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Camsyn

Northeastern MN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 114 titles in library
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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2783)
    Performance
    (2485)
    Story
    (2471)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Excellent audiobook"
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    Would you listen to Speaks the Nightbird again? Why?

    This is a very long book, but is worth the time. It is technically excellent and doesn't leave a loose end or unanswered question.


    What other book might you compare Speaks the Nightbird to and why?

    I can't think of another book I have listened to that is as tight and sustains interest like this one over such a long reading time.


    What does Edoardo Ballerini bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love this narrator, and he is actually why I checked this out to begin with. He has an astounding command of voices and dialects. The best part of his performance is that one forgets that he is performing. He brings the characters to life so well.


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

    I found myself being educated in many of the ways of the characters daily lives.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic and wonderful book that increased my awareness of how hard life was for so many long ago.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mister Slaughter: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (917)
    Performance
    (839)
    Story
    (832)

    . Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York.

    Cheryl says: "Fantastic series!"
    "It's only a story, but leave the light on, ok?"
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    OMG, Matthew, what the heck were you thinking? You just know a chararcter with a name like Tyranthus Slaughter is not going to be a cream puff. This story is brutal, terrifying , and redeeming all in one. When the usually self assured, yet humble Matthew is so full of himself in the beginning, you know he will be taken down a few notches pretty soon. I really enjoy the way Mc Cammon portrays the Native Americans, twice now they have pulled Matthew's foolish butt out of the fire. This story is like the energizer bunny... just keeps going and going, sometimes it's so repulsive that you would like to turn it off, but you just can't- you need to know what happens! Very satisfying- as the first 2 books were. PS- Eduardo Bellerini is my favorite narrator, too

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1560)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1025)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "Nice escape"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie the most enjoyable?

    The humor, irony, and sarcasm throughout the book.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It did, but most of the time there seemed to be little real danger until near the end.


    What about Jayne Entwistle’s performance did you like?

    Her enthusiasm.


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

    Many parts made me laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (130)

    Tragedy and mental illness have been dark companions of Rae Newborn for more than 50 years. Her life seems to start rebuilding itself, though, when she moves to a deserted island to restore the house her mysterious great-uncle built in the 1920s. But Rae senses powerful forces stirring on the island. Is the skin-crawling feeling she has of someone watching her only in her mind, or has something disturbingly real taken notice of Rae?

    Amy says: "Enriched"
    "Slow burn, but it pays off."
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    What did you love best about Folly?

    It all made sense in the end- every word, every thought had a purpose.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Folly?

    The face -off in the window.


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but that voice of his was perfect for the atmosphere of this book.


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

    No, it moves along at a slower pace, but it's weaving its tapestry carefully.


    Any additional comments?

    Just keep listening; it's worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1969)
    Performance
    (1805)
    Story
    (1808)

    "Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

    Acacia says: "WHY WHY WHY"
    "Creepy little story"
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    If you could sum up Click-Clack the Rattlebag in three words, what would they be?

    Creepy little story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator; he's sooo naive.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Understatedly chilling.


    If you could take any character from Click-Clack the Rattlebag out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The narrator; he needs a talking to about putting kids to bed.


    Any additional comments?

    I saw it coming, but it was good anyway. Still kinda gives me the chills.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gutshot Straight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lou Berney
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (310)

    When Charles "Shake" Bouchon, professional wheel man, walks out of prison after a three-year stretch for grand theft auto, he's got only two problems: he's too nice a guy for the life he's led and not nice enough for any other. So he says yes when he's asked to run a simple errand for his former boss and lover, Alexandra Ilandryan, the formidable pakhan of the Armenian mob in Los Angeles.

    Richard Delman says: "A whole lotta fun."
    "Fun, fast ride"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent story, characters, and narration! Very enjoyable book. Keeps you guessing and laughing; a great time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1541)
    Performance
    (1334)
    Story
    (1333)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "Dark, dark, obsessive revenge"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's kind of a depressing , wierd story, so I would be very careful who I recommending it. better not be too squeamish.


    What other book might you compare The Keeper of Lost Causes to and why?

    I thought about the "Dragon Tattoo" books, because of the similsr sounding words, dark subject matter, etc, but it is totally different.


    What about Erik Davies’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was effective because I was unaware of him, the story was the star.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Some people never forgive, or forget.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cold Night for Alligators

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Nick Crowe
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    A thrilling Knopf New Face of Fiction debut, A Cold Night for Alligators takes the reader on a breathtaking ride through the seedy, sensual Florida Everglades, unravelling a mystery at the heart of which lies a devastating family secret.

    Camsyn says: "sublime story- good mystery- funny characters"
    "sublime story- good mystery- funny characters"
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    I really liked this story. The middle dragged on a bit, but it turned out to be very necessary. It's well written and well narrated. It's stars off quickly and keeps you guessing, but best of all it all get wrapped up in the end without those pesky loose ends. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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