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Coryn

Sandy Bay, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (533)

    When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it, until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance.

    Joey says: "Second best book series in print"
    "An unique adventure for older children and adults."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As an adult I really enjoyed this adventure. It moved quickly and I didn't want to stop listening.
    The characters are very charming. Images of Gregor, the "hard done by" but brave young boy, and Boots in her backpack with her diaper needing changing were really endearing.

    Paul Boehmer was excellent as narrator. I loved his portrayal of the patriarch Vikus, the cunning laconic Ripred and the unforgettable cockroaches. I wanted to run around quoting "Be She the Princess, Be She".

    A cautionary note though, it is possible that a child may have a bad experience listening to a story of giant bats, spiders and cockroaches. Giant evil spiders may not be everyones remedy to good dreams.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1360)
    Performance
    (1020)
    Story
    (1015)

    Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

    connie says: "the best of both Holmes"
    "In the tradition..."
    Overall

    I loved this audio book. It was a perfect example in the tradition of Sherlock Holmes. Certain facts of the Ripper killings were blended seamlessly in a Sherlock Holmes style novel.
    Simon Vance as narrator was superb. He sounded like Sherlock, and like Dr. Watson and didn't do bad women's voices. Great regional accents.
    You won't regret listening to this...you will think you are listening to Sherlock and Dr. Watson in person.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jane Borodale
    • Narrated By Annie Aldington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    It is 1752. As winter approaches, two guilty secrets drive 17-year-old Agnes Trussel to run away from her home in rural Sussex. Pregnant with an unwanted child and carrying stolen coins, she is shocked by the squalor of London. She finds work as an assistant to a firework-maker, John Blacklock. Soon she meets Cornelius Soul, seller of gunpowder, and hatches a plan which could save her. But why does Blacklock disapprove of Mr Soul? And what is Blacklock hiding from her?

    Coryn says: "A dark and beautiful story"
    "A dark and beautiful story"
    Overall

    When I started listening to this book, I felt the tone so dreary and monotone that I wondered how long I would last. But I became totally absorbed with Agnes and her view of the world in early 18th century. It is a beautiful story that exists in a dark and gloomy world. I have loved the experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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