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Paula

Sarasota, FL, United States

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  • The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Denis O'Hare
    Overall
    (2297)
    Performance
    (1170)
    Story
    (1191)

    Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest alchemist of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives, but only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

    Allison says: "High Fantasty in a modern world setting"
    "An interesting tale for 10-year olds"
    Overall

    I could have rated it as a 4 if they had mentioned the book was written for 10-year olds. It was just too silly/childish for me to enjoy. However I do enjoy books like Harry Potter, CS Lewis's Narnia adventures, Eragon, and L.A. Meyer's Bloody Jack series, so I am not a young-adult-fiction snob. So out of loyalty to my fellow Audible book listeners I felt inclined to warn you of my assessment of this book's intended audience.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1569)
    Performance
    (1230)
    Story
    (1233)

    There's no police training stronger than a cop's instinct. Faith Mitchell's mother isn't answering her phone. Her front door is open. There's a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother's house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room. She sees a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn't see is her mother.

    Nancy J says: "Gripping Story, Revelations of the Past"
    "A good story--but not my genre"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was a satisfactory listen and the storyline was interesting.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The combination of murder mystery and romance novel probably works for many readers. I am not a romance-novel reader.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was well written and will probably well-received by those who enjoy romance.


    Do you think Fallen needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Ask someone who reads romance novels.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the book was well written and has a good storyline. I think the author has written a story she can be proud of. I just don't care for romance novels. I wish there was a way for Audible to post whether a book is a romance novel, juvenile novel, young adult novel, etc. It would help me with my selections.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4080)
    Performance
    (2404)
    Story
    (2442)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "I REALLY didn't like it."
    Overall

    The narrator was difficult to understand due to unnatural pauses and odd emphasis (accents) on words. The effort it took to listen and comprehend exhausted me. But because it had been so well reviewed, I stuck with it and listened to the entire 30+ hours expecting it to be worth it in the end. It wasn't. The ending was so abrupt and so unimaginative that I felt betrayed by the author. I love long stories that immerse you in another world so that you never want to leave. But this story made me feel like I had wasted every second that I had spent listening to it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (1831)
    Performance
    (1045)
    Story
    (1046)

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Amazon Customer says: "Sci-fi Comdey of Manners"
    "Pleasantly entertaining"
    Overall

    This was pleasant to listen to, and kept my attention but is not particularly memorable. I could imagine the time machine and I could see that the humor would appeal to most listeners but I think I am perhaps humor challenged. I think history buffs would appreciate the intricate details of historical events and how they all fit together. Basically, its a good story but it isn't my cup of tea.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5012)
    Performance
    (2813)
    Story
    (2848)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Gratitude to listeners who recommended this book"
    Overall

    Wow, such a wonderful story! I am so grateful to those reviewers who rated the book a 5 in contrast with the few who rated the book a 1. Without their comments I would have missed this enjoyable experience. I loved the nostalgic use of fairytale language to craft a modern day mystery. Certainly for those of us who grew up loving fairytales, but still grounded in adult realism to need a believable story. I loved the process of listening, I loved the narrator's voice and the magical way she could spin a tale, and I am so grateful to Audible for bringing the story to life.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonsong: Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Sally Darling
    Overall
    (1118)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (628)

    Dragonsong is the spellbinding tale of Menolly of Half Circle Hold, a brave young girl who flees her seaside village and discovers the legendary fire lizards of Pern. All her life, Menolly has longed to learn the ancient secrets of the Harpers, the master musicians of Harper Hall. When her stern father denies her the chance to make her dream come true, Menolly runs away from home. Hiding in a cave by the sea, she finds nine magical fire lizards who join her on a breathtaking journey to Harper Hall.

    Euryleia says: "One of my favorites"
    "Disappointed with narration"
    Overall

    I love McCaffrey's dragonrider series and bought this recording to introduce it to friend. But I found the narration so uncomfortable to listen to (it sounded to me as if it were being read with someone not familiar with the story) that I just erased it. I think it would have convinced my friend not to listen to any more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13164)
    Performance
    (5600)
    Story
    (5670)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Such a wonderful Story!"
    Overall

    One of the best stories I have read (or heard) in a long time. I couldn't wait to listen each day but didn't want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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