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Bonita

Exeter, CA, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 9 reviews
  • 374 ratings
  • 584 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • The Ruby in the Smoke: Sally Lockhart Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (182)

    In search of clues to the mystery of her father's death, 16-year-old Sally Lockhart ventures into the shadowy underworld of Victorian London. Pursued by villains at every turn, the intrepid Sally finally uncovers two dark mysteries, and realizes that she herself is the key to both.

    Bonita says: "A Must Read For All Ages"
    "A Must Read For All Ages"
    Overall

    This is an incredibly fun listen. I am 51 years young and can recommend this book to anyone who loves a great mystery with characters you want to get to know read/performed with mastery on a par with Nigel Planer of Discworld fame ... this book is for you. I highly recommend it to anyone from 8 to 80!

    38 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12415)
    Performance
    (10850)
    Story
    (10892)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "So NOT Worth The Wait"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    Roy Dotrice ... for sure. G.R.R.M. - will wait for the HBO version. I had to listen to the previous books twice again while waiting for this train wreck. Thanks for nothing, George.


    Has A Dance with Dragons turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    Tyrean


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1246)
    Performance
    (750)
    Story
    (745)

    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"
    "Bloody FABULOUS!!!!"
    Overall

    I am a 57 year-old female and I am LOVING this series. Everything you could want in a book and more. Clearly this author knows and loves all of the classics, as well as the Shirley Temple movies. The performer, for that is what she is, is quite possibly the best I've heard in the 7 years I've been downloading books from Audible. A must-listen for young and not-so-young alike. Bravo!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tishomingo Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Things are going along okay with Dennis' gig at the Tishomingo Lodge & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, "the Casino Capital of the South", until the day he looks down from the high-dive platform and witnesses a mob hit, Dixie style.

    Laure says: "Classic Leonard"
    "First Time Leonard Lemon"
    Overall

    I am a huge Ellmore Leonard fan. I both read and listen to his books. This is the first to disappoint. Lackluster characters and not the usual grab from either the plot or the characters. I don't recommend this listen and I never thought I'd write that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4793)
    Performance
    (1679)
    Story
    (1687)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Slow starter ..."
    Overall

    ... with a compelling buildup to an excellent finish. I enjoyed both readers/performers and thought each clearly depicted their characters. It was those performances which sustained my "antsiness" for something to happen until it did. I would recommend this listen to those who are patient, but not to those who are not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nick of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ted Bell
    • Narrated By John Shea
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    Ted Bell's Nick of Time is an epic adventure story starring young Nick McIver, who uses a time machine to rescue two young children taken prisoner by pirates. Along the way, with courageous feats of derring-do, not to mention his resourcefulness, our young hero - "the most reliable boy in England" - changes the course of events in two time periods, the Napoleonic Wars and World War II.

    A User says: "It's like the good guys always win!!"
    "Fast Paced - Exciting"
    Overall

    I am a 55 year-young woman who loved this book. This is the first listen/read for me by this author and I was not disappointed. The story started like a movie which grips you from the first scene. I recommend this book with much enthusiasm.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Reliquary: Pendergast, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2451)
    Performance
    (1539)
    Story
    (1532)

    Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation.

    Anastasia says: "Should have made this one into a movie..."
    "More of the same"
    Overall

    These books are all starting to sound the same to me. The stories are not different enough (from Relic to Reliquary) to interest me enough to listen to the rest of this book. I like Special Agent Pendergast and would like to see him have more presence as as does in later books. Sorry ... not for me.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (173)

    What does Cain, history's greatest villain, have to do with Superman, the world's greatest hero? And what do two murders, committed thousands of years apart, have in common? This is the mystery at the heart of Brad Meltzer's riveting and utterly intriguing new thriller.

    Jeremy says: "Don't Bother."
    "Too long to plot"
    Overall

    While this book and author both got great reviews, etc. and I am a fan of Scott Brick, this story just did not grab me until 2 hours before the end. The sub-plot, once gotten to, was interesting enough to carry the entire book had it been presented sooner.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (417)

    This adventure transports Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson to Amarna, the rustic desert site where the two archaeologists first met, beginning the 13-year association that would take them from mayhem to murder in the Egyptian outback.

    Molly says: "Great Series, Greatest Narrator"
    "BRING BACK SUSAN O'MALLEY"
    Overall

    While I did initially wish that this series was read with a British acccent, by the middle of the second book Ms. O'Malley had, in my opinion, captured the nature of Ms. Peters' characters perfectly. Her syntax and pacing are excellent. By the 6th book I did not even notice whether or not the accent was British and felt as though I were with old friends who had me on the edge of my seat or rolling with laughter, particularly Ramses. I am only into the 9th chapter with the new narrator and I am sad to say that it is now a chore to listen to this story. While she is undoubtedly very well spoken, I get the feeling that Ms. Rosenblatt did not even give a cursory listen to Ms. O'Malley's representation of the characters, or even read the book before "narrating" it. The characters are now stuffy and stodgy; sounding 20 years older than they are. She reads so slowly that it is an effort to listen and the pause between sentences and/or paragraphs is painfully long. I love this series and these characters but am disinclined to listen to any more of the Amelia Peobody Series as narrated by Ms. Rosenblatt. narration. I will more likely than not, read rather than listen to the remainder of the series. To change readers this late in the series was NOT a good decision. Please re-record books 7 forward with Susan O'Malley doing the reading as I would truly rather listening to the rest of the series.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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