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Into The Wide Blue

FairyMom

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  • 459 titles in library
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  • The Ruins of Gorlan: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1096)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (825)

    Will is an orphan and a ward of the castle. He hopes to someday become a great hero. But he is a small boy, and only the biggest and toughest are selected as warriors. He has other talents though, and they catch the attention of the mysterious Ranger Halt. Will soon masters stealth and accuracy with the bow.

    Deborah says: "YA?"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    Highly recommend this series of books. Great reader. Story really grabs your attention and holds it fast.
    Looking forward to the next one.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Empire of the East

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    In the distant future, society has crumbled. Dark forces now rule the land, keeping all humans under their oppressive thumbs.

    Into The Wide Blue says: "READ"
    "READ"
    Overall

    I don't know if the story is good or not - the narrator ruins the story. I think I would actually have to read it myself to truly know.
    The story seems discordant, but the narrator reads it in such a choppy manner that I can't be sure. It's hard to listen and it easy to be distracted by other things going on around me so that I miss key points in the story and have to go back and listen again - argggggg.
    The narrator also seems to lack the basic ability to follow the writers grammar clues, completely skipping over intentional pauses marked by commas and then completely distorting the sentences. He does this through the entire book.
    So don't waste your credit or $ on this one, check it out from you local library if you are truly interested.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Harsh Cry of the Heron: The Last Tale of the Otori

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Julia Fletcher, Henri Lubatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1264)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (445)

    16 years of peace and prosperity have passed since Lord Otori Takeo united the Three Countries. Takeo and his beloved consort, Kaede, have three daughters and a happy family life. Their success has attracted the attention of the distant Emperor and his general, the warlord Saga Hideki, who covet the wealth of the Countries. Meanwhile, the violent acts and betrayals of the past will not lie buried, and other secrets will not stay hidden. Everything that Takeo and Kaede have achieved is threatened.

    Bruce says: "Fourth Book falls short"
    "Narration almost ruins the story"
    Overall

    Good read, terrible listen.
    The new narrators were a mistake on someone's part. They should have waited until the originals were available. Or not published into audio at all if they weren't.
    Almost ruins an epic. Good thing the storyline is so compelling.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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