    Story
    (1687)

    Tavi of Calderon, now recognized as Princeps Gaius Octavian and heir to the crown, has achieved a fragile alliance with Alera's oldest foes, the savage Canim. But when Tavi and his legions guide the Canim safely to their lands, his worst fears are realized. The dreaded Vord - the enemy of Aleran and Cane alike - have spent the last three years laying waste to the Canim homeland. And when the Alerans are cut off from their ships, they find themselves with no choice but to fight shoulder to shoulder if they are to survive.

    Christopher says: "Great Book. Fantastic Narrator. Engrossing Series."
    "Great Book. Fantastic Narrator. Engrossing Series."
    Overall

    The best so far of this great series, expertly narrated by Kate Reading (I was already a fan of hers from The Wheel of Time series). This fifth book was so generous and satisfying that by the end I feared for a moment that it was the final book. Of course that's not the case, and I'm really looking forward to First Lord's Fury, due to come out near the end of the year!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9096)
    Performance
    (4807)
    Story
    (4879)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Looking Forward to More!!!"
    Overall

    The Dune series is widely considered the greatest science-fiction adventure ever written. Having read the first book a few times, I'm very happy to see that they have produced an audiobook of Dune with several narrators. It's a satisfying compromise between one narrator and a full cast dramatization. I'm even happier that they seem to be producing the entire series. If they do I will be purchasing every volume.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5014)
    Performance
    (1533)
    Story
    (1554)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "Wondrously entertaining!! Great cast!"
    Overall

    The production quality of the entire series is superb! The cast is perhaps the most well-appointed I've ever heard; every actor sounds perfect in his or her role! Lyra and Mrs. Coulter are particularly convincing and engaging!
    This first volume will definitely leave you wanting to move on to the next right away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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