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Pixie Spritely

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  • Original Sin

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (99)

    The Peverell Press, a Thameside publishing house, is ripe for change. The Chairman has just died, and his French partner retired, leaving the latter's ruthless son, Gerard Etienne, as Chairman and Managing Director. Etienne has made many enemies including his discarded mistress and a rejected author; and he has even threatened members of the Peverell staff. When he is found dead on the premises there is no shortage of suspects.

    Nina says: "Ms. James is irreplacable!"
    "Reedited or glitched recording?"
    Overall

    I have only gotten 2 hours 19 mins into the recording and got completely lost as the thread of the story was dropped. I looked up the print version of the book and have found that sections of the book have been chopped out and stuck in at other points. I was tripped up at the point where Blackie is looking at her future and despairing of it, and suddenly the story jumps into the middle of a conversation. Literally into the middle of it. You've no idea who was speaking or what they were speaking about. I looked it up in the print version to discover it's actually the continuation of the conversation between Rupert and James that you thought was done because the recording moved on. In the book it's all one conversation. Since this is a mystery, I find this chopping up of the story most distressing. I now have to wonder what else has been misplaced and is misleading me. Or worse, what's been chopped out completely. I had always thought that unabridged meant that I was going to get to listen to the book as the author wrote it. I'm very glad that I used one of my monthly credits for this book instead of $73.75! This is really a shame, and I probably would not be so frustrated if I wasn't sure this was an excellent story. I suppose I shall have to put up with the choppiness and keep referencing the print book when the recording doesn't flow.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Virgin in the Ice: The Sixth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Vanessa Benjamin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    The winter of 1139 will disrupt Brother Cadfael's tranquil life in Shrewsbury with the most disturbing events. Raging civil war has sent refugees fleeing north from Worcester. Among them are two orphans from a noble family, a boy of thirteen and an 18-year-old girl of great beauty, and their companion, a young Benedictine nun...

    Vivian says: "THE BEST"
    "Excellent story, narrator a bit rough"
    Overall

    Having listened to Ward narrate the previous books, I really can't listen to Benjamin's voices for male characters. She sounds as though she's telling a story to little children and using her "big bad wolf" gruff voice. I shall repurchase this title with the Thorne narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stalking Darkness: Nightrunner, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (131)

    A master of subterfuge, a rogue thief with a noble air, Seregil of Rhiminee has taught his young protege, Alec of Kerry, his greatest secrets of the trade. Together they've made their way with thieving jobs large and small, winning friends and enemies, their lives in constant danger and yet charmed by an aura of magic, friendship, and trust.

    Amy says: "Pretty darned good"
    "Can't wait for the next book"
    Overall

    I felt just the opposite of another reviewer, in that I enjoyed the story and characters greatly but feel that the story deserved a much better reader. The reader often gave me the feeling that he was reading a children's story. I kept hearing "Once upon a time..." I particulary noticed it during dialog. I got the feeling that he didn't understand the depth of some situations and can't relate to the characters or their feelings. That said, it didn't ruin the book, just pulled you back to reality occasionally.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of Chalion

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2126)
    Performance
    (934)
    Story
    (941)

    Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

    Terri says: "What makes a hero... LMB knows"
    "First rate story!"
    Overall

    Characters with depth, twisting plots, and a polished ending. A very satisfying tale.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress of Dragons: The First Book of the Dragonvarld Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis
    • Narrated By Gigi Marceau-Clarke
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (120)

    Here is a world where men and dragons coexist amid political intrigue and dark magic, where the uneasy balance of power between the two is on the verge of becoming undone, threatening to unleash waves of destruction that will pit humans against humans as well as dragons against men for the domination of the world. Humanity's very survival is at risk.

    Laura says: "What a great story!"
    "More Unabridged Weis!"
    Overall

    I've been reading Margaret Weis for years, and I was thrilled when I saw "Mistress of Dragons". All I can say is, "More! More!"

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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