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Claudia

KALISPELL, MT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Hobbit (Dramatized)

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By An Ensemble Cast
    Overall
    (1089)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (694)

    Bilbo Baggins, a gentle hobbit who loves the comforts of home, reluctantly joins a company of dwarves on a journey to recover plundered gold from a fierce dragon. It's a tale of high adventure and astonishing courage, and a magical prelude to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    Brianna says: "Many years of enjoyment"
    "Unlistenable....if thats a word"
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    We picked this book for a medium road trip, 45 minutes into the book was all we could take. The character voices were awful, sounded like 14 gents from Shady Shoals retirement home. To make it worse it sounded like it was mixed and recorded in a garage. Avoid this one like the plague

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legacies: A Repairman Jack Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Christopher Price
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    Repairman Jack isn’t your average appliance repairman - he fixes situations for people, often risking his own life. Jack has no last name, no social security number, works only for cash, and has no qualms when it comes to seeing that the job gets done. Dr. Alicia Clayton, a pediatrician who treats children with AIDS, is full of secrets, and she has just inherited a house that holds another. Haunted by painful memories, Alicia wants the house destroyed - but somehow everyone she enlists to help ends up violently killed.

    Lucie says: "I'm hooked on the series! Great stories..."
    "Good story, Bad narration"
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    I should get a gold start for finishing this book!! I love the repairman Jack character and storyline, however I just do not like the narration. he uses the same cadence for every character and draws out the last word in every sentence. I will pass on the next few and try the Dick Hill narrated books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Monkey's Raincoat: An Elvis Cole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (318)

    When Ellen Lang's husband disappears with their son, she hires Elvis Cole to track him down. A quiet and seemingly submissive wife, Ellen can't even write a check without him. All she wants is to get him and her son back - no questions asked.

    John says: "Good book for the first in the series."
    "Couldn't make it past the naration"
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    Simply horrible, wrong voice for this type of book and character! Need someone with a deeper voice!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crown of the Blood: The Crown of the Blood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Gav Thorpe
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Ullsaard has conquered the known world. All have fallen before his armies. Now it's time to take the long journey home, back to the revered heart of the great Empire he had helped create for his distant masters. But when he returns to the capital, life there is so very different from what he had believed. Could it be that everything he has fought for, has conquered and killed for, has been a lie? Gav Thorpe works from Nottingham, England and has written more than a dozen novels and even more short stories.

    Quinn says: "Slower than molasses"
    "Just ok"
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    Not good, not bad, missing character development. I could not find a character that i liked even the main. Not going buy another book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redemption: Department Q, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    The downloadable, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s sensational new thriller, read by the actor Steven Pacey. Two boys, brothers, wake tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. Their kidnapper has gone, but soon he will return. Their bonds are inescapable. But there is a bottle and tar to seal it. Paper and a splinter for writing; blood for ink. A message begging for help. In Copenhagen’s cold cases division Carl Morck has received a bottle. It holds an old and decayed message, written in blood.

    Peter says: "Wrong Book!?!?"
    "Great Listen!!!!"
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    Once again Steven Pacey steals the show! Can't wait for another in the series to come out....More department Q please!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devlin's Luck: Book I of The Sword of Change

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patricia Bray
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The once mighty kingdom of Jorsk is in decline, its borders beset by enemies, both worldly and otherworldly. The king has retreated to the capital, abandoning the far-flung provinces. The only hope of the people lies in their Chosen One, blessed by the gods as defender of the realm. But of late every Chosen One has died, targeted by the harshest of the enemy attacks. Only the most desperate of men now seek that post. Devlin Stonehand is a desperate man....

    Amazon Customer says: "Great book"
    "Horrible narration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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    This is without a doubt the worst narration/performance I have listened to. I could only manage to listen for 15 minutes than had to turn it off. The narrator sounds like he has a head cold, mix that with his poor timing & horrible character voices and well….. It’s a disaster!! Avoid this book!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragons of Autumn Twilight: Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (454)

    Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

    Cherie says: "Dissapointing Narration of a Classic Favorite"
    "Painful"
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    The narration made this book unlistenable!! Very monotone, it felt like the narrator was reading a children's book!! Pass on this one.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Forged: Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Gail Z. Martin
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Condemned as a murderer for killing the man who dishonored his sister, Blaine "Mick" McFadden has spent the last six years in Velant, a penal colony in the frigid northern wastelands. Harsh military discipline and the oppressive magic keep a fragile peace as colonists struggle against a hostile environment. But the supply ships from Dondareth have stopped coming, boding ill for the kingdom that banished the colonists. Now, as the world's magic runs wild, McFadden and the people of Velant must fight to survive and decide their fate....

    Edward says: "Good Read"
    "Not worth the credit!!!!"
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    One hour is all I could take. No character development, poor narration!!! PASSSSSSSS

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Riddle in Stone: The Riddle in Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Evert
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    Long after the last of the great heroes of old has died, the Undead King is stirring again, amassing a goblin horde ready to sweep out of the mountains and destroy all of humanity. The only thing preventing utter annihilation is Edmund - a stuttering librarian who knows a secret, a secret that every thief, assassin, and king would kill to have. Fleeing from relentless peril, Edmund wages a solitary battle against an ancient evil. But how can one man succeed when so many before him have failed?

    r. says: "Excellent story."
    "Fantastic"
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    I took a chance on this book and I'm glad I did. Perfect story & perfect narrator!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Redemption of Althalus

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    It would be sheer folly to try to conceal the true nature of Althalus, for his flaws are the stuff of legend. He is, as all men know, a thief, a liar, an occasional murderer, an outrageous braggart, and a man devoid of even the slightest hint of honor. Yet of all the men in the world, it is Althalus, unrepentant rogue and scoundrel, who will become the champion of humanity in its desperate struggle against the forces of an ancient god determined to return the universe to nothingness.

    John says: "Too Easy for Althalus"
    "Painful....Stay clear!!!!"
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    I’m not sure if this was a bad book or bad reading making a decent book bad. Whatever the case I could only manage 5 chapters then deleted it of my IPhone. Horrible Horrible narration, I forced myself to push thru the 5 chapter but couldn’t take anymore. How can this be rated so high??????????????

    2 of 4 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9553)
    Performance
    (7073)
    Story
    (7121)

    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.

    Jason says: "Brandon's Best Work Yet"
    "Bad narration...... Good story."
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    The story good however, I just can’t get past the bad narration!!! The monotone delivery of Michael Kramer drives me insane & the same voice inflection at the end of every sentence. It sounds like he is gritting his teeth when doing the various character voices. The bar has been raised too high by Steven Pacey, Roy Dotrice and even Michael Page to spend time listening to this performance. A good narrator draws you into the world the author has created, with this book I feel like a automated weather station is reading to me.

    PASS!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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