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Kelly

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  • Men at Arms: Discworld, Book 15

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Tony Robinson
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Fate is a word that springs to the lips when to call something coincidence seems mealy mouthed. Destiny is another such. But the problem with destiny is, of course, that she is not always careful where she points her finger. One minute you might be minding your own business on a normal, if not spectacular, career path; the next you might be in the frame for the big job. Like saving the world.

    Jacobus says: "A listening pleasure"
    "A pleasant revisit"
    Overall

    After three Pratchetts read by Robinson, I took a break and explored other authors, other narrators. Some were brilliant and others not quite so. But coming back with Men at Arms - and picking one to revisit was difficult, trust me - was like coming home to a familiar world with its many and sundry characters. What I love about him is that of the three City Watch novels I've listened to, all the relevant characters have remained consistent - something I've discovered which a lot of other narrators have trouble with, even within the same book.

    0 of 0 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
    (2069)
    Performance
    (884)
    Story
    (892)

    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.

    Pete says: "Excellent Fantasy... Epic in feel, finite in pace"
    "The narrator ought to be shot"
    Overall

    The Curse of Chalion is one of two of Bujold's books that I truly love, the other being its sequel Paladin of Souls.

    Lloyd James has Murdered it. When 'Teidez' is pronounced "tee-DEHZ' and 'Lupe' 'LOOP-ay', I can write it off as creative license, despite the shudder going down my spine. But when 'Betriz' is pronounced 'bee-TREHZ', alarm bells start ringing at deafening tones. The characters' accents are cliche, and sadly, adhering to the wrong stereotypes for the respective characters. There are random halts in the middle of sentences, and he insists on pronouncing 'wh-'s as 'hwh-'s, e.g. 'wheezing' as 'HUH-wheezing'. PLUS you can hear him swallowing his spit and drawing breath between chapters and sentences.

    To sum up - EURGH.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter & Max: A Fables Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill Willingham
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (338)

    When an unspeakable tragedy befalls a family of traveling minstrels, they become stranded and left for dead. Here in the heart of The Black Forest, Peter Piper and his older brother Max encounter ominous forces that will change them both irreparably. Thus begins an epic tale of sibling rivalry, magic, music and revenge that spans medieval times to the present day when their deadly conflict surfaces in the placid calm of modern-day Fabletown.

    Joshua says: "Not just for Fables fans only"
    "I'm in love."
    Overall

    Wheaton outdid himself with this one. With such a varied cast of characters, he nevertheless manages to give each one a distinct voice that fits. Little Bo Peep and young Peter Piper made an adorable pair, and older Bo and Peter showed us the bitter sadness that had crept into their lives. It's not easy to do this, as other narrators might show you, but they achieved it here. I do not own the book, and I did not know the story prior, and that he kept me listening was a vast achievement indeed as I have been known to zone out even in the middle of books I'd loved when reading.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Monstrous Regiment: Discworld, Book 31

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Tony Robinson
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Polly Perks had to become a boy in a hurry. Cutting off her hair and wearing trousers was easy. Learning to fart and belch in public and walk like an ape took more time. And now she's enlisted in the army, and searching for her lost brother. But there's a war on. There's always a war on. And Polly and her fellow recruits are suddenly in the thick of it, without any training, and the enemy is hunting them.

    jonathon says: "stay away from abridgements"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This was an experiment for me. Prior to this, I'd already read the print version of every book I'd downloaded, and to the point that when listening to an abridged version, I'd know precisely where the editor had cut and pasted. This was the first bok I hadn't yet read, and I have to say, it did not change the level of enjoyment one bit. Tony Robinson was brilliant here, as always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thud!: Discworld, Book 34

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Tony Robinson
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Koom Valley? That was where the trolls ambushed the dwarfs, or the dwarfs ambushed the trolls. It was far away. It was a long time ago. But if he doesn't solve the murder of just one dwarf, Commander Sam Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch is going to see it fought again, right outside his office. With his beloved Watch crumbling around him and war-drums sounding, he must unravel every clue, outwit every assassin, and brave any darkness to find the solution. And darkness is following him.

    Kelly says: "Through no fault of its own..."
    "Through no fault of its own..."
    Overall

    It is Pratchett writing about the City Watch, read by Tony Robinson. It can do no wrong except...

    I downloaded my previous Pratchett City Watch Novel - in fact, got into the whole audiobook thing - because I wanted to know how a song sung by the characters went. Here I was curious how they'd read 'Where's My Cow?', and not just in that first scene. I wanted to know how they'd read 'Where's My Daddy?' and I wanted to know how Detritus would do the hippo, and Cheery and all the others would do the other animals. To my horror, it was All Cut Out. So while it was still immensely enjoyable, and an absolute laugh, I would suggest that prospective buyers consider the unabridged version, even though it is impossible that it might be in any way superior to this one as it is not read by Baldrick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ann Summers Short Story Collection, Includes: Down and Dirty, Good Vibrations, Car-ma Sutra, Tough Love and Fruity Fun

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Ann Summers
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In this collection of five Ann Summers erotic short stories, discover a world of delicious and dangerous delights. No fantasy is too extreme, no indulgence or scenario off limits.

    Mrs.Regina says: "Too quiet."
    "Some stories were never made to be read aloud"
    Overall

    I liked the stories; I have the hard copy. But as it says in the title, it wasn't made to be, well, audible. I suspect this applies to all erotica.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sizzling Sixteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    It’s summertime in Jersey and all across the land; it’s time for Summer Reading and working on your tan. But no vacation can start or go off without a hitch, unless you’ve packed your bag with the latest Evanovich. Yes, it’s time for Stephanie and gang to get up to their old antics. With Grandma, Lula, Connie too— Mrs. Plum, she will be frantic! See, someone wants to kill Vinnie. Who? The list is long, And Mooner returns to brighten our day complete with his favorite bong.

    Readaholic says: "Disappointing"
    "Great book, lousy narrator"
    Overall

    I cannot fault Janet Evanovich. I have been a fan since I picked Seven Up off a library bookshelf because it had a pretty cover seven years ago, and I wager I always will be. If I were rating the print book, I'd have given it five. However, Lorelei King just killed it for me. I could tolerate her interpretation of Stephanie because hey, allow the woman some creative license, no? Grandma Mazur and Lula made me cringe but I sucked it up. But what killed it completely, and put me off female narrators for the longest time, was her trying to do Joe and Ranger. BLEURGH. I'm currently listening to another of Evanovich's works - Full Scoop - also narrated by King, and though less cringe-worthy, I still bite my lip everytime Max or Zach have something to say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Watch: Discworld, Book 29

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Tony Robinson
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck. Living in the past is hard. Dying in the past is incredibly easy. But he must survive, because he has a job to do. He must track down a murderer, teach his younger self how to be a good copper, and change the outcome of a bloody rebellion. But there's a problem: if he wins, he's got no wife, no child, no future.

    Jacobus says: "Time travel with a Discworld twist"
    "All the little angels rise up, rise up..."
    Overall

    I got into Audible for this exact book. I was reading it one day and wondered how the song went, and wondered if an audiobook narrator would tell me. Tony Robinson did not disappoint. I first met him as Baldrick in Blackadder, and he has outshone himself. He has given each character a life of his/her own, instead of just sounding like a man doing women's voices, etc. Kudos. He got me hooked (:

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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