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  • On Secret Service

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    On Secret Service is the story of a war within a war on various levels: the North versus the South, the Union's Pinkerton Detective Agency versus the Confederacy's agent provocateurs, and youthful idealism versus youthful lust. It chronicles the lives and times of four young Americans, from the war's early tremors in January 1861 through its bloody conclusion: Lincoln's assassination and John Wilkes Booth's murder in May 1865.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Great Deal!!"
    "Lacking"
    Overall

    Although somewhat enjoyable, I had to keep checking to see that this book was not abridged. It left out so much in the way of setting, character development, and emotion that it read like an abridged novel. The characters are more like characatures of people of the times, with little depth. The reader was also lacking in depth. Some of his character adaptations were quite good. But most of his sentences ended on an upward note, lacking proper intonation. I don't think I'll be ordering any more books by this reader or author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Spirit Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (139)

    Fiametta Beneforte dreamed of making beautiful and enchanted objets d'art, but alas her magician-goldsmith father was more likely to have her scrub the kiln than study magic. After all, it was a waste to train a mere daughter beyond the needs of the moment.... Thur Ochs dreamed of escaping the icy mines of Bruinwald. But the letter from his brother Uri arranging his apprenticeship to Master Beneforte was not the only force that drew him over the mountains to the Duchy of Montefoglia.

    Becca says: "On the whole, a disappointment"
    "Horrible reader! Old book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Don't be fooled. Your love for Bujold books will be sorely tested by this story. This book was written in 1993, and has only recently been released by Audible. The reader is horrible! She constantly puts the emphasis on the wrong word in a sentence, which makes the story harder to understand. Even worse, is her habit of pausing in weird places: "....the light shining through....(pause)...the window. I tried to continue listening, because I've listened to and enjoyed every Bujold book on Audible, but I just had to quit. The topper was when my husband, who did finish the book, said the story was awful, too. Don't waste a credit.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9775)
    Performance
    (9095)
    Story
    (9094)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Warning: watch your driving!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found the biggest problem with this book was that the descriptions were so good that I would visualize what was happening in the book and get lost in the story, forgetting that I needed to pay more attention to my driving. I'm of the (ahem) older generation, but having lived through the 80's with our two sons, I found the references to the games, movies, and computer evolution of that decade to be fascinating, as well as nostalgic. The story moves along at a good pace. There's just the right amount of romance and suspense. And the reader is terrific.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diplomatic Immunity: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (532)

    A rich Komarran merchant fleet has been impounded at Graf Station in distant Quaddiespace after a bloody incident involving the convoy's Barrayaran military escort. But Lord Miles Vorkosigan and his wife, Lady Ekaterin, have other things on their minds, such as getting home in time to attend the long-awaited births of their first children.

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "Honeymoon period..."
    "More, please...."
    Overall

    Another wonderful book in the Miles Vorkosigan series. The main problem is, it ended too quickly. Is there another book in the series? If so, please acquire it. If not, please convince Bujold to write another. My husband and I have both enjoyed every book in this series!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Harsh Cry of the Heron: The Last Tale of the Otori

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Julia Fletcher, Henri Lubatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1231)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (418)

    16 years of peace and prosperity have passed since Lord Otori Takeo united the Three Countries. Takeo and his beloved consort, Kaede, have three daughters and a happy family life. Their success has attracted the attention of the distant Emperor and his general, the warlord Saga Hideki, who covet the wealth of the Countries. Meanwhile, the violent acts and betrayals of the past will not lie buried, and other secrets will not stay hidden. Everything that Takeo and Kaede have achieved is threatened.

    Bruce says: "Fourth Book falls short"
    "What a disappointment!"
    Overall

    I gave up on this book after three hours. The author spent so much time confusing the reader with previous characters and events that the story barely moved forward. But even then, I might have continued on if it hadn't been for the terrible narrators. They have been well vilified by other reviewers, so I will only add that they were terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Kiss Them Good-Bye

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Allison DuBois
    • Narrated By Allison DuBois
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Her visions have helped solve crimes; her instincts have helped find missing people; she can predict future events and sense your thoughts. These are some of the extraordinary gifts that define the remarkable Allison DuBois, the real-life medium, wife, and mother whose life is the inspiration for the hit NBC television series Medium.

    Bradley says: "The Real Psychic"
    "Don't Kiss Them Good-Bye"
    Overall

    It's time someone thought to discourage some authors from reading their own books. There is a reason there are professional readers. I didn't buy this book because, listening to the sample, I knew I would not be able to listen to the reader's voice for a long period of time. The material itself sounded interesting. Please re-issue it with a different reader!

    21 of 26 people found this review helpful

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