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James

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  • The Ambassador's Mission: Traitor Spy Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (436)

    Sonea, former street urchin, now a Black Magician, is horrified when her son, Lorkin, volunteers to assist Dannyl in his new role as Guild Ambassador to Sachaka, a land still ruled by cruel black magicians. When word comes that Lorkin has gone missing Sonea is desperate to find him, but if she leaves the city she will be exiled forever, and besides, her old friend Cery needs her help.

    J. Hoare says: "I should have stuck with the written word"
    "narrated with flat affect"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Even after a character's family is murdered the narrator speaks in a glib voice. I appreciate that different characters have different voices and there are pretty varied accents employed, but all of the characters sound excited all of the time.

    The characterization and character development are not great. These are all adults, but they none of them show forethought or suspicion, even thieves and people with something to hide. Nobody changes or grows.

    I've enjoyed some of the other books set in this world, and maybe the narration spoiled it for me or maybe this one just wasn't for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Wizard of Earthsea: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2689)
    Performance
    (2350)
    Story
    (2376)

    When Sparrowhawk casts a spell that saves his village from destruction at the hands of the invading Kargs, Ogion, the Mage of Re Albi, encourages the boy to apprentice himself in the art of wizardry. So, at the age of 13, the boy receives his true name - Ged - and gives himself over to the gentle tutelage of the Master Ogion. But impatient with the slowness of his studies and infatuated with glory, Ged embarks for the Island of Roke, where the highest arts of wizardry are taught.

    Marjorie says: "A little gem, excellently narrated."
    "problematic recording and book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was clearly a recording of a book on tape (at one point you hear "begin side two tape one"). I was not a fan of the narrator, although his voice sounded appropriate for the Era in which this recording was made (80s?).

    As for the story itself, I found the characters shallow. The protagonist's well-being didn't concern me. it was an imaginative and an interesting world, but its inhabitants were not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paying Guests

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2357)
    Performance
    (2124)
    Story
    (2133)

    It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

    Loretta R. Cooper says: "Tedious"
    "slow start, some excitement"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I felt like the tension was diffused pretty early on, with the book just sort of fizzling throughout the second half.

    The narrator is excellent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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