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Cynthia

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Independence, OH, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (103)

    The faerie Magpie Windwitch, granddaughter of the West Wind, flies over the ocean with her small flock of crows. Ill-advised sailors all too often open bottles floating near their ships, and Magpie has vowed to recapture the devils released upon the world from their sea-borne containers. But there is one bottle in which a great menace was trapped by the ancient Djinn King, and when this bottle is opened, the evil of the Blackbringer threatens to engulf the world.

    April says: "Splendid!"
    "A delightful new world"
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    If you could sum up Faeries of Dreamdark in three words, what would they be?

    Brave, fierce and loving.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the relationship between Magpie and her Crow Brothers and I thought the dialog was excellent.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    She was perfect as every character. I loved her when she was playing one of the Crows.


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

    Yes, but it took two.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my favorite fantasy world since I stepped through the wardrobe into Narnia.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Gotham

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (446)

    It is 1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.... Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, fantasizing about the day he has enough money to win the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this new "police force".

    Joanne says: "A wonderful book"
    "History Comes to Life"
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    If you could sum up The Gods of Gotham in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Bold, Suspenseful


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way the author created the sights, smells and personalities of New York in the 1840's. The city was a character in this book.


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

    His reading created the characters. His voices for all characters were believable and they were a very diverse group!


    If you could rename The Gods of Gotham, what would you call it?

    Murder and mayhem in old New York.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked this book. It was a great story and also an excellent recreation of a time and place. The characters were real and their motivations were believable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devotion of Suspect X

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (258)

    Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence and Togashi ends up dead on her apartment floor.

    Howard says: "Devoted tale of kindness and unknown friendship."
    "Infatuation gone bad"
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    If you could sum up The Devotion of Suspect X in three words, what would they be?

    Sad, betrayal, complex.


    What other book might you compare The Devotion of Suspect X to and why?

    It was totally original for me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Manabu Yukawa drops in on Ishigami for the first time.


    If you could rename The Devotion of Suspect X, what would you call it?

    Devotion and Despair


    Any additional comments?

    If I had known how sad this book would make me feel I probably wouldn't have read it. However, I'm glad that I did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8381)
    Performance
    (7534)
    Story
    (7653)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Best Audible so far"
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    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Hobbit is my favorite.


    What other book might you compare The Hobbit to and why?

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, because I read both of them in 5th grade and have never forgotten the magic they made me feel.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Inglis – was your favorite?

    Gandalf. Rob Inglis was a PERFECT Gandalf.


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

    An excellent adventure!


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't read The Hobbit for over 20 years, but I remembered how much I loved the adventures Bilbo and the dwarves experienced on their quest. Listening to Rob Inglis read the story transported me back to my childhood with all of the thrills and chills I experienced then. A great performance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Open and Shut

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1567)
    Performance
    (719)
    Story
    (718)

    Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan. But the fun stops the day Andy's dad, Paterson, New Jersey's legendary ex-DA, drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium.

    pewter says: "Does Anyone Else Notice the Missing Content?"
    "Lot's of Fun!"
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    Would you listen to Open and Shut again? Why?

    I would but I would wait a while. Since its a


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Open and Shut?

    When his hooker client told the court that Andy was her pimp.


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

    He has a great voice. He got Andy Carpenter's sarcasm perfectly. It might not have been as funny without him.


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

    You can hide the truth, but not forever.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this enough to use a credit on the 2nd one in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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