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Arno

Member Since 2003

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  • Hornblower and the "Atropos"

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Nicolas Coster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (189)

    In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters

    John says: "Great book. Poor narrator."
    "Horrible reader!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from C. S. Forester and/or Nicolas Coster?

    I will read anything C.S. Forester writes. I will never listen to Nicolas Coster again. If he is the only choice - I will read the book in print.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nicolas Coster?

    Christian Rodska!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I do love the book - the overall performance was so awful that it ruined it for me. I was angry most of the time I listened because of the narrator. The book is another great story in the Hornblower series.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to other books in the Hornblower series read by Christian Rodska and loved them. The reader of this book is so absolutely awful I may not finish it. I will never buy another audiobook read by him and will read the book in print instead. I am having to listen at a 1.5 speed because the reader sounds so slow and drunk. If you enjoy Rodska's reading - you will be greatly disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • By Royal Decree: Secrets of the Tudor Court #3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kate Emerson
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Charming. Desirable. Forbidden. Brought to court with other eligible young noblewomen by the decree of King Henry VIII, lovely Elizabeth “Bess” Brooke realizes for the first time that beauty can be hazardous. Although Bess has no desire to wed the aging king, she and her family would have little choice if Henry’s eye were to fall on her. And other dangers exist as well, for Bess has caught the interest of dashing courtier Will Parr. Bess finds Will’s kisses as sweet as honey, but marriage between them may be impossible....

    Arno says: "Good book - awful reader"
    "Good book - awful reader"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about By Royal Decree? What did you like least?

    I love stories about the royal court of Henry XIII.
    This reader is terrible.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kate Emerson? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would read her again.


    What didn’t you like about Alison Larkin’s performance?

    This reader uses a weak and simpering voice for all of the characters both male an female. I feel like I am listening to an adult read a children's story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in this book, and it is a very good story, I suggest you listen to a sample of the reader. I probably would have chosen to read it myself rather than listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lake in the Clouds

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sara Donati
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (261)

    It is the spring of 1802, and the village of Paradise is still reeling from the typhoid epidemic of the previous summer. Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have lost their two-year-old son, Hannah's half brother Robbie, but they struggle on as always: the men in the forests, the twins Lily and Daniel in Elizabeth's school, and Hannah as a doctor in training, apprenticed to Richard Todd. Hannah is descended from healers on both sides and her reputation as a skilled healer in her own right is growing.

    A User says: "Brings story together"
    "Love the book but Audible's prices are too high."
    Overall

    I am listening to this series and I love it. I'm very frustrated that Audible's "member price" is still on average $10 higher than Barnes and Noble. I have emailed them about the huge difference in cost to it's members but have gotten no reply. I am looking forward to Fire Across the Sky but again - will I pay $10 more or use TWO credits - probably not.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6042)
    Performance
    (2192)
    Story
    (2200)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "Loved it from the first paragraph...."
    Overall

    This is a wonderful book. My husband and I both enjoyed listening to the narrators tell this story of love, power, mystery and custom. We are looking forward to the second and third books. The characters are well developed and the story is easy to follow.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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