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V.A.

Travel is essential, snowboarding a need. I love speed: cars, motorcycles, boards. Food is more than a requirement; on the best days it's a supreme indulgence.

Eustis, FL, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3680)
    Performance
    (1041)
    Story
    (1087)

    Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch.

    Caitlin says: "Great audiobook!"
    "Not bad..."
    Overall

    I liked actually reading this better. As much as I've liked some of Michael York's screen acting, I didn't quite appreciate his reading. It was a bit slow, and his voice didn't change much between characters.
    The story itself is excellent, as always, but seemed to progress a bit slower than when I actually read it. Children would be able to follow along easily, though.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5717)
    Performance
    (4419)
    Story
    (4429)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "Funny!!"
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    Where does Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's ridiculously silly...in a good way! I've laughed or had a smile on my face through out the entire book. I guess I should've expected that from this author/narrator combo, but still. I actually snorted water into my timely-placed hand once.


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

    Her narration allows me to differentiate between character and, though her men's voices are not as fabulous as her (southern-dawl) women, she's really great.


    Any additional comments?

    I found this book really entertaining and a quick read. It brought a little supernatural silliness into a couple days :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3222)
    Performance
    (3020)
    Story
    (3012)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Freaking AWEsome!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, already have actually. Why? It's non-stop action with a historical background, intermingled with magic and realistic characters. Besides, Bronson Pinchot is now my favorite narrator.


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

    This man made each character an individual. You felt menace, sadness, anger...everything from each character he voiced.
    Who'd-a-thunk that possible from Balki! (..am I dating myself?) The only other narrator with whom I've experienced his was Jim Dale (Harry Potter)


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

    Had it not meant sleepless evenings, yes! Actually, the entire series was one continuous 'read' for me. I just got lucky this book dropped almost immediately after I finished Spellbound. You're better off listening to this continuously. You tend to lose minor things here and there...or so hubby's told me. He restarted book one based on my enthusiasm for the series :)


    Any additional comments?

    If you like action, adventure, historical-fantasy, magic, great characters, and re-imagined locations, you really need to read this series. It's unique enough to keep you guessing; (just) predictable enough to make it comfy.Do it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6459)
    Performance
    (5811)
    Story
    (5812)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Better than the first one"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. I'd recommend it to someone who enjoys supernatural books with a little history thrown in


    Any additional comments?

    It's not common that the second in a series of books reads better than the first. Perhaps it was the randomness of the 16th century setting, or maybe her storytelling got better, but I found Shadow of Night much more interesting and far less sappy/girlie than Discovery of Witches. Diana, the protagonist, is a bit more likable here, though still too much of a wimp for my tastes. I enjoyed Matthew and all the unique friends he has in Elizabethan London much better. I wonder, though, if I didn't like the setting and the characters themselves more than I liked the actual story.Either way, it kept me focused and wanting to know what was next, which makes reading much better ;)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3335)
    Performance
    (1502)
    Story
    (1504)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "What a wonderful surprise!"
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    If you could sum up The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society in three words, what would they be?

    Heartfelt, uplifiting, surprising


    What did you like best about this story?

    The completely different angle on story telling: letters between people.


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

    Not sure I've heard any of the narrators before, but they all played their roles very well. The accents were great.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book. The title was about as random as they come; and I loved that they actually explain it. It's a fantastic story of love, loss and friendship told in a unique way.

    Entertaining, with historical highlights, and beautiful characters, the author—and in turn the narrators—were able to make each person really come alive. This might be one of those books better read to you, than by you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (2720)
    Performance
    (1783)
    Story
    (1780)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "Not a girlie book at all"
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    Where does The House at Riverton rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Surprisingly (for me), among the top 15%.
    The only thing that made me get this book were the wonderful reviews. I expected a silly girlie book but got a very well told—entrancing and emotional—story instead. The narrator was good and the story's thread weaves throughout the book effortlessly, coming out in the most interesting moments.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The House at Riverton?

    The reveal, obviously.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    Honestly, I didn't have one character I liked best. She played them all very well and I was able to differentiate between speakers in conversations.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't be put off by the three-book length. It's a book you'll want to continue reading through to the end. I simply HAD to know what was happening next!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crescent Dawn: A Dirk Pitt Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1324)
    Performance
    (772)
    Story
    (778)

    In A.D. 327, a Roman galley barely escapes a pirate attack with its extraordinary cargo. In 1916, a British warship mysteriously explodes in the middle of the North Sea. In the present day, a cluster of important mosques in Turkey and Egypt are wracked by explosions. Does anything tie them together? NUMA director Dirk Pitt is about to find out.

    Michael says: "Something new from Cussler"
    "Typical Dirk Pitt novel"
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    Was Crescent Dawn worth the listening time?

    By the wrap up, yes. It took me a little while to get through it, though. While it was ultimately fun, it was as formulaic as most of the others. However, there were three story lines/characters, something different this time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sacred Stone: A Novel of the Oregon Files

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Clive Cussler, Craig Dirgo
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (145)

    In the remote wastelands of Greenland, an ancient artifact possessing catastrophic radioactive power is unearthed. But the astounding find puts the world at risk. Caught between two militant factions bent on wholesale slaughter, Juan Cabrillo and his network of spies, known as The Corporation, must fight to protect the stone - and prevent the outbreak of World War III.

    Christopher says: "Great book... horrible narrator"
    "Horrible reader"
    Overall

    I might've enjoyed this book as much as some of Cussler's others had the reader been better. I found his voice annoying and his attempt at accents, etc simply awful. I can usually get used to these things but, alas, not this time.

    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
    (7197)
    Performance
    (3553)
    Story
    (3556)

    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 few stalls but overall...interesting"
    Overall

    Despite some of the reviews I read here, I enjoyed it. The basic story, while somewhat similar to other books I've read, was interesting; as were most of the characters. It's style resembles Stephen King's. The character development fits the category as does the length. It was, at times, predictable, but overall a good read—though quite depressing. It had few stall points, and a couple moments that seemed to have no originating points, but in Mr Cronin's defense, Mr King's works can, too.

    Some reviewers have mentioned the jump into the future. This took me by surprise as well, and I did find the first part more engrossing, but he brought it back around eventually.

    For the record, I get sucked into the long books for the sheer escapist factor. While I'm reading I'm also gardening, driving, floating in my pool, etc. While I can get into an autobiography or non fiction book, I usually prefer the entertainment factor of unrealistic fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vampire's Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Savannah Richards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (126)

    He is Layel, king of the vampires, a master seducer no woman can deny. But since a rogue horde of dragons killed his beloved over two centuries ago, Layel has existed only for vengeance...until he meets Delilah. Wary of love, the beautiful Amazon wants nothing to do with the tormented vampire. Yet there's no denying their consuming desire every time he nears her. Neither trusts the other - nor can they survive alone.

    Shawn says: "Not a very good book"
    "Yummy!"
    Overall

    I think these books gain something when someone reads them to me. Definitely not literature, but who doesn't need some fun ;)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress of the Art of Death: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1092)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (363)

    In medieval England, four children have been murdered, and the townsfolk blame their Jewish neighbors. The doctor chosen to investigate is a woman, Adelia. As she examines the victims and retraces their last steps, she must conceal her true identity in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she's assisted by Sir Rowley Picot, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. A former Crusader knight, Rowley may be a needed friend - or the fiend for whom they are searching.

    Irenehope says: "History-Mystery of the Year & its only March"
    "Very entertaining"
    Overall

    I read this on a long drive over Thanksgiving. I mention this because, if the book were read is shorter pieces, it might loose something. The first book takes a long time to set the stage but, considering the 10th century setting, it's necessary.

    I liked the protagonist, as well as the way the author wrapped the story up. I also ended up appreciating the narrator, though getting used to her old Cambridge English took a little time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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