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Granby, MA, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 4 reviews
  • 21 ratings
  • 213 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Beautifully done"

    I read this book in print form as a major fan of Terry Pratchett, and frankly only managed to get through it by trying to pick out the parts that Terry Pratchett wrote.

    Listening to this book, however, is a completely different experience. The narrator is fantastic, and the story just takes shape, gripping you with characters which just burst to life and set you laughing out loud, looking like a crazy person to everyone on the bus. This happens to me quite a lot, though, and if you can't take a joke by now, you're not worthy of this book.
    I fear I will never be such a Neil Gaiman fan as I am a Terry Pratchett fan, but I can say that Gaiman's books translate into audio far better than Terry Prachett's, and I highly recommend them.

    39 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this stunning sequel to The Golden Compass, the intrepid Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld, Cittagazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: 12-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm.

    Geoffrey says: "The second book in a fantastic trilogy!"
    "One of my favorites"

    The His Dark Materials series is just an amazing work in general. Since this audiobook is produced by full cast audio, it's narrated by its author, Philip Pullman. In some cases, I would argue that this tradition is not a great one, since not all authors make good narrators just because they know what they're talking about. Philip Pullman, however, is amazing, and the casting for all the other voices is superb as well. Fantastic story, great production, excellent buy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor Mage: The Immortals: Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Tamora Pierce

    In this third volume of the popular Immortals Quartet, Daine enters a glittering world laced with danger and treachery, a world that grows more intense when the gods themselves push her to use her wild magic for their own ends.

    Kathryn Bradley says: "Good but not her best"
    "You get used to Full Cast Audio"

    The main problem I have with Full Cast Audio is that, regrettably, they use Tamora Pierce as a narrator. Having actually met Tamora Pierce, I can say that she doesn't sound nearly so slow/dreary/synthetic in person.
    If you just listen to audiobooks without focusing on something else, you probably won't have the patience for FCA, which is a very small production, primarily because of the narrator. I like to do crafts, and I managed to settle into it, but I listen to the words more than the voices. I don't know how it will be for you. On the other hand, if you're listening to this book, you've probably listened to the first two and have decided that you can deal with Tamora Pierce's narrating already.
    Also unfortunate is that because FCA is so small, the final book in this quartet is not yet finished, and the release date keeps getting pushed back. I believe it is currently set for June 2010, but it's original release date was in '09, so... cross your fingers or read the physical copy.
    Having said that , I found this book to be really quite enjoyable, and if you liked the first two books of the immortal series, then I think you'll quite like this third. The animal characters were ridiculously enjoyable, and you really have to admire the author's sense of humor. She is a fangirl at heart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Phoenix Endangered: Book Two of the Enduring Flame

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
    • Narrated By William Dufris

    Tiercel, a budding High Mage, and Harrier, a reluctant Knight-Mage, develop greater power - and learn of the evils of war when they see the devastation caused by the fanatical armies of the Wild Mage Bisochim.

    A User says: "Give the kids a break!"
    "anticipating the last book"

    When I purchased this audiobook, people seemed to take issue with the characters being whiny. To this, I say that you take issue with the characters being real. If you don't like character development, you won't like this series. The characters are tangibly real and the storyline grabs you. The narration is a little odd, sometimes the voice sounds like a stereotypical anchorman voice, and sometimes it sounds more normal. Apparently it's the same guy, but I think his voice has split personalities if that's the case. It's still good, and worth a listen in my opinion.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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