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Lisa L. Hilton

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  • The Moonstone

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (283)

    No, the "Moonstone" isn't a celestial relic, it's a gigantic yellow diamond of unearthly beauty that was given to Rachel Verinder as a present on her 18th birthday - and stolen that very night! Betteredge, one of the most beloved butlers in English literature, is the focus of this seminal detective novel, which examines how one family's life is turned upside-down by the theft. And find out why the answers to all of life's problems can be found in the pages of Robinson Crusoe.

    Catherine says: "One of the best readings ever"
    "Not for the faint of heart"
    Overall

    Written before the invention of the television, this book is not for those with short attention spans, or who like to get to the crux of the mystery right away, or who like fast-paced chase scenes through the streets of Paris. (The book only leaves England for a brief stint or two in India.)

    However, if you enjoy fascinating character studies with a dash of mystery thrown in, this book is a definite must-listen. Different sections are told from the POVs of different characters, each with a very unique view on the world. The narrators do a wonderful job catching the flavor of the different characters. (Though I confess the Ms. Clack section could have been shorter and I wouldn't have minded, but only because the character herself is so well-penned that she bothers me.)

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Eldest: The Inheritance Trilogy, Book 2, Volume II

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (904)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (143)

    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Cassandra says: "Eldest, the sequel to Eragon"
    "Might be better in print"
    Overall

    My first recommendation is that, if you can read this book in print, do so. There was a lot of poetry and other stuff that, had I been reading it in print, I'd have skimmed over, and I don't think I'd have had any less comprehension of the story. When these moments came up in the audiobook, I got frustrated that I couldn't just skim forward a bit, because I didn't have the visual cues to know when to stop fast-forwarding.

    Most of the middle of the book could have been squished up and summarized to heighten the impact of the important things that happen, which currently get buried in among not-so-interesting things. There seemed to be less of the author's enthusiasm showing through, probably just a guage of him growing up. It comes through near the end, though, when the story picks up again and gets back to what I was hoping for--lots of fighting and explosions and magic-y goodness. I will confess to not being taken at all surprised by the major revelations. But maybe I just have read too many fantasy books. :) There also seemed to be less humor in the story, again perhaps an effect of the author aging, but also just a reflection of the darker nature of events.

    Paolini's characters are still very interesting and well-crafted (and well-voiced by Gerard Doyle). Hopefully his writing will continue to improve as he ages. I'm looking forward to the next book, which I think I'll still try as an audiobook first, if only because I get weirded out trying to read characters' names that I've only ever heard before! :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    Overall
    (4014)
    Performance
    (1863)
    Story
    (1874)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "Great story, great narrator"
    Overall

    Part of the fun of this book was the narrator's wide range of voices for the difference characters. The other was the mixing of reality and fantasy that Gaiman does very well. This is a stand-alone book. No need to have read any of his other books, though if they're all this good, it might be worth tracking them down!

    Small warning: If you're easily grossed out, there's one passage near the climax that might be too much.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Redwall: Redwall, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Brian Jacques
    • Narrated By Brian Jacques, Full Cast
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (261)

    When Redwall was published in 1987 it catapulted author Brian Jacques to international stardom. And small wonder! This enthralling tale is jam-packed with the things we long for in a great adventure: danger, laughter, hairbreadth escapes, tragedy, mystery, a touch of wonder, a truly despicable villain, and a hero we can take to heart.

    David says: "Two paws up from an initially skeptical listener"
    "Not engaging and hard to understand"
    Overall

    This book came highly recommended. I had attempted it in print a few years ago, but never made it through. I had a hard time in audio format, as well.

    While one could make the excuse of it being a children's book, I felt that the characters were never truly tested. I never doubted that they would succeed, and instead felt that I was several steps ahead of the story.

    My other problem was with the narrator. While the other voices were mostly clear, I sometimes had a hard time following the narration segments, because of the narrator's accent.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Equal Rites: Discworld #3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Celia Imrie
    Overall
    (1273)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (587)

    Lisa L. Hilton says: "Lots of fun"
    "Lots of fun"
    Overall

    Granny Weatherwax is one of my all-time favorite characters in any book. Terry Pratchett has the rare and wonderful gift for creating strong female characters who aren't simply men in dresses.

    This book was a fun story, and the narrator did a good job capturing the characters. There were some indistinct spots, though few and far between.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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