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Yvonne

White Salmon, WA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Live and Let Die

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (266)

    Those Mr. Big cannot possess he crushes; those who cross him will meet painful ends -- like his beautiful prisoner, Solitaire, and her lover, James Bond. Both are marked as victims in a trail of treachery that leads from New York's black underworld to the dark secrets of the island in the sun that Mr. Big calls his own. Voodoo, sharks, barracuda, time bombs, harpoon guns, torture, and terror are the ingredients for a scalding brew that reaches the boiling point in an eruption of violence.

    Pork C. Fish says: "A Product of Its Time"
    "Great Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Live and Let Die in three words, what would they be?

    James falls into all kinds of trouble and gets lucky. Not much real spy work by James, but a whole lot of action. Warning, it is dated and racist, but gives good insight into the thinking of the late 50s and the change to the 60s.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tons of action


    Which scene was your favorite?

    James in the warehouse using his detective skills


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

    Sharks, Voodoo and a pretty girl....I can read your mind.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4916)
    Performance
    (4525)
    Story
    (4522)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Delightfully good story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Theft of Swords the most enjoyable?

    Very likable characters in a story with twists and turns. Well crafted and performance was great.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Blaine Harden
    • Narrated By Blaine Harden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (469)

    North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent. It is also armed with nuclear weapons. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in its political prison camps, which have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few born and raised in these camps have escaped - but Shin Dong-hyuk did.

    Amanda says: "Worthwhile, but difficult on many levels."
    "He can't escape what he has done."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Interesting information but needs a different narrator.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Truthful information, including that the escapee is a flawed individual and unable to adapt to life outside the prison.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator is the author, flat and boring tone to his voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Narration leaves a lot to be desired. Flat monotone and edits of the read are very obvious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Casino Royale

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1277)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (750)

    Introducing James Bond: charming, sophisticated, handsome, chillingly ruthless, and licensed to kill. This, the first of Ian Fleming's tales of secret agent 007, finds Bond on a mission to neutralize a lethal, high-rolling Russian operative called "Le Chiffre" by ruining him at the Baccarat table, forcing his Soviet spymasters to "retire" him. It seems that lady luck has sided with 007 when Le Chiffre hits a losing streak. But some people just refuse to play by the rules.

    Pork C. Fish says: "Ouch!"
    "Bet you enjoy it!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Casino Royale in three words, what would they be?

    Frivolous Fun


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Casino Royale?

    Great description of gambling


    Any additional comments?

    a wickedly good listen. Just some frivolous fun and a nice gritty James Bond. Now I know why Ian Fleming is one of the worlds best selling authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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