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yiota

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  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1811)
    Performance
    (1576)
    Story
    (1590)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "Good reading, fun fluff story"
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    I really like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum stories and have read most of the books in the series if not all. The characterization and plot has gotten a little thin the further along the series moves. It feels a bit like Evanovich's joy of writing Stephanie Plum has waned a great deal. This book is better than the last one I read (which may have been 18) which literally felt like she threw down her pen write before the ending in the middle of a sentence and paragraph and said no more. Lorelei King definitely makes the listening pleasant. I downloaded this in the middle of a bout of horrendous traffic (so bad that I felt completely at ease locating and downloading an audiobook) and it served it's purpose well as a cotton candy low stress book that served me very well in the hour it took to get to my location two miles away and in my commutes following.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (1097)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (930)

    Many consider this rich social commentary to be Jane Austen's finest novel. It is certainly among her more famous ones. Austen sets her entertaining study of manners and misconceptions against the backdrop of a class-conscious society in 18th-century England.

    Rachel Kapila says: "Flo Gibson Reads You Stories"
    "It was free and that was too much"
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    Wow - horrible awful terrible performance. I could picture this reader reading a story starring an over the hill, life long smoker, from New Jersey or Florida. Elizabeth Bennett? Not even close. I cringed the entire car ride home and deleted it off my phone the second I pulled in my driveway (no red lights, go figure). It would probably help more if I didn't have Emily Gray's voice in my head from the last book I listened to.

    I love Pride & Prejudice. It's the only book I own where I've bought multiple copies and online copies and movies and not had issues with it because the story is fantastic. I'd use caps but that would be rude.

    A quick review indicates that there are many other versions read by British women who would likely be a better fit, I might purchase one of those to cleanse my brain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8993)
    Performance
    (8082)
    Story
    (8217)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Can't think of anything bad about this"
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    I just went to see the first film by Peter Jackson when I picked this up. I had picked up a live play version earlier, but had not enjoyed it as much as I thought I would. This version definitely made me understand some of Peter Jackson's choices given how much goes on in this book. I definitely liked Rob Inglis's reading of it and felt that I got to know the characters well and didn't feel like I was missing anything going from seeing the movie to listening to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5571)
    Performance
    (4785)
    Story
    (4796)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "Decent"
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    I had picked up the entire Sherlock Holmes narrated by Charlton Griffin series on Audible when this was offered as a Christmas freebie. I obviously enjoy the story however I had gotten used to Charlton Griffin's story telling and the way he performs the characters that I felt that Alan Cumming fell a bit short on character creation. It more felt like he was reading it than really acting it out. I do however enjoy his voice and did not feel that he dropped the ball. It made for a pleasant ride to work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2590)
    Performance
    (1051)
    Story
    (1059)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "Great story, horrible audio quality."
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    What did you like best about The Colour of Magic? What did you like least?

    The story is imaginative and well fleshed out. The characters are completely imperfect and the more loveable for it. The chest alone is a character worth reading about. There isn't much about the story I don't like. It's just the audio quality that kills this audio book.


    What other book might you compare The Colour of Magic to and why?

    Any other Terry Pratchett book and the Jasper Fforde books.


    What didn’t you like about Nigel Planer’s performance?

    There are huge parts of this audio book that sound like they are being read in a tin can. I almost can't recommend it at all due to the quality as it's nearly unlistenable. I'm sure they had sound studios when this book was recorded, but you certainly wouldn't be able to tell from this recording.


    Any additional comments?

    I really hope that there's a newer audio version that someone who can't read will be able to get to hear so that they'll have the chance to enjoy Terry Pratchett's works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9740)
    Performance
    (7234)
    Story
    (7272)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Feels unfinished"
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    What did you like best about A Discovery of Witches? What did you like least?

    My favorite thing about the story was that there wasn't a character you didn't get to know. You never spent time asking yourself who is that again. The characters are all fairly fleshed out. I did like that it was long and gave me plenty of listening time in the car.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending certainly isn't in this book and it feels like it. It's a huge book but it's not standalone and feels like it's been cut.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator had a lot of accents to cover and a lot of voices to cover, however a lot of them ended up sounding same-ish. If two characters shared an accent, chances are they weren't given a unique voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (7456)
    Performance
    (3989)
    Story
    (4023)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "A decent story with a decent reading"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead Until Dark to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't necessarily consider the audio version to be better than the print version which I did read. But the audio performance was decent and there were distinct enough voices for the characters.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot isn't nail biting as if you are paying attention you can figure out who the killer is fairly early on. But it's an enjoyable read and an enjoyable listen.


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

    I haven't listened to any of Johanna Parker's other performances before so I can't compare it.


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

    I did not have an extreme reaction to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a pretty good (not great) story and a pretty good reading to go along with it. I do recommend it as an easy fun listen while commuting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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