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Tom

Mississauga, ON, Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • The Leper of Saint Giles: The Fifth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Joanna Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (56)

    A savage murder interrupts a May-December marriage and leaves Brother Cadfael with a dark, terrible mystery to solve. For the key to the killing - and a secret - are hid among the lepers of Saint Giles. Now Brother Cadfael's skills must ferret out a sickness, not of the body, but of a twisted soul - in the fifth Brother Cadfael Chronicle, a work that displays Ellis Peters' special genius at her best.

    Wm Bruce Ford says: "The Leper of Saint Giles"
    "Another great listen!"
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    I have been slowly going through the BC series, and have enjoyed them all thus far. But I want to comment specifically on the reader, Joanna Ward. There have been some comments on this, and other BC books, about her being a bad choice. I have to strongly disagree. Of the readers I have heard so far, she is clearly the top one. Her ability to add Welsh inflections, where needed, are terrific, and her male/female character voices are as good as anybody else's given that any reader, male or female, is going to be challenged to sound authentic doing the "other sex".

    I have just started "Virgin in the Ice", and the reader (Vanessa Benjamin, I believe) is already bothering me immensely.

    I wish that Joanna Ward had read them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (2346)
    Performance
    (1914)
    Story
    (1935)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "An amazing book"
    Overall

    I had not read any Lem before, and had to use some Audible credits. This came up as a "classic" in SF and so I gave it a shot. Wow. What a brilliant story. I'll have to get the written version now and go through it again, it was that good.

    As far as the audio book goes, the narration was quite good, but not as excellent as some of the other books I have heard through Audible. My biggest annoyance was with the narrator's attempt at a female voice. If I actually read the book, it will be hard for me to get that depiction of Harey out of my head. But otherwise this was a very entertaining listen.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Morbid Taste for Bones: The First Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    Brother Cadfael is on a mission to his Welsh homeland to help obtain the bones of Saint Winifred, which now rest in a small village grave. The villagers are loath to part with the relics of a martyr said to have miraculous powers, but before an agreement can be reached, the one villager most outspoken in his dissent is found murdered. Carefully, kindly, and with cunning enough to please any mystery fan, the good monk sets out to solve his first case.

    Steve says: "Wonderful Reading and Listening"
    "Narration awesome"
    Overall

    This is my first Brother Cadfael story, and I loved it. But more to the point, a number of other reviewers have panned Johanna Ward's reading, and I have to strongly disagree. I not only found her easy to follow, but her Welsh accents, when needed for the various characters, added a great deal of authenticity.

    I will agree with another reviewer, though, that the sound quality left something to be desired. Sometimes it sounded clear, but other sections sounded as though she were reading from inside a closet.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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