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Heather

DE PERE, WI, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • At the Back of the North Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By George MacDonald
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    This is the story of the mystical travels of Diamond, a coachman's son, through distant lands and strange events while riding on the back of the beautiful North Wind.

    Heather says: "Great story"
    "Great story"
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    What did you love best about At the Back of the North Wind?

    Imaginative and beautiful poetry


    Any additional comments?

    The only reason I didn't give the narrator 5 stars is that she faltered a bit on the poetry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Something Fresh

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    The one thing that could be expected to disturb the peace of life at Blandings is the incursion of imposters. Blandings has imposters like other houses have mice. On this occasion there are two of them--both intent on a dangerous enterprise.

    Beverly says: "So That's Where "Upstairs, Downstairs" Came From!"
    "Great Story. Well Read. but. . ."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The only thing wrong with this is that the quality of the recording is poor. The reader does a fantastic job, but the sound is as if this were copied from a worn tape.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Confusion: Books Four & Five of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Katherine Kellgren, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (310)

    In the year 1689, a cabal of Barbary galley slaves, including one “Half-Cocked Jack” Shaftoe, devises a daring plan to win freedom and fortune. A great adventure ensues that will place the intrepid band at odds with the mighty and the mad, with alchemists, Jesuits, great navies, pirate queens, and vengeful despots across vast oceans and around the globe.

    Mr says: "The Confusion"
    "Great Book! Be careful which version you download."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Confusion the most enjoyable?

    I listened to the version with 4 segments and the quality was great. When I downloaded the entire book in one part, the final 7 hours, 39 min are MISSING from the download. I tried it twice.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5265)
    Performance
    (4888)
    Story
    (4883)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Best Dresden Book Yet"
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    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    I don't want to be a spoiler!


    What other book might you compare Cold Days to and why?

    "Summer Knight" which WAS my favorite book in the series until now.


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

    No, two.


    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (850)
    Performance
    (620)
    Story
    (628)

    After a whirlwind romance and a honeymoon in Italy, the innocent young heroine and the dashing Maxim de Winter return to his country estate, Manderley. But the unsettling memory of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, still lingers within. The timid bride must overcome her husband's oppressive silences and the sullen history of the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, to confront the emotional horrors of the past.

    P. Wade Thompson says: "A Great Listen"
    "Audible needs another rating category"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rebecca to be better than the print version?

    No.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The protagonist's frequent flights of fancy and her overactive imagination.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Anna Massey?

    Yes. The narrator was fine, but the technical quality of the reading was poor. It's as if the work was taken from an old and worn out taped copy. The skips and halts were a bit distracting.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No spoilers! Yes, there was, but I'm not spoiling the story! :)


    Any additional comments?

    Buy a different reading of this. The story is great, the narrator was fine, but the technical quality of this recording is poor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Edwin Abbott
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    Abbott used the fictional two-dimensional world of Flatland to offer pointed observations on the social hierarchy of Victorian culture. However, the novella's more enduring contribution is its examination of dimensions, for which the novella is still popular amongst mathematics, physics, and computer science students. Several films have been made from the story, including a feature film in 2007 called Flatland. Other efforts have been short or experimental films, including one narrated by Dudley Moore and a short film with Martin Sheen titled Flatland: The Movie.

    Darwin8u says: "Upward, not Northward"
    "Great Story, Terrible Narrator"
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    What made the experience of listening to Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions the most enjoyable?

    The story is fantastic! I love stories which expand the imagination and encourage the reader to consider the world from different perspectives.


    What other book might you compare Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions to and why?

    It may seem strange, but I couldn't help thinking of Lewis' "The Great Divorce" because both books encourage on to stretch the imagination and consider possibilities from perspectives not usually presented. It's as if the authors have found new scenic overlooks which offer the viewer a new and greater perspective.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Alan Munro’s performances?

    His voice is pleasant, but I found it frustrating to hear him say "thirty-two" or "thirty-three" when he should have said, "three squared" and "three cubed". He didn't know how to read mathematical notation.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, but I'd try a different narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Peta Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Persuasion, Jane Austen's final novel, follows the romance of Anne Elliot and naval officer Frederick Wentworth. They were happily engaged until Anne's friend, Lady Russell, persuaded her that Frederick was "unworthy". Now, eight years later, Frederick returns, a wealthy captain in the navy, while Anne's family teeters on the edge of bankruptcy. They still love each other, but their past mistakes threaten to keep them apart.

    M. Blackstock says: "Worst version imaginable"
    "Great Story, Terrible Reader"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    NO. The reader spoke in monotone, ignored punctuation, and mispronounced MANY words. It was frustrating to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Persuasion?

    Of COURSE, it's the LETTER!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader was just terrible. The whole book felt like one sentence full of mispronounced words. For one example, shew is pronounced like show, but the reader kept pronouncing it like shoe.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The LETTER, it's the LETTER from Captain Wentworth to Anne!


    Any additional comments?

    I'll probably buy a different audio version of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas Nickleby

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Nicholas Nickleby combines comedy and tragedy in a tale of triumph over adversity. Nickleby succeeds despite social injustice, in a story that mirrors Dickens' own rise from poverty to great success.

    Richard says: "Wonderful tale, wonderful reader"
    "Amazing book and excellent reader!"
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    If you could sum up Nicholas Nickleby in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, captivating, entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    Some of the vivid characters


    Which character – as performed by Alex Jennings – was your favorite?

    John Browdie, followed closely by Mr. Mantalini. AMAZING!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried. The book was fabulous!


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss this one! I can't believe it took me so many years to finally read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Mirth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Lisa Lindsley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton examines conflicts between rigid social expectation and personal desire. Lily Bart is adept at playing society's games, which expect her to achieve an advantageous marriage. Torn between her desire for luxurious living and a relationship based on mutual respect and love, she manages to sabotage all her possible chances for a wealthy marriage.

    Barbara says: "Uncountable Pronunciation Errors"
    "Great story, poor narrator with nice voice"
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    Would you listen to The House of Mirth again? Why?

    I've read the book a few times and love it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy Edith Wharton's exploration of human nature in her characters. She pulls no punches in showing the strengths and weaknesses in all of her characters and doesn't resort to stereotype.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator mispronounced many words and I found that annoying. She has a very nice voice, though!


    Any additional comments?

    Read the book! It's my favorite by Wharton.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Devices and Desires

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Commander Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard has just published a new book of poems, and has taken a brief respite from publicity on remote Larksoken headland on the Norfolk coast. But he cannot so easily escape murder. A psychopathic strangler of young women is at large in Norfolk, and getting nearer to Larksoken with every killing. When murder reaches the headland one moonlit night, Dalgliesh finds himself involved in a particularly horrible crime, and in the tangled emotions and motives of the suspects.

    Nina says: "keep on tickin'"
    "Needs a technical rework?"
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    What made the experience of listening to Devices and Desires the most enjoyable?

    I have read and enjoyed all the Adam Dalgliesh stories. It's nice to listen to them again while I'm working.


    What three words best describe Michael Jayston’s voice?

    Smooth, rich, distinctive


    Any additional comments?

    The quality of the audio is poor. I have most of the other Adam Dalgliesh books on audio and they're fine, but the volume on this one doesn't remain stable. Several times I had to turn the volume up and up as the audio grew so quiet I could hardly hear it even when my stereo or ipod was turned up to full volume, then the volume would quite suddenly kick back in. It's a bit shocking when I'm listening as I'm driving. Perhaps this could be fixed in your system?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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