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Rebecca

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  • Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (121)

    Set in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill, Wives and Daughters centers on the story of youthful Molly Gibson, brought up from childhood by her father. When he remarries, a new stepsister enters Molly's quiet life, the loveable, but worldly and troubling, Cynthia. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford.

    Sandra says: "It's not about the ending!"
    "Terribly boring...."
    Overall

    Terrific narrator! But what a boring book. Couldn't even get through to the end of the first download. Sorry I wasted my credit.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2262)
    Performance
    (2065)
    Story
    (2047)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Oh Boy. Stephen what were you thinking...!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Perhaps if I could have finished it! I couldn't stand King's narration so much, I gave up on the whole book. WASTED CREDITS! Beware....


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Everything about Mr. King reading his own book was simply awful.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Very disappointed. Very.


    Any additional comments?

    Please realize that what you loved about the last books will be not be realized by listening to this one. Stephen King should stick with writing, and never EVER narrate again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6900)
    Performance
    (4867)
    Story
    (4856)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "First person narrative. Yuck!"
    Overall

    Boy, I really wanted to like this one....

    ... but can't seem to get into narratives that are written in first person. Hearing the tale told from the outside is as if I am watching a movie. Hearing the word "I" this and "I" that is so distracting that I mostly leave these books on the shelf rather than be disappointed to have wasted a credit when I cannot enjoy the story and give up, the remainder unheard. I wish some other reviewer had mentioned this, as it would have saved me a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4856)
    Performance
    (2255)
    Story
    (2266)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Absolutely delighted!"
    Overall

    Wow, what a novel. Complex characters along with a great narrator. A must listen! I'm off to find other books by either one...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (10472)
    Performance
    (7935)
    Story
    (7979)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Narrator ruins it. *sigh*"
    Overall

    Oh boy I tried to like this one. But the narrator has such an annoying cadence that I deleted the book near the end of the first installment. Couldn't take any more. Michael Kramer reads one sentence with an upward inflection, and then the next sentence downward, nearly every sentence. Up, then down. Up then down. Up, then down. It totally takes me out of the story when the narrator sounds like he's reading, or bored with what he's reading. Oh he has his good moments, just few and far between. Sorry Brandon.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3093)
    Performance
    (1926)
    Story
    (1944)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "Thank Goodness...."
    Overall

    Thank goodness there was a second book in this series! I'm loving this more than the first one...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4182)
    Performance
    (2498)
    Story
    (2537)

    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"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    Albeit it takes some dedication to keep listening through the beginning introduction of all the many characters,it's worth it. By the middle of the story, you're really invested in the people this book is about.And narrator John Lee could read the phone book and make it come alive in your mind. He gives the characters different voices and personalities. Wonderful!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brisingr: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (4731)
    Performance
    (2331)
    Story
    (2392)

    Oaths sworn . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

    A User says: "Good but not complete."
    "Hard to finish..."
    Overall

    Boy I loved the story, but this latest installment was a bit tough to finish. I got bored.

    Here's hoping Christopher writes many more books, but perhaps he needs to explore some new characters or a new story line.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daughters of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Barbara Erskine
    • Narrated By Barbara Erskine
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    As the Romans invade Britannia, the princess of the great tribe of the Brigantes watches the enemies of her people come ever closer. In the present day, historian Viv Lloyd Rees has immersed herself in the legends surrounding the Celtic queen.

    Kathy says: "Too much work"
    "hmmmm..."
    Overall

    Very disappointed with the weak characters in this novel. I wanted to grab and shake them when they seemed to constantly make really stupid decisions in dangerous situations. They all seemed to have an acute sense of the obvious, and it was a frustrating listen. If you're ok with finishing a book with an unsatisfying plop, then go ahead and download this one. Otherwise, go find a book whose characters have more developed common sense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8859)
    Performance
    (3292)
    Story
    (3328)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Terrific!"
    Overall

    Follet breathes life into medieval England with his two books, Pillars Of The Earth, and this one. Halfway through, I am going to be ever so sad when this second book is finished. I wish it could go on forever....
    The narrator is so good he makes me forget he's reading. I wish there were more long books by this narrator, I'd follow him anywhere.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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