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  • The King's Coat

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dewey Lambdin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is 1780, and 17-year-old Alan Lewrie is a brash, rebellious young libertine. So much so that his callous father believes a bit of naval discipline will turn the boy around. Fresh aboard the tall-masted Ariadne, Midshipman Lewrie heads for the war-torn Americas, finding - rather unexpectedly - that he is a born sailor, equally at home with the randy pleasures of the port and the raging battles on the high seas. But in a hail of cannonballs comes a bawdy surprise.

    Andrew says: ""Sex, Swords, Sailing Ships""
    "Fantastic in every way!"
    What made the experience of listening to The King's Coat the most enjoyable?

    John Lee the narrator is perfectly matched and made this a great listening experience! His portrayal of all the characters couldn't be better!

    What other book might you compare The King's Coat to and why?

    For me I guess The Hornblower series would be an obvious comparison but I don't think I have yet read something to compete.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are so many... At the start of the story... he (Alan Lewrie) was set up by "family" and was forced into Naval service. You would never think that it would turn out so well for him. From the start I was routing for our young hero to succeed at all he did! As the story continues there is a great bond between reader and the main character Alan Lewrie that develops. There are many exciting as well as very funny moments to enjoy not once was I bored with this great audio book!

    Who was the most memorable character of The King's Coat and why?

    Well Alan Lewrie of course stands out as he our young hero our main focus throughout entire book. I cannot wait to continue this series and see what life will to bring Alan!

    Any additional comments?

    This is so much more than a naval adventure! While you get your exciting moments of war and sea battle you get sea life in full. The good the bad and everything in between. You're made to feel you are experiencing life right next to Alan Lewrie. Put into the time and place and I can't ask for more from my audio escapes!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Callis Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Callis Rose is a girl blessed with a gift from above or cursed with a ruthless power she barely understands; it's really just a matter of degrees. As her family life is turned asunder she is thrown into an indifferent Social Services program where she defends herself the only way she knows how. Callis is moved from home to home until she finally settles at the Lowries. As she starts her first day of high school she meets both her favorite and least favorite person. Both happen to be part of the same household.

    Teddy says: "I wanted Callis to have a happy ending but..."
    "Callis Rose!"
    Would you listen to Callis Rose again? Why?

    I normally don't ever listen to (or reread) anything more than once (although there are a select few I've done this for.) I can't reread something when I already know what is going to be the outcome! I can't take up the time I need for the other 1,688 audiobooks I have in my library waiting!! (That's is JUST audible audiobooks!!)

    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the emotions that it made ME feel. Even though much of them were angst and anger and sadness! A story that can bring out raw emotion is what I always hope for! This story certainly made me glad I am not in high school any longer!!

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

    Honestly, Sean Runnette was on the bottom rung of my favorite audio narrators...and I almost passed Callis Rose by. But after the first half hour or so, I was hooked good and deep and it was Sean Runnette that brought Callis Rose's story to living color! He was excellent bringing the emotions needed to FEEL these characters! Both main and minor he was terrific!

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    High School is hard enough but add Callis Rose and you will beg to be home schooled instead!

    Any additional comments?

    I REALLY liked this book! But much of that had to do with that I listened to the audiobook form of it. The narrator, Sean Runnette did a VERY good job with the tone of the story and did so much to help make the characters play out the way I think the author may have wanted. I don't want to add any spoilers to my review I will just say had that I wanted it to turn out a little differently. I did have compassion for the main character. What was going on started out of her control. I would like there to be a sequel to this as there is somethings I would like to see be a continuation. But can't say anymore without spoiling things. I highly recommend the audiobook over the print/ebook version. The narrator Sean Runnette was fabulous he was able to keep me in the story I could SEE it being played out in my minds eye! THAT is always what a great audiobook does for me! A great story a great narrator, take me to another world! Audio, GREAT audio, really made all the difference for this book. So if you're interested in paranormal things, astral projection may be part of an explanation here... GET THE AUDIOBOOK!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Madeline Miller
    • Narrated By Frazer Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

    Cariola says: "Didn't Expect to Like It, but I Was Swept Away"
    "Be ready for an emotional roller coaster!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this however this love story is not for everyone because of who it is about.

    What other book might you compare The Song of Achilles to and why?

    Oh I don't know, this stands alone for me right now. No comparisons needed.

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

    His voice, rather his voices, of these characters was done so well! When I read a book I can "hear" the different voices in my head and Frazer Douglas may have outdid how I would've heard them! He was brilliant, his narration made the story come alive! The images were painted in brilliant color which made it real and full and rich! The
    narration was a perfect match of story and voice brought together. When this happens it is near impossible to stop listening until its over!

    If you could take any character from The Song of Achilles out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    That's an interesting question... I think I would like to have dinner with the entire cast of characters!

    Any additional comments?

    This story is a little bit of ancient Greek myth history mixed with a romance that transcends time and place. It all comes together beautifully and is painted in living colors by an incredible rich and full narration!

    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

    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"
    "I for one am THRILLED they switched narrators!"

    I bought this audio BECAUSE of John Glover. He is one of my favorite narrators. I have the first few Dresden books on audio and I do NOT LIKE MARSTERS at all! I tried and tried and do NOT enjoy his narration. I can't stand all his huffing puffing lip smacking sloppy sounding reading! It's so distracting from the story. (As well, to me, Glover is much more believable as Dresden.) So everyone has their favorites, their likes and dislikes. If they go back to MARSTERS again I will go just go back to paperbacks. To each his own!
    As for the story itself... FANTASTIC! as always!

    16 of 76 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen: Women of the Otherworld, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Nell Canning
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Stolen, on a mission for her own elite pack, Elena Michaels is lured into the net of ruthless Internet billionaire Tyrone Winsloe, who has funded a bogus scientific investigation of the "other races" and their supernatural powers. Kidnapped and studied in his underground lab deep in the Maine woods, these paranormals - witches, vampires, shamans, werewolves - are then released and hunted to the death in a real-world video game.

    Jay says: "great story...wrong choice for narrator"

    This review is mostly a vent on an extremely poor narrator choice! 
    I forced myself to get through this audio. I cant even comment on the storyline as I spent the 14 hours and 39 minutes cringing from the awful narrator! The narrator is the worst! (Not the worst of all narrators but definitely NOT a good fit for this story or main character at all!!!!) It is just an awful experience that I had to listen to at 2x and 3x speed to get through it! Why do publishers change narrators when the first one was enjoyed and complimented. The
    narrator can make or break a novel. A great narration can take a ho hum book
    and bring it to life and a poor narrator can take a great book and make it
    This novel not being great, NEEDED a great narrator. This story was not nearly as good as the first. The main character, Elena (written originally as a young beautiful and successful woman) turned into a awfully sarcastic...I don't Know what... Sarcasm with every single phrase out of her mouth! And not a likable woman at all. And the voice of the narrator did not put a good picture into my mind! (UGH) The narrator, as other reviewers also noted, has also taken the highly educated Clay and turned him into a southern bafoon character. It is really sad. and almost painful to listen to. 
    I see, that thankfully this narrator is not used in the 3rd novel.  I MAY go on and try the next one.... But I will NEVER buy another audiobook narrated by this narrator, Nell Canning. (I see she has no other narrations on audible) 

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Free First Chapter: Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (22 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated By Leelee Sobieski

    One hundred and fifty years ago, Gustave Flaubert set the bar for scandal, adultery, and financial catastrophe with Madame Bovary. Now, Audible Signature Classics presents two-time Golden Globe Award nominee Leelee Sobieski (Joan of Arc) in a singular new performance that highlights the ambiguity behind a brilliantly crafted character: was Emma Bovary depraved or just a victim of circumstance?

    Susan says: "Not impressed with the performance of the narrator"
    "Lisp!! All I can hear is Lee Lee's LISP!"

    Who would choose this woman as a narrator with her speech impediment? All I hear is the lisp the 's' sound is so irritating and so
    Awful it distracts from the story! If she was reading for a childrens story... Perhaps I could get past it but it's like TORTURE!

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful

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