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William Dupre

Member Since 2005

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  • Under the Jolly Roger: Bloody Jack #3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (342)

    In the third book of the "Bloody Jack" series, unlikely heroine Jacky Faber, a pirate at heart, returns to the sea in a truly swashbuckling tale filled with good humour, wit, and courage. After leaving the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston--under dire circumstances, of course - Jacky boards a whaling ship bound for London, where she hopes to find her beloved Jaimy. But things don't go as planned, and she is off on a wild misadventure at sea.

    Eileen says: "Best book in the series (so far!)"
    "I can't stop listening!!"
    Overall

    I had ignored this series despite my love of Historical and particularly Nautical Fiction (I count Dewey Lambdin and Dan Parkinson two of my favorite authors) due to the fact that it was considered a young adult title. Boy was I wrong for ignoring it. this series grabs you by the ears and makes you want to continue listening to the adventures of this plucky waif who makes the most of any situation. This is one series where I literally could not stop listening. A lot has been said about Katherine Kellgren's reading on this series and she deserves every bit of praise she has received, she breathed life into all of the characters until you couldn't help but feel you were listening directly to their voices and feeling their emotions. This is one series that I will not be deleting off my computer, as I know I will want to listen to it again someday.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4247)
    Performance
    (1936)
    Story
    (1960)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "good story with reservations."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    while I did enjoy reading about the evolution of the witch and what drove her to become the Wicked Witch of the West, and of course her end was a foregone conclusion, I can't help but feel that this was a shaggy dog story with no resolution from the reader's point of view. I kept hoping for a payoff after the rich development of the characters in new and interesting ways. but in the end it was just an abrupt end with no real payoff, I gave it 4 stars because the story was so well thought out and read, but it lost the final star due to the ending. perhaps it will take reading the other three books to bring things into focus but I find myself with very little interested in pursuing more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Prince: Dark Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Juanita Parker
    Overall
    (977)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (300)

    Mikhail Dubrinsky is the prince of his people, the Carpathians. But they are dying out, falling prey to vampires or are choosing the soulless life. Mikhail is no longer sure he can bear the bleak future laid before him. The only thing that can add light to his life, can relieve his terrible loneliness, is to find a life mate. But he has given up believing one exists. He vents his centuries-old despair in an anguished cry that fills the waning night. And then, incredibly, a life-saving voice answers him.

    Maria says: "A complete waste of time!"
    "A lackluster bodice buster"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First off my point of view is that I love supernatural adventures so thought I would give this "Vampire" Novelist a try. What I got unfortunately was a rather tepid Romance with so little supernatural or adventure that I found myself bored to tears in very little time. I'm not trying to put down romances, in balanced doses romance can engage you in the characters, but this is all romance and very little of anything else. If that's your thing fine, you might like this. but I found very little emotional connection to either of the characters, can't even really say that I thought the romance was at all that sexy which I would assume is the intent of romances.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6873)
    Performance
    (3242)
    Story
    (3247)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "A great story that didn't quite pan out."
    Overall

    OK basically I liked this book, there were elements that were heartwarming, thrilling, heartbreaking, horrible, sad, exciting, basically all the things that make for a great novel. It was certainly one that I couldn't wait to read what happened next despite a pace that is right out of a Steven King Novel, somewhat methodical and plodding. Unfortunately though I was left rather dissatisfied when I finished listening, while I now know this is just supposed to be the first part of a trilogy, I think even a cliffhanger can leave some sort of conclusion which can satisfy, but I was left feeling like I spent 37 hours putting together a puzzle only to find that a few pieces are missing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Princess of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    John Carter, an American Civil War veteran, goes prospecting in Arizona and, when set upon by Indians, is mysteriously transported to Mars, called "Barsoom" by its inhabitants. Carter finds that he has demigod-like strength on this planet, due to its lesser gravity. He is soon captured by "Tharks", the planet's warlike, four-armed, green inhabitants, and his incredible adventures begin.

    Glenn says: "Well done"
    "weak narration"
    Overall

    I loved this series as a teenager, so when I saw it at audible I decided to listen for old times sake. Unfortunately the reader was doing just that Reading, there was no inflection in his voice. Bland, Bland, Bland. This could have been an amazing read, but instead fell flat. I would love to hear this story read by someone who can really bring it to life.

    5 of 22 people found this review helpful

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