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  • Sharpe’s Prey: Denmark, 1807

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (181)

    Critically acclaimed, best-selling novelist Bernard Cornwell takes listeners back to 1807 for an exciting tale of the Napoleonic Wars. Cornwell’s beloved hero, Richard Sharpe, is sent from England to Denmark on a secret mission. But as England and France fight over the powerful Danish fleet, Sharpe finds himself trapped in the war-torn city of Copenhagen.

    Jean says: "Sharpe's Prey: Denmark 1807"
    "love Sharpe"
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    Would you listen to Sharpe’s Prey again? Why?

    Yes, it is interesting and Patrick Tull is great.


    What other book might you compare Sharpe’s Prey to and why?

    I like all the Sharpe books and this is no exception.


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Tull – was your favorite?

    Sharpe.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Amanda Ripley
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (152)

    Today, nine out of 10 Americans live in places at significant risk of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, or other disasters. Tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to save ourselves and our families. How will we react? What will it feel like? Will we be heroes or victims? Will our upbringing, our gender, our personality - anything we've ever learned, thought, or dreamed of - ultimately matter?

    Sara says: "fascinating"
    "Unexpected survival guide"
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    If you could sum up The Unthinkable in three words, what would they be?

    You are your own rescuer.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the detailed explanations of the different ways people cope with the "survival arc".


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

    Potter is a great reader. I seek her out and that is how I found this book.


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

    I would not listen to it in one sitting because there is too much to take in. But I have already listened to it twice in the last few months and will listen again soon. I want to learn the lessons well as well as remember many of the people she writes about. I will also seek out books about those people.


    Any additional comments?

    One defect is her insistence on an evolutionary explanation for heroism. It was a real stretch. And she did not mention the "Man in the Water" who passed the rope each time and is unknown except that he was on the other side of the tail section and had leg injuries. Hard to have an evolutionary explanation for that. Of course he is not alive to interview.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Escape: Book X of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (76)

    It is 1810, and in Napoleon's determination to conquer Portugal, and push the British back to the sea, he sends his largest army yet across the Spanish frontier. But between the Portuguese border and Napoleon's seemingly certain victory are two obstacles; a wasted land, stripped of food by Wellington's orders, and Captain Richard Sharpe.

    Jesse says: "Classic Cornwell, Terrible Tull"
    "One of my favorite Sharpe books."
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    Would you listen to Sharpe's Escape again? Why?

    This is the second time I have listened to this book and could do it again. There is humor along with the horror and history made accessible to the lazy [me]. All the Sharpe books are fascinating and have induced me to read pure history books about this time and especially the career of the Duke of Wellington.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the moments of humor in the midst of disaster.


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

    Patrick Tull narrates the Master and Commander series by O'Brian and I love his narration. He and Frederick Davidson are the Sharpe narrators I will listen to. Otherwise I read the book. Patrick Tull is the greatest!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SuperFreakonomics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2841)
    Performance
    (1203)
    Story
    (1213)

    SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else.

    Rich says: "Worth Your Time"
    "I loved this!"
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    Where does SuperFreakonomics rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is at the top of my listening experiences. I listened to the last one and this one was as good. I wish everyone would listen to this.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Comments about global warming were important.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prisoner of Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Blake
    • Narrated By Susy Harbulak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    To prevent the duel she is sure will kill her sister's fiance, Anya kidnaps the handsome challenger Ravel Duralde. But in a small room on her lush Louisiana plantation, it is Anya who becomes Ravel's prisoner of desire. Anya returns again and again to Ravel's chamber to love and be loved, to experience pleasures she'd never dreamed possible.

    Carol says: "Not Blake's best and killed off by the performance"
    "Not Blake's best and killed off by the performance"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    With a decent performance this could have been a 4 star. I had read the book before and liked certain aspects very much.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The woman lacked some sense.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susy Harbulak?

    Anyone. I hate to say such awful things about anyone trying to earn their living, but she was just awful. I could have overlooked, with effort, her too strident, too fast narration and her Southern accent that just did not seem right for these characters. But I can not tolerate someone who did not even prepare herself by discovering how to pronounce the words. "Burnoose" does not rhyme with "furnace", "sanguine" does not rhyme with "beguine" or "queen", and "lithe" [and this one set me off yelling as it was farther in the book and barely hanging on] DOES NOT RHYME WITH "PITH". Look it up or use howjsay.com.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I have been a fan of Blake's for a long time, but her narrators so far are not great.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, and others
    Overall
    (1914)
    Performance
    (974)
    Story
    (971)

    Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race: What we looked like; what we accomplished; our achievements in society, government, religion, science, and culture - all in a lavishly produced audiobook.

    Lee says: "Good book, not great. But let me explain."
    "Couldn't get into this."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I enjoy The Daly Show so I do not know why I did not get into this. It just seemed boring, and I gave up on it pretty fast.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jennifer Blake
    • Narrated By Judith West
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The unimpeachable Elenora Villars is the pride of New Orleans. Her magnificent auburn hair is her crowning glory and her benevolence is the talk of the town. Once a nurse to injured Americans in Niagara, Elenora has become famous for her compassionate works. The widow of a Spanish nobleman, Elenora has secured herself a respected place in high society. But she has a secret that could destroy her good name. Colonel Grant Farrell is the only man who knows what Elenora really is and the secrets she is hiding, but he doesn't care.

    KatieV says: "Good Story / Horrible Narration"
    "My Favorite Blake"
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    Would you listen to Notorious Angel again? Why?

    Yes, I listened, although the voice for the main male was annoying. It is very difficult to get the manly voice correct with the personality, but I was particularly disappointed in this one. But I love this story and it compelled me to investigate the history behind the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Notorious Angel?

    The story of the escape to the Mosquito Coast and the events there are very compelling. The whole story is fascinating and I have read it many times.


    What didn’t you like about Judith West’s performance?

    She missed the main male persona completely. Her main female voice sounded too old.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sleeping Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Judith Ivory
    • Narrated By Violet Primm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    The beautiful courtesan Coco Wilde is famous for her ability to keep the wealthiest men in 19th-century London hanging on her every smile. But she maintains a careful emotional detachment from all admirers. When she meets Sir James Stoker, however, the raven-haired Coco is attracted by his radiant smile and dangerous eyes. Determined to capture her, James must find a wat to break the spell of indifference Coco has cast around herself.

    Avid Reader says: "Very entertaining and different"
    "Judith Ivory scores again!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    These characters are fascinating and they have a rare chemistry. Really a fun read because of their interaction.


    What other book might you compare Sleeping Beauty to and why?

    Judith Ivory is incomparable except to Judy Cuervas, her other name. Dance by Cuervas is similar.


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

    I have not paid attention to names, except Patrick Tull, Anna Fields, and Frederick Davidson, but I think Violet Primm was very good and I would definitely listen again to her recordings and pay more attention to names now that I can get more books through Audible. I am not sure, but I think she did The Widow's Kiss which I enjoyed.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt anger for the bad way the characters were being treated. I was involved and I loved the older woman, younger man theme.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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