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Anna

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  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1468)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (600)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Gripping story"
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    Would you listen to Agincourt again? Why?

    Yes - mostly to remind myself of the history. I think I may have lost some details. The notes by the author at the end were very intersting - he mentioned certain artistic freedoms he took with the story and knowing these now would make me listen to this with a more historical mindset rather than a story mindset.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    This book is mostly about a young man - a strong, energetic, sometimes angry and irrational young man. And yet they chose a narrator who is old old old. Why?! Someone with a little bit more oomph to the voice, more life in the lungs and a greater variety in voices would have honestly made this a much better listen.


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

    How horrible people are to each other. It's shocking, but not surprising.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2679)
    Performance
    (2393)
    Story
    (2378)

    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!"
    "So diappointing"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only to bad friends. I was so disappointed by this book for several reasons, the main one being that I could not warm up to the supposed hero of this story. Matthew is introduced to us and we see him as a boy or young, inexperienced man - and for the life of me it was wholly unconvincing how this feeble, thin voiced scholar would turn into a man in the course of one week(!) and even attempt a solo hike through the wilderness. Yes, he mans up and he acquires some back bone - but please! Give me substance! I was also disappointed by the story. To me it was thin and just felt like a row of forced and contrived events rather than of an unravelling of events. I have about 2 hours left, I know whodunnit, (such an anti-climax, too. I wanted to pull out my hair!!) and I do not care how it ends.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting: Glimpse into medical practices. Though I must also say that I am not sure how much I trust the author so that I will be doing some reasearch of my own into medicine of the 17th and 18th century.
    Least intersting: Matthew + Rachel, unfortunately.


    Any additional comments?

    I had read in several reviews that it was as good as the "Outlander" books, which is one of the reasons I was interested in "Speaks the Nightbird". I don't think it was nearly as good as even my last favorite Outlander book of the series. It is also not a great comparison, I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (2326)
    Performance
    (1986)
    Story
    (1972)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Liked it least of all Dublin Murder Squad books"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I am a huge fan of all 3 prior Dublin Murder Squad books - this one I did not like much. All detectives are deeply flawed and not even necessarily "good" people, and that is actually something I enjoy about these books. But Detective Kennedy was just so... blah. Yes, there's a back story, and yes, there's a reason why he is the way he is, but to me it was not a satisfying character at all. I prefer Cassie Maddox and even cocky, annoying Frank Mackery over Mick Kennedy.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    While I think the book was the least gripping of the series, the ending was satisfying and tied up neatly and crisply.


    Was Broken Harbor worth the listening time?

    Eeeeh. No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4623)
    Performance
    (2680)
    Story
    (2681)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Amazing, Thrilling, Painful, Acute. Awesome!"
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    Would you listen to In the Woods again? Why?

    Yes. This book was amazing. The characters and the plot can absolutely function independently from each other. The characters are so deeply flawed and as the reader you completely feel their pain. Tana French finds metaphors and similes that remind you that you felt that way before yourself, you just didn't know how to describe it. Extremely insightful into human psychology and failure, very acute observation.


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

    Yes - this did not feel like a classical whodunit. I originally selected this book because I was looking for an escapist thriller and bought it because of the many good reviews. But I did not expect it to be THIS good. This is as much a study of human behavior, flaws, strengths, mistakes and attempts to get it right as it is a murder mystery. I found myself almost not minding so much about who the murderer was anymore.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favorite?

    Steven Crossley did a marvelous job reading "In the Woods". I usually prefer women performers (so far the only exception is Jim Dale), and this reading reminded me why - men speaking women's voices usually just don't do it right. However, Steven Crossley's male characters were great. Considering that this plays in Ireland and all the detectives are Irish, I did miss the Irish lilt.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2608)
    Performance
    (1879)
    Story
    (1887)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Ki says: "Not an average book"
    "The narrator killed the story"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Probably not - the story is all over the place. The development of the story felt contrived and forced. Overall, the whole story is pretty depressing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I think a younger, or younger sounding, narrator would have been better for the story. The reading felt unnaturally slow and I didn't like the way the narrator spoke women's voices.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1834)
    Performance
    (1626)
    Story
    (1617)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Amazon Customer says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "What ho, old bean!"
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    If you could sum up The Twelve Clues of Christmas in three words, what would they be?

    Lighthearted, Smart, Whodunnit


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

    Not on the edge of my seat, no. It was a good murder mystery without too much predictability. It was an utter pleasure to listen to and to follow Lady Georgie on yet another adventure. If there can be charming murder mysteries, this is definitely one.


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

    Katherine Kellgren is one of my favorite narrators of all time - she does voices and accents and dialects beautifully. It feels like an entire cast is acting out the story.


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

    Laughed. MANY times.


    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2697)
    Performance
    (2264)
    Story
    (2269)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "Annoying Narrator, Aggravating Characters"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I bought this book because I enjoy historical fiction in general, and this was suggested to me based on my liking for Diana Gabaldon's Outlander Series - but this is book nothing like it: there is no hero and no heroine I can identify with, no humor and it's all very counter-intuitive and contrived. I would not recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Outlander. There is truly not one character in this book that I would want to take out for drinks.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator drove me crazy. I don't know why I made it as far as I did - all the men sound alike and the main 18th century female character's voice and tone is that of a scared little girl. And on top of it all, the narrator sounds as if she has cotton balls in her cheeks when she imitates a Scottish accent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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