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Carolyn

Germantown, TN, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Pirate King: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (410)

    As Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes embark on their 11th adventure together, they find themselves immersed in the world of silent filmmaking. Here, the pirates are real—and unlike the shooting done with a camera, this sort can be deadly.

    Chris says: "Not my favorite Mary Russell"
    "Call me greedy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As ever, my only complaint with Laurie R. King's Mary Russell series is that I want more. Having read all of the previous volumes, several in print as well as the audio versions, I, of course, downloaded this newest one on the day of its release. Although I would be hard pressed to name my favorite in the series, this is not it. Even so, that is merely an observation, not a criticism. This is still a highly enjoyable, if notably fanciful, story. A bit more participation by Holmes himself would have been welcome but the character of Russell can stand alone. Jenny Sterlin's narration was superlative, as ever. I look forward to more volumes in the series.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Spirit Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rachel Aaron
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (459)

    He's not just any thief. He’s the greatest thief of the age - and he’s also a wizard. And with the help of his partners - a swordsman with the most powerful magic sword in the world but no magical ability of his own, and a demonseed who can step through shadows and punch through walls - he’s going to put his plan into effect. The first step is to increase the size of the bounty on his head, so he’ll need to steal some big things. But he’ll start with somethingsmall. Something like a king....

    Bronwyn Soell says: "Entertaining light fantasy"
    "Great start to a new series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This thoroughly enjoyable story was satisfying in itself and only made more so by knowing that there is more to come.The narration is excellent which, in itself, goes a long way towards making a great audiobook. Since the author chose to skip throwing in gratuitous sex and violence to divert the reader's attention away from her storytelling abilities, the use of the language and the development of the characters and plot have to carry the full weight of the book. As it turns out, that is not a problem for this author. I will be downloading the second and third volumes tonight and hope that there will be more to follow soon.

    Long live Eli Monpress.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (1990)
    Performance
    (961)
    Story
    (966)

    Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genuis, and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories, they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

    JHawk 77 says: "Artemis Fowl (unabridged)"
    "Enough with the potty humor."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My first impression of this book was that it was well narrated, light and amusing, and I would probably listen to the entire series. Yay. What fun. By the time the book was over, I realized that I just wasn't up for any more potty humor and, since it was pervasive in this volume, I see little reason to expect it to be absent from further ones. Too bad. If I had to hazard a guess, I would say that the book was aimed at a stereotypical preadolescent boy's sensibilities.

    Even with the too-much-bowels caveat, the story does, ahem, move right along and the narrator is very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sleight of Hand: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (46)

    When a seemingly simple case turns complicated, respected attorney Barbara Holloway must rethink her game plan. Gregarious Las Vegas entertainer and ex-con Wally Lederer claims he's turned his life around. But when Jay Wilkins, a childhood friend, accuses Wally of stealing a valuable artifact, it's up to Barbara to ferret out the truth. Wally swears he's innocent. But when a murder takes place and the police name Wally as their prime suspect, Barbara knows he is in serious trouble.

    C. A. Gelsinger says: "Kudos for Anna Fields"
    "Mismatched narrator"
    Overall

    This is an enjoyable story IF one can get past the narrator's voicing of many of the characters including almost of of the male ones and, at least, one of the females. Adelle the therapist sounds almost identical to Frank the father who sounds very similar to an opposing lawyer. It seems as though the narrator was trying to reach for a lower voice register that she just doesn't have and substituting an almost cartoonish gravelly huffing sound for bass. To my ears the performance would have been more enjoyable with just a straight reading tone rather than these unconvincing low voices.

    Since I was thoroughly enchanted by the same narrator's performance of Bel Canto, I have to assume that this is an instance of mismatching. Good narrator. Good book. Poor match.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1250)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (487)

    Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

    Barbara A Danner says: "Disappointing"
    "Great foot-binding documentary; so-so story"
    Overall

    This book conveys a most convincing portrait of the cultural roles of Chinese women of the era. The description of the foot-binding process itself is excruciatingly detailed and the social and cultural ramifications of bound feet illuminating. The emphasis on bearing sons, the various hierarchies of obedience and duty, and the overarching "otherness" of the culture are very well represented. I was particularly struck by the some of the expectations of the after-life of which I was unaware.

    Fortunately, all of the above was more than enough to maintain my interest throughout the book. To me, the story itself was disappointing. Possibly this was due to my own inability to sifficently leave behind my own notions of common sense and human decency and let myself float into a world view that so thoroughly debased women, independent thought, and, all too often, any notion of kindness.

    The narration was probably very much in keeping with the tone of the book but I couldn't help being reminded of the lyrics of the song "Don't cry for me, Argentina." This narration could be heard as the antithesis of that sentiment. The narrator's tone of voice is one of almost totally unrelieved misery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Coffee Trader: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Liss
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    On the world's first commodities exchange, fortunes are won and lost in an instant. Miguel Lienzo, a sharp-witted trader in the city's close-knit community of Portuguese Jews, knows this only too well. Once among the city's most envied merchants, Miguel has lost everything in a sudden shift in the sugar markets. Now, impoverished and humiliated, living on the charity of his petty younger brother, Miguel must find a way to restore his wealth and reputation.

    Robert says: "Flawless!"
    "Tedious"
    Overall

    This book sounded like just the sort of thing I would like. Historical setting. Intrigue. Suspense. Throw in the stock market and coffee for good measure and I was all set for a delightful excursion into another world.

    Perhaps the setting was well researched and portrayed. I did glean a bit historical information along the way, which I always count as a good thing. However, I did not find the excursion delightful at all. For the first time, I gave up on an audiobook. After slogging through about two thirds of it, I realized that I just didn't care what happened to the characters. I had no interest in what would happen next. In fact, I rather dreaded turning my player back on. If there was supposed to be suspense in the air, it wasn't coming through to me.

    Perhaps others listeners will be more interested in some of the specific aspects of the story and that will help them maintain their interest. For me, it was a relief to just give up the effort and move on to The Thirteenth Tale - which, by the way, was fantastic

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Coffee Trader Part 2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Liss
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    On the world's first commodities exchange, fortunes are won and lost in an instant. Miguel Lienzo, a sharp-witted trader in the city's close-knit community of Portuguese Jews, knows this only too well. Once among the city's most envied merchants, Miguel has lost everything in a sudden shift in the sugar markets. Now, impoverished and humiliated, living on the charity of his petty younger brother, Miguel must find a way to restore his wealth and reputation.

    Carolyn says: "Tedious"
    "Tedious"
    Overall

    This book sounded like just the sort of thing I would like. Historical setting. Intrigue. Suspense. Throw in the stock market and coffee for good measure and I was all set for a delightful excursion into another world.

    Perhaps the setting was well researched and portrayed. I did glean a bit historical information along the way, which I always count as a good thing. However, I did not find the excursion delightful at all. For the first time, I gave up on an audiobook. After slogging through about two thirds of it, I realized that I just didn't care what happened to the characters. I had no interest in what would happen next. In fact, I rather dreaded turning my player back on. If there was supposed to be suspense in the air, it wasn't coming through to me.

    Perhaps others listeners will be more interested in some of the specific aspects of the story and that will help them maintain their interest. For me, it was a relief to just give up the effort and move on to The Thirteenth Tale - which, by the way, was fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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