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Nanciana

Lincoln, NE, United States

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  • Fragile Things

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1118)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (581)

    Marvelous creations, including a short story set in the world of The Matrix and others set in the worlds of gothic fiction and children's fiction, can be found in this extraordinary collection, which showcases Gaiman's storytelling brilliance as well as his entertaining (and dark) sense of humor.

    Jill says: "Aother winner from Gaiman"
    "Is there any genre Neil Gaiman isn't capable in?"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fragile Things the most enjoyable?

    Brilliant work! I have listened several times and hear something new each time. Not just scraps of dialog I missed, or a scene in a story, though there are those things that are new. I develop an ever more complex understanding of the story, as if getting the frame set up in the first listen. Then with each subsequent hearing, adding color and texture to the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are too many characters to choose...


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    I enjoy listening to him describe what he as a writer experienced during the creation of a particular story


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No and Yes. I had to listen to the whole audio a couple times--the introduction, where the author explains where a story came from was longer than I wanted to listen to, so I skipped the 2nd half of it and went to the first story. All well and good...but...I don't know I was disenchanted and listened to some other audio for a few days. I came back to where I'd left off in Fragile Things and was captivated and wanted to know where he'd gotten the idea for this story and didn't it bother his wife the way he wrote that story...I went back to the beginning of the introduction and started all over.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beast: Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Mitchell Greenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (148)

    Throughout his years with the LAPD, Peter Decker has handled a number of tough cases and strange killers. But few of his previous assignments compare to his latest case. When Hobart Penny is found dead in his apartment, the cops think that his pet cat - an adult female tiger - attacked the reclusive elderly billionaire. But it soon becomes clear that the beast that killed the eccentric inventor is all too human.

    Think about this says: "Lacking"
    "enjoyed the story, not the narration"
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    book 21 gives a solid, complete end to this long running story. narration was underwhelming

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6628)
    Performance
    (5717)
    Story
    (5709)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "not Harry Dresden without James Marsters"
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    Mr. Glover wasn't bad, just not Harry Dresden. Disappointed, story was not as enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4787)
    Performance
    (4379)
    Story
    (4373)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Janice says: "What does it mean to be human?"
    "excellent melding of plot lines and cultures"
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    Lovely story woven of people, religion, mystical knowledges, old worlds and new. a treasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Torchwood: Everyone Says Hello

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Dan Abnett
    • Narrated By Burn Gorman
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Here's an exciting, original short story written exclusively for audio, featuring the Torchwood characters and read by Burn Gorman, who plays Owen in the television series. Across Cardiff, ordinary people are behaving in odd ways: saying hello to one another and going out of their way to greet people. Torchwood discovers that an alien communications field is gathering strength in the city. The team must find the device responsible and shut it off - before civil unrest engulfs the city.

    Andrew says: "Good enough for me"
    "Plot pretty good, nice 2 hour listen"
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    What did you love best about Torchwood?

    It's Torchwood


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gwen--she can navigate her way through scary, dangerous, dynamic situations while keeping her wits about her. Gwen is a great character, I greatly enjoy listening to the Torchwood audios and getting to know her better.


    What about Burn Gorman’s performance did you like?

    His pacing was appropriate for the storyline, and of course he was flawless as Dr. Owen Harper.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the better Torchwood audio stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Torchwood: The Lost Files, Complete Series

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Goss, Ryan Scott, Rupert Laight, and others
    • Narrated By John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David Lloyd
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd star in three Torchwood radio adventures from the Lost Files, each set before the TV story Children of Earth. The Devil and Miss Carew sees Gwen and Rhys involved in a nursing home mystery. Submission finds the Torchwood team heading for the bottom of the sea – the Mariana Trench – after they intercept a distress call. The House of the Dead sees a special séance being held at the most haunted pub in Wales.

    Evil_Asch says: "An uneven collection with one shining entry"
    "House of the Dead alone worth the purchase price!"
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    If you could sum up Torchwood: The Lost Files, Complete Series in three words, what would they be?

    Jack And Ianto


    What did you like best about this story?

    From the Jack loves Ianto audiobook review corner:
    I just finished listening to The House of the Dead, the last story in an audiobook called Torchwood: the Lost Files. Of the 3 stories, this one was perfection! All the characters scripted without flaw and the twist at the end that I didn't see coming. If you can, listen to this story, and have tissues nearby for the ending.


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

    Their own voices. The narrators are the folks who portray the characters on TV. Although I'd hear their voices in my head were I to read these stories, I wouldn't hear all the delightful nuances that the actors themselves bring to the production.


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

    Ianto being angry at Jack's selfishness. Sounded real, felt real.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ministry of Special Cases: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nathan Englander
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    From its unforgettable opening scene in the darkness of a forgotten cemetery in Buenos Aires, The Ministry of Special Cases casts a powerful spell. In a world turned upside down, where the past and the future, and the nature of truth itself, all take shape according to a corrupt government's whims, one man, one spectacularly hopeless man, fights to overcome his history and his name - and, if for only once in his life, to put things right.

    Nanciana says: "A good story, well written"
    "A good story, well written"
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    If you could sum up The Ministry of Special Cases in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful, Painful, and Real. Real, despite that this story is fiction, almost alternative history.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were no "likable" characters. My favorite character was the protagonist, Kaddish Poznan. He is an underdog, since before his birth to the end of the story. He never wins or even ties. Kaddish is well depicted as a strong man who always picks himself up and keeps going, even when going is the wrong thing to do. He is hard to like, but easy to hope for.


    Have you listened to any of Arthur Morey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    this is my first.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The story is too long for 1 sitting and too complex and difficult. I needed time between each 1 to 3 hours of listening to process what I had heard and fit it into what I had felt about the previous narrative.


    Any additional comments?

    A working knowledge of the era of Argentina's "disappeared" and of orthodox Judaism is helpful when listening to this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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