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Debbie Winn

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  • The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (833)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (759)

    Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Epic Fantasy"
    "Finally, available on audiobook!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Magic of Recluce to be better than the print version?

    I was a little disappointed with the audio version of this book because of the verbal sound effects made by the narrator. Things like a horse whinnying, explosions and such were a bit distracting. It's been a long time since I read the print book, but more than likely I paid little attention to those sentences when reading. The narrator's voice seemed too soft and quiet at first, but I got used to it, especially when realizing the character of Lerris is still in his teens.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Magic of Recluce?

    The most memorable part of the book was when Lerris was fighting the White wizard.


    What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

    Kirby Heyborne did a good job of distinguishing characters vocally. His voice is pleasant to listen to for a long story.


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

    This book didn't spark any extreme reactions, but it is one I've read often and really enjoyed because of the characters and the well defined magic system.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad this series is finally available on audiobook. I've read through almost the whole series, and often wished I could listen to it, as I've listened to The Wheel of Time series, The Song of Ice and Fire, and many other sci-fi series. Thanks to audible for making this happen!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Soprano Sorceress: Spellsong Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By L.E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By Amy Landon
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    When Anna Marshall is transported from her boring and frustrating life in Ames, Iowa, to the very different world of Erde, she's angry and confused. But she soon finds out that for the first time in her life she's uniquely powerful. In Iowa, Anna was a music teacher and small-time opera singer, but on Erde, her musical ability makes her a big-time sorceress-potentially. First, though, she must figure out how to use her ability before the rulers kill her.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Excellent start to another great series brought to Audio"
    "A different magic system"
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    I'm so glad this series is finally out on audiobooks. It was my favorite of Mr. Modesitt. Right from the beginning Anna, the unexpected sorceress shows her resilience and strength. I had forgotten what a strong character she is, and how her struggle is still relevant all these years after this book was first published.

    The narration was very well done, the pacing and presentation well suited to the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Academ's Fury: Codex Alera, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3825)
    Performance
    (2713)
    Story
    (2719)

    For 1,000 years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the Furies - elementals of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Metal. But now, the unity of the Alerians hangs in precarious balance.

    Eric says: "Wonderful series"
    "Lots of action"
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    I am really enjoying this series. The audiobooks are narrated by Kate Reading, who is one of my favorite readers. She captures the essence of each character by modifying her voice, she uses inflection and pace to enhance the action sequences. And there is plenty of action in this book. Tarvi continues to influence events in the realm despite not having any furies of his own to help him out. There are some pretty graphic battles, which I can handle, it's the movie and TV violence that I can't handle. The book ends with plenty of lead-ins to the next in the series, which I'll definitely be listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raven Stole the Moon: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    Jenna Rosen returns to the place in Alaska where her young son, Bobby, disappeared without a trace two years before. Jenna is determined to lay to rest the aching mystery of his death. But ancient legends may have had a hand in Bobby’s fate, forcing Jenna to sift through her own Native American ancestry to uncover the truth.

    Debbie Winn says: "Engrossing story"
    "Engrossing story"
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    I loved this book. It seems to encompass several genres-fantasy, mystery, romance, adventure. The main character, Jenna, has lost herself after an accident that killed her little boy. She runs away to the Alaska town where she lived as a girl, leaving her husband and parents worried about her. She finds many things and many people. You need to read the book to find out if she finds what she was looking for.

    The audio book was narrated expertly by Jennifer van Dyke.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28514)
    Performance
    (15042)
    Story
    (15093)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "An enlightening view"
    Overall

    As a child of the '60's sheltered in Utah from most of the events taking place in the south in those times, I found this book enlightening. The story is excellently written, and the audio version is superbly performed. The characters are well developed, and the danger of their participation in writing a book about the racial differences in the south made me admire their courage. Having the characters voiced by different narrators, and so convincingly, made this one of the best books I've read, or listened to, in 2010.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of Chalion

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2277)
    Performance
    (1071)
    Story
    (1078)

    Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

    Terri says: "What makes a hero... LMB knows"
    "Outstanding Storytelling"
    Overall

    This book caught me up right from the beginning. The characters are so well drawn they become real - you care what happens to them. The narrator of this book was excellent, conveying the essense of the characters completely with his vocal skill. I've listened to the book a few times and find it as engaging every time. LMB has created a world of intriguing characters, a theology that is wonderful in it's complexity and a story that is outstanding.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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